Time for Thinking International Film and Internships

September 17, 2014
International Film Series

International Film Series

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!

EMC 2014 graduate interned with Geiger Post through program from Television Academy Foundation

EMC 2014 graduate interned with Geiger Post through program from Television Academy Foundation

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.

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 PressThe 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

 

New JEM faculty member Dr. John Velez

New JEM faculty member Dr. John Velez

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 working the Arkansas v. TTU football game. Photo credit: Jerod Foster

JEM student Elisabeth Kauffman working the Arkansas v. TTU football game. Photo credit: Jerod Foster

Student Shout/Outs

  • 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!

Send me your photos!  

We would love to see what you are doing as a JEM major!  Send them to me — todd.chambers@ttu.edu 

Get in Gear!

September 10, 2014
KTXT-FM - come celebrate fall kickoff with free fajitas on Thursday, September 11 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 3rd floor, CoMC!

KTXT-FM – come celebrate fall kickoff with free fajitas on Thursday, September 11 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 3rd floor, CoMC!

Getting into Gear

One of the first questions that we typically get from new and/or prospective students is what type of ‘gear’ do I need?

Canon C 100 Series (not here….maybe soon!)

Canon C 100 Series (not here….maybe soon!)

In a way, that’s a very difficult question. Do you have to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in equipment?  Nope. But you definitely need to start thinking about what you may be working with once you’ve earned that degree!  In the College of Media & Communication, we actually have a facility on the 3rd Floor (CoMC 373) that has DSLRs, audio recorders, HD video cameras. Check with your JEM instructor for more information about access. You can learn more about the Equipment Checkout Office and other facilities in the College.

 

Dr. Marilda Oviedo, new Assistant Professor, Journalism and Electronic Media

Dr. Marilda Oviedo, new Assistant Professor, Journalism and Electronic Media

Faculty Spotlight: Marilda Oviedo

A headline could read: Dr. Marilda Oviedo returns to Texas Tech! We are very excited that Dr. Marilda Oviedo accepted a position here in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media last year. She earned a B.A. in Electronic Media and Communications and a M.A. in Mass Communications from Texas Tech before pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. Dr. Oviedo teaches courses in Visual Communications, Introduction to Electronic Media, Race, Gender, Ethnicity in Media and others! I asked Dr. Oviedo a couple of questions:

What gets you fired up about teaching?

The primary thing that gets me fired up about teaching is the ability to interact with students. I love when students engage with me and the material in a substantial way. Seeing students gain insight or understanding about a subject that they had previously not known is gratifying. 

What’s the best thing you’ve learned about Texas Tech so far?

Well, I received most of my schooling from here so I think the best thing I’ve learned is that it is still the same, if not better, than what I remember. The standards for teaching excellence are still high. The students are still bright and engaged. The campus is still gorgeous. And the people are still unbelievably kind and friendly. 

John and Brenda Askins - Proud Red Raiders and Supporters of KTXT-FM!

John and Brenda Askins – Proud Red Raiders and Supporters of KTXT-FM!

KTXT-FM Celebration! Thursday, September 11!

Come help KTXT-FM, its staff and volunteers celebrate a really cool occasion – it’s the Fall Kickoff for The Raider 88.1 FM on Thursday, September 11 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join “DG,” station staff, student volunteers and others as we celebrate the naming of the facility in honor of a supporter of the station (and former station volunteer) Mr. and Mrs. John Askins.

KTXT-FM, The Raider 88.1's Music Director, Jackson Wisdorf is a EMC major!

KTXT-FM, The Raider 88.1’s Music Director, Jackson Wisdorf is a EMC major!

Student Shout/outs!

One of the most thrilling things for me as a faculty member is to hear about current and former students and all the cool things they are doing. We’ve got several students doing a some really cool gigs around town and even in our building.  EMC major Jackson Wisdorf  selects the new music you want to hear as Music Director for KTXT-FM, The Raider 88.1.  Another EMC major, Cutter Martin, works at the local NBC affiliate, KCBD-TV doing weather.  Please make sure you send me all the cool things you are doing to: todd.chambers@ttu.edu!

EMC Major, Cutter Martin, spends what spare time he has working at KCBD-TV - check him out doing weather!

EMC Major, Cutter Martin, spends what spare time he has working at KCBD-TV – check him out doing weather!

Former student Dallas Baker, TELE (EMC) (2003) currently works for Shed Media out in Los Angeles. He just wrapped season two with E Television’s #RichKids of Beverly Hills. You can see his work as Editor for the series every Sunday night! By the way, his wife, Claudia Hoeve, JOUR (2003) spent most of last year as a Producer for Hell’s Kitchen on Fox.  She has been producer for other television programs like Say it to My Face on A&E, episodes of the Hatfields & McCoys for the History Channel, oh, and a little show called The Bachelor.

As you continue to pursue your passion, don’t hesitate to look at what others have done and where they are!

SCHOLARSHIPS

Ok – who would like to get a scholarship?  Well, you’ve got to apply!  Make sure you seek and apply all of the different types of scholarship options.  Make sure you visit our scholarship page at mcom.ttu.edu!  Next, pay attention to those opportunities like the one from the Broadcast Education Association (look at that cash!) and the Texas Association of Broadcasters (in fact, we had a JEM major win the first-ever Ann Arnold Investigative Journalism Scholarship this past year — their deadline will be in spring 2015)!

The BEA scholarship deadline is October 14 – you cannot do this at the last minute.  Please make sure you go ahead and apply today!

