YellowhammerPolitics.com seeks reporter

YellowhammerPolitics.com, Alabama’s leading conservative political news and opinion outlet, is seeking a hardworking journalist to join the Capitol Press Corp in Montgomery. Job responsibilities will include covering the Alabama legislature and executive branch as a hard news reporter.

Resumes and writing relevant writing samples can be sent to Yellowhammer publisher Cliff Sims at csims06@gmail.com with the subject line: Job Listing.

Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences and the journalism department have announced that Homer Hickam is the 2013 recipient of the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.

Hickam will headline the journalism department’s annual J-Day on March 14, 2013. His talk, “Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses and the Dreams of Boys,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Reese Phifer, Room 216. Hickam, a native of Coalwood, W. Va., has written 14 books, including the acclaimed No. 1 New York Times memoir Rocket Boys. That book was made into the film October Sky and is being developed as a Broadway musical with Hickam as co-writer.

The rest of the J-Day line-up:

Alabama Media Group: The First Six Months
9-10:30 a.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Alabama Media Group Vice President of Content Kevin Wendt will headline this panel of AMG editors and staff. The panel will assess the new statewide media operation’s first six months, discuss challenges faced, and talk about plans for the future.

The Power of the Crowd
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
A panel of entrepreneurial journalists will discuss the growing trend of “crowd-funded” journalism, which uses websites such as Kickstarter and Spot.us to raise money and attention. The Classical‘s David Roth will be on campus and other participants will join by Skype.

Innovations in Community Journalism
1-2 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 338
Students in the Community Journalism Master’s Program will showcase innovative online approaches to addressing community problems.

Barnett Wright: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World
4-5 p.m., Gorgas Library, Room 205
Birmingham News reporter Barnett Wright will discuss his new book, 1963: How the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement Changed America and the World. This is a joint session with the Diversity Forum.

College Journalism and the Law
5-6 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Dr. Clay Calvert, director of the Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida and co-author of Mass Media Law, the nation’s top undergraduate textbook, will speak on current student press law and its impact on college journalists.

Homer Hickam: Rockets, Coal Mines, Lighthouses, and the Dreams of Boys
6:30 p.m., Reese Phifer, Room 216
Homer Hickam, author of 14 books including Rocket Boys and The Coalwood Way, will speak about writing and storytelling. APR News Director Pat Duggins will introduce. A Q&A will follow Hickam’s talk. See full details here: http://uanews.ua.edu/2013/03/ua-journalism-announces-2013-cason-winner-j-day-schedule/

Communication Career Fair

Nearly 40 employers will be at the Bryant Conference Center from 1-4 p.m. today for the Communication Career Fair.

Go network and gain valuable career information. You will need to bring several copies of your resume and your Action Card. Dress is business professional. You will not be allowed in the Career Fair wearing flip flops, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or social event attire (party or cocktail dress).

While at the Career Fair, you can visit with employers to discover opportunities available for individuals with your skills and abilities. Please check the Career Center website for additional information on how to prepare for a career fair.

The Natchez Democrat seeks photographer

Mississippi River bluffs, balloon races and antebellum houses — the setting is picturesque already; it only needs your photographic eye to get the perfect shot.

Natchez Newspapers Inc., a media group in historic southwest Mississippi that publishes a daily newspaper, magazines and niche publications, is looking for a photographer to join our award-winning staff.

The company’s largest publication is The Natchez Democrat, a 10,000-circulation a.m. daily with a long history of being one of the best community daily newspapers in Mississippi. Our visual report is a key part of that history.

The Democrat’s coverage area spans approximately four Mississippi counties and Concordia Parish in Louisiana. Photographers’ work includes coverage of everything from spot news and features to prep and college sports. Former photographers have successfully moved up to much larger newspaper positions after working and learning with us for a few years.

Qualified candidates will have experience with digital photography and Adobe Photoshop but most of all will have enthusiasm, curiosity and a strong work ethic.

The Democrat offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits and the opportunity to work with a dynamic group of community newspapers throughout the United States. Send resume, portfolio and professional references to Publisher Kevin Cooper, at 503 North Canal St., Natchez, MS 39120, or by e-mail to kevin.cooper@natchezdemocrat.com.

AP-Google Scholarship program accepting applications for 2013-14

The Associated Press and Google are seeking candidates for a scholarship program that recognizes student creativity and innovation at the intersection of journalism and technology.

