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April 27, 2009

Congratulations to the NSAC team!

The University of Minnesota National Student Advertising Competition team won the District 8 competition this weekend in Minneapolis! Congratulations to the team and faculty adviser Howard Liszt! The U of M team will attend the NSAC National Competition in Washington, D.C. in June.

This week's PRSSA meeting

The last meeting and the End-of-the-Year Banquet is Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Murphy Hall Room 100. Hope to see you there!

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 10

April 22, 2009

June 5 -Institute on the Environment Internship Deadline

The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment is seeking a Communications Intern who can start work during July 2009 and stay on for the 2009-10 academic year. This is a part time paid internship that is open to current University of Minnesota students.


* Actively enrolled University of Minnesota undergraduate student
* Able to work 20-25 hours per week
* Excellent writing, editing, communication, organizational and people skills
* Strong interest in environmental issues
* Journalism, communications or creative writing majors with professional writing experience are preferred.

Assist the IonE communications team with a wide range of projects, which may include:

* Writing, editing or research for IonE’s Momentum magazine and other print communications such as ads, press releases, annual reports, etc.
* Writing, editing or research for all IonE Web sites and e-newsletters
* Interviewing environmental experts (off-camera) during video shoots
* Expanding IonE’s mailing and e-mail distribution list (i.e. finding new contacts, entering contact info in the database and mailing items as needed)
* Locating distribution outlets on/around campus for Momentum magazine and other print pieces, and delivering them in person
* Assisting with event planning and logistics
* Other communications or administrative duties for staff and faculty as needed

To apply
E-mail cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Eve Daniels by June 5, 2009.

You can learn more about the Institute and view the full job description online.

Institute for Human Studies Fall Internship Program

The Institute for Humane Studies is now accepting applications for their Fall Journalism Internship program. The program offers paid placements at print newspapers, major media networks and state-based policy organizations for students interested in the ideas of liberty.

The internship program has three tracks: newspaper, broadcast journalism and investigative journalism.

During the internship, students will learn journalism skills from experienced professionals. And they'll make connections that will help with their job search. In addition, the IHS covers the costs for all interns to attend their weeklong journalism workshop held in the summer.

They look for skilled writers passionate about liberty. Previous experience is a plus but not required. Students from all disciplines, including political science and economics are encouraged to apply. The program includes a stipend plus a housing and travel allowance.

To apply or to learn more, visit their Web siteThe application deadline is July 1.

April 20, 2009

This week's PRSSA meeting

At the next meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 we will have the second round of Executive Board elections. The last meeting of the year will be the End-of-the-year Banquet on April 29. If you haven' yet, please fill out the PRSSA Spring Member Survey to help us make the chapter better for next year.

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.

Does Health News Reporting Leave Consumers Out in the Cold?

Fever Pitch: Does Health News Reporting Leave Consumers Out in the Cold?
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law is partnering with the Society of Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Minnesota News Council to produce this program for the SPJ’s Town Hall Meeting Series. The purpose of the meetings is to increase dialogue between the public and the press.

“Fever Pitch: Does Health News Reporting Leave Consumers Out in the Cold?” will feature a presentation by Gary Schwitzer, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Publisher of HealthNewsReview.org. He will be joined by a panel of reporters who will discuss the ethical challenges of covering developments in health news.


Susan Albright, MinnPost.com
Jeff Baillon, FOX-9 News
Dave Hage, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Jeff Hansel, Rochester Post-Bulletin
Jeremy Olson, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and Silha Center Director, University of Minnesota, will serve as moderator for this program. The Forum will include an opportunity for audience Q&A.

April 22 -Deadline Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Essay Contest

Wednesday, April 22 is the deadline for your individual essay submission to the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation. Below is the 2009 Essay Question, along with the Guidelines. If you have any questions, or need the application please stop in to 110 Murphy Hall.

2009 Essay Question
How has the media landscape, and the manner in which sports journalists cover events, changed over the past 20 years?

Conditions of Eligibility:

A. An applicant *must* be a citizen of the United States; pending application for citizenship *_does not_* qualify a person to apply.

B. An applicant *must* have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of his/her second and/or third year of undergraduate study, achieving junior or senior status for the fall 2009 semester at the University’s School of Journalism, who will graduate in spring of 2010 and not mid-year.

