Mobile Media Additions Made to Core Journalism Courses

24 10 2013

Photo Credit: Mashable.

By: Phil Aiello (@phil_ILO)

New additions to the Department of Journalism’s Foundations of Multimedia Production and Online Publishing will introduce opportunities for students willing to take on developing mobile communications.

Studies suggest that mobile Internet usage will exceed desktop Internet usage as early as 2015, and the Department of Journalism will make changes to reflect the trend beginning this spring.

In Foundations of Multimedia Production, Dr. Shu-Yueh Lee will deliver conceptual knowledge of applications and services for mobile multimedia. The learning objective is for students to obtain knowledge about the development process for mobile applications.

In Online Publishing, introductory lessons on JavaScript and jQuery will be applied to create interactive web packages that can be accessed both by the Internet and mobile devices.

“The hope is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for creating mobile sites and mobile multimedia messages,” Dr. Lee said.

With innovative, all-in-one products like tablets and smartphones, which include millions of mobile applications, the need to purchase products like GPS systems, cameras and storage devices have led analysts to believe that desktop computers may become extinct.

Studies reported in Mashable state that nearly 5.1 billion mobile phone users will possess a mobile phone by 2017, growing from 1 billion from 2013.

Mobile communication is a key aspect of modern journalism for writing and visual content. Students should consider these trends when registering for classes, and staying current with technology. In what ways may mobile impact your work in journalism?


UWO Journalism Is… Share Your Definition

23 10 2013

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Preview Days is a great way to recruit and show prospective students why we take pride in attending UW Oshkosh. The Journalism Department wishes to use Preview Days to show prospective students that journalism is  much more than writing and editing newspapers. Our department has changed along with society in teaching students social media, public relations, advertising, visual media and so much more.

So, journalism students, we want to know what you think about your major/minor, what you have learned and what your education has done for you! Go to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and share your best testament and include the hashtag, #UWOSHJournalism. Let’s show prospective students why they need to be a part of UW Oshkosh Journalism:


13 Tips From a Pro | Guest Speaker Jeff Griffith

17 10 2013

By: Kaila Kissinger (@KailaKissinger)

Jeff Griffith, Creative Director at Men’s Health Magazine, received the Distinguished Alumni Award last week from the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association. While in Oshkosh, Jeff was kind enough to meet with students during classes, Advertising Media and Visual Media Design, and also met with the Ad Club. He shed some light on the advertising industry and told stories about his experiences.

Jeff Griffith Distinguished Alumni Award

Bill & Judi Biglow, Jeff Griffith, Harvey Jacobson, Elaine & Gary Coll

Jeff has a pretty amazing career history – starting young with a complete portfolio by his sophomore year at UW Oshkosh, working on ads for Miller while still in school, getting his first job as an Art Director in Honolulu, starting his own publication and ending up in New York. If you want to check out some of Jeff’s work, take a look at his online portfolio. Even though he has had a lot of great career opportunities, in his presentation to the Advertising Media class Jeff still stressed to not only look for jobs but to focus on what experiences will come from them.  He went on to give the class some tips on how to land a job or internship…

  1. Figure out your goals NOW – write them down
  2. Be a sponge – absorb everything, take in your surroundings
  3. Know yourself – what are you good at? What do you suck at?
  4. Be marketable
  5. Turn off your phone – listen and observe. Know what’s going on around you.
  6. Try talking to people – what do people have to say about you?
  7. Know the company you’re interviewing with – what do they do? Who are they?
  8. Follow the company – know some details, focus on whom you are meeting with
  9. Subject header “hi” – be relevant. No one is going to find or open an email with a subject that says “hi”
  10. Email attachments – if you’re sending your resume via email… have your name in the document title
  11. Shake my hand – also say your name, chances are the person doesn’t remember it
  12. Ask questions in the interview – let them know you’ve done your research
  13. Thank you note – email immediately and use a situational detail so they remember who you are

Have you had an internship yet? If so what other tips could you add to this list?


Three Journalism Alumni Dared to Dream

11 10 2013

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Where Titans Dare to Dream, this year’s homecoming theme, is more than fitting for the accomplished alumni being recognized tonight at the 2013 Alumni Awards Dinner. Ten UW Oshkosh graduates dared to dream and are now on a path to having a large impact in their professions. We are happy to announce that three of the honorees are journalism alumni: Jeff Griffith, Shane Arman and Kate Briquelet.

“The Department of Journalism is proud to have so many wonderful alumni making significant contributions to the profession,” Mike Cowling, chair of the journalism department, said. “Over the years, the department has had more majors recognized by the University Alumni Association as Outstanding Young Alumni Award or Distinguished Alumni Award winners than any other department on campus.”

Jeff GriffithJeff Griffith is receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Association’s highest honor. It is hard to fit everything Griffith has accomplished in only a few short paragraphs because he has achieved an incredibly creative career in advertising.

While a student, Griffith was a Journalism major with an advertising emphasis, and a minor in Radio/TV/Film. He also was involved in Reeve Union Board, UW Oshkosh Ad Club, and the Advance-Titan. Griffith’s passion was advertising, and once he graduated, he landed jobs in ad agencies all over the country.

His first job was with Milic Valemi Park and Gabriel in Honolulu, Hawaii. He landed other jobs within the advertising world working for Babbit & Reiman in Atlanta, Hal Riney & Partners in New York and many other freelance opportunities. Griffith even co-founded an ad agency, JUGULAR Advertising, before he made the switch to publishing. He now serves as the Creative Director of Men’s Health at Rodale Publishing. What an honor it is to have Griffith as one of our Journalism Alumni.

Take a look at what Jeff has to say about his career and other experiences in this interview with UW Oshkosh Career Services.

Shane Arman

Shane Arman is receiving his second award after being named the Young PR Professional of the Year this spring. At the alumni awards dinner, Arman will be receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

After graduating in 2010 with a Journalism major, Arman became an associate in consumer and sports marketing at Burson-Marsteller in Chicago. Arman started at the agency as an intern, and impressed his employers who offered him a full-time job after college.

While a student at UW Oshkosh, Arman received his degree with an emphasis in public relations, and a business administration minor. He was the president of Reeve Union Board and the vice president of UWO’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America.

See what other things Shane has accomplished by reading this article.

Kate Briquelet

Kate Briguelet is receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

After graduating in 2008, she moved to New York and earned a master’s in journalism at New York University. Briguelet has accomplished her dream and is currently writing for the New York Post as an enterprise reporter for the Sunday Edition.

Briquelet was very involved while attending Oshkosh. She worked for the Advance-Titan, where she earned a position as a features editor; she was involved in the Society of Professional Journalists and the journalism honors society, Kappa Tau Alpha. On top of her school activities, she was a freelance writer for the Oshkosh Magazine and worked as a copy editor at the Oshkosh Northwestern.

After graduation, Briquelet worked for the Business Traveler where she traveled the world to cover airline and luxury hotel openings and edited copy for the monthly national magazine. She also worked as an intern at City Hall News.

To read more about Kate’s success check out this article from UW Oshkosh Today.

“We as faculty try to provide a solid foundation from which our graduates can build successful careers. They become great ambassadors for the department and the university,” Cowling said.

See what happens when you challenge yourself to think big and follow your dreams? You, too, may be receiving an award some day.

The Alumni Awards Dinner will be held beginning at 5 p.m. tonight in Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom.