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April 26, 2011

Course Addition- Jour 5606W Literary Aspects of Journalism

Journalism is not fiction, of course. Yet the line between what is true and what is fabricated has a complex and intriguing history in literature and in journalism.

David Foster Wallace...Daniel Defoe...Joan Didion...John Hersey...Susan Orlean...Jon Krakauer...Tom Wolfe...John McPhee...Tracy Kidder...Joseph Mitchell...William Langewiesche...Vanessa Grigoriadis...Hunter S. Thompson...Jane Kramer...Calvin Trillin...Truman Capote...

If you want to be a great writer, you have to read great stuff. Take Jour 5606w.
Get there.

Jour 5606 W: Literary Aspects of Journalism
MWF, 11:15 - 12:05, Murphy 228.

More information:
This writing-intensive course will explore that relationship by close readings and a broad historical lens - starting with the 18th century journalistic fictions that allowed political commentary and ultimately created the novel and ending with the post-modern literary journalism of the late David Foster Wallace. Students will look at the literary devices used by journalists such as Nellie Bly in her first-hand investigations into conditions for the mentally ill in the 19th century or, later, Truman Capote in his novel-length treatment of a family's murder in Kansas.

Readings will include works by the pivotal nonfiction writers who defined the so-called New Journalism of the 20th century, such as John Hershey, Michael Herr, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, and will trace how those pioneering efforts created the plethora of literary nonfiction forms today in reported magazine articles, memoirs and essays.

Students will write on topics related to these readings and will also have an opportunity to produce one example of literary journalism.

Course Addition- Jour 4991 Representing Media in the Marketplace

If you've ever wanted to lead a news-and-information company, write about the media industry or learn about advertising sales and marketing, Jour 4991 is the class for you. This class is appropriate for journalism, strategic communication and business-focused students.

Instructor of the class is School of Journalism and Mass Communication senior fellow J. Keith Moyer, former publisher of the Star Tribune and editor-in-chief of several Top 100 daily newspapers.

Students will get detailed insights into the business side of media industries, including the latest trends in digital media, television/radio, newspapers, magazines and sports marketing.

This is your chance to learn about the challenges of the new economic environment and how they affect the media industry. The course features trips to ad agencies, newspapers, television and radio stations, pro sports facilities and internet outlets, as well as a regular line-up of Twin Cities media industry leaders as guest speakers.

‎"Representing Media in the Marketplace was an extraordinary class. This class gave us a real life look at how media sales really work and introduced us to invaluable mentors in the media community. Representing Media in the Marketplace truly helped to guide me into my future career in advertising." -- Tabitha Fields (spring SJMC graduate)

@debcarneol "Jour4991 seems really interesting. Wish I had it when I was still in college - @UMN_SJMC"

@bradspy "@umn_sjmc Jour4991 sounds wonderful! I need to be a student apparently ... again."

The course could be of particular interest to students who took JOUR 3551, 4193, 4263, 4272, 4992 or 5725.

Prerequisites: JOUR major or minor or approved IDIM, ICP, BIS major, plus JOUR 3004; or instructor permission

April 25, 2011

Online News Association Invites Applications for the 2011 MJ Bear Fellowships

The Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, invites applications for the 2011 MJ Bear Fellowships for early-career digital journalists, in honor of founding member MJ Bear.

For this inaugural year, the search committee will select three promising, up-and-coming digital journalists--two in the United States or Canada and one internationally, in partnership with MSN International--who are just beginning to make their voices heard in the industry.

Selected Fellows will be paired with a digital news leader as a mentor; receive an expense-paid trip to the Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet (ONA11), Sept. 22-24, in Boston, where they'll have a chance to share their fresh perspectives; and a free, one-year ONA membership.

The goal of the Fellowship, in Bear's own words, is "to promote the voices of young professionals working in or training to work in the field of online news by presenting programs at ONA's annual conference, or in other venues. The programs will be designed to explore and showcase innovations, developments and new ideas in the field."

Applicants must be working journalists between the ages of 23 and 30 and fluent in English. They will be asked to describe their recent concepts, experiments or projects that move digital journalism forward or resulted in valuable lessons or outcomes, and also provide a recommendation and a personal statement.

