Associated Press Sports Editors workshop in Knoxville on Friday before UA-Tenn. game open to student journalists

For anyone who is going to be in Knoxville the day before the Alabama-UT game, there is an APSE event that’s open to all student sports journalists, as well as all journalists in general:

Associated Press Sports Editors will hold a drive-in workshop on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of Tennessee.

The event is hosted by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee and will take place at 1345 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, Tenn. The workshops are geared to college students looking for a career in sports journalism.

Three one-hour workshops are planned during the day and are open all students, UT faculty/staff and media professionals. Space is limited in the Scripps Lab, so please RSVP to Phil Kaplan at Phil can provide directions and parking information.

Kaplan, a former president of APSE and sports editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, will moderate the first panel at 10 a.m. He will be joined by Tennessee football beat writer Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel, Tennessee men’s basketball beat writer Grant Ramey of the News Sentinel, and Alabama football beat writer Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News. The panel will discuss the role of the beat writer and the many challenges they face in today’s print and digital world.

The second panel will start at 11:30 a.m. with UT associate professor Amber Roessner as moderator. She will be joined by Terrin Waack, a student at the University of Alabama and intern for The Tuscaloosa News; Tyler Waldrep, a student at Alabama and sports editor for The Crimson White, who is also interning at The Tuscaloosa News; and Troy Provost-Heron, a recent UT graduate and sports writer for The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn. The three will talk about their roles and how they balance college life and internships, working for school publications, and future jobs in media companies.

The day will conclude at 2 p.m. with News Sentinel high school editor Chris Thomas. Kaplan, who also is a guest lecturer at Tennessee, will be joined by Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor and current APSE president Tommy Deas. Kaplan and Deas will share their experience as newsroom leaders and offer best practices for students looking for a career in sports journalism.

Advising Period open for Summer/Fall 2016

Advising appointment sign-up sheets are now on the bulletin board on the wall outside the JN office (490 Phifer). Advising for Journalism Department Summer/Fall 2016 classes will be held March 21-24, 28-31 and April 4-7. JN students are not required to have an advising appt., but JN advisers are happy to help you with this process.

It is very important to check and see who your adviser is at this time. Your adviser’s name is located on your main DegreeWorks page in the middle column below your Math Placement. All JN freshmen and other other selected JN students are now assigned to advisers in Tisch Student Services. Please be sure you check on who your adviser is before you sign up for an appt.  If you are unable to determine who your adviser is, there is a list of our known JN majors and their designated advisers also posted on the advising board by the JN office. If your name is not listed there, please speak to Ms. Mabury in the JN office.

NOTE:  If you have below a 2.0 GPA, you are REQUIRED to see your adviser. Your registration will be blocked by a PIN until it is removed by your adviser.

Also, please review the Advising Checklist located on JNews and be prepared for your advising appointment!

Students should log on to DegreeWorks PRIOR to an advising appt. and make a general list of needed classes. It is important to review your DegreeWorks status BEFORE you come to your appt.

To check on your registration time, visit the link below:

Summer & Fall 2016 – Registration and Advising

For more information, visit the Jnews link below:

It is our goal to make the registration process go as smoothly as possible for all of our majors and to help make sure they are registered for the proper classes.

SPJ celebrates ‘Mark of Excellence’ winners at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23

The Society of Professional Journalists’ University of Alabama chapter will celebrate UA’s regional ‘Mark of Excellence’ award winners at 6 p.m. Thursday in Phifer 222.

Alabama students, in classes or for The Crimson White and other media, won 15 regional awards in Region 3, which includes student media in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

These six regional winners will compete for national prizes, to be awarded later this summer:

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: On the road again – by Pete Pajor, The University of Alabama

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Crimson White – by The Crimson White staff, The University of Alabama

Editorial Writing
Winner: Our View – by The Crimson White Editorial Board, The University of Alabama

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: The person I was born to be – by Francie Johnson and Hannah Widener, The University of Alabama

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: 91 minutes in April – by Staff, Dateline Alabama, The University of Alabama

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: All about the ‘G’ – by Zac Al-Khateeb, The University of Alabama


These nine entries were finalists in the regional competition:

Editorial Cartooning
Finalist: Editorial cartoons – by Kevin Pabst, The University of Alabama

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: 24 Hours in Tuscaloosa – by Joseph Bodenbach, The University of Alabama

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Revenge – by Pete Pajor and Sloane Arogeti, The University of Alabama

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Seniors leave Alabama perfect – by Jonathan Norris, The University of Alabama

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: University restricts club sports uniforms – by Mary-Catherine Hodges and Reed O’Mara, The University of Alabama

Best Use of Multimedia
Finalist: UA professors read their own reviews on ‘Rate My Professor’ – by Holly Jackson, The University of Alabama

Online In-Depth Reporting

Finalist: Oversupply – by Taylor Manning, The University of Alabama

Online News Reporting
Finalist: Sorority Bid Day Includes 190 minority women – by Andy McWhorter, The University of Alabama

Online Sports Reporting
Finalist: Deontay Wilder and Skyy Boxing present: Young Guns – by Joseph Bodenbach, Collin Ciepiela and Kirsten Fiscus, The University of Alabama

Randall-Reilly seeks editorial internship

Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information has an immediate editorial
internship opening for its construction magazines and websites in
Tuscaloosa. The internship pays $10 per hour and requires 20 hours per
week, worked around the student’s schedule.

