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November 30, 2009

Dec. 17 - Deadline to apply for Hearst Awards In-Depth Reporting competition

In-Depth Writing Competition - Entries must illustrate the student's ability to handle a complex subject clearly, precisely and with sufficient background. Entries may include explanatory, investigative and other types of enterprise reporting. Single articles only-published from December 15, 2008, through December 30, 2009, inclusively. One article of a series may be submitted but must be accompanied by not more than one double-spaced, typed page summarizing the remaining articles and describing resultant actions, if any.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received in the Hearst Foundation office by Tuesday, January 5, 2010 but are due to 110 Murphy Hall no later than Thursday, December 17 to allow time for required internal departmental review.

Review the guidelines online.

Summer science‐writing internship for undergraduates

Argonne National Laboratory's Communications & Public Affairs Division is offering one full‐time science‐writing internship for summer 2010 for an undergraduate student or student who graduates in May or June 2010. Apply by March 5, 2010.

Former Argonne interns subsequently landed reporting and editing jobs with Science, Science News, R&D, Chemical & Engineering News, The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the International Medical News Group and the Elgin Courier‐News, and as science writers at Cal Tech, Purdue, the American Chemical Society, Ames Laboratory, Argonne, and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Participants must be full‐time students at an accredited college or university and must have a strong interest in science‐related journalism. Participants will work at least ten 40‐hour weeks on science news and feature stories and magazine articles for the Argonne News, Argonne Now and the Argonne Web site, as well as related news releases. The internship requires a strong background in journalism and an interest in science.

The working environment is collegial, creative and collaborative. Argonne's Communications & Public Affairs Division has nine full‐time professional journalist/writers who work with our interns daily.

Argonne National Laboratory has more than 200 research programs in basic and applied science, including mathematics and computer science, biology, environmental research, materials science, physics, chemistry, energy research, and advanced nuclear reactor technology.

Eligibility: U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status. Undergraduate in good standing or May‐June graduate at an accredited college or university. Must have completed at least
sophomore year with demonstrated competence in science writing.

Support: During the internship, participants receive a stipend of $400 per week and housing or a housing allowance. Stipends, housing, and travel are considered taxable income by the IRS. Argonne is required by law to report this income.

Transportation reimbursement: Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round trip between your home or academic institution and Argonne. Travel will usually be paid only if your permanent address, established by your drivers license, is more than 50 miles away from Argonne. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route.

Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $350.00 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. Travel arrangements are arranged by your host division at Argonne.

What we look for: Demonstrated writing ability and an interest in science. Other aspects of your application have a bearing, but your writing samples -- stories and articles published in newspapers or magazines or written for class -- weigh most heavily in our decision.

Application deadlines: We are currently accepting applications for summer 2010. Application
deadline is Friday, March 5, 2010.

How to apply

Please complete these three steps:

1. Fill out the online application (www.dep.anl.gov/catalog/application.html) for the Argonne Student Research Participation Program. Be sure to print and submit the reference forms at the end of the application. Under "Research Projects," select "139‐ CPA‐1: JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OPPORTUNITIES."

2. Fill out a second online application (www.scied.science.doe.gov/SciEd/erulf/about.html) for the DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships.

3. Mail, e‐mail or fax three writing samples to Courtney Wade, Communications & Public Affairs, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439. E‐mail cwade@anl.gov. Fax 630‐252‐5274.

4. Download (www.anl.gov/Media_Center/Internship/faceval.pdf) and submit two recommendation forms from faculty members or former employers to Courtney Wade, Communications & Public Affairs, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439. Fax 630‐252‐5274.

For more information, please contact Courtney Wade at 630‐252‐5545 or cwade@anl.gov.

November 23, 2009

Dec. 3 - Info session for internships in Germany

The Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota provides fellowships for U of M students to serve as native-speaker interns in elementary schools in Berlin, Germany. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Interns work in an English-language classroom four days a week. Thursdays are open for independent research and other activities. Program duration: May 29 - June 26, 2010. German language proficiency preferred but not required. Up to 10 fellowships are available. Application deadline: February 8, 2009.