• Review the criteria here
• Apply here
"We see the Fellowship program as a great way to help the next generation of journalists innovate and succeed in the industry," said ONA Board President Christine Montgomery, Managing Editor, PBS.org. "We're looking for young people as eager to lead as they are to learn, who have demonstrated their commitment to pushing the boundaries in creating digital news."

You've Graduated, Now What?

You've Graduated, What Now?

This intensive seminar will equip you to search for a job in a recovering economy. Get the scoop on how to conduct a creative job search, craft an outstanding resume and interview effectively. Gain LinkedIn knowledge and networking tips from Judy Zimmer, an engaging and candid effectiveness coach. Plus - practice networking with actual employers!

This is a special event for all U of M seniors and recent grads who are serious about their job search. (You can attend if your graduation date is between December 2010 and August 2011).

Wednesday, May 25
$10 to participate and lunch is included.
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

Registration is required - sign up via GoldPASS - click on "Career Events" and search for "What Now". Carlson students please register via The Edge.

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Wait List Available- Jour 4263 Strategic Communication Campaigns

A wait list has opened for the Fall 2011 course- Jour 4263, Strategic Communication Campaigns Section 004. If you were unable to register for this class, please sign up for the wait list.

GoldPASS- Are You Looking For A Job? Do You Need An Internship?

Many great opportunities are posted to GoldPASS on a daily basis. If you need an internship in the Twin Cities or are looking for full-time employment, your next gig could be waiting.

Visit GoldPASS today!

Student Services Office Availability for the Week of May 9.

There will be no walk-up advising the week of May 9, 2011, please plan accordingly. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please visit the Student Services Office.

Summer Course- ENGW 3110 Topics in Creative Writing: Reading Modern Warfare

During World War II correspondence from the front often took months to reach the States.
Today, soldiers post youtube videos of battles and downtime alike. War has become as modernized as the rest of society. In this class we will look at how American war literature, journalism, poetry, film and other mediums have evolved over the course of the last few generations.

Each week will read one book, a number of articles and shorter pieces and watch a movie from the related time period. Students will have a chance to adapt the creative techniques we study into their own work and write a piece of creative nonfiction (not necessarily war related) for workshop.

If interested, register for ENGW 3110 Topics in Creative Writing: Reading Modern Warfare. Prerequisites will be waived for interested SJMC students.

NAACP Professional and Executive Diversity Job Fair

Employers are seeking candidates with experience and interest in sales, engineering, government, security, education, military, medical, banking, financial services, and more.

This event is free and open to everyone with a 4-year degree or above; regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc. Take advantage of this opportunity to market your abilities and meet face-to-face with recruiters from local and national companies.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
10:00AM - 3:00PM

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

For more details, visit this link.

Microsoft Research Seeks Undergraduate Research Assistant for Social Media Collective

Microsoft Research (MSR) is looking for a Research Assistant for its Social Media Collective in the New England lab, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Social Media Collective consists of danah boyd, Mike Ananny, and Alice Marwick, as well as faculty visitors and PhD interns. MSR is an academic institution and the Social Media Collective consists of scholars doing work in the areas of sociology, anthropology, media studies, and communications.

An appropriate candidate will be both passionate and knowledgeable about social media, have strong writing and organization skills, and have experience working on research projects. Job responsibilities will include producing literature reviews, coding ethnographic data, editing manuscripts, and organizing events. The RA will also get to collaborate on ongoing research and, while a publication is not a guarantee, the RA will be encouraged to co-author scholarly articles while at MSR.

The RAship will require 20-25 hours per week on site in Cambridge, MA. It is a 1-year only contractor position, paid hourly with flexible daytime hours. The ideal start date would be in May or June, but is flexible. This position does not include benefits or relocation. The candidate must already have a visa to work in the United States.

This position is ideal for young scholars who are applying to PhD programs in sociology, anthropology, communications, media studies, information studies, and related fields and want to get involved with research.

To apply, please send an email to dmb@microsoft.com with the subject "RA Application" and include the following:
- 1-page personal statement, including a description of research experience, interests, and professional goals
- CV or resume
- Writing sample (preferably a literature review or a scholarly-styled article)
- Links to online presence (e.g., blog, homepage, Twitter, journalistic endeavors, etc.)
- The names and emails of two recommenders (faculty recommendations are preferred)

April 19, 2011

You Are Invited to Spring Celebration!


