Welcome to Sarajevo

3 03 2015

Professor Miles Maguire and Fulbright Scholar Mirza Mehmedovic are hosting a screening of Welcome to Sarajevo on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Sage 1210.

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The movie is about a U.S. journalist in the 1990’s who tried to report the brutality he had seen in the Bosnian war zone. The film will be introduced by Mehmedovic, a Bosnian native, and will be followed up with a talkback session.

“I will probably say a few words about my experience at war because even if I was a child at that time, I remember a lot of things from war and I believe it should be the mission of the people who were in war zones to tell the people,” Mehmedovic said. “I really think it is something terrible, the most terrible thing that could happen to any human being.”

Mehmedovic said the film will be interesting to students who don’t know about the Bosnian war so they can see what happened and how things changed.

“It might be an interesting story to show how silly war in Bosnia was and how terrible it was and how difficult for journalists not from Bosnia it was to understand what was actually happening in Bosnia,” Mehmedovic said. “Because any war is very stupid war. It’s a quite universal story that can be applicable to anywhere in the world.”

The Bosnian war started in 1992 when some countries, Bosnia included, wanted to leave communism and become a democratic country.

According to Mehmedovic, this film took footage of the actual war zone from foreign journalists to use in the film instead of recreating the scenes of killed and wounded as in Hollywood.

“Some of the scenes in that movie are original scenes made right from war, they’re not movie scenes,” Mehmedovic said. “It looks terrible but I think it’s good they used [those] kind of scenes in the movie because that’s the way to show what was actually happening there. Not just Hollywood movie scenes, those are real scenes of real people wounded by grenades in Sarajevo.”

The movie night is being sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Photo Club, UWO History Club, English Club, University Honors Student Association and the UW Oshkosh chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Getting Ready for Summer and Fall Advising

24 02 2015

By: Ian Arthur (@Ian_CHILDonFIRE)

Are you ready for your summer and fall 2015 advising meeting? Advising for the summer and fall semesters is right around the corner. Advising helps you make sure you are taking the right courses and are on track to graduate. Students can start signing up for advising appointments on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Below are some tips to make sure you get the most out of advising.

  1. Sign up for the appropriate time and do it early.

Your advising dates are based on the amount of credits you have completed. There will be colored sheets posted next to journalism advisers’ doors. Make sure you sign up for the proper dates that correspond to the number of credits you have earned. The earlier you sign up the better. An earlier spot will help ensure the classes you need are not full.


  1. Make sure you come prepared with your STAR report.

Meetings with your adviser only last 15 minutes. Make sure you bring a printed copy of your most recent STAR report. It is available on Titan Web. Advisers will not have a copy of your STAR report and will NOT print one for you. If you do not have your STAR report, you will be asked to sign up for a different appointment.

  1. Have a list or idea of the classes you wish to take.

Classes fill up quickly and are first-come, first-served. If you have heard of a certain class you want to take, write it down. If there are a couple of classes you are curious about, write them down and think of questions you can ask your adviser. Also keep in mind only three journalism courses accept students whose GPAs are below 2.50. If you are unsure whether you meet the requirement, ask your adviser.

  1. Read the e-mails from Cindy Schultz

E-mails were sent out starting Monday, Feb. 23, to journalism majors and minors. The e-mail will tell you how to look up your adviser and total credits earned, as well as specific course requirements and department policies for dropping classes. This e-mail is the most important thing for you to read regarding journalism advising.

  1. Show up on time.

Since you only get 15 minutes it is extremely important that you are on time. Adviser schedules are often tight and the adviser will likely tell you to come back at another time if you are late.

Keep these tips in mind and you will be fully prepared to get the most out of advising. More advising information is also located here. Also, do not forget the journalism department’s Chili Chill-Out is Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Sage 3408. Journalism faculty, groups and students will be there to socialize and answer any questions.

Lease It Or Leave It

24 02 2015

By: Nicole Kiefert (@nicole_kiefert)

Signing a lease can be an intimidating process, especially when trying to decipher the fine print. Students are encouraged to ask for help when looking into the fine print before signing a lease.

Luckily, students on campus have the chance to talk to landlords and city officials one on one and get more information on things to look into before signing at the PRSSA Lease It Or Leave It event scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Reeve Memorial Union 207.

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Isaac Haight, president of the Oshkosh PRSSA chapter, said the event was started as an idea for the Bateman competition, a case study competition for public relations students around the nation.