TTU Chancellor Robert Duncan, CoMC Dean David Perlmutter, DTI students Blake Silverthorn (MST, 2015) and Kaitlyn Kravik (JOUR, 2015)

TTU Chancellor Robert Duncan, CoMC Dean David Perlmutter, DTI students Blake Silverthorn (MST, 2015) and Kaitlyn Kravik (JOUR, 2015)

 

Double T Insider, The Hub and MCTV

  • Don’t forget to watch Double T Insider on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports this week!  We celebrated the national launch of the program and welcomed several important people to the party including Chancellor Robert Duncan, Provost Lawrence Schovanec, Dean David Perlmutter and more! Follow them at @DoubleTInsider on Twitter and like them on Facebook 
  • Have you gotten a parking ticket?  Want to find out about parking here at Texas Tech?  Read the series about parking at The Hub!  Go to ttuhub.net and find out more.  Like them at Facebook and follow them on Twitter @HubTTU
  • And….MCTV is getting ready to launch for fall 2014!  Contact Josh Robinson and Dr. Kelly Kaufhold for more information about how you can get involved!

 

 

 

JEM Notes – 2014 Kickoff!

September 2, 2014
What side of the camera do you plan to be on?

What side of the camera do you plan to be on?

It’s finally here!

For me, fall semester is the best of them all! There’s something about walking around campus the week before classes start and seeing all of the excitement in the faces of just about everyone. I still get excited walking through the bookstore looking at textbooks (I’ve been known to purchase a textbook or two that seem interesting). Another fun thing for me to do is to go to an office supply store and look through all of the spiral notebooks, 3-ring binders and pencils – let me tell you, they weren’t different in 1984.

Big clouds above Texas Tech University, first week of fall 2014

Big clouds above Texas Tech University, first week of fall 2014

This is a weekly newsletter for all Journalism and Electronic Media majors (and some who are just interested – so feel free to share with your friends). The goal of this newsletter is to communicate with you about opportunities you have to connect with different activities the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media is involved with. You will be able to stay updated on different course offerings, announcements related to MCTV, Double T Insider, Heads Up Display, KTXT-FM and The Hub, interesting projects JEM faculty are involved with, scholarship opportunities, and checking out what current students and recent graduates are doing!

Dr. Rob Peaslee, Dr. Jerod Foster and some innovative, responsible visual storytellers in New Zealand, Summer 2014.

Dr. Rob Peaslee, Dr. Jerod Foster and some innovative, responsible visual storytellers in New Zealand, Summer 2014.

What is JEM all about?

The goal of the JEM department is to train innovative, responsible storytellers.  Our faculty wants to help you succeed as a storyteller – please don’t hesitate to contact any of us with questions about what JEM is all about.  You should be seeing our new posters — “Which side of the camera do you plan to be on?” — and that really sums up what we are about.  With a degree in Journalism or Electronic Media, you can be prepared to work on either side of the camera.  Talk to a faculty member or your advisor and find out more!

MCTV Project Presentations

MCTV Project Presentations

Student Organizations

The College of Media & Communication is hosting a Student Organizations Fair Wednesday, September 3 in the 3rd floor student lounge area in the building. You can learn about all of the student organizations that are available to you in the college – make sure you look for the Tech Association for Student Electronic Media (check out this cool time-lapse video from a TASEM member) and Society of Professional Journalists! Both will have organizational meetings coming up soon! You can contact Dr. Jerod Foster (jerod.w.foster@ttu.edu) for TASEM and Dr. Cam Stone (cam.stone@ttu.edu) for information about SPJ!

Double T Insider

Double T Insider

Don’t Miss

After you attend the Student Organization Fair Wednesday, head over to the Student Union Building for a “Watch Party” celebrating the national network launch of Double T Insider. We will be at the TV Lounge area near the Food Court area in the SUB. Stop by between 4:30 and 5:00 for the network debut of DTI on Fox Sports Southwest. Then tune into Fox College Sports for the debut of DTI later at 9 p.m.!

Double T Insider schedule for Wednesday, September 3 (check out info "Sports show produced by TTU students")

Double T Insider schedule for Wednesday, September 3 (check out info “Sports show produced by TTU students”)

Students Producing Content!

Many of you are interested in producing media content. Correct? There are several opportunities for you to do news, sports, weather, entertainment and other types of content for television, radio, web and other formats!

  • The Hub: The Hub@TTU is an award-winning collaborative environment for students who are interested in producing a variety of different types of content related to the Texas Tech community. Check out their website: http://www.ttuhub.net. Follow them on Twitter (@HubTTU)
  • Double T Insider: The Double T Insider is an award-winning student produced television program about Texas Tech Athletics. Beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014, the program will air on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox College Sports. Kind of a big deal. Make sure to like DTI on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@DoubleTInsider).
  • MCTV: MCTV is the college’s daily newscast. This fall, Dr. Kelly Kaufhold (kelly.kaufhold@ttu.edu), Josh Robinson (josh.robinson@ttu.edu) and Roxie Bustamante (roxie.bustamante@ttu.edu) will be managing the newscast. Guess what – they have a spot for you! In the past two years, the program has produced more than 100 episodes and this fall will expand – meaning a need for more anchors, reporters, camera operators, technical directors, audio engineers, etc….Contact Dr. K for more details!
  • KTXT-FM: Calling all college radio fanatics! KTXT-FM has a place for you! You can volunteer at the campus radio station – The Raider 88.1. In fact, next time you are on the 3rd Floor, you can watch all the cool stuff they are doing – it’s more than music. The station has opportunities for those interested in news, sports, weather – in fact the station is home to play-by-play coverage of Lady Raider Soccer, Softball and Volleyball! Contact Derrick Ginter, station manager (ginter@ttu.edu). Follow them on Twitter – (@TheRaider881)
  • Heads Up Display: Heads Up Display is a video game review show that is organized by JEM student Carmen Askerneese (carmen.askerneese@ttu.edu). It’s a show that’s just a little more than a year old and continues to grow!
Evan Dixon, JOUR 2014 (second from left), with other Meet the Press interns

Evan Dixon, JOUR 2014 (second from left), with other Meet the Press interns

Student Success!

We’ve got so many students that are getting jobs and high profile internships right out of college. One of those students is Evan Dixon – JOUR 2014. Mr. Dixon earned an internship with Meet the Press for the summer of 2014. Near the end of the summer, he applied for a job as a desk assistant with NBC News in their Washington, D.C. bureau. Guess what: he starts his full-time job this week!