Spring Celebration will honor SJMC 2010-11 graduates, the recipients and donors
of the 2011-12 scholarships and fellowships. Featuring the presentation of the 2010-11 SJMC Alumni Society Award for Excellence to Scott Meyer, co-founder of Mona, Meyer and McGrath.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
5 p.m. Registration and cocktail hour
6 p.m. Dinner served
Tickets for this event are $25 per person, visit this LINK to reserve your spot.

Students- If you have received an award, please check your email for a special registration link. Donors will be there and your attendance is highly suggested!

Section Addition- Jour 4259 Cases in Strategic Planning and Thinking

There will be another section available for Jour 4259 Cases in Strategic Planning and Thinking for Fall 2011. This is a three credit course held on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12:20-1:10 in Murphy Hall.

3004W or 3004V
3159 or 3201 or 3202
Jour major, approved IDIM, ICP or BIS major.

Class Cancellation- Jour 5155 Capstone: Database Reporting

Jour 5155 Capstone: Database Reporting has been canceled.

Class Closures- Jour 4242, Jour 4259, Jour 4263 Jour 4451

Jour 4242, Jour 4259, Jour 4263 and Jour 4451 have closed.

If you want to take any of these classes, be sure to put your name on the waitlist for your preferred section. There are a few places saved for graduating seniors in each section of these classes and the wait lists determine which students should get these places.

The Student Services Center hopes to contact all students on these waitlists early next week.

Missouri State University Seeks New Media Specialist

Missouri State University is accepting applications for a New Media Specialist in Office of University Communications. Responsibilities include working to ensure that the University's website and social media content related to the institution and its branding and marketing messages are created, maintained, updated, and evaluated for effectiveness and efficiency; using invention, imagination, originality, and talent to write and edit content for various University web sites and social media applications; assisting in the supervision of student staff of the Office of University Communications; and contributing to the production of news releases and various print materials.

Bachelor's degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related area is required. Additional requirements include either one year work experience in a professional position in a public relations environment or a minimum of three semesters experience in a part-time position in a similar professional setting; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including writing and/or editing experience with print and electronic media; knowledge of basic content management software and strong proofreading and editing skills; organizational and planning skills; knowledge of word processing and social media applications; extended periods of time working at a computer workstation; and visual and audio acuity within normal ranges. Supervisory experience; knowledge of database and/or spreadsheet applications; experience working in diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds are preferred. Continuation of position is contingent upon continued funding.

Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Submit a letter of interest, resume, online application, copy of transcript, and name, address, and phone number of three professional references by April 29, 2011 to:

Don Hendricks
Missouri State University
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897
Phone: (417) 836-6397
Fax: (417) 836-4938
e-mail: DonHendricks@missouristate.edu
Apply HERE!

April 11, 2011

Center for Writing- Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Center of Writing offers a variety of programs to support your writing. Take advantage of these upcoming opportunities:

Graduate Student Teaching with Writing Seminar (May 16 - 20)
Exclusively for graduate students who are teaching their own courses, this five-day seminar gives a thorough introduction to incorporating writing across the curriculum. Register here.

Commenting and Grading: A Workshop for Teaching Assistants (August 30 - 31)
This two-day workshop offers graduate student TAs multiple approaches to commenting on and grading student writing, along with hands-on practice to prepare for the coming semester. Register here.

For more information, contact Katie Levin (kslevin@umn.edu) or Mitch Ogden (ogden@umn.edu)

Calling All Sports Journalists- APSE Scholarship Opportunity

The Associated Press Sports Editors are sponsoring four $1,500 scholarship
for collegiate sports journalists.

APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students' journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The scholarships will be awarded to students from four
different regions of the United States.

The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Deadline is June 1.

Please have them include the following information in their letter of application:

- Personal: Name, address, age, phone number.

- Academic: A copy of the student's collegiate grades.

- Financial: A brief rundown of the student's financial situation, with
regards to how he/she plans to pay for tuition.

- Five examples of sports journalism (usually stories but could also be
sections the student has edited), using either links or PDFs.

Email information to Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe at
Jtsullivan@globe.com with APSE Scholarship in subject line.

