Stressed out about advising? We can help!

21 02 2017

By Christina Basken (@ChristinaBasken)

Remember to sign up for journalism advisingSign up sheets will be posted on your adviser’s doors starting Monday, February 20 at 8 a.m. Not sure who your adviser is? Please check Titan Web.

All questions regarding signing up for both Summer & Fall 2017 classes can be taken care of during this appointment. Come to your appointment prepared with an updated copy of your STAR report.

Advising for Summer & Fall 2017 Journalism classes will be held:
90 credits and more/honor students: March 6, 7
60-89 credits: March 8, 9
45-59 credits: March 13

Students with fewer than 45 credits and/or GPA below 2.50 should make an appointment with Ms. Crystal Marschall, Journalism Adviser in UARC (Student Success Center)


Savvy LinkedIn Presence Lands Student A Cool Job Before Graduation

7 01 2017

By Jennifer Goldadestudio-session-017-1

I got a job! #hiredbeforegraduation

I am happy to say that I have accepted a full-time position as a content writer with Frazer Consultants in Middleton.

None of this would be possible without everything I have learned from the UW Oshkosh journalism department. The UWO journalism professors have taught me how to write and edit effectively in both traditional and digital formats.

This semester I am taking the New and Emerging Media course. We have created our own blogs, learned about search engine optimization and became inbound marketing certified for digital content through HubSpot, which is a new feature Dr. Sara Hansen added to the class this year.

After watching the HubSpot videos and passing the online exam, I now have an inbound marketing certification badge on my LinkedIn profile.


I created my LinkedIn profile last semester when I took the Professional Journalism Internship course with Instructor Barb Benish. We learned about the importance of having a professional online presence and creating an online portfolio.

We also learned how to prepare for an interview by researching the company and practicing interview questions. We participated in mock interviews with real employers for jobs in our field.

All of this information I learned were factors for me landing this job. I applied for it with my LinkedIn profile acting as my resume, so I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your LinkedIn profile accurate and up-to-date.

My online portfolio link is on my LinkedIn profile, so Frazer Consultants was able to see samples of my writing to show I have the skills listed on my LinkedIn profile. The fact I have an inbound marketing certification gave me an edge over other applicants.

I strongly recommend all journalism students take the New and Emerging Media and Professional Journalism Internship courses. All of the skills you learn will help you in your future endeavors and job applications, maybe even getting hired before graduation!

I am excited to start the next chapter of my life after graduation. The journalism department is like family, and I cannot thank my professors enough for their education and support.

J-Department To Celebrate Milestones for Fall 2016 Semester

7 12 2016

By Timothy R. Gleason, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Journalism is marking several milestones for the semester as its holiday celebration approaches to recognize fall graduates. The celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Reading Room. Department Chair Dr. Tim Gleason shared some highlights for the semester:

Public relations major “turns one”

  • Our first year of the new Public Relations Major (previously an emphasis) has enhanced the visibility of our program, especially among freshmen. We’re enjoying meeting with these students as they explore this exciting major.
  • We happily welcomed a new assistant professor of public relations, Dr. Kristine Nicolini, to our faculty. Dr. Nicolini recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and brings significant professional and teaching experience. She’s already added some innovative approaches, such as panel teaching formats in Case Studies of Public Relations and CisionPoint PR software, in her first semester on the job.
  • Students in The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter participated in the PRSSA National Conference in Indianapolis. They won the Star Chapter Award, and their advisor, Dr. Sara Hansen, won the national Outstanding Faculty Adviser Teahan Award.

Advertising advances with national program

  • Advertising students participated in the Insight+Interaction: Student Advertising Career Conference at the Chicago Portfolio School sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Students attended sessions from industry speakers on branding to analytics, breakout sessions on job paths for different ad agency roles and a networking event with recruiters.
  • Ad Club hosted sessions to expand design skills and prepare students for the National Student Advertising Competition. The club hosted journalism alum Brody Karmenzind, an ad account manager at Facebook, at the Dec. 5 meeting.

