Tuesday's Tidbits

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1. Summer/Fall Advisement Ending Soon!

2. Student Showcase, April 1 Deadline

3. MPB Job Opening

4. Office of University Communications Undergraduate Internship Positions

5. MCJ Internships

6. Graphic Design Minor Offered

7. Geography and Geology mini sessions offered in May and August

8. USA TODAY Summer Programs

9. Scripps Howard Foundation, April 1

10. Job Opening, WGBC-TV Account Executive, April 3

11. Hattiesburg’s New Film Festival, April 15

12. NLGJA, Awards and Scholarships May 15 

13. WTOK Job Openings

14.Honors College Research Survey

15. Job Opening, Social Media/Photography for Fly Boutique


1. Summer/Fall Advisement Ending Soon!


Advisement for the summer and fall terms is happening now! Advisement will run through next week, but appointments are going fast. Stop by the main office in College Hall 106 to sign up for your appointment today!


2. Student Showcase, April 1


Entries are now being accepted for the annual School of Mass Communication and Journalism Student Showcase. Students are invited to submit entries into several categories to earn recognition during the School’s spring banquet on April 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

General guidelines:

  1. Entries for each category can be from classes, a campus publication/airing or an outside venue. Go to the official 2015 MCJ Banquet and Student Showcase website for a complete listing of all categories and descriptions.
  2. Students may enter multiple categories which a max of two entries per person, per category entered. Group entries will be accepted in most categories.
  3. All entries must be submitted electronically via the Student Showcase Entry Form.  Each entry must include a link where judges can view the entry online.
  4. Entries in The Student Printz category must have been published in The Student Printz to be eligible for consideration.
  5. Incomplete entry forms will result in disqualification of the contest category, and past winning entries are not eligible for entry.
  6. Students named a finalist in any category must be present at the spring banquet. Finalists will be announced via email notification no later than April 14th.

Submission Process:

All entries are to be submitted via the Student Showcase Entry Form. A separate entry form must be submitted for each entry.

Entry Deadline: April 1, 2015



3. MPB Job Opening


Mississippi Public Broadcasting is current looking for two full time new reporters to join their team. If you are a soon-to-be-graduate and you are interested in this job opening, please Email Teresa Collier at Teresa.Collier@mpbonline.org or call her at 601-432-6655.



4. Office of University Communications Undergraduate Internship Positions


The Office of University Communications will have three paid undergraduate intern positions available in the near future. These include a social media intern position, a general office intern position and a news and media relations intern position. The start date for the three positions is May 11, 2015, however the office is willing to work with students on this date. The office is also more than willing to work with academic units when possible to have the internship count for academic credit. If you are interested please send your resume to Cassandra.oubre@usm.edu



5. MCJ Internships


The following list of internships that apply to Mass Communication and Journalism students are found in Eagle employment. If you have any questions about the internships listed please contact Christy Lofton at christy.lofton@usm.edu.


Organization Name: isportsweb.com

Job Title: Sports Writer

Job ID: 17549

Location: Hattiesburg, MS

Closing Date: 4/1


Organization Name: Caterpillar Inc.

Job Title: Communications Practicum Intern

Job ID: 18136

Location: Corinth, MS

Closing Date: 4/30


Organization Name: TEKsystems

Job Title: Recruiter/Sales Management Trainee Intern

Job ID: 18468

Location: Metairie, LA

Closing Date: 4/30


Organization Name: Algix, Algae Bioplastics

Job Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist

Job ID: 18366

Location: Meridian, MS

Closing Date: 5/4


Organization Name: Riley Foundation

Job Title: 19 Different Summer Paid Internships

Job ID: 9090

Location: Meridian, MS

Closing Date: 5/15


Organization Name: The Cirlot Agency

Job Title: Internship

Job ID: 17593

Location: Jackson, MS

Closing Date: 6/30



6. Graphic Design Minor Offered

The Department of Art and Design is introducing a Minor in Graphic Design beginning in the fall of 2015. This would be a excellent minor for many of the Mass Communication majors, such as advertising and public relations. The following courses will be requiredfor the graphic design minor (21 hours total): ART 101 Drawing I, ART 102 Drawing II, ART 111 Design I, Art 312 Digital Layout, Art 342 Type, ART 343 Layout and Presentation, and ART 415 Graphic Design History. If you have any questions about this minor, please feel free to contact DeAnna Douglas at deanna.douglas@usm.edu