If you need to use standard mail for academic information, send to this

APSE Scholarship
c/o Joe Sullivan, Sports Editor
Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd.

Premack Public Affairs Journalism Workshop

Reporting is hard work, why not get a head start? Stand out from your peers by attending the first Premack Workshop. Hear the stories behind the stories of some of the best public affairs journalism in the state. Attendees will also learn the latest crowd-sourcing techniques and network with editors from statewide print, broadcast and web news organizations. The event is free and open to the public but you must pre-register.

If you are serious about starting a career in journalism, this is not to be missed!

Premack Workshop
April 18
McNamara Alumni Center, Ski-U-Mah Room
12-4:30 p.m.
FREE, lunch will be provided
Premack Award Ceremony to follow workshop

AAJA Student Grants and Scholarship Opportunities

The Asian American Journalists Association currently has the following student opportunities. For direct links to apply, visit the AAJA website or email programs@aaja.org.


Stanford Chen Internship Grants
AAJA will award one news internship grant of $1,750. DEADLINE IS MAY 2.

Broadcast News Grants
One internship grant in the amount of $2,500 is in honor of the late Sam Chu Lin.
One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an aspiring male television broadcaster from the Lloyd LaCuesta Scholarship Fund.

Online News Grant
William Woo Print/Online News Grant: One grant of $1,000 to a college student interning at a print or online news company. DEADLINE: MAY 16

Mary Moy Quon Ing
AAJA will award one student $2,000 for the 2011/2012 school year.

Vincent Chin
AAJA will award one student $500 for the 2011/2012 school year.

Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes

What can be shared in just seven minutes?

Listen in as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, graphic design, interior design, product design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail share thought-provoking, inspiring, and sometimes curious tales from the trenches. Reception with presenters follows program. Cash bar available.

$20 General admission
$15 UMAA member
$5 U of M Students

2011 Presenters include:
- Julie Snow FAIA, founder of Julie Snow Architects
- Quan Hoang, Chief Creative Officer, Pixel Farm Digital
- Alan Arthur, President/CEO, Aeon
- Bruce Chamberlain ASLA (BLA '89), VP/Principal, Hoisington Koegler Group, Inc.
- Lyn Berglund CID, ASID (BS '76), Director of Interior Design, Mohagen Hansen
- Kristina Klockars, Vice President, Hot Mama
- Barry Kudrowitz, product designer/asst. professor, College of Design

Thursday, April 14
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Coffman Memorial Union Campus Club, West Wing (4th floor)
Register now!

NOTE: This event sold out early last year - advanced registration is required.
Presented by the College of Design Student and Alumni Board
Tweeting about the event? Use #D7in7

Celebrate the U!

Join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for an extraordinary evening, Tuesday, May 3, celebrating the U, our alumni, and our beloved outgoing President Robert Bruininks.

Mingle and network with alumni while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and music at a reception at the Carlson School of Management Building. Then join the group for a program at Ted Mann Concert Hall. This will be one of the last opportunities to hear President Bruininks speak before he steps down as President of the University of Minnesota. Entertainment will be provided by some of your fellow students; the Sigma Nu Quartet and the acapella singing group, 7Days, will perform.

Students who are Alumni Association members can receive a complimentary program-only ticket, or purchase a reception and program ticket for $20. Students who are not Alumni Association members may purchase a program-only ticket for $10, or a reception and program ticket for $25. Complete ticket and event information is available here.

Alumni Association Annual Celebration
Tuesday, May 3
Reception, Carlson School of Management, 5:30 p.m. - 7p.m.
Program, Ted Mann Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Registration Dates and Office Schedule Reminders

Registration for summer classes begins April 12.
Registration for fall classes begins April 14.

Please remember during the registration period, Linda Lindholm will be the only adviser in 110 Murphy Hall who will be available to assist SJMC students. Also, office hours for spring semester have been changed to 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the office may have to close during normal business hours if Linda must attend departmental or University meetings.

For these reasons, it is important to follow the guidelines below to seek help with your questions:
• If you are a journalism or individualized program major, please stop in 110 Murphy Hall to sign up for a 15-minute walk-in advising time. Due to limited office coverage, these are the only advising times that will be available in 110 Murphy Hall.

