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next meeting
a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
scripps 111
Vol. 1 January 13, 2009.

new media, no problem. The Cabin

workshop is something to tweet home about. Fever Reliever
story Graylyn Roose art Ian Bowman-Henderson
On January 20, during normal meeting hours,
Society of Professional Journalists will be host- “As we teach others how to use these tools,
ing a “new media” workshop for any interested we become more adept ourselves,” says Frith,
members. The event, which will be presented by who says that journalism classes at OU are be-
Paul Matson, the Public Relations Student So- coming increasingly more focused on digital
ciety of America president, will address several media. “More and more professors are introduc-
growing types of digital media, with the intent ing these technological tools into their curricu-
to explain them for those who may be neophytes lum.”
in the realm of online journalism. Because blogs have become critical to infor-
“There’s a big shift going on between tra- mation-sharing, much of the presentation will
ditional media and reporting and it’s basically be focused on them. Zieber says that he feels
going on with digital and online,” said Matson. that blogs are the “most important” growing
“For us, that’s trying to learn what tools fall into digital media.
the category of new media.” Although some call the credibility of weblogs
Matson will be addressing various types of into question, Zieber said that most blogs he has
blogs, including blogspot and blogger, as well “I think it’ll help people get started and kind come across have been very informative.
as Twitter, and other social media like Facebook of figure things out,” said Zieber. “I want to “I think you really have to know who you’re
as news outlets. He says that he will be present- have plenty of time for hands on, I want Paul to reading and know about them,” said Zieber. “At
ing three main aspects of online media. be able to go around the room and help people the same time, I feel that you kind of have a rap-
“One is social networking -- how the media out.” port with the blogger that you read because you
stays in contact with each other. Another is how Zieber also adds that the one-hour time limit really get to know them, as well as their writ-
people share info with each other, so it’s more is somewhat flexible. ing.”
on the readership side. And then the third is ba- “I’m open to having it run over if people want Frith also maintained the necessity of un-
sically doing business with consumers,” said to stay.” derstanding where blog information has come
Matson. “New media: what the tools are, how Freshman SPJ member Rosie Haney says that from.
to use them, and why they’re important. That’s she is looking forward to attending the work- “For example, a blog on a journalism outlet’s
basically the big three.” shop and getting a head start in learning the fun- site has to be nonfiction and it has to go through
According to SPJ Programming Coordinator damentals of online media. an editing process so that the information is not
Kevin Zieber, the workshop is intended to be “I feel that we should all be proficient with only truthful, but it’s delivered in a way that the
informal and hands on. Members are encour- these things,” said Haney, who said that she is audience can depend on,” said Frith.
aged to bring their laptops to the meeting, so grateful to be learning these skills before she en- Matson stated that the changing technological
they can follow along with Matson’s presenta- counters them in a class. “These are things that situation requires journalists to utilize new tools
tion and begin to understand how to better use we can never get from all of our classes at the to present information.
social media. same time…but these are things that we can use “I don’t think that print newspaper is ever go-
now.” ing to go away. There’s always going to be a
Haney said that, as a journalist, she feels a duty circulation. But there has to be a new business
to share information via cutting-edge methods, model to how people get things online,” said

inside inc. in an effort to help the public better understand

how they can utilize online media.
“As journalists we’re like the arteries trans-
Matson. “What it’s all about is engaging people
instead of just throwing information at them and
guessing if they’re receiving it or not.”
porting the blood and the nitrogen to the rest of Zieber says that he has high hopes for future
society news. pg 2. the body, to the rest of the population.”
OU professor and SPJ advisor Cary Frith
workshops, especially those that involve les-
sons on design technology, like Photoshop and
teaches in the magazine sequence, and says that InDesign.
internships. pg 3. she feels it’s important for students to become
skilled in online media.
“I think people are interested to learn these
skills,” said Zieber.

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society news..
society centenial celebration.
a look at what SPJ has in store for winter.
story Cameron Glover
During the winter break, the executive board Additionally, Aimee Edmondson, a professor
for Ohio University’s chapter of the Society of and expert on the Freedom of Information Act,
Professional Journalists put together a vast list will host an information session on how to use
of events sure to entice journalism majors. journalistic rights to obtain public records.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary for “These are things that you’re not going to get
the largest journalism organization in the world:

directly in class,” sad Millward.
SPJ. History of the organization will be the fo- In order to give back to the Athens communi-
cus of the centennial celebration. ty, SPJ will hold a book drive that begins Jan. 23
Sigma Delta Chi was founded in 1909 by and will run through Feb. 20. SPJ will team up
12 male students from DePauw University in with the business fraternity and set up donations
Greencastle, IN as a journalism fraternity. It sites around campus and surrounding areas.
aimed to protect journalistic rights such as the SPJ is also hosting a national essay com-
First Amendment and practice ethical behavior. petition for all high school students who may
In 2008, it formally changed its name to the So- have an interest in writing or journalism. OU’s
ciety of Professional Journalists.
SPJ now has almost 10,000 members, includ-
chapter will judge essays from 20 counties in
southeast Ohio. The winning essays will be sent OUSPJ calendar
ing professionals and students, and has more to the SPJ headquarters in Indianapolis. This
than 250 chapters. year’s prompt is “Why free news media are
“We’re trying to get back to the roots,” said important,” and the national winner will receive
Evan Millward, OU’s chapter president. Mill-
ward explains that this year is about being proud
Finally, for any journalist that wants the op-
1.20. New Media
of the past 100 years while working ahead for
the future.
portunity to get involved with a student publica-
tion that is current and geared directly towards
“It’s a call for SPJ to be stronger,” said Mill-
On Jan. 20, Paul Matson, senior journalism
the J-School, then look no further. SPJ has
created inc., a newsletter filled with valuable
information for aspiring a professional journal-
1.27. Speaker:
and public relations major, will lead a workshop
on new media. All members are encouraged to
ists. inc. will include information about the next
week’s meetings, featured internships, transcript
Yusef Kalyango
bring his or her laptop, as Matson will be reveal-
ing different techniques for finding information
interviews with guest speakers and media com-
For more information on the Ohio University
1.23. Book Drive
Yusef Kalyango, professor of broadcast jour-
nalism, will be speaking on Jan. 27 about how
Society of Professional Journalists, check ohio- or come to the meetings ev-
to approach covering stories of tragedy and cri-
sis. Kalyango joined the OU staff as an assistant
professor last quarter and has worked as a cor-
ery Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Scripps 111. Tonight’s
meeting is the “Cabin Fever Reliever,” designed
to get students out of their cold homes to eat free
2.20. Last Day
respondent for CNN International. He was the
first to have footage of the war and genocides in
pizza and play games. Feel free to bring friends
and roommates to kickoff SPJ’s centennial cel-
of Book Drive
Sudan during the early 1990s. ebration.

