Adviser Update Adviser Update Winter 2018 | Page 16

And, while we’re on the subject, don’t forget to check all the technology your speaker will need and have a “Plan B.” I once brought a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to campus, only to have her computer not work on our system, then watch in horror as my computer ate her presentation. Always alert the IT department that you may need help during the presentation and, if possible, have a tech staffer on hand until the coast is clear. After the event Besides listening to the sage advice and war stories of a working journalist, another highlight for students can be asking questions once class is over. If possible, arranging for snacks or coffee in a more intimate setting is gold for aspiring journalists. Just make sure that your speaker is comfortable in that more relaxed setting, and let him or her know in advance that student enthusiasm, while contagious, can also be on the enervating side for adults. JIM BURNS Jim Burns is the upper school communications department chair at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, and a College Media Association honor roll recipient. He also writes the blog about the renewal of the Los Angeles River.