Tuesday's Tidbits

Tuesday November 24, 2015

  1. News from Google!

  2. Planning an internship for spring? Info Sessions, Dec. 1 & 2

  3. WDAM General Manager to speak, Dec. 1

  4. PRWeek Student of the Year Deadline, Dec. 11

  5. Summer Publishing Institute at NYU

  6. Job Opportunities

1. News from Google!

It’s that time of year again - Google’s 2016 summer program applications have launched!

BOLD Immersion

  • Who: students enrolled in a 4 year BA/BS program with an anticipated graduation date of December 2017 to June 2018.

  • What: a 3-day program designed to give students the opportunity to explore business roles at Google, the culture of lifelong learning at Google and prepare them for the internship and full-time application process.

Application: https://www.google.com/edu/ resources/programs/bold-immersion/

2. Planning an internship for spring? Info Sessions, Dec. 1 & 2

Are you planning to do an internship this spring or maybe this summer? Need to know how to get started? If so, you should plan to attend an informative and required upcoming session:

12:15 p.m., Tuesday, 12/1 in CH-203

Noon, Wednesday, 12/2 in CH-203

Questions? Contact the internship coordinator for MCJ at


3. WDAM General Manager to speak, Dec. 1

Tuesday, December 1, the General Manager at WDAM, Joe Sciortino, will speak at 2:25pm as part of Dr. Chris Campbell’s Media Management & Economics class (MCJ 463) in College Hall 202.

All MCJ/EI students are welcome to attend.

4. PRWeek Student of the Year Deadline, Dec. 11

Before you head home for the Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to remind you that the PRWeek Student of the Year deadline is quickly approaching. This year’s deadline is Friday, December 11. Know a student who knows a student who would be interested? Let them know there’s still time to enter!

Student of the Year is one of the best avenues and opportunities for students to kick-start their PR career. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a paid trip to New York City to attend the PRWeek Awards in March 2016.

Past winners have gone on to accomplish great things in the industry, but even entrants who did not win the ultimate prize have benefitted from having their work seen by PRWeek Awards judges, who are among the industry's top leaders in the agency, in-house, nonprofit, and academic arenas.

Download this year’s
entry kit and take a look at their website. This could be the major step to the dream career you and other students have been looking for. Share this great opportunity with your friends and colleagues.

Students should submit all completed entries to PRWeek.SOTY@prweek.com. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Gwen McGiver

PRWeek Events Coordinator

E: Gwen.McGiver@haymarketmedia.com

P: 646.638.6108

5. Summer Publishing Institute at NYU

The six-week program is developed, designed and taught by a faculty of top professionals in the industry, including CEOs, publishers, editors, digital strategists, literary agents, designers, marketers and publicists. When completed, they can earn graduate credits for it as well. If focuses on books, magazines, and digital media. The dates are May 31-July 8. For more information, visit Tonya McGee in Career Services (Mclemore Hall, 1st floor) or email her at tonya.mcgee@usm.edu.


6. Job Opportunities

  1. Positions at WDAM:

    1. ON-AIR Promotions Manager--WDAM 7 is looking for a top-notch On-Air Promotions Manager who’s not afraid to think outside of the box. The ideal candidate will eat, breath & sleep news promotion and branding. If you get excited about marketing and creativity… we want YOU! This person will be responsible for the development of cutting edge & eye catching promotional spots for the Hattiesburg Market. Creative scripting, shooting, non-linear editing and graphics experience is a must, (Adobe Cloud preferred).

      This position will also play a key role in staff training / development plus in managing the station brand under the direction of the Marketing Director. You should have outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, plus an understanding of brand consistency and market research. This is not an entry level position. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years news/program promotion experience. Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach your resume and links to your previous work.

      Application Link: https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/4266/on-air-promotions-manager/job


    1. Commercial Producer--WDAM 7 is looking for a stand out Commercial Producer ready to help us grow the business of our clients. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and strong communicator with hands on experience in video production. This position will be responsible for the development of cutting edge & eye catching commercial spots for station clients in the Hattiesburg Market. This person will work closely with clients and sales to conceptualize, write, shoot and edit commercials. Prior experience with script writing, shooting, proper lighting techniques, non-linear editing and graphics is a must (Adobe Cloud preferred). This position will report to the Marketing Director and work under the supervision of the Senior Commercial Producer. Must have a clean driving record and pass a drug screening test. Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach your resume and links to your previous work.

      Application Link: https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/4087/commercial-producer/job


  1. Digital Content Producer--WLBT and Mississippi News Now, the top ranked network affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi is looking for a full-time Digital Content Producer to embrace its growing digital efforts and publish content to its website, mobile apps, and social media networks.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for creating, producing, editing, and maintaining digital content while providing guidance to other newsroom staff on issues related to digital content. Responsibilities also include creating photo galleries, interactive data maps, infographics, editing and clipping video for online use, as well as any additional duties that are assigned.