• If you are a pre-journalism major or want to check on your graduation requirements, please contact your college adviser. Pre-majors may sign up for an informational meeting in 110 Murphy Hall if they wish, but there will be many more meetings scheduled during the first two weeks of fall semester before applications are due.

• If you need an amendment to your major program plan or have other questions related to your major program or timeline, please consult with the appropriate faculty mentor listed below:

Dana Benson (professional journalism-video news only)
John Eighmey (professional strategic communication - advertising /business)
Gayle Golden (professional journalism)
Chris Ison (professional journalism)
Jennifer Johnson (professional strategic communication - advertising /creative)
Gordon Leighton (professional strategic communication-PR)
Dan Wackman (professional strategic communication - advertising/ business)

For all advising appointments, you must bring a copy of your major program plan or your APAS report. Contact information for SJMC faculty is published on a bookmark that is available in 110 Murphy Hall and on the SJMC web site. Your major requirements are available on your APAS report.

We thank you for your patience as we try to provide the best service possible to all SJMC students during this busy registration period.

Help us to help you- Registration Tips from Undergraduate Student Services

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

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

1) Register on time.

2) Register only for courses you plan to take. Cancel any courses that you decide not to take as soon as you are certain you will not want the class. This will allow us to admit eligible students from the wait lists while they still have time to adjust their class schedules if necessary.

3) If the section you want is closed, put your name on the wait list. Be as flexible as you possibly can, and register for another section or put your name on multiple wait lists. Do not wait until the first day because you think the section you prefer will open up then. If you take this risk and the course does not open up, there is very little we can do to help you once classes have begun.

4) A reminder, you may not skip class to register.

Getting in to courses reserved for journalism majors:
Non-majors must attend the first day of class to determine if space is available. If space is available on the first day and the instructor believes you have appropriate academic or professional background for the class, the SJMC Student Services staff in 110 Murphy Hall will be notified later that day. SJMC Student Services staff will determine which students will be admitted. Majors will have priority for all available places.

Requesting amendments to update your program plan:
Majors should remember to request program amendments for any courses not on your original plan before you register for a new course. You can now request changes online here!

April 4, 2011

Europe in the News: Discussion with Dr. Guillaume de Rouge

Join the European Studies Consortium and the Center for German and European Studies for a session on Europe's ability to collectively respond to the revolutions through major institutions (the EU, UN, and NATO) with a talk by Dr. Guillaume de Rouge entitled, "The Libyan Crisis: First Lessons for a Common European Defense and Security Policy."

April 27
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Social Sciences Building, Room 614
For more information, visit the ESC website.

Applications for Pioneer Press Practicum Now Available

It's time to apply for JOUR 4992 at the Pioneer Press, which students have called "one of the best and most valuable experiences" in college. Students in this advanced-level professional skills class work 14 hours per week in the newsroom at the Pioneer Press assigned to local news, sports, features, entertainment, online, photojournalism or business. Students also have a weekly lecture at the Pioneer Press - scheduled for Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m.- as well as other course assignments.

Space is limited. Students are selected on the basis of motivation and skill. Applications available in Murphy 110. Deadline is April 15.

SJMC Honors Students- Seniors Must Register for Fall Thesis Seminar

All SJMC honors students moving into their senior year in 2011-12 MUST register for thesis seminar, JOUR 4733H, in the FALL SEMESTER this coming year. Any student intending to complete a traditional academic thesis must take the course in the fall or they will not be able to meet that thesis seminar requirement.

Look for more reminders and announcements about Jour 4733H before registration.

Austin's KUT Public Radio Now Hiring Interns

KUT- 90.5 FM is an award-winning public radio station in Austin, Texas. The news department is committed to working with bright new voices in journalism and training them in multi-format, in-depth public media journalism. Interns will receive an authentic, hands-on experience and training in areas from the basics of production to the art and craft of story-telling and real-time experience in putting the values of journalism to work.

KUT is now hiring Multimedia & Broadcast News Interns for summer and fall positions. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to News Director, Emily Donahue- edonahue@kut.org.

You are Invited to the SPJ Monthly Meeting

The University's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday, April 7, at 6:15 p.m. in the Digital Media Studios in the basement of Murphy Hall. All are welcome!