UA students win SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards

University of Alabama students working for three news organizations won four first-place awards, and were finalists in six other categories, in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 “Mark of Excellence” awards.

UA’s first-place winners are:

► Radio feature: “The high cost of sugar” by Miranda Fulmore, Alabama Public Radio

► Breaking news photography: Hunter sets eyes on governing after SGA presidential win, by Jacob Arthur, The Crimson White.

► In-depth reporting: “College costs: The CW explores the real price of your degree,” by Shahriyar Emami, Will Baggett, Kirstin Carroll and Adam Dodson, The Crimson White

► Best affiliated Web site: Alpine Living New Zealand, by Jonathan Norris, Taylor Armer, Kaylin Bowen and Hailey Grace Steele, UA Department of Journalism and Creative Media

The winners will compete at the national level, with winners to be named at the SPJ’s national conference in September in Baltimore.

Finalists included:

► Breaking news reporting: “SGA elections board resigns,” by Will Jones, The Crimson White

► Non-fiction magazine article: “Sea of dreams,” by Matthew Wilson and Mary Katherine Carpenter, Alpine Living

► Best use of multimedia: “Resilient” – by Christopher Chase Edmunds, Taylor Armer, Cara Walker and Thomas Joa, Alpine Living

► Editorial writing: “Kneeling is not un-American;” “Doug Jones for US Senate;” “UA should have commencement speakers,” by The Crimson White Editorial Board

► Photo illustration: “Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” by Kylie Cowden and Jake Stevens, The Crimson White

► General news reporting: “Cell phones shed new light on police violence,” by Camille Studebaker, The Crimson White

APPLY NOW for Tuscaloosa News 2018 Summer & Fall Internships

JCM382 Internship
at The Tuscaloosa News 

Application Checklist

Below is a checklist of items students must submit in order to apply for a Journalism & Creative Media Department coordinated internship at The Tuscaloosa News. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JN 311 (JCM303) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. A student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Continue reading APPLY NOW for Tuscaloosa News 2018 Summer & Fall Internships

Guntersville (Ala.) Newspaper seeks Staff Reporter

The Advertiser-Gleam in Guntersville, Ala., is currently accepting applications for full-time staff reporter. The reporter would be required to generate daily stories and photographs on both scheduled events and breaking news as well as feature stories and enterprise pieces. The topics could range from kindergarten programs to school board meetings and breaking news.

We offer an excellent benefit package, including, medical, 401K, paid holidays and vacation.

Applicants must be able to successfully complete a drug screening and have a clean Motor Vehicle Report.

To apply, send your resume and any writing samples to news@advertisergleam.com

 

 

Summer PAID video production internship

The Alabama Farmers Federation is offering a paid summer internship in Montgomery performing a number of duties, including:

  • Shoot, write and edit news and feature packages (averaging 4 minutes)
  • Learn to close-caption shows for broadcast stations and cable network RFD-TV
  • Pitch enterprise story ideas
  • Update show website and social media

Starting dates are generally from mid-May until early August, but can be adjusted if needed.

For additional information, contact
Mary Johns, director of news services
Alabama Farmers Federation
334-612-5671
MJohns@alfafarmers.org

CBS 42 in Birmingham announces spring internships

WIAT CBS42-TV Spring Internship

 

As a part of our commitment to educational enrichment and community service, WIAT-CBS42 Television, Birmingham, Alabama offers a limited number of highly-sought unpaid internships aimed at providing a springboard for college students interested in developing careers in broadcast and journalism. These internships are offered to selected participants currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Student interns will experience different phases of a television station’s day-to-day operations as a supplement to their academic curriculum.

Internship Areas:

News Producing

Digital Producing

Editing/Production

Meteorology

Sports Writing and Producing

Required Skills:
WIAT-CBS42 Television internships are made available to juniors and senior, registered in a four-year undergraduate program, at an accredited college or university. Applicants should possess declared majors in communications, journalism, broadcast production techniques or some similar related area. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The applicant must receive academic credit for the internship experience in a course specifically for internship as described and defined by the institution’s own course listing.

General Requirements:
The applicant will be required to present proof of their GPA, be referred by their career services director or professor from the current college, along with a copy of an academic record that reflects the major and minor fields of study in an official document provided by or can be confirmed by your institution.

