Digital First Media is seeking a managing editor for its newsroom operations in Connecticut. It is the #2 editorial position for an organization that includes the daily New Haven Register, The Middletown Press and The Register Citizen, several weeklies and Connecticut Magazine. Our footprint includes an APME Innovator of the Year “open newsroom” experiment and “Project Unbolt,” aimed at freeing our newsroom from legacy print workflows that limit journalism and digital growth. If interested, send a letter and resume to Connecticut Group Editor Matt DeRienzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 90 percent of journalism and mass communications grads reported getting at least one in-person job interview soon after graduation. Yet, a little less than 74 percent ended up getting a full or part-time job. So, what went wrong?
News anchor and reporter Byron Brown from WJTV in Jackson, Miss. says there are a number of mistakes interviewees make.
“If you do get the interview, dress for success,” says Brown. “As my father said, from your hairline to the shoe shine, make sure you are dressed for the interview.”
Brown, who was at Ole Miss for the annual Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day, says he’s also amazed at how many people forget that the interview continues outside the news director’s office.
“When you’re out in the newsroom just kind of milling around, that’s the second part of the process,” Brown says. Though you might think the tough part is over, Brown maintains that what the rest of the staff says about you after you’ve let your hair down can affect whether or not you get hired. He also urges preparation for the position.
“Know something about the company; know something about the managers you’ll be talking to,” says Brown. He also suggests it’s very important to come in able to articulate your goals and to show you’ve learned something about the community where you’ll be reporting.
The job hunt for thousands of May grads is officially on — be sure you’re one of the success stories!
Story contributed by Deb Wenger, Dir. of Undergraduate Journalism at the Meek School.
The Hnedak Bobo Group has an opportunity for summer employment in Memphis. HBG is a large architect and interior design firm. The job is posted on the firm’s website: http://www.hbginc.com/jobs.
Thursday, March 6, Milly West will present work from her new book Cuba for Keeps at The Wright Art Gallery at Delta State University. The opening reception, hosted by the art department, is from 5-7 p.m..
There are 27 images chosen for this exhibit, all from the book.
She will speak about her work in Cuba.
Pat Brown is the gallery director at Delta State University, and Michaela Merryday, Milly’s art history professor at The University of Tulsa, now teaches at DSU. Milly showed the work at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland, Calif., in December and will be returning to the Bay Area for a show at Berkeley in April.
The book will be for sale at the opening and all profits will go to help the artists and writers of Santiago de Cuba still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Every camera is placed with precision, every graphic discussed in detail and every shot is studied before CBS Sports puts a game on the air. For a group of Ole Miss journalism students who went behind the scenes of the Rebels-Gators basketball game, this was an eye-opener.
“To be honest, I had no idea. That’s the whole reason I wanted to do this whole thing. I always wondered where they go, talking about going from camera to camera,” Ole Miss senior Pete Porter said.
CBS Sports Director Mark Grant gave the students a tour of the production trailers, where he and his staff work up to 16 hours to prepare before the game. The group also went inside the Tad Smith Coliseum to see exactly where Grant and his crew strategically place all the cameras they utilize during the game.
According to Grant, he works in unison with 35-40 people for college basketball games, but the staff could increase depending on the magnitude of the game. To make it all work, each person inside the production trailers and arena have to communicate effectively with Grant to correctly time what people see on television.
“I’m Mark’s right-hand man, whatever Mark wants to see, visuals or full-screen graphics I put that up,” technical producer David Saretsky said.
Grant says he tries to direct the game to his own satisfaction and take into account what his bosses in New York would like to see.
“The most stressful part of my job is the pressure, the pressure of network television, millions and millions of people are watching,” Grant said. “The expectations are high with our bosses…there is zero tolerance for mistakes.”
Several of the students volunteered their time on Saturday morning to act as runners for Grant and his staff. They also got a chance to watch the live production of the Ole Miss-Florida game. For senior Ashleigh Culpepper, the opportunity now has her thinking about additional career options.
“Because of the behind the scenes experience I could honestly see myself behind the camera now as opposed to in front of it.”
In honor of the anniversary, the chapter has begun a campaign entitled “50 for 50.”
“We want to recruit 50 members in honor of the 50 years of SPJ getting on this campus,” chapter president Bracey Harris said.
Harris says this particular anniversary says a lot about the chapter’s standing.
“It shows to me that people have a reason to join SPJ. If it’s been a part of this campus for 50 years. You can’t say that about a lot of organizations on this campus, so I think that’s a really wonderful thing.”
Fifty years ago, the namesake of the university’s journalism school, Ed Meek, was part of a dozen students who became charter members of the chapter. Meek went on to serve as the chapter’s president for its first two years on campus. In 1964, the chapter was known by the name Sigma Delta Chi, and with a laugh, Meek says he cannot remember when people started calling it ‘SPJ.’
“Our vision was a principle by which we would operate, and that was to be ethical, to tell it like it is, to be honest, to always get the facts, and to insist on openness in government.”