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beauty penchant.
featured internship. Miss USA.
reporting Lindsay Castle
Ohio University communication students have the opportunity to apply
to intern as a public relations assistant for the 2009 Miss USA pageant.
The Miss USA internship, which will begin during the latter part of
winter quarter and lasts approximately one month, will allow the selected
intern to work with the vice president, public relations director and coor-
dinator for the organization.
Travel expenses to and from Las Vegas, hotel accommodations and per
PHOTO: 2008 Miss USA contestents at Nellis Airforce Base.
diem will be covered by the Miss Universe Organization. The internship
will be held in Las Vegas, except for the week of the Miss USA taping The internship will provide opportunities to pitch ideas and assist in the
when interns will work in New York City. coordination of media opportunities on location at the Miss USA pageant.
Selected interns, who will be graduating in the spring, may be asked to The intern will assist hosts, pageant contestants and Miss Universe Orga-
continue work for the organization after the internship has ended. nization executives, as well as participate in celebrity judging panels.
“I am more than willing to look over the applications if students ask me Other jobs that may be available during the internship include monitor-
to but they must be turned in prior to the deadline,” Tina Stewart, Alumni ing print, television and internet coverage, writing media alerts, tip sheet
and Internship Coordinator for Scripps, said. “I also suggest letting career updates, creating photo captions, attending media and host committee re-
services look over resumes.” lated events and serving as a liaison between the host committee and the
The Miss Universe Organization offers this internship exclusively to Miss Universe Organization.
OU students because the President and CEO is Paula Shugart, a 1981 Me- The completed applications, which should include a cover letter, re-
dia Arts and Studies alumna. Shugart also serves on the Deans’ Advisory sume and letter of recommendation from a professor, are to be turned in
Committee for Scripps. to Tina Stewart by Friday, January 16, in RTV 484 or left at the front desk
Students in Scripps, Media Arts, and Communication Studies are in the Deans’ office.
strongly encouraged to apply. Last year’s Miss USA OU intern was gradu- Cover letters should be addressed to: Ms. Lark-Marie Anton, Vice Pres-
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America’s plumber bummer. direct from HQ.
why this average Joe shouldn’t be in Israel. Mentor Match-Up Program:
column Ian Bowman-Henderson now accepting mentors and
mentees, more info at
My first real girlfriend, I’ll call her Sally, was
not the best I could do. Some of the problems in
our relationship were obvious. For instance, she ‘09 National Convention and
was taller than me, which was a serious prob-
lem in the makeout crazed world of junior high Centennial Celebration:
school. Then there were the problems we both registration now open at
recognized but chose to ignore, like the fact that
we had nothing at all in common. But probably
the two biggest problems in our relationship
were known, to the best of my knowledge, only
to me. The first was that I was dating her mostly
out of peer pressure and the fact the she was a
grade above me, I wanted to be the cool guy
with an older girlfriend. The second problem
was my ongoing, and intense, infatuation with
new on the blog.
her best friend Rose, which both preceded and
lasted throughout our relationship. I basically Trouble Hits Home:
dated Sally to spend more time with Rose.
Looking back, I could not have been a bigger
The Cincinnati Enquirer is
ass. I’m certainly not proud of it, but I was a EDITORIAL ART: “Joe the Puppet” moving towards a slimmer print
young kid treading uncertain waters. I took on nies contained in those 51 words, but I’ll just edition. This follows job cuts at
a responsibility that I wasn’t ready for and put stick to the part where he accuses his fellow the Enquirer’s parent company
ethics aside in favor of doing what was best for journalists of divulging troop positions. Aside
myself. from being false, troop possitions fall into the Gannet.
Something very much the same is happening category of things reporters absolutely cannot
in the world of journalism today. Recently the divulge. Joe is just parroting the Israeli govern-
conservative website Pajamas TV hired Samuel ment’s official reasons for not allowing mem-
J. Wurzelbacher, or more infamously “Joe the bers of the press into Gaza. He is a puppet. He’s
Plumber,” to fly to Israel and report on the con- no more real than my relationship with Sally
flict in Gaza. Disregarding the fact that his mon- was, and the motives he serves are just as ne-
icker is entirely innacurate, ignoring the fact farious.
that he is famous only for asking one painfully
under researched question, and even allowing
for the fact that he already tried to parlay his
It is difficult to tell exactly what the situation
in Gaza is, the topic is a hotbed of well-deserved
debate. However, that debate will be cut horri-
inc. identified:
fleeting political fame into a country music car- bly short, with untold consequences, if media Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
reer, this man is in no way a journalist. He is an outlets choose to appoint journalists who fuel
ideologue, and what’s worse a name-brand tool their ideological agenda at the expense of the Copy Editor Jessica Lovejoy
of the Republican party. American people’s collective knowledge.This
Here is a great quote from the newest journal- sort of propagandistic deception is ultimate af-
ist representing America abroad: front to the core principals of journalism. Copy Editor Linsey Aultz
“To be honest with ya, I don’t think journal- The American media is entering a new era of
ists should be (allowed) anywhere near . . . war,” free information, but with uprecedented access Contributing Writer Lindsay Castle
Wurzelbacher told other reporters in the Israeli comes the threat of unprecedented opportunites
town of Sderot. “You guys report where our for ideologues to manipulate the public for their
troops are at, what’s happening day-to-day, you own gain. Unfortunately for America, media
Contributing Writer Cameron Glover
make a big deal out of it. I think it’s asinine.” outlets like Pajama TV have yet to step beyond
Whole books could be written about the iro- the ethical capacity of a seventh grade boy. Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
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next meeting
a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
scripps 111
Vol. 2 January 27, 2009.

