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IN THIS ISSUE
Seniors: Apply to graduate in May 2014
Summer 2014 internships in China deadline extended to Jan. 22
Usage and grammar test dates and resources
Utilize the resources that the Park Library has to offer
Kuralt Learning Center open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.
Career Services appointments
Subscribe to J-school Career Services listserv
Apply by January 2014 to be a Hearst Fellow
African American men invited to apply to The Institute's summer program
Submissions for Hillman Prizes in Journalism due Jan. 31
Volunteer as a writing coach

 

Seniors: Apply to graduate in May 2014

J-school applications to graduate in May 2014 were due Oct. 15. Please complete and submit your application to Student Records immediately if you plan to graduate then. Download the graduation application.

Summer 2014 internships in China deadline extended to Jan. 22

Students interested in applying for up to two 10-week summer internships at China.org.cn in Beijing should apply by Jan. 22. J-school juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible. They must have passed the newswriting course, at least. They should be returning to the school for at least a semester after the internship, although that is not required. The internships combine copy editing-reporting-public relations for the English department of China.org.cn, a large Chinese government-run news website. No knowledge of the Chinese language is necessary.

Participating students pay air travel, most living expenses (most meals), accommodation costs and health insurance. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will provide financial assistance directly to students if funding permits. The website will pay interns a monthly stipend of about $375 U.S. and provide free lunches each workday in the company cafeteria and assist with getting housing. The website will pick students up at the Beijing airport and provide or reimburse students for any costs associated with carrying out duties of the internship, such as travel on reporting assignments. Interns will work no more than 40 hours a week and will be given meaningful business-professional assignments. The website will try to provide cultural and business opportunities for students to augment their experiences, including attendance at news conferences or first-hand cultural experiences and will supply a translator to assist the interns in interviewing, etc. Interns will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

“The internship was a learning experience both on the professional and human level,” Nana Sidibe, one of the two interns in summer 2013, said. “So far it is one of the best things I’ve done.”

Lauren Ratcliffe, a senior, and Lauren Russell, a junior, were the 2010 interns. Both said the internship was a life-changing experience. Dan Byrnes, a senior, was one of three interns in 2009. He said his time in Beijing was excellent: “My experience in Beijing was amazing. I honed my skills in editing, reporting, photography, writing and working in a professional newsroom. I was able to write articles about events at the Great Wall of China, interview Chinese locals with the help of translators, participate in a photo contest and live in a part of the world I never imagined visiting.”

To apply locally to be recommended to China.org.cn, please submit a resume, a statement saying why the applicant wants the internship and a recommendation from a school professor to professor Richard Cole by no later than Jan. 22. Applicants may send their material to Cole at Richard_cole@unc.edu or deliver a printed copy to Carroll Hall 214. A local committee of professors will screen applications and recommend interns to China.org.cn, which will make the final selection.

Cole set up the program years ago. In addition to the student interns who go to Beijing, two professional staff members from China.org.cn spend the spring semester here in the school each year. There will be ample opportunity for the interns who are selected to interact with the staff members in spring 2014 before they go. “The program has worked exceedingly well over the years,” Cole said.

Usage and grammar test dates and resources

Sign up for the school's usage and grammar test — a graduation requirement. For dates, times and additional test resources/study materials, visit jomc.unc.edu/usagegrammar.

Utilize the resources that the Park Library has to offer

The Park Library offers all J-school students "space, stuff and support." It has Macs, wifi, books, today's newspapers and more. It also has staff members who can support your work at the school – helping you find articles, data and information for your projects and papers. Librarian Stephanie Willen Brown says: "Save time and find more stuff" at the Park Library. 

Kuralt Learning Center open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.

Located in Carroll Hall 281, the Charles Kuralt Learning Center is open to visitors and students for studying. Anyone who would like to tour the Kuralt Learning Center is welcome from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kuralt's widow, Suzanna, donated the contents of his penthouse office in Manhattan, and the school faithfully recreated it in Carroll Hall — complete with Oriental rugs, paneled walls, brick fireplace, 12 Emmys and two Peabody awards, among other memorabilia. Learn more about the Kuralt Center at jomc.unc.edu/special-programs-content-items/charles-kuralt-learning-center.

Career Services appointments

Need help with your resume? Not sure about a strategy to land an internship? Want a head start on looking for a job after graduation? Don't hesitate to make an appointment with Jay Eubank, the J-school's full-time career services director.

Career Services office is located in Carroll Hall 161 and 162, next to the Student Records offices on the first floor. Schedule an appointment with Jay.

Walk-in hours for quick meetings with Jay are on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Subscribe to J-school Career Services listserv

Looking for an internship or job? Subscribe to JOMC Career Services' listserv for current internship openings and entry-level jobs in PR, advertising and all areas of journalism.

To subscribe, send "subscribe JOMCCAREERS" in the body of an email to listmanager@listserv.unc.edu. Leave the Subject field blank.   