C. An applicant must have at least a “B” (3.0) grade point average and be enrolled full-time.

D. An applicant *must* show, integrity of character, interest in and respect for his/her fellow humans, and the energy to use his/her writing talents to the fullest extent.

Essay Format Guidelines:

1. No more than 1000 words, but no less than 750 words.
2. Must be prepared with a one-inch (1”) margin, 12-point font.
3. Applicant’s *first and last name* and *word count* in the *upper right* corner of *each* page
4. Multiple pages must be numbered bottom-center.
5. The essay must have one staple in the upper left corner.
6. DO NOT put essays in any type of binding.

If you think you would like to apply, please see Maggie Cosgrove in 110 Murphy Hall as soon as possible to learn more about the application process and the supporting materials required to apply. The SJMC will review all applications submitted and nominate one student on behalf of the SJMC. Applications are due by 12 noon on Wednesday, April 22.

Documentary screening: "Money-driven Medicine"

Join author Maggie Mahar as she screens the 90 minute documentary based on her book, Money-driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much. The film, produced by academy award winner Alex Gibney, analyzes why Americans spend more money on health care than any other country in the world. Mahar will provide commentary and discussion after the screening about the growing crisis in the health care industry. The event will be on Friday, April 24, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Murphy 130 and is free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

Hearst Journalism Awards Upcoming Deadlines

Multimedia Competition Deadline is today,! April 20.

Please review competition guidelines online. Students must be current SJMC majors to participate. Stop in to 110 Murphy Hall to pick up the official application form. Deadlines below are internal SJMC deadlines to allow time for our internal SJMC review. If chosen to be nominated on behalf of the school we will submit your application on your behalf.

April 13, 2009

Premack Awards Program

Monday, April 20, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A. I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center
Free and open to the public

The 32nd annual awards program will celebrate the winning works and best practices of public affairs journalism, and will also feature the presentation of the Graven Award to Brad Swensen of The Bemidji Pioneer and the Farr Award to Joel Kramer of MinnPost.com. The winning journalists and award winners will have the opportunity to speak about their work.

The Frank Premack Memorial Award competition is one of the state's most coveted and celebrated journalism honors. Started after the death in 1975 of Frank Premack, a reporter and editor at the Minneapolis Tribune. The competition seeks entries from Minnesota media doing public affairs journalism in their community or region.

Read the award-winning articles.

POTO MITAN Film Screeing and Discussion

Screening and Discussion with Co-Director/Producer Mark Schuller

Thursday, April 16
130 Murphy Hall

The documentary of Poto Mitan, Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy is told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers and gives the global economy a human face. Each woman?s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. These women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country, collective action makes change possible.

U of M Alumnus Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at NYU, the City University of New York. He co-edited Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction and is co-producer and co-director of the forthcoming Plato Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.
Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

This week's PRSSA meeting

At the next meeting on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 we will have the first day of Executive Board elections and continue the second day on April 22. The last meeting of the year will be the End-of-year Banquet on April 29.

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.

April 10, 2009

JOUR 4992 Practicum deadline is Monday, April 13 at noon

New York City housing option for summer

Students who will be interning in New York City this summer may be interested in the following opportunity that was recently shared with career services staff at the University of Minnesota:

Educational Housing Services is a Not-for-profit organization that provides safe and affordable fully furnished housing to students, grad students and interns coming to New York City throughout the year. EHS manages multiple properties throughout New York City and Brooklyn, and is a great short term housing option that offers the opportunity to live in a community of your peers.

EHS can also provide housing the summer after you graduate from your program. So if you are contemplating living in New York but don’t want to make a year long commitment, this could be a solution. Check out the website www.studenthousing.org or call today for locations, rates and availability. 1-800-297-4694

Apply for Capital Semester Political Journalism Track

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, courses for academic credit, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts.

This fast-paced, residential program is offered each fall and spring, and provides journalism and communications students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in job placements and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

Applications for our fall program will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of June 1, 2009. Students are encouraged to apply by April 24 in order to be entered into a drawing to win $200 toward their travel to Washington, DC for the program. If you wish to be nominated on behalf of SJMC, please see Maggie Cosgrove in 110 Murphy Hall to learn more. The internal SJMC deadline will be Monday, May 11.

