Professor Atwater

Teaching Journalism/New Media at TU

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Free Webinar On How To Get That First Journalism Job or Internship

microphoneThe Poynter Institute (a journalism “think tank”) is offering a free webinar on getting your first journalism job or internship. It should only take about an hour of your time. You’ll find it here:

MCOM Scholarship Available–Apply by Oct. 9.

Congrats! (1)The MCCS Scholarship Committee is offering the Patrick J. O’Connell Scholarship to be awarded for Spring 2018. The $1800.00 scholarship recognizes MCOMs “most outstanding student”.  For more information on how to apply and who is eligible, please visit:


Internship Opportunity at the Jewish Times



The Baltimore Jewish Times is seeking aspiring journalists with interests in print and digital storytelling. Applicants should be multimedia savvy and interested in everything from breaking news to in-depth features. Knowledge of the Jewish community is an added bonus, but isn’t required. To apply, send clips, a resume and cover letter to managing editor Marc Shapiro at

Join the National Broadcasting Society

reporterInterested in a career in the broadcast industry? TU’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society is looking for new members. Dr. John Turner (EMF) is the faculty advisor for the group.  Here is more information from Dr. Turner:

Among the benefits of joining are:

  • Attending a national convention at a discounted rate
  • Entering your work in a national competition with other college students
  • Meeting and networking with industry professionals in radio, TV, and film
  • Being inducted (if you meet requirements) into Alpha Epsilon Rho–the only national honorary society for students in electronic media and mass communication
  • Showing your leadership skills by running for an officer position. All positions are open for the coming academic year. 
  • Yearly dues range from $10 to $50 (TBD) depending on the number of members. 

Email Dr. Turner at if you have any questions.

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)
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