Journalism Chair Outlines Goals for the Year

22 09 2014

This is part two of a two-part set of posts from the new chair of the Department of Journalism. The first offers insight on his personal side. The second presents department goals and activities for the upcoming year.

By Tim Gleason


Our department welcomes students back for another year of collaborative learning in classrooms and internships. As the new chair, I’m working with faculty toward important goals to advance our department. The big items on our to-do list for the upcoming year include:

Welcome for students

The department welcomes back students with an informative meeting about our program, Pizza with Professors, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sage Hall 3408. Faculty and leaders of journalism clubs will lead the discussion, with an opportunity for students to ask questions. And, free pizza will be served. Throughout the year, the department will share updates on activities and events via our blog, Facebook and Twitter. We hope you will connect with us.

Accreditation review

Our department will be spending considerable time in 2014-2015 preparing a report for accreditation review. We are proud to be an accredited program through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Faculty search

An important effort underway is a tenure-track advertising faculty search to replace Dr. Jin Kyun Lee, who resigned in January to return to his native South Korea. We hope to have campus interviews in November, so students can interact with candidates and be a part of the process.

Interactive Web Management (IWM) major

Journalism continues to participate in the IWM major as a collaborative partner with the College of Business and Computer Science Department. Journalism offers three required classes in this degree, which offers an easy pathway toward a journalism minor. Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen is now the journalism representative since I moved to the chair position.

Public relations major

Dr. Julie Henderson is leading the charge to elevate the public relations emphasis into its own major. The curriculum will remain the same for our program, which received the Certification in Education for Public Relations in 2011.

It definitely feels like fall on campus, which helps us get set for an exciting year. See you around!

How to Prepare for Spring Advising and Registration

16 09 2014

by Nicole Kiefert

Spring 2015 advising and registration is coming up soon. It’s time to start getting prepared for your meeting with your advisers. Students can start signing up for advising appointments beginning Monday, Sept. 22. Here is a quick checklist of things to do before meeting with your journalism adviser:

  • Be prepared for your meeting.
    • You only have 15 minutes with your adviser and you don’t want to spend that time looking over class lists and scrambling for a STAR report.
  • Watch for e-mails from Cindy Schultz.
    • In her e-mail, she will explain how to find out who your adviser is. Make sure you know how many credits you have earned, as that will tell you the dates you’re allowed to sign up for. Also, look at your GPA to know whether you need to meet with a journalism faculty adviser or Crystal Marschall, UARC adviser.
  • Sign up for a meeting with your adviser.
    • Beginning Monday, Sept. 22, there will be multiple-colored sheets with open times for advising sessions posted near journalism adviser offices. According to the number of credits earned, find a time that fits in your schedule and write your name down to claim your spot. You cannot just show up to meet with an adviser. You need to sign up for an appointment.
  • Look over the class options.
    • Lists will be posted on bulletin boards throughout the hallways in the journalism area and in the journalism labs. Look at those to see what classes you need or what interests you.
  • Make a list of classes you’d like to take.
    • Those classes you were just scanning in the hallways and labs? Write down what you’d like to take. Classes fill up fast based on a first-come, first-served basis. You don’t want to be banking on taking a class that fills up on day one and then you’re stressfully looking at the rest of your options and what will fit into your schedule. Know what you want ahead of time and have a plan B.
  • Bring an updated STAR.
    • Make sure you bring an UPDATED STAR report with you. Update it the day before or the day of your meeting and make sure you bring it in. Without your STAR, your meeting is useless. Faculty advisers WILL NOT print a STAR for you. You may be asked to sign up for a different appointment by not being prepared and not having your STAR available.
  • Be on time.
    • As was stated earlier, you only have 15 minutes. If you walk in 10 minutes late, your adviser can tell you to come back later.

Don’t forget, Pizza with Professors is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Reading Room (Sage 3408). This is a great time to ask questions about advising. Many professors and faculty advisers will be there. There will be time for Q&A and time to socialize during the event.

Meet the New Chair of the Journalism Department

15 09 2014

by Nicole Kiefert


This is part one of a two-part set of posts from the new chair of the Department of Journalism. The first offers insight on his personal side. The second presents department goals and activities for the upcoming year.

Professor Tim Gleason was elected chair of the Department of Journalism this past spring. After receiving his undergraduate degree in studio art at The College at Brockport in New York, he went on to receive his masters of arts in Journalism at The Ohio State University and his doctorate in communications at Bowling Green State University. Before coming to UW Oshkosh, Gleason worked for Thomson newspapers as a staff photo journalist and then spent one year with News 6 as a field producer, putting on news broadcasts for children. The friendly people, the favorable cost of living and being somewhere with changing seasons brought Gleason to UWO in 2000. Now it’s time everybody gets to know the new chair of the journalism department.

What is your favorite movie? Stuck on a desert island movie, it would be the original “Star Wars Episode 4,” even though Episode 5 was better. The original offers that first experience of seeing “Star Wars.”

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? There is the assumption of spare time. I should say spend time with my children – especially  trying to get my children to watch English soccer with me on a weekend morning.