speaker: Yusuf
ethical reporting in a crisis. Kalyango
Dr. Yusuf Kalyango will tell his story to SPJ.
story Jessica Lovejoy art Ian Bowman-Henderson
On Feb. 3, the Society of Professional
Journalists welcomes guest speaker Dr. Yusuf reports.”
Kalyango. With experience as an investigative At the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at
journalist, he has covered affairs in the East Ohio University, there are a total of six programs
Africa region, working in Uganda, Kenya and in which a student can specialize. In order to
Tanzania, the three countries of the original East adapt to the changing world of communication,
African Community, while collecting survey this generation of journalists should be prepared
data for his studies and reports. to have the ability to work, to some extent, in all
“It is really exciting to have a journalist of this of these different media.
caliber among our faculty,” said SPJ President Journalism students cannot ignore the
Evan Millward. “Yusuf Kalyango has so much possibility that one day, an entire specialization
knowledge to impart to students, from his own may branch out into separate fields, or that other
work experiences to how to cover stories of specializations may turn obsolete.
utmost crisis and human tragedy.” Society is already seeing this change in how
His inspiration for journalism and reporting Journalism Foundation in 1997 and CNN World news and information are packaged. According
came at a young age. Kalyango recalled, “I was Report in 2000. to Editor & Publisher, on Dec. 16, 2008 the
always inspired by television anchors…when However, some of his most rewarding Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News became
I was younger, my dad would make me watch experiences have been also the most difficult the first major metropolitan newspapers in the
news stations.” to endure. According to Kalyango, the most U.S. to end daily home delivery.
According to Kalyango, broadcasting is but difficult points in his career were “reporting in Communication is in the middle of major
a single aspect to journalism. Kalyango said he third world countries. There is limited freedom transition, and the possibilities could either be
also, “likes the writing aspect of journalism… of the press.” Oftentimes, he could not have numerous or constrictive. There may be a day
in college, I started writing for the university access to much of the needed information when newspapers may simply be obsolete,
paper,” he explains. information. and will be replaced by faster, more efficient
From there his career blossomed, leading “There was lots of self-censorship among the delivery of news, such as online.
to thirteen years working in the field of people,” Kalyango further explains, “There was As of now, there is the newswriting and editing
communication. Spanning from radio to a fear to be persecuted by authorities. Because sequence at OU, but according to Freshman
newspaper and television stations in East Africa of this, [these people] would not readily give Advisor Robert Stewart, if students want to be
and the USA, Kalyango has gained invaluable information.” Oftentimes, Kalyango would talk serious about a future career as a journalist, they
experiences from his work. to them carefully, knowing they knew certain, need to keep an open mind to a future career
Creating such a successful mark in journalism valuable, information, but it was hard for change into a more online-oriented field.
has made Kalyango the recipient of several local “people to talk without fear for their lives.” Keeping a closed-mind could be a journalist’s
awards. He has also recieved two international Being thrown into prisons was a common downfall.
awards for journalism excellence by the African punishment for speaking too candidly to the It’s challenging, and it’s intimidating. In
press. a growing, volatile world, journalists are
No journalist can that deny the communication under constant pressure to discern the truth
world has inherent risks and challenges, but and report the facts. Journalists are preparing

inside inc. there is a need for resilience for this generation

of journalism students. “Today’s reporter
needs to be an all-around reporter,” Kalyango
to make remarkable impacts in the field of
communication in years to come.
“I hope our members will come away from his
advises. “This is the most important advice I presentation with a sense of their unique role as
society news. pg 2. can give to students at this time. In order for
students to be more resilient, they need to be
a journalist,” said SPJ president, Evan Millward,
“Hopefully it will inspire some of them to
able to cover audio communication as well as pursue a career in foreign correspondence. After
internships. pg 3. visual communication. They also need to be
able to report stories online and produce online
all, our world is so much bigger than we tend to

commentary pg 4.
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society news..
the maestro of new media.
Paul Matson talks web 2.0 with SPJ.
story Ian Bowman-Henderson photo Graylyn Roose
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry
professional to speak at our meetings. If we’re lucky, they stick around
to answer a few questions for inc. This weeks guest is Public Relations
Student Society of America President Paul Matson.
Inc.: Why do you think social media is But for something with risk, what happens
growing so quickly? with now is, say a blog [about a certain
Paul Matson: Web 2.0 basically de- person] gets a lot of traffic. If they get of-
scribes this whole idea that anybody can fended by something in the comments…
be in charge of the news. What was before and they want to sue the administrator of
open to only people who had tech positions the website, if the content is monitored
is now available to everybody… anybody they can be sued.
can get involved and comment, so you’re Inc.: What are some companies that are
increasing your social network. And I think doing a good job of taking advantage of
people inherently want to be noticed. Social Media?
Inc.: How can a person make the change Matson: Ford will be one, another one
from just using social media to get noticed that is fantastic is Apple. There are people
to using it productively? from Proctor and Gamble… because they
Matson: You have to have a goal in mind have so many things that are used person-
as soon as you’re signed up. Making that ally.
transition beyond your personal life, some Inc.: Why is it important for future jour-
people use Twitter just for business. Big nalists to know how to use social media?
brands like Ford will hire somebody just to Matson: It absolutely is, because the job
manage their social media presence. of a journalist is to report what you see to
Inc.: Is there a danger of social media the people. People inherently want to have
like Twitter creating a conflict of inter- control over the news and the info they
ests for the traditional journalists who use read so doing that now you will have a bet-
them? ter chance of making a name for yourself.
Matson: Some people do fear that. Right And the more personal you are the more
now it really comes down to who makes the chance you have to get an audience. Hav-
decisions in your company, with the flight ing an RSS feed or a quick way to sub-
that went down in the Hudson this week, scribe will make people come back to your
the first photo of that was on Twitter. A site without actually having to return to that
Twit-pic as we call it… and that was cool. website.

