Tuesday's Tidbits

Tuesday, January 27, 2014

1. Job Openings

2. Internship Opportunities

3. HungryTown at The Back Door Coffeehouse, Feb. 6

4. New Scholarship Application System, Feb. 15

5. Scholarship, Majors of Greek American Heritage, Mar. 1

6. 2015 British Studies Program

7. Notice About Switching Sections After the Add/Drop Deadline

8. New USM Student Success Website

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

10. Take Flight with PR Video Contest

1.Job Openings


Job Openings, Multi-Media Video Journalist and New Product Assistant


WXXV-TV FOX 25/NBC 25, Gulfport/Biloxi on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast is looking to fill the position of Multimedia Video Journalist. There is one position open. If you know Adobe Premiere, ENPS, JVC series camera - you have a step up! The employee will report, shoot and edit his/her own stories. The job requires posting of stories on the website; therefore, social media expertise is helpful. A requirement is a good driving record; DMV and criminal background checks are a condition of employment.


The news production assistant will edit video for the newscast, is expected to master all aspects of broadcast production, and maintain a high level of awareness of news and current events. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to follow and execute detailed instructions, the ability to work well  under 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.


If you are interested please email a copy of your resume, references, and a link to any samples of your work to: hr@wxxv25.com. Mail DVD’s and resumes to: WXXV TV, Attn: Human Resources, P.O. Box 2500, Gulfport, MS 39503. Fax: 228-314-9223.


Job Opening, GrenadaStar Reporter


GrenadaStar is looking for a reporter to cover all phases of small-town living, including city hall and the courthouse. Qualified candidates need one to two years of reporting experience, but recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Additional experience will be considered in place of a degree. Photography knowledge is a strong plus. Sund resume, clippings and three professional references to Nanette Laster, Managing Editor, 50 Corporate Row, Grenada, MS 38901 or email at editor@grenadastar.com  .


Job Opening, Reporter for Brookhaven Newspapers Inc.


Brookhaven Newspapers Inc., a media group in southwest Mississippi that publishes a daily newspaper, magazines and niche publications, is looking for a reporter to join the award-winning staff. The company’s largest publication is the The Daily Leader, a 5,000-circulation p.m. daily with a long history of being one of the best community daily newspapers in Mississippi.


Home to the Mississippi School of the Arts, Brookhaven welcomes students from across the state to help cultivate and encourage their talents. MSA creates a hub for drama, coval arts, literary arts, dancing and visual arts. The Daily Leader  coverage area spans approximately three Mississippi counties. Qualified candidates will have one to three years of general assignment reporting experience at a college or professional newspaper. Recent graduates with pertinent expereince will be considered. Send resume, clips and three professional references to Julia Pendeley, news editor, by e-mail to julia.pendley@dailyleader.com

Job Opening, WTOK


WTOK currently has a Sales Account Executive position open. The local sales team is trained to find, grow and keep customers who want to take their business to the next level. Candidates should have exceptional communication, planning, time management, and people skills.  Computer and basic math skills are a must.

Qualified applicants should send a resume, references to Human Resources, WTOK –TV, P. O. Box 2988, Meridian, MS  39301 or 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.


There are also other positions available for employment including: Creative Services Producer, Part Time Master Control Operator/Production Technician, Anchor/Reporter and News Producer/Video Journalist

Job Opening, Auburn University at Montgomery


Auburn University at Montgomery has multiple job opening in their

Communication and Dramatic Arts department. Assistant Professor Multimedia/Broadcast Journalism and Department Head, Communication & Dramatic Arts; both of these opening are designated for a tenure-track. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities visitwww.jobs.aum.edu   or contact Nelya McKenzie at nmckenzie@aum.edu.


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

2. Internship Opportunities


WJTV and WHLT Minority Scholarship and Training Program, Jan. 30


WJTV in Jackson, MS and WHLT in Hattiesburg, MS invite students pursuing degrees in Broadcast Television Digital Media to apply for Media General’s Minority Scholarship and Training Program by January 30, 2015


The Company will award two scholarships/internships to commence in Summer 2015: one for a qualified college sophomore or junior student focused on a career in broadcast television, and one for a qualified college sophomore or junior student focused on a career in digital media. Each student will receive either a one-year or two-year scholarship for up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per year, which can be used toward tuition, fees, books, and room and board. In addition, Media General will provide each student with hands-on training through a paid internship program at one of its television stations or digital businesses around the country. The Minority Scholarship recipients will be assigned full-time positions at Media General upon graduation and successful completion of the training program.


Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2015. The application and criteria for Media General's Minority Scholarship and Training Program can be accessed via the Company’s website, http://www.mediageneral.com/careers/scholarship.html. Media General’s Minority Scholarship and Training Program is an integral part of the Company's strategy to strengthen its talent base and deepen connections within its local communities by building on the cultural diversity of its workforce.


Internship and Scholarship Opportunities, D.C., Feb. 10


Students can earn between 3 and 9 credits and are guaranteed an internship with a media outlet or communications firm. More information on programs may also be found online at www.DCinternships.org/IPJ. Please encourage students to apply for the priority application deadline of February 10 to receive special scholarship consideration. We award almost 1 million dollars in scholarship funding annually and awards are made on the basis of financial need and merit.


