The second annual Northwestern State University New Media Student showcase will take place April 7-28 at Hanchey Gallery. The event is free to the public and displays the work of current NSU communications students as well as alumni. Emily Zering, the co-coordinator of the event, said that it serves as a new experience for COMM students.
“We want to give students the opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery setting,” she said. “It gives them an opportunity to improve their portfolio and make connections.”
While the work of alumni will be for showcasing purposes only, the work of students will be put in competition.
“There’s first, second and third for the DSLR category; first, second and third for the cell phone category; and a Best in Show award as well as a People’s Choice Award,” Zering said.
The cell phone category is a new one, which Zering said allows COMM students a more diverse way of participating in the event.
“In today’s media landscape, the cell phone is becoming an increasingly important tool for day-to-day usage in communications and journalism,” she said. “We wanted our students to have a specific place to share the work they’ve created with their phones while still acknowledging certain technological limitations when compared to a DSLR camera.”
While the display is open from April 7 through 28, the reception for the event will be held April 17 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The awards reception will begin at 5 p.m.
Though the event has no official dress code, it is encouraged that students dress in business casual attire.
The NSU department of New Media, Journalism and Communication Arts provides opportunities for students to build their portfolios and gain experience in multimedia.