Professor Atwater

Teaching Journalism/New Media at TU

How to Publish Your Final Project

This project may the last thing standing in the way of winter break. (Photo by: your name/TU Student)

This project may the last thing standing in the way of winter break. (Photo by: your name/TU Student)

Make sure you give your project a good headline that uses keywords and makes the visitors to your blog want to know more. Your summary blurb should be two to three sentences that make me want to watch your multimedia and read your feature story. Your video should be EMBEDDED below your blurb. You should also link to your feature story that is on a separate page. Make sure you give your post a category and tags. Here is an example of a properly published story.

Write About Dance Next Semester

The group BIDA (Baltimore Independent Dance Artists) is looking for four students to intern during spring semester.

BIDA provided the following information:

Dance Journalism Internship Objectives:

* To engage writers and aspiring journalists with an interest in dance writing with professional dance artists/companies over time in order to enhance the journalistic skills of the writers, and the development of a dance artist or company.

* To provide thoughtful and informed dance writing about professional Baltimore area dance artists and companies in order to strengthen the discourse about dance in our region.

For more information on how to apply, please see me. I have a handout for you.

IRTS Summer Fellowship Program

The International Radio and Television Society is encouraging students to apply for summer 2017 internships. From the website:

The Summer Fellowship Program is the cornerstone program of the IRTS Foundation. Often referred to as a “media boot camp,” this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years. This nine-week expense-paid opportunity begins with a comprehensive one-week orientation to cable, broadcasting, advertising, and digital media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question a stellar line-up of industry leaders at company visits, panel discussions, and negotiation simulations. Following this first week, Fellows gain full-time “real world” experience at New York-based media corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the Fellowship. Throughout the summer, Fellows also learn how to successfully network by attending industry events and by conducting informational interviews with executives.

Participants emerge from this program with a strong understanding of our entire business, along with carefully honed skills in career planning, resume writing, and interviewing. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before starting a career within the media industry.

Deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Be sure to visit the website for more information.

Internship Opportunity with Discovery Communications


This information comes to us from Discovery Communications. There is a quick turnaround, so if you’re interested, get on it!

We’re Discovery, and we want to meet you. 

You:  A college student interested in a career in media.
Us: The leader in global entertainment, dedicated to satisfying curiosity and hiring exceptional students for internships and full time opportunities.

The perfect pairing? We think so. Discovery Communications is hosting an exclusive networking night at our HQ in Silver Spring, MD this month with local college students. We’ll mix, we’ll mingle — and you’ll learn more about Discovery’s culture, employees, INternships, and full time opportunities. If you’re ready for the next step in your young career… come swim with the sharks at Discovery. We promise we don’t bite. Continue reading

Panel Discussion: Journalistic Objectivity in the Age of Trump

journalistic-objectivity-in-the-age-of-trump-flyerPlease join the MCCS dept. at the first annual Media and Culture Lecture series–a panel discussion on how the news media are covering the 2016 presidential election. The panel will be made up of distinguished journalists including: TU alum Brian Stelter of CNN, Charles Robinson from MPT’s State Circle, Jennifer Rubin from the Washington Post and Joseph Torres a former journalist and best selling author.

  • When: Oct. 20, 2016 from 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Where:Potomac Lounge at the University Union

Journalism Internship Opportunity

reporterThe Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association is offering paid internships this summer. The internship would place you at a participating newspaper near your home.

From the website:

Students with a strong career interest in print journalism (and associated platforms) who have completed a college-level course in one of these areas or have equivalent experience on a college or community publication.  Open to undergraduates either:

  • attending any Maryland, Delaware, or the District of Columbia four-year college/university, OR
  • a resident of Maryland, Delaware or District of Columbia attending a four-year college/university elsewhere

For more information, visit :

Study Abroad in London Minimester 2017!

1dc5d68e3c2568ba247e2ff9d428848fThe MCCS department is leading a trip to London this January. The course is called “Corporate Communication in the UK” and it’s lead by Professor Lisa Turowski. Here’s more information from our MCCS website:

MCOM 479 or COMM 470, 3 credits
What are you doing this Minimester? Why not spend time in London, one of the liveliest cities in the world? Earn 3 upper-level credits while learning about corporate communication in the UK and immersing yourself in the British way of life.

Program dates are January 2 (fly out) to January 18 (fly home). Hurry! The application deadline is October 15. Tell your friends — other majors are welcome to apply.

Want more info? Contact the program director: Prof. Lisa Turowski at or visit the TU Study Abroad website.
Scholarships may be possible. Contact TU’s Study Abroad office.


Magazine Internship Opportunity

asmeApplications are now being accepted for the Magazine Internship Program 2017, sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors.


From the website:

“For 50 years, the American Society of Magazine Editors has sponsored the Magazine Internship Program—a ten-week program for rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington. Since the program was founded in 1967, some 1,800 college students have worked as ASME interns. Nearly 450 have gone on to successful careers in print and electronic journalism.

Only 10 percent of all Magazine Internship Program applicants are accepted. ASME interns have distinguished academic records and usually have extensive experience working on city and regional magazines or websites as well as on college newspapers or magazines.”

For more information:

News Fellowships Available for Summer 2017

pulliamThe 2017 Pulliam Journalism Fellowship is welcoming applicants for next summer. Twenty winners will be selected from schools nationwide for the 10-week paid internships at The Indianapolis Star or The Arizona Republic. You can choose from reporter, photographer, digital/social media specialists or designer jobs. For more information, go to: , or see me.

Internship Opportunity

logo-2The T. Howard Foundation is offering paid summer internships in the media and entertainment industries. The internships could be at places like Discovery Channel, ESPN, Showtime, HBO, etc. For more information, attend the information session on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 12-1 p.m. in Van Bokkelen 204, or you can visit the internship website at:

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