Carly Smith EMC major

Carly Smith EMC major and MCTV weather

At the next home football game, be sure to cheer on our JEM students who are doing some cool stuff.  You can find EMC major Carly Smith cheering on the Red Raiders!

JEM Faculty Happenings

Make sure you say “Congratulations” to Dr. Lea Hellmueller — her book, The Washington, D.C. Media Corps in the 21st Century was published in July 2014!

Dr. Lea Hellmueller's new book published July 2014!

Dr. Lea Hellmueller’s new book published July 2014!

We’ve got three new JEM faculty members – Dr. Marilda Oviedo, Dr. John Velez and Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez-Renteria. We are very excited to have all three here at Texas Tech. This week, I’d like to introduce you to our Visiting Professor, Dr. Gutierrez-Renteria. She’s on leave from the Universidad Panamericana at Guadalajara, Mexico for the next two years. Dr. Gutierrez-Renteria is a scholar of media management and economics who is teaching two sections of EMC 4320, Electronic Media Operations for the department this semester. I asked her a few questions….

New faculty member, Visiting Professor Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez-Renteria

New faculty member, Visiting Professor Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez-Renteria

New Faculty Spotlight

 

What gets you fired up about teaching?

I get life! Meaning: share with my students knowledge –in a very easy way- about how the industry works and all the challenges that they could have as a professionals. I receive more from them, because they keep me up!

Are you working on a current research project that an undergraduate could help out with?  

EVERYBODY WHO WANTS TO WORK WITH ME….WILL BE WELCOME! We will learn a lot.

I will be working with Dr. Wilkinson about the new media habits from young Hispanic audiences (Large research in USA and also others countries in Latinoamerica). Also, I will be researching the structure of the Hispanic media market in USA (challenges for Hispanic society, Hispanic media).

My research is about the new environment in the telecommunications and media industry in Mexico (facing digital convergence and the new legal aspects that impact telecommunications market).

What’s the best thing you’ve learned about Texas Tech so far? 

Trust. University environment. Great opportunity to serve society with my job. It is amazing the support that TTU give us as professors and scholars.  Environment of study! I am really excited here at TTU.

JEM shoes.  Innovative? Responsible? Guess who?

JEM shoes. Innovative? Responsible? Guess who?

Opportunities

  • Check out this opportunity to submit your nature photography — Nature Photography Summit is February 19-22, 2015 in San Diego.
  • Study Abroad Fair will be Wednesday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom — make plans to attend and find out more info for some upcoming study abroad learning experiences!
  • A TTU-affiliated organization is looking for a talented student who can help with logo design, web presence, print collateral and presentation ideas.  Let me know if you are interested.

Send me your photos!  

I would love to feature photos and videos of cool things JEM students are doing!  Please e-mail me .jpg or links to your videos at your blog, YouTube, Vimeo or other online place.  (todd.chambers@ttu.edu).  I really dig this photo from JEM major Emily Hamilton! Have a fantastic week!

JEM major Emily Hamilton working with color

JEM major Emily Hamilton working with color

Tell me I can’t do something

July 23, 2014

 

Double T Insider staff - watching bloopers from 2013-2014

Double T Insider staff – watching bloopers from 2013-2014

There’s a great story about Maya Angelou who died a few months ago.  One of her friends had to dare her to write her first book.  As the story goes, her friend James Baldwin told a book representative – “if you want Maya Angelou to do something, tell her she can’t do it” (Hyatt, Michael, 2014).  I don’t know about you, but sometimes when presented with a challenge or if I ever feel that “I’m being told that I can’t do something,” it inspires me to at least give it a try.  Honestly, here in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, we encourage your ideas.  Give it a try.  At the very least – tell your story.

 

DTI that first year! From left to right - Maitland Rutledge, Blake Silverthorn, Josh Koch, Jason Angoy, Justin Vincent, Regine Cliatt, Eric Van Allen, Riannon Rowley, Erica Taylor

DTI that first year! From left to right – Maitland Rutledge, Blake Silverthorn, Josh Koch, Jason Angoy, Justin Vincent, Regine Cliatt, Eric Van Allen, Riannon Rowley, Erica Taylor

Double T Insider – Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Southwest

This week has been big — an idea that started with a single Journalism & Electronic Media student three years ago has evolved into a weekly television show that will be aired on Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Southwest.  This is a big step for Double T Insider and BIG opportunity for students in JEM and the College of Media & Communication.  It represents a team effort – a group of dedicated and passionate students willing to give up a lot of their free time, a college that’s willing to take a chance and an athletics department that’s willing to provide support and encouragement for this unique and innovative partnership.  Even though no one ever said “ya’ll can’t do this,” it took a group of students who were willing to do a lot of hard work, have dedication to see something finished, spend a lot of all-nighters, demonstrate patience, keep focused with determination and a willingness to do something outside of class.  I look at the faces in this picture and think – wow – most have graduated and are rocking the real world.  There are a couple of students with MA degrees, one with a Big 12 internship under their belt and another working in sports media down in the Houston area.  These are just a few of the students who volunteered their time and effort to pursue something they were passionate about.  They’ve all moved on to bigger and better things.  Maybe now’s the time for you to pursue and live your passion.  Speaking of that – check out practicum courses that you can take and learn more about live sports productions with KTXT-FM, Texas Tech Athletics and Double T Insider.  Talk to your advisor about those courses.  There are SO many opportunities in the department, college and all over campus.  Talk to one of your JEM faculty members about finding where you can plug in.

Kristen Helmberger, EMC major at Oops Doughnuts Productions in Hollywood

Kristen Helmberger, EMC major at Oops Doughnuts Productions in Hollywood

Student lands COOL internship…..after a guest speaker Skypes into EMC 3310

Speaking of finding your passion….Dr. Glenn Cummins is one of our outstanding JEM faculty members.  He taught EMC 3310 during the fall 2013 semester.  After a Skype session with Andy Fickman (ADV 1988) (Mr. Fickman is a director in Hollywood and owner of Oops Doughnuts Productions), EMC major Kristen Helmberger tweeted Andy Fickman after the presentation and asked about an internship.  Guess where she’s been this summer!  Yep – interning at Oops Doughnuts Productions getting to do really cool stuff — watching sizzle reels of upcoming movies, being on the set and learning a ton!  Take advantage of those moments!

