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September 28, 2009

Fall 2009 Teaching and Writing Series

The Center for Writing is happy to announce its Fall 2009 Teaching with Writing Series.

In collaboration with valued partners, we are offering several hands-on workshops, in addition to a panel discussion and colloquium. Our Engaging Controversies discussion series -- in its third year -- features three provocative topics germane to writing and pedagogy. And be sure to join us for our first Grading Retreat at the end of the semester. All events over the noon hour include lunch for those who register in advance.

Events are also listed at the Teaching with Writing website: http://writing.umn.edu/tww/support.html

Writers needed

The Technolog is an online student magazine. It focus on science and technology, as well as technology culture here at the University of Minnesota. Article and feature writers, as well as bloggers and photojournalists are welcome to submit to the Technolog. For more information please e-mail Wade Kaardal at or Tom Johnson.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Info Sessions

Truman Scholarships support outstanding undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in government, education, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service, and want to make a difference. Applicants must be juniors, U.S. citizens or nationals, with strong academic records, and should be engaged in community service and/or political activism.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school. Campus application deadline: November 9, 2009

Info Sessions:

Wednesday October 7, 12:00-1:00, Fireplace Room (Nicholson 135)
Thursday October 8, 3:35-4:30, Lippincott Room (1314 Social Sciences)

Freshman students, sophomores, and juniors are encouraged to attend.

For more information about this and other nationally competitive scholarships visit the website.

October 7 - Deadline to apply for Cross Cultural Leadership Retreat

ISSS is currently looking for international and U.S. undergraduate students to apply for the Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat. This retreat is for both international and U.S. undergraduate students who want to become more effective in international environments.

Cross-cultural Leadership Retreat
Application deadline is noon on October 7

WHEN: Friday, October 23, 5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, October 24, 9 am - 5 pm
PLACE: 101 University International Center, East Bank

This retreat is for both international and U.S. undergraduate students who want to become more effective in international environments. (The retreat will be offered to graduate students during the Spring 2010 semester). This interactive, high-energy event becomes a living laboratory of what it takes to work with people from different cultures. Participants start friendships with people from all over the world and discover their own leadership potential. A cutting edge cross-cultural leadership model, Personal Leadership, will be used to develop participants' cross cultural skill-set that is needed for professional and personal lives in the 21st century. Space is limited, so apply online by noon on Wednesday, October 7. Contact Thorunn Bjarnadottir at or 612-626-4799 with any questions.

Space is limited so hurry up and apply online before October 7 at the ISSS Web site.

Info sessions for Humphrey Institute graduate programs

Students interested in careers in public affairs and public policy can learn more about graduate programs with the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota by attending one of their informational sessions to be held several times throughout the year.

Upcoming meetings are posted online.

October 15 - Deadline to apply to intern with The Minnesota Twins

The MN Twins are currently accepting applications for the 2010 Minnesota Twins Internship Program. The following internship opportunities, including full descriptions and requirements, are now posted on their website.

Intern, Accounting
Intern, Ballpark Engineering
Intern, Ballpark Maintenance
Intern, Ballpark Operations
Intern, Baseball Communications
Intern, Baseball Operations
Intern, Broadcast
Intern, Community Fund
Intern, Community Relations
Intern, Corporate Partnerships
Intern, Emerging Markets
Intern, Game Presentation
Intern, Information Technology
Intern, Marketing
Intern, S/T Baseball Communications
Intern, S/T Community Relations
Intern, Ticket Office
Intern, Ticket Sales
Intern, TSS Game Day

Qualified applicants should apply online only. All applications must be turned in by October 15, 2009.

AAJA Media Internships for summer 2010

The Asian American Journalists Association is offering internships for summer 2010. Learn more about their Associated Press internship and the Sports Journalism Institute internship.

The Associated Press Internship:

* 12 weeks
* Individually tailored
* Cover breaking news
* For print, photo, graphics, and multimedia journalists
* Application due Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

Sports Journalism Institute Internship:

* Crash course in sports journalism at the Poynter Institute
* Eight weeks of a paid internship at a daily newspaper
* $500 for students who complete the course and are going back to school
* Application due Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

For more information or to apply visit the AAJA online.

Deadline Oct. 12: IRE Campus Coverage Project Workshop

IRE, in partnership with Education Writers Association and the Student Press Law Center, is launching a program to share investigative reporting skills with college and university students that they can apply to covering campus issues.

Seventy-five students from around the country will be selected to participate in our Campus Coverage Project.

The centerpiece is a national workshop from Jan. 7-10, 2010, being held at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Sessions at the workshop will focus on specific campus-coverage issues and overall reporting techniques and skills. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered. Additional training opportunities will be provided throughout the year.

