PRSSA Wins Pacesetter Award, Third Award For Year

1 04 2017

By Carissa Brzezinski (@CJBrzezinski)

Congratulations to The Dr. Julie Henderson PRSSA Chapter at UW Oshkosh for being the honored recipients of PRSSA National’s Pacesetter Chapter Recognition award for the month of February!

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The Pacesetter recognizes a chapter’s success in three areas: membership, national participation, and chapter development. UWO’s chapter was acknowledged for increasing chapter membership by 74 percent through on-campus engagement, participating in a national initiative by conducting high school outreach, attending a sponsor PRSA chapter’s meeting, and hosting a LinkedIn workshop for members.

Receiving the Pacesetter was the most recent achievement for the chapter, during what has been a busy and successful school year.

At the beginning of March, eighteen members attended the 2017 PRSSA Midwest Regional Conference, PRPalooza, in Chicago hosted by DePaul University. The focus of the conference was on music and entertainment public relations.

The conference consisted of three tracks for students to choose from: music, television and film, and theater. Agency tours were included at various establishments such as the House of Blues, Cinespace, Lincoln Hall, and more. Outside of the conference, members attended a private performance at Second City and visited UWO journalism alum, Shane Arman, at Ketchum’s Chicago office.

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In the fall semester, the chapter also had six members attend the 2016 PRSSA National Conference in Indianapolis. The students attended five days of professional development sessions, visited the Indianapolis Zoo, and even found time to bring home two awards.

The chapter received the Star Chapter award, and faculty adviser, Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen, was the honored recipient of the Dr. F.H. Teahan Faculty Adviser award.

 

Currently the chapter is busy preparing to participate in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (NODAC) this April.

For more information you can visit the chapter’s Blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Sage 3412.

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Advance-Titan 2016-2017 Awards and Achievements

31 03 2017

@Christina Basken (@ChristinaBasken)

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Morgan Van Lanen-Head Sports Editor, Austin Walther-Social Media Manager, Alex Nemec-Head News Editor, Mike Johrendt-Assistant Sports Editor, Ti Windisch-Managing Editor, Garrett Wright-Copy Desk Chief, Alyssa Grove-Campus Connections Editor, Kurt Ness-Web Manager, Trevor Hurst-Copy Desk Editor, Nicole Horner-Opinion Editor, Emily Fredrick-Head Photo Editor, Laura Dickinson- Assistant News Editor, Jessica Johnson-Editor-In-Chief, Haley Lentz-Advertising Manager. Not pictured: Alicia Kahl-Assistant Photo Editor.

 

The UW-Oshkosh Advance-Titan Student Newspaper staff headed to Madison on Feb. 23 to compete in the Wisconsin College Media Association Contest.

During this event, former Editor-In-Chief Katie Knox won first place best news reporting on a piece she wrote about a tattoo project that shed light on mental illness.

“Her piece actually started out as an assignment for my class, but it was so good that we wanted to feature it in the A-T,” said Vincent Filak, adviser of The Advance-Titan.

In addition to this award, reporter Erik Buchinger won first place best sports reporting on his story of UWO quarterback Brett Kasper connecting with his bone marrow transplant recipient, Phoenix Bridegroom.

“It was a huge success for Katie and Erik. I am very proud of both of them,” said Filak.

During fall 2016 semester members of the A-T celebrated a huge win in DC at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention.

The A-T team submitted their website in a large-scale competition for “best website design and content” among 30 other universities.

“We were all exhausted as we landed in Chicago, but when news hit we found our second wind and celebrated the accomplishment,” said Filak. “It was a pretty big deal for us. We competed on the large scale meaning that we went up against colleges with four times the population and budget, some even with their own web divisions.”

When asked what the biggest contributions were leading up to this victory, Jessica Johnson, the Editor-in-Chief of the Advance-Titan had this to say, “We owe a lot to Kurt Ness. He single-handedly switched our entire operating system over to WordPress, taking advice from all of us along the way making it feel like a real team effort. The website is faster, more reliable, much more user-friendly and visually pleasing.”

The advisor of the paper stated, “We won the award because of the overall website layout and content; reporting, writing and photography. It was especially gratifying to win the award because the judge for this particular entry is very well-known in the community of Journalism as being a very hard critic and I respect him very much,” Filak said.  

A new feature of the website is a section, located under the “report news” tab, where students can submit ideas and feedback on what gets posted.

Looking to the future, the goal of the Advance-Titan is to increase readership and make the student body here at UWO feel more connected to the paper and provide a place for their voices to be heard.





