J-School Generations 2018

Fall 2018 Edition

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications hosted its J-School Generations on Sept. 27-28, 2018. The school invited alumni to return to campus to connect with faculty, students and alumni. This year's two-day event started with guest speakers taking over journalism classes on for an entire day and having lunch with students. Later in the afternoon, three of our alumni gave TED-style talks to an audience that included students, faculty, staff and fellow alumni; a reception followed. Friday morning started off with alumni and students creating teams to compete in trivia and games. The winning team, KJHK, won $500 for their organization. Friday events also included a round-robin networking session with alumni and students and a ribbon cutting for the school’s new tech hub.


This year, J-School Generations continued the tradition of hosting J-Talk, a TED-style lecture event featuring three of our talented alumni, who shared stories of inspiration and innovation that has guided them on their path in their lives and careers.


Laura Okmin

You’ll find Laura Okmin (j’91) on the sidelines for the NFL on FOX and Westwood One’s NFL national radio games. She’s covered more than 10 Super Bowls, covered the Olympics in the London, Sochi and Pyongyang, and reported from multiple World Series, NBA and NHL championships. 

For more than 25 years, Laura has been covering the biggest names in sports. What Laura is most proud of are the connections she has cultivated over two decades of building relationships – not sources. Laura started LO Productions in 2007 producing PROfiles, a 30-minute series introducing viewers to NFL personalities off the field, which aired on FSN for two seasons. 

Trust has been the foundation of every interview she conducts, the content she creates with her production company – and now her company leading the next generation of women sports broadcasters. GALVANIZE gave Laura a purpose: Training and mentoring young women entering the sports world on – and more importantly – off camera. Its genesis was to give young women something Laura didn’t have growing up in this business – a network of other women. 

Laura speaks to businesses and colleges throughout the country. She also offers sought-after media training for professional athletes, coaches, NFL and MLB teams and business professionals.

J-Talk topic: “The WHO not the Do...”


Carlos P. Beltran

Carlos P. Beltran is a Venezuelan journalist, writer and director. He is based in New York City working as a producer and visual journalist at NBC Universal documentary unit, NBC Left Field. His award-winning documentary work focuses on socio-political issues in Latin America (PASION, VOLUNTAD & PAZ).

In 2009, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism and mass communication and a second degree in theater and film. Aside from working on independent documentaries, he also directed TV and online advertising campaigns in Venezuela from 2010 to 2014. 

From 2014 to late 2016, he produced character-driven online documentaries for some of the most influential media networks in the United States, including National Geographic, Discovery Digital Networks, ABC News, MSNBC, NBC News, AJ+, Univision, The Atlantic, and The New York Post. He also directed branded content for companies such as GoPro, About.com, Pivot Desk, Take Part Productions and New Media Advocacy Project.

As a side project, he is currently directing a 10-part documentary series on the life of NBA player Greivis Vasquez (Greivis, The Final Shot) as he battles through physical rehab hoping to return to the basketball league.  

J-Talk topic: “Political Prison and Other Highlights of My Career as a Video Journalist”


Whitney Antwine

Whitney Antwine (j’14), owner of wantwine creative, has passionately followed digital marketing trends for the past decade. 

Through coaching business owners on building their digital presence to engage digital audiences, Antwine’s “teach a woman to fish” approach has empowered her clients to transform their inherent fear of digital marketing into true excitement, simply through education.

J-Talk topic: “C.R.E.A.T.E.–Your Purpose Into Existence”

(They always say “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” I say, get out of the damn house and create it.) 

Angel Tran (j’19) created this video recapping all of the events from J-School Generations 2018.

The School of Journalism invites all J-School alumni to return to campus each fall to re-connect with faculty, students and alumni. You can network with tomorrow's best and brightest students, reminisce with friends at a reception and celebrate your J-School pride with other alumni.