    The successful candidates will have strong communication skills, both verbal and written, journalism background with knowledge of the AP style, graphics skills, and a solid grasp of basic computer skills. News writing, HTML, and Photoshop experience are preferred but not required. Must be a motivated team player willing to work flexible hours, and must be able to meet deadlines.

    Qualified candidates please apply online and attach your resume, cover letter, and links to your work.  Pre-employment drug test required. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V

    Apply here: https://careers-raycommedia.icims.com/jobs/4359/digital-content-producer/job


  1. Reporter/Weather Forecaster--WXXV-TV FOX 25/NBC 25, Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi market is looking for a talented Reporter/Weather Forecaster to join our growing team on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is a full-time position. We want a Reporter with the ability to do Weather Forecasts on the weekends. News reporting skills are required for this position. Solid writing skills are a must for this position. This is a great opportunity for a person doing News but with strong Weather interests. Working knowledge of ENPS Newsroom computers and Adobe Premiere is helpful. A degree in Journalism or a related field is required. A positive attitude is as important as skill sets. Familiarity of WSI and understanding Mississippi Gulf Coast Weather is helpful. A Meteorology degree is preferred, but not essential. We need a person who understands the impact of a wide variety of weather conditions and is able to clearly convey this information to viewers. Candidates must have experience developing the weather story of the day with video, pictures and computer graphics. A good driving record is a must. We utilize DMV & criminal background checks as a condition of employment. Please email a resume, references and a link to any samples of your work to: hr@wxxv25.com. Mail or fax resumes to: WXXV TV, Attn: Human Resources, P O Box 2500, Gulfport, MS 39505. Fax 228-314-9223.

  2. Frontier Web Developer--This is a company based in Jackson, MS that is a public relations, advertising, communications, and interactive services company. Requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Marketing, Business Administration or related field. Minimum 2.5 years of professional experience. Preferred skills include:  proficient understanding of web markup, including HTML5, CSS, LAMP stack developer experience, understanding of client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery, proficiency in Wordpress, and extensive understanding of CMS’ and web-development frameworks, familiarity with browser testing and debugging, ability to write and maintain clean, developer-friendly code (W3C standards), work closely with graphic designers to translate static designs into interactive websites, ability to teach clients how to manage their website or current web platform, thorough understanding of internet security, using best practices to prevent any website-related attack ,familiarity with Google Apps and other email services, ability to effectively communicate with clients and translate technical details of project to all parties involved, familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator) or other front-end prototyping tool, experience with the version control process (Git, Beanstalk), self-driven, proactive and always looking for better workflows for both client and agency. For more information, contact Quinton Dickerson at quinton@frontier.ms

  3. Positions at WTOK:

    1. Technical Director--This position will be responsible for Directing and Technical Directing newscasts and other programs as assigned.  WTOK is the dominant station in the Meridian, MS DMA and produces over 3 hours of live local high definition newscast per day.  Experience with Ross Synergy HD switcher, VizRT Graphics, and Avid INews helpful, but not required.   In addition to directing newscast, the position is also responsible for ingesting commercials, programs and promos into the station program playback servers plus other duties as assigned. Successful candidates should be familiar with live newscast production in a commercial television station and able to direct a fast paced newscast while providing direction to the supporting staff. Candidate must be able to work nights, early mornings or weekends as assigned.  Previous experience in directing live programming is preferred.


    1. Master Control Operator/ Production Technician--The duties include monitoring all three of our 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.

    2. Meteorologist/News Reporter/ Photographer--Responsibilities include but not limited to writing, shooting, editing and producing weathercasts as well as news stories.  We are looking for someone to work with our weather team in providing “up to the minute” weather information to our viewers when bad weather is in the area and also be aggressive in getting to the bottom of stories and be able to shoot with a crew or individually.

    3. Traffic and Sales Assistant--This position will be responsible for daily scheduling of commercial copy on station logs as well as assist in the administrative duties of the Sales Department and General Manager as assigned. The position will also assist Account Executives in preparing proposals and PowerPoint presentations for their sales efforts. Candidates should possess excellent computer skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office and similar software, and have the ability to learn and master proprietary broadcast software and systems. Candidate must have excellent communication, organizational and time management skills and work under tight deadlines. Candidate must be detailed oriented, resourceful, a team player, and reliable. Experience in a broadcast environment is preferred, but not required.

A decision will be made as soon as possible for all positions.  Qualified applicants should send a resume, references, and non-returnable tape/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 E-Verify program.