Th 12/3, 3:00-3:45 in TBA room, West Bank Campus

Full information on the CGES website on the Internships page.

PubH 3100 - Making Sense of Health Studies course

This course is for (1) anyone who wants to make good, well-informed decisions about
their health and well-being, and (2) anyone who wants to write health news reports that
will enable people to make good, well-informed health decisions.

Every day we get reports about the latest health research on television news, in newspapers, in magazines, in books. We are bombarded by television commercials that keep us up to date on the latest drugs, their uses and their side effects. Infomercials extoll the virtues of medical devices and medical treatments. We are always told to, "ask your doctor". And, of course, there is the Internet--"Dr. Google" is where patients now routinely get their second (or even first) opinions.

This course will help you to make sense of the health news that surrounds us daily. It is taught by scientists who contribute to the health-research literature and who are experts in the design, analysis and interpretation of health research. This course is targeted to students who do not expect to obtain graduate degrees in the health sciences.

GEOG 3900 - New digial mapping class offered spring 2010

Following on Digital Planet 1 course last semester (or similar), Digital Planet 2 (DP2)
focuses on the uses of digital technologies with an emphasis on you creating online maps
and using digital technologies. Technologies you will work with include Google Earth,
NASA WorldWind, Quantum GIS, and GPS software and hardware. Much of this work will
involve manipulating data, preparing analysis, and making on-line interactive maps, called
mash-ups. The technologies we will use offer a broad range -some may say unlimited--
number of possibilities useful in any field.

To learn more about this course visit the course Web site.

Dec. 4 - Deadline to apply for Campus U position with Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures is in search of a College Representative from your school to join our Campus U team. Campus U is a grassroots-marketing program comprised of student representatives at top campuses across the country dedicated to promoting and publicizing select Universal Pictures' feature film and home entertainment releases on their respective campuses.

The Campus U program for the 2009-2010 academic year will be in session from September - May. Every representative hired will have the opportunity to continue the internship until graduation. Each representative will be in direct communication with the Universal Pictures Marketing Team in LA via an extranet site, email, phone and fax.

The main goal of Campus U is to increase awareness for Universal Pictures' releases by creating and executing unique marketing campaigns.

A brief and general description of what will be required for each campaign:

  • Create a marketing campaign for your campus - focusing on promotions and publicity

  • Work with on-campus media to secure a film feature or review

  • Work with on-campus media to secure promotional support

  • Coordinate advance screenings for students

  • Work closely with on-campus student and faculty groups

  • Incorporate on-campus and nearby retailers

  • Distribution of posters and promo items around campus

  • Host themed activities and parties both on campus and in the surrounding area

  • Carry out guerrilla marketing stunts to spread buzz

Representatives will be paid a monthly stipend while Campus U is in session. Reps will be responsible for weekly email updates and reports.


  • Sophomore or Junior status as of Fall 2009. Seniors with only one semester left before graduation will not be considered.

  • Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing/Communications students preferred

  • A minimum of 10-15 hours per week to focus on Campus U

  • Easy access to Internet, email, phone, fax and Fed Ex deliveries

No previous experience is necessary. All Representatives will work directly with Universal to gain an understanding of what is expected.

Please send resume to meghan.brattin@nbcuni.com by Friday, December 4.

November 19, 2009

Spring 2010 classes filling quickly

Journalism courses are closing fast. If one of the journalism courses on your major program plan is closed when you register, please put your name on the wait list for this course immediately. We are carefully monitoring course enrollments and wait lists for all journalism courses and will do our best to accommodate students who need courses that are on their program plans. When places open up or new sections of classes are added, we will admit students from the wait lists in order of seniority ONLY if the course has been approved on their major program plans. In high demand classes, we are also checking if enrolled students have the course approved on their major program plans.

November 17, 2009

Nov. 21: MN Daily Open House

The Minnesota Daily is hosting a Open House for Students on November 21, 2009 from 11:45-2:00. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at a newspaper. RSVP online to attend.