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making a difference.
featured internship. The Interactivist.
story Graylyn Roose
The Interactivist is sending out an open hiring notice for all interested
writers, reporters, and designers, as well as anyone with an affinity for
advertising. As an independent publication that publishes once to twice a
quarter, the magazine covers political issues both globally and in the city
of Athens.
Ohio University sophomore Jacqueline Jones is in charge of hiring and
recruiting for The Interactivist. While she describes the hiring process as
a “rolling deadline,” she said that interested students should apply for the PHOTO: The front page of The Interactivist from September, 2006.
desired positions as soon as possible, adding that the magazine will soon We’re a small organization as it is, so if you come in, you’re really going
be going through some changes. to have a say,” Jones said. “We’re not just taking upperclassmen, we’ll
“We’re kind of going through a reorganization phase,” said Jones. take everyone.”
“Even though we’re developed and established and have a readership, According to Jones, the current staff of around 15 members intends
we’re changing a lot within the magazine. It’s a good time for new people to add around 10 people before the end of the school year. There are no
to come in if they really want to be a part of something,” Jones said. restrictions from working for other publications. There are openings for
The magazine began as a newsletter for OU’s Interact Club. However, many different positions, including a special need for a layout coordinator
Jones said the publication is no longer affiliated with any university- and an advertising coordinator, but no positions will be offered monetary
sponsored club. compensation. Interested applicants should contact
“No one on staff anymore has ever been in Interact,” said Jones, who Jones said that she feels that the magazine is a good way for journalists
added that the paper is still funded by the Student Action Committee. to gain experience dealing with sensitive issues and political news.
Although applicants are encouraged to include clips of past work, Jones “I think the most important thing that a student can learn is a way to
stresses that The Interactivist is a good way to learn the ropes for those look at socially challenging issues and be able to present them to a larger
who have not had a great deal of past journalism experience. audience in a way that’s going to inform and make more people aware,”
“It’s a good experience for people to come in and be more involved. Jones said.

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losing trust for the trustees. direct from HQ.
students and citizens have a right to information. “Spread the Word” bookdrive:
column Evan Millward donations are being accepted at
“The Ohio University Board of Trustees serves the public trust. The members of boxes in Baker Center, Alden
the Board are charged with the responsibility to be accountable to the institution’s Library and all the dining halls.
mission and cultural heritage, the transcendent values and principles that guide
and shape higher education and the public interest as well as the legitimate and ‘09 National Convention and
relevant interests of the institution’s various constituencies.” Centennial Celebration:
Visitors to the official website of the Ohio public records is a waste of the money handed to registration now open at
University Board of Trustees are greeted by the board by the general fund paid by the same
this message. The board has a noble mission, students who made the request.
yes – protecting the assets of the first university Maybe it is time we remind Mr. DeLawder
in the Northwest Territory and the oldest in the and the rest of the board that despite their high,
state while continuing to foster success and mighty, and very distant position with this
growth. But they also serve to enhance and institution, they are a state entity and therefore
protect the educational experiences of over
20,000 students across six campuses. In order
must act within the letter of the law. Some of us
have a name for that law even – the Ohio Open
new on the blog.
to operate efficiently and effectively in this role Records Law, a state extension of the Freedom
requires a strong sense of the community that of Information Act.
exists on each of these campuses. The board While it may seem that records requests are a A Friend in the Whitehouse:
says so themselves, they have a responsibility “waste” and “unproductive” to Mr. DeLawder, it President Barack Obama
to be accountable to the interest of OU’s various is a necessary element to our free society and to has instituted new policies of
constituencies – faculty, students, and alumni. our jobs as journalists. But journalists aren’t the
With this responsibility comes the need for only people affected by this brash and blatant
openess and transparency for the
transparency and openness. The board holds disregard for transparency and accountability. government, including easing
the purse strings for the university and acts Providing open access to meetings and access to public records.
as watchdog over administration. These 14 availability of related public documents is
people wield a great deal of power – and yet are something we should ALL fight for. It is
accountable not only to the staff and students of certainly worth our time and dedication. Thus,
the university, but also to the state as a whole, I invite all students who believe in the public’s
which provides much of the annual budget right to open records to speak out and stand up –
funding. join SPJ’s efforts to curb this movement within
Imagine, then, the shock that comes with the our university community!
revelation of this kicker from board chairman
C. Daniel DeLawder in an email in July 2008
after the Athens NEWS picked up on the board’s
To use Mr. DeLawder’s own words, this is a
very sore subject for me, and perhaps it is time
we start pushing back. And I am quite serious.
inc. identified:
continued disregard for fulfilling records Should the OU Board of Trustees implement Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
requests from student-run newspaper The Post: this asinine policy, SPJ will certainly push back
“This is a very sore subject for me, and – just like it has done for the past 100 years in
perhaps it’s time we started pushing back. order to protect the nature and rights of people Copy Editor Cameron Glover
And I am quite serious; I am even unsure that and journalists across the nation. The Board
we should provide the next document without needs to live up to its creed of account ability to Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
a fight. It sickens me to think of the waste and its constituencies.
unproductive time being spent in the name of The OU Society of Professional Journalists
open records and freedom of the press.” will be holding an event this spring to help
Contributing Writer Evan Millward
It seems as though the pesky reporters out in familiarize students and citizens with the
Athens are getting on Mr. Chairman’s last nerve Freedom of Information Act. Additionally, SPJ Contributing Writer Jessica Lovejoy
and he won’t have it anymore. And who could is extending a special invitation to any members
argue with the man, filling those requests for Board of Trustees who would like to attend. Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
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next meeting
a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
scripps 111
Vol. 1 January 13, 2009.