Writing/editing and visual curriculum expanding… and more awards

  • Our growth with the Interactive Web Management interdisciplinary program contributed to an additional section of Writing for the Media for spring, as this is a core course for online content development.
  • Staff for the Advance-Titan traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Associated Collegiate Press National Convention, where they won 9th place for Best Overall Website. Their adviser, Dr. Vince Filak, won the College Media Association’s Distinguished Newspaper Adviser of the Year for his work with the student newspaper.
  • Our Society of Professional Journalists Chapter continued its movie series and arranged for a well-attended tour of the Oshkosh Northwestern, where students met the editorial staff, including alumna Noell Dickmann. The chapter also won first place in the window–decorating competition that is part of homecoming.
  • Photo Club is beginning a rephotography project on campus. Members will be using old photos of campus for inspiration and to see how campus has changed.
  • The department welcomed Doug Sundin as an adjunct instructor for Media Photo I this fall. Mr. Sundin is the photography/videography services manager at University Marketing and Communications. Dr. Gleason will be returning to Media Photography I in Spring 2017.

Faculty and staff activities

  • Faculty members reported research relevant to the presidential campaign. Dr. Gleason and Dr. Hansen published an article about President Obama, visual rhetoric, and branding in the Howard Journal of Communications. Dr. Hansen and Dr. Shu-Yueh Lee presented research on the Donald Trump campaign at a national journalism conference in Minneapolis in August.
  • Nicolini presented two collaborative research projects at the National Communication Association convention in Philadelphia in November. The first study examined parental mediation and children’s media consumption behaviors. The second paper focused on the emerging transition from cross-cultural to inter-cultural communication.
  • Faculty members Timothy Gleason and Sara Hansen nominated Cindy Schultz for the University Staff Senate STAR award for service going above and beyond to the department. Schultz received the award in July 2016.
  • Cindy Schultz is active in CivilityWorks on campus. In the fall, she manages the Bare Essentials Campaign where campus is urged to donate clothing and food for St. Vincent DePaul and Oshkosh Area Food Pantry for back to school needs for the Oshkosh community. Additionally, she spearheads the Be The Change We Need loose change drive to collect funds for the Day by Day Warming Shelter. This year the campus community was able to raise over $437 that was matched by an anonymous donor from the greater Oshkosh community.

The Department of Journalism is thankful to be celebrating the wrap of another great year. Come celebrate with us, and congratulate our December graduates starting their new roles as media professionals. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Using Social Media In Your Job Search

22 06 2016

By Jenna Nyberg

We’ve all Screenshot 2016-06-21 21.00.11heard it a hundred times: Be careful about what you post on your social media accounts. In this field more than most, the words you use and the habits you have on social media accounts might make or break your chance at employment. But instead of focusing on what not to do, let’s think about a few ways you can embrace social media to help score the job you want.

Know where to look.

A 2014 national survey by Jobvite found that the most popular social networks job recruiters are using to find employees are LinkedIn (94 percent), Facebook (65 percent) and Twitter (55 percent). In comparison, only 36 percent of job seekers are using LinkedIn to look for jobs. What does this mean? Get on LinkedIn! (And keep an eye out for job postings on Facebook and Twitter, too.)

Include social media links on your resume.

If this makes sense for the types of positions you’re applying for and if you feel confident about your presence on social media, go for it! Providing employers with these links will allow them to get a better idea of who you are, what your voice/writing style is like and how you interact online.

Update your profiles and settings.

According to the same Jobvite survey, 93 percent of recruiters looked at a candidate’s social profile, and 42 percent of the time the content they viewed led them to reconsider a candidate, both positively and negatively. With this in mind, think about maybe making some changes to your accounts, such as a more professional LinkedIn photo, stricter privacy settings on Facebook, appropriate and relevant tweets, etc.

Network your way into a job.

