Cyber Monday Deals For Journalism Students

25 11 2012

By: Eli Drljaca (@elidrljaca)

Now that everyone is out of their food comas and caught up on their sleep after early Black Friday adventures, it’s time to get some righteous deals from the convenience of your home right from your computer. That’s right it’s time for Cyber Monday, and here are some great deals for any journalism students.

For the visual emphasis, Amazon is offering a bundle deal for a Nikon D3000 that comes with two lenses, a camera bag, Nikon’s guide on how to shoot videos and photos, and a San Disk 8gb memory card. All for just $446.95, not a bad deal at all.

For the writing/editing emphasis it’s about time you updated your laptop to get some serious writing done. Amazon is offering a 15-inch MacBook Pro for $1,742.84. This is a great device for not only getting some writing done, but also investing in some software from Adobe such as Custom Suite 6.

For public relations students, take a look the book Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional that Amazon has on sale for only $11.48. It would be great for doing research on how to tie in the new and popular social media aspect with public relations. There’s nothing better than having more knowledge than your competitor.

For the advertisers out there, go ahead and pick up an iPad mini from the Apple store. That way you can display your creative ideas and show them to your colleagues with ease. All for just starting at $329.

And for everyone involved in media studies, Amazon now has a book on sale called The Ethics of Emerging Media: Information, Social Norms, and New Media Technology which is great for catching up on all the newest forms of emerging media and learning about all the new ethical issues that come with them all for just $34.95.

Now’s the time to get on your computers and snatch up these deals before it’s all gone! It’s just as easy as clicking the links above, and you’ll find yourself right there ready to purchase these useful tools to broaden your knowledge in whatever subject you’re studying.

After checking out all of the Cyber Monday/week deals, which deal did you find the best and how will it help you in progress?


5 Things Every College Student Should Do This Thanksgiving

22 11 2012

By: Heather Smith (@heathr_smith)

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of great food, wonderful family and late-night shopping sprees. It also means that college students get a break from class for a few days. So what can college students do over this Thanksgiving break to still be productive?

Recently, I spoke with Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen  at a Greek Life Council event on campus where we covered the topic of social media in the workplace. It is more important than ever for college students to be professional online and there are a few easy ways to turn your personal brand around in just a few minutes.

Here are five things every college student can do this Thanksgiving to be productive and go pro on their social sites:

1. Clean up your Facebook page. While you’re hanging out on the couch watching football, take some time to browse through your photos and untag or delete any that you think are inappropriate.

2. Finally snap your professional-looking photo. Considering most of us will be more dressed up than usual on Thanksgiving, ask a family member to take a photo of you in your professional-looking attire and use it as your new profile picture on LinkedIn or Twitter.

3. Connect with your family on LinkedIn. Everyone wants more LinkedIn connections.  Networking with your family this Thanksgiving and connecting with them professionally can open more doors for you in the future and is an easy way to increase your connections.

4. Update your privacy settings. Chances are, the privacy settings on most sites have changed since the last time they were updated. While you’re scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, take a minute to go through your privacy settings and adjust them according to your preferences. Helpful tips.

5. Angry Birds Star Wars. We can’t all be professionals at everything. However, I think we all know that when there is time to kill, becoming a pro at Angry Birds isn’t the worst profession in the world. This Thanksgiving, check out the new Angry Birds Star Wars. You won’t be disappointed!

War: Through Their Eyes Event Coverage

15 11 2012

By: Molly Linn


Warriors and Nurses is a multimedia presentation of the stories of five Oshkosh residents who are both veterans and nurses. The event followed a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. that allowed people to browse the photo exhibit in the Steinhilber Gallery at UW Oshkosh. Guests, veterans, and students were welcomed in the Reeve Union Theater by the event coordinators.

UW Oshkosh journalism professor Grace Lim began the presentation by focusing on the unique combination of qualities that nurses and warriors have.

“As someone who is neither a warrior nor a nurse, I would have to say those are two very different people. If you ask any kid, they’ll say, ‘Warriors battle; nurses heal.’”

As someone who says she is fascinated by people she doesn’t understand, Lim and her students set out to discover the stories of these five veterans. The five journalism students who worked on the project introduced their individual piece, one at a time.

Each piece was a slideshow, set to original music written by Dr. John Beam of the math department and Matt Muelling, a music major. They were narrated by the veterans on whom each slideshow focused.

The event was concluded with a dedication to Craig Birkholz, one of the veterans featured in the first volume of the War: Through Their Eyes project. He was killed in the line of duty as a Fond du Lac police officer in 2011. Shawn Monroe, the veteran’s service coordinator at UW Oshkosh and Chancellor Richard Wells spoke about Birkholz’s time at UW Oshkosh as well as in the army.

Overall, the combination of slideshows, podcasts, photo exhibitions, original music and narration by the veterans themselves, made the event a success.  With a book and DVD/CD set for guests, these veterans stories are not soon to be forgotten. Below are the inspiring stories of the five Oshkosh veterans:


Greg Gibbons, a 64-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired nurse was a hospital corpsman in Vietnam, who not only treated US soldiers, but Vietnamese as well. He went to UW Oshkosh and earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing and went on to work for 30 years as a nurse at the Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.

Tom Ackerman, a second-year nursing student and Iraq war veteran joined the army when he was 17 and served as a combat medic for 14 months. Upon his return, he enrolled in UW Oshkosh to further his nursing education and experience.

