Tuesday's Tidbits

Tuesday, February 24, 2014

1. PRSSA Meeting, Feb. 25

2.NEW Internship Opportunities

3. Scholarship, College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Fall 2015

4.Scholarship, OWAA March 2nd

5. RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships

6. Scripps Howard Foundation, Internships and Fellowship

7.The Back Door Coffeehouse, March 6th

8. Entertainment Industry Student Needs Help with Survey Participation

9. Take Flight with PR Video Contest, Deadline: May 22

10. Project Yellow Light Film Competition

11. Job Openings



1.PRSSA Meeting, Feb. 25

If you have ever wondered about the appropriate etiquette or protocol when attending a professional conference, you now have a chance to learn all about it. Kristen Brock, sales manager with the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, will join the USM PRSSA chapter this Wednesday, 25 February 2015, at 5pm in 205 College Hall to discuss conference etiquette and protocol. Kristen will discuss the dos and don'ts of conference attendance as well as share some stories from her years planning professional conferences and meetings  at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. Please join us! Also this will be your last chance this year to become a USM PRSSA chapter member.



2. Internship Opportunities


Internship: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Attention Advertising Majors, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Inc. is currently looking for interns to work between 32 and 40 hours. The Hospitality Internship (HIP) is recognized as a highly competitive leader in casino resort paid internship experiences. Interns can expect to spend 10 exhilarating and unforgettable weeks with up to 8 other interns and industry leaders developing personal skills and exploring the world of hospitality. The best aspect of the internship is that it opens doors to executives, post-graduation job opportunities, and experiences unlike any other. Functional areas include: Marketing, Human Resources, Advertising, Public Relations, Food & Beverage and Hotel Operations


The ideal candidate is a junior going into his/her senior year that has leadership experience in his/her school, organizations or community with previous experience within his/her area of interest. The ideal intern will be comfortable communicating with hourly team members to executives and comfortable working in a team setting. A successful candidate is genuinely career driven, engaged and inspired by our industry, energetic and passion driven. We are looking for interns with innovation, a keen interest and genuine curiosity about cross-function areas outside their selected division of interest.


The qualifications for this internship include: Current authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis, Be enrolled as a full-time student preparing to enter his/her junior/senior year, Be at least 21 years or older by the time the program begins, Obtain school credit for participation in the Hospitality Internship Program, Minimum of 1 year of cumulative work and/or internship experience, Currently hold and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of at least, 2.8 or higher on a United States 4.0 scale, Able to submit university-issued transcripts, audition tapes/essays, upon request


If you are interested in applying go to www.beaurivage.com



Internship: GodwinGroup

GodwinGroup’s soon-to-be-announced 2015 summer internship program is a 10-week internship is designed to provide undergraduate juniors, seniors or postgraduates with real-world exposure to the day-to-day operations of an advertising agency. The program also includes hands-on experience in one of these specific areas of interest: Brand Management and Creative (graphic design, copywriting, digital).


The paid internship begins the last week of May and runs through the end of July — and students will work 20 hours per week. The interns will also have the option to earn three credit hours credit, but each will be responsible for setting up the necessary arrangements with their college or university.


Apply today for the 2015 summer internship program for a chance to join the team. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to kwert@godwin.com.  Please include “GG Internship Resume Submission” in the subject line of your email. If you have any further questions contact Kami Wert at (228) 385-4742.

3. Scholarship, College Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Fall 2015


The College Public Relations Association of Mississippi (CPRAM) is currently offering students a chance to win a  $500 Scholarship for Fall 2015. If you are interested in applying please download the application and information sheet here: 2015-16 Scholarship Application.

Questions? Contact Steve Diffey at (662) 472-9068 or sdiffey@holmescc.edu.

4. Scholarship, OWAA March 2nd


The Outdoor Writers Association of America is now accepting applications for its Bodie McDowell scholarship program.  Scholarships are for the 2015-16 academic year. Application postmark deadline is March 2, 2015. The Bodie McDowell scholarship program is open to undergraduate and graduate-level college students from all communications and journalism disciplines and all schools. Undergraduate applicants must be entering their junior or senior years of study; graduate student applicants must have at least one remaining year of study.


Established in 1966, more than $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 2002. Approximately $22,000 in scholarships will be awarded in 2015. Each scholarship includes a one-year student membership with OWAA. Benefits of OWAA student membership include a one-year subscription to OWAA’s magazine Outdoors Unlimited access to member discounts and job listings, plus the chance to earn conference registration scholarships and more.


