By Mary Kate Brogan
Alex Rawls’ keynote address seemed a little disjointed and out-of-place for a conference as large as ACP/CMA. Sure, it was probably helpful for some students who were interested in online news and reporting on music and culture, but I am very interested in both of those things, and I didn’t find the address very informative.
Past CMA New York keynotes like Willie Geist and Jason Wagenheim, vice president and publisher of Teen Vogue, have at least attempted to make their speeches applicable to most of the audience, but I feel like Rawls’ speech was not easy for most to follow. This led to most people leaving before the question portion, which was just as disjointed as the speech itself. While I’m sure Rawls is a great person, his presentation did not transfer well to the lives of most student journalists at the conference.