Resume workshop for journalism students

reporterSPJ is sponsoring a resume workshop for journalism and new media students. Come get your resume in shape on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in MC 203.

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Freeganism: It’s a thing.



We talked about trend stories in Tuesday’s MCOM 258 7-week course. We also brainstormed ideas about freeganism. I wanted to share this NY Times article  to let you know that I wasn’t making it up.

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Stressing the unusual in your lead

One day you too may be fortunate enough to write a lead like this:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver’s armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday. (Source: NBC News)

Nice. :)

Here’s the link to the full story.

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Welcome Back!

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.

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No More Excuses!

keysCollege Media Matters has come up with a crowd sourced  ”1 Million Story Ideas”. Trying to brainstorm ideas for a feature story due next week? Look here for inspiration. Take that story idea that catches your eye and make it your own.

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To publish or not to publish

nytimes_logo_may10This NY Times editorial ties in with our discussion last week about whether the media should give people who commit horrendous crimes the attention that they are seeking. It delves into the decision making process behind publishing Elliot Rodger’s YouTube rant and manifesto.

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Multimedia: Example of how to post your final project

This project may be your last obstacle standing in the way of summer. (Photo by: Your name/TU Student)

This project may be your last obstacle standing in the way of summer. (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.

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105.7 The Fan is looking for interns–summer and fall


Steve Davis is on 105.7 The Fan


Steve Davis, who co-hosts The Norris and Davis show on The Fan, says the station is looking for fall and summer interns. If you’re interested in sports reporting, this is a great way to gain real world experience. Contact me for more informtion.


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Summer Internship Opportunity with WYPR

MDM-EDITEDI just received word of an internship with Maryland Morning on WYPR, the local NPR affiliate. Here is short version of the information. If you  would like to know more, email me at, and I’ll get you more information.

Are you a fan of public radio and quality journalism?  Do you want to help make it happen at WYPR?  Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast is looking for interns.  You don’t need experience in public radio, but we do require a basic grasp of news judgment, plus research and writing skills.  An ideal candidate would also be interested in the topics covered in Maryland Morning interviews: government, history, science, energy, environment, technology, business, and arts and culture.
While we do assign interns administrative office tasks, we also involve them in most aspects of the program: researching and booking interviews, editing recorded audio, writing copy for hosts, participating in editorial meetings, pitching ideas, gathering tape, and reaching out to listeners on social media.  The schedule is flexible, but we are looking for a commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week.
We’re looking for a creative and collegial person with a strong work ethic, the ability to work well both independently and on a team, and a dedication to fair, accurate, and compelling journalism. You can learn a lot working with us—and have a lot of fun, too.
Any questions? Contact Stephanie Hughes (410-735-1602 /
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Using Storify to Cover the News


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