Senior Wisdom: Getting to Know Journalism Faculty Members

12 12 2017

By William Waschow

Since becoming a senior at UW Oshkosh, I have reflected on how important it is to find a professor that is right for your learning style. When I first enrolled in the Department of Journalism as a public relations student, I gained insight into each professors’ different and individual style. They differ in their approaches based on how they want to help you reach your own personal goals and in ways that they connect course work to tasks you would do in future jobs. With this guidance, you will find yourself surrounded by a supportive faculty and staff where they provide a clear learning environment, help you understand core principles and prepare you for entering the workplace. Out of the department’s six full-time faculty members and two adjunct positions, I have identified three professors that I have had the experience of learning from in the classroom and I believe these three individuals offer personable approaches to create a professional, supportive learning environment here at the university for students.

Dr. Tim Gleason

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When meeting Dr. Gleason for the first time, you will quickly realize not only how passionate he is about his professional work, but also how much he cares about his students. While teaching media photography and several other media studies courses, he brings enthusiasm, excitement, and hands-on teaching for all of his students. He assists students in understanding tools such as Adobe programs and media equipment that are essential tools for the students’ success. Through my personal experience with Dr. Gleason, he does an excellent job making sure every student in the course is on track with the content before going on to the next section or topic. This ensures that each student is fully capable and prepared going forward in class, as well as future classes.

Dr. Kristine Nicolini

Nicolini-Pic-163-pxWhen I first enrolled in one of Dr. Nicolini’s courses in the fall of 2016, I was convinced she was a professor who had multiple years of experience at UW Oshkosh. My perception was based on how clearly she created each class structure, provided an open-door policy and offered great feedback on assignments. As the year went on, I found out that she had an extensive 11 years of teaching prior to coming to the journalism department, along with a career as a public relations professional. As I have been enrolled in many of her other courses, I now realize how much of an impact her professional teaching style will have on my future career in the field of public relations. Whether it is through her honesty in feedback, or helping with the pressure of working with a client, Dr. Nicolini does a great job in setting an example of what the real world in public relations truly looks like.

Professor Miles Maguire

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Currently teaching courses in writing, editing, reporting, media law and film, Professor Maguire tries to create a classroom environment that resembles a newsroom. This includes timed in-class assignments, which give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the field of editing and reporting. Being enrolled in one of his editing courses previously, I quickly noted how you have to analyze every detail, such as AP style, grammar and sentence structure, as Professor Maguire likes to focus on the small, yet key details that most students miss.

 

Choosing a path to a successful future is difficult. You may be asking yourself, is this major a good fit for me? Is choosing this department going to open more doors for my career? I found my answers to be “yes” for the Department of Journalism at UW Oshkosh, and I’m looking forward to my future in the field.

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The Advisory Board Provides Employer Perspective

6 12 2017

By Ashley Larson (@aelarson6)

Advisory Board

The Department of Journalism at UW Oshkosh is committed to providing students with the knowledge and skills relevant for today’s job market. In order to keep curriculum as current as possible, the department utilizes feedback from a group of industry professionals called the advisory board.

John Giesfeldt, a board member and the Content Marketing Manager at B&W MEGTEG LLC, describes the advisory board as a bridge between the department and employers.

“The advisory board operates as a link between the Journalism Department [sic], its curriculum development, and the business community,” Giesfeldt said.

Public relations professor Kristine Nicolini points out that the advisory board’s feedback also helps the department meet accreditation standards in addition to making sure curriculum prepares students for the workforce.

Their function is to help provide insights related to the professional and public service accreditation standard of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Specifically, their insights and feedback help ensure the curriculum aligns with advancing journalism and mass communication professions,” Nicolini said.

Giesfeldt said the board evaluates the department’s curriculum and provides feedback from an employer perspective so students know what to expect when they transition from the classroom to the real world.  

“Our decisions are really about providing feedback to the department about what we see as good curriculum development to prepare students. It comes down to trying to give students the right mindset of what they can expect when they do land a position,” Giesfeldt said.

A field as dynamic as journalism needs equally dynamic professionals. To help the department meet this need, the advisory board provides curriculum feedback based on the diverse perspectives of its members.

