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January 31, 2011

U to hold conference on Islamic developments in arts

The University of Minnesota's Religious Studies program will hold a conference on Islamic developments in architecture, the arts, sciences and theater Feb. 24 through Feb. 26.

"Shared Cultural Spaces" will highlight the interactions of civilizations throughout history and "show how Islamic cultural imagination continues to enrich contemporary life," said Professor Nabil Matar, one of the conference's organizers.

The conference is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and conference sessions are free and open to the public. Events will take place at Carlson School of Management, Wilson Library and the Rarig Center. Log onto https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/sharedspaces/ for more information.

AdFed Networking event at Spill the Wine

If you are pursuing a career in public relations, account management, interactive design, marketing or any creative advertising position, this AdFed event at Spill The Wine is for you.

Join industry professionals in a casual environment to discuss the industry and make some great contacts that can help with your post-college job search. This is a great opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest in the industry and network with professionals.

Register here for the Spill the Wine event on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for students.

SPJ to meet Thursday

The Society of Professional Journalists will hold its next meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will take place at the conference tables in the Digital Media Studios in Murphy Hall.

Registration now open for the Student Advertising Summit Event

The 2011 Student Advertising Summit (S.A.S.) will be held in the McNamara Alumni Center Feb. 11. This event aims to connect students with industry professionals in a casual atmosphere where leaders can provide insights about their professional experiences and how to navigate the tangled web that is the advertising, marketing and communications industry.

Devoted students and young professionals use this all-day event to fuse their present work with their future career aspirations. The conference provides opportunities to network with communications experts, take part in group discussions, receive feedback and honest direction on their creative work and tour agencies to better understand industry culture.

The Student Advertising Summit is a local conference in its 13th year of providing networking opportunities. S.A.S. is directly affiliated with the Advertising Federation of Minnesota (AdFed) and its subsidiary Ad2. To learn more about AdFed and register for this event, visit this website.

Ad Club seeks new members

Are you interested in learning more about the advertising industry? Join Ad Club.

The first meeting of the semester will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Murphy 100.

For more information, e-mail adclub.umn@gmail.com.

U professor to discuss unrest in Egypt Tuesday

The University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study will hold a seminar Tuesday night on Youth Movements and Revolution in Egypt with Humphrey Institute Professor Ragui Assaad.

Following the ouster of Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Jan. 14 after nearly a month of street protests, world attention has turned to Egypt. Reformers from across Egypt's political spectrum have been calling for an end to almost three decades of rule by President Hosni Mubarak.

Assaad will speak to the University of Minnesota community about the situation and the recent history of dissent in Egypt followed by a question and answer session.

The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nolte Center for Continuing Education, 315 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis. For more information, go to http://www.ias.umn.edu.

Patch.com seeks sports freelancers

Patch.com is seeking freelance writers interested in covering sports throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Writers interested in freelancing for Patch.com should contact Mark Remme, sports coordinator for Patch.com, at mark.remme@gmail.com or at 507-290-1452.

JWT seeks assistant account exec

JWT (Team Detroit) is seeking an Assistant Account Executive to help manage the Twin Cities Ford Dealer Advertising Force account. Because of the nature of this position, applicants must be comfortable presenting, leading and be eager to perform outside the duties of a typical Assistant Account Executive. The clients consist of a wide array of people, so the ability to work with diverse personalities is a must!

Responsibilities include: moving production of elements of marketing programs through the system internally and externally, monitor day-to-day production schedules and costs for marketing programs to ensure on-time and on-budget programs, assist with the coordination and execution of regional on-site marketing efforts, help manage sponsor relationships with major media and sports organizations.

Job Skill requirements:
• Knowledge of Agency production processes
• Self directed educator with high energy, versatile and articulate.
• Exceptional organizational, interpersonal and motivational skills.
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience minimum
• Have 1 year minimum of advertising experience

If you are someone who wants to get more hands-on experience than any other entry-level account position out there, then please send your resume to Carolina Reyes, carolina.reyes@teamretailfirst.com. Subject: Assistant Account Executive

You can learn more about Team Detroit at www.teamdetroit.com.