The day will start with check-in at 11:45 where you will receive a goodie bag and free lunch! There will be a panel discussion with many of the Officers of the Publishers, as well as sales managers, editorial managers and much more. This is a great time to get your questions answered about anything having to with The Minnesota Daily.

There will also be break-out sessions so you can learn more about what specifically interests you!

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about job opportunities at The Minnesota Daily. There is a high turnover between fall and spring semester because of study abroad, grace semesters and graduation so there will be a lot of hiring for the spring coming up! Don't miss your chance to become a Daily staff member!

November 16, 2009

Harper's Magazine former editor and author Lewis H. Lapham to speak at University of Minnesota

The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain and best-selling author Tom Wolfe compared him to Montaigne. On Thursday Dec. 3, author and editor Lewis H. Lapham will speak at the University of Minnesota about the tribulations of the printed word in the wilderness of cyberspace.

Who: Lewis H. Lapham, author, editor emeritus of Harper's Magazine, and founding editor of Lapham's Quarterly
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3
Where: University of Minnesota, Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

Reservations requested by November 25 at 612-624-9339 or stangret@umn.edu.

Jan. 27: SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards Deadline

Annually, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism.

Learn more and apply online.

Entries are first judged on the regional level. Regional award winners will be honored at the spring conferences. First place regional winners are forwarded on to the national competition. National winners will be honored at the 2010 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. studying for an academic degree in 2009. Students who have had full-time, professional journalism experience, outside of internships, are not eligible. Entries must have been published or broadcast during the 2009 calendar year.

Usability Lab Assistant positions open

This is a part-time position, usually 8-20 hrs/week during the school year, but could be up to 40 hrs/week in the summer. Pay is $13.50/hour.

View the posting and apply online.

The Usability Laboratory Assistant position is responsible for independently supporting the Usability Services Laboratory to enable its use by stakeholders, for assisting Usability Services consultants in the use of the lab, and for assisting with other Usability Services tasks.

This is a part-time position, usually 8-20 hrs/week during the school year, but could be up to 40 hrs/week in the summer. Employees receive their work schedule on a weekly basis, one week in advance. Students are not asked to work during their class hours. Specific work hours will be assigned every Monday for the following Monday-Sunday. Pay is $13.50/hour.

Required Qualifications:
-Currently enrolled and registered undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota.
-Willingness to work on a variable schedule outside of class hours.
-Willingness to work in multiple locations.
-Reliability and punctuality to be on the job and ready to work at appointed time.
-Computer and Internet experience with Microsoft Windows-based systems, including proficiency with MS Word, email, and Web browsers.
-Some familiarity with audio/video equipment.
-Attentiveness to detail and ability to carry out detailed procedures accurately.
-Strong oral and written communication skills.
-Ability and enthusiasm to learn to use new equipment and software quickly.

November 9, 2009

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Student Membership Available

If you're LGBT and interested in a career in journalism, public relations or media, there is no better way to network with professionals already in those careers than to become a student member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students that works within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. We have student opportunities and resources for everyone.

As an NLGJA student member, you will gain access to NLGJA's online membership directory and receive invitations to local and national networking events, both of which will put you in direct contact with journalists and media professionals from all mediums who are interested in advancing your career. If you're interested in joining, visit

If you have questions about joining NLGJA and building a student group as part of the Minnesota Chapter, contact National Board Member Patty Mattern at mattern@umn.edu

Why join NLGJA now? NLGJA will be marking its 20th anniversary in 2010. There will be great opportunities for students when next year's convention convenes in San Francisco, where the organization was founded.

Radio K Seeks Arts/Culture journalists

Radio K is developing a new weekly Arts & Culture show; it's a bit "This American Life" and a bit "All Things Considered" and full of your perspective. We're looking for student journalists interested in reporting on what makes the Twin Cities move and shake, you know, from an arts and culture perspective. No experience in radio? No problem - Radio K will train you in industry standard equipment. Interested? Of course you are.