The Bateman competition gives students the chance to apply what they learned in class and create a full on campaign for a specific client. This year’s client is Home Matters, an organization focused on raising awareness and funds for more affordable homes and bettering communities across the United States.

“We are assigned a client each year and in the fall we research the topic and in the spring we complete a campaign,” Haight said. “Because our client is Home Matters, we thought that a renting social would be appropriate for a college audience.”

The faculty adviser for the club, Professor Julie Henderson, said it is important for students to come and find out important information before they move out and live on their own.

“We will do this by having tables set up with information from landlords, the City of Oshkosh, the electric company, insurance agents, etc.,” Henderson said. “It will be a great opportunity for students to gather a lot of relevant information in one spot.

PRSSA member Sam Broughton said it is especially helpful for underclassman who have not had the experience of lived off-campus yet.

“We thought it would be great for underclassmen to learn how to rent smart off-campus in Oshkosh, and with 10 different realtors and multiple public works officials, Lease It Or Leave It will give them a chance to talk to a lot of different experts,” Broughton said.

“It’s important people attend, especially students who are looking to rent for their first time, because a lot of students rush into agreements without reading the fine print or understanding their rights as a renter,” Haight said.

In addition to all the information, there will also be a variety of door prizes with a chance to win a grand prize of $200 toward rent expenses. Food will also be available to students participating.

5 LinkedIn Tips for a Killer Profile & More

18 02 2015

By Ian Arthur



During fall semester the Department of Journalism hosted a LinkedIn workshop run by students – and yes cookies were involved. Students came together to optimize their profiles and bounce ideas off one another about how to tame the LinkedIn beast. Here are the top five tips from the event.

1. Have a supreme summary.

Having a short summary about yourself on your profile is essential for your profile’s search engine optimization (SEO) as well as showing uniqueness to set yourself apart from the competition. Also, this summary is your first impression with anyone who sees your profile. Make sure to include your elevator pitch, which is a short summary of why you make a good job candidate, aspirations as a professional and anything else pertinent to your job search.


2. Find an eye-catching cover photo.

LinkedIn allows everyone to have a cover photo for free. Taking advantage of this is another way to personalize your profile, to make it your own and to create a memorable impression to recruiters. Choose a photo that can represent you or your industry, but keep it professional.

3. Include how you impacted your employers.

With each previous employment opportunity on your page, make sure to not only describe your role within that position, but also show the impact you made. Adding the total revenue you helped generate or how many people read the publication you wrote are just a few ways to show your impact.


4. Spread the endorsement love.

As a wise person once said, “Thou shalt spread endorsements on LinkedIn.” OK, so maybe no one ever mentioned that, but you should really endorse professionals so that they return the favor. Having endorsements not only shows you have skills but shows you are active in your professional network.

5. Looking for a job? Download LinkedIn Job Search.

Another great resource that some people still haven’t adopted is the LinkedIn Job Search app. This app makes searching for jobs on the go a breeze and even lets you apply directly for jobs on the app with your profile – no cover letter or resume needed.


LinkedIn is the largest professional network in the world. It’s essential to have a profile today because recruiters are starting to rely so heavily on it. And let’s face it, it’s an amazing networking tool. I challenge you today to start making LinkedIn your new favorite social network.

Questions? Comment below for an immediate response.

Final Project Provides Journalism Students With Real-World Advertising Skills

19 12 2014

By Ian Arthur


Many great classes are offered to journalism students at UW Oshkosh. One of these classes is J351: Advertising Copy, Layout and Production. It is required for journalism students pursuing the advertising emphasis and teaches skills involved in the advertising industry. This semester, Dana Baumgart’s class has a final project that is putting these skills to work with a real client and with help from alumnus David Rathsack.


The class of nine students is divided into two teams. Each team creates its own agency with its own name. The teams have to identify an account manager, creative director, copywriter and art director on the team. The two groups are then given an advertising problem based on a similar situation Rathsack faced in his job as account executive at Bader Rutter & Associates.

Baumgart reached out to Rathsack, who graduated in 2011 from UW Oshkosh where he majored in business. “I realized historically we had worked with Bader Rutter, and realized a former student was working for them,” Baumgart said, “so I asked him if he had any ideas for a project.” Over the summer the two worked together to develop the project.

David Rathsack

David Rathsack

“This project provides a real-world situation for any student interested in pursuing a career in advertising,” Rathsack said. He also said that his journalism courses at UW Oshkosh helped him in his career. “Knowing how to properly convey a message without evoking the wrong emotion or implying the wrong expectation is crucial in order to be successful in my job.”