JEM Summer Showcase 

Send me photos of what you are doing this summer!  I’m really looking forward to seeing what students in the New Zealand study abroad courses will send our way!  Also – TTU Junction. And all our JEM students interning, working, hanging out in Georgia, Austin, New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth….Check out what JEM major Emily Hamilton has been up to with her camera!

JEM major Emily Hamilton spending some time with her camera in Houston

JEM major Emily Hamilton spending some time with her camera in Houston

JEM major Emily Hamilton skyline

JEM major Emily Hamilton skyline

JEM major Emily Hamilton working with color

JEM major Emily Hamilton working with color

JEM major Emily Hamilton finding rainbows

JEM major Emily Hamilton finding rainbows

JEM major Emily Hamilton catching color in the sky

JEM major Emily Hamilton catching color in the sky

JEM major Emily Hamilton - Wreck Em!

JEM major Emily Hamilton – Wreck Em!

So, what’s next?

Let’s just make it happen.  Door is open. In fact, start with taking a special topics and/or elective course this fall –

Sports Reporting, News & Innovation, Advanced Web Design, Public Opinion and Propaganda, Live Sports Production (Hougland), Radio (Ginter), Producing Sports (Giovannetti), Understanding Video Games, and many more!

This Happened

May 27, 2014
Graduation May 2014

Graduation May 2014

This happened!  Spring graduation was a success for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the class of May 2014.  I’ve already heard from a few of you who are working, interning or getting ready for graduate school!  We would love (actually we need) to hear about your career/job.  Feel free to drop me a note.

Alex Cruz, EMC 2014. What a great day for this family!

Alex Cruz, EMC 2014. What a great day for this family!

2013-2014

As a department, we’ve had a TREMENDOUS year!  Take a look at just a few of the accomplishments from our students and faculty between August 2013 and May 2014:

  • JEM students win regional SPJ awards and recognition for The Hub
  • JEM students win scholarships from Headliners Foundation and Texas Association of Broadcasters
  • JEM students awarded prestigious internships including Meet the Press and Morris Communications Management Program
  • JEM students work as stringers for New York Times
  • JEM students land full-time jobs at KLBK-TV, Lubbock Avalanche Journal, KCBD-TV, KTTZ-TV, Texas Tech Athletics, George Mason University, Houston Community Newspapers, KJTV-TV, Prince George’s County Sentinel, Ramar Communications, WDHN-TV, RD Thomas Advertising, and many more!
  • JEM hosts 1st Texas Association of Broadcasters Regional Newsroom Workshop
  • JEM co-hosted inaugural International Film Series
  • JEM faculty published 22 journal articles, books, book chapters, and monographs
  • JEM faculty presented 27 conference papers
  • JEM faculty served on 24 dissertation committees and work with 12 master’s students on 6050 projects and other research projects
Katie Penkert, EMC 2014

Katie Penkert, EMC 2014

Hands On Experiences

The JEM faculty listened and we wanted to provide you with as many hands-on experiences as possible.  Between August 2013 and May 2014, JEM (and other majors) helped produce –

  • 99 MCTV episodes
  • 23 Double T Insider episodes
  • 7 specials
  • 4 Heads Up Display episodes

This doesn’t include all the activities at KTXT-FM, The Raider, 88.1, The Hub and other projects.  And guess what – you can earn academic credit while getting some real-world experience.  In fact, this fall, we’ve got some really special opportunities that you need to take advantage of:

Eric Van Allen, EMC 2014

Eric Van Allen, EMC 2014

Double T Insider: this fall, we will offer a special section of a practicum class called “Double T Insider.”  This class will be designed specifically for students to earn academic credit and work on this award-winning production.  The fall course will be taught by Chris Humphries, a producer for Texas Tech Athletics (this is separate from the Raider Vision practicum).  Trust me on this — if you want to get into sports and want an opportunity to be part of this class, you’ve got to make it happen this fall.  BIG news coming.  HUGE.  The CRN is 12110.  It’s EMC 4300.004.  Don’t miss the opportunity.  This class will count for an elective.

Eric Van Allen (EMC), Lawrence Sierra (EMC), Alicia Keene (JOUR), Evan Dixon (JOUR) and Abigail Arroyos (JOUR) - all 2014 graduates!

Eric Van Allen (EMC), Lawrence Sierra (EMC), Alicia Keene (JOUR), Evan Dixon (JOUR) and Abigail Arroyos (JOUR) – all 2014 graduates!

News and Innovation:another great opportunity this fall is working with professionals at AJ Media to develop innovative news products for a younger generation.  You can get in on the ground floor of something truly innovative.  The class is JOUR 4301, CRN 34060.  Again, this course can count as an elective!

Emily Pellegrini, JOUR 2014

Emily Pellegrini, JOUR 2014

Summer Spots Still Available!

For Summer I, you still have time to enroll.  Make sure and check your schedule.

EMC 3308, Visual Communications

EMC 3310, Introduction to Electronic Media

PHOT 2310, Principles of Photography

JOUR 2300, Principles of Journalism

JOUR 2310, News Writing

JOUR 3355, Media Ethics

JOUR 4301, Future of Global Journalism

Time is running out! Enroll today! Talk to Don Ellis or Ryan Johnson and make it happen!

Don Ellis and JB Felipe, EMC 2014

Don Ellis and JB Felipe, EMC 2014

 

JEM – so which side will you be on?

April 15, 2014
What side of the camera do you plan to be on?

What side of the camera do you plan to be on?

