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Where all good Communication Studies ideas come together

Com Majors and the Newsroom of the Future

Gannett Company, the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S., is rolling out a plan to radically change the way their newsrooms are structured.  We have seen for quite some time that today’s journalists need to be able to communicate in both a written and visual form.  It would appear that digital media are changing these requirements even further.  Individuals are being hired that have expertise in audience analysis, web metrics and analytics, social media, event planning, and digital and multi-platform production. It would appear that today’s Communication majors are prime candidates for jobs in tomorrow’s newsrooms–both in large broadcasting corporations and private organizations. For more information read an interesting blog post by Dr. Mu Lin, a digital journalism professor in New Jersey.

http://www.mulinblog.com/gannetts-newsroom-of-the-future-calls-for-changes-in-journalism-education/

Theater Communication Internship with Open Window

Marketing/Communications Internship Position
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403

http://openwindowtheatre.org/

Contact: Bridget Scott (651) 492-0228
bridgetiscottowt@gmail.com

Start Date: August 25, 2014

Hours Per Week: ~10 hours/week, unpaid

This position is for individuals looking to expand their knowledge and skills of marketing and communications in the theatre world. The position primarily requires someone who can be available to send out emails, make phone calls, and organize small events for volunteers to help with promotional material for shows during the 2014-2015 season. The work doesn’t require a lot of travel and can easily be done at home, at a coffee shop, etc.

The position consists primarily of the following jobs:
- writing press releases
- managing Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest accounts
- emailing & calling press
- organizing volunteer days for promotional delivery of materials, stamping/labeling postcards, etc.

PTC Internship in Corporate Communication

Employee Communications Intern

Location: Blaine, MN office
Hours: 20 hours/week during the school year

Under the supervision of the Employee Communications Supervisor, this role will assist and support the global employee communications team. Role includes creation and execution of communication plans, writing and editing of employee stories and articles, provide SharePoint support, video support and editing, and general support to the team.

Basic Qualifications:
• Must be enrolled in a degree program

Preferred Requirements:
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Experience with all or some of the following: HTML, SharePoint, video editing software, podcast software, and photo editing software
• A communications or related major is required

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) enables manufacturers to achieve product and service advantage in the age of the Internet

of Things. Our technology enabled solutions transform the way manufacturers create, operate and service their

products. Founded in 1985, PTC employs over 6,000 professionals serving more than 27,000 businesses in rapidly-
evolving, globally distributed manufacturing industries worldwide. Get more information at www.ptc.com.

Link to apply: EmployeeCommIntern

Rhonda Morgan
Vice President, Employee Communications

Internship opportunity for video assistant

Jake Sturgis
Owner, Capture Video

“My business is growing, which is awesome…but I can’t do everything myself anymore! I’m looking for a college student or recent grad with a great work ethic who can shoot and edit video this summer (possibly longer). If you are interested, please email me – jake@capturevideo.com – thanks!”

AmeriCorps seeking recent graduates who are interested in making a difference

If you aren’t sure what to do after graduation, you may want to consider AmeriCorps.  It is a job that can make a big difference in a community.

http://mnyouth.net/work/promise-fellows/serve/#apply-now

  • Directly serve youth. Promise Fellows directly serve an average of 30 youth in grades 6-10 who are at risk or experiencing the academic achievement and civic engagement gaps.
  • Plan and design programs. Fellows design, plan, and implement in-school and after-school activities to support and increase academic achievement in addition to social and emotional growth. These activities might be enrichment programs, mentoring programs, leadership activities, or homework help.
  • Lead service-learning experiences. Promise Fellows also lead youth in service-learning, civic engagement, and leadership initiatives.
  • Manage volunteers. Promise Fellows recruit and support family and community volunteers to assist in activities such as tutoring and mentoring, college and career exploration, and other activities that support overall success in young people’s school, work, and life.

As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve at least 1,720 hours for one year and receive:

  • Modest living allowance (appx. $1000/month);
  • Basic health insurance;
  • Qualified student loan deferment;
  • $5,550 education award upon successful completion of service;
  • Ongoing, extensive support and training.

Dr. Dreher Recognized for Outstanding Service

Be sure and congratulate Dr. Michael Dreher (Prof. of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics) who recently received two national forensics service awards. The National Forensic Association awarded Dr. Dreher the 2014 President’s Award for outstanding service to the NFA and the forensics community. For nearly 17 years, Dr. Dreher was the webmaster for the NFA, and helped the organization not only with its web presence, but helped to digitize the entirety of the association’s journal. The award is not given annually; it is only given at the discretion of the NFA president. Dr. Dreher received the award at the National Forensic Association national tournament at Eastern Michigan University this past April (April 21, 2014).

And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, Dr. Dreher has also recently received recognition from the Novice Nationals tournament for having directed the tournament for the last 17 years. From 1998-2014, Michael directed Novice Nationals, which is a national college forensics  tournament that was designed for first year college competitors. The tournament has grown by nearly 40% since he started directing the tournament in 1998, and added parliamentary debate and Readers’ Theater to the events done at the tournament. The 2014 tournament was the 32nd in the organization’s history.

Awards of recognition are really nothing new for Dr. Dreher.  He has previously, received outstanding coaching awards from the National Christian College Forensics Association, MSU-Mankato, and Creighton University.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Dreher for his outstanding work.  It is nice to see national organizations take note of what we have known for many years:  Dr. Dreher is a winner!

Communication Faculty Win Top Panel Award at CSCA

Back Row: Ripley Smith, Artie Terry; Front Row: Scott Sochay, Jessica Samens, Joel Ward

Congratulations are in store for Bethel scholars.  Five Communication Studies faculty received the top panel award for their presentation titled “Elevating Muted Voices” at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) conference held in Minneapolis in April. Dr. Ripley Smith discussed his ongoing work with female refugees, Dr. Scott Sochay explored the problems with the way Native Americans are portrayed in the media, Jessica Samens discussed challenges faced by English as a Second Language learners, Dr. Joel Ward presented thoughts on Pietism in higher education, and Dr. Artie Terry performed slam poetry exploring ageism in higher education. Each participant presented insights from their current research and explained how it helps to elevate the voices of these often overlooked populations. CSCA is the Communication Studies’ scholarly association made up of major universities and scholars in 13 states.

Minors in Communication

Minor in Communication Studies

  • COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM220 Group Communication
  • COM370 Interpersonal Communication

Choose from:

  • COM318 Argumentation and Debate
  • COM386 Advanced Public Speaking

Choose from:

  • COM348 Organizational Communication
  • COM355Z* Intercultural Communication
  • COM361  Rhetorical Criticism

Elective from 200-level or above communication courses

TOTAL      21-23 credits

Minor in Digital Film and Video for Actors

  • COM170A* Media Production I
  • COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM305A* Screenwriting
  • THA100N* Creative Performance
  • THA313 Auditioning and Acting for the Camera

Choose two from:

  • COM301A* Oral Interpretation
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM461 Topics in Media: Storytelling or Directing
  • THA212 Voice Production
  • THA291L* Theatre in the Modern Age
  • THA330 Arts Entrepreneurship
  • THA405 Directing

TOTAL      23-25

Minor in Media Production

  • COM170A*   Media Production I
  • COM210  Perspectives on Human Communication
  • COM213  Media Communication
  • COM302 Media Law

Choose three from:

  • COM215  Web Design for Mass Media or COM315 Advanced Web Design for Mass Media
  • COM270 Media Production II
  • COM305A* Screenwriting
  • COM352 Broadcast Journalism
  • COM373 Digital Filmmaking
  • COM374 Broadcast Production
  • COM461 Topics in Media

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