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March 30, 2009

Job Search Tips for SJMC Students

Despite the tough job market, there are concrete things you can do to make progress on your job search. Read our Top 10 Job Search Tips for SJMC Students , or pick up the handout in 110 Murphy Hall.

Production internship with Minnesota Public Radio

The Intern will assist Midmorning and Midday in the daily production of the shows. The intern must be able to earn one college credit per semester. Internship will run September 2009 - May 2010. Working hours may vary.

Possible duties include: researching topics, logging tape, assisting with production, and working on special projects.

View position description online.

Mar 31- ShopNBC Site Visit Registration Deadline

Company Site Visit: ShopNBC
Friday, April 3rd from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

This is an excellent event for CLA students interested in business.
You’ll get an up-close look at a business organization, and you’ll hear
directly from human resource representatives, managers, and CLA alumni.
During the visit, you’ll talk with ShopNBC employees, learn about career
options for liberal arts majors, and get a tour of ShopNBC’s facilities.

Register today through GoldPASS. Click on
the "Career Events" tab in GoldPASS for more information and to
register. This event is open to ALL CLA students. Register by Tuesday, March 31.

Questions? Contact the Career and Community Learning Center at 612-624-7577

April 3 - NAHJ/Ford Spanish-Language Internship Deadline

NAHJ/NAHP/Ford Blue Oval Journalism Internships

Applications are now open for internships in Washington, DC. Four paid internships at Spanish-language weeklies or at English-language Hispanic publications are available this summer. The 12-week program, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, seeks to give students a chance to cover local Latino communities and national Hispanic issues.

Housing in Washington, D.C. is provided. The interns will also work on the NAHJ Student Projects at the 27th Annual NAHJ Convention and Media & Career Expo in San Juan, Puerto Rico in June. Applications must be postmarked by April 3, 2009.

This week's PRSSA meeting

At the next meeting on Wednesday April, 1, 2009 there will be committee time to continue working on projects. It is also the beginning of the PRSSA Recycling Drive, running until April 7th come and drop off your recycling at the PRSSA Recycling Drive Table in Coffman Union on April 2, 3, 6 and 7.

As a reminder, forms for the April 6th Networking Event are due by the April 1st meeting.

PRSSA's Relay for Life team will be fundraising on April 2-3 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. outside on the Coffman Union mall. We will be selling cotton candy for $2 and all proceeds will go toward Colleges Against Cancer's annual fundraising event. More information about Relay for Life

PRSSA meets every Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Murphy Hall, room 100.

our Top 10 Job Search Tips for SJMC Students

April 15 -Study Mission to Israel Deadline

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is offering qualified campus leaders the opportunity to go on a FREE study mission to Israel, June 8-17, 2009.

ADL’s Campus Leadership Study Mission to Israel provides student journalists and politically active leaders with an up-close and personal perspective of Israel by learning about the strategic and social challenges facing Israel today. Mission participants will meet with key decision-makers, government and military officials, diplomats, journalists, students and everyday Israelis --Arab and Jewish -- from diverse communities, cultures and backgrounds. Participants will visit sights of historical, religious and contemporary interest. The group will take all necessary security precautions and will avoid potentially dangerous areas. The group will travel by private bus.

Thanks to generous funding from the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, there will be no cost to selected participants. This includes travel to/from New York and Israel, accommodation and meals. Students who have previously visited Israel are not eligible.

To apply for this unique opportunity complete the application form, accompanied by two letters of reference, your resume, and a 500 word essay. Stop in to 110 Murphy Hall to learn more or pick up the application form.

April 22 - Rail Europe Info Session

4 p.m., University International Center, Room 101

Are you traveling to Europe soon? Do you want to learn the best way to get from city to city? This info session will give you an introduction to train travel in Europe, describe the different types of Rail Europe passes available, and help you to maximize your travel time. Don’t miss out on this helpful info. Free pizza!

