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College Media Convention Will Be Virtual-Only

Event had been planned for Baltimore in October.

Add another to the list of industry events going virtual this year: the National Student Electronic Media Convention, which had been planned for Baltimore in late October.

Attendees at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in 2018 celebrate an award for KTSW(FM) in Texas in an image from the CBI Twitter feed.

It will be online-only instead. The convention is scheduled to go to Orlando in 2021 and return to Baltimore in 2022.

College Broadcasters Inc., which produces the gathering, said its board has been weighing the matter for some time.

“To ensure that our decision was made with the greatest possible amount of data and transparency, we surveyed our membership multiple times and convened several focus groups.”

But it cited “the uncertain budgetary situation” faced by many members, institutional travel freezes, a predicted spike in cases in the fall “and the reality that many people are understandably uncomfortable traveling or gathering in groups right now.”

This story originally appeared on GV’s sister publication Radio World.