Know Your
SPJ wants you... Rights.
to be able to excercise your rights.
story Rosie Haney Art Ian Bowman-Henderson
Sharpen you wits, and ready your mind.
Tuesday’s meeting is one that should spark the are public records, and she said she needed her
interest of student journalists everywhere. The supervisor in order to give me access to the files.
crucial topic of open records will be at the fore- She told me to come back on Monday because it
front of the discussion. Aimee Edmonson will was when her supervisor would be present. She
be discussing the Freedom of Information Act was very short with me the entire conversation.”
and the Ohio Open Records Law. This is the general attitude SPJ is trying to
It’s a topic that many are aware of, and have battle. The president of the OU’s SPJ chapter,
possibly heard in passing, but the details of Evan Millward described it as a “culture of hos-
which merit a closer look will be discussed. It tility towards the student media.”
is no secret that public records are a necessary Access to these records is our right, and it
tool for journalists, and that many do not even should not be dismissed because some might
consider the ability of the public to obtain these view these reporters as pesky student journalists
“public” records. That’s just the way things wasting time and resources.
should be, that’s just the way they are. Or so we The administration should not be left unac-
think…. portant issue. countable because of a lack of consequences.
Two years ago, the Ohio University chapter Journalists need these records to do their jobs, Just because the average student journalist can-
of The Society of Professional Journalists con- and to serve our function as a watchdog over the not afford the legal steps necessary, does not
ducted an audit of all the public four-year uni- bigger bodies that govern us. Yet on the other mean we will go down without a fight. Free-
versities in the state of Ohio. The procedures in- side of the issue some members of the admin- dom of information laws are a primary focus of
cluded members asking the appropriate offices istration view records requests as an inconve- the broader Society of Professional Journalists,
for six common public records. Results were not nient and bothersome waste of resources. While and many from that organization, including the
too optimistic for OU. We came in last, failing feeling a bit stressed by public records requests president, Dave Aeikens, have offered up their
to fulfill any of the records requests that were might be a bit understandable, it does not ame- support with this critical issue.
submitted. liorate any form negation. In the January 21 is- It is easy to lay down blame and curse “the
These records, under the Ohio Open Records sue of the Post, Daniel DeLawder was quoted man” when these type of issues arise. While
Law, are to be obtained with “Prompt means as saying, “This is a very sore subject for me, the whole thing might be a bit peevish, we need
without speed or delay” this translates to a rea- and perhaps it’s time we started pushing back. to adopt a cool, calm, and logical approach to
sonable amount of time loosely interpreted as And I am quite serious; I am even unsure that this problem. No amount of hollering solves
about two weeks. These laws does not stipulate we should provide the next document without anything. Education is our best tool. As an or-
that any information be given in order to obtain a fight. It sickens me to think of the waste and ganization, SPJ will make it its goal to inform
the records. They should be given, no questions unproductive time being spent in the name of the public and the administration of their rights
asked. The audit was not flawless, but it brings open records and freedom of the press.” Waste and responsibilities. With our chins held high,
to light the administration’s position this im- of time? DeLawder must not have realized that we will greet the task at hand with a vigorous
that very e-mail was considered a public record embrace.
as well. SPJ is looking to do more work in this topic
Many student journalists have horror stories for this year’s service project. Millward said,

inside inc. of trying to obtain records. During the audit,

itself, many ran into problems. Shelley Oprem-
eak was quoted in the official report recalling,
“We are also beginning to conduct exhaustive
research on local media’s past dealings with the
Board of Trustees. Without the proper back-
“I asked the secretary in the office if I could see ground knowledge, we cannot execute an effec-
society news. pg 2. the list of donors and she asked what I needed
it for. I asked if she needed to know in order to
tive educational campaign and pinpoint areas
that need covered. It is our sincere hope that the
show me (the records). She then told me (the re- local media will help us in this endeavor - jour-
internships. pg 3. cords) are not public files and she is not allowed
to show them to me. I replied that I am sure they
nalists working for journalists, the integral part
of SPJ for the past 100 years.”

commentary pg 4.
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society news..
foreign respondent.
Yusuf Kalyango on journalism’s future.
story Graylyn Roose photo Graylyn Roose
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry professional
to speak at our meetings. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, they stick around to answer a few
questions. This week’s guest is an award winning international reporter and an as-
sistant professor teaching broadcast news, Yusuf Kalyango.
Inc.: Tell me briefly about what you talked career as a foreign correspondent.
about on Tuesday. Inc.: In what ways has the journalist pro-
Yusuf Kalyango: I just talked about my fession changed in the years since you have
work as a journalist, how I started as a print re- started?
porter in 1992, moved up into radio, and then Kalyango: Technology’s one of them, and
later into television. I talked, you know, briefly I think what is really going to be challenging
about how I became an international correspon- for future journalists like you is the competition
dent, how all that happened. So pretty much it with community journalism and citizen journal-
was a 30 minute presentation of my life as a ism and blogging. There will also be the issue of
journalist and the trials of being a correspon- interactivity. You are no longer just an informa-
dent from a developing country where there is tion provider, but you also interact with the peo-
less freedom of information, less freedom of the ple that you disseminate this information with.
press, and less accessibility to public records. You are no longer just the provider of informa-
So I talked about a few of those challenges, and
then after that I opened it up for questions.
Inc.: What is the most memorable experi-
tion, but the people have become gatekeepers.
People now sift through the information. You
no longer force people to see what they don’t
Prof. Kalyango
ence that you have from your days as a foreign want to see, because of direct television, people
correspondent? have Tivo. If you are writing for print, people Inc: There’s such a larger base of forces do-
Kalyango: Covering conflict and seeing can decide to access this information on the In- ing the same sort of thing.
how people suffer in wars, because wars are ternet. So with all these competing avenues for Kalyango: But the good thing is that right
terrible things, people lose their homes, people delivery of information and all these platforms now there are numerous media outlets, so there
lose family members, there is usually a lack of that people have to provide information, you’re are so many ways that you can practice jour-
basic necessities like food, water, so it’s witness- going to find yourself in a situation where you nalism, [other] than the traditional way that we
ing those kind of challenges while you cover a are competing with your neighbor to provide were used to. So that is also good for you. And
war that really stays on my mind and I know for information and even to dissect this informa- also, what I’ve seen that is changing and I think
a lot of foreign correspondents that go through tion. So this is what I see that has changed. it’s going to help you future journalists a lot is
this kind of coverage. So crises are memorable So the challenge right now is….to find a way that a lot of the old guys are retiring right now
in that way. And in addition to that, seeing how of preparing you to deal with these new chal- because they cannot understand or they can-
some of these fighters use child soldiers, use lenges that are pretty much shaping journalism not adapt to this new environment and this new
teenagers to fight conflicts…seeing an 11 year in a way that we’ve never seen before, but also technology changing at a faster pace... Whereas
old kid carrying a gun around and shooting, and for you guys to figure out how you’re going to during our generation, if I was a television jour-
these are the kids that they put on the front line. fit in this new paradigm. So it’s a big challenge nalist, I didn’t know how to write in print, or I
So all those are memorable. So basically all and it’s still unfolding so we don’t know how didn’t know how to do audio delivery. But these
those things come to mind, I don’t have a spe- all of these will play out ten years from now but days you have young journalists who know how
cific moment that I can say, well this is the only it’s changing rapidly. Journalism is not the same to operate all of these platforms... So I think that
thing that is memorable about my international way it was during my time. is good for journalism.

