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February 28, 2011

SPJ to meet Thursday

The University of Minnesota's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will take place in the conference room in the Digital Media Studios. The agenda includes finalizing plans for its First Amendment Free Food Festival in April.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

MinnPost offering student discount on annual 'MinnRoast' event

MinnPost will hold its fourth annual MinnRoast celebration at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at the Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

MinnRoast pokes fun at the media and the people it covers. Guests scheduled to appear include Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; state Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch; Tarryl Clark; Don Shelby; Rick Kupchella; Roxane Battle; Cyndy Brucato; Paul Douglas; BT/Brian Turner; Art and Cheri Rolnick; Peter Bell; Al Sicherman; Drew Jansen; Christine Rosholt; and Michelle Hutchison with the MinnPost Song & Dance Team.

The cost is $10. Stop by Murphy 115 during normal business hours by March 18 to make a reservation. For more information about the show, log onto http://www.minnpost.com/minnroast/.

The Nation Institute seeks applicants for internships

The Nation Institute and The Nation magazine are seeking applicants for their 10 summer internship positions.

All interns have the opportunity to write for TheNation.com. Seven interns' primary responsibilities include fact-checking and research; two interns work as web editorial assistants and one position specifically is reserved for a Hispanic or Latino journalist. All interns participate in career seminars with journalists, politicians and activists.

These internships are full-time positions with schedules running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The internships begin June 7 and end Aug. 19. The position offers a stipend of $150 per week.

Applicants must have completed their junior years of college and each application will be evaluated on the quality of resumes, recommendations and writing samples.

To learn more or apply, log onto http://www.nationinstitute.org/internships/1000/. The deadline for summer internship applications is Tuesday.

Gain 'mojo' experience covering the AAJA convention

The Asian American Journalists Association is seeking student applicants to help cover its national convention Aug. 10-13 in Detroit.

Twenty of the most promising students who apply will be selected as finalists to cover the convention and report on issues in journalism and the Asian American/Pacific Islander community. Students will receive training in mobile journalism or "mojo" reporting techniques as well as ethics, interviewing and multimedia.

Travel and hotel accommodations will be provided for those covering the convention.

To learn more or apply, log onto http://www.aaja.org/programs/for_students/journalism_trainings/newsproject.

February 21, 2011

Spoken word artist to appear at Ivory Tower 'Writer's Block' workshop

FUSE, Ivory Tower, and Voices Merging will hold another installment of their Writer's Block workshop series Wednesday, featuring spoken word artist Tou SaiKo Lee.

Tou SaiKo Lee is a local spoken word and hip hop artist/activist. He is part of a hip-hop duo called Delicious Venom and MCs for a socially conscious funk/hip-hop band called PosNoSys (Post Nomadic Syndrome). In his music, he addresses human rights violations, diversity in America, race and the media, gang violence and arts for social change. He is the coordinator for creative development and outreach for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), a non-profit organization in St. Paul that aims to nurture Hmong artists through community classes and programs.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lind Hall Library, 207 Church St. S.E. For more information, log onto http://www.ivorytower.umn.edu/.

NAHJ to offer $80,000 in scholarships for 2011-12 schol hyear

NAHJ will once again offer at least $80,000 in scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year to full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in journalism in English- or Spanish-language media, or both. The series of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 have varying requirements and are open to students attending four-year and community colleges in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The 2011 scholarships are possible thanks to substantial personal donations from Univisión's María Elena Salinas, FOX News' Geraldo Rivera, CBS' Maggie Rodriguez, and CNN's Soledad O'Brien; contributions from companies like the Ford Motor Company, Univisión and the Gannett Co.; a scholarship fundraising benefit held in New York City on April 1st hosted by CNN; and other donations from NAHJ members and friends.

Since the first check was cut in 1988, NAHJ has awarded more about $1.6 million to more than 620 students as they complete their education to enter the ranks of professional journalists. All applications and accompanying materials must be submitted electronically at March 28, 2011. For more information on the scholarships NAHJ has to offer for 2011, log onto NAHJ.org's scholarship page.

Remember, to be considered for any NAHJ scholarship, students must be a current member of NAHJ for the 2011 calendar year. To join or renew your membership, log onto NAHJ.org. The annual dues for students are $35.

Foundation seeks applicants for sports reporting scholarship

The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation is seeking applicants for its scholarship program.

The foundation awards five $5,000 print journalism scholarships through a nationwide essay contest to students pursing careers in sports journalism.

An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of his/her second and/or third year of undergraduate study, achieving junior or senior status for the fall 2011 semester, who will graduate in spring of 2012 and not mid-year.

Forms and information packets are available in 110 Murphy Hall or outside the Digital Media Studios in the basement of Murphy Hall. The deadline to apply is April 29.

Since August 2000, the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation has awarded 73 scholarships to honor its namesake's legacy.

U to hold conference on Islamic developments in arts this week

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

"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.

SJMC's diversity committee, PRISM to hold 'Multicultural is Mainstream' talk

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication's diversity committee and PRISM are proud to welcome Rudolfo "Rudy" Rodriguez Tuesday.