The Society of Professional Journalist’s goal echoes these statements. According to their website, they’ve been “dedicated to encouraging a climate in which journalism can be practiced more freely and fully, stimulating high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism and perpetuating a free press for more than 100 years.”
As the ’50 for 50′ campaign begins, Harris’s pitch to future members of the chapter is simple: It’s all about connections.
“Just really don’t underestimate the benefits that can come from joining.”
“I look down at some of the members today, and I look at where they are. They’re still some very significant people on this list who’ve had great careers and made great contributions…If you want to really benefit from your education, get involved and develop your own network.
Ways to Join:
-Join online at www.spj.org.
-Download a form and join by mail or fax.
-Request an application by mail.
The North Mississippi VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Project at the University of Mississippi is looking for applicants for a communications/outreach position for the United Way in Oxford. The VISTA at the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County will improve organization outreach by developing and expanding communications strategies/systems and event-based fundraising to benefit the education, health, and improved financial stability of Lafayette County residents.
Each of these full-time, one-year placements is supported by AmeriCorps with a modest living allowance, health benefits, and an education award. VISTAs will work throughout North
Mississippi to build sustainable systems for fighting poverty through education.
For more information, contact Susan Nicholas at the College of Liberal Arts at email@example.com.
University of Mississippi students won 20 awards — including four first places — at the annual Best of the South contest banquet on Friday night Feb. 21, and on Saturday they won first place as Onsite Championship Team for their performance in contests held during the Southeast Journalism Conference convention in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Friday night was a big night for Daily Mississippian Editor in Chief Adam Ganucheau. He won three Best of the South awards:
- Special Events Reporter/Editor first place, for his coverage of the “Laramie Project” disturbance and its aftermath;
- Best News Writer second place for articles from The DM and his Daily Journal internship;
- College Journalist of the Year second place. Adam’s College Journalist of the Year award came with a plaque and $500. The College Journalist of the Year competition requires an essay about responsibility and commitment, letters of recommendation and published work.
John Monteith won first place as Best Television Hard News Reporter for several NewsWatch segments.
Virginia England won first place as Best Magazine Page Layout Designer, for her design work in the “Land of Plenty” depth report.
Tim Abram won first place as Best Opinion-Editorial Writer for a series of DM columns.
Our other Best of the South winners:
- Casey Holliday, second place for Best Arts and Entertainment Writer;
- Ignacio Murillo, third place for Best Newspaper Page Layout Designer;
- Lauren McMillin, third place for Best Magazine Writer;
- Phil McCausland, third place for Best Feature Writer;
- Kristen Saltzman, third place for Best Advertising Staff Member;
- Brittani Acuff, fourth place for Best Television News Feature Reporter;
- Ellen Graves, fourth place for Best Journalism Research Paper;
- Thomas Graning, sixth place for Best Press Photographer;
- Sudu Upadhyay, sixth place for Best Television Journalist;
- Jonece Dunigan, sixth place Best Feature Writer for articles from her internship in Illinois;
- David Collier, eighth place for Best Sports Writer.
NewsWatch won second place for Best Television Station and third place for Best College Video News Program. TheDMonline.com won fourth place for Best College Website.
There were 440 entries from about 35 universities in Best of the South. The contest year covered mid-November 2012 through mid-November 2013, and most categories required three entries from each student. In large categories with many entries, awards were given for first through 10th place.
This year’s conference was Feb. 20-22 at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. About 300 students attended the conference. SEJC includes 40 universities in seven states.
A second highlight of the conference each year is the onsite competition, where students compete in categories under deadline pressure. This is the third time in four years that University of Mississippi students won the grand championship award for the onsites. UM students were named conference champions based on points accumulated for the following awards:
- Phil McCausland, feature writing;
- Phillip Waller, news photography;
- Thomas Graning, sports photography.
- Ignacio Murillo, page design;
- Sudu Upadhyay, television reporting;
- Caty Cambron, Olivia Rearick and Katie Davidson, public relations team
- Sarah Parrish, copy editing
The Asbury Park Press is seeking an experienced reporter for its news division. The job would entail a mixture of daily and enterprise work along with following the billions of dollars in Sandy relief money earmarked for our area. We pride ourselves on our top-notch public service reporting, which is backed by a solid CAR program. We’ve won a host of awards including the Selden Ring, this year’s APME Public Service award.
The Press is a member of the Gannett company and is almost equidistance between Philadelphia and New York. Plus we’re in an area with some of the best beaches in the country.
Interested? Please forward your resume and links/PDFs of clips to the below email.
News and Investigations
Asbury Park Press
The (Troy, Ala.) Messenger, an award-winning five-day daily in Southeast Alabama, has an immediate opening for a sports writer/page designer. The paper covers youth, prep and Division 1A college sports. Excellent salary and benefits for right candidate. Photography/multimedia skills are a plus. Contact Stacy Graning, publisher, at firstname.lastname@example.org.