Tuesday's Tidbits

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

1. Drop/Add/Withdrawal procedures

2. Workshop for advanced Google search strategies, Nov. 19th

3. Internships in Maryland, Delaware, D.C, New Jersey and Jackson, Nov. 19th

4. The “King of K Street:" Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer, Nov. 20th

5. The Crew and Stage Monkeys, Thanks-for-Giving, Nov. 20th

6. BASE Student Worker – Start Date: January 2015

7. Film Crew Needed

8. New Media Lab, LLC Job Opening

9. LIN Media's Minority Scholarship & Training Program

10. WGBC-TV Job Opening

11. WTOK-TV has multiple Available Job Openings

12. Student Leadership Workshop



1.Drop/Add/Withdrawal procedures


In compliance with University Policy, students requesting to drop a course after October 31 or withdraw from the University after October 31 should complete the Academic Withdrawal after the Deadline form found on the Registrar’s website under the forms link.  After completing the form, the student should submit the form and all supporting documentation to the Registrar’s Office.  The Registrar’s Office will circulate the completed form through the required process, whereby the Withdrawal Committee will determine if a grade of W should be awarded.  The form instructs the student to obtain a statement from the instructor(s) indicating satisfactory participation in the course(s) the student is attempting to receive a W.  This documentation allows instructors input in the process and can be found here  


To add a course after the deadline:

Students that have been allowed to participate in a course and now must be enrolled to receive credit, should be added through the Change of Grade located in the instructor’s SOAR account.  The addition of the course and a grade can be initiated by the instructor through their Faculty Center in SOAR AFTER DECEMBER 15, 2014.  Once fall grades are processed on December 15, 2014, the course and grade will be added and tuition properly assessed to the student’s record.


2. Workshop for advanced Google search strategies, Nov. 19th


If you use Google and want to learn how to search Google more effectively, you are invited to join reference librarian Elena Azadbakht for a workshop on advanced Google search strategies. Participants will learn how to use Google¹s advanced search features to find information on the web and how to search Google Scholar more efficiently. Special attention will be paid to locating creative commons images and government information. Participants will also learn about a few alternative search engines such as Wolfram Alpha. The workshop will take place in the Cook Library instruction classroom (LIB 110) on Wednesday, November 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. This workshop is open to the public and registration is not required. For more information, contact Elena Azadbakht at Elena.Azadbakht@usm.edu or 601.266.6424.



3. Internships in Maryland, Delaware, D.C, New Jersey and Jackson, Nov. 19th


Are you from Maryland, Delaware or D.C.? If so, you may want to consider applying for MDDC’s Reese Cleghorn Internship program.  This is a paid summer opportunity that trains students in news reporting, copyediting and photojournalism with emphasis on innovative and multimedia skills. Open to undergrads who are residences of Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia. Apply to MDDC's Reese Cleghorn Internship Program here 

DEADLINE: Nov. 19.


Or New Jersey? The New Jersey Press Foundation’s 2015 Newsroom Internship Programs are available to students who reside in New Jersey and attend college anywhere in the U.S. These are paid internships. For information, check here. The application deadline is Dec. 31.  This information is also available on the foundation website:


The Cirlot Agency in Jackson,  a Mississippi based, global brand strategy, integrated communications and business development firm, offers an internship that is fun, fast-paced and constantly changing. The firm offers interns a dose of real-world experience by immersion in the day-to-day functions of an agency. Internships are offered in marketing, public relations, and graphic design. Interns will take ownership in different projects and responsibilities and learn valuable skills for future employment. Spring, summer or fall. Apply here Deadlines: Spring 2015 Internship – Dec. 5, 2014; Summer 2015 Internship - March 31, 2015; Fall 2015 Internship - June 30, 2015.


Summer magazine internship program, offered by the American Society of Magazine Editors, places talented college seniors with major magazines in New York and Washington, D.C. Check it out here Deadline for application is Dec. 1.



4. The “King of K Street:" Champion of Social Change or Political Profiteer, Nov. 20th


Tony Podesta, Founder and Chairman, of The Podesta Group will be speaking on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Polymer Science building room 101. This event is sponsored by the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.


As the head of the Podesta Group, Tony Podesta, who POLITICO calls  a “King of K Street,” is one of Washington’s most accomplished and effective lobbyists. Mr. Podesta will address changing outcomes in a contentious political environment and the ethical implications of partnerships between business and government.


Mr. Podesta has been distinguished by The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, GQ,Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among other publications both inside and outside the Beltway, as a leading lobbyist in Washington today. In addition to being named one of the top 11 lawyer-lobbyists of the last decade by Legal Times, Mr. Podesta was named “The Lobbyist” by Newsweek, and he has consistently been named a top lobbyist by Roll Call and The Hill newspapers.



5. The Crew and Stage Monkeys, Thanks-for-Giving, Nov. 20th


The Crew and Stage Monkeys are happy to present Thanks-For-Giving Comedy Show on Thursday, November 20th in Joseph Greene Hall 116 from 7-9 p.m. For admission bring (2) non-perishable items or donate $5. All proceed and donations will go to Edward Street Fellowship Food Pantry. Please come out and support our students!



6. BASE Student Worker – Start Date: January 2015


Hours Needed:

Tuesday 10:30-2:30

Thursday 10:30-2:30 & 4:00-7:00

Friday 8:00-5:00



The BASE Center student workers are responsible for operating the front desk and assisting students as they enter. The student workers should be welcoming and helpful if students have any questions or problems. Additionally, they are responsible for transferring student sign in sheets to the spreadsheet located on the front desk computer.


In addition to standard office operations, the BASE Center is seeking a student with experience in journalism/public relations. During the above hours, the student will assist the Publications Coordinator with gathering information and writing press releases for the College of Business.


Dress Code:

Although the center is a student-centered office, with a comfortable atmosphere, The BASE still requires a level of professionalism.  Therefore, student workers are required to maintain a degree of modesty and appropriately dress for a business setting.  Specifically, student workers should not wear low cut shirts, short shorts, skirts, and dresses or workout clothing, such as gym shorts and/or caps.


Application Materials:

Please send a resume, a short writing sample (preferably a press release or news items), and hours of availability to kristin.teston@usm.edu


*To learn about the BASE Center, please visit the website


7. Film Crew Needed


There are several projects coming up and Urban West Advertising is looking for crew to fill these positions:


1. Host - this individual will conduct on camera interviews.

2. camera operator - this individual will be responsible for capturing video footage.

3. PR assistant - this individual will create press releases, respond to emails and social media

4. Graphic design helper


No experience is required, the company will provide all equipment and training needed for each project. Anyone interested must have an email account, cellphone, and transportation.  Some projects will include a stipend and all candidates will get a reel to ad to their catalog.


If you are interested submit the following to Chuck Pruitt at urbanwestads@yahoo.com or call 601-207-1064 for more information:




Head shot

Specify the position you are interested in and give a brief introduction of yourself and your background.



8. New Media Lab, LLC Job Opening


New Media Lab, LLC HottyToddy.com and Experience Oxford Magazine) has Managing Editor and Staff Writer positions open.  Resumes should be sent to amelia.camurati@hottytoddy.com.


New Media Lab, LLC does their best to hire from alumni of all Mississippi schools.

HottyToddy.com has a readership of 200,000 while our Facebook page topped

1.2 million page reads this month.  This is not a bad place to get started with both print and online experience.


9. LIN Media's Minority Scholarship & Training Program


Established in 1998, LIN Media's Minority Scholarship & Training Program awards one and two-year scholarships and internships to ambitious multicultural students who are planning a career in broadcast television and digital media. By encouraging students to pursue their goals in multiplatform broadcasting, LIN Media is promoting diversity in the workplace and helping to ensure the dynamic future of local media.


Two scholarships are awarded each year - one for an individual focused on a career in broadcast television, and one for an individual focused on a career in digital media.