Able to receive college credit for this internship in a course which requires the internship for credit.

A responsible student that can be recommended for the program by at least two institution professionals, such as a professor, counselor or department chairman.

Willing to work mornings, nights and/ or weekends as assigned and at least two community service projects occurring during the internship period. We will do our best to work with your schedule.

If interested in Digital/Web Operations: In addition to general requirements, must have some writing skills. Experience with web content, video editing or content management systems is a plus, but not required.
WIAT CBS42-TV Spring Internship
The second semester (spring) begins in January and ends in May.

You must submit the following :
Cover letter: Please include answers to the following questions:

1) State clearly the area in which you are interested?

2) Why are you interested in working with WIATCBS42 versus other stations in the market?

3) Specifically what industry job are you hoping to be hired for after graduation and where?

Two letters of recommendation

An official notice of your academic GPA (a grade point average of 2.5 GPA or higher) and proof of your major/minor fields of study. You may not participate in an internship if you are on academic warning or scholastic probation.

Academic proof and letters of recommendation can be attached to your online (email scan) application or mailed to:

WIAT-CBS42 Television
2075 Golden Crest Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Attn: Internship Coordinator

What comes next? 

After your information is received, you will be told whether or not you have advanced to the next stage of the application process. It is imperative that your initial application package is complete and your information is correct when submitting it for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please note: New inquiries/resumes for Spring Internships will NOT be processed after Friday, December 1, 2017.  You will not be notified of the spring internship start until you are accepted.

WIAT-CBS42 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

WIAT does not discriminate in advertising contracts on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender and further requires that in the performance of all WIAT advertising agreements, WIAT requires that each party not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.

 

Selma Times-Journal seeks reporter

The Selma Times-Journal has an immediate opening for a general assignment reporter to help cover historic Selma, Alabama and the region known as the Black Belt of Alabama.

This position will focus on news writing and photography but will also include some sports and feature writing. Reporters, in addition to excelling in writing, will also be asked to take photographs and participate in design of our six-day morning daily newspaper. Photographers with interest in writing are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates should possess strong organizational and editing skills and be familiar with newspaper design programs, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and be fluent in AP style.

The Times Journal is just one of the products produced by Selma Newspapers, Inc. SNI is also focused on developing specialty niche products, such as our community lifestyle magazine, Selma The Magazine, and our digital products.

The newspaper is consistently ranked among the best community daily newspapers in Alabama in the Alabama Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Our company offers more than competitive salary and benefit packages, as we are an affiliate of Boone Newspapers, Inc., a community focused multi-media company headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that prides itself on producing quality products and quality people. Those who apply themselves, are productive and are willing to learn and pay their dues will be offered increased opportunities.

Those interested should send a non-returnable resume, with clips of stories and other work examples to Selma Times-Journal editor Justin Averette at justin.averette@selmatimesjournal.com.

 

Applications open for SPRING 2018 Internships at Tuscaloosa News — deadline Nov. 10

Applications for the sought-after internships at The Tuscaloosa News are now open. The deadline for applications to be received by Dan Meissner, News Media Internship Coordinator in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media, is November 10.

Print a copy of this information, pick up a copy in Room 490 Phifer Hall or from Prof. Dan Meissner, 486C Phifer Hall.

Below is a checklist of items students must submit in order to apply for a Journalism & Creative Media Department coordinated internship at The Tuscaloosa News. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average overall, have completed JN 311 (JCM303) News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade and have completed 45 hours of college work before taking this course. Student should be a major or minor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media.

TO APPLY, submit the following items to Dan Meissner, News Media Internship Coordinator, through the Journalism & Creative Media Department Office, 490 Reese Phifer Hall.

___ A concise letter of application addressed to Mr. Michael James, Executive Editor, The Tuscaloosa News, 315 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. The letter should outline:

  • your reasons for wanting the internship
  • the number of hours per week you can work
  • the area(s) in which you desire to work (more areas improve chances but be willing to accept any for which you apply)
  • your experience and qualifications

Your letter should be formatted as a professional business letter.
Do not send the letter to the News; submit it and your other material to Prof. Meissner through the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

___ Your current resume

___ Several (3-5) examples of your journalistic work. If you have professional or student publication clips, submit these. If you do not have published work, submit outstanding examples from class assignments.

