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Pick up a sweet Apple (Award)

Apple Awards

Apple Awards

Enter the Apple Awards, one of the coolest collegiate-media contests available. College Media Association will accept entries for the David L. Adams Apple Awards — either online or on-site at NYC14 — until 3 p.m. EST March 13.

You don’t have to attend NYC14 to enter, but if you are attending, you can go online now, pre-pay for the submissions and then bring your submissions to NYC14.

Student papers scurry to make ends meet

Student media at large universities are scrambling to make ends meet now that disruptive digital technology is finally taking hold on how college students receive news, as this New York Times story shows.

Doane students, should we push to raise revenue for Doaneline and the Doaneline app? Has the time come to create a larger, more robust staff for Doaneline?

Intern at a magazine

The 2014 Magazine Internship Program, sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors, is now accepting applications. The information is posted at magazine.org/asmeinternship. Students must submit all application materials, except processing fees, by email.

The Magazine Internship Program usually accepts students who have been recommended by academic departments and career-guidance offices over other applicants from the same school. I can nominate up to two students, but only one from a school usually is accepted. A letter of recommendation should be included with the student’s application.

Please let me know whether you have an interest in this internship.

Make your mark with SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Award

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.https://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp. 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 www.spj.org 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.

Quiz a pro – for free

It won’t cost a penny to pick the brain of a pro at NOLA13.

When you arrive, visit the NOLA13 trade show (in Preservation Hall) to sign up for a 20-minute slot with one of our Professionals in Residence. We’re still finalizing the schedule, but we’ve already lined up PIRs from CNN, The Washington Post, Society for News Design, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a number of TV and public-radio stations, electronic media, newspapers and more.

You can bring your resume or portfolio for review. You can ask advice on how to land the job you want. Talk about the pro’s job or career path. Or discuss newsroom problems, technical questions — just about anything. We’re giving you 20 minutes to ask questions and seek insight from a pro in your field.

Slots are likely to go fast, so find the PIR tables in Preservation Hall on Oct. 24 and reserve yours.

The 22 things you learn working for a college paper

Check out this writer’s 22 things you learn when you work for a college newspaper. Can you add to the list?

Great internship opportunity in DC

Here’s a spectacular opportunity for Journalism and Media students. I know because my son was once one of the interns there:

The Scripps Howard Foundation is looking for curious, energetic college juniors and seniors studying journalism to report from Washington during the spring and summer terms. Interns are paid a stipend and provided free housing in furnished apartments.

Interns find, report and write stories for the web-based Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, take photos, create slide shows and shoot and edit video. Semester in Washington takes six interns in the 14-week spring term and six in the 10-week summer term. Applicants with multimedia experience will be given preference.

A seventh intern works for the Hispanic Link News Service in the spring and fall. Applicants should be juniors or seniors with previous internship experience or extensive work with student media.

Program dates and application deadlines for Semester in Washington and Hispanic Link internships:

Spring 2014: Jan. 6 to April 11. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2013. Program includes a stipend of $2,660 and free housing.
Summer 2014: June 9 to Aug. 15. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2013. Program includes a stipend of $1,900 and free housing.
Hispanic Link interns: same deadlines, stipend and free housing

Applicants may also indicate a preference for fall. The deadline for that program is March 15.

The program includes international interns, who are chosen by the International Center for Journalists.

For more details and to download an application form, go to the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire website.

Ethical dilemma: Is a student leader who owns a Confederate flag newsworthy?

At Ball State University, a student leader who owns a Confederate flag and has been called Ku Klux Chloe was determined newsworthy. What do you think?

Shining the light

People often do things they are not proud of and then try to hide in the darkness because they know if they take credit, they will be ostracized. For example, a few years ago, someone on the Doane campus sent a letter to a professor telling her to go home, that the college didn’t want her around. The professor is black. The Doane Owl ran a story and, though the person was never found, the professor stopped getting that type of correspondence.

Today, we have another example of people doing simply the wrong thing and trying to hide, to keep out of the spotlight. At the University of Alabama, sororities have blocked the chance for a student to join – simply because she is black. The Crimson White, the university’s newspaper, wrote a wonderful story – truly a fine piece of journalism – about this continuation of segregation 50 years after the March on Washington culminated in Martin Luther King’s rousing “I Have a Dream” speech.

The beautiful thing about reporting these types of stories is that news organizations can shine the light in the darkness, where the cockroaches of society dwell, and actually provide a needed service to the community. They can – and do – have a positive impact on society.

A blog about design

Check out this blog about design from a former University of Oklahoma student. He offers a lot of tips and techniques that could be useful to those in Editing and Design class or those designing pages for the newspaper or magazine.

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