Applications for the 2015-16 award are available online. For applications, deadlines and additional information about the Bodie McDowell scholarship and other awards available through OWAA, visit http://owaa.org/programs/scholarships-fellowships/bodie-mcdowell-scholarship For questions/comments or to request information for a student you know, call OWAA at 406-728-7434 or email info@owaa.org



5. RTDNF Scholarships and Fellowships


The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) invites college students and working professionals to apply for one of the Foundation's many scholarships and fellowships for 2015. The application period opens February 2 and closes April 30, 2015.

"We welcome journalism students from across the country to apply today," said RTDNF Chairman Chris Carl. "They're sure to find a scholarship or fellowship opportunity that fits their needs and goals."

Scholarship and Fellowship winners will be invited to attend the RTDNF First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington and Excellence in Journalism 2016 in New Orleans.

For details about undergraduate scholarships, please visit the scholarships page and find links to individual scholarship application information. For more about RTDNF fellowships, please visit the fellowships page.

To help you prepare to apply, be sure to look at examples of the work being done by our most recent scholarship recipients.

If you are interested contact Mike Cavender, the RTDNF Executive Director, at 770-622-7011 or mikec@rtdna.org

6. Scripps Howard Foundation, Internships and Fellowship


The Scripps Howard Foundation is seeking interns for fall 2015 and a post-graduate, multimedia fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.



Interns cover Washington for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and may report for campus, hometown or other news organizations. Interns work with an experienced editor and the multimedia fellow to choose, report and edit stories. Interns produce multimedia stories using social media, blogs, online stories, videos and slideshows. Students with multimedia experience are preferred, but The Scripps Howard Foundation also teaches multimedia skills. This is a paid internship with free housing in furnished apartments.


Interns must be undergraduates in the term they spend in Washington. That means spring and summer graduates are not eligible for fall.


Program dates: Sept. 9 to Dec. 15. Stipend $3,346 and free housing.

Application Deadline: March 15



The fellow manages and maintains the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website. He or she creates multimedia projects for our website, works with undergraduate interns to develop multimedia projects and provides leadership to a team that produces news stories and projects.


Qualified applicants must have professional-level expertise in HTML, content management systems and CSS. Applicants must also have high-level skills in reporting and writing, shooting photos and video using DSLR and video cameras and editing video.


Applicants must have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The fellowship includes a $23,136 stipend, plus free housing in a furnished apartment.


The fellowship begins in September and goes through August 2016.

Application deadline: April 1


Apply at www.shfwire.com. Click on “apply” and “reporting internship” or “multimedia fellowship.” If you have any questions or concerns contact Jody Beck at  202-408-2748 or jody.beck@scripps.com

7.The Back Door Coffeehouse, March 6th


Friday, March 6th The Back Door Coffeehouse will welcome Gary Talley for the first live radio show broadcast on the 23rd anniversary edition of the UBC’s THE BACK DOOR COFFEEHOUSE! Guitarist, singer, songwriter, Gary Talley has come a long way since his days as the lead guitarist for THE BOXTOPS who had such hits as the #1 "The Letter" and "Cry Like A Baby!" Since those days of the Blue-Eyed Soul Era, Talley has worked as a musician in Memphis and Nashville studios, recording and touring with such music icons as Willey Nelson and Waylon Jennings among many others. Known as an amazing guitarist and author on guitar technique, we know we'll enjoy a true talent on his Back Door debut. Let's give him a big Back Door welcome to Hattiesburg!


The Back Door opens at 7pm and Radio broadcast starts at7:30. That gives you time to get your coffee, coke, treats, and find a table near the stage. The Back Door welcomes bringing in your own pizza, burger or filet mignon as well! The Back Door has silverware  and your drinks. Remember it is still donation only, but those donations make the difference!Suggested $10 donation / $5 college students Be sure to come early and help make the first broadcast event a special night!



8. Entertainment Industry Student Needs Help with Survey Participation


Honors senior Quinn Mackey is seeking volunteers to participate in his Honors research project.  Participants must be 18 or older and should complete the short (15-20 minute) on-line survey in the link below.  All answers will remain anonymous.


To take the survey visit this link: http://usmeffectiveness.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0NDvpPYu784EZHn Please Contact Quinn Mackey at Quinn.Mackey@eagles.usm.edu for more information or any questions involving the survey. There are no risks associated with this project. This project has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board, which ensures that research project involving human subjects follow federal regulations. Any questions or concerns about rights as a research participant should be directed to the chair of the IRB at 601-299-5997. Participation in this project is completely voluntary and participants may withdraw from this study at anytime without penalty, prejudice, or loss of benefits.

