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March 31, 2010

Call for Papers - 2010 NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar

Doctoral Students: the NCA is calling for papers for the 2010 Doctoral Honors Seminar, "Communication Research in the Next 100 Years: Evolving Issues, Theoretical Tensions and Methodological Pluralism".

This year, the seminar will be held from July 30 to August 2, 2010, on the campus of the University of Utah in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Bring your hiking shoes as well as your paper!

Approximately 30 doctoral students will be selected to participate in the 2010 Seminar. They will be selected based on the submission of a paper that centers on communication scholarship across any field of communication study or methodological paradigm.

The deadline for submission is April 15, 2010, and students who are selected will be provided with housing, meals, and a $250 travel stipend. Students who are interested in submitting work can email Pat Arneson, NCA Doctoral Education Committee Chair.

March 29, 2010

FaB (Fashion and Business) - Student Group

FAB is a new student group looking to connect with fashion industry professionals, and provide an outlet for students from all majors who share the desire of working in the fashion industry.

FaB's student members are eager to interact with companies in the fashion and cosmetics industries to enhance their college experience and become marketable candidates for placement in this field.

FAB attracts students that are creative, have an eye for design, come from diverse backgrounds, and have strong entrepreneurial skills.

For more information, email Aneesha Sethi or call 507-261-5820.

2010 Summer/Fall Internships at KOLN/KGIN-TV

KOLN/KGIN-TV is accepting applications for summer and fall internships in their offices in Lincoln and Grand Island, Nebraska. These internships could involve news content, sports coverage, or weathercasting.

These internships are unpaid, and interns must receive credit from their educational institutions for the internships. Internships are usually 15-20 hours per week, and most schedules are flexible. The application deadline is April 30, 2010 for summer internships, and July 30, 2010 for fall internships.

If you are interested, you can submit your resume to KOLN/KGIN-TV, or by mail to: KOLN/GIN-TV Human Resources, 840 North 40th Street, Lincoln, NE 68503.

Advertising campaign internships available

Interested in advertising and want to gain resume-building experience working on a "real world" campaign?

Apply to take part in a unique internship-style experience being offered through the SJMC, where participants will be working together with other students to fully develop, test and place an actual anti-binge drinking advertising campaign scheduled to be launched here on the U of M campus during the Fall 2010 semester.

Students will assume specific roles, similar to positions within an agency, and will gain hands-on experience launching a real campaign. Selected participants will register for 1-credit of directed internship experience, listed as JOUR 3996.

To apply, please contact Nathan Gilkerson at gilk0010@umn.edu
Application deadline is Fri., Apr. 9.

March 25, 2010

National Press Club - Dennis Feldman Fellowship

The National Press Club, an organization of reporters and newsmakers in Washington, D.C., is offering a Fellowship for graduate students in Journalism. This Fellowship, named for journalist Dennis Feldman, is intended to help defray post-graduate tuition costs.

Winners will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000. Applicants must be enrolled in, or in the process of applying for, admission to an accredited graduate program in Journalism. Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2010.

Interested graduate students can pick up an application form in the SJMC Student Services office at 110 Murphy Hall.

2010 Chandler Award - Student Writer of the Year in Religion

The Chandler award honors excellence in student writing with an emphasis on reporting skills and a grasp of religion issues. Students who apply have a chance to win $600 cash plus a trip to Denver for the 2010 RNA Conference and Awards Banquet.

Applicants will enter 3 news or feature stories dealing with religion, spirituality or ethics that were published during the 2009-2010 academic year. Entry is free, and you don't have to be on the religion beat to enter!

Applications must be received by May 3, 2010 for consideration. The Chandler Award is sponsored by Religion/Newswriters (RNA), the world's only association for journalists who cover religion. Check out the RNA website for more information.

March 22, 2010

Pioneer Press practicum applications for Fall 2010 available

Apply for Jour 4992 Pioneer Press practicum for fall 2010.
Don't miss out on what one student called, "One of the best and most valuable experiences for me in college!"

Here's how it works: Along with one weekly lecture, the class requires each student to work 14 hours per week reporting at the Pioneer Press. Students are assigned to particular coverage areas, including local news, sports, features, entertainment, online, design/layout, photojournalism or business. Students must also complete additional class assignments on advanced reporting. Space is limited. Students are selected on the basis of motivation and skill. Applications, due April 9, available in Murphy 110.

Fulbright Info Sessions for Undergrads - 2011-12 Fulbright Grants

Information sessions are planned for undergraduates students interested in finding out about the Fulbright US Student Program. The Fulbright Program provides generous support for 1000+ recent college graduates to study, carry out research or creative work or serve as English teaching assistants abroad each year, in over 100 countries. U.S. citizenship is required.