Three Students Named Finalists in Photographer’s Forum Contest

27 03 2017

By Ashley Larson (@aelarson6)

Congratulations to Katie Hanson, Crystal Knuth and Allison Tetrick for being named finalists in Photographer’s Forum’s 37th Annual College & High School Photography Contest!

Katie Hanson

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We were given our portrait assignment in Media Photo II class and I had no idea what to have as my subject, so I decided to go with my favorite subject: sports. I decided I wanted to do something with shadows to give the photo a different type of feel, and it worked.

This photo was like nothing I have ever shot before and I loved how it turned out. It took a little bit of experimenting with lighting to get the shadow to fall where I wanted it.

I was able to experiment with a couple different techniques and really enjoyed the process to make this photo.

There are so many submissions to this contest each year, so I was surprised and excited to find out I was a finalist. It is pretty cool to have your work recognized.

 

Crystal Knuth

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I was on a volunteer trip in Antigua, Guatemala when I took the photo I submitted for the contest. As our volunteer group was walking back to our house from construction work, we ran into two young boys playing soccer in the street. The two boys had a tremendous amount of energy because they had to keep their ball from rolling down a slanted road. While playing soccer, one of the boys ran up to the side of the building, and I instantly saw the common color of red between the wall of the building, the shirt of the young boy, and the parked motorcycle. I was inspired by the connection of red, and by the added energy the color brought to the picture.

Every photographer has a plethora of pictures, but only a selected few will catch your eye to become some of your favorite work. The feeling you get when you fall in love with one of your pictures is difficult to describe, but the picture I submitted did just that. I submitted this particular picture because I eventually want to travel with photojournalism.

To be named a finalist in the photo contest not only feels great, but serves as a nice confidence boost to keep pursuing my passion in photojournalism. My heart leads me into my dedication of storytelling, and pictures allow me to show the full frame of unseen stories. My ultimate goal is to teach through my work in photography.

 

Allison Tetrick

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I knew I wanted to go for a lighter, fun feel. A lot of the studio work I have seen seems to be serious and that really isn’t me. Luckily, Zoe (pictured) was more than happy to help me bring that idea to life!

As soon as I started taking pictures of Zoe I knew I wanted her to be laughing. This photo in particular, everything just came together. The lighting was pretty much how I wanted and there was no reflection on her glasses.

This photo makes me smile. It is as simple as that. Photography, to me, is more than just taking photos. It is about telling stories and expressing feelings.





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!

 





Display Your Best Self: PRSSA Holds LinkedIn Workshop

1 03 2017

By Ashley Larson (@aelarson6)

As a senior, the real world is right around the corner. With it comes the daunting task of job (or internship) hunting. Recently, PRSSA hosted Barb Benish and Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen, who gave a LinkedIn workshop about how to use this important networking platform along with one-on-one help for attendees. Students of all skill levels met to improve their profiles or, like me, get started on the networking site.

Dr. Hansen kicked the workshop off with a video explaining why students should make a LinkedIn profile. Turns out, it’s not just for well-connected CEOs! Building a strong profile now may help you land that awesome job right after graduation.

For new users, Benish built a profile from scratch and highlighted best practices along the way. Her first tip? Make sure you have a strong résumé! It makes creating your LinkedIn profile a piece of cake.

She also pointed out the importance of a good profile picture. LinkedIn users with a quality photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed and 36 times more likely to be messaged.

Your profile summary on LinkedIn is key, according to Benish, because it’s like your digital elevator pitch. Sell yourself! All it takes is a few short paragraphs and bullet points to highlight your skills, accomplishments and goals. Sprinkle in some personality and employers may be interested in hiring you.

Speaking of personality, remember to change the URL on your public profile to your name, if possible. This makes it shorter, neater and easier to remember.

Badges are another component of a strong LinkedIn profile. For example, New and Emerging Media students who take and pass the HubSpot inbound marketing certification exam can display a badge on their profile. PRSSA members can showcase their membership card on LinkedIn as well.

Another cool thing about LinkedIn is its portfolio capabilities. Upload your résumé. Share some writing samples or photographs. If you’re working on something awesome for class, work or your internship, add it to your profile.

As students, adding courses related to the field you want to work in is a great way to show prospective employers that you have practical knowledge.

Don’t forget to interact with other users! After all, LinkedIn is a social network. Endorsements from coworkers and supervisors show that you have skills. Connect with your professors and classmates—you never know what connections they may have.





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.

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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.