NEWSPA to Sponsor Journalism Competition for High School Students

18 05 2016

By Catie Schultz (@CatieSchultz17)

The Northeastern Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association is sponsoring a yearlong writing contest for Wisconsin high school students as part of a collaborative effort with the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Pulitzer Prizes Board.

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Raquel Rutledge
Pulitzer Prize winner

Students will be able to submit their own work and have it judged by 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner, Raquel Rutledge from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as have the opportunity to win various cash prizes for their winning stories.  Rutledge was the keynote speaker for NEWSPA’s 2016 conference, which kicked off the celebration and unveiled the writing competition.

The winning stories will be announced at the 2017 NEWSPA conference on April 26.The contest will help mark the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016, as well as Celebrating Excellence: One Hundred Years of Wisconsin Pulitzer Prize Winners, a program of the Wisconsin Humanities Council that is funded through a grant from the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative.

To assist students and their advisers, a 50-page curriculum  guide called “Journalism in the Pulitzer Tradition,” was created by UW Oshkosh Journalism Department members, Barbara Benish, executive secretary of NEWSPA and Miles Maguire, journalism professor and a longtime NEWSPA presenter. The guide was designed to help encourage classroom discussion and give students tips to use for their own reporting projects. It showcases samples of previous prize-winning work in multiple categories such as beat reporting, commentary, explanatory writing, feature writing and investigative reporting, as well as includes potential sources and questions to ask.

This contest is an incredible opportunity to showcase student talent and inspire students to take their writing to a Pulitzer level, according to Benish.

 





Student’s Green Social Thesis Explores Social Media And Sustainability

10 05 2016

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Soon-to-be graduating Interactive Web Management/ Journalism student, Madeline Fisher, wants to know whether people are engaging in the sustainable behaviors they see on their social media feeds.

Fisher planned to answer this question through her yearlong research project as part of UW Oshkosh’s Honors Program. Seniors within the honors program are required to complete either an honors thesis or senior seminar to graduate. Students pick any topic that relates to their major and have the ability to choose a faculty member to help guide them. Fisher chose Journalism Professor Sara Steffes Hansen to serve as her faculty advisor.

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The official project, Breaking down barriers: The relationship between social media and behavior change within sustainability objectives, includes a formal thesis paper and a digital e-book. Fisher explained how her project explored how people may find sustainable ideas on social media timelines, such as composting, and while liking the ideas, do not act on them.

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Inspired by her two-year social media internship with the Sustainable World Coalition, Fisher was used to followers interacting with sustainable information she posted online.

“Followers were engaging with posts: liking, commenting and sharing the information I was distributing,” Fisher said. “But a thought that kept occurring to me was this: Are people actually engaging in sustainable behaviors in real life? If I’m posting all of this social content, is it really making a difference? Or is it just growing the organization’s follower count?”

Thus her project was born, also known as Green Social (#GreenSocial).

“Maddie did an exceptional job of pursuing an important research topic with practical uses for non-profit organizations,” Hansen said. “She also used creative storytelling and appealing visuals to make her findings informational and interesting.”

Fisher’s research included two focus groups with social media users, and one survey with over 300 respondents. She presented her findings at the Celebration of Scholarship, Honors Thesis Symposia and IWM Advisory Board Meeting.

Fisher is one of the first IWM honors thesis projects for UW Oshkosh, and she will be graduating May 14.

 





Journalism Student Finalists in 36th Annual Photographer’s Forum Contest

4 05 2016

By Grace Riggert (@GraceRiggert)

Six UW Oshkosh students were selected as finalists in the 36th annual Photographer’s Forum College and High School Contest.

Each of these spectacular photos will be featured along with other finalists, winners and honorable mentions in a hard cover book “Best of College & High School Photography 2016.”

36th Annual Photographers Forum Collage

Clockwise from top left: Corissa Mosher, Allison Tetrick, Katie Salzmann, Matt Schulz, Chelsea Phillips, and Emily Conlee.

 

Corissa Mosher’s photo happened to be the first photo she had taken with a camera other than her phone. The picture is of her roommate, Courtney, who appears to be “emerging out of a natural wonderland” in their backyard according to Mosher.

“In reality if the photo was shot a bit lower, you would be able to see the beer cans that have accumulated on the property throughout time,” Mosher said. “If I would have zoomed out just a smidgen, you would have noticed the fact that the natural wonderland she is standing in is really just a fat bush in our unimpressive backyard.”

Despite the less than ideal backdrop, the stunning photo was for the portrait/self-portrait assignment in Media Photo I and submitted to the contest per Dr. Tim Gleason’s suggestion.