If you are interested, contact Mary Stankus at mstankus@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Non-profit Internship, Life Support Cares


Life Support Cares is a non-profit organization in Hattiesburg that assists low-income families with basic physical needs such as nonperishable foods, clothing, hygiene items, and household products. The organization is currently seeking a skilled and experienced student to fill an open internship.


If there are any students interested in an internship with Life Support Cares, please contact Karen T. Johnson by phone : 601-336-4877 or by mail, 301 Humble Avenue Suite 111 Hattiesburg, MS 39401.


Intern positions open for the 2015 Bear Creek Music Festival


There is currently intern positions available for the 2015 Bear Creek Music Festival. The company is looking for 4-5 interns who have experience in Public Relations, Music Production and Music Management; also the prospective intern should be organized, dedicated, and willing to travel to Gulfport, MS.


The 2015 Bear Creek Music Festival is hosted at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, and will take place Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. This festival showcases the young talent across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Prior to the festival interns will help promote the festival, assist in band submissions and contacting vendors and sponsors. The day of the festival interns will be on the grounds coordinating volunteers, moving band equipment during set changes, stocking the green room, and assisting vendors.


If you are interested in being an intern for the 2015 Bear Creek Music Festival, please send your resume and cover letter to stormiknippers@gmail.com.

3. HungryTown at The Back Door Coffeehouse, Feb. 6


The Back Door Coffeehouse presents HungryTown, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, a modern-folk duo from Vermont. Doors open at 7:00 and show begins at 7:30. Come early for a great table and enjoy gourmet coffee and cokes along with treats and with complimentary nursery worker on site! The suggested donation is $10, students are suggested to donate $5. The Back Door is located around back of University Baptist at 3200 Arlington Loop.

4. New Scholarship Application System, Feb. 15


The USM Foundation has recently introduced a new scholarship application system, which allows current and incoming students a more efficient way to access hundreds of privately funded scholarships. By visiting usmfoundation.com/go, students can easily search, review requirements, apply and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities. Students will be matched with scholarships for which they are eligible based on their major, grade point average, financial need, student activities and other criteria. Students are required to complete the application only once each academic year.


Applications must be completed by Sunday, Feb. 15, to be eligible for scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year.


5. Scholarship, Majors of Greek American Heritage, Mar. 1


$5,000 will be awarded via Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate and Undergraduate Journalism and Related Communications Majors of Greek American Heritage. Journalism and communications majors at the graduate and undergraduate level who are of Greek American heritage may apply for annual scholarships given in the amount of $5,000 in memory of Peter Agris, the late founder and publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle. The non-renewable grants have been offered by the Alpha Omega Council of New England and the Agris family since 1993.


Candidates must be: apart of Greek American heritage, a U.S. citizenship, and currently full-time enrollment as a journalism or related communications major at the graduate or undergraduate level in an accredited college or university in the United States, active participation in school, community, church organizations, and possess a minimum of 3.0 GPA.


Candidates may visit the scholarships' website on Facebook ~ The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships ~ and download an application on the Alpha Omega Council's website atwww.alphaomegacouncil.com.


IF you are interested, the following items must be returned by email to nancyasavage@gmail.com or by mail to The Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships Committee, c/o Nancy Agris Savage, 9 Nonesuch Drive, Natick, MA 01760 by no later than March 1, 2015:  1) completed application; 2) current transcript; 3) required essay and 4) copies of any published articles or other professional materials that would enhance the application 


6. 2015 British Studies Program


London is calling! This summer embark on a life-changing and academically enriching journey on the Southern Miss British Studies Program. The program will be celebrating 40 years of sending students to live and learn in the United Kingdom. The Program dates are June 25 - July 29th. The Application and deposit deadline is Feb. 27.


For the majority of your stay, you will be housed at King’s College in the heart of London. Find yourself just a few minutes away from the Thames River, Waterloo station and the House of Parliament. On this 35-day program, you will have the opportunity to travel around the UK and Europe. For 39 years this program has changed the lives of countless students; let the program’s 40th year change yours.


To learn more, attend the British Studies Student Gathering on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 3:45 p.m. in R.C. Cook Union. There will be a chance to hear from the program director program faculty and learn what BSP has to offer you this summer. Also, enjoy a fun photo booth and refreshments.

7. Notice About Switching Sections After the Add/Drop Deadline

Since the add/drop deadline for full-term courses has passed, students who need to SWITCH sections of the SAME class must process a ‘request permission’ for both the late add and late drop sections. In the comment section, they should just indicate they are switching sections and the Registrar’s Office will remove the W grade and any tuition charge associated with the change. (Note: The ‘swap’ tab does NOT process any ‘request permission’ buttons because these are two separate transactions (add and drop) within the system)

8. New USM Student Success Website


For the past few months, the campus-wide Student Success Committee has been working to create a one-stop shop for the whole university for all matters related to “student success,” broadly defined. Arts and Letters has teamed up with the Student Success Committee in this effort, and our own Danielle Sypher-Haley has done an amazing job of creating a site that contains access to resources AND new, original text explaining to students (and others) where to go for various needs.


Here’s one part of the site you might find particularly awesome: If you go to the homepage, in the center you will find a search box – if you type in something you are looking for on the USM website, it will pull it up (as opposed to the search function on the homepage which often doesn’t get you where you are trying to go). So, try that out, look around the site, let us know anything that is wrong or missing, or tell us an improvement you like to see. www.usm.edu/success

9. 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 contact Steve Diffey at (662) 472-9068 or sdiffey@holmescc.edu

10. 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.