Contact Ryan Wilson at news@radiok.org or Sarah Lemanczyk at lema0001@tc.umn.edu

End-of-Semester workshops for students

The Student Academic Success Services (SASS) office is offering three End-of-Semester workshops for students. These workshops are excellent options for students who need some last minute time management help or assistance with test taking skills. There is also a workshop for students who may have fallen behind in a class and need to get back on track to finish the semester. Each workshop runs one hour.

Ace Your Finals
Location: 251 Appleby Hall
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Time Management Refresher
Location: 251 Appleby Hall
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Staying on Track (... if your falling behind)
Location: 251 Appleby Hall
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

To register, call 612-624-3323. Seating is limited and students will be enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Nov. 15 - Apply for The Wall Street Journal Online - 2010 Internship

The Wall Street Journal Online is seeking summer interns with strong multimedia skills and a keen desire to work online. Candidates will be paired with and mentored by editors in a newsroom environment, producing sections of the site, building or designing interactive graphics, working in Flash or shooting and editing photos and video. Over the course of 10 weeks, interns will also get the chance to showcase their talents through project work and further develop their skills.

Candidates must have prior experience or a demonstrated interest in news and the ability to work under constant deadline pressure. Those seeking production internships should be comfortable working with content-management system software and have at least basic HTML skills. Candidates for graphics, photo or video internships will be tested in their knowledge of development languages and editing software in relevant areas.

Pay is $700 a week, with internships running from early June through mid-August.

WSJ.com is the 24/7/365 online arm of The Wall Street Journal. With 21.7 million visitors in September 2008 and over 200 million page views, WSJ.com is a leading destination for financial news and information on the Web. Both WSJ.com and The Wall Street Journal are part of Dow Jones & Co., Inc, which is a News Corporation subsidiary.

Applicants for summer 2010 internships must have graduated from college or a Master's program or be slated to receive a degree between December 2009 and May 2010. Please submit your cover letter and resume, along with links to your portfolio of online work to:

Or mail to:
Adam Najberg
Senior Editor, Online Editions
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Deadline for submission is Nov. 15, 2009.

Please direct questions to wsjnternships@gmail.com.

Get study help from a Peer Research Consultant

The University of Minnesota is offering a new Peer Research Consultants program to assist undergraduate students as they do library research and find sources to use in their writings and projects.

Students can get help narrowing a topic, finding articles and books, selecting academic sources, evaluating and more. Sit down one-on-one and get personalized research help on their topics from their own peers, extensively trained on Library and academic research.

To learn more please stop by during walk-in hours:

*Fall 2009 Walk-in Hours:*

Monday: 10:30 to 1:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)

Tuesday: 1:30 to 4:30 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons)

Wednesday: 1:30 to 3:00 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)
1:30 to 2:30 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)

Thursday: 12:00 to 2:00 (MCAE in Appleby Hall)

Friday: 1:30 to 4:00 (Wilson Library-SMART Commons)
1:30 to 4:30 (Walter Library-SMART Commons)

You can learn more on the University Libraries Web site.

Applications available for UHP spring 2010 honors thesis grants

The University Honors Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2010 Honors Thesis Grants. Students who will be involved in honors thesis-related research during spring semester may request up to $500 to help defray expenses incurred during said research.

Applications for spring semester are due on January 29, 2010.

Click here to download the application packet.

Reminder - Health Care Reform 101 event is Nov. 12

Health Care Reform 101
November 12, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mayo Auditorium

This is a non-partisan event to inform students on campus about the background and facts behind health care reform including some of the problems as well as some of the solutions.

For more information contact Ashley at grey0028@umn.edu.

Spend summer 2010 studying media in Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are pleased to announce the third year of an intensive scholarship-supported summer seminar/internship program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students.

For the first six weeks of the program, participants will take part in a seminar series to expand their academic understanding of the politics, society and culture of Germany, and the country's current social conditions and media scene. During the second week, students will go on excursions within Germany together with journalism students from the Independent States of the former Soviet Union. The final five weeks consist of an intensive internship with a German newspaper, magazine, radio station or PR firm in or near Berlin.