All the above items should be submitted to the department no later than November 10, 2017 – preferably sooner. We will check the applications and forward those that are eligible to The Tuscaloosa News for review.

IF ACCEPTED, you will be expected to meet with your supervisor to discuss your schedule and job assignments and submit the following items to the Journalism & Creative Media Department.

— Completed Student Information Form

— Completed Supervisor Information Form

After these items are received, you will be given an override to register for the internship class, JN/JCM382. When registering, be careful to select the proper number of hours from the credit hour box. You cannot register until approved. Contact Dan Meissner, News Media Internship Coordinator, for more information: dmeissner@ua.edu.

2018 Internship Opportunities at The Tuscaloosa News
for U of A Journalism & Creative Media Students

Purpose and conditions:

The Tuscaloosa News offers opportunities for University of Alabama students to work in the newsroom on supervised projects that will better prepare them for jobs in journalism upon their graduation. These projects will also benefit the operations of The Tuscaloosa News.

Student interns must be enrolled in the internship course to participate in an internship at The Tuscaloosa News. UA Journalism & Creative Media students must have completed JN311-News Writing and Reporting with a qualifying grade, have maintained a 2.5 grade point average and have successfully completed at least 45 credit hours. The Tuscaloosa News will not assume workplace liability for students or provide any employer benefits. Students who are working outside the newspaper office must provide their own transportation and provide a photocopy of a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance. Interns must sign a standard intern contract that sets out the expectations conditions of the internship. Students successfully completing the internship will receive a stipend of $250 paid through their university account to assist in internship expenses such as gas, etc. Credit hours to be received should be determined in consultation with the internship coordinator in the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Students are responsible for tuition costs for credit received.

The Tuscaloosa News agrees to provide a focused experience for students who will work with a supervisor on staff. The supervisor will evaluate the student’s work on a continuing basis through the semester, and provide written assessments at the midpoint of the term and at the end.

Students must submit their internship application, a letter of application indicating internship areas of interest, copies of past journalistic work and any other required materials through the UA Department of Journalism & Creative Media Department. The department will screen applications to verify academic eligibility and forward them to The Tuscaloosa News for review. Applicants may be asked to interview with representatives from the newspaper.

Important Note: Students generally work an average of 12 to 20 hours per week when interning during spring and fall semesters and 15 to 30 hours (or more) during the 10-week summer term. Working fewer hours may not provide for enough supervisor contact and work time to provide the continuity necessary for a beneficial learning experience for the student and for The Tuscaloosa News. Students will work a schedule at The Tuscaloosa News that will be flexible and developed around the student’s class schedule.

University of Alabama Journalism & Creative Media students should submit their applications to Dan Meissner, in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media. Application information is available in the department office (Phifer Room 490), at www.jnews.ua.edu, or from Prof. Dan Meissner, dmeissner@ua.edu. Course forms for registration in JN382 will be provided to accepted applicants.

Internship Opportunities Include:

General Assignment Reporting
The student(s) will write a general assignment stories, feature stories and cover events throughout the community. Interns will also have an opportunity to suggest story ideas.

Sports Reporting
The student(s) may cover a variety of sports-related high school events, local college and community college events, write sports features and take calls for game reports.

Multi-media Copy Editing / Digital Content (News or Sports departments)
The student(s) will edit print stories, rewrite stories, compile and post multimedia news and feature content and upload material to the design production system. Students who come with knowledge of design techniques also may also assist in online design.

Social Media
The student(s) will promote online awareness through a variety of social media applications. Updating information channels throughout the day and creating community awareness of information in a coordinated manner will be paramount, as will developing web and other visual content, as appropriate.

Photographer and/or videographer
The student(s) will work with staff photographers learning the day to day aspects of community visual journalism. Students will be able to shoot photographs of community events, prep sports and standalone feature photos for use in print and on the website. Students may produce video for use on websites and may also be asked to assist on larger scale shoots such as fashion and architectural shoots for Tuscaloosa Magazine.