April 29 - Teach English Abroad Info Session

4 p.m., University International Center, Room 101

Wondering what to do during the summer or after you graduate? Looking for opportunities to live abroad and get paid? Thinking about making a career change? Come and learn about exciting opportunities to teach English abroad. What better way to learn about a culture than to become immersed in it! There is demand for English teachers all over the world. Discover where and how, while hearing from people who have taught abroad themselves. Free pizza!

April 15 - Work Abroad info session

4 p.m., Heller Hall Room 110

Learn about exciting opportunities to work abroad! If you are interested in travel, learning about other cultures, and gaining cross-cultural work experience while getting paid then this is the info session for you. Picture yourself working at a café in France, in the tourism industry in New Zealand, with kids in Spain, or at a university in Ireland. We’ll explore options for short term working abroad during the summer or after you graduate. Free pizza!

April 20 - "Careers in Consulting" Panel Session

Monday, April 20 from 4-6 p.m.m in Walter Library, Room 402

A moderated panel discussion to educate undergraduate and graduate students about career opportunities in the consulting industries. Panel discussions will be diverse in their company size and represent industries across U of M colleges (i.e. Business/Financial, IT/Engineering, Social/Human Service, and much more).

Note: This FREE event is open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) from colleges across the U of M.

March 23, 2009

PRSSA Meeting on March 25

Murphy Weekly
At the next PRSSA meeting Wednesday, March 25, 2009:
Guest Speaker: Curtis Smith of Carmichael Lynch Spong
REMINDER: Forms for the PRSSA Networking Event are due by April 1, don't miss out on a great opportunity to polish your networking skills or help bridge the gap between college and the professional world.

Visit us online: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~mnprssa.
Contact us at: umnprssa@umn.edu

PRSSA meets every Wednesday from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Murphy Hall, room 100.

Minnesota SPJ Scholarship

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society and Professional Journalists (MN SPJ) is now accepting applications for its 2009 student scholarship. MN SPJ will award two $1000 scholarships to students pursuing a career in journalism.

Applicants must be:
-Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota
-Or be a Minnesota high school graduate enrolled in a post-secondary institution outside of Minnesota
-Please note preference will be given to Society of Professional Journalist members

April 3rd, 2009

Scholarship recipients will be notified in late spring, and will be awarded at the Page One Awards banquet.

Apply online at: www.mnspj.org

March 19, 2009

Midwest Journalism Conference

Mark your calendars for the 2009 Midwest Journalism Conference, taking place March 27-28 at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, MN. Join journalists from all over the Midwest for two days of professional development, networking and skills training. Critique sessions will be available both days for attendees to get their resumes, portfolios, and tapes reviewed by professionals. A full conference and online registration form can be found at: www.mnspj.org.

New Online Workshop

A new online workshop on cover letters and references is now available for students!

Visit: umconnect.umn.edu/coverletters for the workshop

Idealist.org Nonprofit Career Fair and Working for Change Conference

Come to this event to explore jobs and career paths in nonprofits and social change organizations. This event is both a career fair and a career exploration conference. This event may be particularly interesting to students considering careers in the non-profit or social change oriented sectors. Come meet with over 80 organizations to discuss jobs and internships available! Also attend the 50-minute workshops that will feature panelists. Bring your resumes!

This event is FREE and open to the public, but please register at: www.idealist.org/careerfairs

Where and When:
Coffman Great Hall
"Idealist.org Nonprofit Career Fair" 12p.m-4p.m
"Working for Change Conference" 10a.m-4p.m

For workshop schedules, click HERE

Fulbright Info Session about Fulbright Grants

Attend the Fulbright Info Session to learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides support for recent college graduates to study, carry out research or creative work, or serve as English Teaching Assistants abroad in over 100 countries.

Current juniors with strong academic records are encouraged to attend this info session to learn how to apply for a Fulbright grant for 2010-2011. Other interested undergraduates are also welcome to attend.

Approximate application deadline: August 2009

For more information about the Fulbright program and other national scholarships, please visit: www.honors.umn.edu/scholarhships

The Sports Institute Summer Program

The Sports Institute is offering an intensive 4-week program of study designed to give participants real world experience within the sports journalism field.

