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March 28, 2011

Call For Entries- Did You Earn a Scholarship This Year?

The SJMC is currently seeking information about awards and accomplishments from both undergrad and graduate students to include in the 2011 Spring Celebration program. If you have something of note to include, please email- mnjrnctr@umn.edu.

2011 Silha Spring Forum with Stephen Wermiel

Join Stephen Wermiel, Veteran Supreme Court correspondent and Fellow in Law and Government at American University Washington College of Law, for a discussion on Monday, April 11, from 7-9 p.m. in Murphy Hall.

Stephen Wermeil is the author of "Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion," the definitive account of the Supreme Court jurist whose 34-year-tenure helped shape our constitutional landscape and made him one of the most important figures of the Twentieth Century. Wermiel has taught constitutional law for nearly 20 years after serving as the Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 to 1991 and as a reporter for the Boston Globe from 1971 to 1979.

Monday, April 11, 2011
Murphy Hall room 130
7 p.m - 9 p.m.
Book signing to follow event

Join Fast Horse at the 2011 MN PRSA Classics Awards

Fast Horse is bringing a large contingent to the Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards banquet and ceremony on Thursday, March 31.

If interested in a free dinner at the swanky Windows on Minnesota event center and the chance to schmooze with the Fast Horse folks, visit the Fast Horse Facebook page.

THE CATCH: We're offering this to college seniors only. We want to make sure the winners are in a good position to take advantage of this great networking opportunity.

Are You Interested in Pursuing a Research-Based Masters Degree or PhD in Science?

If you are an undergraduate who plans to pursue research-based master degrees or PhDs in the social sciences, natural sciences, history of science, or philosophy of science, check out the upcoming NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Information Sessions.

Meeting One-
Tuesday, April 5, 3:30-4:30, Ford Hall B29

Meeting Two-
Monday, April 11, 3:30-4:30, Ford Hall 130

Meeting Three-
Monday April 18, 10:00-11:00, Alderman Hall 415 (St Paul)

These fellowships offer generous support for up to three years of study in research-based master's or PhD programs in the social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, history of science, philosophy of science, and engineering. U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are eligible. Current sophomores and juniors are especially encouraged to attend these info sessions. For more information about NSF GRF and other national scholarships, please visit the website.

Are You Ready for Summer and Fall Class Registration?

Make the most of your upcoming adviser meeting by learning the tools to be prepared at the Grad Planner and APAS workshop.

Thursday, March 31
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services

Gain familiarity and confidence with Grad Planner and APAS, prepare for your summer-fall adviser meeting and learn better organization and planning skills.
There's no need to register, email CAPE with questions: cape@umn.edu.

Study Abroad in Rome!

Enjoy a slice of pizza while attending the Study Abroad in Rome information session on Monday, April 4, 12 p.m. in 100 Murphy Hall. Learn about spending a semester or summer term in the Eternal City, meet with visiting staff and professors from the Study Abroad program and advisers from the Learning Abroad Center.

The Study Abroad in Rome program offers coursework in Architecture, Journalism and Mass Communications, Italian language, Sustainability, Leadership and more. Students participate in study tours to places like Barcelona, Tuscany, Pompeii & Naples. Internships are also available in a variety of fields.

NBC News seeks Summer Social Media Intern

NBC News is hiring a Social Media intern for Summer 2011. If interested, tweet your application to @NBCNewsPR in 140 characters or less by Friday, April 15, 2011, 4 p.m.

The intern will assist the social media team and coordinate with editorial staff, marketing, and communications for all of NBC News. They will also help proofread and brainstorm posts for Posterous, Tumblr, Wordpress, Flickr and YouTube and assist with providing analytics on growth.

The Summer 2011 Intern should have blogging experience and be active using Facebook and Twitter. They should live a digital life and be familiar with digital and social media trends, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and HTML experience preferred but not required.

Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses and be eligible to receive academic credit for time spent at NBC News. For more information, visit the NBC Posterous.

Summer LSAT Prep Program

The Law School will offer a program to help students prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The class will meet once or occasionally twice a week from June 8 to Aug. 17, and will be limited to 25 students.

The comprehensive workshop will cover all sections of the LSAT and the skills required to complete them. The program includes mentoring, assistance with applications and essays, and help with other questions. In addition, students will have the opportunity to hear relevant speakers, and post-program follow-up will be provided.

The LSAT Prep Program is sponsored by the Law School Office of Admissions. For more information and application forms, contact Rachel J. Martínez, Associate Director of Admissions, at 612-626-1103 or mart1130@umn.edu. The application deadline is April 15, 2011.

