International Film Series
Here’s hoping your September is going great! It’s hard to believe that we are almost a month into the fall 2014 semester. Tomorrow kicks off an amazing season for the Texas Tech University International Film Series. JEM’s Dr. Rob Peaslee serves as founder and coordinator of the series and would like to invite you to attend The Conformist on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. I asked Dr. Peaslee why a JEM student should attend the event featuring this film –
The Conformist is one of the great achievements ever in cinematography. The direction and camera work are gorgeous without overindulgence – pure visual storytelling at its very best. Also, learn more about Italian cinema from Dr. Victoria Surliuga, who will introduce and discuss the film. Finally: the green chile cheese fries at Alamo are amazing.
For those of you new to Texas Tech University and Lubbock, Dr. Peaslee, the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication, Dr. Jimmie and Kathryn Quilliam Reeves and the College of Media & Communication have a long history with providing the community with excellent films from across the globe! Please contact Dr. Peaslee for more information!
Why are internships so important?
For many of you, the idea of an internship seems like something that can be taken care of ‘down the road’ sometime. Well, not really. Media organizations are already taking applications for summer 2015! Like today.
- The Dallas Morning News offers internships in news, editing, features, sports, web, photography, graphic arts and others. It’s actually a paid internship ($15 an hour at 40-hours a week)! Find out more information at the Dallas Morning News College Internship information page
- Gannett offers a really interesting “Talent Development Program” for students who have just graduated (so if you are graduating in December 2014, this might be for you). Please look at this program (Gannett is a MAJOR communications company with print, broadcast, web and several other media organizations and opportunities). Deadline for January 2015 class is November 14, 2014.
- Nexstar (KLBK/KAMC-TV) has opportunities for web development. This is an excellent, local opportunity that you can gain some valuable experience learning about innovation. For more information, contact Jason Davis at 745-2345.
- And, the most important resource about internships is located with Aleesa Ross, Director of the Career Center in the College of Media & Communication
In the industries of journalism and electronic media, internships really help you stand out among all other applicants. So many students graduate with similar grades, similar coursework, and similar activities. The internship demonstrates to employers that you have gone over and above the average. We’ve had students get placed in internships all over – from local media organizations to major media brands such as Meet the Press, The Dallas Morning News and The Television Academy Foundation, home to the Emmys. In fact, Mesgen Thomas Gebremeskel, EMC 2014, just wrapped his Television Academy internship at Geiger Post. He’s now ‘official’ — Post Production Assistant with this Hollywood production company working on programs such as the MTV Video Music Awards! I asked him about what the most important thing he learned through his internship –
…the big thing that I’ve learned about Hollywood is that even though it seems like a big industry, it’s actually very small. Everyone knows everyone in this industry. And don’t ever burn bridges with someone else, because chances are, you’ll work with them on a project in the future – Temesgen Gebremeskel, EMC 2014
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. John Velez
Are you into video games? Dr. John Velez joined the JEM faculty this fall from The Ohio State University. We are very excited that Dr. Velez decided that Texas Tech University was the place for him. I’ve already had the opportunity to head over to Game Stop and make some purchases of some video games – it’s a shame he’s using them for his Understanding Video Games course :). As a researcher and teacher, Dr. Velez has an interest in the effects of video games. I asked him a few questions about teaching, research and Texas Tech (for those of you with an interest in video games, pay attention to his second answer) –
What gets you fired up about teaching?
I think one of the most important aspects of education is learning that life’s problems can be approached in many different ways which provides many different solutions. Therefore, I get fired up about teaching when I can tell students are learning something completely new that may change how they think about their daily lives or that may allow them to approach different aspects of their lives from a different angle.
Are there any research projects you are working on that a JEM student can get involved with?
I have several ideas for projects. The current one is looking at the difference between playing violent video games cooperatively with other players or playing with Non Player Characters. I’m interested in players’ subsequent helpful and pro-social behaviors. I have a video game research interest group that meets in the fourth floor conference room in the Media and Communication tower (MC 414) Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. We discuss current video game topics and possible avenues for video game research. Although I have my own ideas, the research interest group is there to support graduate and undergraduates who want to pursue their own research interests. There is also coffee and donuts to facilitate the process.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned about Texas Tech?
The best thing I’ve learned is that the students are very sharp and eager to learn. It’s been a pleasure to teach students who can pick up a lesson quickly and, through great discussion in class, show me another way to look at a topic.
I am pretty pumped that Dr. Velez is here – if you have an interest, make sure you send him a note and attend the Friday meeting!
- JEM student Elisabeth Kauffman (EMC 2014) helped out with the production crew as a Utility Grip for the TTU v. Arkansas game this past weekend. Thanks to Dr. Jerod Foster for the photo!
- JEM students Daniela Parraga and Emily de Santos picked up scholarships this past weekend from the Headliners Foundation in Austin. Congratulations! Six students won scholarships from universities in Texas. TTU had 2 of those students!
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