PA 4101: Nonprofit Management and Governance

Strategic Communication students interested in careers in nonprofit may be interested in PA 4101: Nonprofit Management and Governance, offered for 3 credits this fall semester. View full details on One Stop.

As civil society organizations, nonprofit agencies have a long and important tradition within American democracy. Yet as the current fiscal environment makes clear, a compelling mission alone is insufficient to assure these organizations survive and thrive; professional and innovative nonprofit management, leadership and governance is essential. In this course, we examine real world examples and review theories and practices that apply to them. There are many unique issues nonprofit managers and leaders face, including tensions between the nonprofit mission and the ever-changing funding markets, participation in policymaking, professionalism of the sector, accountability demands and the challenges of part-time volunteers as board members providing governance, oversight and leadership to increasingly complex organizations.

This course is offered in a mixed on-line and face-to-face format (4 meetings throughout the term). It begins by exploring the nonprofit sector and examining what make nonprofits unique. From that foundation, we will examine governance and accountability of nonprofit boards, the funding challenges and program evaluation, strategic management theory and practice, the role of nonprofits in policymaking and the unique aspects on nonprofit finance. Making generalizations about nonprofits can be difficult because of the size and diversity of the sector and therefore the types of organizations in it. We will endeavor to be sensitive to that challenge by drawing upon examples from the many subsectors including, health, religious institutions, performing arts, human services and advocacy organizations.

The teaching method will be an interactive model drawing upon readings, asynchronous discussion boards, presentations from practitioners from the local nonprofit community, online presentations of material with podcasts and video casts, teaching cases, and collaborative projects.

Students may contact the instructor, Julia Classen, for further information at julia@auroraconsult.com.

Info Sessions with U.S. Department of State

Learn about internships and full-time positions with the U.S. Department of State. Career diplomat Dr. Brian Flora will discuss internship and career opportunities with the U.S. Department of State during three information sessions on:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
140 Nolte Hall
1:30-2:30 PM
(geared for CLA students)

1-123 Carlson School of Management
5:00-6:00 PM
(geared for business students)

1-123 Carlson School of Management
6:00-7:00 PM
(geared for Humphrey Institute students)

While sessions may be tailored to the majors or degrees for the above audiences, all sessions are open to any University of Minnesota students (undergraduate and graduate), and alumni. Not need to RSVP, simply show up!

The Department of State is the Federal agency responsible for the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The Department’s personnel represent the U.S. and protect its interests and citizens around the world. The State Department seeks high caliber employees with the skills and competencies needed to deal with the demands of the coming decades. It recruits a diverse group of individuals with knowledge not only in areas traditionally associated with diplomacy (such as history, political science, international relations, and economics), but also those with backgrounds in business, office management, public administration, natural sciences, communications, law, information management and security. Its 25,000 U.S. employees (Foreign Officers and Specialists and Civil Servants) serve domestically, primarily in Washington DC, and at 265 embassies and consulates in over 160 foreign countries.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Flora -- Dr. Flora will be available for one-on-one meetings with individuals between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM in the Career and Community Learning Center in 135 Johnston Hall, and between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM in the Carlson Business Center. Please contact Dr. Flora to set up an appointment: flora.brian@gmail.com

Other questions? Please contact the Career and Community Learning Center, the career office for the College of Liberal Arts, at 612-624-7577.

End of Semester Academic Support Workshops

The end of the semester can be a difficult time to stay energized and focused on classes & assignments. Student Academic Support Services is offering 3 workshops that can help with test-taking, managing time demands, and getting caught up in your classes as the end of the term approaches. Workshops are informative and offer straight-to-the point tips and strategies that can be used right away.

Thursday, April 23 - Time Management Refresher, from 1-2 p.m.
Monday, April 27 - Staying On Track, from 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, April 30 - Ace Your Finals, from noon to 1 p.m.

All sessions are held in room 202 Eddy Hall. To register, call 612-624-3323 or visit the University Counseling and Consulting Services Website.

The Minnesota Daily Seeks Marketing Communications Director

The Minnesota Daily is seeking a Marketing Communications Director for the summer and academic year. This position is a great opportunity for an advertising or public relations major to get first hand experience, and management skills at the nations largest student run newspaper and the state of Minnesota’s 5th largest newspaper publication. View the position description and apply online.