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Scripps meets scripts.
featured. Hollywood
reporting Cameron Glover
Hollywood Scriptwriter (HS) magazine is searching for 10 journalism
students who are interested in gaining “hands-on experience” while work-
ing with an international trade publication for an ongoing internship.
Interns will have the opportunity to interview some of Hollywood’s
high-profile stars. “We are very selective,” publisher Angela Cranon
said. She is the coordinator for the internship application process and has
worked with HS for several years. She will be looking for applicants’ PHOTO: logo of Hollywood
campus experiences and interviewing, researching and writing skills.
“Every article is meant for publication,” she said. “That’s what makes wood individuals, such as Spike Lee, Garry Marshall and Carrie Fisher.
our internship different.” Her description of “hands on experience” is im- Its objective is to provide not only information about how to break into
portant for her and HS because they are looking for highly qualified and the entertainment world, but to offer multi-cultural industry news, as well.
professional student journalists who are interested in the entertainment Some magazine subscribers hail from Canada, London and regions of
and film industry. According to the internship advertisement on journal- Asia. Subscriptions range from $30 to $100 depending on type of sub- posted by Cranon, “We want journalists, not screenwriters.” scription and place of residence.
The internship is based out of the Los Angeles area and will count for The magazine regularly features sections that include events calendars,
academic credit only. However, some perks will be provided, such as Hollywood how-to’s and interviews with the stars. It also offers a list of
making contacts with some of the industry greats, learning from well- printed materials and online sources that can help readers navigate the
established professionals and building a strong portfolio. To apply for the Hollywood industry.
internship or to find out more information, call Cranon at 310-283-1630 or As stated on its globally recognized website, “We are a business-to con-
send an email with a résumé to sumer and business-to-business publication.” HS has recently become an
HS has been serving the entertainment community for more than 20 electronic publication and provides issues through email. It also has an
years. Its bi-monthly magazine features famous up and coming screen- online newsletter and store, which can be accessed through its website at
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The Israeli media offensive. direct from HQ.
inside Israel’s public relations machine.
column Kevin Zieber National Shield Law:
Help to protect the rights of
In its 60-year history, Israel has enjoyed what The force driving Israel’s favorable coverage
has come to be known as a “special relation- is its exceedingly effective and sophisticated journalists across America by
ship” with the United States. For decades, the public relations machine. Israel received world- contacting congress members.
US has relied on Israel to be its sole friendly wide criticism in 1982 after its forces slaugh-
portal into the hostile Middle East, and Israel tered more than 17,000 Palestinians in two ‘09 National Convention and
has relied on the US for military, economic, and refugee camps in Lebanon, which in their mind Centennial Celebration:
political strength. was cause for not a rethinking of policy, but a Registration now open at
Covering this so-called “special relationship” rethinking of PR.
is a veritable minefield, which journalists have In 1983, Israel launched the Hasbara project,
thus far failed to navigate with any success. Any which was aimed at training Israeli diplomats
criticism of Israel’s policies or acts of aggres- in the disciplines of communications and public
sion is at best labeled anti-Israel, and at worst, relations “to present Israel’s case to TV anchor-
anti-Semitism. men around the world,” according to Mother
In a recent episode of Bill Moyers’ Journal,
Moyers eloquently described the attitudes of
Americans with regard to Israel’s latest offen-
Since the beginning of Hasbara in 1983 Israel
has made a priority of presenting a unified mes-
new on the blog.
sive. sage and suppressing reports from the battlefield
“America has officially chosen sides. We sup- and cracks from the bottom. Still Need an Internship?:
ply Israel with money, F-16s, winks and tacit According to the Los Angeles Times, one of
signals...Although one recent poll found Demo- the main talking points coming from the Israeli Apply to work as an intern on a
cratic voters overwhelmingly oppose the Israeli PR machine is the tired old analogy that goes, publication produced exclusively
offensive by a 24-point margin, Democratic “What would America do if Mexico was launch- for coverage of the SPJ National
Party leaders in Congress nonetheless march in ing rockets at Texas every day?”
lockstep to the hardliners in Israel and the White This much-repeated talking point pervades
Convention and centennial
House,” Moyers said. virtually every corner of the American media celebration.
Moyers also noted the ineptness of the Ameri- establishment, even manifesting itself in a letter
can press to raise pointed and legitimate ques- by Brett Zelman, which appeared in the Athens
tions about Israel’s actions and intentions. News and The Post as recent as three weeks
“Rarely does our mainstream media depart ago.