Dixie Berres, a woman who joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard “on a whim” in order to see the world served in Iraq for 11 months before attending UW Oshkosh. she is now a nurse at Mercy Medical Center and lives in Oshkosh with her husband, also an Iraq veteran.

Will Anderson enlisted in the US Army in 2004 as a combat medic, and four years later was deployed to Afghanistan. He is currently a third-year nursing student.

Denise Parrish served as an Operating Marine Technician in Germany during Desert Storm. After seeing the nurses care for her brother, she knew she wanted to become a nurse so she could care for others and is now a nurse manager at Mercy Medical Center.

Ready, Aim, Shoot: Photo Contest

12 11 2012

By: Eli Drljaca (@elidrljaca)

Photographers unite! Put the camera down and listen to this: Photographer’s Forum Magazine is holding an annual photo contest for all high school and college students. In order to enter you need to register information first here. The cost is only $5.95 and the entries are due by Nov. 19. Also there is a .pdf flyer with all the information you need to know.

The contest is broken down into color and black and white photos, both different contests when it comes to giving out the prizes. The first place winner of both categories will receive their choice of a $2,000 grant, or a Nikon D7000.

The winning photos will then be displayed in the May 2013 edition of Photographer’s Forum Magazine. Also, top 8 percent of all contest entries will be placed into the book: Best of College and High School Photography of 2013.

If you’re a journalism student here at UW Oshkosh and you haven’t already taken media photo I with Dr. Tim Gleason I would highly recommend taking the course to learn much more about how important a photo is when telling a story or showing a situation for new coverage. Gleason also teaches you how to fully use a camera to get the perfect exposure which will lead to perfect shot.

Dr. Gleason was the one who brought this contest to my attention, and also had a lot more information on the contest itself and why this contest is better than most. “This contest is specifically for college and high students–they have different categories–so it allows a comparison among members of the same peer group.” Gleason said, “Some contests involve professionals and amateurs and cost significantly more. This is one of the cheaper contests to enter. Many of the ‘free’ contests try to claim copyright over your work, so this one is a good deal. Also, a contest like Hearst wants entries published in a newspaper. This contest doesn’t have such a limitation.”

Gleason also went on to say how this contest is more than just a contest, it will benefit your life much more. “It never hurts to place in a contest and have it on your resume.” Gleason said, “Life is a competition–you compete with others to get into college and you compete with others for jobs. The more things you have on your resume that sets you apart from others, the better your chances are of getting hired.”

War: Through Their Eyes Vol. 2 Event

6 11 2012

By: Eli Drljaca (@elidrljaca)

          Not doing anything this Friday, Nov. 9? Consider this: War through Their Eyes, vol. 2: Warriors and Nurses. Sit back and relax at 5:30 p.m. in the Reeve theater room and enjoy a multimedia presentation about the stories of five war veterans that were or are currently students of the nursing program here at UW-Oshkosh.

The multimedia presentation will be accompanied by a photo exhibition at the Steinhilber gallery showing the stories of these veterans as they made their ways all over the world practicing in the medical field. The locations where the veterans have been vary from Vietnam to the Middle East.

The event is run by Grace Lim, a journalism professor here at UW-Oshkosh. There is a great amount of contribution from Grace’s students toward this event and the organization.

“My journalism students interviewed five veterans who are either current or alumni in the College of Nursing.” Lim said, “They each wrote 2,500-3,000 word profiles about these veterans which was published in an 80-page book. My students also produced several audio podcasts that will be available on the Beyond Classroom Walls website.”

Beyond Classroom Walls is also a great reference to find out more about professors in a much more personal manner with stories and interesting facts about them. The site also has a section for this event as well describing what it is all about.

There is also a very well described question and answer page about the event done by UW Oshkosh Today
which covers all questions you may have for the event. Even if you’re not a nursing student, this is a great event to hear about some life changing experiences. We will also be posting a follow up blog post how the event was so if you miss it, you can come back here and check for event coverage.

Who’s Ready to Vote?

4 11 2012

By: Eli Drljaca (@elidrljaca)

With election day just hours away, it’s getting to the point where you can’t even watch a single YouTube video or listen to more than one song on Pandora without hearing an advertisement about the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election.

Being a college student is hard enough, constantly buried in homework and studying, so for some of us we think that there isn’t enough time to get out and vote. I have some good news for you! Whether you’re the type of person who thinks that their vote won’t make a difference at all, or the type that rushes to get their early voting ballot done and sent in, the deadline is just hours away with the election being on Nov. 6.

Now there are a couple ways to go about voting, luckily I’ve broken down your options and have given you some good sites to get information:

  • My Vote Wisconsins webpage will help you in regards to finding the nearest voting center in your area. It’s so simple, all you have to do is fill in your information, and it does the rest for you!
  • Long Distance Voter is an easy way to get yourself an absentee ballot. It takes you through the steps of getting ahold of your municipal clerk, then they mail you the ballot.
  • has great FAQs about registration and voting.
  • Also, take a look at the Advance-Titan, it covered an article this week covering some of the basis of voting. They also have a very nice map showing voting centers in Oshkosh.

If you haven’t decided who to vote for yet, now’s the time to quick head to the website of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and read up on what their visions are for our country’s future. Also, you can check out The Guardian to take a look at video clips from the presidential debates.