Entertainment Reporter
The student(s) will write stories and reviews for entertainment events, interview and profile performance artists and cover other components of the Tuscaloosa area’s lively entertainment scene.

Tuscaloosa Magazine
The student will assist in the planning and organizing the production of the periodic full-color magazine. Duties may include a variety of functions depending on the intern’s skills and the production cycle of the magazine at the time of the internship. (Normally offered only to returning interns.)

Database Reporter
The student(s) will collect information from public sources, mostly government offices, for lists that run in print and databases that can be referenced online. These include restaurant ratings, building permits, business licenses, marriage licenses, and court records. For students with appropriate skills, there is an opportunity for innovative Web development of online tools.

Biographical and Photographic Archivist
The student(s) may collect biographical files on prominent members of the community using the newspaper’s archives and other sources, organize historical material and scan and organize photographs from the newspaper’s archives so they can be easily referenced in digital format.

 

Magazine internship opportunity with RSSM

Recruiting and Staffing Solutions Magazine (RSSM) is looking for an intern to help with content writing for its publications. The intern would be required to write 4-8 one -to-two-page articles on given subjects relating to the Staffing and Recruiting industry. At times the topics will be given with information and research supporting the topic other times the writer would be expected to do research on a given area to write the article. The student would have a week from the date that a topic is given to get the articles back to the supervisor. Outside of the requirement of getting articles written within the week all work would be done remotely and at the student’s discretion on when to complete the given task. At times the student might be asked to proof press releases and other promotional material related to RSSM.

In compensation for their work the intern would be paid $50 for each completed article and starting at $15 depending on size for any proofing that the intern might do. When the interns work is published they will be given copies of all the publications that it was published in for their own portfolio.

Founded in 2009 Recruiting and Staffing Solutions Magazine is the premier magazine for the Staffing and Recruiting industry. Published quarterly,  the magazine works to keep the industry informed of the latest trends and needs throughout the country that Recruiters and Staffing professionals need to be aware of. The magazine is published in 10 separate editions for specific associations as well.  The magazine currently has a hard copy subscription base of 9,000 readers and an additional 24,000 readers through the digital publication that is e-mailed out.  More information about RSSM can be found at www.Rssm.biz .

Those interested in applying may send an email to VP of Operations Samantha Cole, Her email is Samantha@rssm.biz. Included in that email the applicants should include their resume along with two writing samples. All applications must be received by 10-23-17 at 4:00 pm EST. Anyone with questions can reach Samantha Cole by email or at 877-537-1871 ext 6681.

Mississippi weekly seeks news/sports editor

The Star-Herald, a 4,200 paid circulation weekly in Kosciusko, MS, has an immediate opening for a news and sports editor. We’re seeking a motivated, hard-working individual eager to take on all aspects of community and sports journalism. The Star-Herald, part of a family-owned newspaper group, has a reputation for fair and thorough community news reporting and very strong sports coverage.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with reporting experience in one or both areas, as well as familiarity with photography, page layout/design and the web. Great opportunity for early career journalist seeking a fast-paced challenge.

Compensation $25,000 to $28,000 based upon experience, plus benefits. If interested, submit a letter expressing interest along with a resume, writing samples and references to klfiopix@gmail.com. No phone calls.

 

UAB Optomerty School seeks Social Media/Communication Intern

The UAB School of Optometry is seeking a Social Media/Communications Intern. The intern will manage multiple social media accounts for the School of Optometry and write articles and press releases for the school’s digital and print publications as needed. The intern will also assist in producing quality promotional materials for marketing and advertising as needed.

 Responsibilities:

  • Develop quality, engaging content for social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Establish and maintain schedule for social media posting and monitor audience interaction
  • Write articles and press releases as needed, which will include interviewing sources and conducting background research
  • Write copy and design flyers for internal communications and external marketing and advertising

 Requirements:

  • Experience managing social media for an organization (internal or external)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Great attitude and demonstrated professionalism
  • Self-driven, creative and energetic

 Preferred skills:

  • Experience writing articles and press releases for external audience
  • Proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Experience with social media management tools and software
  • Proficiency in AP Style

Email resume and cover letter to Brett Bralley Jaillet at bjaillet@uab.edu.