9. Take Flight with PR Video Contest


The PR Council is pleased to announce the launch of its 3rd annual “Take Flight with PR” video contest. This contest will once again offer college students a great platform from which to demonstrate their creativity to PR firm leaders across the country... and one lucky winner will walk away with a potential career-launching prize.


Students, individually or in teams of up to three, will be asked to develop a video no longer than 3 minutes that generates a call to action around a cause (of their choosing). The video must explain what the cause is, why it is important, and how it could be strategically promoted through a PR campaign.


The deadline for entries is May 22nd 2015. The open online voting period will from from April 20th to June 23rd and the top submissions will then be evaluated by a panel of judges  to determine the winner.


The winning entry will be awarded $1,500 and an expense paid trip to New York City in October where their submission will be shown before 200 industry executives at the Council’s Annual Dinner. In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet with PR firms and be featured in the Firm Voice blog. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize and their submission will be recognized at the Annual Dinner. The faculty advisor to the winning submission will also be awarded $500 for their department.


For additional information and submission details,  please visit www.prtakeflight2015.com or contact Andy Mizerek at Amizerek@prfirms.org.



10. Project Yellow Light Film Competition


Project Yellow Light (PYL), a non-profit organization (501 c3),  is a national film competition scholarship program and students are invited to create short videos to warn their peers of the dangers of distracted driving.  This competition is open to high school juniors and seniors as well as full time college students in the U.S.   As a result of this being such an important and timely issue, PYL has some amazing partners (e.g. The Advertising Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and Mazda).  The object is to spread the word about car crashes being the number one killer of teens and young adults and about  PYL’s competition.   The mission is to save lives. Drivers who use hand-help devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Hundreds of thousands of people are killed or injured each year in distracted driving crashes. Your job is to capture the attention of young adults and make them turn unsafe habits into safe habits. It’s time for you to take ownership of this important cause.


Students are able to win a college scholarship by creating either a 25 or 55 second video convincing your friends between the ages of 16 and 22 to not drive distracted.  PYL wants students to tell a short story in the form of a video that captures the attention of young people, be creative ( your video could be funny, serious, cartoon-like, or even a music video)

Short videos will be accepted from October 31, 2014 until April 1, 2015.  First prize is $5000, second is $2000 and third prize is $1000.  In addition, the first place winners in both college & high school categories will have their short films developed into Public Service Announcements (PSAs) by The Ad Council, distributed to over 1600 TV stations and run for a full year cycle.


You can read more by visiting PYL’s website www.projectyellowlight.com.

If you have any other questions, contact Sharon Hudson at sh@aef.com or 212-986-8060 extension 15.

11. Job Openings


Summer Job Opening, Camp Ozark                

Want to have an incredible summer job and work with kids this summer?  Then Camp Ozark might be the perfect place for you! Camp Ozark is recruiting at Southern Miss the week of March 2nd. There will be a table in the Union and Thad Cochran from 8-5, Monday through Friday; so come visit us.


Check out our opportunities to serve kids: www.yoursummer2015.com.


A little bit about Camp Ozark:


Camp Ozark is America's largest single-site Christian sports and adventure camp for kids.  The Camp hires over 600 college-aged students from over 40 universities to work with over 5,000 kids each summer.  Taking summer school?  No problem!  There are flexible work durations.  Need a job?  No problem!  All work at Camp Ozark is paid employment.  Needing internship credit? They are available too!


Sign up online for an informal interview while Camp Ozark is on campus: www.campozark.com.  Interviews are NOT a commitment to work on your part.  They're an opportunity for you to get to know the staff better and for the staff to get to know you better, however you will need to complete an interview at some point if you are interested in working at Camp Ozark this summer. Interviews will take place in the Union.


For more information contact Thomas Griffin at 870-490-1793.



Job Opening, Warner-Tully

Warner-Tully, a residential summer camp in Port Gibson is looking for a summer intern to take pictures, make videos and run the social media. In addition to the three responsibilities, there are also other opportunities for publication. They are willing to publish any articles written by the selected student  on the website, and the American Camping Association accepts contributions from guest bloggers if the topic is something they're interested in.


There are five one-week sessions during the summer and one three-night mini camp; the summer intern is expected to work all of the sessions. The compensation includes food and housing during camp and pay a stipend at the end of the summer.


If you are interested contact Allison at allison@vicksburgymca.com.



Job Opening, WLBT, Sports Specialist

WLBT TV 3 has an immediate opening for a full-time Sports Specialist. This person will anchor some sports on weekend newscasts as well as shoot, write, edit memorable sports stories. Great social media skills and energy is a must. This person will work with other team members to cover sports across Mississippi including schools in the SEC and SWAC.