Fall Job Opportunities with Minnesota GreenCorps

Minnesota GreenCorps is inviting students to tour their office and learn more about fall job openings on Tuesday, April 12 from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Minnesota GreenCorps Walk-In Event
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
411 Science Teaching and Student Services Building
All majors are welcome!

ABOUT MINNESOTA GREENCORPS: Launched in 2009, the goal of this statewide initiative is to help preserve and protect Minnesota's environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. The MN GreenCorps program places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

For more information on Minnesota GreenCorps visit the Minnesota GreenCorps website.

Internship Advice and A Pizza Slice

An internship is one of the most important things you can do for your future. Do one or more internships during college to make yourself a better job candidate or grad school candidate, to improve your resume, and to learn about career options. Internships give you professional experience and help you explore your interests.

During this panel discussion, you'll hear from employers who hire interns and from CLA students who've had rewarding internships. Come hear what tips they have to offer. You're welcome to ask questions, or to just listen.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, President's Room

This event includes pizza and is free to all CLA students. You do not need to register to attend. For more information, visit the CLA Career Website.

Career Week Workshops for Graduate and Professional Students

The University of Minnesota Graduate Career Development Network is pleased
to present three workshops as part of Career Week. Each with a different focus in the job searching process and a separate registration link.

Workshop One- Identifying Job Options and Conducting a Search in a Tough Economy
The workshop will cover the job search process from start to offer. It will
address conducting a self-assessment, planning, knowing your options,
relationship-building, and offer negotiations. There will be break-out
sessions for the academic and non-academic search.
Tuesday, March 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Five Blegen Hall

Register HERE.

Workshop Two- Building and Formatting for Academia and Industry
This presentation will cover the difference between the CV and resume;
essential components, what employers seek, and competitively packaging your
Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
100 Smith Hall

Register HERE

Workshop Three- Effective Interviewing for Academia and Industry
This workshop is for graduate students/postdocs who will be interviewing
for faculty positions or in industry or private organizations. The
presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first
impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to
ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure. Career counselors and staff
will be available for practice interviews.
Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
101 Walter Library

Register HERE

MN Daily Alumni Association Annual Mixer and Silent Auction Event

You are invited to join the MN Daily Alumni Association at the 2011 Annual Mixer and Silent Auction Event. Come meet and network with alumni while getting a tour of TCF Stadium.

Student Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes: soda, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and stadium tour. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the MDAA Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, April 16
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium, Indoor Club Room
Social Hour and Tours: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30 p.m.

Breaking (or Broken) News - Political Reporting in the age of Twitter & Facebook

Join the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce on March 29, from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. for our next Public Affairs Series event featuring a lively discussion starring three of Minnesota's best known and most experienced political reporters: Pet Kessler of WCCO-TV, Mary Lahammer of Twin Cities Public Television, and Bill Salisbury of the Pioneer Press.

In an era where everyone with a Twitter account has become a "reporter," how do journalists balance the need for speed with fact-checking and ethical standards? Learn how political reporting has evolved and what's coming next.

For more information about the event or to register, visit the St. Paul Chamber's website. Students may register for the discounted Chamber member price.

March 21, 2011

From The Mideast to the Midwest, Brown-bag Lunch Discussion

Join Heather LaMarre, John R. Finnegan, Jr. and Michael Osterholm for a brown-bag lunch discussion titled "From The Mideast to the Midwest- What rapid, dramatic, global change and a brand new civil discourse might mean for public health."

Students are invited to hear brief remarks from these experts in infectious disease, public health and social networking and discuss with them the impact our increasingly interconnected world will have on the health of the world's people.

Tuesday, March 22
Murphy Hall 100
11:30-1 p.m.

Free of charge. Seating is limited. Bring your lunch.

MA Scholarship to study social media in NZ!

Donald Matheson of the University of Canterbury is seeking an MA student to work on a project starting as soon as possible (April 2011 or as soon as possible) for the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.

The student will contribute to a report for the Commission and complete an MA thesis at the same time at the University of Canterbury. The research will involve conducting focus groups in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand.

The aim is to explore how social media can be used to help people in marginalized groups in society develop their knowledge of fire risk and safety, opening up new areas of research and practice for the Commission. The research eschews social marketing models for models that foreground inter-group communication in social networks.

The successful recipient will have:
* an Honors degree in Media and Communication or equivalent, or alternatively an Honors degree in another field and professional experience in media or communication work
* an excellent academic record
* appropriate research skills
* a rich understanding of emergent media and their implications
* excellent work habits and professional manner.