I heard a rumor that you’re into men’s fashion. Is this something you’re interested in? I won best-dressed male for my high school senior class. My Dad always thought it was appropriate to look right, like at work or at other functions. You always had to have a professional appearance and he expected that for all of his children.

What is the No. 1 most played song on your iTunes? The band I’m most likely to listen to when I drive home is She and Him. It just depends on my mood. I do listen to a lot of Duran Duran… ‘80s music is more my thing.

If you could pick anyone, living or dead, to be a mentor, who would you pick? That’s a tough question. Maybe my mother’s father because I never met him. I always heard good things about him. He was a carpenter and a semi-professional accordion player. He didn’t speak English. He came here from Poland at a time when these people were very low income and trying to raise a family. I think it would be interesting to have a mentor to give you advice about going through the tough times. When things are easy, you never need a mentor. And I’ve always heard he was a sweet, gentle person despite all those tough times.

If you could go to any event, past, present or future, what would you pick? I knew only one of my four grandparents. It would be nice to be around long enough in the future to see what my grandchildren are like and that way they could have some memory of me.

If you could meet anybody, living or dead, who would you choose? It would be my father’s mother. Being a parent now, I think about this a lot more than I used to. My father’s mother was one of those people you only hear good stories about so I wish I could meet her.

What advice would you give to your younger self? Don’t wait to do those things you really want to do… As you get older it gets harder to find time to take off from your job or you have children or you just get into a habit. When you’re young you have this wild-fun-abandon quality and when you’re older you think: “I can’t let something happen to me, I have children. I have to take care of them.” Those things you’re thinking about doing, do them early.

What advice do you have for students at UWO? I think college is the best time of life yet there are people who don’t actually spend the time enjoying college in all its ways – they are always going home on weekends. Don’t go home on weekends. Stay here. This is an opportunity to really experience college. It’s not going to happen again. Take classes that are going to challenge you with subjects that are fascinating and difficult. Experience the whole college atmosphere and go home at major holidays or at the end of the semester.

The Joys of a Small-Town Newspaper Internship

16 07 2014

Thanks to Scott Bellile for his post on his summer internship at a newspaper in Campbellsport! scaht


If you want to feel like a valuable team player, land an internship at a small-town newspaper. Here at The Campbellsport News, a weekly publication based in a village 16 miles southeast of Fond du Lac, I make up 50 percent of the reporting staff. It’s a great first internship because 1) it motivates me to use these 10 weeks to take some weight off the shoulders of my editor and give her some days off because she works crazy hard year-round, and 2) it drives me to produce journalism for the readers that the editor typically doesn’t have time to cover as the only reporter. (She’s handed over her “ideas folder” to me containing years’ worth of leads that she never could get around to.)
The Campbellsport News’ goal is to get me to do everything that a small-town news staffer does. Since starting on June 18, I’ve conducted plenty of interviews, written feature stories, snapped and edited photos, proofread news copy and laid out pages. And what’s fun is I don’t have set daily hours. I come when the work needs to be started and leave when it’s finished. It’s rewarding to see the result of our staff’s work every Wednesday morning when the latest issue arrives fresh off the press.
One habit I’m changing during this internship is I was always overly reliant on my digital recorder during interviews. Here in Campbellsport, I’m challenging myself to interview with only a notepad and pen. Admittedly I lose great quotes when my memory fails me mid-frantic-scribble, but otherwise my note-taking has strengthened without the audio to fall back on. I no longer spend an afternoon transcribing 90 minutes of audio, and my sources are more comfortable because they’re unrecorded.
Speaking of sources, everyone I’ve met so far has been very friendly. They’re always happy to interview with me or tell me their name after I snap a candid photo of them at an event. I’ve profiled fascinating people including the owner of a backyard obstacle course, a couple fascinating marathon runners and a tuba player whose body has taken a toll from numerous car accidents and chemical-spraying jobs. As cliché as it is to say, in journalism you really are doing something different every day, so it never feels like a “job.”
My upcoming weeks will throw some unfamiliar challenges at me, like photographing the county fair, covering school board and village board meetings and reporting on sentencing hearings. I’ll have many questions and inevitably some embarrassing moments, but I’m glad I’m learning these things now while I’m still in college. The struggles are much easier to overcome when you have a supportive staff and a town full of delightful residents.
To get your feet wet at a Wisconsin newspaper in summer 2015 as I am doing this year, check out the WNA Foundation Internship Program for more information.

Why Internships Are Easier in Summer

9 07 2014

Thanks to Justin DeJager for his blog post on internships! 

Students in the Fox Valley area said finding a summer job has been relatively easy, but finding a summer or fall internship is much more important.

“During the semester I don’t have time to work,” Fox Valley Tech student Becca Spanbauer said. “So the summer gives me enough time to make [money] and save up for the following school year.”

Depending on the type of job desired, students said they have found it easy to find work in and around the Oshkosh area.

“I find it super easy to find jobs in Oshkosh,” Spanbauer said. “Because I feel like places in this city are always hiring.”

