Fall is my favorite season – get to see some awesome color changes in sunsets and in the parks across the city of Lubbock! Get your cameras out and take some photos — make sure you send them in so we can publish them here in JEM Notes! Speaking of photography, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Alyssa Haden last week. She is a JEM major and a photographer at The Daily Toreador. After our meeting, I asked her if she would mind getting all the JEM majors who work at The DT together and take a photo — she did and I was overwhelmed by the number of JEM students working there (and the picture didn’t include all who do!). Make sure you take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities to produce content at Texas Tech!
National News Engagement Day, Tuesday, October 7
The College of Media & Communication and the TTU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists are hosting “#NewsTTU,” a panel discussion about making news a national priority in the age of social media on Tuesday, October 7 between 12:30 and 2:00 in the Red Raider Ballroom in the Student Union Building at Texas Tech University. This is part of an initiative supported by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication called “National News Engagement Day.” The idea behind this initiative is to try and make news a national priority again. Topics will include: Millennials and the News, Effects of Social and Mobile Media on News Preferences, and the Future of Local News. Information about National News Engagement Day can be found at: http://www.newsengagement.org. Brian Williams from NBC News talked about National News Engagement Day last week. He provided a great summary of what the day is about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eQd4gUu3hY&feature=youtu.be&list=UUPZZJ0_P-qhlVsLEg8JI-NQ
#NewsTTU Panelists include:
- Jeff Klotzman, News Director, Fox 34, Managing Editor, News @ Nine
- Terry Greenberg, Vice President of Audience, AJ Media
- Dr. Erik Bucy, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication, College of Media & Communication
- Alicia R. Keene, Editor, The Hub @ TTU
- Katelynne Newman, Co-Manager, The Outpost Social Media Lab, College of Media & Communication
- Carson Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Toreador
- Scarlett Humphries, Media Director, KTXT-FM, The Raider 88.1
- Moderator: Dr. Kelly Kaufhold, Assistant Professor, Journalism & Electronic Media, College of Media & Communication.
We will be using the #hashtag #NewsTTU for this panel. The official hashtag for the event is #newsengagementday
Please try and use these hashtags for promotion before, during and after the panel.
College of Media & Communication Career Fair
Don’t miss the College of Media & Communication Career Fair, Thursday, October 9 between 1 and 5 p.m. at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center (note: this is a location change!). Don’t miss this event – this is just for College of Media & Communication majors. How should you dress? Professional. What should you bring? Resume (at least). Who should I talk to? Everyone. Meet everyone. Talk to everyone. Ask questions. Need more information: Aleesa Ross – email@example.com.
JEM Faculty Spotlight
JEM is fortunate to have so many faculty with so much professional experience. One of our new professors of practice is Dr. Cam Stone. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Stone for a few years both as a student (now a former student) and now as a colleague. Dr. Stone teaches several classes in both journalism and electronic media. I asked him a few questions:
What gets you fired up about teaching?
Seeing a student hang in there and persevere not knowing exactly everything that is going on in a course and then it finally clicking for them is awesome!
What projects/activities do you have that an undergraduate student can get involved in?
My biggest project at the moment is the Society of Professional Journalists organization. So far, we have a little better than 30 students interested in being a part of this organization. For officer elections, we have nine interested parties vying for four positions. The cool thing is it’s not open only to journalism students but all majors. Graduate students are also welcome to join.
What’s something we should know about you but don’t?
I love my music. The faster and harder the better. I jam out every day while working. If students have not dropped by and experienced this phenomenon, I urge them to swing by – especially if they are an audiophile. Professors Foster and Lowry hooked me up with a killer sound system which is sure to impress.
I had the opportunity to talk to one of our JEM majors and ask about Dr. Stone:
Professor Stone has been a revelation to my college experience. We met for the first time Fall 2013 in News Writing. I would always see him around the college but we never exchanged words so I never got to know the man with the ponytail. I remember my first time doing office hours for JOUR 2310, he was my lab instructor and I had a difficult time adjusting to writing stories and being grammatically correct but he taught me a very valuable lesson, it was okay to fail and make mistakes because it is the best way to learn. His work ethic, passion, and evident love for what he does is inspiring. He challenged my mind and character to go beyond being just a student in college to being a better man in society. Words will never be enough to describe the impact he has had on my life. — Dwayne Extol, EMC major
JEM Shout Outs
- JEM student Daniela Parraga has been named anchor/producer for KXTQ-TV, the Telemundo affiliate in Lubbock!
- Dr. John Velez, assistant professor in JEM, has a article coming out in Communication Research titled “Violent video games and reciprocity: the attenuating effects of cooperative game play on subsequent aggression.”
New Interim Chair for JEM
I’m very excited to announce that effective October 1, 2014, Dr. Rob Peaslee is the Interim Chair for the Department of Journalism & Electronic Media. Since arriving at Texas Tech seven years ago, Dr. Peaslee has launched programs such as the Global Lens and the International Film Series. He will be an excellent chair and champion for JEM! Make sure you stop by and meet him sometime! I’m still around and am just doing some different things in the best college here at Texas Tech! #WeAreCoMC! #WreckEm