from the monotonous monologue of the party The Hasbara initiative’s efforts to sway the
line,” Moyers said. American press into favoring Israel have paid
One of the main points of contention when it
comes to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict
is the failure of the American press to label Pal-
off with relative silence and timidity coming
from our press corps when it comes to question-
ing our special relationship.
inc. identified:
estine what it really is; a piece of occupied ter- In Israel’s short and violent history, Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
ritory. In 1967 the UN passed Resolution 242, the American media has largely failed to sepa-
which called on Israel to withdraw its troops rate Israeli PR talking points and cooked statis- Copy Editor Jessica Lovejoy
from the occupied territories of Gaza and the tics from ascertainable fact. In its incompetence,
West Bank. the American mass media has kept the public in
Notwithstanding Israel’s failure to comply the dark about the complexities of the special Contributing Writer Rosie Haney
with Resolution 242 for 42 years, the American relationship, and the wars between Israel and
press is still to this day somehow incapable of Palestine. Contributing Writer Kevin Zieber
pointing out this basic fact that is necessary if Unless the media can shake the stran-
one is able to begin to understand the conflict. glehold of Israel’s PR machine, the American
Conversely, the BBC is careful to always desig- public will be cast into ignorance and incapable Contributing Writer Cameron Glover
nate Gaza and the West Bank as “the occupied of forming a clear opinion on the Israeli-Pales-
territories.” tinian conflict. Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
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society news..
Travel the world, write away.
Globetrotting freelancer Jason Motlagh.
story Graylyn Roose photo Ian Bowman-Henderson
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry professional
to speak at our meetings. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, they stick around to answer a few
questions. This week’s guest is a J-School alumn now working as a freelance foreign
correspondent. He’s covered India and Afghanistan -- he is Jason Motlagh.
Inc.: What’s your advice to students who you don’t have to worry about. Despite the lean
might want to get involved in freelance journal- times, it presents an opportunity for enterprising
ism? young freelancers, especially if they can work
Jason Motlagh: I’d say know what your in multiple formats. Because you are providing
strengths are, and try to play to your strengths, a needed service, at a much lower price. They’re
whether it’s a language that you speak, or per- getting more bang for their buck, so it’s sort of
haps another educational background that you a win-win. In those circumstances, an upstart
have, maybe economics or Middle Eastern stud- stands a better chance of getting work from a
ies... I would say try to develop as many skills as high-profile news outlet... because he’s pro-
you can in TV, radio, and writing. Pick a desti- viding something that’s just too good to resist
nation, a place to work that is viable, where you because it’s so cheap. I think the compensation
can bank on a steady stream of news to cover, if may not be what it should be, but for someone
not in the local area, in the region, where living who’s young and just trying to break into the
expenses aren’t too high, where transportation is business, it’s an opportunity. You can think of
feasible. Bear in mind that it can take some time getting your foot in the door with an eye to-
to get off the ground initially, but you can go a wards long-term work.
lot further on a smaller budget abroad. The ex- Inc.: What’s the most interesting place
penses are usually a lot less so you can hold out you’ve traveled in your foreign correspondence
longer. Showing up is more than half of it, and work?
then just sort of sticking around and being per- Jason Motlagh: I still love working in
sistent, and trying to break through. You make Afghanistan. I’ve been going on and off for
your chances greater by making a budget and about three years and it just sort of gets in your
having a plan and the time to let things happen. system. I think you either really love it or you
Inc.: Do you see the economy changing the don’t want to return and I’m one of those people
face of journalism? that is smitten with the place. For many levels,
Jason Motlagh: Newspapers are declining; I think it’s like stepping into another era…Cul-
a lot of the traditional media outlets are tighten- turally there’s something very elusive about it.
ing their belts.... So I think that’s a compounding You get the sense that there’s a lot that you, as
factor. That said, outlets are going to be looking an outsider just don’t readily understand, that
for areas and formats where production values perhaps you could spend years trying to develop
are less and that is marginally connected to the a better understanding, but there’s an invisible
Internet, you know, video for the web, direct to wall that you might never break through. So
the web stories. Of course, freelance, in most there’s something enticing about it, you want
cases, living expenses are not being covered, to know more and it’s intriguing. There’s some-
your health care and insurance, your child’s thing about it that you can never fully grasp that
schooling, whatever it may be, those are costs keeps you coming back.