JEM - new marketing stuff

JEM – new marketing stuff

What do you think?  Our College of Media & Communication marketing department developed this new ‘rack card’ that will be used to promote the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media.  What do you think?  Which side do you plan to be on?  Our department is about providing learning opportunities for students to become innovative, responsible storytellers. It’s amazing to see all the cool things that have happened for our students in this academic year; I’m PUMPED about what the rest of 2014 has in store for JEM students! Speaking of the rest of 2014…. Want to build your portfolio?  Want to help a media organization build new products to reach emerging audiences?  Want to get some real-world experience in leadership, strategic planning and content creation? Make sure you take a look at this new elective for fall 2014!

Journalism Elective JOUR 4301.003 - News Innovation at AJ Media

Journalism Elective JOUR 4301.003 – News Innovation at AJ Media

It’s going to be an excellent class — taught by industry professionals working at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal who want your input! In fact, this really is a unique opportunity to actually learn from the inside out about the fast-paced changes facing the media industry.

Dr. Kaufhold Guns Up at Broadcast Education Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas

Dr. Kaufhold Guns Up at Broadcast Education Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas

Broadcast Education Association 

Ever wonder what “research” is all about?  Media companies depend on research to help answer very practical questions on a daily basis.  In JEM, we have several faculty members and graduate students researching a number of interesting problems/questions.  From Dr. Glenn Cummins studying the effect of camera angles on a television viewer’s attitude and/or perception about a college football game to graduate student Nate Rodriguez examining the Texas Country music phenomenon, there are some really interesting research studies going on.  Guess what? You can get involved and improve your resume just by reaching out to a faculty member and asking: “So, what type of research do you do? Is there any way I can help?” You will be pleasantly surprised and it could lead to developing a skill set and job opportunities that you never imagined.  Talk to any of our faculty members or ask one of the graduate teaching assistants.  All are working on some really cool projects!

Take a look at some of these opportunities with a few companies!

Dr. Hellmueller's new book!

Dr. Hellmueller’s new book!

Speaking of Research

Check out Dr. Lea Hellmueller’s new book — The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century! The book will be available in July 2014 and it looks like a really cool read about how globalization effects journalistic practices.  You can find out more info here. Dr. Hellmueller teaches courses in journalism such as JOUR 3310, News Presentation I and JOUR 4301, Issues in Global Journalism.  You can take her Issues in Global Journalism course in Summer I!  Ask your advisor today about the course that will help fulfill your global communication credit!

Ultimate Gamer Tournament

Ultimate Gamer Tournament

Heads Up Display – Video Game Tournament

Every week, you will find a group of students filming a little web program called Heads Up Display in our studio.  Led by Carmen Askerneese, these students are definitely PASSIONATE about video games.  Coming up May 3, they are hosting the Ultimate Gamer Tournament at the United Spirit Arena.  This event will benefit a charity called Child’s Play.  For more information about how to sign up for this amazing opportunity (and really cool event), go to the event website.  You can also read more about Heads Up Display at The Hub.

SCHOLARSHIPS!

Please don’t let another scholarship deadline get past you.  Here’s more $$ available through the RTNDA.

Send me your cool stuff!  

I’d love to share the cool things that JEM students are doing.  Feel free to e-mail me different projects you are working on. For example, JB Felipe and Ben Jarvis recently traveled to the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas to check out all the cool new gear for film, television and electronic media.  And….took a fall off the Stratosphere.  Click on the photo below and see a video about what it’s like to jump off a tall building in Vegas and live to tell about it!

JB Jumps off the Stratosphere

JB Jumps off the Stratosphere

 

Spring! Summer! Fall!

March 26, 2014
Congratulations to our amazing JEM students working at The Hub@TTU!

Congratulations to our amazing JEM students working at The Hub@TTU!

It’s that time again….Advising & Registration!  I wanted to touch base with you about some changes related to Journalism & Electronic Media and promote a few of our cool elective classes coming up this summer and fall!

Before we get started…just want to say Congratulations to the staff at The Hub and our JEM students who are picking up some awards this weekend at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Conference!  Get this, the following will receive a 2013 Mark of Excellence Award this weekend at this conference — Hub Staff for Best Independent Online Student Publication, Alicia Keene, Abigail Arroyos and Evan Dixon for Online In-Depth Reporting (for Asbestos on Campus), JOUR 2013 alumni Sydney Holmes for Online Feature Reporting (for Watch me bare my soul and have a panic attack) and Claudia Tristan for Online News Reporting (for Surviving rape at Texas Tech University).  Congratulations to all! By the way, you can publish your work at The Hub — it’s easy

Grammar. Spelling. Punctuation.

Back in the fall, each of the departments in the college were given the opportunity to evaluate and decide about the role of the GSP for their majors. For the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the faculty decided to keep JOUR 2310, News Writing, as a requirement for journalism majors and maintain the GSP requirement. The faculty voted to allow electronic media and communications majors to have a choice between JOUR 2310 or a new course that will be offered beginning fall 2014 – MCOM 2320. This new class will be a course designed to teach about several area of media writing. Our faculty believes that students interested in news writing need to demonstrate the basic principles of grammar, spelling and punctuation. It is my opinion that we offer one of the best news writing course in the state — anecdotally, it blows me away every time I talk to a graduate who says something about how much they hated taking JOUR 2310 in college but how grateful they are to have had it!

Even though our electronic media and communications majors have a choice between two courses, I would encourage any student with a passion and career interests in producing, reporting, and writing for a variety of different media outlets to take News Writing. It doesn’t matter if you want to end up in sports, news, or entertainment, writing is important.

You must check with your advisor before changing your degree plan.  Also, you definitely must check about requirements related to the catalog year of your first enrollment at Texas Tech.  Advisors for JEM are:  Donald Ellis and Ryan Johnson.

JOUR 4301 - Issues in Global Journalism! Summer 2014!

JOUR 4301 – Issues in Global Journalism! Summer 2014!