For Giesfeldt, that means looking at his professional journey since college, which includes stops in reporting, marketing, advertising and public relations, and incorporating his experiences into the board’s collective voice.

Though it seems easier to see how the journalism department benefits from its advisory board, serving on the advisory board is beneficial for its members as well.

“Being involved on the board has been a great experience for me. Being able to see and be involved in the decision-making process the faculty go through in determining whether or not course offerings are meaningful to the students’ development is very rewarding,” Giesfeldt said.

 

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John Giesfeldt (Courtesy of Twitter)

 

 

 

 





Advance-Titan Team Attends College Media Convention in Dallas

20 11 2017

By Alicia Kahl (@kahlmealicia)

It’s 3 a.m. and we’re all a mixture of tired and excited to be en route to the airport for a weekend trip to Dallas, Texas for the 2017 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention . Eight staff members of The Advance-Titan were given the opportunity to attend this annual convention at the end of October where more than 300 sessions about media, public relations, design, photography and more are offered to students involved in their campus media outlets.

The night before we were struggling to fit everything into a carry-on bag, and now we are struggling to stay awake on our 7 a.m. flight after a full night of newspaper production. Nonetheless, we persevered and were grateful to be on the way to Dallas.

The weekend was filled with learning, bonding, eating and napping when we had even 20 minutes of down time. Each of us brought back ideas that we wanted to apply to our newspaper; whether it be new design ideas, typography or photo ideas, the convention was extremely educational and applicable to our newspaper life. (Each of us also brought home full stomachs after the Texas barbeque we devoured, but I digress.)

The value of this convention is unrivaled. With opportunities to hear from professionals in photography, writing, design and so much more, there was such an abundance of knowledge provided. Keynote speakers such as Bob Schieffer  and Hugh Aynseworth left us inspired, and we walked out of each keynote chatting about the contributions these amazing speakers made during their media careers.

On top of all of the great learning and networking, we brought home two awards thanks to Jacob Lynch, an exceptional photographer for the A-T. He won second place in the CMA Pinnacle competition and received honorable mention in the ACP Pacesetter competition. Both competitions are very prestigious in college media and Jacob helped represent the A-T in front of colleges that were twice our size.

A-T Award Winning Photo by Jacob Lynch

This photo, taken by A-T photographer Jacob Lynch, won 2nd place at the CMA Pinnacle Awards and honorable mention at the ACP Pacemaker Awards.

As a collective group, we knew we were lucky to be at this convention. We took pride in representing UW Oshkosh as we showcased our talented team and best newspaper capabilities. Who knew UWO would be such a competitor and key player on the national level!?

We did.
If you are interested in joining The Advance-Titan, please contact Morgan Van Lanen (vanlam57@uwosh.edu)





Biersach Runs for National PRSSA Committee, Increases Awareness of UWO

1 05 2017

Brianna Colebourne By Brianna Colebourne

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism student Katie Biersach ran for a National PRSSA committee position and increased awareness of the UW Oshkosh Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and the journalism department as a whole.

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Katie Biersach

Biersach, a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in Radio-TV-Film, traveled to Seattle from March 30- April 2 to run for the vice president of career services position, which entails managing the PRSSA Internship Center, planning events for Career Development Month, increasing champions for PRSSA’s presence in the society, and much more.

In the end, she did not receive the position, but it was an extremely valuable experience. She even ended up running for another position off the floor, which she had not prepared for at all. Biersach said, “I put my professional skills to the test and proved to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Running for those positions meant so much more than the position itself to Biersach. She used it as a way to gain experience, raise awareness about the UW Oshkosh journalism department, showcase her skills, and spread her knowledge to inspire and lead students from all across the world because she truly admires PRSSA.

Sara Steffes Hansen, faculty adviser of the Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA chapter, helped Biersach prepare for her presentation by listening to her speech and providing constructive feedback. Hansen said: “It is quite an accomplishment for Katie to be a finalist for a National PRSSA position among a highly qualified field of candidates. We are very proud of her for reaching this level, and further putting UWO and the Department of Journalism on the national stage.”

Biersach, who will graduate in May 2018, is president of the UW Oshkosh PRSSA chapter and has served on its executive board for two years. Biersach also will be the 2017-2018 Promotions Director for Titan TV and is currently a part of Reeve Union Board.

