Mentors for Spring 2016:

Bayley Bischof: Kaleb Blakemore
Cassandra Kennedy: Neil Bock
Aspen Green: Jacob Duhey
Ryan Miller: Trey Perry
Jake White: Mark Wallace

Stock photos that don’t suck
How to be a good supervisor and adviser
Do you want to know how to help people solve their problems and deal with the stress of their everyday work lives? Here’s a little secret: Question and listen.

Publicity photos
For publicity images of public figures, such as movie and TV stars, or images to illustrate a particular movie, TV show, etc., check out the images available free here. You have to register.

Covering college rankings
This Journalist’s Resource piece provides reporting tips on how to cover those annual college rankings stories.

Writing general job descriptions
Job descriptions, both specific and general, are important to help staff members to delineate their specific duties but also to understand what should be expected of all staff members, in general. Kenna Griffin, Oklahoma City University professor and prolific blogger, explains the importance of general duties for all staffers.

Are we prepared to cover the breaking news and the big story?
This is what our newsroom should look like. Does it?

Is passion for college media waning?

College Media Matters blogger Dan Reimold and students mentioned in his blog want to know whether fewer students are passionate about college media than in the past and, if so, why. What do you think?

Got a million of them (story ideas)
Need a story idea? Take your pick from this blog.

Beat Assignments
The spring 2015 beat assignments for JOU 213, Beat Reporting are:
Academics/Administration: Gabriella Montemarano
Crime and Safety: Cassandra Kennedy
Sports: Cheyanna Kempel

Five Stages of a Story – how to organize and structure it
The presentation below shows reporters and editors how to organize a story.

Media Leadership: What I wish my editors knew – or had learned
1. How to separate the person from the position.
2. The greatest worker bees do not always or often make the best hive queens.
3. You are the leader you project yourself to be, not the leader you think you are.
4. “In charge” is not synonymous with “always correct.”
5. We ALL answer to some higher power. It could be a boss, it could be readers, it could be advertisers.
6. Without a vision, there’s no plan. Without a plan, there’s no leadership.
7. Leading is less about leading and more about psychology of those led.
8. The best leaders get none of the credit and all of the blame. Be the leader where the former happens more than the latter.
9. Yelling, crying, screaming and/or bullying may sometimes work in the short term, but they never work in the long term.
10. Nobody is irreplaceable. Including the leader.

Know your rights as student journalists
A federal law protects journalists from unauthorized newsroom searches and confiscation of their notes, photos and other news gathering material, according to the Student Press Law Center, which spells out the details in this post on its website.

Win a Mark of Excellence from SPJ
The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the deadlines for its student journalism award category:

Mark of Excellence (collegiate) – These awards recognize the best in student professional journalism in categories covering radio, television, print, newsletters, online, art/graphics and research. Submissions accepted Nov. 5, 2013 – Jan. 24, 2014.All first place regional winners advance to the national competition and are recognized at SPJ Spring conferences. National winners are recognized on and receive a MOE plaque. Students in attendance at EIJ14 will be recognized at the Student Union banquet. Fees are $9.00 for members and $18.00 for non-members per entry. Non-members may join SPJ and save 50% off their entry fee.

Fostering teamwork
Newsrooms need teamwork to produce strong editorial content. In this column, Steve Buttry, a former Omaha World-Herald newsman and a recognized journalism expert, offers his advice on how to foster teamwork in the newsroom.

Words of wisdom from an ex-editor
This column is written by an ex-photo editor for a college newspaper, but it offers sage advice, not just for a photo editor but also for all editors. Check it out.

Avoiding Reverse Shovelware
Bryan Murley, a digital journalist and professor at Eastern Illinois University, has noticed a disturbing trend in college media. He calls it reverse shovelware and in his blog, details why it is a student news organizations should avoid it.

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