AP seeks news production specialist for D.C. operations

The Associated Press seeks a News Production Specialist (ENPS) for its Washington, D.C. operation.

This position provides on-site, telephone and remote support for software and systems used in television, radio, on-line and network newsrooms in North, Central and South America. Systems include ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk.

Various responsibilities for planning, testing, deployment, migration, user training, and sales/marketing support. He or she logs and helps resolve problems, interfacing with other development and support groups as necessary.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must be an organized self-starter and team player able to work effectively without direct supervision. Candidate will need to be able to lead training sessions for technical and non-technical teams. The candidate should have professional experience in broadcast or on-line news creation/production, broadcast or on-line systems or operations. Candidates should also have a technical aptitude and a basic understanding of personal computers (PC and Mac) and Microsoft Windows; experience with broadcast or on-line news production systems; and a degree in journalism, computer sciences or a related discipline, or additional relevant work experience. Advanced experience with personal computers, servers and server operating systems or web design and production is a plus. Strong communication skills and problem-solving abilities are required. Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is a plus. Extensive national and international travel may be required. Candidate must be able to work with standard office equipment, including computers, keyboards and telephones, through the course of a regular workday.

Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required.

Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.

For more information or to apply, go to https://careers.ap.org.

Communications scholarship available for students of Greek heritage

Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family for the last 19 years.

Criteria for candidates includes: Greek American heritage; current full-time enrollment as a journalism or communications major at the graduate or undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States; active participation in school, community, church organizations; a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

Candidates can view The Peter Agris Journalism Scholarships Facebook page and download an application on the Alpha Omega Council's website at www.alphaomegacouncil.com. The following items must be returned by email to nancyasavage@gmail.com or by mail to The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships Committee, c/o Nancy Agris Savage, 9 Nonesuch Drive, Natick, MA 01760 no later than March 1, 2011:
1) completed application
2) current transcript
3) required essay
4) copies of any published articles or other professional materials that would enhance the application.

Questions may be directed to nancyasavage@gmail.com.

Internet Broadcasting seeks three interns

St. Paul-based Internet Broadcasting, which produces online news content for television stations across the country, seeks three interns.

National news intern: The intern should have a strong interest in the news (is on top of the news daily) and should have strong writing skills, including command of AP style. This person will be writing headlines, making news judgments, researching interactive news pieces and looking ahead to fill out the national news planning calendar. 



Vertical content: 
We are looking for an intern to assist with vertical content, ranging from daily features to special sections. Some projects may include conducting research for interactive features, writing feature stories, working in the CMS, writing on-air teaser text, participating in brainstorming sessions for new feature ideas and helping to build slideshows. This position is best suited for a creative person with an interest in journalism. 



Social Media/Search: 
The S3O (Search, Social Media, Syndication) intern should have an interest in hyperlocal journalism, search engine syndication and social media. Duties will include curating lists of towns and neighborhoods for dozens of top Nielsen markets, then discovering local publications that match each region. The student needs to be comfortable using a search engine and be familiar with RSS feeds. A genuine interest in learning more about the power of search engines will be helpful. There will be minimal, but some, e-mail and phone communication required. News judgment a must.

For more information, log onto www.ibsys.com.

January 24, 2011

Apply for SJMC scholarships by Friday

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will accept applications for scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year through Friday.

Applying for scholarships is easy. Students must complete the online application form to be automatically considered every scholarship for which they qualify. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $4,000.

All applications must be made online and be received by 4 p.m. Friday. Students who encounter difficulties should contact the SJMC Undergraduate Student Services office via e-mail at sjmcugs@umn.edu, call 612-625-0120 or visit 110 Murphy Hall.

Deadline to apply for spring admission is Friday

Planning to apply for admission to an SJMC major for spring semester 2011?