Summer Coolness

JEM is offering several of our regular courses in the summer I and summer II sessions.  JOUR 2300, Principles of Journalism, JOUR 2310, News Writing, EMC 3310, Principles of Electronic Media, and more!  I did want to tell you about two special topics courses that can help you with global communication credits!  In our Journalism program, we are offering JOUR 4301, Issues in Global Journalism in Summer I — you can take this class from one of the world’s leading experts in the profession of journalism from a global perspective, Dr. Lea Hellmueller!  Its CRN is 30452 and it will meet at 10 a.m.

Really cool special topics class coming Summer II!

Really cool special topics class coming Summer II!

In Summer II, the electronic media program will offer EMC 4301, Audio Storytelling: Global Voices.  This course is designed to help students do long-form audio storytelling — and create content for a new program we are trying to get started called Global Reach!  The class meets at 10 a.m. in Summer II and its CRN is 64050.

JOUR 4301 -- Sports Reporting -- This Fall!

JOUR 4301 — Sports Reporting — This Fall!

Fall Awesomeness

Fall is really going to be awesome.  JEM will be offering courses ranging from “technology touches” (JOUR and EMC 2000) where you can earn academic credit by ‘doing’ journalism and/or electronic media at MCTV, Double T Insider, KTXT-FM or The Hub to excellent electives about Analyzing Television, Public Opinion and Propaganda, Photography and….

EMC 4301: Understanding Video Games. Really cool class!  Take it!

EMC 4301: Understanding Video Games. Really cool class! Take it!

EMC 4301, Understanding Video Games (CRN 30923, MWF 10 a.m.).  Really going to be a cool class!

JOUR 4301, History & Practice of Sports Reporting (CRN 31508), MW 4 p.m.).  Thinking about going into sports journalism? This class is a MUST TAKE!

Check with Advising!  Advisors for JEM are: Donald Ellis and Ryan Johnson.

MCTV New Opportunities!

MCTV New Opportunities!

Get involved. Get an internship. Get a job.

We’ve had ALOT of recent student successes and cool stuff happening that I wanted to share –

  • Lauren Estlinbaum, JOUR (May 2014) has been selected to be a Morris Management Intern.  Morris Communications is a media company based in Augusta, Georgia with a portfolio that includes newspapers, radio stations, magazines, books, broadband services, and event marketing.  Congratulations Lauren!  She represents the first TTU student to ever be selected into this internship program!
  • Another first — A producer with Meet the Press notified Evan Dixon, JOUR (May 2014), that he had been selected as an intern for this long time staple of broadcast journalism!  Evan starts the internship this summer.  Congratulations!
  • Remember that Texas Association of Broadcaster’s workshop?  Well, one of our EMC majors attended the workshop, networked and is now a reporter at KCBD-TV!  Congratulations Ashlyn Tubbs, EMC (2014)!  Ashlyn has been working with MCTV this semester.  In the past, she has worked at The Daily Toreador and interned with KLBK-TV.
  • And…for you #SXSW fans….EMC major JB Felipe worked with Google on the #IngressReport #RecursionAustin project! 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Please make sure you apply for a Texas Association of Broadcasters scholarship!  Deadline is coming up!

 

This camera needs someone to take an award-winning photo

This camera needs someone to take an award-winning photo

JEM: Teaching, Research, Service, Excellence.

March 5, 2014
2014 Appathon Contestants

2014 Appathon Contestants

Howdy!  Hope your week is off to a great start.

You will read this twice – the Texas Association of Broadcasters event is this Saturday.  Today (Thursday is the deadline!)  You can register here! This is really a unique opportunity.  Please try and take advantage!

I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about “professors” for a moment.  When I arrived at Texas Tech as a freshman in the fall of 1984, I knew classes were taught by “professors” but I didn’t really know what a “professor” did outside of class.  In the, gulp, 30 years since then, I’ve learned that being a professor is so much more than just teaching a class.  Here in the College of Media & Communication and Texas Tech University, our professors strive for excellence in three different areas: teaching, research and service.  I would suggest that our faculty in the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media are the best in the state!  This week, three of our professors received some great news that needs to be shared!

Dr. Kent Wilkinson and me

Dr. Kent Wilkinson and me

  • Dr. Kent Wilkinson was notified that he had earned the rank of Full Professor – this is the ‘top’ academic rank a faculty member can achieve.  It’s an honor to earn this type of promotion.  Here at Texas Tech, Dr. Wilkinson has served as Regent’s Professor and Director of the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for International and Hispanic Communication.  He is an internationally-known (and respected) scholar who exemplifies excellence.

    Dr. Robert Peaslee

    Dr. Robert Peaslee

  • Dr. Robert Peaslee was notified that he had achieved tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.  Since 2008, Dr. Peaslee has demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.  In addition, he has championed visual communication and international film.  Our students, department, college and university have definitely benefited from Dr. Peaslee’s leadership in bringing film series such as the Global Lens to campus.  In addition to earning tenure and promotion, he has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award!
Dr. K is always teaching

Dr. K is always teaching

  • Dr. Kelly Kaufhold received notification that he has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Texas Tech Alumni Association’s New Faculty Award!  Dr. Kaufhold teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in journalism, media theory and digital media.

Feel free to send each and/or all of these faculty a note of congratulations!  At the very least, the next time you see them in the hallway — tell them “Congrats!”

Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

TAB is this Saturday!

Don’t forget that the Texas Association of Broadcasters is hosting its Regional Newsroom Workshop here in the College of Media & Communication this Saturday!  You must register to attend.  Deadline is today!  Don’t miss this opportunity!  You can register here!  There is a $40 fee.  You will get lunch and have a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn with some of the best in the broadcast television industry!