Applicants must have at least "advanced intermediate" German skills to take part in the program, as the seminars and internships take place in the German language. The 20 applicants who are finally selected for the program will be awarded a monthly stipend of 650 Euros for the duration of their stay in Germany. DAAD will also provide participants a partial travel subsidy of 650-950 Euros (depending on US city of origin) towards the cost of international transportation to Germany; travel costs not covered by the partial subsidy must be paid by the individual program participants themselves. DAAD will also provide health and accident insurance. There will be a program fee of 140 Euros.

The application deadline is January 31, 2009. The 40 applicants who are invited to a selection interview in New York City (in early March) will receive up to $300 toward the cost of their flight to the interview location.

To learn more about eligibility and the application requirements visit the DAAD Web site.

November 6, 2009

Looking for a magazine internship?

Check out this great opportunity exclusively for SJMC professional journalism majors.

Several magazines and publishing houses in the Twin Cities are offering special directed-study internships for Spring 2010 only to SJMC professional journalism students. The internships involve 14 to 16 hours of work per week through the 1-credit JOUR 3996 option.

Editors have designed these opportunities to train the next generation of magazine writers and editors. Web experience welcome.

Participating magazines include Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Greenspring custom magazines, Metro, Minnesota Bride, Tiger Oak suburban publications and other trade and consumer titles.

The internships are limited. Apply now directly through SJMC. Applications are available in the Student Services Office, Murphy Hall, Room 110. Deadline is Nov. 30 by 5 p.m. in Gayle Golden's mailbox. Questions? Contact G.G. at golde017@umn.edu

Want to learn computer skills that are valuable in every newsroom?

Planning your Spring 2010 registration? Need to learn valuable computer skills for your journalism career? Check out Jour 5155 Capstone: Database Reporting

Prerequisites: Major status, JOUR 3004W, JOUR 3101, and JOUR 3121
Course Description
JOUR 5155 (Advanced Reporting Methods) is a skills-based, capstone course designed to teach journalism students how to report and write complex, in-depth news stories that require specialized reporting, such as investigative reporting, computer-assisted reporting and the use of thorough, paper-trail research and data acquisition. The course expands upon the competencies learned in JOUR 3121, but requires more disciplined organization and analysis of information and more advanced interviewing techniques. It also includes the study of longer story forms and alternative writing styles, such as narrative writing.

Oscar® Red Carpet Correspondent Contest

Want to cover the red carpet at the 2010 Academy Awards? Here's your chance! Submit your video explaining why you would be the ultimate mtvU Oscars® Correspondent and represent the college audience.

Submit a 2:00 video telling us why you and your camera person should be chosen to take a spot on the Oscars ® Red Carpet to represent your college newspaper or television station. If selected as a finalist, your team would be flown to Los Angeles during Oscars® week to attend and cover pre-events leading up to the big night, and the grand prize winner will earn a spot alongside the best entertainment reporters in the business and have a chance to interview some of the biggest and brightest personalities in the world. Please see official contest rules for video submission guidelines.

Full guidelines and application information are online.

You can also view footage of the 2009 correspondent online.

Nov. 13 - Deadline to apply for AAJA Sports Journalism Institute Internship

The AAJA Sports Journalism Institute Internship features:

* 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 and applications visit the AAJA Web site.

University Honors Program accepting applications for fall 2010 admission

The University Honors Program application for post-freshman admission in fall 2010 is now available online.

The University Honors Program (UHP) provides highly qualified and motivated students with a rigorous and enhanced learning experience that crosses academic boundaries. The enriched educational opportunities for honors students include special honors courses and seminars, and an array of co-curricular opportunities. Early in their academic careers, honors students--with the guidance of faculty members--are encouraged to begin engagement in laboratory or scholarly research, works of creative expression, and internships appropriate to their fields of study.

To graduate with Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude), students must be admitted to the University Honors Program and complete the honors degree requirements. These requirements include a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in the student's last 60 graded UMTC credits and completion of required honors experiences, including a written honors thesis based on the results of involvement in research or other scholarly/creative endeavor under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Applicants to the University Honors Program must have:
1) a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
2) an academic record with strong performance in major and prerequisite coursework
3) at least 4 semesters remaining until graduation as of Fall 2010

Admission to UHP is competitive and is based on a comprehensive review of the student's application. Informational sessions for interested students will be held the first two weeks of December. All interested students are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Check the UHP website for the days, times, and locations of the informational sessions and to learn more about UHP.