The final application deadline is 4 p.m. Friday. Students can apply online at http://sjmc.umn.edu/apply starting Jan. 18.

To be eligible, applicants must attend a premajor information session. For dates and times, log onto http://sjmc.umn.edu.

UROP grant applications open

The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is seeking applications for its summer and fall 2011 grant cycle.

UROP provides grants of up to $1,700 for undergraduate students either to carry out a project of the student's own design in collaboration with a faculty member, or to work with a faculty member on his or her scholarly or creative project.

To learn more about undergraduate research and UROP, log onto http://www.research.umn.edu/undergraduate/. The deadline to apply is March 7.

Final information session for Teach for America

The last information session for those interested in Teach For America, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Science Teaching Student Services building.

Join the movement to close the achievement gap, with full salary, benefits, and partnerships. The final deadline for applications is Feb.

Information session
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25
Science Teaching Student Services (STSS) room 230

Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships seek applicants

The College of Liberal Arts is seeking applicants for its summer 2011 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship program.

The fellowship offers $4,000 to full-time graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts who are seeking a Ph.D. and are in the dissertation phase or post oral preliminary exam phase at the time of application. The dissertation subject must focus on European topics.

To learn more, log onto http://www.cges.umn.edu.

Are you FAB material?

FAB: Fashion & Business is starting a monthly fashion publication this semester! If you love all things fashion (social and fashion trend spotting, dress, fashion events etc.) and you love writing or media production, we want YOU to get involved!

FAB is hiring applicants for two positions: staff writers and spokesperson. Staff writers will be responsible for producing fashion-based written content for the publication and spokesperson(s) will be working primarily with YouTube and making videos (event coverage, fashion advice, on-campus interviews, and style how-to's.)

Students from all colleges and majors are encouraged to apply. Send questions and application requests to fab.publication@gmail.com by Saturday Jan. 29, 2011.

January 21, 2011

Noted news designer to hold workshop Feb. 11 in Minneapolis

Learn to "Futurize the News" through a one-day workshop with renown print and online news designer Tim Harrower Feb. 11.

Harrower, the author of "The Newspaper Designer's Handbook," worked as an editor, designer and columnist at the The Oregonian, The Rochester Times-Union and a weekly in Beverton, Ore.

Harrower's sessions will include:
• Writing for Non-Readers
• Everything You Need to Know to Be a Digital Journalist
• 12 Tips to Futurizing Your Packaging Design
• 101 Swipeable Ideas

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Marriott City Center, 30 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis; the schedule includes a break where participants can get lunch on their own. The cost is $65. Log onto register.studentpress.org/FuturizeTheNews/ to learn more or to sign up.

SPJ Mark of Excellence application deadline is Wednesday

The Society of Professional Journalists is accepting entries for its 2010 Mark of Excellence Awards.

SPJ will recognize the best student journalism in categories including newspapers, magazines, art/graphics, radio, television and online.

Entries first are judged at the regional level; first place regional winners advanced to the national competition and winners are recognized at SPJ's spring conferences.

The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a United States college or university and studying for an academic degree in 2010. Entries must have been published during the 2010 calendar year. For more information, log onto http://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp. The entry deadline is Wednesday.

National Cancer Institute seeks applicants for health communication program

The National Cancer Institute is seeking applications for its Fall 2011 health communications internship programs.

Internships last six to 12 months and focus on either health communications or science writing. Health communications interns:
• Plan, develop and promote cancer education programs and materials for the public, cancer patients and health professionals
• Gain experience in pre-testing and evaluating cancer prevention and treatment messages, publications, materials and programs that reach the American public

Science writing applicants:
• Write fact sheets and press releases
• Answer inquiries from the press
• Attend and report on scientific meetings
• Write feature-length, creative articles on the latest advances in cancer research

To learn more, log onto http://hcip.nci.nih.gov/. Applications for fall term are due March 1.

Mizzou announces Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri now is accepting applications for its 2011-2012 class of Donald W. Reynolds fellows.

