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Students get career advice at Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day

Posted on: March 7th, 2017 by ldrucker

University of Mississippi student Torry Rees speaks with radio broadcaster Jeff Covington during the event.

When Abbie McIntosh was in 8th grade, her mother demanded that she finish her homework before watching her favorite football team play.

“I was a huge Texas fan,” said the Houston native. “I had to finish my homework before I could watch Texas. And that night at dinner, my mom was like, with how much you love sports, I think you should look into being a sports broadcaster.

“I thought about it, did some more research, and I really liked it. I did print (journalism) in high school, because we didn’t really have anything broadcast, but I wanted to do broadcast.”

Today, the University of Mississippi sophomore is preparing for a future in broadcast journalism. She attended Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media Tuesday in the Farley Hall on the University of Mississippi campus to have her resume critiqued and seek career advice from industry professionals.

McIntosh said she has learned a lot about broadcast journalism at the Meek School.

“I’ve just learned different techniques,” she said, “like how to do the proper standup.”

McIntosh said she’s also learned how to create a broadcast package, how to shoot B-roll, proper interview techniques, and how to use cameras and equipment.

“I’ve learned so much in my two very short years here,” she said. “I just wanted to get feedback on my work to improve myself.”

UM senior Lynecia Christion, 22, is also studying journalism.

“I’m basically just trying to get some advice and criticism,” she said Tuesday. “I brought my resume so I could tweak it a little bit. I didn’t realize how fast the year was going to go by, and now it’s really kicking in, and you go to places like this and realize graduation is about to be here.”

Christion said she’s trying to get her name and brand out to future employers.

“Right now, I’m not so big on being in front of the camera,” she said. “I like the background scene in producing, editing and directing. I am willing to report if I need to just to get to a background spot.”

Nancy McKenzie Dupont, Ph.D., organized Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day.

“It’s everything I hoped it would be,” she said, referring to the event. “I’m always nervous before this event every year because there are so many moving parts, and everything has to come together, but the broadcasters of the state have supported our students, and many students get internships and actual jobs every year.”

A journalism or integrated marketing communications degree can lead to a job in public relations, marketing, sports promotion, creative services and many other categories.

Dupont said the event teaches students how to succeed in broadcast journalism and marketing jobs at broadcasting stations. It involved portfolio critiques in the morning, a meeting with faculty, and small group discussions in the afternoon. The public was not invited. It was only for students and faculty only. Dupont said said 15-20 broadcasters attended.

“Broadcasters want to come to the Meek School because they believe it’s the best program in the state,” she said. “They want to help students during their time here. It would be a mistake for students to miss this opportunity to get a professional critique of their work and advice on how to land the job they want.”

Dupont said many students start out with the goal of becoming newspaper and broadcast reporters, but because many jobs have changed, there are many more career options for students. Her advice: Develop as many skills as you can—writing, video shooting, editing, social media, etc.—and intern at more than one place to gain experience.

For more information about the event or the University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media’s broadcast journalism program and and classes, contact Dupont at ndupont@olemiss.edu.

  • Story by LaReeca Rucker, adjunct journalism instructor

Media Performance students produce tour of historic sites

Posted on: March 22nd, 2012 by alysia

Students in Dr. Nancy Dupont’s Journalism 300: Media Performance course produced an introductory tour of historic sites on the Ole Miss campus and around Oxford.

Stephen Quinn: The James Meredith statue

 

Stephen Quinn: The Confederate statue

 

Norman Seawright: The Confederate Cemetery

 

Brittani Acuff: The Grove

 

Kirby Barkley: Rowan Oak

Class of 2012 gives Hotty Toddy plaque as senior class gift

Posted on: March 20th, 2012 by alysia

BY ROSS LYELL AND MAGGIE DAY

With graduation drawing near, students of the Ole Miss class of 2012 are signing names, stuffing envelopes and sticking stamps on letters to their parents to donate towards the “Senior Class Gift.”

The class launched a letter campaign and is accepting donations to go towards a plaque detailing the history of the Hotty Toddy cheer.

The Senior Class Gift is an annual present given to the university by the current graduating class in order to leave its mark on campus.  Gifts have ranged from benches in the Grove to a marker on the Lyceum lawn displaying the University Creed.
Senior class president Toran Dean says school spirit was a deciding factor in this year’s gift.

“Almost every student on the senior class executive committee wanted to give something that would showcase our school spirit, and we settled on a plaque with the history of the Hotty Toddy cheer,” Dean said.   “People always ask where the Hotty Toddy comes from, and most students and alumni don’t know how to answer.”

Dean says that the class of 2012 has witnessed traditions come into question since its tenure at Ole Miss, and that Hotty Toddy is an all-encompassing tradition.
Senior class council member John Kaiser says he hopes that everyone, students, faculty and alumni alike, can enjoy the gift once it is placed on campus.

“I hope that our senior class gift helps to further tie us together,” Kaiser said. “I feel like it’s the perfect gift to leave the university with.”

A home for the plaque  on campus is yet to be determined.  A team led by Ian Banner, university architect, is working to find the perfect spot.

Donations for the gift are tax deductible and can be given through the UM Foundation by clicking the link or by calling 800-340-9542.

Class of 2012 Senior Class Gift