Ph.D. student Desiree Markham participating in Miss New Mexico pageant

Ph.D. student Desiree Markham participating in Miss New Mexico pageant

Speaking of broadcasting and teaching excellence…

So how does someone make the decision to teach at the college level?  In the College of Media & Communication, we offer two graduate degrees — a Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).  Here at Texas Tech, we have several excellent Ph.D. students who are researching issues and problems related to media and communication and teaching courses for one of the academic departments.  For Journalism & Electronic Media, Desiree Markham is a Ph.D. student who has professional experience in broadcast television.  She has taught EMC 3300, Electronic Media & Society in fall 2014 and is teaching JOUR 4350, Multiplatform Journalism this semester.  Ms. Markham is from New Mexico and has experience in beauty pageants!  I asked her a few questions about how and why she decided to come and get the Ph.D. degree:

Why did you come to Texas Tech for your Ph.D.?

 I am from eastern New Mexico and I wanted to stay close to home and I knew that the College of Media and Communication had a very competitive and prestigious Ph.D. program.
You’ve had the opportunity to teach courses in Journalism & Electronic Media.  What’s your favorite thing about ‘teaching’?
I love that I have “real world” experience to bring to the classroom. Students are more engaged when they know someone has “been there.” I like to give my students the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions and also contribute to the curriculum because they are the largest media consumers and can learn from each other.Journalism and electronic media  are continually evolving so the students have a lot to contribute and discussions can get very exciting in class
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? 
I want to obtain the highest education possible in my field and be able to teach at the university level. My goal is to graduate and pursue a career teaching in the communication field at a small university or community college, where I can also pursue my administrative goals and continue my research interests.
Has there been any aspect of beauty pageants that you’ve been able to use in the classroom to help students?
Yes, absolutely! I have taught Public Speaking and Professional Communication courses and I have my students participate in an “onstage question” assignment for part of their impromptu speaking skills grade. The media certainly has shown examples of pageant contestants who completely fall from grace during the onstage question portion of competition, but it is no easy task and the questions are typically challenging. I believe students can learn impromptu speaking skills as well as poise and grace! In addition, I have been judged competitively in interviews by judges from across the country and there are certainly some learning aspects from those experiences to share with my students. Additionally, I know what it is like to be “on camera” for hours at a time; I understand the production aspects of a live show and how to be professional in the industry.

Contest!

Check out this cool contest.  Driving the Message (look at the prizes!). Deadline coming up quick!

2nd Appathon!

February 19, 2014

It’s back! The College of Media & Communication and the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering are hosting the 2014 Texas Tech Appathon!  This is a terrific opportunity to put your ideas into action!  The event starts at 7:00 Friday night at the Livermore Center at the College of Engineering.  It ends 24-hours later.  Make sure you register for the event.  The theme for this year’s 24-hour app-building competition is Study Abroad.

Student team presenting at 2013 Appathon

Student team presenting at 2013 Appathon

So why should a student think about participating in the Appathon?

Katy Morris (right) and Derrick Franco (left) setting up the shot!

Katy Morris (right) and Derrick Franco (left) setting up the shot!

No doubt you’ve heard, seen, read about ‘entrepreneurship’ in the past year or so.  We’ve got students involved in several different projects that highlight their ability to apply their creativity to do real-world stuff!  There are JEM students involved in freelance video and photography projects, web design, and other types of ventures.  We also have students who are launching companies.  One of those is EMC major Katy Morris.  In the past year, Katy has been on a really cool ride — from attending the 2013 Appathon to heading to New York to participate in AngelHack then presenting to venture capitalists in Silicon Valley!  I asked Katy what a Media & Communication student can gain to benefit from participating in the Appathon!

As Media and Communication students we need certain skills to be able to succeed in our career. Some of these skills include: teamwork, learning to network, and good communication skills.
First, the team that you choose will rely on teamwork through out the competition. You will work closely with them over the 24 hours. Find a team that you can bring something to, whether it be designing, or even presenting the product, bring your strengths to the table.
 
Next, you will need to know how to network! You need to talk to as many people as you can, especially the judges. Get them to remember you and you will have a better chance. Find what they like about your app and change the things they do not.
 
And lastly, when it comes to presenting, you need to know how to communicate an idea clearly. At the end of the competition your group will have to present your creation to the judges. This part is almost as vital as your actual creation. If they do not understand what you made, you will not win. Practice presenting your product over and over before the judging and you will impress them every time.
 
And everyone needs a little competition in our life, it keeps us on our toes. Remember you do not have to be an expert to compete in a appathon. Learning as you go is one of the best ways to innovate, learn, and have fun.
 
In conclusion, if you want to learn skills, focus your talents, and have a future advantage over your peers, compete in an appathon. I promise, you won’t regret it.
You can check out Katy’s blog for some great pics and stories from the past year! Check out their fundraising page for their company! Check out Engineering major Derrick Franco’s presentation at the recent Tedx Texas Tech!
Easy Launch

Easy Launch

Vision behind the Appathon: Dr. Randy Reddick
In the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, we are fortunate to have visionaries like Dr. Randy Reddick.  I hope he appreciates this, but Dr. Reddick was researching, publishing and teaching about the Internet long before it was known as the Internet!  He has led the team for developing the first app for the College of Media & Communication AND he has led the charge for launching the Appathon!  This year is no different – Dr. Reddick continues to lead the charge!  I asked Dr. Reddick a few questions about the 2014 Appathon:
Dr. Randy Reddick

Dr. Randy Reddick

What type of students can get involved with the Appathon?

 Any student with a creative bent aimed at or an interest in mobile computing can “get involved.” So can students who want to help in a college event.
 What should students be prepared to do during the Appathon?
Those who are competing should have some programming and/or design experience. Students usually participate in teams of 2-3 people. They have to come up with design solutions at all levels as well as the programming mechanics to solve the problem(s) outlined at the beginning.
What are some benefits of participating in the Appathon?
  • Experience at addressing a real-world mobile communications problem under the pressure of a tight deadline
  • Fun and camaraderie
  • Food and beverage
  • Possibility of winning cool prizes
  • Networking opportunities with other students, faculty, and potential employers
Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

TAB – Coming Up Soon!  Register today!  

Don’t forget to register for the TAB event on Saturday, March 8, 2014.  It’s a great opportunity for students to network, learn and interact with leading broadcast professionals here at the College of Media & Communication!  Register today!

