Alabama Public Radio seeks interns for Fall 2015

The Alabama Public Radio newsroom is welcoming interns for the upcoming Fall term.

After initial training, APR interns will be assigned a story each day. Interns are then expected to research it, track down interview subjects, do the interview and write copy to be edited. This will all be under supervision of the newsroom professional staff. The material produced by interns is used in newscasts, and interns also get to do spots for air.

APR is located in the new Digital Media Center inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Click here to see and hear examples of intern work.

Any questions or takers? Contact Assistant News Director Stan Ingold at

University of Alabama Journalism Students Experience the Digital Media Center Difference

by George Daniels

With a month already under their belts, dozens of journalism students at The University of Alabama are now used to navigating the halls of one of the nation’s newest digital learning spaces.

The Digital Media Center, a $14.6 million, 46,594-square-foot facility on the North End of Bryant-Denny Stadium, is already revolutionizing the way we prepare digitally-minded journalists for newsrooms with “digital first” philosophies. Continue reading University of Alabama Journalism Students Experience the Digital Media Center Difference

J-Day 2014 Master Schedule

J-day-JNewsSponsored by the Department of Journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, February 6 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public and all students throughout the university.

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Striking Out on Your Own with Scott Jones
Reese Phifer 338 (Chip Brantley to introduce)
Entrepreneur Scott Jones is a chef and nationally recognized food and wine expert, and the former Executive Editor of Time Inc.’s Southern Living. Scott has been featured on dozens of television shows, from Paula’s Home Cooking to Food Network Challenge. Scott is currently President of JONES IS HUNGRY and JONES IS THIRSTY — culinary media companies focused on publishing, custom content, food and wine writing, and wine education.

10-11:15 a.m.: How to Get your Bearings in a New Place
Reese Phifer 338 (Scott Parrott, moderator)
A look at the good and bad ways to quickly get adjusted and settled in at a new job in a new place. Panelists include:

  • Lyons Yellin joined The Tuscaloosa News as its digital editor in August 2013. Prior to that, he spent 18 months with | The Times-Picayune as a sports reporter and sports producer. Since graduating from the University of Alabama in 2003, Lyons has worked in film, television, radio, and print and online journalism while living in Birmingham, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Tuscaloosa.
  • Ana Rodriguez is a community reporter covering three Birmingham suburbs for Media Group. Ana is a graduate of Florida State and a 2012 graduate of University of Alabama’s Community Journalism program.
  • Aldo Giovanni Amato is the government reporter for the Laredo (Tex.) Morning Times. Before arriving in Laredo, Aldo spent eight months at the Madison (Ala.) Record, where he wrote four stories per day for two weekly papers, produced two monthly magazines and managed three freelancers and a photographer. Aldo graduated from The University of Alabama in 2012 with a degree in journalism.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch at the new Digital Media Center
Digital Media Center in North End Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium, to the left of the stadium’s main steps

Interim Dean Jennifer Greer, Alabama Public Radio News Director Pat Duggins, and WVUA-TV Manager Steve Diorio will talk about how the new facilities for our TV and radio operations came about, where we’re going, and what it means to students.

12:45-1:45 p.m.: Oh, the Other Places You Can Go!
Reese Phifer 338 (Meredith Cummings, moderator)
A journalism degree can do more than just land you a journalism job, because people who can find information, determine what’s important, and tell it well can work nearly anywhere. These recent UA graduates will tell you how their journalism degree is and has prepared them for careers outside of the business. Panelists include:

  • Aisha Mahmood, third-year law student at UA.
  • Kristen Mather, a 2012 UA graduate working as an assistant content strategist for JWT Atlanta. Her clients include Pennzoil, Tim McGraw, Joey Logano, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hendrick Motorsports.
  • Ethan Summers, JN 2012, UA MBA 2014.
  • Chance Gray, JN 2007, merchandise manager for country music star Jerrod Niemann.

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Eyes to See from the Other with Dr. Gabriel Tait
Reese Phifer 338 (George Daniels to introduce)
Dr. Gabriel Tait, veteran photojournalist and professor of multimedia journalism at Arkansas State University, examines how photographs taken by Liberians in Liberia are understood and communicated to others. The implications of this insider perspective offers outsiders (e.g. journalists, photojournalists, and/or advocates) an opportunity to hear from the people on a local level.

6:30-8 p.m.: Covering and Breaking Barriers with Frank Sikora and Nathan Turner – CANCELED
Reese Phifer 216 (Chris Roberts, moderator)
Frank Sikora came to Alabama a half-century ago from Ohio, where coverage of racial issues was part of his job. Nathan Turner Jr. lived the experience, in 1973 becoming the University of Alabama’s first black journalism graduate. They combined for nearly 70 years of service at The Birmingham News, where they saw changes in both the state and the state of journalism. In a Q-and-A session, they’ll talk about what they lived, saw and reported on.

Update: The University has closed as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6. This event has been canceled.


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 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:


Alabama Public Radio is searching for a summer intern to help in the newsroom. It has won numerous awards in the past year including awards from the Alabama Broadcasters Association, the Alabama Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association for broadcasting excellence in 2009. The station broadcasts to Tuscaloosa, Muscle shores, Montgomery and Huntsville. Applicants must be familiar with radio. To apply, contact the news director Pat Duggins at 205-348-5913 or


Alabama Public Radio’s newsroom is offering limited internship opportunities for students interesting in working with APR’s five-member professional news operation. APR’s award winning team produces spots and features for air on its statewide network reaching from Tuscaloosa to Huntsville to Birmingham to Montgomery, as well as for national broadcasts. It is affiliated with National Public Radio, which broadcasts “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” to millions of listeners daily. Selected students will be able to shadow an APR reporter and support them in the production of news content–including, but not limited to, conducting research on news stories, telephoning newsmakers and gaining practical experience in the kinds of tasks necessary for a broadcast newsroom. Interested students should submit resumes and cover letters to Pat Duggins, news director, Alabama Public Radio,