Professor Atwater

Teaching Journalism/New Media at TU

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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

How to publish 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. Make sure you give your post a category and tags. Here is an example of a properly published story.

Scholarship Opportunity–quick turnaround!

scholarship photoThe Chesapeake Broadcasters Association is offering a $3000 scholarship for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are attending colleges in Maryland and D.C. It is in honor of Bob Shilling, who worked in the Baltimore TV and radio market for decades.

Details and rules can be found at The application deadline is May 1, 2017.  This scholarship comes with a free weekend in Ocean City!

MCCS Networking Fair

Networking fair flyer (1)What: Towson’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) group is holding its annual networking fair for all Mass Communication and Communication Studies students. This event is an opportunity to network with working professionals at roughly 20 companies such as Maroon PR, imre, Fox 45 WBFF, and Abel Communications. Students should bring resumes and wear business-casual attire.

When: April 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: University Union Chesapeake rooms

#TUJDays on April 19 and April 27

JDay Social2Pro Tips from the News Pros — A panel of recent journalism/new media alums will share how they got their jobs and what it’s like working in journalism today. You will have a chance to sit down with the alums informally and get advice. This is a great opportunity for first hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a young working journalist in the 21st century. This panel will be on Wednesday, April 19 in UU Potomac Room from 5:30 – 7 p.m.




JDay SocialPress Freedom in the Trump Era — Jeff Ballou is an editor at Al Jazeera Media Network and the newly elected president of the National Press Club. He will be talking about press freedom and the challenges journalists are facing in the Trump era. This event is Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. in the CA Recital Hall.

Summer Internship Opportunity

LoRes BC DigestThe Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) has an opportunity for an intern to write articles for BCDA’s newspaper, Senior Digest. The Senior Digest is a subscriber based newspaper published by the BCDA.
Prospective candidates should:
  • have the ability to write stories based on research, information provided as well as on-site interviews.  
  • have their own transportation
  • be a junior or senior
Candidates will be interviewed and should provide a resume and several writing samples. To apply, please see me (Professor Atwater)

Mega Job and Internship Fair

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 11.13.11 AMMore than 200 potential employers will be at the spring Mega Job and Internship Fair to be held March 31 at SECU arena. Representatives from fields for every major will be there, according to organizers.  Register to attend by March 17 at  Hire@TU.

Marketing and Communications Networking Opportunity for Students

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Information provided from event flyer:
Students are invited to hear from senior agency leaders, including CEO and Founder David Warschawski, on how to best prepare for a career in marketing communications and land your dream marketing job. This event is designed to offer college students with greater insight into the marketing communications world and answer the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Whether you want to be a PR star, a graphic designer extraordinaire or development guru – this event is open to all aspiring marketing communications professionals.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 29th
TIME: 5:30-7 p.m.
WHERE: Warschawski’s office, located at 1501 Sulgrave Ave., Suite 350, Baltimore, MD 21209

Study Abroad in Spain This Summer!

barcelonaDr. Audra McMullen is leading a study abroad trip this summer to Barcelona, Spain. The course is called Communication and Global Competence in Barcelona and is for three credits. The dates of the trip are May 28 – June 12. For more information, visit the study abroad website, or contact Dr. McMullen directly at

Sports Reporting Opportunity

towsonlogo 2Do you know a lot about lacrosse? Towson Sports Network (TSN) is looking for an on-air sports reporter to cover both men’s and women’s TU lacrosse teams. The right individual would have to be at every home game to file 2 reports a game, do Skype interviews and go to practices every so often.  It pays $60 a week. For more information, contact:

Benjamin I. Rosenbaum
Multimedia Assistant, Athletics Broadcasting | Towson University
Towson Center room 356 | 8000 York Road | Towson, MD 21252-0001
Cell: 410.241.9632 | Office: 410.704.5084
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