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Internship Coordinator Barbara Benish said finding a basic job is not enough because more and more companies that hire college graduates have recently been looking for applicants who participated in multiple internships.

“It used to be you needed one internship,” Benish said. “Now the minimum is seen as two.”

For students looking to get an internship Benish said start applying for internships early – by sophomore year if possible. By getting an internship early students are able to enhance their resume and it can also lead to getting better and better internships the following years.

Students said they chose an internship over a basic summer job not only because they have extra time, but it is a requirement of the academic program they are in.

“I have to have an internship before I can graduate from the College of Business,” UWO student Carly Schoenenberger said. “I have much more time during the summer than I do during the school year, so I thought it would be a good time to get it done.”

Minimal experience or other responsibilities may hold some students back from attempting to get an internship, but Benish said there are opportunities for students who are in this position.

“Look for the nonprofits,” Benish said. “They are willing to work with you because they understand they don’t pay. Some want 20 hours a week, but some only want four or five hours a week. Start there and slowly build your skill set and each time you will get a better and better internship as the semesters follow.”

For students who want help getting a summer or fall internship Benish recommends using UWO resources, such as Career Services, that provide regular workshop hours for students to talk one-on-one with trained personnel about internships, preparing a resume and on-site interviews.

My Journey as an Intern Reporter

30 06 2014

By: Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

In high school I was the photographer of our school newspaper. Here at UW Oshkosh, I’m a copy editor for the Advance-Titan. So having no experience of “writing” at a newspaper before, I was amazed when the managing editor of my hometown paper called to offer me a reporting intern position for the summer.

I walked into the newsroom on my first day completely nervous and extremely unsure. The interview process was rough and rather intimidating. I wasn’t sure if this job was something I wanted yet. The whole job was intimidating. Having the responsibility of researching and interviewing and meeting deadlines kind of scared me.

After I was assigned my desk, introduced to everyone and given my first two story assignments, I had this overwhelming urge to prove myself. I wanted to show myself, my boss and the people I interviewed, who perhaps weren’t sure I could do it, that I most definitely could.

I never realized how stressful it could be when proving yourself relied so much on other people. Other people calling you back, other people giving you good quotes or stories, other people editing your pages correctly.

But I must have done something right because when I turned in my first story it ran a day early on the front page. My very first article ever written was published on the front page of a newspaper. It’s so surreal. I couldn’t stop staring at it. That’s my name and those are my words and here they are for all of Washington County to read.

Of course not all of my stories will turn out this way. But for my very first story to be almost exactly the same as I wrote it, and prominent on the first page – it was amazing.

Hopefully I can get back on the front page someday, but for now I’m just content to be published. I’m proud to have been given such a great opportunity and I can’t wait to keep seeing my name in a byline.

MacKenzie Miller’s Internship Journey in New York

17 06 2014

This is a summer blog post from Mackenzie Miller who is a Public Relations intern at Kravetz PR in New York. Follow her journey on her blog.

“Start each day with a grateful heart.”

This was my inspiration for the week as I struggled a bit in the beginning to adjust. I began to miss my family, my friends and the normalcy of my own space and home. Finding out the paid job I thought I had in the city fell through really caused the anxiety to
set in, and that’s when I had my first mental breakdown. I called my dad Tuesday night and he reminded me that things don’t always go as planned. I had to remind myself that I was in a city full of different people and opportunities, many facing the same struggle I was, and feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to get me anywhere. I have been blessed with an amazing opportunity, with an agency that I love.

Walking into Kravetz the first day I was unaware that I would feel so at home within the first few days. I was introduced to the other fashion publicists in the office, got a tour of the beautiful space then got right to work. The first day consisted of researching fashion blogs and PR sites to post on our different social media platforms. Shortly after, I was introduced to some of our client’s brands such as Steve Madden, The Biggest Loser Resort and Lisa Blue Swim. Being given the opportunity to work on the digital side of these brands has allowed me to see a whole new side of PR. Being taught the material in school and actually creating and scheduling the content for some of the biggest names in fashion and lifestyle has already opened my eyes to what this field all entails.

‘Start Each Day With a Grateful Heart’ is the phrase I try to tell myself each morning as I’m riding the Subway into Manhattan. Back home I wouldn’t have given a second thought to going out to lunch, a shopping trip to Sephora or hitting up Starbucks literally three times in one day for my Trenta Valencia Orange Refresher (Erin Shiroda). Moving away for the summer and living on a (very, very) limited budget has allowed me to appreciate the little things in life- such as a potato for dinner.

My mom had told me before I left to take everything one day at a time- not to forget to live in the moment. At times this can be difficult, always thinking ahead to the next work day, trying to find a job, or thinking about how I’ll be able to afford next weeks groceries. But she’s right. In twelve weeks I’ll be back home in the comfort of my own home, my own bed, my own shower, a TV, my cats and all of the familiar faces I know and love.

Although my first week in the big city had its fair share of ups and downs I’m confident in my decision to leave the people and places I call home to pursue my dreams in the crazy world of PR.


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