April 6, 2009

SJMC alum and PRISM founder to read from new book

Book Reading by SJMC Alum
The founder of PRISM and former SJMC student, Murali Balaji will be reading his new book, Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asian America on Thursday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. at Coffman Bookstore. Desi Rap is a collection of essays from South Asian American activists, academics, and hip-hop artists that explore the genre as an expression of racial identity, class, status, gender, sexuality, racism and culture. For more information, visit, www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html This event is free and open to the public.

Job Search Workshop on April 17

Strat Comm majors, jumpstart your job search! Join strategic communication faculty Gordon Leighton, Bruce Moorhouse and Martha Wilson as they lead a discussion on job search strategies on Friday April 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Murphy Hall, room 214. All graduating seniors are welcome to attend but the session will be focused on strategic communication careers.

$5 student registration for MN News Photographers Convention

2009 Minnesota News Photographers Association Convention
Join the MNPA for their 2009 Convention, April 17-19 in Murphy Hall. The weekend will include a keynote speech by Brian Storm of Mediastorm, contest results and various discussions about new photography in our ever-changing world. The convention is free for MNPA members and only $5 for students. No advance registration is needed, walk-ins welcome! For more information about the event, visit www.mnpa.org.

This week's PRSSA meeting

At the next meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 we will have committee time to continue working on our projects for the year. After the meeting we will attend the Minnesota Twins game at 7:10 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lindsey Schmelzer at schm1573@umn.edu or Katie Kraker at krake017@umn.edu.

Visit us online.
Contact us at: umnprssa@umn.edu

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

Cyber-interns needed for Targeted News Service

Targeted News Service, a five-year-old editorial services company based in Washington, D.C., is looking for cyber-interns who want to learn, produce or earn college internship support. Our staff is located in Washington's suburbs, our managing editor is in Utah, our assistant managing editor is in The Phillippines and we have teams working from India, Spain and Singapore, as well as California, Texas and Boston.

We're looking for cyber-interns who can help us:

* Write news stories for America's newspapers that are our clients (Bangor Daily News, Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, Mobile Register, Huntsville Times, Birmingham News, Torrance Daily Breeze, Tulsa World, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Maryland Gazette, and more...), and other end-user consumers (we also feed Lexis-Nexis, Factiva, Dialog, ProQuest, Llesiant and Acquire Media).

- Take on cyber-assignments, with guidance, support and editing, of government-oriented regulatory material turning the cold, hard facts into orderly, structured news that a newspaper editor would be compelled to view as necessary - and print.

* We also have support needed for our alliance on NewsWatch Native America.com

* Write news briefs on small issues that we believe are relevant to our select audience.

* Assist with critical research to help our company grow.

* We also have a need for a marketing/business student who can help our VP/business development.

Expressions of interest sought with support from your professors if linked to academics.

To learn more, visit the Targeted News Service Website.

Cannes Lions Advertising Student Competition

The Future Lions is a global student advertising competition with the goal of shaking up the advertising world with new medium and messages that were not possible five years ago. Winners and their work will be presented at a seminar at the Cannes Festival Palais on June 26, 2009, to the world's advertising community. Deadline is May 4. Learn more online.

April 2, 2009

Four internships with Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio has four internship openings for the 2009-10 academic year:

Public Insight Journalism Intern
The Intern will work on a project to link research about people's behavior in on-line social networks and the incentives that can be used to invite people to be more active in networks to our outreach activities for the Public Insight Network. The intern's work rhythm will include regular statuses to review work to date and adjust project direction based on findings culminating in one (if a one-semester internship) or two (if a two-semester internship) capstone presentations or demonstrations containing recommendations or mock-ups/prototypes for network applications. The intern must be able to earn one college credit per semester. Working hours may vary. View the description and apply online.

Production Intern, Magazine Shows
The Intern will assist Morning Edition and All Things Considered in the daily production of the shows. The intern must be able to earn one college credit per semester. Working hours may vary. View description and apply online.

Intern, Online News Reporter
The intern (student reporter) will write stories for the web site of MPR News. The assignments will be structured so the intern has exposure to a broad range of reporting topics and situations. The intern will earn one college credit per semester. Working hours may vary. View the description and apply online.

Production Intern, Talk Shows
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. Working hours may vary. View description and apply online.