Media Tour FAQ
What is the schedule for the trip?
Students must arrive in New York City by Sunday, October 16th. Tours will take place from approximately 9:00am – 5:00pm on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th. Students can expect to visit 3-4 employers each day. Outside of scheduled tour times, students can explore the city however they choose. However, be mindful that this is not a vacation, it is a professional development trip so you should be putting your best foot forward with employers by showing up on time and being put together.
How much does the trip cost?
Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel, lodging and food. Below is a list of what you can expect to pay for on the trip. More details are provided for each in their own FAQ section.
- Round-trip flight
- Transportation around the city
- Other excursions you choose (shopping, museums, etc.)
Students will need to be in NYC by Sunday, October 16th and should plan to return to Lincoln on Wednesday, October 19th. Since you are responsible for your travel arrangements, you get to choose your flight times. This allows you to choose what works best for your schedule and budget. It is recommended to find a travel buddy who is also going on the trip, especially if you aren’t comfortable traveling alone. If you need help connecting with others on the trip, reach out to Natalie Roetman (email@example.com).
It is recommended that you get a MetroCard while you’re in the city. This will be $1 for the card initially plus the amount you select to load onto the card. It is an average of $2.75 per ride, but you can also look at options that give you unlimited rides. Also, make sure to arrange travel to and from the airport, whether that is a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft or riding the bus. There will be helpful articles about transportation provided on the pop-up class Canvas page.
Natalie Roetman, the instructor for the pop-up class and chaperone for the tour, will be staying at Club Quarters Times Square-Midtown if you would like to also stay there. There is not a recommended location for students to stay at, so feel free to choose what works with your budget. However, it is highly recommended to look for lodging in the Times Square/Midtown area of town so it is easy to access the employers we’ll be visiting. If you need help in your hotel search, reach out to Natalie.
The only food provided during the trip is at the Drinks with the Dean event. At this alumni mixer there will be drinks and light appetizers provided. Other than that, students are responsible for food throughout the trip. There are cost-effective ways to save some money along the way, like buying quick breakfast or snack options at a local bodega or opting for a cheaper lunch/dinner option. The city has so much to offer at whatever works best with your budget.
There is a Slack channel for those in the pop-up class. As soon as you sign up, you will be invited via your Huskers email to join the Slack workspace to see who else is going in case you want to find roommates and travel buddies. This is also how important communication will be disseminated about pre-trip planning and meeting reminders. The channel will be utilized while in the city as well.
What should I pack?
This is a professional development event, and therefore you are expected to put your best foot forward and look put together as you meet with employers. It is recommended to dress in business casual for the employer tours. We will go over what this looks like more in-depth during the pop-up class if you need some guidance, and a sample packing list will be provided to make sure you are prepared. Business casual allows you to look professional but still be comfortable enough to get around the city. Outside of tours feel free to wear what you want to explore the city!
What is the benefit of going on the NYC Media Tour?
The biggest benefit of taking this trip is that you will gain access to large companies you might not otherwise be able to access, and there are great opportunities to network with alumni. Some previous employers we’ve visited include Havas, R/GA, Spotify, charity:water, and more. So far, we have confirmed tours of the New York Times, National Basketball Association (NBA), Starcom, AP News, Kantar, Ogilvy, Ketchum, Day One Agency and Hearst Magazines. As the list grows, updates will be made.
What employers will be included on the tour?
So far, we have confirmed tours with the following companies:
- New York Times
- National Basketball Association (NBA)
- Hearst Magazines
- AP News
- Recent campaigns from Ogilvy:
- Anything for the Taste — KFC
- Sound Tour — Spotify
- Share Your Roar — Twitter
- Toxic Influence — Dove
- Recent campaigns from Ketchum:
- Maytag: It’s Gonna Be Maytag
- Wendy’s: Wendy’s Takes on Breakfast — You Up For This?
- Gillette: New Routine At-Home Barbershop
- Whirlpool: Chore Club
- Day One Agency
- Recent campaigns from Day One Agency New York:
- H&M - Swiping Right on NY
- Motorola - Launching the Reinvented razr
- Chipotle Mexican Grill - Crashing the Men's Professional Championship
- Nike - Movement 97
As the list grows, updates will be made.
Who can go on the NYC Media Tour?
Anyone with a major in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications is welcome to come on the NYC Media Tour! You can find more information and sign up here. If you do not have a major in CoJMC but are interested in attending the Media Tour, please reach out to Natalie Roetman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I miss any classes?
Since the NYC Media Tour takes place over fall break, the only day of classes you would miss is Wednesday, October 19th when you travel back to Nebraska. All students will have an official note they can give to professors to excuse their absence, but students should still communicate with their professors ahead of time to coordinate any missing assignments or exams.
Will I be on my own in the city?
We discourage traveling on your own if it can be avoided for safety reasons. There will be other students on the trip for you to hang out and explore the city with! There will also be an instructor accompanying everyone on the employer tours.
Do I have to take the pop-up class?
Yes, all students who sign up for the NYC Media Tour will be taking the pop-up class (JOMC 192.951). If you are taking the pop-up class for 1 credit, you will receive directions for how to enroll in the course. If you are not taking the pop-up class for credit, you will be manually added to the Canvas course. Regardless, all students traveling to NYC will complete assignments and attend a meeting on October 6th and 20th. For a detailed outline of the pop-up class schedule, please see this form.
What do I have to complete as part of the pop-up class?
All students will complete pre-trip assignments focused on employer research and professionalism. You will also be provided with a sample packing list for the trip and there will be a checklist to make sure all your accommodations are in order. All students must attend mandatory meetings on October 6th and October 20th as well. If you are taking the pop-up class for 1 credit, you will also have to complete a post-trip reflection assignment.
Do we have to have a COVID-19 vaccination to attend?
As of right now, there are a couple of employers that are requiring that guests be vaccinated to tour their facilities. Those employers are The New York Times, the NBA, Hearst Magazines, Day One Agency, Ogilvy and Starcom. It is encouraged that you bring your vaccination card with you when you travel in case it needs to be presented as proof of vaccination. If you do bring it along, make sure you also have a digital copy and keep it somewhere safe while you travel. If you are not vaccinated, you are still allowed to tour other facilities as long as you are not ill or experiencing COVID-related symptoms.