The priority application deadline is January 5, 2010.
Full consideration will be given to all complete applications received by the priority deadline. Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by March 1, 2010.

Nov. 15 - Deadline to apply to intern with Senator Amy Klobuchar in D.C. this spring

The Washington office of Senator Amy Klobuchar is currently accepting internship applications for the 2010 spring semester. An internship with the Senator's office is a terrific chance for students to see, and gain experience in, the United States legislative process. View application instructions.

In your first several days you can expect to become familiar with the staff, the office, and Capitol Hill. You will receive training from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), learn how to use the Library of Congress to research policy issues, and attend professional development workshops. If you want to get to know Washington, DC better, our office is glad to arrange visits to other government buildings, monuments, and museums.

Interns will support the legislative and professional staff by conducting policy research to be used for floor speeches, committee hearings, and other legislative materials. Interns will also be asked to do a variety of administrative tasks, including tours of the U.S. Capitol for visitors from Minnesota.

The spring internship runs from January through May and is available both part time and full time. If you will be attending classes while you are here we ask that you note that on your internship application, as well as what days and times you are available to work. We are happy to coordinate with educational institutions and students to develop internships for academic credit.

Materials required for consideration:
* Cover letter
* Resume
* Short writing sample
* Two letters of recommendation
* Application (available at http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/internships.cfm).

If you would like to be considered for this program, please send your application materials by mail, email, or fax to:

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
c/o Internship Coordinator
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3244
Fax: 202-228-2186

email: Greg_bohrer@klobuchar.senate.gov.

The deadline for Spring 2010 application materials is November 15th, 2009. Due to security measures it may take mail through the postal system up to 2 weeks to reach our DC office. We recommend using the email address above to submit your application materials to ensure your application arrives in time. Please note that while we will accept applications from non-Minnesotans, our office gives priority to applicants with Minnesota ties.

Misrepresentation of Minorities in the Media Week, 11/16-20

Learn and discuss how the mainstream media uses language, rhetoric and images to portray certain stereotypes and misrepresent various minority groups. The week includes a panel discussion with reporters and professors, a documentary, and media training. There will be free food at every event.

Monday 11/16 -- Panel discussion on the Misrepresentation of minorities in the media
Speakers: Abdi Aynte (BBC and Voice of America); Catherine Squires (Professor of People of Color and the Mass Media at the School of Journalism and Mass communications); Steven Renderos (Media justice organizer with the Mainstreet Project); and Tamim Saidi (Islamic Resource Group and writer for EngageMN.com).

The panel will include free food and a Q & A session.
Location/time: Mississippi room (Coffman Union) 7-9:30pm

COSPONSORED BY: Al-Madinah Cultural Center, the Muslim Students Association, Black Student Union, La Raza Student Cultural Center, the Somali Student Association, and The Minnesota Daily.

Wednesday 11/18 -- Documentary screening: Peace, propaganda and the promised land: US Media and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. There will be a discussion afterward with free snacks.
Location/time: Coffman Union, room 217, 4-6pm

Thursday 11/19 -- Media training by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Learn how to be involved with the media, how to communicate with the press, and how to respond when receiving negative press coverage (ex: how to write a letter to the editor? how to write a press release?)
Speaker: Jessica Zikri, CAIR communications director
Location/time: Coffman Union, room 217, 6-8pm

This event is ideal for ogranizations, community leaders, student groups, or for anyone who wants to know about how the media works from an insider. Free snacks provided.

Contact Lolla Mohammed Nur at moham245@umn.edu if you have any questions.

Dec. 4 - Deadline to apply for Multicultural Advertising Intern Program

The Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) places multicultural students in 10‐week paid, full time summer internships at American Association of Advertising Agencies member agencies nationwide. It offers those with a serious interest in advertising the opportunity to gain real‐world work experience, establish contacts within the industry, and gain a valuable professional credential that can help them gain entry‐level employment after graduation. The program also offers advertising agencies an opportunity to identify, observe, and recruit student talent, and supports the 4A's efforts to enhance the diversity of our industry.