The project arises directly from the Fire Service Commission's call for research that will investigate the effectiveness of digital media and in particular social networking to reach identified at-risk groups. In terms of that call, the research aims in particular to:
- study the uses of social media for public good information by marginalized
groups in society
- provide a framework for planning the communication of fire safety that
aligns better with emerging social media than prevailing frameworks derived
from social marketing theory
- propose, as a result, some theoretically robust and empirically grounded
strategies for using social media for fire safety communication with these

If interested, please contact donald.matheson@canterbury.ac.nz as soon as possible. There will be a scholarship of NZ$25,000 plus fees for one year, ideally April 2011-April 2012.

Reach out to your fellow students through the Mental Health Training Session

There will be a Mental Health Training Session for Students who want to help other students in distress. Students have an important role to play in responding to mental health issues that often go unrecognized.

The Stamp Out Stigma Committee and the Provost's Committee on Mental Health are offering a mental health training for students on April 6, 2011 from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Mississippi room of Coffman Union. Students who receive the training will have an opportunity in the future to provide similar training to other students.

The trainers for this session will be Barbara Blacklock, MA, Disability Services, Gary Christenson, MD, Boynton Mental Health, and Salina Renninger, Ph.D. ,University Counseling & Consulting Services.

Spend a Year Abroad after Graduation with a Fulbright Grant

There will be two informational meetings for students interested in pursuing a Fulbright Grant for Graduate Research Senior Abroad Experience After Graduation. This grant supports one year of study, research, creative work, or English teaching in one of approximately 130 foreign countries.

The first session will be held Wednesday, April 6, from 3:30-4:30 in Blegen Hall 220 on the West Bank. The second session will be Monday, April 11, from 12-1 p.m. in Armory 202 on the East Bank.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens with the majority of their undergraduate education in the U.S.; must meet country-specific language proficiency requirements; must hold bachelor's degree by the beginning of the award. SENIORS, RECENT GRADUATES, and GRADUATE STUDENTS may apply. An institutional review and interview process is conducted on campus for currently enrolled U of M students.

Campus contact for undergraduates and recent graduates: Sally Lieberman, liebe001@umn.edu. Campus contact for graduate and professional students: Alison Skoberg, skobe001@umn.edu.

For further information and application materials, visit the Fulbright website.

2011 Silha Spring Ethics Forum with Mark Feldstein

Join Professor Mark Feldstein, Veteran Journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism and Public Affairs at George Washington University, for his discussion,"The Morality of Muckracking: Journalistic Ethics from Jack Anderson to Julian Assange" on Monday, April 4, from 7-9 p.m. in Murphy Hall.

Professor Feldstein is the author of "Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack
Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture." A veteran investigative journalist who has worked for CNN, ABC News, and NBC News, Feldstein has won over 50 journalism awards, including two George Foster Peabody public service awards, the duPont-Columbia award for investigative reporting, and the Edward R. Murrow broadcasting prize. He currently directs George Washington University's Journalism Oral History Project.

This year's Silha Spring Ethics Forum is cosponsored by the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the
Society of Professional Journalists, and will be followed by a book signing.

Monday, April 4, 2011
Murphy Hall room 130
7-9 p.m.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship

The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship honors Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. To qualify, students must be Juniors, Seniors, or enrolled in graduate school for the 2011-2012 academic year. They must also major in Mass Communications, Journalism, Radio, Television, and/or Film, with a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arabic heritage

To apply, please submit the following items in hard copy form to the ADC Research Institute by April, 1, 2011:

- A one-page statement explaining your goals and why you merit the scholarship, and
stating that you are a U.S. citizen of Arabic heritage.
- Two original signed letters of recommendation from professors of Mass
- Copies of articles, videos, films or other relevant media that showcases your work
(these items will not be returned to you).
- Official academic transcripts, including your GPA.
- Your permanent home address, email address, phone number, and your
phone number during the school year, if different.

Submit all materials to:
Jack G. Shaheen Scholarship
ADC Research Institute (ADCRI)
1732 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20007

If you have any questions, call (202) 244-2990 or email organizing@adc.org.

Awards will be announced and presented June 10, 2011, during ADC's National
at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

March 15, 2011

GET A JOB! Seminar with KSTP-TV's Tim Sherno and U-Broadcast

Will this seminar change your life? It might! Not just for those on the Journalism track, this insightful and free seminar will cover the following:

-what it's really going to be like after graduation (tough)
-what you need to be doing now
-why resumes aren't enough anymore... not even close!
-how to avoid the H.R. black hole
-cover letters
-applying for jobs you don't want. Yes. But why?
-how to get interviews
-how to avoid big mistakes everyone makes

Today- Monday, March 21
Coffman Theater
7-9 p.m.
Click for Facebook event details


SPJ to offer students free admission to journalism series.