Qualified applicants should apply online at https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/3220/sports-specialist-mmj/joband attach your resume and links to your work. This job opportunity is located in Jackson, MS. If you have any questions contact Glenda Terry at 601-960-4467 or glenda@wlbt.net



Job Opening, Media General Inc., Brand Manager

Media General Inc. is seeking a Brand Manager to work as an integral part of the station to develop strategic plan, objectives, concepts, strategies, and plans for the branding and marketing of all platforms; broadcast, multicast, mobile and web. Manage and develop station branding strategy to ensure all content fits with customer focus as outlined in our market research. Coordinates education of staff on branding, how they are to use, apply and grow it. Develop or perform duties related to the creation of promotional advertising materials required for the purpose of increasing market share. Responsible for implementing the promos, graphics and branding of all platforms; drafting and implementing a multi-platform marketing and branding strategy; and working closely with the station manager to implement.


Responsible for organizing and implementing community outreach initiatives as defined by the strategic plan. Work to promote news and news related content through outside media. Make marketing buys on newspaper, radio and cable television. Handle co-op grants. EOE M/F/D/V Drug/Background Screen. Qualified applicants may apply by sending their resume and cover letter to WHLT HR Dept. Suite A, 5912 HWY 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401; or apply online at www.mediageneral.com.


If you have any further questions, you can contact Aime (Spears) Gerald via phone: 601-545-4460



Job Opening, WAPT-TV in Jackson,  News Photographer

The job description states, WAPT, Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate in Jackson, MS has an opening for a Full-Time Photographer. The position requires a journalist skilled with a video camera, who is able to create daily news stories from the field, and edit quickly with non-linear equipment. The candidate will be able to conduct interviews and edit stories everyday on a tight deadline. Must be able to multi-task. Must be accountable for quality, safety and be a positive influence on the newsroom.


The job responsibilities include Shooting/editing breaking and general news stories, pitch a new lead story idea every day, turn 1-3 Stories in an 8 hour work day, drive live truck, & Execute Live Microwave Transmissions.


The qualifications include a Valid driver’s license, and a professional appearance at all times. There is a education requirement of a college degree or equivalent broadcast experience. The experience needed from a candidate is personal reel with video shooting or editing experience.  


If you are interested, apply by sending a  link/DVD, and resume to: Ben Hart, News Director, WAPT TV, 7616 Channel 16 Way, Jackson, MS 39209. bhart@hearst.com

Job Opening, Graphic Artist

WXXV-TV, a Morris Multimedia station, has an immediate opening for the position of graphics artist. The graphics artist will prepare broadcast graphics for news and promotion, print and outdoor advertising, and web content. Successful candidate will provide art and graphic support for the production of news, commercials and programs, in addition to art and graphics for station sales, public affairs and promotion needs. Strong computer skills and knowledge of all Adobe products are required. Experience with broadcast graphics systems and animation software a plus. IT knowledge and experience will certainly move you to the head of the class!


We are looking for a multi-talented person with a “can do” attitude who is willing to learn new applications. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to follow and execute detailed instructions, the ability to work well under the stress of a live broadcast, while maintaining a good work ethic, energetic demeanor, and the determination to learn flexibility. The successful candidate will be able to work holidays and changing schedules.


Two plus years graphic design and television experience preferred; degree in Graphic Design and/or TV production or similar field of study. WXXV-TV utilizes DMV & criminal background checks as a condition of employment.


If you are interested in applying for this position please include URL’s of websites you have created or worked on with your resume and describe your role with each. Please specify how you learned of this opening, and no phone calls please. Email your resume to hr@wxxv25.com, fax to 228-314-9223 or mail to: Human Resources WXXV-TV, P.O. Box 2500, Gulfport, MS 39505.



Job Opening, News Mississippi

If you are a great communicator, can write concise radio copy for on-air, in-depth copy for online, and tell a story in 140 characters for Twitter, you should apply. This job is not just a job. News Mississippi wants someone who will live it and breathe it and tell every story as if you were there and saw it happen.


The job is full-time, with benefits that include health and PTO. News Mississippi is a state-wide network, owned by TeleSouth Communications, Inc., that provides news to 60 affiliates, plus the SuperTalk Mississippi network of 11 stations.


Your voice will be heard state-wide, so you need to sound good and have some radio experience. Please send your materials, including a recent air check, to chris@newsms.fm  Check out the website in the meantime. http://www.newsms.fm   If you have any other questions contact Courtney Carter-Ingle at 601-957-8877.  

If you are the candidate, it will be a great ride with a great team. You'll get plenty of practice covering all kinds of stories and plenty support from management, including daily education on how to become a better news writer, reporter and anchor.