To learn more about the program and application process visit the MAIP web site. Applications are due December 4, 2009 for internships during summer 2010.

2010 National Geographic Magazine Photography Internships

The National Geographic magazine will offer two photography internships during the summer or fall of 2010. The program is an opportunity for young photographers to experience first-hand the rigors of life in the professional world. It is also an opportunity for us at the Geographic to scrutinize the work of those in whom we may have further interest. We are proud that many of our regular "shooters" are former summer interns.

About the internships

One internship is automatically offered to the winner of the College Photographer of the Year contest administered by the University of Missouri, Columbia. For information go to www.cpoy.org.

The other internship is awarded based on a portfolio. It is primarily for college students - undergraduate or graduate--but we will also consider someone not currently in school. The purpose of the internship is experience and encouragement to those who aspire to be a photojournalist. Interns must be at least 21 years of age and U.S. citizens, or have appropriate student work documents.

Both internships are for fourteen weeks at a salary of $480 a week. When on assignment away from the city, the Geographic pays all expenses. Transportation expenses to and from Washington at the start and conclusion of the internship are covered by the Society. The interns are responsible for their own housing.

To apply, send us a single package that includes a portfolio of recent work (no more than 30 images), a resume, and a letter of recommendation from a photography teacher or established photojournalist. We are interested in strong photojournalism, your ability to produce a visual narrative, and original story ideas. CDs or DVDs are the preferred method of submission but portfolios may also be in the form of slides, prints or clippings of any combination, in color and/or black and white. Digital images should be JPEGs, sized to approximately 1600 wide, 72 dpi.

We will accept portfolios in early January and all must be postmarked by January 30, 2010. Send to Susan Smith, Deputy Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please clearly label your envelope, "NGM Photography Internship," and if you would like for us to return your portfolio, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

We will notify all applicants by email in early March 2010. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested and eligible.

Registration tips from SJMC Undergraduate Student Services

Help us to help you. Journalism is a very popular major. We try very hard to admit as many qualified students as we possibly can. However, that means that our professional courses are likely to fill each semester and that wait lists are also likely to develop.

Here is what we are asking you to do to help us keep the doors to our major open and our professional classes open to all qualified students:

1. Register on time.

2. If the section you want is closed, put your name on the wait list for all open sections that will work for you. Be as flexible as you possibly can, and don't wait until the first day because you think the section you prefer will open up then. If you take this risk and the course does not open up,t here is very little we can do to help yuo once classes have begun.

3. Register only for courses you plan to take, and cancel any courses that you decide not to take as soon as you are certain you will not want the class. This will allow us to admit eligible students from thew ait lists while they still have time to adjust their class schedules if necessary.

November 4, 2009

Social media focused strategic communication campaigns course to be offered in Spring 2010

Interested in social media and how to apply it to communications strategies?

Instructor: David Krejci, Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick
Jour 4263, section 4, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm-5:55pm
4 credit hours
Pre-requisites: 3004, [3201 or 3202], 3251, Mktg 3001, [3241 or 3279 or 4259 or 4261]
Course Description
Social Media: Of the People, By the People, For the People
This course examines the effects of social media on the practice of public relations and communications as the world shifts from a speaker/listener model to a model that is conversational. Students will learn about the genesis of social media and will examine current social channels of communications including blogging, social networks and Twitter and how these channels can apply to communications strategies. Students will work with instructor to forecast the next wave of tools as well. The objectives of this course involve learning the theory of why social media seemingly erupted from nowhere, rationale being that an understanding of the origins better prepares one for future developments and likewise allows the "user" to better understand how to use the social media tools in the communications universe.
About the instructor
As vice president and team leader within Weber Shandwick's national interactive and Emerging Media Group, David oversees a group of designers/programmers for the Minneapolis office, servicing top clients such as The U.S. Army, The Internal Revenue Service, M&Ms (Masterfoods), Honeywell, Federal Reserve Bank, Microsoft, General Motors and dozens more. Work for his clients includes social media strategy and campaigns, blog outreach and development, Web sites, Flash, podcasting, eNewsletters, video editing and streaming, Internet Press Kits, viral emails, text messaging campaigns and more. It is the simultaneous expertise of both public relations and technology that allows him to lead powerful and effective campaigns for his clients. His interactive work has garnered dozens of awards in the industry, including five nominations for PR Week's Innovation of the Year since 2002.