Rodriguez, who is director of multicultural marketing for General Mills, will talk about how multiculturalism and multicultural approaches are mainstream. Rodriguez leads General Mills' development of unique consumer insight to drive growth with multicultural consumers. Before joining General Mills, Rodriguez was responsible for developing multicultural marketing campaigns for Unilever and Amoco.

The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the SJMC Conference Center (100 Murphy Hall). The talk is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served following Rodriguez's talk.

Facebook seeks journalist program manager

Facebook is seeking a journalist program manager.

The company is seeking candidates with proven experience using Facebook in progressive ways as a journalist. The journalist program manager will use both partnership and program management skills to help journalists understand the value of using Facebook in reporting and distributing news.

This full-time position is based in New York. Log onto Facebook.com for details or to apply.

February 16, 2011

SJMC's Kirtley to be featured at 'Europe in the News' forum

In December 2010, the Hungarian Parliament passed a new law expanding the government's power to monitor and control the news media.

Among other things, it requires blogger and online forums to register to be disseminated in Hungary, and threatens to fine journalists who fail to report "objectively."

School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Jane Kirtley will discuss whether the matter is an internal one, as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insists, or if the law has greater implications for fundamental rights in the European Union.

The forum is part of the "Europe in the News Series," sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Silha Center for Media Ethics and Law, the Center for German and European Studies and the European Studies Consortium. It will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 614 of the Social Sciences building on the university's West Bank campus, 267-19th Ave S. Log onto https://events.umn.edu/010222 to learn more.

February 14, 2011

Hearst Journalism Awards seeks entries for spot news writing contest

The Hearst Journalism Awards is looking for its next winning example of Spot News Writing. This article must be a major coverage of an event, not a sidebar analysis. All articles must be published between Match 15, 2010, and March 22, 2011.

Turn in complete application materials to 110 Murphy Hall no later than March 22. 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 entries for multimedia news contest

The Hearst Journalism Awards is looking for its next winning example of Multimedia News. This category awards excellence in covering news for an online audience using multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium. All articles must be published between Jan. 1, 2010, and April 19, 2011.

Turn in complete application materials to 110 Murphy Hall no later than April 19. 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.

FAB's Spring fashion show needs you!

FAB is looking for designers, models, coordinators, and volunteers for the spring show, "Scrubbed Into Fashion."

The application for participation is due Friday and can be found on the website.

For more information, contact FABminnesota@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook.

February 11, 2011

Communicators Forum to discuss online publishing dilemma

It's a question the publishing industry deals with every day: What to publish online -- and when.

Kelly FItzgerald, Greenspring Media's online editor, will join the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum for a discussion the subject at 3 p.m. Thursday. Fitzgerald will address how industry demands, schedules and priorities affect decisions about what and when to publish stories and other content online.

Networking, registration and refreshments begin at 3 p.m., with the program running from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 1-105 Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for non-members of the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum; members get in free.

Log onto http://umcf.umn.edu for more information.

MinneWebCon to offer full day of Web seminars in April

Join MinneWebCon for a full day of Web learning with industry leaders, including technical and creative components.

The one-day conference's guest speakers include Luke Wrobleski, author of two popular Web design books, and the Geek Girls' Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker.

MinneWebCon will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11 at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.

The cost is $100 for students and $150 for university staff members. For more information or to register, log onto http://www.minnewebcon.umn.edu/

Join SJMC's diversity committee, PRISM for 'Multicultural is Mainstream' talk

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication's diversity committee and PRISM are proud to welcome Rodolfo "Rudy" Rodriguez Feb. 22.

Rodriguez, who is director of multicultural marketing for General Mills, will talk about how multiculturalism and multicultural approaches are mainstream. Rodriguez leads General Mills' development of unique consumer insight to drive growth with multicultural consumers. Before joining General Mills, Rodriguez was responsible for developing multicultural marketing campaigns for Unilever and Amoco.

The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the SJMC Conference Center (100 Murphy Hall). The talk is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served following Rodriguez's talk.

February 7, 2011

Spend the summer at NYU's Hyperlocal Newsroom Academy

At The Hyperlocal Newsroom Academy, students will learn new techniques and sharpen their skills with opportunities to have their best work published on NYTimes.com community news site under the guidance of NYU's journalism faculty.

Three-month graduate-level internships, for credit or non-credit, will be available on a competitive basis. Students can choose one or both six week summer course sessions (four credits each). They also are encouraged to attend The Hyperlocal Academy Weekend, featuring panels and workshops with major players in the emerging world of hyperlocal journalism.

There also will be opportunities to intern, assist, edit, report, shoot, write or learn multimedia skills from top reporters and editors, including New York Times journalists. Information about the graduate internships program and the application are available here.

February 4, 2011

Unpaid internship? Check out CLA's grants

Relieve some of the financial stresses of working unpaid internships with grants from the College of Liberal Arts.

CLA will accept applications for one-time, non-renewable grants of up to $1,200 through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for the spring term.

To qualify, students must:
• Already be an admitted, degree-seeking student in the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts
• Be of sophomore standing or above
• Have not previously received this grant
• Already be engaged in an internship or have been accepted into an internship position that meets CLA's requirements.

Additional requirements may apply. For more information, log onto www.clacareer.umn.edu/internships/grants.html.