We're asking your help in getting the word out to qualified students (those with experience reporting for campus-related news outlets who have at least one year of coursework remaining). Attached is a flier that we hope you can post and distribute. Students can apply online; the deadline is Oct. 12.

For more information and an online application, go to the IRE Web site.

Oct. 7-11: Society of Environmental Journalists Conference

UW-Madison will host the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalists. This year's conference will feature major speakers including Vice President Al Gore, author Wendell Berry, Andy Revkin of the New York Times and Maude Barlow of the United Nations.
October 7-11, 2009
Madison, Wisconsin

Come to Madison this fall and enjoy everything that the conference has to offer! A number of exciting panel discussions, skill-building workshops and breathtaking off-site networking events will take place throughout the five-day conference. Major speakers include Vice President Al Gore, Andy Revkin of the New York Times and Maude Barlow of the United Nations; acclaimed author Wendell Berry will also return as part of a panel discussion on the legacy of Wisconsin native Aldo Leopold.

Visit the SEJ conference web site for a descriptive list of tours and events, hotel information and registration information.

PRISM Weekly Meetings

PRISM is a multicultural diversity group for communications students of color and their allies. We are committed to examining the roles of diversity in media and society. We seek to connect communications students of all backgrounds with professionals currently working in the mass communications field.

Join us for our weekly meetings: Fridays from 12:30 to 2 p.m., in Room 25 of Murphy Hall.

September 22, 2009

Twin Cities Media Alliance 2009 Fall Media Forum

Twin Cities Media Alliance will hold its fifth annual Fall Media Forum on Saturday November 7, at the Minneapolis Central Library, 4th and Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The theme for this year's forum is Networking And The New Media Landscape: Reporting News, Building Community, Making Money: "In the new media landscape, information, audiences and resources all travel across networks. This participatory forum offers journalists, bloggers and news consumers the opportunity to make connections and share best practices for news reporting, building audiences, and raising revenue."

The focus for this year's forum will be on networking and participation. If you want to participate in planning the program, by proposing a presentation or workshop, or suggesting a speaker, you can join our Twin Cities Media Alliance Fall Forum Facebook group , and add your ideas to our wiki page.

Updates on the fall forum will also be posted on the Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Twin Cities Media Alliance Brown Bag with MPR's Laura Yuen

The Twin Cities Media Alliance's monthly Brown Bag Lunches are your chance for casual conversation with some of the Twin Cities' most insightful journalists -- about journalism, politics, or whatever is on your mind.
Check out the next brown bag. It's free!
Wednesday, September 30, Noon
East Lake Public Library, 2727 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Laura Yuen covers St. Paul and has reported extensively on Minnesota's Somali-American community. She came to MPR in January 2008 after eight years of writing for daily newspapers, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. Laura is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and is a native of the Chicago area. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and The (Portland) Oregonian. A three-part series on Hmong chicken farmers in the Ozarks won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association. Laura lives in Minneapolis with her husband.

September 21, 2009

Applications for Major Status

Deadline to apply for major status is Friday, September 25.

You can learn more about the application requirements and submit your application electronically on the SJMC application page online. Students are encouraged to attend an optional Premajor Information Meeting to learn more about the major and application requirements. Meetings will be held:
Monday, September 21 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22 - 10 a.m.
Wednesday, September 23 - 10 a.m.
All meetings will be held in the SJMC Conference Center, room 100 Murphy Hall.

September 23 - Deadline to apply for CLA internship grants

The College of Liberal Arts offers $1200 grants to select undergraduate students doing unpaid internships. Apply for one if you are planning an internship this fall. Various grants awarded. Learn more and view the application instructions on the Career and Community Learning Center Web site.

Applications open for The Politics & Journalism Semester in D.C.

Spend spring semester in Washington, DC while you train to become a political journalist. Participate in seminars in all aspects of politics and intern at a major news bureau. $3,000 stipend available.

To learn more and apply visit the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism online and go to the "Application" page.

Studying abroad this spring? Become a Glimpse Correspondent

The Glimpse Correspondents Program is for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories. The program is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34 who will be working, volunteering, or studying abroad for at least 10 weeks.

Correspondents receive the following benefits:

* $600 stipend
* Support from a team of professional editors
* Career training in writing and photography
* Guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org
* Possibility of being featured on NationalGeographic.com

To learn more visit the Glimpse web page.

Deadline Nov. 1 - Summer internships with The Wall Street Journal

Spend your summer interning for The Wall Street Journal (U.S., Europe or Asia edition).

Applications for the U.S. edition internship program will be accepted online. For the Europe and Asia internship programs internships are accepted by mail only. To learn more visit The Wall Street Journal career page.

First PRSSA Meeting on September 23

The Willard Thompson Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) will have its first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, September 23rd 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. in the SJMC Conference Center in 100 Murphy Hall.