Current juniors with strong academic records are especially encouraged to attend an info session to learn how to apply for a 2011-12 Fulbright scholarship.

Information sessions are scheduled for: Monday April 5 from 12-1pm, 135 Blegen Hall; or Tuesday, April 6, from 3:35-4:30pm, 275 Nicholson Hall. Further information is also available at the Honors Program web page.

Howard University Summer Advertising Boot Camp

Howard University's Center for Excellence in Advertising is planning the first Annual Next Generation Advertising Boot Camp, to be held in June 2010 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.

This 2-week intensive training program is specifically designed to identify and recruit talented college students of color for entry-level positions in the advertising industry.

25 students will be selected to participate, and also to compete for 10 available 6-week internships at high profile agencies across the country, which will start immediately after the boot camp.

For more information, please visit the CEA website.

Summer Academic Internships in Washington, D.C.

An exciting summer academic internship program is available in Washington D.C. at the Institute on Political Journalism! The application deadline has been extended to March 25, 2010.

The Institute offers students the opportunity to experience the exciting worlds of journalism and public relations in our nation's capital. Students will attend press conferences, work on ad campaigns, research and write reports and press releases, edit video and audio sound bites, and conduct interviews.

Sponsored by the Fund for American Studies in partnership with Georgetown University, IPJ is an 8-week academic internship program for undergraduate students interested in journalism and both corporate and advocacy public relations. The Institute combines substantive professional experience for 35 hours a week with a challenging academic experience worth 6 credit hours from Georgetown University. All students are housed on campus in apartment-style dorms.

For more information, or to start an application, visit the Institute's website.


May 20: Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association Conference

Interested in magazine writing, design or production? Make plans to attend the annual Minnesota Magazine & Publications Association Summit and Expo on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Student rate: $50

The Summit and Expo is a day filled with great sessions across four tracks, including: Advertising Sales, Circulation, Editorial and Art/Design Production. The Exhibitor's Expo will feature new vendors with exciting trends and services. Play exhibitor bingo to be eligible for terrific door prizes! More information is available at the MMPA website

Student registration is only $50!

March 11, 2010

Internship Announcement - "Embed" with MN National Guard

What's it like to cover stories from a war zone? Journalism students have an opportunity to be embedded with MN Army National Guard soldiers during annual training exercises at Camp Ripley this summer!

This one-week unpaid summer internship for journalism students is made possible through a partnership with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. Students must arrange their own transportation to Camp Ripley near Brainerd, Minn, cover their own meals, and bring equipment needed for producing their work. Free accommodations are provided in military barracks.

The first embed week will be May 23-28. For further information, visit Augsburg's website or call 612-330-1490. You can also see examples of student work produced in 2008 and 2009.

Brush Up your Test-taking Skills! SASS Workshops for Spring 2010

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is offering 3 end-of-Semester workshops for students. These informative 1-hour workshops are excellent options for students needing some last minute fine-tuning of time plans or test taking skills, or who may have fallen behind.

The workshops offered are: Time Management Refresher (April 27, 1-2pm); Staying on Track . . . If You're Falling Behind (April 27, 3:30-4:30pm); and Ace Your Finals (April 28, 1-2pm). All workshops will be held in Appleby Hall. Seating is limited, and students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, call SASS at 612-624-3323 or email slatt008@tc.umn.edu.

For further information, academic and end-of-semester recordings can be downloaded at the OSA website.

Summer Jobs Available with Grassroots Campaigns

Be part of change with Grassroots Campaigns' summer jobs and career opportunities for graduating seniors! GCI is a national organization that specializes in building grass roots support for progressive organizations and good causes.

GCI will be hiring students across the country to take part in campaigns for the summer. Additionally, they are recruiting graduating seniors to fill leadership positions in offices across the nation.

Information sessions and interviews will be held March 23 and 24, 2010 at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm in the Dinkydale Building, 1316 4th Street SE, Dinkytown. More information is available at Grassroots Campaign website, or by emailing ecostel@grassrootscampaigns.com.

March 8, 2010

MN SPJ's 2010 Student Scholarship Opportunity

The Minnesota SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists) is accepting applications for its 2010 student scholarship. The SPJ will award two $1,000 scholarships to students who are pursuing a journalism career.

Applicants must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Minnesota, or be a Minnesota high school graduate enrolled in post-secondary institution outside of Minnesota.