Now in its second year, the AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship Program is administered by the Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists.

The program will award six $20,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year who are pursuing degrees in journalism, computer science and new media. The deadline to apply is Feb. 8, 2013.

Recipients use their awards to pursue individual projects. Last year’s winners are tackling projects ranging from interactive data visualizations to data-driven hyperlocal reporting to news games. The winners will be blogging about their progress, challenges and achievements on the ONA website and participating in Google Plus hangouts in 2013.

For more details: http://journalists.org/next-gen/ap-google-scholarship/

Apply here: http://journalists.org/next-gen/ap-google-scholarship/apply/

Her Campus Alabama seeks editorial staff for spring and summer

Calling all journalists, photojournalists, and experienced editors!

Her Campus Alabama, an online magazine serving the women of Alabama, is looking to fill staff writer, photojournalist, and editorial positions for the upcoming spring and summer semesters.

Her Campus Alabama is a branch of Her Campus, the #1 online magazine for college-age women. Written entirely by college journalists, Her Campus highlights the best in student journalism while filling the critical hole in the media marketplace that responds directly to the needs of college women.

Her Campus writers have been offered jobs and internships at many of the nation’s top publications including Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, People magazine, W magazine, Teen Vogue, InStyle, Lucky, O magazine, MTV, The Washington Post, and Women’s Wear Daily, among others.

Her Campus Alabama needs smart women — and men! — to join our staff as writers, photographers, and copy editors. All ages and abilities are encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Founding Editor-in-Chief Jessica Johnson at hercampusalabama@gmail.com. And please visit hercampus.com/alabama!

The Natchez Democrat seeks reporter

Interested in covering news and features in a community built on history but looking to the future?

Natchez Newspapers Inc., a media group in historic southwest Mississippi that publishes a daily newspaper, magazines and niche publications, is looking for a reporter to join our award-winning staff.

The company’s largest publication is The Natchez Democrat, a 10,000-circulation a.m. daily with a long history of being one of the best community daily newspapers in Mississippi.

Sitting on the picturesque bluffs of the Mississippi River overlooking Louisiana, Natchez is known for its antebellum homes, balloon races and literary heritage, while Concordia Parish, La., is known for famous sons such as Jerry Lee Lewis as well as its burgeoning riverfront development.

The Democrat coverage area spans approximately four Mississippi counties and Concordia Parish in Louisiana. Qualified candidates will have one to three years of general assignment reporting experience at a college or professional newspaper.

Recent graduates with pertinent experience will be considered. Send resume, clippings and three professional references to Julie Cooper, managing editor, at P.O. Box 1447, Natchez, MS 39120, or by e-mail to julie.cooper@natchezdemocrat.com.

 

FanSided Network seeks writers for BamaHammer

The FanSided Network — the fastest growing independent sports network on the Internet — is looking for knowledgeable writers who’d like to cover the Crimson Tide on BamaHammer. Serving as a FanSided staff writer is a great way to kickstart your sportswriting career. Here are some of the benefits:

  • FanSided’s shiny, custom look
  • Technical support
  • Writer education program
  • A community of college sportswriter teammates
  • Exclusive partnerships
  • FanSided promotes from within
  • SEO experience
  • Listed on 200+ sites, including FanSided.com

To apply for this position visit here: http://fansided.com/join-fansided

Rick Bragg wins 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award

Rick Bragg, University of Alabama journalism professor of writing, took gold in the 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, along with Kim Cross and Erin Shaw Street of Southern Living magazine. They won in the Special Package category for “What Stands in a Storm,” which appeared in Southern Living and covered the devastating tornadoes that hit Alabama in 2011.

In honoring Bragg’s work, the judges wrote: “In moving prose, the prologue of this Southern Living special package paints a scene of destruction and tells the tale of human survival. In one paragraph, we are drawn in: ‘But the same geography that left us in the path of this destruction also created, across generations, a way of life that would not come to pieces inside that storm, nailed together from old-fashioned things like human kindness, courage, utter selflessness, and, yes, defiance, even standing inside a roofless house.’”

The annual competition is sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Winners of the awards, the most prestigious in the field of travel journalism, were announced November 10 at the SATW convention, held this year in New Zealand. This is the 27th Lowell Thomas competition and drew more than 1,200 entries. Judges are the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Continue reading Rick Bragg wins 2011 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award