In the past, she was a news reporter for the Advance-Titan, the communications director for Fletcher Hall Government, production member for Titan TV and a news reporter on 90.3 WRST.

 

 





Organ Donor Awareness Campaign Kicks off at UW Oshkosh

24 04 2017

Abby Reich  By Abby Reich @missabbyrae23

The UW Oshkosh Dr. Julie Henderson Public Relations Student Society of America chapter started its Blooming Lives campaign for the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition on April 13, and they are already “blooming with joy.”

The PRSSA chapter at Rowan University sponsors the competition. The founder of the chapter received a life-saving kidney transplant from his sister, so the chapter created the annual PRSSA competition for other chapters to gain experience in event planning and to bring awareness to organ donation.

The Oshkosh chapter has been planning its campaign since February, and their events will kick off at the end of April. Their campaign has two main components: the Blooming Lives flower drive, which will be held 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. April 27 in Reeve Memorial Union, and a campus-wide planting event on April 29.

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Carissa Brzezinski, the vice president of events for UW Oshkosh’s PRSSA chapter, is leading the campaign. “This campaign is a reflection of our chapter, not just me,” she said. “I want everyone to feel involved throughout the entire process and to feel proud of all the work we have done.”

Brzezinski also came up with the concept of flowers for the campaign. When she was thinking about the campaign, she kept coming back to the idea that NODAC is always held in the spring. She said, “There’s something about the springtime and new life … and that serves organ donation and the new life that it creates, as well.” Members brainstormed the chapter’s name for the campaign, “Blooming Lives” for organ donation, during a chapter meeting.

Blooming Lives Banner

One of the great things about the flower drive is that there will be no charge for the pansies. The flowers will be free to anyone who is a registered organ donor, signs up to become an organ donor or learns more about organ donation at their booth on April 27.

According to Brzezinski, “The goal of the flower drive is to focus on the positive benefits of donation and to celebrate those who are already donors and those who want to learn more and possibly become donors.”

After the flower drive, the chapter will plant 300 pansies on campus in partnership with the university on April 27. The chapter chose orange pansies to create a visual and long-lasting awareness on campus for organ donation. Brzezinski said, “Like organ donation itself, planting these flowers not only benefits the cause, but our campus community as well.” The pansies will be planted in beds on the front side of Kolf, Horizon, Dempsey and the power plant.

The Oshkosh chapter has a long history participating in NODAC starting in 1997 when the competition began. They also have a long history of success. In the last 10 years alone, they have received two firsts, two seconds, and two honorable mentions. Its members are grateful to be able to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom with their peers and colleagues for a very worthy cause.

“Blooming Lives is an honest and genuine campaign focused on bringing even more positivity and grace to the conversation around organ donation,” Brzezinski said. The chapter’s goal is to increase awareness of organ donation, and they hope that the campus community will take part in the Blooming Lives events.

The chapter will learn the results of the competition in May. Winning chapters will be recognized and will receive their awards at the PRSSA National Conference in October 2017.





University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism students help local school find new look

24 04 2017

By Jean Giovanetti

Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) helped a local elementary school update its image.

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New Logo Design

Students enrolled in the journalism department’s Advertising Copy Layout and Production class worked with representatives of Carl Traeger Elementary School to develop a new logo. The current logo features an image of a wolf, representing the school’s mascot, a timberwolf.

Brenna Garrison-Bruden, principal of Carl Traeger Elementary School, sent out a request in her newsletter asking for help updating the school’s logo, which is used on everything from print and online communications, to spirit wear.

Journalism department lecturer, Jean A. Giovanetti, answered the call.

“This was a great chance for UWO journalism students to practice their design skills with a real client, as well as help the community,” Giovanetti said. “Students get on-the-job training, while the client gets a free professional-quality design.”

After meeting the school’s principal on campus, students in the journalism class created several drafts of a logo, which Garrison-Bruden presented to a committee composed of elementary school parents and teachers. Then staff and students voted on the new logo design and chose the logo created by Emily Fredrick, a junior from Poy Sippi.

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Emily Fredrick

“I wanted to create a friendly wolf that children will be able to look up to as their mascot,” Fredrick said. “I love promoting brands through graphic design, and this is exactly what this class allows me to do.”

