Leadership Trainings

Event Planning

Student Media staff is happy to support your organization in planning an event—a launch party or reading, film festival, speaker event or something else! All fall 2020 events will be hosted online, please contact your advisor for more information on the event planning process for online events.

  • All events require an Event Proposal Form, which is available in the Press Center. Please fill this out with the Student Media Operations Coordinator or your advisor.
  • Major events require at least SIX weeks to plan, so the organization and Student Media can collaborate with other campus units that may be involved (TAPS, campus police, caterers, the venue, etc.).
  • Most events involving food require a university food permit. Please discuss this with your advisor early in the process.
  • Due to liability and risk-management issues, events are restricted to on-campus only.
  • Work with your advisor to ensure you have sufficient funding to cover the event. Some funding may have stipulations on its use.

Please keep in mind, planning events take time, so be sure to check in with your advisor early in the process!

Financial Training

This training is required for all fiscal reps and business managers. You will learn how to read your organization’s ledger, track org expenses, submit purchase requests, and create spending plans.


Media Law

This seminar for print and broadcast students, taught by media attorney Jim Wagstaffe, covers the legal basics: the First Amendment, libel and slander, copyright, and privacy issues. All signers must attend the Media Law seminar or complete the online quiz before your organization may produce. Although, signers are the only ones required to attend the seminar, organization members are encouraged to attend and leaders are responsible for making sure organization members understand the laws surrounding media production.


Ethics Seminars

Offered in Winter Quarter, this workshop invites you to engage some of the current pressing questions that challenge contemporary media organizations. Led by media attorney Jim Wagstaffe, this workshop’s interactive design includes exercises and “ripped-from-the-headlines” scenarios to explore these issues.

Diversity & Media Workshops

Media gives its creators a megaphone, access to resources, and the power to change our world. In these activity-based workshops, we’ll reflect on why diversity in media matters, and what we can do about it. Developed by students, staff, and alumni each year, these workshops focus are current events and explore the many different perspectives in the media landscape.

SOMeCA Registration

Here you can find information about required trainings for orgs. To learn more about these trainings, visit the SOMeCA site by clicking here.