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November 15, 2011

Home Depot Scholarship for Minority Students

The Home Depot awards 14 $5,000 scholarships to deserving minority college sophomores or juniors in advertising, marketing or communications. These scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit potential to become one of AAF's Most Promising Minority Students by their senior year.

The application deadline is Jan. 27, 2012. For download the application, click MPMS_HomeDepot_Scholarship_app.pdf

November 7, 2011

NPR Offers Two Spring 2012 Internship Opportunities

The science and health desk at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. is seeking summer 2012 interns (paid at $10/hour, 40 hours/week) for the following two positions.

The Science Desk supplies Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the weekend shows and Newscast with stories about health, science, and environmental issues. The intern will assist the reporters, editors and producers with day-to-day tasks on the Science Desk. Duties will include routine administrative tasks, scheduling interviews and studios and may also include researching stories, getting archival tape, attending editorial meetings, and other work as needed. Knowledge of NPR programming is preferred, and demonstrated interest in news and science is essential. Assists with writing, researching and updating science and health news and feature coverage on NPR.org. Experience preferred in writing copy for news and feature stories, and photo editing with Photoshop. Must have excellent writing, researching and editing skills, and ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline. Flexibility and creativity a plus.

The Science Desk supplies Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the weekend shows and Newscast with stories about health, science, and environmental issues. In addition to assisting with day-to-day tasks on the Science Desk (see Science Desk Internship listing), this intern assists with editing photos and video for science and health coverage on NPR.org. Works with the news desk and digital news team to assist with visual story development, including editing of staff and freelance photos, preparation of photos for the website, building of photo and audio galleries, and editing video for the web. Experience needed in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. Must have excellent writing and researching skills, and ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline. Flexibility and creativity needed. An interest in science is encouraged. Still and video shooting skills a plus, although this is primarily an editing internship. Please send a list of links or a CD/DVD of photo, video, and/or multimedia projects (required).

For more information or to apply, click here. Apply by Nov. 15, 2011.

Star Tribune Seeks Summer 2012 Interns

Minneapolis's own Star Tribune seeks 11 interns for its summer 2012 internship program. The 10-week, paid internship seeks students interested in becoming reporters, copy editors, photographers, multimedia producers and designers. The opportunity allows students a real-world experience in a major daily news environment. Interns are assigned mentors and supervisors and are invited to meet with writers and editors in a weekly brownbag lunch.

Applicants come from around the country and most have completed their junior year and have worked for a college news outlet and interned with at least one other professional organization.

Applications are due Dec. 1, 2011. Click here for more information or to apply. (See "Summer 2012" positions)

Important Info Regarding Registration in SJMC Professional Courses

Help us to help you. Journalism is a very popular major. We try very hard to admit as many qualified students as we possibly can. However, that means that our professional courses are likely to fill each semester and that waitlists are likely to develop.

Here is What We are Asking You To Do:
• Register on time.
• 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 waitlists while they still have time to adjust their class schedules if necessary.
• You may not skip class to register.

Who is Teaching Each Section?
• SJMC hires dozens of adjunct instructors each year to teach many of our courses.
• The names of adjuncts assigned to specific sections are entered into the Course Schedule as soon as possible, but sometimes those personnel decisions haven't been finalized before registration begins.
• We cannot answer questions about who is assigned to specific sections before the information is entered into the Course Schedule.

When a Course is "Closed,"
• you should place yourself on the course waitlist.
• if there are available seats in other sections of the same course, enroll in one of the sections with open seats or put your name on multiple wait lists in order to ensure a place in a course you need to complete your program plan.
• 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.
• any student with a place in a closed course who does not attend the first day of class will lose his/her seat to a student on the waitlist.

If You are on a Course Waitlist,
• you must attend the first class meeting for that course in order to be eligible for an open seat if one becomes available.
• your place on the waitlist for a course DOES NOT correspond to your place on the priority list for admittance to that course.

Authority to Assign Students on the Waitlist to Open Seats
• SJMC Student Services staff members are solely authorized to admit students from waitlists into courses with available seats. Admittance from the waitlist is based on a number of criteria that can only be determined by the staff in the SJMC Student Services Center.
• Individual faculty members teaching courses do not have the authority to admit students from the waitlist into their course if there are available spaces on the first class day. DO NOT make a direct appeal for a seat in a closed course to the faculty member teaching the course.
• Faculty members are instructed to submit the names of the enrolled students who attended the course and any students from the waitlist who attended and are eligible for the course to the staff in the SJMC Student Services Center in 110 Murphy.
• SJMC will not accept petitions to be admitted to a closed course.
• Repeated attempts to appeal to a faculty member, the SJMC Student Services Center staff or other SJMC, College or University personnel about admittance to a course, or attempts to persuade enrolled students to switch sections with you, or to try to manipulate in any other way the enrollment process, will not be tolerated.

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.
• Meet with your faculty mentor to request the program amendment and remember to bring a copy of your SJMC program plan and your APAS report to the meeting.

UM Classroom Scheduling Policy
• Colleges and departments must distribute classes evenly throughout the day and throughout the week.
• It is not possible for journalism majors to schedule all their classes on a Tuesday/Thursday meeting pattern in any semester.
• SJMC will not accept petitions or appeals for admittance to courses based on a preference for a Tuesday/Thursday meeting pattern.

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.

Spring 2012 Special Topics Courses Offer Students Real-World Experience

Four classes offered this spring semester allow students to dive into the field and get hands-on experience.

Jour 4171: Covering the Arts
Two sections of this class are offered (one at the Jungle Theater, the other at the Guthrie Theater). The course offers students the opportunity to learn about covering the arts and entertainment world. Attend shows and have class within the theater.

Class # 51155 (section one) meets Mon. & Fri., 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. with the Friday class meeting at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Class is taught by Dan Sullivan, former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times and Star Tribune.

Class # 59945 (section two) meets Tues. & Thurs., 9:45 a.m. - 11 a.m. with the Thursday class meeting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Class is taught by Camille LaFevre, a local arts reporter with twenty years experience and dance critic for Minnpost.com.

JOUR 4991: Entrepreneurial Journalism
Learn how to become a journalist with a business and a brand. Interpret beats and articles for multiple purposes and learn tricks of the trade for freelancing your work.

Class # 68854 meets 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Fri. Taught by Jack El-Hai, an independent journalist for more than 25 years who has published more than 500 articles and ten books.

JOUR 4991: Media in the Marketplace
Learn the business side of journalism and media publishing. Explore what it takes to keep a media business running and how to adapt to new business models. See all sides of news production, from advertising sales to producing.

Class # 69561 meets Tues. & Thurs. from 10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. and is taught by SJMC senior fellow J. Keith Moyer. As the former president and publisher of the Star Tribune, Moyer brings his years of experience to the classroom.

These courses offer a unique and insightful perspective on the journalism field and offer one-of-a-kind instruction and opportunities. Don't let these courses pass you by!