The Public Relations Student Society of America is a professionally-affiliated, national organization dedicated to providing:

• Mutually beneficial relationships between professionals and students
• Opportunities to develop leadership and hone writing skills necessary for the field
• Exclusive internship information, networking events, and various regional meetings and conferences.
• Valuable resources about the public relations industry
• Hands-on experience and opportunities to build a professional portfolio

If you are interested in public relations, communications, marketing, advertising, or event planning, please join us on September 23rd. At the meeting we will discuss the basics of PRSSA membership and the ways that you can get involved.

Ad Club Starts this Week!

First Meeting this Tuesday (September 22) 4:00-5:00 at Tate Lab of Physics (RM 236A)

Ad Club is a student organization dedicated to educating students about the advertising/marketing/strategic communications industry and career opportunities.

Each Week Ad Club meetings feature a professional guest speaker from some of the top twin cities advertising agencies and corporate marketing communications departments. Network with professionals, go on agency/company tours, gain industry insight, and meet friends. Join Ad Club!

For more information: www.adclubumn.weebly.com or adclub.umn@gmail.com

September 16, 2009

October 2 - Company Site Visit with Target

You will learn about career options, get a tour, and meet managers and CLA alumni working at Target. Transportation is provided, but registration is required. To register visit GoldPASS.

Summer internships with The Boston Globe

Summer interns work as full-time employees for twelve weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism. To learn more about the opportunities and download the application please visit The Boston Globe web site.

Summer internships with The Denver Post

The Denver Post is offering a 10-week internship program for the summer of 2010. Interns work in several parts of the newsroom and are paid about $480 per week (housing and transportation are not included). The application deadline is October 31, 2009.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants should have completed junior year in college before Summer 2010

  • A demonstrated interest in print and online journalism (clips or portfolio)

  • Reporting applicants should include no more than 5 clips

  • Please include cover letter outlining which position most interests you

  • List of three references

Full application information is available on the The Denver Post web site.

September 14, 2009

Sept. 21: "The Digital Renaissance of Investigative Journalism"

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance presents:
"The Digital Renaissance of Investigative Journalism"
Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director, Center for Public Integrity

Monday, September 21, 2009
Noon - 1:15pm
Wilkins Room (215 HHH), Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis

The rapid decline of traditional media is endangering watch-dog journalism, a necessary ingredient for a healthy democracy. Although fact-based investigative journalism is the lifeblood of an informed electorate, traditional media have pulled back in the face of a declining business model and evaporating revenues. Fortunately, there are a number of important initiatives under way that can provide a steady stream of credible investigative reports focused on government, business, and other powerful institutions. New digital organizations are creating ways to combine with traditional media to produce independent news reporting with a muscular public service mission.

More information is available on the Center for Politics and Governance Web site.

This event is free and open to the public, no advance tickets required. For directions and parking go to: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/about/contact/parking.html

To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530.

Sept. 17: SJMC faculty to discuss "What News is Now"

What is news now?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Weisman Art Museum
Newspapers folding, 24-hour cable news channels, talk radio, web 2.0, blogs, embedded reporters, videography, and citizen journalists?these are just a few of the markers of the changing arena of journalism in the United States. September's WAM Chatter, offered in conjunction with Au Courant: Robert Rauschenberg's Currents, asks thinkers and practitioners about the state of news now.

The presentation is moderated by Dr. Nora Paul, professor of journalism and mass communication and director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota. Panelists include Paul Schmelzer, editor of the Minnesota Independent, Chris Ison, professor of journalism at the University of Minnesota, and artist Kathryn Refi. This presentation uses the popular pecha kucha format, where each panelist answers a central question using exactly twenty slides for twenty seconds each. These rapid-fire presentations are followed by a moderated Q&A with the audience.

Internships with Twin Cities Live

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS seeks two interns for Twin Cities Live.

  • Must be student enrolled in a degree program at a trade school, college, or university which recognizes the internship for a class credit
  • A self-starter and thrive under the pressure of strict deadline
  • Excellent research and writing skills and the ability to work effectively in a team
  • A passion for local programming and storytelling is critical
  • Working knowledge of the internet and strong computer skills are essential
  • Reliable transportation, valid drivers license and safe driving record preferred (driving record may be checked)


  • Primary duties consist of but may not be limited to: researching stories, prepping the studio, logging field tapes, helping find studio audience members, updating the website and assisting producers with other various tasks
  • Opportunity to assist on field shoots and interact with the guests
  • May be asked to assist with promotional show events outside of the building

For more information visit KSTP online.