“I got a good grade on the assignment and when I got it back, there was a note from Gleason stating something along the lines of: if you do not submit this for the Photography Forum Photo Contest, I will be very sad,” Mosher said. “So I did.”

Other snap shots were part of long-running projects like Chelsea Phillips’s photos, which is part of a series of images she is calling “Inner Demons.”

“The series shows people battling their demons,” Phillips said. “Each portrait of a person is accompanied by a photo of their addiction. The photo that I submitted is the alcohol demon. It signifies that he doesn’t want to be an alcoholic anymore but he can’t stop.”

For others they just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“The photo I submitted I took while walking near Asylum Point Park, one of my favorite places to go in Oshkosh,” Allison Tetrick said. “I was actually there to create a video for my Journalism 340 blog and saw the butterfly on my walk back to my car.”

All of the photos submitted by our students capture unique moments in time and showcase the tremendous skill the students in our department have. Congrats to the finalists, we hope to see more of your work in the future!





Summer Internships

28 04 2016

By Laurin Krekling (@LaurinKrekling)

Summer is right around the corner. For most students this means school is about to be over, and summer jobs are going to start up. This is also the time when college students can start to look for internships in order to gain real-world experience and foot in the door. Looking and applying for internships can be a very stressful process, but here are tips on making it better.

  1. Start looking early

Internships are usually highly competitive positions with numerous applicants. Summer internships start appearing as early as first semester. It is never too early to apply. You will be able to have more options when you look this early, which will help you find your dream internship faster and create less stress.

  1. Getting involved does matter

Get involved with activities as early as you can. Nothing impresses an interviewer more than seeing the numerous activities and/or executive positions you held within different clubs and organizations. This shows a good balance between school and other interests along with leadership skills and much more. This may open the door for other internships through networking with these activities.

  1. Make sure your cover letter and resume are clean

Nothing will turn off an interviewer more than an unorganized resume and cover letter with a lot of grammatical errors. Your resume, in many cases, will be making a first. Make sure it is well organized, neat, and error free. Have many people look over your resume for mistakes that you may have not noticed. Get plenty of opinions. Also, make sure it matches up with the internship you are applying for. If you are a graphic designer, for example, you might want a more creative resume. Get opinions, make it stand out, and be confident.

  1. Finding your internship

There are numerous ways that you can go about finding an internship.

  • School bulletin boards and department websites will advertise available internship. These include the Department of Journalism internship page and UW Oshkosh Handshake.
  • Ask faculty if they have any connections with surrounding companies.
  • Research companies near you and search their career page. If they do not have one, contact them by email and ask about their summer internship opportunities.
  • Search through internship websites such as internships.com, idealist.org, and experience.com.
  • Look at corporate or organizational LinkedIn or Facebook pages, or search for opportunities for work or networking.
  1. You applied and got the interview. Now what?

So you applied for your dream internship and got a call back for an interview. Many places start off with a phone or skype interview. These interviews should be taken as seriously as an in-person interview. Make sure you are prepared. Dressing the part also helps in building your confidence during the phone interview. Stay relaxed.

The next step is usually an in-person interview. Interviews can be very nerve-racking, but it is important to stay calm.

  • Come to the interview prepared.
  • Dress professionally.
  • Come with extra resumes or cover letters.
  • Be prepares with questions.
  • Know your resume and be able to answer questions about it.
  • Most importantly, be yourself.

Internships are a vital part of kick-starting your career. Experience is what companies search for, and internships will give you this head start. Start searching and hopefully you will land your dream internship this summer.

 

 





UWO Bateman Team Awarded Honorable Mention In National Competition

26 04 2016

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Bateman Team and Journalism 455 Public Relations Campaigns class received honorable mention in the national 2016 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Bateman Case Study Competition.

UWO ranked 16 out of the 70 entries received across the country by PRSSA Headquarters in New York City.

“The UWO Bateman Team and the Journalism Public Relations Campaigns class was able to increase awareness of UWO Student Veterans of America within the Oshkosh community by 20 percent in a seven-week period,” said Jean A. Giovanetti, Department of Journalism Lecturer and faculty adviser to the Bateman team. “They accomplished this with a lot of participation and support from students, staff, faculty, administrators and the Oshkosh community.”

Three teams were chosen as finalists and will present their campaigns to a panel of judges on Wednesday, May 18 in Chicago.

PRSSA challenged participants of the PRSSA 2016 Bateman Case Study Competition to raise awareness and spark local and national dialogue around the importance of education, in partnership with Student Veterans of America (SVA), The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and Edelman.

The goals of this year’s Bateman Competition were to increase awareness on college campuses and in communities about veterans who are students around the globe, as well as increasing the support and networks for these deserving individuals.

