Tuesday's Tidbits

April 10, 2018

1. MCJ Days- April 17 and 18
2. NLGJA Scholarships and Student Networking/Training- April 17

3. New Orleans Internship Opportunity- April 27
4. WUSM Golf Tournament- April 30
5. Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship for 2018-2019- May 15
6. Equipment Room Workers Needed
7. Student-driven feature film project this Summer
8. Paid Summer Internship Opportunities
9. Rec Sports Now Hiring for Student Graphic Design
10. Staff Writer/News Editor Needed 

1. MCJ Days- April 17 and 18
Make plans to attend events for #MCJDays, April 17-18, 2018. Contact Mandy Nace with any questions at 601.266.4258. The schedule is as follows:

Professionals in the Classroom

Professionals in the Classroom is a networking opportunity that gives students a unique perspective of individuals in the workplace. A variety of professionals will be featured from a multitude of work places, such as the University of Communications, WDAM-TV,  Alumni Association, Godwin Group, WDAM-TV, and more!

Professionals featured in the classroom will discuss there careers in such as photojournalism, web designing, print designing, production, news station, and many more within the field of communications. The event will begin at 8-11 a.m. in College Hall. Each speaker will be featured in a different classroom. For additional details about Professionals in the Classroom, please visit https://www.usm.edu/school-of-journalism-and-media-studies/2018-mcjdays-april-17-18

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews will take place Tuesday, April 17, 1-3:00 p.m. in College Hall 202. Students should sign up for an appointment to have their portfolio reviewed prior to the session. The sign-up sheet will be in the MCJ Main Office, CH-106 on or before Monday, April 16. Confirmed reviewers for the session are as follows:

Galean Stewart, News Director at WDAM

Beth Bunch, Managing Editor for Hub City Spokes
Whitney Miracle, Graphic Designer at Hub City Spokes
John McKie, Chief Integrated Officer/Partner with Godwin Group
Jarrod Ravencraft, Public Affairs Division Director with MDOT
Nicole Ruhnke, Associate Director for External Relations, USM Alumni Assoc.

2018 MCJ Awards Reception and Showcase: “Shine Out Loud,” 4- 6 p.m., Thad Cochran Center Ballroom II & III

The School of Mass Communication and Journalism at The University of Southern Mississippi will honor and recognize some of our top students at the 2018 MCJ Awards & Showcase reception: “Shine Out Loud,” Tuesday April 17, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. in the Thad Cocharan Center Ballroom.
To RSVP for the reception, click here: http://bit.ly/ShineOutLoud. An RSVP is not required to attend however it helps us with properly planning the event. Business casual attire is requested, but feel free to “put on the glitz.”

MAB Day Panel- April 18

The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day will be Wednesday, April 18,2018 from 10-2:00 p.m. Portfolio reviews for broadcast/media production/ recording industry students, will be from 10 a.m. - Noon in R.C. Union Hall of Honors. Students should correspond with Dr. Sheffer regarding sign-up. 

The professional panel with broadcast media professionals will be from 1-2:00 p.m. in R.C. Union Hall of Honors. A variety of professionals from various news and radio stations will be present.

For additional information about MAB Day please contact Dr. Sheffer at Mary.Sheffer@usm.edu

2. NLGJA Scholarships and Student Networking/Training- April 17

The Association of LBGTQ Journalists has a number of student opportunities for which the deadline to apply is approaching. The NLGJA’s Student Journalism Training Project provides real-world experience and professional connections at NLGJA’s National Convention for 10 students across the country who are considering a career in journalism. This year’s national convention is at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, California, September 6-9, 2018. NLGJA covers student expenses including airfare, food, and accommodations. Applicants do not need to be a member of NLGJA or identify as apart of the LGBTQ community to apply. The NLGJA accepts applicants from all disciplines, departments and majors.
A variety of scholarships are offered through the NLGJA to help students who are pursuing a degree in journalism. The scholarships being offered are as follows:
The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award  for the 2018-2019 academic year: The award will provide up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBTQ student of color who plans to pursue a career in journalism.
The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award for the 2018-2019 academic year: The award will provide up to 5,000 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans to pursue a career in journalism.

The Steve Manson Sports Media Scholarship Award for the 2018-2019 academic year: The award will provide up to $2,500 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans to pursue a career in sports journalism.
For more information on NLGJA and there student opportunities, please visit www.nlgja.org. Please contact Sachelle Brooks at sachelle@nlgja.org with any questions or concerns.

3. New Orleans Internship Opportunity- April 27

Social media and marketing internship is available through the SMG- New Orleans Marketing Department. Candidate must be well versed in Microsoft programs and social media platforms. The ideal applicant will be a multi-tasker, team player, good communication, process-oriented; must have writing skills, digital literacy and organizational skills. Preferred qualifications include Photoshop and/or InDesign experience.

College student must be pursuing a degree in marketing, public relations, and/or graphic design.

Position summary is as follows:

-- Develop a social media calendar and schedule posts as necessary

-- Create targeted Facebook advertisements

-- Write promotional copy for events for social media posts, online advertisements, etc.