November 2, 2009

IHS Journalism Internship Program

Sharpen your journalism skills during a paid internship in print, broadcast, or investigative journalism during the fall, spring or summer. The deadline for a spring internship is just two weeks away - on November 15, and the summer application deadline is January 31.

The IHS Journalism Internship Program offers internships at newspapers, major media networks and state-based policy organizations. Past interns have worked at 20/20, the Orange County Register, CNN, Fox News, and many other companies and organizations.
We're looking for skilled writers passionate about liberty and who support individual rights and free markets. Previous experience is a plus but not required. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors are eligible.

More information, including the application can be found at www.TheIHS.org/journalism.

Summer 2010 Internship Program in Berlin for student journalists

DAAD and the renowned Freie Universität Berlin (named in 2007 as one of the nine "universities of excellence" in Germany) have developed this unique new program to provide outstanding young journalism students - who may themselves come to have a significant influence on international opinion-shaping - with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the society, culture, values, and political attitudes in Germany.

Internship application deadline is January 31, 2010.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of the opposing perspectives and positions at play in contemporary geopolitics, it is crucial to place strong emphasis on intercultural exchange and the transmission of cultural values.

During this time of transition and change in transatlantic relations and the German-American relationship, this program will expose American students with a particular interest in Germany to the changing global political circumstances on location in Germany. It is the program's distinct aim to communicate well-funded knowledge and new perspectives about Germany and the European Union in order to contribute to mutual understanding and respect and to deepen German-American relations.

Learn more and apply online.

Twin Cities Media Alliance's Fall Media Forum

Twin Cities Media Alliance's 5th Annual Fall Media Forum
Networking and the New Media Landscape: Reporting News, Building Community, Making Money
Saturday, November 07, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

In the new media landscape, information, audiences, resources, and users 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.

Register online. The event is free.

A limited number of bag lunches will be available for purchase the morning of the event.

Ivory Tower call for submissions

The Ivory Tower is a literary and art magazine that publishes University of Minnesota Undergraduates exclusively. We only publish you. This is a great chance for you to see your work in print for the first time. Submit your creative expressions and get published now! Be Immortal. Get Published.

We accept traditional submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poems, and art, but don't let these genres stop you. We are not your average literary and art magazine, we want any original expression you've cooked up (for yourself, for others, for class). Submit your architectural designs, pictures, music you've made with your band, one of your blog posts or journal entries, short films, philosophical contemplations, theatrical performances, random thoughts and connections, redefinitions, spoken word, EVERYTHING.

For submission details visit our website at: www.ivorytower.umn.edu.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at: ivory@umn.edu.

Nov. 10 - Registration begins for spring 2010 semester

Registration for spring semester classes begins Tuesday, November 10. If you do not know your registration date and time you can visit the Registration page on One Stop to learn more.

New Master of Development Practice degree in international development

In the fall of 2010, the Humphrey Institute will welcome its first class in the new Master of Development Practice degree in international development. This multidisciplinary program is specifically designed for students interested in pursuing careers in international development. Offered in partnership with the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and five other colleges, the program includes broad exposure to the most important sectors in development work: agriculture, education, public health, environmental management, policy analysis, management and leadership.

To learn more or to view the information session times visit the Humphrey Institute Web site.

Nov. 6 - Deadline to apply for Washington Politics & Journalism Semester

The deadline to apply for the Washington Politics & Journalism Semester is this Friday. If you are interested in applying please stop in to see Maggie Cosgrove in 110 Murphy Hall as soon as possible to allow time for the internal nomination process.