Fellows spend Sept. 1 through April 30, 2012, largely in residence at the University of Missouri in Columbia, working on projects and collaborating "with some of the brightest minds in media," according to the website.

Selected fellows receive an $80,000 stipend plus an additional $10,000 to cover living expenses, moving costs and insurance.

To learn more, log onto rjionline.org.

Georgetown University seeks applicants for political journalism institute

Georgetown University is seeking applicants for its 2011 Institute on Political Journalism.

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, the institute combines internships, courses for academic credit, career development activities and site briefings and lectures by working journalists.

Students earn up to nine academic credits. Past internship sites included:
• CNN
• Congress Daily
• Crosby Volmer Public Relations
• Gannett News Service
• MSNBC.com
• NBC Nightly News
• Politics Magazine
• Telemundo
• The Washington Examiner

The internship program runs from June 5 through July 30. The priority application deadline is Feb. 3, with the final application deadline of March 3.

Log onto www.DCinternships.org/IPJ for more information.

Campbell Mithun continues 'Lucky 13' internship program

Campbell Mithun once again is recruiting applicants for its national summer internship program. This time? It's soliciting applicaition via Twitter.

For the sixth consecutive summer, the agency will offer a 10-week internship program for students who have completed their junior or senior years of college. Internship areas include account management, media, creative and technology. The program has been dubbed "Lucky 13" because the company selects 13 applicants.

Log onto AdAge for more details about the internships and how to apply.

January 18, 2011

Hearst Journalism Awards seeks profile writing entries

The Hearst Journalism Awards is looking for its next winning example of personality and profile writing. Entries must be a personality sketch of someone on or off campus. All articles must be published between Feb. 15, 2010, and Feb. 21, 2011.

Turn in complete application materials to 110 Murphy Hall no later than Feb. 21. Entrants must be majoring in journalism to enter. For more information, see the Hearst Journalism Program Awards website.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards:
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, founded in 1960, is conducted in the public interest, to provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools.

The 51st annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards consists of six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television) and two multimedia competitions. Each division has championship finals.

Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles or photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.


About William Randolph Hearst Foundation:
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $759 million in the areas of education, health care, social services and the arts in every state.

New Facebook page for UM Job Fair

Looking for more information about the upcoming UM Job Fair?

Visit the UM Job Fair Facebook Page for details about the fair, job fair tips, related career events and updates on attending employers.

Attend the Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention

Plan to attend the 2011 Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention Jan. 27-29.

The MNA Convention provides you with an opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals at the Sheraton Hotel South in Bloomington. The student registration fee is $20 and allows you to attend all sessions.

Event highlights include:

• "Great Story Ideas Hiding in Your Community. Finding stories using public data,
census information and legal notices" with Chris Ison
• "Hit a Home run with your Sports Coverage: Nuts and bolts, tips, tricks and hints for
sports coverage." Don Heinzman, moderator
• "Covering the Economy - How did we get here?" Insights from economic expert
Louis Johnston
• "The Online Comment Conundrum." Panel discussion with expert John Hatcher,
UMD
• "New Media, New Trends" with Andrew Ecklund
• Much more!

The SJMC will pay the $20 registration fee for the first 20 SJMC majors who submit a registration form and check for $20, payable to "University of Minnesota." After attending the event, bring in proof of attendance and we will return your check. If you do not demonstrate proof of attendance, your check will be cashed.

To request SJMC support to pay for the registration fee, please print and complete the registration form online and bring it to Ada Walton in room 115 Murphy Hall along with your check by noon Friday, January 21. We will process requests on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be a declared journalism major to be eligible.

To learn more visit the MNA website.

January 10, 2011

Important announcements regarding spring semester classes

Wait lists for SJMC courses
Final wait lists for all journalism classes will be sent to instructors Thursday. 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
Spring semester classes begin Jan. 18. 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 SJMC Student Services Center. If a class has vacancies, the Student Services Center 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.