Students will take courses in print and broadcast journalism. They will also enroll in multimedia sports and a sports seminar series in one of the most spirited and historic cities in the nation.

Courses also include: Sports Journalism, Broadcast Sports, Multimedia Sports, and Topical Sports Seminar

Program Dates:
June 1, 2009 - June 26, 2009


-Open to both undergraduate and graduate level students. Undergraduates must have junior year status or above
-Professional seeking career advancement are encouraged to enroll as well

Application Deadline:
Applications are due May 1, 2009

Program Cost:
Summer 2009 Tuition: $3750
University housing is available

For more information go to: www.bu.edu/com/sports_institute

Minnesota International Center Internship

Minnesota International Center (MIC) Internship
The MIC is looking for bright individuals with interests in international relations, international education, world affairs, non-profit management, or fundraising to participate in their internship program. Their goal is to inspire the community to understand global issues and cultures in an ever changing world.

MIC internships are 10 hours per week and are all unpaid. They are currently looking for Summer 2009 and Fall 2009 interns.

To apply, visit their website: www.micglobe.org
Click on "Get Involved" and then "Internships"
Submit the online application along with your cover letter and resume

For questions, contact MIC at mic@umn.edu or 612-625-4421

March 9, 2009

March 16 - Last day to drop a class

Monday, March 16 (the first day of spring break) is the last day to drop a class without filing a petition. If you are considering this possibility, we recommend that you talk with your instructor to determine the likelihood of successfully completing the class, and discussing this issue with your College academic adviser if this would be helpful. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, you can drop a class only through a petition that either documents extenuating circumstances or requests to use your one-time-only late drop option.

Mar. 11 & 16 - Deadlines to apply for MN Daily jobs

Attention SJMC students – The Minnesota Daily is hiring. Please review the job descriptions below. If you are interested in applying, please visit http://www.mndaily.com/jobs or apply in-person at 2221 University Ave SE, Suite 450, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

Staff Reporter

The Minnesota Daily is looking for skilled writers to join our staff as Staff Reporters. Staff Reporters are responsible for developing story ideas and source contacts. They maintain beat relations as well as gather accurate and complete information and resources. Staff Reporters will cover major developments on their beat. This is generally 2 to 4 stories per week that are accurate, fair, complete, clear, concise, well organized, adhere to Daily style and are highly readable. This individual will meet deadlines, formulate news judgment and make decisions. They will work closely with Associate Editors to develop strategies for handling stories and ensures photo and art assignments are filled out. Staff Reporters will keeps current in job-specific topics by reading local newspapers, as well as trade journals or magazines that apply to the beat on a daily basis.

Previous news writing experience preferred. Applicants with a quality collection of clips preferred. Should be familiar with the University community. Must be a University of Minnesota student.

Applications Due: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 5 pm

Editorial Cartoonist

The Minnesota is looking for a skilled individual to join our staff as an Editorial Cartoonist. This individual will be responsible for creating four to five daily Editorial Page cartoons per week, commenting on current political and social events. Keeps current in local and national affairs.

Portfolio review with an emphasis on originality of ideas and mature artistic style. Must be a University of Minnesota student.

Applications Due: Monday, March 16, 2009 at 5 pm

March 20 - IABC Meet the Pros Event

Event held at Northwestern College, Blue Room in Nazareth Hall
3003 Snelling Avenue N
St. Paul, MN 55113

Network with business and communication professionals from the Twin Cities at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) "Meet the Pros" event. Get your resume reviewed and network with seasoned pros and recent grads from Target, Wells Fargo, Padilla Spear Beardsley, Minnesota Twins, WordWise Communications, and more. Find out what it takes to make the leap from college to career.

Event is free for IABC student members, $5 for student nonmembers at the door. Questions? Contact: Emily Poskie (emily.poskie@thrivent.com) or Kelli Farnam (knfarnam@students.nwc.edu).

