Summer Satellite Reunion in Online Orbit (via Zoom)
Alumni and students from all over the country are invited to join our first virtual alumni gathering on Thursday, June 18th, in a free and fun networking opportunity! Our five annual Summer Satellite Reunion events are combined into one, due to travel restrictions and social distancing requirements during this COVID-19 crisis. By holding the event via Zoom video, we are able to be more inclusive and accommodate a wider range of alumni and student participants, publications, and discussion topics.
The event will feature two main parts: Part 1 spotlights two speakers -- Rick Berke, of STAT Health News, a respected digital media service, and Emma Stein, Daily Summer editor-in-chief -- who will kick-off a discussion moderated by Julie Rovner, of Kaiser Health News, centered around their perspectives of covering the news in 2020 in the shadow of COVID-19. In Part 2, we'll divide into "break-out rooms" for more in-depth conversations and socializing -- first grouped by geographic regions, and then by publication/team: Daily Edit/Sports/Business/Photo/MiC (Michigan in Color) and potentially other departments, plus gathering spaces for Ensian/Gargoyle/SHEI alumni and students.
Participants can move from one break-out room to another during the event, but at registration, it is recommended they sign up for their preferred rooms, or they will be assigned to rooms to start out.
This event is free, but pre-registration is required for the security of the event. Reserve your spot now, spaces are limited; Zoom log-in information will be emailed. Deadline to register is noon on the day of the event, Thur. June 18th, if you want to select your choice of breakout rooms.
Zoom tutorials and information about how to log on, including testing out the app on your computer (it works better on a desktop than it does on phones or tablets, in my experience) visit their website.
Please note that we may record all or part of the event, so that people who were unable to attend can enjoy some of the conversation, and as a learning tool for future events, but we welcome feedback about that possibility and any other comments, questions or concerns.