“The students demonstrated a high level of engagement in getting to know the needs of our school and used this information in the design process,” said Brenna Garrison-Bruden. “Our Site Council, staff and students participated in the selection process and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results!”





Networking Your Way to Your Dream Job…

3 03 2017

By Christina Basken (@ChristinaBasken)

Networking can be an excellent way to reach out, get your name out there, land your dream job and perhaps even come across an opportunity you’ve never even thought of exploring! A few of our journalism students have had great success with networking. Read about their stories, tips and advice here.

Mackenna Erdmann, a senior at UWO studying Public Relations and Journalism

Through networking, Erdmann has had the chance to work for exciting organizations such as 95.9 Kiss FM, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Walt Disney World Company, the CMA’s and the Green Bay Packers.

“One of the experiences that changed my life in many ways was GRAMMY Camp”, Erdmann said. “My mom heard about the opportunity and we put together an audition tape to submit. After weeks of waiting, I was chosen as one of 30 kids to participate in the week long camp in New York City. I spent time with industry professionals who opened my eyes to the entertainment industry as a whole and inspired me to work hard to get where I want to be. Among those people, I met my friend Josh who happened to be from Nashville. After telling him about my passion for singing and country music, he didn’t hesitate to invite me to work the CMA Awards. A couple years later, he called me and asked if I would come down for the week of the show. Without hesitation, I packed my bags and headed to Music City. The first year, I started out driving golf carts, but as I started talking with people and ‘selling myself,’ I was eventually moved inside where I work directly with all the country artists and talent who are a part of the show both during rehearsal week and the show itself. I moved my way up and this past November, I had the honor of working with Brad Paisley. If I hadn’t expanded my network both at GRAMMY Camp and the CMA’s, I would have never gotten the opportunity to do what I am doing today.”

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“If I had to leave you with advice, it would be this: be comfortable being uncomfortable and get as much experience as you possibly can,” Erdmann said. “What I mean by ‘be comfortable being uncomfortable’ is there are going to be a lot of times where you may not feel comfortable talking to someone and trying to sell yourself. DO IT. You never know who you are talking to or where that conversation could go.”

Katie Biersach, a junior at UWO majoring in PR with a minor in RTF

Biersach has discovered many networking opportunities through PRSSA and at the National and Regional Conferences. Being a member of the chapter allows Biersach to take advantage of professional networking events and experiences with practitioners in the industry. She also has opportunities to network with students from across the world to learn about their chapters..

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“Take a leap of faith and network with professionals on LinkedIn that work for companies that you want to intern or work at in the future,” Biersach said. “Take advantage of on-campus events to network with professionals. Join a club or organization relating to your major or minor and network with students in that group. Talk to your professors and ask for advice when applying for an internship. Do not be afraid to ask someone to take a second look at your application materials. Internships will not come to you. If you want the internship bad enough, you will do everything you can to make your application the best.”

Rachel Boudreau, a recent graduate from UWO majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations “– now working as a content specialist at DealerSocket

Boudreau, on the other hand, has had many networking opportunities through being involved in her sorority. Taking leadership positions has allowed her to meet and network with campus professionals, and peers from across the country at conferences. She has also had networking opportunities through professors in her journalism classes, and with her involvement with PRSSA.

“These opportunities have influenced my career path because talking to people in a new area of PR that I haven’t yet explored, or talking to other motivated students, helps me become more motivated and curious about future career opportunities,” Boudreau said. “My experiences in college have given me a drive to always push forward and to forge my own path in my career.”

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Boudreau states, “Get involved! I can’t express enough how important it is to be involved in a variety of organizations on campus, both within and outside of your major. Talk to classmates, professors, friends, family, everyone you possibly can about what you want to do with your life because you never know where an opportunity might pop up. Be open to trying new things. You might have an internship opportunity that you don’t think fits into exactly what you want to do, but never turn away an experience.”

 
Resources

How to find out about networking conferences going on around campus? Download the UWO Handshake app and get connected with clubs and organizations on campus! Also check out these great monthly networking conferences held at The Lambeau Field and Oshkosh area to interact with over 50 companies to land your dream job!