  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have a declared major preferably in broadcast journalism, digital multimedia, mass/speech/digital communication, television production, or marketing, at a university or college within the U.S.
  • Applicant must have completed sufficient semester hours or similar educational units to be classified by his/her college or university as a sophomore.
  • Applicant must be authorized to work in the United States; and be of non-white origin.


If you are interested visit http://www.linmedia.com/minority-scholarship/ or contact Angie Catwright who is the Director, Talent Management at 512-831-7554.

Thank you,



10. WGBC-TV Job Opening


There is currently a job opening at WGBC-TV for a fulltime account Executive and the compensation is based on experience.


The job description states, the account executive is the person who sells advertising and works closely with marketing businesses to the stations viewers. The benefits include: Vacation, Sick pay and Paid Holidays. Dependable transportation is required! A Degree is preferred and the experience required is entry level, but outside sales experience is needed.


If you are interested contact Susan Ross at susan@wmdn.net and mail your resume to WGBC-TV 1151 Crestview Circle Meridian, MS 39301.



11. WTOK-TV has multiple Available Job Openings


Creative Services Producer.

Producer will be responsible for conception to completion of creative commercials and station promotions.  Creative writing and communication skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines and flexible hours are essential.  Responsibilities include web content production and implementation.  Previous videography and editing skills, radio or TV experience, and extensive computer graphics experience is preferred.


Part Time Master Control Operator/ Production Technician.

The duties include monitoring all three stations as well as routine operation of Harris automation system, recording and preparation of satellite programming for later broadcast, keeping program logs and performing studio duties related to the production of local programming.  A flexible schedule is required for this position, including holidays, nights and weekend hours.  Applicant should be very computer literate and technology oriented with a high degree of attention to detail. A pre-employment drug screening check is required.


A decision will be made as soon as possible.  Qualified applicants should send a resume, references, and non-returnable DVD to Human Resources, 815 23rd Avenue, Meridian, MS  39302.  Faxes may be directed to 601-693-9656. Emails may be sent to humanresources@wtok.com.  Human Resources may also be contacted by phone at 601-693-1441.   Pre-employment drug screening and MVR check required. WTOK-TV is a drug free workplace, equal opportunity employer and also participates in the Homeland Security.


News Producer/ Video Journalist.  Responsibilities include providing supervisory backup to News Assignment Desk, assisting with scheduling and story planning, booking and coordinating satellite times for SNG vehicle and setting up microwave live shots for newscasts.   They must be able to demonstrate a creative use of live elements, graphics, teases and pacing.  This person will also be responsible for updating and maintaining the news section of our station’s website during their shift. Applicant must also be skilled in camera shooting, reporting and possess excellent writing and editing skills.


News Video Journalist.   Applicant must be skilled in camera shooting and reporting and possess excellent writing and editing skills.  Applicant must also be aggressive in getting to the bottom of stories and be able to shoot with a crew or individually. getting to the bottom of stories and be able to shoot with a crew or individually. A college degree and one year experience is preferred.

If you are interested and have any questions contact Rachel Sloan at rachel.sloan@wtok.com or call her at 601-703-2104.


Part Time Production Assistant. Computer skills are necessary, and TV or radio experience is preferred.  Photo or video experience is helpful.  Flexible schedule is required, including nights, early mornings and weekends.

A decision will be made as soon as possible.  Qualified applicants should send a resume, with references to Human Resources, WTOK –TV, P. O. Box 2988, Meridian, MS  39302.   Resumes may also be E-mailed tohumanresources@wtok.com or faxed to (601)-693-9656.   A pre-employment drug screening is required.   WTOK-TV is a drug free workplace.



12. Student Leadership Workshop


The Office of Student Activities will host its final Student Leadership Workshop of the semester on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 3-5 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center 218B.


Guest speakers Garrett Cimino, from the Student Counseling Services, and William Takewell, from the Office of Student Activities, will be sharing information about how to be an ally to the LGBTQ community.

If you are interested, sign up here