UNI to host FastForward Digital Media Event, with keynote by UNI alum Ben Hagarty, videographer

Photo of Ben Hagarty, keynote speaker and UNI graduate


UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa's department of communication studies will host its annual FastForward Digital Media Event starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 25. 

The day will consist of opportunities for students to gain training and information from media professionals and industry experts. Sessions will address the latest developments and best practices in the media field and how to break into the business. The workshop is designed for those interested in exploring careers in broadcast news and journalism, advertising and marketing, multiplatform media production and other media-related fields.

The day is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration is required by Oct. 23.

Session Topics will include:

  • Why Journalism Isn’t Dying 
  • Sounds Good! : A Master Class in Vocalizing for Radio with Pat Blank 
  • Hot Gear for Cool Shots 
  • New Opportunities in Radio 
  • Breaking News on the Spot 
  • Good to Great: How Lighting makes the Difference 
  • News Directors-Tips and Tricks 
  • Pitching Ideas that Get Picked 
  • To Cut or Not: What Makes for a Good Edit? 
  • On-Camera and On The Air 
  •  Repping Your Brand: Social Media & Corporate Video 

The keynote delivery will be by UNI alum, Ben Hagarty, videographer for music artists and brands. Hagarty has moved from being an Iowa-based freelancer to owning his own company, BA Human Studios in Los Angeles. He has worked with artists and brands such as EA Games, G-Easy, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce and more. His passion is to teach others about his work and build the creative community through his Black with No Cream online platforms. The keynote talk is free and open to the public at 1:30 p.m. in Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI Campus. Registration to FastForward is not required for the keynote.


Contact: Paul Torre, assistant professor of communication studies, (319) 273-6445, paul.torre@uni.edu