7. Geography and Geology mini sessions offered in May and August


The Department of Geography and Geology is offering several classes as mini sessions (two weeks long each) in May and August. In May the available classes are: Geography 101- World Geography, Geography 104 and lab- Weather & Climate. In August the available classes are: Geography 101- World Geography Online and Geography 104 & lab- Weather & Climate.

These are great introductory courses. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for more than one of these classes you can contact Jennifer Henry at jennifer.k.henry@usm.edu.



8. USA TODAY Summer Programs

USA TODAY is offering students the opportunity to participate in the Summer 2015 collegiate correspondence program. The programs include:

Writing Correspondent Program:

USA TODAY’s Collegiate Correspondent Program is one of the nation’s premier journalism opportunities for college students. Those that are chosen to participate in the writing program will pitch, research and write weekly stories and occasionally collaborate with a visual correspondent on stories. Content produced by correspondents will appear across all USA TODAY and Gannett platforms, including mobile and tablet.

Visual Correspondent Program:

USA TODAY’s Visual Correspondent Program is an opportunity for visual journalism students to pitch, research and shoot multimedia stories that appear across all USA TODAY and Gannett platforms. Visual Correspondents will gain experience in shooting photos and videos on deadline for a national audience. Those that are chosen to participate in the visual program will complete a semester-long project and will partner with writers to produce cohesive stories.

Study Abroad Correspondent Program:

As one of the nation’s premier journalism programs, USA TODAY College is pleased to add another correspondent program to its portfolio — the Study Abroad Correspondent program. Any undergraduate studying in a school-approved study abroad program may apply to be part of this writing program. Those that are chosen to participate in the Study Abroad Correspondent program will pitch, research and write bi-weekly stories centered around study abroad topics. Correspondents will also be expected to cover any hard news occurring in their city/country, if applicable

For more information and a link to the application visit the programs website 



9. Scripps Howard Foundation, April 1


April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Scripps Howard Foundation post-graduate, multimedia fellowship. The yearlong fellowship is based at the Semester in Washington program. The fellow manages the website, teaches undergraduate interns to use the video and DSLR cameras and editing software. The fellow also produces his or her own multimedia stories.

Applicants must have either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. They must also have high-level skills in website management, html, CMS and CSS, along with excellent journalism skills.There is a stipend of $23,136 and free housing in a furnished apartment. We pay the utilities, cable and wifi.

The fellowship begins in September and goes through August 2016. The application form is here. If you have any questions contact Jody Beck at jody.beck@scripps.com or call 202-408-2748.

10. Job Opening, WGBC-TV Account Executive, April 3


WGBC-TV is looking to hire a fulltime Account Executive to work Weekday 8:00-5:30pm. The compensation is listed as Commission / month with benefits of vacation, sick pay, and paid holidays. The job description expresses the need for an outside sales of television advertising to local and regional businesses. A college degree is preferred. The Meridian Family of Stations- CBS 24, NBC 30 & Fox 30 television stations has an opportunity for the right person to take over an excellent billing account list with high income possibility.

The Primary Responsibilities include: Generate advertising revenue by consistently meeting and exceeding monthly quotas, Hunt and develop new business and manage the sales cycle from start to finish, Maintain an active schedule of outbound sales and prospecting efforts consisting of approximately, 25 calls and 5-8+ client meetings per day, Develop and maintain strong client relationships, Represent the company at various community events, Contribute to a positive team environment, other duties as assigned by the LSM & GSM.

The Knowledge & Skill Requirements include: 3+ years of experience selling media and/or sponsorships and integrated marketing campaigns, Ability to develop, present, and sell multimedia strategic partnerships within the business community, a strong track record of consistent revenue growth, Effective time management skills, the ability to exceed expectations in a fast-paced, results oriented environment, and Professional written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Dependable transportation is necessary for this position.