Network with local professionals while brushing up on your skills. Join the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for a four-part continuing education series. Sessions are offered in the evening and are free for all students who register.

For more information and to register, visit the MN SPJ website.

March 10, 2011

Check GoldPASS for on-campus communications job

Looking for an on-campus job in web/communications?

The College of Liberal Arts is seeking a web and communications assistant, helping across four domains.

Check the University of Minnesota's GoldPASS system and look for opportunities with the College of Liberal Arts.

March 7, 2011

Finland to offer month-long foreign correspondent program

The Embassy of Finland is accepting applications for scholarships to support a month-long foreign correspondents' program.

The program provides opportunities for newly graduated or soon-to-be-graduating journalists to gain a better understanding of Finland and its culture. The program runs Aug. 1 through 26 and includes briefings on Finland today, meetings with professionals and politicians and visits to businesses, cultural sites and institutions. The program includes a weekend as a guest of a Finnish family as well as trips to different parts of Finland.

The scholarship covers the cost of travel to and from Finland, local travel in Helsinki, accommodation in a single room in a student residence and the daily program, including meals, events, transportation and lodging. The scholarship does not cover medical insurance or per diem allowance.

Students interested in applying for the program should see 110 Murphy Hall or the bins outside the Digital Media Studios for more information. Application forms are available at www.finland.org and must be submitted via e-mail to:
Jenni Jarventaus
Media Relations Coordinator
Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

The deadline to apply is March 31.

'Are There Any Happy Women' talk March 28

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University of Minnesota Women's Center will hold a talk on women in the workplace.

"Are There Any Happy Women?" will feature Mary Vavrus, associate professor of communications studies; communication studies graduate instructor Dana Schowalter; and SJMC Professor Catherine Squires.

The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. March 28 in 100 Murphy Hall. The talk is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Advising hours limited during transition

School of Journalism and Mass Communication students will need to plan ahead and should expect longer wait times to get advising appointments.

Beginning March 21, 15-minute advising appointments will be available with Linda Lindholm from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The change is needed because SJMC's undergraduate student services adviser Maggie (Cosgrove) Heier is moving to Seattle to begin graduate school in student development administration. Her last day will be March 17.

On occasion, the student services offices in 110 Murphy Hall might have to close to accommodate departmental meetings.

Collegiate advisers can answer many questions if SJMC advising staff are unavailable.

March 4, 2011

MMPA Summit & Expo April 28

The Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association will hold its Summit & Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.

The one-day seminar will include an editorial track featuring Al Tompkins of Poynter Institute's Al's Morning Meeting. The workshops in the editorial track will feature "The 10 Commandments of Video," "The 10 Laws of Interactive Storytelling" and "Tough Ethics Calls in a 24/7 World."

Other tracks include design, audience development and advertising/sales.

Historically, MMPA's Summit & Expo has offered fantastic opportunities for students to network with editors and learn about internship and job opportunities, says Kathleen Hansen, director of undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She suggests students bring business cards and copies of their resumes to the conference.

The cost is $50 for students; early bird registration pricing ends March 15.

For more information or to register, log onto http://www.mmpa.net/communities/general-mmpa/Summit2011_promotion.html.

eCampus News seeks freelance writers

eCampus News, a national education and technology publication, is seeking freelance writers.

Based in Bethesda, Md., eCampus News is looking for freelance writers to cover trends in education technology and how it is -- and in some cases, is not -- transforming education. Stories typically run 600 to 1,200 words long.

Interested students should send story ideas and contact information to Assistant Editor Denny Carter. Interested students also may contact Carter at 800-394-0115, ext. 113.

March 1, 2011

PRISM to meet Friday

PRISM, the multicultural journalism and communications group, will host a meet-and-greet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in 314 Murphy Hall.

The meeting will include a discussion on fair representation in reality television.

For more information or to RSVP, e-mail bank0164@umn.edu, klein658@umn.edu or charity_bess@hotmail.com.

Applying to SJMC fall 2011? Attend a premajor meeting

Students interested in applying for admission to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for the fall 2011 semester will need to attend an upcoming Premajor Information Meeting.

The next Premajor Information Meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 in 100 Murphy Hall.

Check sjmc.umn.edu for additional meeting times and dates later this semester.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will begin accepting applications for admission in early fall 2011.