-- Prepare email blasts and targeted segments to be distributed using Ticketmaster Messenger

-- Assist in marketing planning and reporting

-- Website management

-- Design print advertisements

For any interested parties, please contact Savannah Chamblee, Event Marketing & Media Coordinator, at savannah.chamblee@smgneworleans.com with resume, cover letter, and any other appropriate documents.

4. WUSM Golf Tournament- April 30

Registration is open for the 8th annual WUSM golf tournament. Each individual or team payment includes 18 holes of golf, a golf-cart rental, box lunch, 19th hole drinks and refreshments, live music, and a crawfish bowl at the close of the tournament. Individual golfers have the option to take advantage of the gaming incentives by purchasing the Mulligan package which includes: 2-mulligans, 1-5-5-5, and 1-skirt. For more information about being a sponsor click here. For more information about playing in the tournament, please visit http://www.southernmissradio.com/round-for-roots-radio/golf-registration. For any additional information or questions about this exciting event, please contact Mandy Nace at amanda.tilley@usm.edu or visit our office in College Hall 106.

5. Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship for 2018-2019- May 15

The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Mrs. Gary by her family. Mrs. Gary’s strong commitment to education and self- improvement was the impetus for her family’s desire to establish this scholarship in her honor.

Mrs. Gary, a Jackson resident and member of Anderson United Methodist Church, was always active in her community. She was a graduate of Jackson State University where she was employed as a counselor in the office of the Dean of Students. She loved working with and training young people.

The family wanted to honor her memory by providing a college scholarship to those whose education may have been interrupted for various reasons or those who require assistance to continue their education. The fund awards one or more scholarships annually in the amount of $2,000 depending on the number of deserving applicants.


The Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship provides an annual scholarship based on both merit and need to a male or female student planning to enter a college or University in Mississippi.

Preference will be given to students who wish to resume their education following a period of personal difficulties. Special consideration will be given for young women who have previously dropped out of school and are now enrolled in college.

The applicant must demonstrate his or her potential contribution to society based on application materials presented. Demonstrated financial need must be provided via the student’s university or college financial aid office.

How to Apply: If a student meets the above stated eligibility criteria, he/she must submit the following:

  •  Community Foundation for Mississippi scholarship application
  •  A personal statement of interest and need; state how you plan to make a difference in your community

  •  A letter of recommendation from an official at your school or a leader in your community

  •  Financial aid information verified via the University or College Financial Aid Officer

    Selection Criteria: The selection committee for the Aura Neely Gary Memorial Scholarship will select finalists who meet the application deadline and stated selection criteria.

6. Equipment Room Workers Needed

The MCJ Equipment Room needs student workers for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students must be eligible for work-study to apply. If you are interested in working for the MCJ equipment room, located on the 3rd floor of College Hall, please contact Dr. Cindy Blackwell at cindy.s.blackwell@usm.eduMCJ students who have experience with broadcasting equipment/equipment checkout will be given preference.

7. Student-driven feature film project this Summer

2021: Economic depression and political upheaval sweep through the nation, and a group of students fight for their future.
Student Billy Duff is trying to assemble a team of people who are interested in this student-centric, social-thriller type feature. This is a talented university and this project could go very far if given a chance! Planned filming approximately early-mid summer and submission to film festivals late August. Interested students can contact Billy Duff at billy.duff@usm.edu for information. Thank you for your interest!

8. Paid Summer Internship Opportunities

Are you looking for a paid summer internship? The Riley Foundation can connect you with 15 internship opportunities in Meridian, MS, this summer! Some paid internship opportunities include the Boy Scouts of America, Free Clinic of Meridian, the Meridian Art Association, Mississippi Jr. Miss Program, and more! Students will receive a salary of $4,000.00 for 8 weeks of work. Students are to apply directly with the organization, not The Riley Foundation.If you are interested in additional internship opportunities offered through the Riley Foundation you can apply through the Career Services Website. Housing scholarships are offered on a first come first serve basis. Students are able to apply to as many internship opportunities as they like. Apply today!

9. Rec Sports Now Hiring for Student Graphic Design

The ideal applicant must be able to start this semester or the beginning of the summer term. The selected applicant has ability to start this semester or the summer, however must be available to work some hours each week over the summer and in the fall semester.

The designer will work under my direction with an existing award-winning student graphic design team that produces promotional materials for Payne Center and Recreational Sports programming, including flyers, t-shirts, brochures and digital graphics. Applications should be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Experience working with iMovie is a preferred, but not required. For any questions regarding this position please contact April Jordan at april.i.jordan@usm.edu or 601-266-5930.

10. Staff Writer/News Editor Needed
The Scott County Times has an opening for a full-time news/sports reporter that would grow into a news editor position. This position would include coverage of general news in Scott County and sports for our high schools. In addition to good writing skills, the ideal candidate would also have working knowledge of newspaper design as well as good photography skills. Compensation ranges from 20,000-25,000 based on experience and includes 401k, paid vacation, and health benefits. Email resume to tbeeland@sctonline.net