Metropolis Elektro

Wow!  What a cool opportunity for all students, but especially film and music enthusiasts.  Dr. Kent Wilkinson’s Rock & Roll Media class has invited Scott and Amy Faris to present “Launching Metropolis Elektro: From Inspiration to Opening Night” on Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 in CoMC 281!  What a great opportunity to interact with true visionaries.  Don’t miss this event!

Really Cool Launch of the TTU International Film Series

The Department of Journalism & Electronic Media, the Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication and the TTU Cross-Cultural Advancement Center will host a free screening of 12 Years a Slave Monday, February 24, at 6 p.m. in CoMC 281.  There is a panel discussion after the film moderated by Dr. Robert Peaslee.  Join us for this special event!  You can follow the film series at:

Facebook.com/TTUIntlFilmSeries
@IntlFilmTTU
IFS Poster

IFS Poster

Mark your calendars!

February 7, 2014
Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

Texas Association of Broadcasters (www.tab.org)

No matter what your career plans are, March 8 may provide you with an opportunity to interact with some of the nation’s top broadcast journalists at the Texas Association of Broadcasters Regional Broadcast Newsroom Workshop!  The College of Media & Communication and the TAB are hosting this ‘first time ever at Texas Tech’ event on Saturday, March 8.  Here are just a few highlights –

  • Excellent opportunity to learn about broadcast news from some of the nation’s best television journalists!
  • Have award-winning, professional journalists critique your work!
  • 18 Sessions include: Storytelling Mastery, Investigative Reporting, The Purpose Driven Stand-Up, The Write Stuff, A Network Photographer’s Tips and Tricks from the Field and more!

You can find out more about this event at https://www.tab.org/member-services/newsroom-workshop

There is a reduced rate for students ($25 – this will include lunch).  Make sure you register online as soon as possible.  I will be honest, these types of events really don’t happen all the time and I really want you to consider making plans to attend.  It doesn’t matter if you are an aspiring journalist or filmmaker, these types of events provide excellent networking opportunities!  Give me a shout if you have any questions or would like more information (todd.chambers@ttu.edu).

Dr. Kelly Kaufhold

Dr. Kelly Kaufhold

 

JEM Faculty Spotlight:  Dr. Kelly Kaufhold

You’ve probably seen him around – teaching a lot of different types of courses and somehow finding time to walk with an individual student to teach them how to cover a story.  Dr. Kelly Kaufhold brings years of professional experience into the courses that he teaches and in dozens of mentoring moments each and every week.  I asked Dr. Kaufhold a few questions:

What’s the best thing about teaching at Texas Tech University?
Oh, that’s easy, it’s the earnestness and industriousness of the students. No, wait, it’s the ability to do a radio show with students; no, it’s the daily newscasts; maybe the ability to pitch and quickly teach out-of-the-box courses? Wait, it’s having hands-on, real-world outlets like MCTV Weekday Update, KTXT, Double T Insider, TTUHub.net. Or the ability to teach great undergraduate and graduate students? …oh man…
 What’s your favorite course that you teach? Why?

Dr. K is always teaching

Dr. K is always teaching

Storytelling by Smartphone, a special topics course. Students are already immersed in their mobile devices so when we can take that raw interest and craft it into good, skilled news gathering and reporting it gets them thinking in a very professional way about what used to just be social and fun. And it still is! Except it might get them hired now. Plus, it’s a scream when they post something like “Prof wants us to tweet in class. Unreal.”
 How should a student prepare for a job in journalism?
Fundamentals + multimedia + initiative. We can teach you two out of the three and our College of Media and Communication, more than ever, can “lead a horse to water” with all of our student media outlets. Any student with that initiative has all the tools they need here to set themselves apart and get hired.
 What research projects are you working on?  How can a undergraduate or graduate student get involved?
I’m building on an experimental news game that gets young adults more interested in news – it’s about to launch in some high school classrooms, which will be a first. I also plan to run a national survey this semester and there may be room for some grad students to piggyback some questions onto my panel! And I’m increasingly interested in pedagogy – improving the art of teaching.
And speaking of “teaching” and “Dr. K” (he told me about one of his former students and her recent success!)
Virginia Stille (JOUR 2012) headed to finals!

Virginia Stille (JOUR 2012) headed to finals!

JEM Alumni Spotlight

Check this out: Virginia Stille (JOUR 2012) will be competing in the Final Round of Nuestra Belleza Latina, a television program on the Univision Television Network!  Tune in February 16 and find out what is next!

Virginia Stille (JOUR 2012) will appear on Univision February 16!

Virginia Stille (JOUR 2012) will appear on Univision February 16!

Get Creative.  JEMLive!  

Take a look around – there are new initiatives and opportunities to get creative everywhere.  You can get involved with any of the following –

  • The Hub (ttuhub.net) Photos, videos, stories, blogs, you name it — you can get published! In fact, we would love to see more photos that are TTU related!
  • MCTV – this daily newscast (Monday through Thursday) meets in CoMC 355 at 2:00 — feel free to contact josh.robinson@ttu.edu and ask how you can help (everything from anchor to graphics, we need help!)
  • Double T Insider – weekly sports program broadcast in Lubbock and Amarillo television markets!  Production meetings are Thursdays at 5 p.m.
  • KTXT-FM, The Raider 88.1 – campus radio station – always seeking volunteers!  AND, we need someone to do play-by-play (as soon as this spring!). Please contact DG asap!  (derrick.ginter@ttu.edu)
  • Heads Up Display – Video Game Show!  Yep, go to The Hub and look at the HubTV options (carmen.askerneese@ttu.edu)
  • Hubcast – brand new student-volunteer project – get in on the ground floor of a really cool media project!  (evan.dixon@ttu.edu, alicia.r.keene@ttu.edu or abigail.arroyos@ttu.edu).
  • These are just a few of the opportunities that exist.

Get Social. #JEMTTU 

As you create and post your photos, videos, etc…feel free to tag the department when and where appropriate — use #JEMTTU.


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