April 1 - Financial Planning Workshop for students

10-11:30 a.m. in 140 Nolte Hall
Learn the basics of saving, investing and money management. At this workshop you will learn tips and have an opportunity to ask questions. Topics include: how to manage debt (student loans, credit cards, auto loans, etc), investment options and taxes, emergency reserves and savings (where to keep cash and how much you should keep). This is a free event, no registration required. Sponsored by the Career and Community Learning Center.

Mar. 23 Deadline: Washington Center for Politics & Journalism

The Politics & Journalism Semester is a program of the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism. The Center brings 12 or 13 college student journalists, whose career goal is political reporting, to Washington each semester. Students learn about campaign, governance and interest group politics in twice-weekly seminars, featuring political consultants and operatives, elected and party officials, and national political journalists. They receive practical experience and exposure to national politics as reporting interns in major Washington news bureaus. Review the program details online. To apply, submit your application materials to room 110 Murphy Hall by our internal deadline of March 23. SJMC will then nominate candidates for the program.

Apply by Apr. 15 for summer non-credit learning abroad funding

The Learning Abroad Center has funding of up to $500 for students participating on non-credit work, intern, volunteer or teaching programs during summer 2009.

Students must complete an application and submit a 250-300 word essay illustrating their reasons in choosing the program, how it will impact their personal, professional, academic or long-term goals, and how they plan to fund the program in addition to the awarded fellowship.

Preference will be given to students participating on non-paid programs.

Deadline: April 15 at 4:00pm
Notification: May 1

Please visit the Learning Abroad Center's website to find a list of approved programs:

March 25 - Grad Fest 2009

Take care of all your graduation needs at the University’s annual Grad Fest: Wednesday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union.
Check it out online at www.bookstore.umn.edu/grad/gradfest.html.

Apr. 1: Deadline for Student News Challenge

The NAA Foundation News Challenge is a cutting-edge training session for college students that will harness their creativity to create new content and business models for the news industry.

The one-week program will take place at the campus of the University of Nevada/Reno from May 31 to June 6, 2009. The 15 participating students will be divided into teams to develop real-world prototypes for the newspaper industry. They will interact with digital news executives, advertising and marketing directors, educators and more over the course of the week.

Learn more and apply online at the Newspaper Association of America Foundation's Web site.

Submit your content for MN Daily graduation issue

The Minnesota Daily is doing something new and unique this year. We are publishing a yearbook-type publication. The publication will be printed on heavy card stock paper and will feature stories and photos from our archives that will highlight major events and happenings over the last four years at the University of Minnesota. The publication will also include: student group profiles; parent shout-outs; recognition of the top eight leaders on campus; and gradlines. 35,000 copies of the publication will be printed. 20,000 will be available on racks throughout campus beginning Friday, May 1, and the other 15,000 will be distributed at graduation ceremonies. Get started by visiting The Minnesota Daily Web site to learn more.

Apr. 6: Deadline NAHJ scholarships

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists offers several scholarships for students pursuing careers in print, online, or broadcast journalism. Learn more about the scholarships and apply online.

Mar. 23: Deadline for NAHJ internships in Washington, D.C.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists is now taking applications for 12-week internships in Washington, D.C. Work at a Spanish-language weekly or at English-language Hispanic publications. You can learn more and apply online.

Mar. 25: Deadline NAHJ fellowships in NYC

National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Kick your journalism career into high gear with a summer fellowship with NBC Universal in NYC. Work for 10 weeks on top NBC shows. Stipend to help cover living expenses. Learn more and find the application online.

Get involved with Radio K

Radio K is the U of M's independent student-run radio station. We are always looking for volunteers, and we offer opportunities to review new music, help record live bands, write and voice stories for our award-winning news program, and gain experience in production, marketing, and underwriting. Email Mark at radiokvolunteer@gmail.com if you'd like to help. Visit the Radio K Web site to learn more about how you can get involved.

