Professor Atwater

Teaching Journalism/New Media at TU

Welcome to Fall Semester 2016!

leafWelcome back to campus! This WordPress site is the hub of all my journalism/new media classes. If you look at the menu bar, you should see your course listed. Make sure you check out this site every day before class. I’ll place announcements/things you ought to know, etc. here.

Scholarship Opportunity–apply by Monday, May 2

reporterThe Chesapeake Broadcasters Association is offering a $3000 scholarship for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are attending colleges in Maryland and D.C. Details and rules can be found at The application deadline is May 2, 2016.

Networking Fair April 13–UPDATED!

Networking Fair FlyerTowson University’s student PR Group is holding it’s annual networking fair on Wednesday, April 13 from 10-2 p.m. in Chesapeake rooms 1 and 2. From the PR Group:

This event is the perfect opportunity to secure internships, part-time and full-time employment. Dress is business casual, so you can stop by in between classes! 

 On Tuesday, April 12th from 5PM to 6PM the PR Group is hosting a resume workshop in VB 204. Bring your resumes and get them cleaned up before the fair! If you have any questions, please reach out to Leanne Haggerty at

Here is the list of what businesses will be in attendance:

Abel Communications, Adventure Web Interactive, The Arthritis Foundation in Maryland, The Baltimore Ravens, Brick Bodies, Fox 45, Girl’s Life Magazine, Hartman Executive Advisors, imre, Maroon PR, Moveable Feast, OrderUp, Pop the Cork Designs, Sinclair Broadcasting, Siquis, Stephanie Bradshaw, Tote Magazine, Towson Athletics, Towson Career Center and Zest Social Media Solutions.

Chance to take Digital Publishing This Summer

Dr. Lieb is teaching a hybrid section of digital publishing this summer. If you are a journalism/new media major, you will need this course to graduate, and this may be a good way to take it.  He is teaching it in the classroom for the first half of the session and online for the second half. The pre-req is MCOM 257. The course number is MCOM 341.

Scholarship Opportunity for Broadcast Students

natasThe National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NATAS-NCCB) is pleased to announce its annual scholarship competition.  The scholarship is in honor of Betty Endicott, the first female news director in Washington, D.C.

Both full-time undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for the scholarship.  Applicants must be studying for a career in communications and/or broadcast journalism.   Scholarships will range from $1000 to $5000 (not to exceed $5000), depending on the number awarded.

NATAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancement in the television arts and sciences. The deadline is Tuesday, May 3.

Please visit this link for more information.

Free Sports Journalism Workshop

Workshop & Jamboree 2016The Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park is hosting it’s ninth annual sports journalism workshop and jamboree on Saturday, April 16. From the organizer:

“This is our ninth year putting on this workshop. With the help and participation of a number of the leading members of the Washington-Baltimore sports media community – we provide important learning tools and inspiration to students interested in sports media, as well as tips on how to find jobs/internships.

 There will be panels on features and beat writing, sports radio & TV, working for a sports team, sports photography and more. At the end, students are invited to bring their own work to get critiqued by professionals.

We will have journalists from The Washington Post, ESPN, CBS Sports, The Sporting News and more attending!”

The workshop is free and free breakfast and lunch will also be provided. Here is a link for more information:

If you would like to attend, please email the organizer Beth Mechum and let her know.

Internship Opportunity with Chesapeake Family Magazine

Chesapeake Family magazine in Annapolis is looking for two interns for summer 2016. They are looking for an editorial intern and a multimedia intern. For more information, contact Cricket Gibbons at You can also see me for a more detailed description of the two positions.

Sportswriting Opportunity

If you are interested in sportswriting, the website is looking for writers. They want students to cover local basketball games. Check out the website, and, if you’re interested, contact Nick Kosmider at Nick told me that the first articles would be unpaid, but it could move into being a paid internship.

Paid Internship Opportunity with Scripps Howard Foundation

The Journalism and New Media track at Towson University has been selected by the Scripps Howard Foundation to provide an intern for its paid internship position. It’s a summer internship that has a $3,000 stipend and a $500 “bonus” upon completion. This is for a rising junior or senior for the position. (It can also go to a student who is graduating this spring).

Interested candidates provide a resume, cover letter and recommendation letter to me no later than March 31.  For more information, please visit the J/NM Facebook site.

Spotlight Wins the Oscar for Best Picture!

If you haven’t seen Spotlight yet, it’s a great film about the power of good journalism. Keep an eye out for an SPJ event that will show the film. In the meantime, here’s an interesting article about the real reporters written by TU’s very own Brian Stelter.

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