The deadline application is April 16, 2010, and awards will be presented at the SPJ's annual Page One banquet in Spring 2010. Check out the SPJ website for further information.

Deadline, April 12: Hearst Awards Multimedia Competition

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

Multimedia project submission must be a single piece of journalism executed essentially by the same journalist. Entries can be hard or soft news projects; they can be based on but are not limited to public affairs, business, science or sports. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization. Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: print, audio, video, still photography and graphics.

Internal deadline for Multimedia is April 12, 2010, and all entries must be posted on the web by Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Application materials can be found on the Hearst Foundation website

Americorps VISTA positions with ThreeSixty Journalism

ThreeSixty Journalism at The University of St. Thomas has 2 Americorps VISTA positions available. Both positions would be great for a journalism grad looking to stay in the Twin Cities for a year.

ThreeSixty Journalism teaches Twin Cities teens reporting, writing, videography and other tools for telling true stories. Student work is published in local media and at www.threesixtyjournalism.org More information is available at the Americorps website.

Spring 2010 Humphrey Institute classes Available

Would you like to pick up some extra credits or learn some new skills? The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs is offering classes beginning on March 22 that may be of interest to journalism undergraduate and graduate students.

The following classes are available: Intellectual Foundations for Public Action (PA 5001/3990); Survey Research and Data Collection (PA 5035); Introduction to Financial Analysis and Management (PA 5003); and Fit to Print, Fit to Post: A Practicum in Political Reporting (PA 5920-9).

Additional information is available at the Humphrey Institute website at .

Deadline, April 26: Jim Murray Scholarship Essay Competition

The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation Essay Competition is underway! The Murray Scholarship Program offers five (5) $5,000 print journalism scholarships through a nationwide essay competition to students pursuing a career in sports journalism.

The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation was established in 1999 to perpetuate Jim Murray's great legacy, and to celebrate his love for and dedication to journalism.

The essay question and guidelines for the JMMF scholarship competition are available on the JMMF Foundation website. Submission deadline is Monday, April 26, 2010.

March 2, 2010

Scholarship Opportunity - Connecticut SPJ

The Connecticut SPJ (Society for Professional Journalists) is offering grants of $2,000, $1,000 and two awards of $250 through the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program. The application deadline is April 7, 2010.

Scholarships are available to students planning journalism careers, who are entering their junior or senior year next fall at a 4-year Connecticut college, or who are Connecticut residents enrolled at a 4-year college out-of-state. Scholarship information is available at Connecticut SPJ's website.

March 1, 2010

March 25 - CLA Career Services Practice Interview Day

Do a practice interview with a business professional, then receive helpful feedback on how it goes. Your practice session will be 45 minutes long and you can choose the start-time. Register now---slots will fill quickly!

Career Services for SJMC Students

As students in the College of Liberal Arts, journalism majors have access to the CLA Career Services office in room 135 Johnston Hall. This office, formerly called the Career and Community Learning Center, is a great place to start researching careers and professions, getting help writing a resume or cover letter, or practicing your interviewing skills... to name just a few of their services. If you are preparing for a job or internship search, stop in to CLA Career Services to get started.

Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Opportunity

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is offering 2-$250 scholarships this spring for all non-Greek male students at the University of Minnesota! Please apply for our Pallas Scholarships online. Membership in Phi Delta Theta is not a requirement for scholarship consideration, please contact Chris Radford.

March 11- Freelance Editor Networking Event

Here's your chance to meet with editors from many top MN media outlets...all in the same room! With your ticket, you get 5 minutes of guaranteed face time with assigning editors from:

• Artful Living
• Experience Life
• Metromix
• Minnesota Business
• Minnesota Magazine
• Minnesota Monthly
• Momentum Magazine
• Pioneer Press
• Star Tribune
• And more!

Social Hour: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., with light appetizers and a cash bar

Speed Dating begins promptly at 7 p.m.
All events in the main ballroom at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington
4460 W 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN 55435


Tickets $20 for SPJ members, $30 for non-members; buy online from Minnesota SPJ.

Internships with Children's PressLine

During the summer of 2010, Children's PressLine will be working in the building of one of our media partners in New York and producing multiple pages each week for the community sections of the newspaper. We are looking for interns to coordinate the areas and up to 20 youth reporters/editors per team.


Editorial Coordinators are responsible for managing teams of youth journalists as they research, brief and interview their peers throughout the city for the youth community news bureau located inside the newspaper's office. Interns will work as Bureau Chiefs assigned to meeting weekly deadlines with their team of youth journalists. The intern will work with teen editors (14-18) to coordinate interviews with kids, public policy officials, and community advocates. Some transcribing and editing may be involved. Interns will also be responsible for working directly with teen editors to engage them in the story process.