Apply by January 2014 to be a Hearst Fellow

The experience built as a Hearst Fellow can be the start of a solid foundation for a career in journalism. The fellowship program’s aim is to recruit, train and retain talented journalists of diverse backgrounds. It also helps develop excellent multimedia professionals from the country's best reporters, copy editors, photographers, designers and graphic artists. Candidates should be college graduates or others with interest, experience or background in journalism or related fields. Those selected will have the opportunity to grow in one of the world’s best journalism organizations.

The fellowship is a two-year program focusing on multimedia journalism. It consists of two 12-month rotations at Hearst’s top metro papers. Throughout the program, fellows receive formal training, mentoring and work experience alongside award-winning journalists. Hearst Fellows are paid, full-time employees of Hearst Newspapers.

Fellows are selected by a panel of professionals that reviews applications and selects finalists. Finalists will participate in a two-day interview process at the Houston Chronicle in April 2014 at which time Hearst Fellows will be selected. Hearst Newspapers covers all domestic travel costs for the interviews.

Fellows are assigned an adviser and have the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with seasoned professionals throughout Hearst Newspapers. An adviser will be a manager with expertise in your area of interest and will be responsible for scheduling job rotations and designing a fellow’s formal plan.

Fellows may be offered a job at the end of the two-year program. While participation in the program is not a guarantee of future employment, the goal is to recruit candidates who eventually will join Hearst’s full-time professional staff.

Applications are due Jan. 10, 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit hearstfellowships.com/journalism.

African American men invited to apply to The Institute's summer program

The Institute prepares high-achieving African American men to be leaders of great character who make significant contributions to their communities, our country and the world.

The intensive two-summer program includes:

  • High-level paid internships,
  • Rigorous academic coursework,
  • Comprehensive leadership and professional development workshops,
  • Private briefings with influential leaders,
  • Housing provided by the Institute,
  • Service as teachers and mentors in the Institute's Youth Scholar Academy.

Participants join a network of more than 150 talented African American men around the world.

Applicants must be college sophomores, demonstrate strong academic performance, exhibit leadership potential and commit to two summers. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Although the Institute does not have a GPA requirement, the median GPA for participants is a 3.65. An applicant's GPA is not the only criterion evaluated during the admissions process. Other achievements such as campus involvement, honors and awards earned, athletics, and volunteer work are looked upon favorably. For more information, please email info@theinstitute.net or call 202.660.2519.

Applications for 2014 are open from Nov. 15, 2013 - Feb. 7, 2014. Apply at theinstitute.net/apply. 

Submissions for Hillman Prizes in Journalism due Jan. 31

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Hillman Prizes in honor of investigative journalism and commentary in the public interest. Winners exemplify sound news judgment, resourcefulness and courage in reporting, skilled storytelling and social impact.

The 2014 prizes will be given for work produced, published, broadcast or exhibited in 2013. Our categories include:

  • books — non-fiction
  • newspaper reporting — print or online
  • magazine reporting — print or online
  • broadcast journalism — video or radio programs longer than 20 minutes, and documentary film 
  • web journalism — online multimedia reporting by an individual or an institution; should have a substantial visual component as well as text
  • opinion journalism — commentary and analysis in any medium

The received-by deadline for all submissions is Jan. 31, 2014. There is no submission fee. A cover letter and copies of the nominated material are all that are required. View the submission form and application instructions.  

Winners will be announced in April 2014. Each winner is awarded travel to New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate designed by New  Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel at the awards ceremony and cocktail reception to be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the New York Times Center. 

Submissions are judged by a distinguished panel of journalists: Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, The New Yorker; Harold Meyerson, Washington Postcolumnist and editor-at- large,The American Prospect; Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher,The Nation; Rose Marie Arce, senior producer, CNN; and Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor, The Atlantic.

See previous winners here.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists, writers and public figures who pursue investigative journalism and public policy for the common good. Sidney Hillman was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America, a predecessor union of Workers United, SEIU. Sidney Hillman, an architect of the New Deal, fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of working people's lives.

Anyone with questions should contact Alexandra Lescaze, Sidney Hillman Foundation executive director, at alex@hillmanfoundation.org.

For more information, please visit www.hillmanfoundation.org

Volunteer as a writing coach

CoachWrite, a volunteer program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, is recruiting journalism students to serve in district classrooms and high school writing centers. Writing coaches confer with students to strengthen their communication skills and bolster their confidence. Each volunteer is assigned to a classroom or a writing center for the semester, usually for an hour per week. A few placements are available for Spanish-speaking coaches in dual-language classrooms.

One pre-service training session is required in order to volunteer with CoachWrite. Returning coaches should contact Stuart Phillips at sphillips@chccs.k12.nc.us for a new placement.

To register for a CoachWrite training session, contact Phillips at sphillips@chccs.k12.nc.us.

Training dates (choose one):

High school (only) training

  • Tuesday, Jan. 7, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Lincoln Center, Room 118 — 750 S. Merritt Mill Road

K-8 trainings

  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Lincoln Center, Room 118 — 750 S. Merritt Mill Road
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Room 39, Johnston Center, Graham Memorial, UNC

 

 

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