Duties are primarily writing, editing and online posting. Experience with
video editing and social media integration is a plus.
To apply, send your resume, no more than three writing clips, a 250-300
word essay on your journalism career interests, and three references.
Applications can be emailed to For more
information, call 205-248-1135.

The Commercial Dispatch seeks summer intern, crime reporter

The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, Mississippi is looking for a summer intern and a crime reporter. The Dispatch is one of the largest daily newspapers in Mississippi, publishing six times a week and covering Columbus/Lowndes County, Clay County, The W, Mississippi State, and Starkville/Oktibbeha County.

The Dispatch typically hires a summer intern for 11 weeks. They pay minimum wage, plus a $100 per week living stipend. Interested students should send resume and writing samples to

Crime Reporter
The Dispatch is also keen to hire an enterprising graduate who can tote a scanner and respond to Starkville breaking news, cover the occasional meeting, write the occasional feature and who is confident with a camera.
This person would live in Starkville and compliment Starkville bureau chief Carl Smith’s efforts. It won’t pay much, but it will be a great way to get lots of experience in a variety of stories really quickly.

The position is good for someone who has internship experience or has worked at the CW. The cost of living in Starkville is relatively low and the volume of stories is constant, and the Dispatch will likely split this beat between crime and education.

Either way, it’s a great opportunity at a solid paper. Send resume and samples to, but it also wouldn’t hurt to email, the operations manager who is involved with content.

Alyx Chandler Wins Holle Media Writing Award

Congratulations to Alyx Chandler, a junior Journalism major, for winning the inaugural Holle Media Writing Award. Alyx was honored for three stories:

– Closing of Alabama’s abortion clinics has consequences in T-Town
– Dancing to a different tune: The risky work of local exotic dancers
– The Appalachian Trail: Georgia to Maine

Dean Mark Nelson made the following remarks prior to announcing the award during the Honors Day ceremony:

“Alyx Chandler’s stories demonstrate not just careful, thorough reporting and a sharp eye for detail and character. They also speak to her moral vision to shed light in dark corners and give voice to the voiceless. As Alyx herself noted in her application, ‘not all stories are easy to write, but some stories are the kind that need to be told.'”

Again, congratulations to Alyx!

Nominations for Capstone Inspiring Educator Award due April 10

The Capstone Inspiring Educator Award was created in 2010 by the Office for Academic Affairs to recognize high school teachers who have inspired UA students to achieve their academic and career goals through outstanding teaching and mentoring. Each graduating senior (must be a candidate for undergraduate degree) is invited to nominate a high school teacher.  A committee representing high school teachers and UA faculty, staff, and students will review the nominations and make final recommendations to the Office for Academic Affairs. The winner will be selected by Academic Affairs and will be recognized during UA Commencement activities on May 2, 2015. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 10, 2015.

We urge all graduating seniors to nominate those inspirational high school teachers who have positively impacted their lives. If you have questions about the form or process, please contact Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth in the Office for Academic Affairs at 348-4890 or via e-mail,

Cooking Light seeks summer interns for website and Cooking Light Diet

The digital team at Cooking Light has two openings available, and they are looking for someone to fill their one year fellowship (intern) program to start this summer. He or she would produce articles and galleries from the magazine to go on, write blogs, write content to live on, and contribute to all of their social media platforms. Of course, there is much more included, but that is just an overview.

They also need one person to work on a new product they launched last May called the Cooking Light Diet. The diet position needs to be filled as soon as possible. He or she will do everything that the fellow would do, but also work with the diet.

Those interested should send an email to

College Lifestyles seeks Writers, Social Media, and PR pros for Summer 2015

College Lifestyles™ is an online magazine that reaches students across the U.S. and abroad. It focuses on healthy lifestyles, student leaders, budget fashion, Greek life and professional life. College Lifestyles™ was founded in 2008 by Shelly Marie Redmond, a registered dietitian, founder of Skinny Louisiana, and the author of “Eat Well and Be Fabulous”.

For the summer 2015 semester, CL is looking for writers, social media gurus and PR pros.

While this is an unpaid internship, it is an experience unlike any other. It is not a “make copies and get coffee” internship, but one for students who want to gain experience outside of the classroom. It is also virtual – no relocation required.


· Pitch article topics for editorial calendar development
· Write 1+ article per week
· Learn/develop WordPress skills
· Learn/develop AP Style, grammar and magazine writing skills
· Promote work on social media
· Develop editing skills
· Learn to work on an editorial team

Social Media Gurus

· Promote CL articles on social media
· Promote/forecast trends on social media
· Analyze social media statistics
· Learn/develop Facebook skills, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn and Polyvore skills
· Develop writing skills

Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Pros

· Promote CL to high schools, colleges and corporations
· Develop CL outreach materials and emails
· Learn/develop marketing research skills
· Develop writing skills

College Lifestyles™ is accepting applications for its writing, social media and PR internships from through 4/1.
Students interested in writing are invited to learn more about their Campus Correspondent Program, which operates like a freelance program. In addition, for talented students and editors, they present the College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite Program.