Editorial Coordinators must have previous journalism experience and familiarity with finding and identifying newsworthy topics and meeting deadlines. Ideal candidates will have had a leadership position at a college newspaper or have worked for a professional mainstream publication. Previous work with school-aged youth is a plus. Interns need to be able to work independently and have excellent research and phone skills. Stipend available.

Hours are typically Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 32 hours/wk. Fri/Sat/Sun may be required if the intern schedules interviews for those days or has not completed work during regular hours. There will be a two-week training and story set-up period before the program begins.

Multiple positions available.


The Photography Coordinator will develop and implement a photography training program for youth photojournalists. Intern will be responsible for making sure youth photographers meet several weekly deadlines with professional-quality news photography. Intern will coordinate assignments with Editorial Coordinators and Supervisory Staff. Interns will also be responsible for uploading photos to the photo system and writing cut-lines.

Traveling throughout the boroughs of the city and a flexible schedule is necessary. Strong candidates include Photo Directors at college newspapers. Previous work with school-aged youth is a plus. Stipend available.

One position available.


Editorial Assistants will serve as support staff for Editorial Coordinators and other project staff. Interns must be motivated and be interested in learning more about journalism.

This is an entry-level position for interns with little to no leadership experience. Interns need to be able to work independently, understand the value of deadlines, and have excellent research and phone skills. Ideal candidates will have previous reporting experience.

Hours are coordinated with supervisory staff, and are approximately 16 hours/week (may be up to 32 if desired).

Multiple positions available.


About Children's PressLine
Children's PressLine is a non-profit media & youth leadership organization that works with children, ages 8 to 18, giving them the opportunity to represent themselves in mainstream media. We were founded in October 2001, as the successor of the Peabody- and Emmy-winning Children's Express (1975-2001). Our mission is to give kids a voice and the power to use it. By amplifying the youth voice, Children's PressLine helps them to be heard, building better citizens and a more informed electorate. Our young editors and reporters speak directly to adults and policymakers in their communities and ask about issues pertinent to youth.

We serve approximately 200 youth annually through our summer program, after-school journalism programs, in-school workshops, and intensive high school internships.

Our work is regularly read in The New York Daily News and the NY Amsterdam News. Other previous media partners include Ebony Magazine, Boston Globe, PBS Online NewsHour, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Metro.

March 19 - Ad Fed Event: How to Put the "Wow" in Customer Experiences

Communications professionals and students can learn how to emotionally connect with customers during the Advertising Federation of Minnesota's (Ad Fed) breakfast presentation on Friday, March 19. The presentation, "WOW, now we see the Relevance!" takes place at Aloft, located at 900 Washington Ave. S. in downtown Minneapolis.

Laura Davis-Taylor, vice president of global retail strategy for Creative Realities in Fairfield, N.J., will discuss the "Anatomy of Wow," including high-tech, low-tech and no-tech ways organizations can get customers talking. Davis-Taylor will use analysis of current market trends and stories of brands to illustrate how to use "wow" to connect with customers.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast served at 8:15 a.m. The presentation takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. To register in advance, contact the Ad Fed office at (651) 917-6251, or visit www.adfed.org. The cost is $15 for Ad Fed members, $20 for non-members and $15 for students. Registration will increase $10 after the deadline of 5 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, March 17.

About the presenter
Davis-Taylor is recognized as an "expert resource" lecturer, workshop teacher and author in the In-Store Digital Media space. Creative Realities was named to Inc. magazine's "Inc. 5000" list of America's fastest-growing, privately-held companies. The firm focuses on experiential branding and marketing that creates wow environments and customer experiences.

Davis-Taylor has spent her 20-year career focused on cross-channel experiential marketing and branding utilizing consumer-focused technologies. Her career includes roles as an agency brand planner and working for Miller Zell and led accounts including Circuit City, Wal-Mart and H&R Block, to help clients build strategies around customer experience and communications.

Davis-Taylor chairs the POPAI Digital Signage Advocacy Committee, and is a board member of the Digital Signage Expo, the Digital Content Circle and Retail TouchPoints. Davis-Taylor also writes the retail technology column for Digital Signage Magazine.

About Ad Fed
The Advertising Federation of Minnesota (Ad Fed) was founded in 1906 and is one of the first organized advertising clubs in the United States under its national parent organization, American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Advertising Federation of Minnesota is a non-profit, professional trade association serving the local advertising community including agencies, advertisers, suppliers and students.