Mar. 27 & Apr. 3: Deadlines for AAJA intenrships

The applications for AAJA's 2009 NBC and Siani Lee Broadcast Internships are now ready. Visit http://www.aaja.org/programs/for_students/ for the applications.

About the internship opportunities:
NBC Universal will offer two students the opportunity to become NBC Fellows and join one of the following NBC Programs for summer 2009 as interns. Deadline application is March 27, 2009.

This internship is held during the summer at CBS affiliate KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deadline application is April 3, 2009.

Mar. 31: Deadline to register for NAHJ Convention

Gather with Latino journalists and media executives at the 27th Annual National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Learn more about this opportunity online. Expenses are covered for students participating in various aspects of the convention. Learn more online.

Mar 27 Deadline: AAJA Convention News Project internship

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has designed its convention project to simulate the convergence newsroom of today. This program will provide "mojo" (mobile journalism) and other news training opportunities to college students and professionals at the 2009 AAJA National Convention, to be held Aug. 12-15, 2009 in Boston.

From the applications, 20 of the most promising students will be selected as finalists and given the opportunity for building skills and developing their portfolios. They will participate in pre-convention training that will include interactive online courses in interviewing, multimedia, ethics, and an option of visual and audio techniques. They will also be given pre-convention assignments covering issues related to the journalism industry today and/or the Asian American/Pacific Islander community. Of those students, 12 will be selected to cover convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided.

Learn more and download the application online.

This week's PRSSA meeting

At the next PRSSA meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 we will have committee time to continue working on projects for the semester.

As a reminder, don't forget to sign up for the PRSSA Relay for Life team! The deadline to receive your Relay t-shirt is Friday, March 13, so sign up by this date. You don't need to be a member of PRSSA to be on our relay team. This year's Relay for Life is Friday, April 17, 2009 to register visit http://main.acsevents.org/goto/PRSSA.

For more information about the Relay for Life event visit, http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=15856

Internship opportunities with Radio Free Europe

Radio Free Europe (RFE), one of the largest media organizations in the world, provides news and information in 20 countries where a free press is either banned or not fully established. The organization is seeking interns for their communications department at their headquarters in Prague, or in their Washington, D.C. office. Internships are unpaid, but students will have rich opportunities to draft press releases and event reports, manage web content, support media and congressional outreach, and be involved in journalism advocacy efforts, research and event planning for VIP visits. To learn more visit the RFE web site or stop in to 110 Murphy Hall to read over their application packet.

June 1 -Deadline for Capital Semester on Political Journalism

The Fund for American Studies, in partnership with Georgetown University, is sponsoring a fifteen-week academic internship program in Washington D.C. They are now taking applications for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 programs. Participants will experience a hands-on journalism experiences along with full-time academic experience at Georgetown University. You can learn more about the program online. If you are thinking about applying, please consider talking to the students services staff in room 110 Murphy Hall. The SJMC is pleased to nominate students on behalf of the School, and this could afford you special admissions and scholarship consideration.

Deadline for fall 2009 program is June 1.
Deadline for spring 2010 program is November 1.

March 3, 2009

Congratulations Hearst Award Winners!

Stephen Maturen, First Place, Photojournalism, $2,000 award
Matthew Mead, Eighth Place, Photojournalism, $500 award
McKenna Ewen, Ninth Place, Broadcast (Television), $500 award

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program
is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) with full-funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities.

March 2, 2009

March 7- PRSSA Internship/Job Event

This Saturday, March 7, 2009 our PRSSA Chapter will be having a PRSSA Internship/Job Event! . Throughout the day there will be a series of workshops and speakers that will provide great information about internships and jobs. If you're interested in learning how to make a standout resume and portfolio, or would like to gain information about interviewing skills, this event is for you!

A networking opportunity will be available following the event. Also, enter a raffle for best resume. Lunch will be provided for those who attend. To receive a registration form send an e-mail to umnprssa@gmail.com

When: Saturday March 7, 2009
Where: Coffman Union, Room 303
Cost: UMN PRSSA members $5
Non-members $10