SPJ Mark of Excellence entry deadline is Jan. 26

The Society of Professional Journalists is accepting entries for its 2010 Mark of Excellence Awards.

SPJ will recognize the best student journalism in categories including newspapers, magazines, art/graphics, radio, television and online.

Entries first are judged at the regional level; first place regional winners advanced to the national competition and winners are recognized at SPJ's spring conferences.

The contest is open to anyone enrolled in a United States college or university and studying for an academic degree in 2010. Entries must have been published during the 2010 calendar year. For more information, log onto http://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp. The entry deadline is Jan. 26.

Hearst Journalism Awards seeks broadcast entries

The Hearst Journalism Awards is looking for its next winning example of broadcast hard news reporting. Entries must be based on but not limited to public affairs reporting, business reporting, investigative reporting, science reporting, sports reporting or weather reporting with a hard focus, regardless of subject.

Interested students must submit two reports with a total run time of no more than five minutes that were produced and aired from Sept. 1, 2009, through Jan. 24, 2011.

Turn in complete application materials to 110 Murphy Hall no later than Jan. 24. Entrants must be majoring in journalism to enter. For more information, see the Hearst Journalism Program Awards website.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards:
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, founded in 1960, is conducted in the public interest, to provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools.

The 51st annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards consists of six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television) and two multimedia competitions. Each division has championship finals.

Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles or photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.


About William Randolph Hearst Foundation:
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $759 million in the areas of education, health care, social services and the arts in every state.

Hearst Journalism Awards seeks sports writing entries

The Hearst Journalism Awards are looking for their next winning sports article. Entries must relate to an event or issue, not a sports personality. Interested students must submit one single article published from Jan. 15, 2010, through Jan. 24, 2011.

Turn in complete application materials to 110 Murphy Hall no later than Jan. 24. Contestants must be majoring in journalism to enter. For more information, see the Hearst Journalism Program Awards website.

About the Hearst Journalism Awards:
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, founded in 1960, is conducted in the public interest, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools.

The 51st annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards consists of six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television) and two multimedia competitions. Each division has championship finals.

Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles or photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.


About William Randolph Hearst Foundation:
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $759 million in the areas of education, health care, social services and the arts in every state.

Global Migration and Photography Course

There still is time to register for the Global Migration and Photography Course (GLOS 3900 and ANTH 3980) this semester.

This class touches upon a central feature of photography: its ability to make present the absent. Rather than as recipients of images produced by mass media, we look at immigrants as producers of images. In a second step, we will juxtapose visual practices with visual representations of migration in the press and other mass media, using them as a key to public discourses on migration, shaping immigration policies and integration politics.

For more information, email Barbara Wolbert at wolbert@umn.edu.

Apply for major status by Jan. 28

Planning to apply for admission to one of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's majors this spring semester?

The final application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Students should apply online at sjmc.umn.edu/apply starting Jan. 18.

To be eligible, applicants must attend a premajor information session. No reservation is required to attend a session. For times and dates, log onto sjmc.umn.edu/ugrad/infoMeeting.html.

January 4, 2011

SJMC to accept scholarship applications starting Jan. 12

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will begin accepting applications for scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year on Jan. 12.

Applying for scholarships is easy. Students must complete the online application form to be automatically considered every scholarship for which they qualify. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $4,000.

All applications must be made online beginning Jan. 12 and be received by 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Students who encounter difficulties should contact the SJMC Undergraduate Student Services office via e-mail at sjmcugs@umn.edu, call 612-625-0120 or visit 110 Murphy Hall.

Need internships or jobs? Check GoldPASS

Need a job? Want to gain experience through an internship this spring?

Check GoldPASS for the latest listings such as on-campus editorial, public relations and marketing opportunities--including opportunities you won't see in SJMC's Murphy Weekly, Facebook page or Twitter feed. Students even can post their resumes and register for career fairs. All you need is your x500 (Internet ID) and a completed user agreement.

Log onto goldpass.umn.edu to sign up, search for jobs or get more information.