If you are interested, contact Susan Ross at susan@wmdn.net. Send resume to: Susan Ross WGBC-TV, 1151 Crestview Circle, Meridian, MS 39301 or email it to sales@wmdn.net. The application deadline is April 3rd.

11. Hattiesburg’s New Film Festival, April 15


This is the premiere year for Festival South Film Expo (FSFX), a festival with a particular interest in celebrating the “root-sy” type of films made here in Mississippi. THe festival will take place at Hattiesburg’s Grand theater from June 1-4, 2015- awards will be given out on the 5th.

The festival organizers already have had a fair amount of submissions, ranging from shorts and features shot here in MS and elsewhere (national and international). Festival programmers expect to receive more films by the submission deadline. (April 15). The organizers, Jordan James, Miles Doleac, and Ryan Jackson believe the Festival South Film Expo has the potential to be a driving force in local and regional film production and pursuits. For more infomation, visit the Festival South Website.


12. NLGJA, Awards and Scholarships May 15


To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the NLGJA has great offerings this year for students. We’ve listed three programs below that directly benefits students.  National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is committed to ensuring fair & accurate coverage of issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. NLGJA is the premier network of LGBT media professionals and those who support the highest journalistic standards in the coverage of LGBT issues.

Awards: NLGJA is now accepting submissions for its 2015 Excellence in Journalism Awards. Work published in 2014 is eligible and submissions are due Thursday, April 23, 2015. For online submission forms, click here; more information on the award submission guidelines is available here.

NLGJA Excellence in Student Journalism Award Submissions: This category recognizes outstanding work done by a student for a campus or student news organization. Unpublished manuscripts, classroom exercises and unaired broadcasts do not qualify. Submissions must follow the appropriate entry format rules as described above for writing, TV, radio, online or photojournalism. Materials will not be returned. NLGJA student members can enter for zero cost, non-student members to pay a $15 entry fee.

Discount for students: NLGJA is offering a special discount to all student members joining or renewing. From today through March 20 any member that joins at the student level will receive $5 off their membership. Please use the promotion code STUDENT25th.

Scholarships: The NLGJA is now accepting entries for both the Leroy F. Aarons and the Kay Longcope scholarships to honor and advance fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Applications are available online and will be accepted until Friday, May 15.

13. WTOK 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.

To apply, contact Rachel Sloan, Human Resources, WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave, Meridian, MS 39301 or email humanresources@wtok.com.  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.


to become a member of the number one news team in East MS and West AL.  WTOK is seeking an aggressive anchor/reporter with excellent writing skills, good on-camera presence, creative ideas and a desire to know and be a part of a growing community.  Candidate must also be able to shoot, edit, produce newscasts and work a flexible schedule.   Degree in Broadcast Journalism is preferred.  Experience is important, but talent is even more so. Qualified applicants should send a resume, references and examples of work to Human Resources, WTOK –TV, P. O. Box 2988, Meridian, MS  39301or they may also be E-mailed to humanresources@wtok.com or faxed to (601)-693-9656.   A pre-employment drug screening and motor vehicle records check are required.   WTOK-TV is a drug free workplace.  Gray Television also participates in the Homeland Security E-Verify program.


14. Honors College Research Survey

Emma Floyd, who is senior Honors College student double majoring in Accounting and Finance, is asking for your participation in her research study about Financial Literacy. The survey is designed to evaluate your literacy with respect to several financial topics and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.  You must be 18 years old to participate.  This research project has been approved for distribution by the IRB at the University of Southern Mississippi and is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Kimberly Goodwin.  There are no risks associated with participation, and you are free to end your participation at any time.  If you do complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing to receive a $100 Visa gift card.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the research supervisor at kimberly.goodwin@usm.edu.   The survey can be found at https://usmuw.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3IBHg9lqBTA4H0F


15. Job Opening, Social Media/Photography for Fly Boutique


Fly Boutique is currently looking for a Social Media photography employee. The job description lists a person needed to do photography, social media and website work. The person must be creative, grate with a camera and have strong computer skills. If you are interested, email resume and availability to Tessie Happ at shopflyboutique@gmail.com