Improve your public speaking abilities with Mock Trial

Interested in improving your public speaking skills? Mock Trial provides a chance for participants to work on improvisation, critical thinking, analytical skills, and storytelling capabilities, which are applicable to nearly every field, even beyond law-based professions. Anyone who's interested in honing these skills or developing new ones can benefit from participating. Mock Trial also offers a creative opportunity for actors and those wishing to improve their theatrical abilities.

Stop by an information session:

Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 8pm, CMU 302

Thursday, Sept. 17 at 4pm, CMU 302

Friday, Sept. 18 at noon, CMU 302

If you have questions contact:
Erica Madore at: mado0019@umn.edu

November 2 - Deadline to apply for 2010 Scripps Howard Semester in Washington

The application deadline for the spring and summer 2010 Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program internships is Nov. 2. Semester in Washington brings journalism students to D.C. for reporting internships of four, 10 or 14 weeks.

Interested students can learn more online.

Grants available for undergraduate research

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,700 for undergraduates either to work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project or to carry out a project of the student's own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor. UROP projects are an ideal way to bring together the University's research and teaching missions, and the program is well funded, providing 80 to 90 grants for CLA students every year.

If you are interested you can learn more on the Undergraduate Research page.

SJMC Alumni Mentor Program

SJMC juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to participate in the SJMC Alumni Mentor Program. Online application forms and further information will be available online the first day of fall semester, but you must attend one of the mandatory information sessions before you submit your application. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 28 at 4 p.m.

Students who attend the mentor information session should be prepared to answer the following questions during a "speed interview" with an SJMC Alumni Society Board member, which will take no more than 3 minutes.

1. Why are you interested & why would you be a good candidate for the mentor program?
2. What do you hope to get out of the mentor program?
3. Who do you think would be a good mentor for you?

Mentor Information Sessions will be offered by members of the SJMC Alumni Board at the following times:

Tuesday, September 15 - Noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, September 17 - 5-6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 22 - 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, September 24 - 10-11 a.m.
Friday, September 25 - 4-5 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the SJMC Conference Center (room 100 Murphy Hall), except the last meeting on September 25 which will be held in room 130 Murphy Hall.

September 8, 2009

First day of class information

Fall semester classes begin today, Tuesday, September 8. If you are enrolled but do not attend the first day of class, you may lose your place in class to another student.

Instructors will take attendance and will note:

* Any enrolled students who did NOT attend class
* All WAIT LIST students who did attend class.

Instructors will provide this information to the Student Services Center (SSC)
If a class has vacancies, SSC will determine which WAIT LIST STUDENTS will be admitted, based on seniority and meeting course prerequisites.

Admitted WAIT LIST students will receive a class permission number by email, using their OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS, and must enroll in the class promptly--within 24 hours--to secure their seat in the class.

SJMC seeking student Lab Attendant

The SJMC is seeking a student Lab Attendant for the upcoming academic year.

View the full job description, required qualifications, and application process online at the U of M Job site. Search requisition number: 162043

September 4, 2009

October 20 - UMAA Etiquette Dinner

Do you know which fork is for your salad? Where do you place your napkin when leaving the table? Should you tell someone they have food in their teeth? Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for the annual Etiquette Dinner and get answers to these questions and many more!

Enjoy a three-course meal by D'Amico while learning how to professional handle any dining situation.

Register online at the UMAA Web site.
Space is limited. Register by Tuesday, October 13.

Costs are:
$20 for students
$30 for Alumni Association Members
$35 for the general public

September 1, 2009


Wait lists for SJMC Courses
Final wait lists for all journalism classes will be sent to instructors Thursday, September 3. If you want to add your name to one of the wait lists, you must do so immediately. Only students who attend the first day of class will be eligible for any spaces that open up, so you must attend the first day of class even if your name is on the wait list.

First Day of Class
Fall semester classes begin Tuesday, September 8.

If you are enrolled but do not attend the first day of class, you may lose your place in class to another student.

Instructors will take attendance and will note:
   * Any enrolled students who did NOT attend class
   * All WAIT LIST students who did attend class.

Instructors will provide this information to the Student Services Center (SSC). If a class has vacancies, SSC will determine which WAIT LIST STUDENTS will be admitted, based on seniority and meeting course prerequisites.
Admitted WAIT LIST students will receive a class permission number by email, using their OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY EMAIL ADDRESS, and must enroll in the class promptly--within 24 hours--to secure their seat in the class.

2010 Pulliam Journalism Fellowship Program

The 2010 Pulliam Journalism Fellowship is now accepting applications for next year's program. Twenty winners nationwide will be chosen for a 10-week internship, which will run from June 7 through August 31, 2010 in Indianapolis or Phoenix. Fellows will be assigned to either The Indianapolis Star or The Arizona Republic as reporters, photographers, graphic artists and page designers. To learn more and apply please visit The Indianapolis Star Web site.