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2016 PRSSA Bateman Team

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Front left to right: Stephanie Stradel, Megan Klamrowski

Back left to right: Kimberly Lohre, Megan Schroeder, Mallory Radney

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2016 J455 Public Relations Campaigns

Pictured:

Front left to right: Jessica Zemlicka, Reegan Wallander, Stephanie Stradel, Megan Klamrowski, Mallory Radney

Back left to right: Kimberly Lohre, Megan Schroeder, Veronica Thiel, Connor Burke, Hannah Bostwick, Kristine Siebers

 





Bergin’s Book Tour, Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook

21 04 2016

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Journalism department alumna Mary Bergin recently finished her fifth book, “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook.” Bergin, who specializes in travel and food writing, captures the essence of nostalgia and the iconic fare Wisconsin has to offer.

Bergin said she knew it would be a fun project. “It also helps preserve a part of Wisconsin’s culinary heritage,” Bergin said. “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook” contains over 60 recipes from 40 supper clubs and Korbel, which is for the Old Fashioned Cocktail Bergin said.

If you are interested in meeting the author or learning more about the book, Bergin is on a book tour. For several of her events, Bergin will be teaming up with filmmaker Holly De Ruyter who made a supper club documentary.

Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook Schedule of Events:

April 19: UW Oshkosh Alumni Association, Mark’s East Side, Appleton, book talk

April 29 (2 p.m.), April 30 (3 p.m.), May 2 (6 p.m.) and May 4 (7:45 p.m.): Supper club documentary showings at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

May 5: Cameron Public Library/Senior Citizens Center cookbook talk, 2 p.m.

May 5: Lehmann’s Supper Club dinner, talk, movie showing, Rice Lake, 5 p.m.

May 6: Isle Theatre, Cumberland, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. film screenings

May 7: Redbery Bookstore cookbook signing, Cable, 10:30 a.m.

May 7: Hayward Public Library cookbook talk, 2 p.m.

May 7: Park Theater movie showing, talk, Hayward, 7:30 p.m.

May 9: McMillan Library film screening, Wisconsin Rapids, time to be announced

May 19: ArtStart, Rhinelander 6pm: Old Fashioned Happy Hour with book selling and signing, selling raffle tickets; 6:50-7pm-ish: Intro and film; 7:50-talk-question/answer, more book selling/signing and raffle drawing.

June 1: Brown County Library, Wisconsin food talk, including cookbook, 6 p.m.

 





They’re More Than Just Their Shoes- Professional Advice From Red Shoes PR, Inc.

6 04 2016

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Recently, the Dr. Julie Henderson Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter at UW Oshkosh had the opportunity to go on an agency tour of Red Shoes PR, Inc. The students participated in a question and answer session with surprise guest Mayor Tim Hanna of Appleton and a professional panel of members from the agency. Panel members included Red Shoes’ President Lisa Cruz, Kristen Schremp, and two UWO journalism department alumnae, Karilyn Robinson and Lauree Frechette. Below are the top five insights from the Red Shoes PR team.

  1. Do your research

Research is essential in public relations in a variety of ways. Some of those ways are researching who you are going to be working with, interviewing with, or whose business you’ll be visiting. The Red Shoes team wanted to drive that last example home, by giving the members of PRSSA a pop quiz. The students were quizzed on things that were discussed during the Q-A session to test their listening skills and things that would require prior research such as, “What is the name of Red Shoes PR’s blog?”

(The answer is Above The Fold)

  1. Wear many hats

Nine individuals staff Red Shoes, and while they all have their own titles and specialties, the reality of being a small business requires these professionals to be able to work in a multitude of areas. For example, your title may be content developer but you need to be willing (and able) to be a client solutions coordinator if and when your boss needs you to be.

  1. You will utilize your classes

As a student you’re being prepared to wear those many hats by your journalism classes. Both Robinson and Frechette mentioned using skills from their classes at UWO on a daily basis. Two of the classes they referenced were J221: Writing For The Media and J340: New and Emerging Media.

  1. Have an outlet

Public relations is a never-ending job. The hours on the office door may say 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but that isn’t necessarily when you’re done working. Things happen, some projects require extra work; sometimes there will be events or meetings you need to attend. Having a busy schedule makes it important that you find an outlet away from your work. Find something you’re passionate about and set time aside to focus on it. One outlet amongst the Red Shoes team is volunteering. They volunteer at a variety of places such as Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Homeless Connections, and the Center for Grieving Children.

  1. “Take risks. Dream big.”-Lisa Cruz

That risk might be trying a crazy idea, like having George Wendt hand deliver your business proposal (which Cruz successfully did) or pursuing your dream job.

If you’re interested in joining the Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter, meetings are on Thursdays at 5 p.m. in Sage 3412. To learn more visit their Facebook and Twitter.

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