The project has students working for the company Sauder Furniture. Sauder Furniture makes ready-to-assemble furniture similar to companies like IKEA. The company has traditionally made furniture for its own line as well as department stores; therefore, consumers often don’t notice that Sauder Furniture manufactured it. The students need to figure out how to make Sauder a stronger brand.

To improve the strength of Sauder’s brand, the students go through a four-step process similar to a real ad agency. First, they write an integrated marketing activation plan, based on research and insights. Next they have to create a buyer persona using information from their Skype sessions with Rathsack. Students then create three marketing and communication tactics. Finally, they have to show their thought process through sketches, storyboards, and other ideas. Through this process they try to position Sauder Furniture as an affordable and valuable product for the millennial.

When asked about the project, student Jake Spence said, “The whole thing is challenging for the most part because there is a lot of work and now it’s coming down to the end of the semester and we’re all trying hard to get it done.” Spence also said it was nice to work for a real company.

On Dec.10, the two groups will present their plans to Baumgart and Rathsack with a well-rehearsed pitch, just like they would have to do at a real advertising job. One of the two teams will have its plan chosen as the winner. Regardless of who wins, the project will have allowed students to gain valuable experience and knowledge of how to create an advertising plan in the real world. It is another example of the learning experiences offered through the journalism department.

What were some of your favorite classes you took in the journalism department?

Journalism Department T-shirt Design Contest

19 11 2014

By Ian Arthur


What could be an easier way to show love for the Journalism Department than with some J-dept swag? The Journalism Department is looking to have t-shirts made that faculty and students can purchase. The coolest part is student’s get a chance to create the design!

The winner will have their design printed on the shirts and will receive a free shirt to wear. Also, all students who create a design will have a chance to win a free shirt as well — a name will be chosen from all entrants. Whether students are great writers, designers, or just like to get creative, the contest is a fun way to put those skills to work and support the department. Below are the guidelines for the contest as well as a file with everything students will need.

Student’s can choose the base t-shirt color from white, black and grey. Designs must be made using a single color. The color choice is up to the student but limiting it to one helps keep the cost down for everyone.

The t-shirt design must also include the following elements. Everything else is up to the student and their creativity!

  • The five journalism emphases: Writing and Editing, Public Relations, Advertising, Visual and Media Studies
  • The UW Oshkosh word mark (one of the logos below MUST be used)
  • The department name: Journalism Department

Below are the two choices of UW Oshkosh word mark. Students, get started right away! The deadline for submissions is December 1. Students can send their submissions to uwoshjournalism@gmail.com  Winner will be announced at the department holiday gathering on Thursday, Dec. 4.

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Journalism Student Receives Outstanding Returning Adult Student Award

18 11 2014

By Ian Arthur


Along with traditional students, UW Oshkosh is also home to many nontraditional adult students. One of those students is Charlene Dungan. Dungan is a journalism major and recently received the Outstanding Returning Adult Student Award for her work on her website ptsdandfamilies.com. She was nominated for the award by journalism professor Tim Gleason.Induction 2014

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder,affect a large number of veterans and their families. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website [link], the percentage of soldiers suffering from PTSD depends on the conflict they were involved with, but it ranges from 10-20 percent.

Dungan’s website started as an assignment for one of her classes but she quickly realized its potential to teach people about PTSD. With her husband suffering from PTSD, Dungan has a personal connection to the disorder. The website allows her and others to share stories and offer support as well as create more awareness of the problem.

“I really want more people to be aware of what is happening to our veterans,” Dungan said.

The website was started in June and already has received 3,000 visitors. The feedback has been positive.

“I have been told by veterans that they like it and some have thanked me for having it,” Dungan said. She already has more veterans who would like to add their stories.

In addition to the stories on the website, there is a forum that she hopes people will use to connect and support each other more directly. It is not only veterans that suffer from PTSD, but the families can suffer as well. The forum allows all of these people to interact and offer support.

Dungan plans on continuing the website and hopes that more people will go to the site and read the stories to better understand PTSD. She is looking for more stories to add. There is a contact page on her website, otherwise people can email her at dungac91@uwosh.edu to share a story or tell of someone else who does.

Dungan’s story is another example of the great things UW Oshkosh journalism students are capable of doing. Her website has helped veterans and families and will continue to help many more. She received the Outstanding Returning Adult Student Award on Nov. 7 as part of National Nontraditional Student Week.


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