As I’m applying for jobs, I’m finding out that it really is “all about who you know.” Social media platforms are meant to help you make connections with people, so use them to your advantage. Whether it’s just letting people know you’re looking for jobs, connecting with people on LinkedIn or joining in on Twitter conversations, it’s important to get your name out there and on the radar of potential employers. When heading out on your next job hunt, keep in mind all of these ways that you can utilize social media to your advantage. It’s a great way to get ahead of the game!

Internship Spotlight: Creating Your Own Personal Brand

14 06 2016

By Catie Schultz (@CatieSchultz17)

As journalism students, we have it drilled into our heads very early in our courses how important it is to show your voice when creating content, however, it is even more imperative to focus on the creation of your own personal brand. But why is your personal brand so important? By setting the tone in creating your own personal brand, you are setting yourself apart from the competition. You also are creating better job opportunities by evolving your brand, developing better connections with people you work with as well as current and potential clients, generating industry recognition and so much more.

Hayley Rickmeier, a Public Relations and Journalism-Advertising major, wrote an internship newsletter article for Journalism 427: Professional Journalism Internship, outlining her insight on how to create your personal brand to prepare students for internships and life after graduation. Like many students, Hayley didn’t know what her personal brand was and expressed concern saying, “I am basically going to be the same as everyone else who graduates with the same degree. I don’t really know what will set me apart from them.”

To assist in trying to figure out where to start in developing your personal brand, Hayley thought of some great questions to consider. Use these questions to create responses about how you would answer. If you can answer all of these questions, you already have a great start in developing your personal brand.

  • What sets you apart from others and why are you unique?
  • What kind of situations do you excel in?
  • What area would you consider your absolute expertise?
  • What are some of your strongest personality traits?
  • What can you bring to the table in a future career of your choosing?

Another helpful way to gain insight is to ask people close to you about what you are great at. You can learn a lot about yourself by hearing what others think of your work ethic and personality. Paying attention to your social role also is helpful; an example of this would be if you are the person people always turn to for advice or for guidance during group projects, you are a natural leader.

As time goes by and you gain more experience, your personal brand will grow and change. As students, ours will be more goal-oriented until we gain professional experience, and that’s perfectly okay. Employers are looking for a brand that shows you know what you can bring to the table and that you are sure of your skills. For those of you interested in learning about how you can start your personal brand, The Complete Guide to Building Your Personal Brand has excellent information and highlights many ways you can learn how to build and expand your personal brand.


The Department of Journalism Passes Accreditation

2 06 2016

By Catie Schultz (@CatieSchultz17)

The Department of Journalism completed an approximately two-year writing and review process to become reaccredited after earning unanimous votes from the members of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

The department wrote the self-study report during 2014-2015, was visited by a site team in October 2015 and received support from the ACEJMC Committee in March 2016 and the Council in May 2016. The department’s journalism and public relations majors are accredited for the maximum six upcoming years.

The department was evaluated on nine standards:

  1. Mission, Governance and Administration
  2. Curriculum and Instruction
  3. Diversity and Inclusiveness
  4. Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty
  5. Scholarship: Research, Creative and Professional Activity
  6. Student Services
  7. Resources, Facilities and Equipment
  8. Professional and Public Service
  9. Assessment of Learning Outcomes


    A congratulatory letter to finalize accreditation

Accreditation is beneficial for the department, students and the university. The department has higher standards that it must meet compared to non-accredited programs.

Students benefit from accreditation by the rigorous course-work, hands-on work with faculty and updated technology available to them.

Department Chairperson Timothy Gleason said, “A program doesn’t receive reaccreditation like someone gets a token birthday cake. It is earned through hard work, self-reflection, self-improvement and achieving excellence at every level.”

The site team found the department to be compliant on all nine standards, not a routine finding. Gleason noted, “This gives us a new goal, which is to maintain our top-tier performance that makes us competitive with the other prominent programs across the country.”


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.


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.