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Indy rock interns.
reporting Cameron Glover
Searching for internships can be very stressful. You have to consider
where the internship is being offered, how much it pays, how many aca-
demic credit hours can be earned, etc. Then you imagine your entire sum-
mer being spent in an office building away from your friends and social
events. Luckily, is offering an ongoing internship for
any journalism students who are willing to attend concerts, interview
bands and artists and keep the Web site updated with the latest news of the PHOTO: logo of ABC News on Campus
music industry in Indianapolis. It sounds too good to be true. Well, there is
a little catch: It is an unpaid internship, but you can earn academic credit, them.”
and you will be immersed in the entertainment world in one of America’s One of the most recent posts was an interview with Umphrey’s McGee,
most lively cities. a rising rock band that emerged from the Midwest and has been touring
“Indianapolis is a very active and entertaining city. It’s just a great place that area for several years. The internship also provides
that offers so many opportunities once you get here,” editor Barrett Young a different type of atmosphere when in the workplace. According to the
said. was created in 2005 by a group of young music Web site, most of the active contributors to the site differ in their personal
lovers that wanted to share their affinity with others and provide an online band and artist favorites, but they do consider sushi to be their favorite
resource that contained lists of concerts and shows along with follow up food.
interviews with local and famous musicians that performed in and around “The group that works for the site is really close. We all have a lot in
the Indianapolis area. The Web site also allows viewers to purchase tickets common, especially a big love for live music,”
to the events that they preview at various venues, such as the Murat The- Young said. He is looking forward to the spring season, which is when
atre and the Conseco Fieldhouse. “concert season” gains momentum and the site gets “down to business.”
“This Web site lets everyone in and around the Indianapolis area know To learn more about the internship or if you have questions about how to
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Proud to be an (ignorant racist) American.
Rush Limbaugh took on the world, maybe its time the world retaliated.
commentary Miranda Saling
Rush Limbaugh: born on January 12, 1951 all of America: “All of these rich guys -- like the African American caller to “take that bone out
to a wealthy, conservative, politically involved Kennedy family and Perot -- pretending to live of your nose and call me back”. He has been
family; got his first disc jockey job at a radio sta- just like we do and pretending to understand our known to regularly call light-skinned African-
tion part-owned by his daddy; avoided the draft trials and tribulations and pretending to repre- Americans such as Halle Berry and Barack
by convincing a doctor to certify that he had an sent us.” The funny part about Rush making fun Obama “Halfrican-Americans”.
“inoperable pilonidal cyst” and a football-caused of the “wealthy elite” is that his current contract Most of the hard facts and quotes in this arti-
knee injury after one year of varsity football; at- pays him $45-million per year. I don’t know cle came from On the Issues and NNDB, which
tended college for 2 semesters and then dropped about you, Rush, but I would say $45-million is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the
out; got professional help from Norm Woodruff a year would be considered wealthy and elite. activities of people we have determined to be
who was openly gay and died of AIDs; recorded On the topic of the current poverty line, he has noteworthy, both living and dead. They have ap-
the Pat Sajak show to hundreds of empty seats been known to say: “$14,400 for a family of parently decided Rush Limbaugh is one of those
after the crowd all left because of his anti-gay four? That’s not so bad.” Since he makes around people. No matter how far he goes and no mat-
jokes and last but not least was asked to resign $44,985,600 more than that a year I don’t think ter how many people he pisses off… Limbaugh
as an ESPN commentator after making racist he should be deciding if those are sufficient will forever be a staple in American media. He
comments. fund. I’m sure that four person family would will always get the public interested in current
As shown above Limbaugh has always known have something to say to Rush. events be it through agreeing with his view or
how to get what he wanted, but his habit of mak- Limbaugh wrote the book, The Way Things wanting to argue to the death.
ing sure everyone knew his every thought about Ought To Be in 1992. In it he wrote, “I believe
every topic did not begin until 1987. This is the that strong, wholesome family values are at
year that the Federal Communications Commis- the very core of a productive, prosperous, and
sion repealed its Fairness Doctrine. The Fairness peaceful society.” After hearing about his strong
Doctrine was a statute that required radio and moral values, you might wonder what his track
television stations to provide equal time to both record really is. Roxy Maxine McNeely, his first
sides of political debates. With this rule lifted wife, was a sales secretary at a Kansas City ra-
Limbaugh was about to have a field day with dio station. After three years she was granted
every conservative, right-wing, asinine thought a divorce on incompatibility. His second wife,
that crossed his Southern, Christian head. Michelle Sixta, was an usher at the Royals’
Even on a liberal college campus, it is hard ball park. They divorced after about five years.
to get away from Limbaugh. He is syndicated Thanks to CompuServe’s dating service, he met
by Premiere Radio Networks, which is owned his third wife, aerobics instructor Marta Fitzger-
by Clear Channel Communications. He can be ald. According to the Palm Beach Post, Lim-
heard on about 600 stations nationwide- that baugh and Fitzgerald lived in separate houses
covers every major market. during their marriage. Limbaugh began dating
When asked what she thought of Mr. Lim- then-CNN anchor Daryn Kagan and around the
baugh, Junior Alexa Manes said, “He’s kind same time initiated his third divorce after about
of a tool… He could almost make students not ten years. After three loving marriages and his
want to see his point of view because he is not wholesome family ideal, one might think that
even tactful.” Alexa considers herself a liberal, Limbaugh respects and encourages the women’s
but does not associate herself with the party. movement. That why you should never assume.
She agrees that most students are open “to at This quote, also from his book, lets it really all
least listening to other points of view, but he hang out, “Let me leave you with a thought that
is so abrasive that most just turn him off and honestly summarizes my sentiments: I love
don’t even wait to see if he had a decent point the women’s movement, especially when I am
to make”. walking behind it”.
The sad part is that many Americans feel that Many critiques have claimed that on his show,
they can relate to Limbaugh. He is often heard Limbaugh routinely pronounces “ask” and
complaining about the wealthy elite who control “asked” as “axe” and “axed”. He once asked an
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special report..
how to: prepare for an interview. direct from HQ.
learn to wow interviewers and score a great internship.
reporting Cameron Glover National Shield Law:
So, you’re sitting in a business office and office buildings have proper air conditioning
Help to protect the rights of
you’re being interviewed for an internship that systems. Wear layers and if you start to feel journalists across America by
you have been dreaming about for months. You warm, then you can always shed a layer. contacting congress members.
have successfully made it through the basic Three: Wear something that allows the in-
questions, such as where are you from? Why do terviewer to remember you and not what you ‘09 National Convention and
you want to work here? What are your strengths wore. Dress conservative and be confident in Centennial Celebration:
and weaknesses? what you’re wearing, even if you think you look
Just when the smile on your face is starting to ridiculous.
registration now open at
make your cheeks hurt, the interviewer throws If you are doing a phone interview, there are
out a curve ball: How long would it take to other tips that can help you with that. The inter-
move Mt. Fuji? viewer obviously can’t see you so you will have
You would be surprised how quickly that to be more animated over the phone to let your
smile disappears. character be noticed. Other little tricks include
How would you move Mt. Fuji is a student- standing up and smiling during the interview.
recommended book written by William Pound-
stone that offers different techniques on how to
succeed in an interview. Poundstone highlights
You should also try to use a landline as opposed
to your trusty cell phone that you have had since
high school that you just dropped in the snow
new on the blog.
important parts of the interview process, such the other day while walking to class.
as traditional questions, creative answers and At the end of an interview, have a few ques- The deadline has been
confidence. He also stresses the significance of tions prepared for the interviewer. This is a per-
being prepared. fect time to ask a professional anything about
extended for the Ohio SPJ
There are many steps that you can and should the area and career that you’re pursuing. Awards. The new postmark
take before entering an interview. Before you There are several resources available to help deadline for entering this
even apply for an internship, it is imperative to you through the interview process. “Answer- year’s competition is March
research the company and its executive mem- ing 6 common interview questions” is an ar-
bers. That way, you can be ready for any ques- ticle posted on (http://www.cnn. 20, 2009.
tions concerning its policies and history, and com/2005/US/Careers/12/09/six.questions/
it would be a great time to name-drop to show index.html) that goes through the traditional
how much you know. Being educated about the interview questions that you will encounter in
place you are applying at is a considerable way practically any job interview.
to show your interest about the position.
Another crucial factor in the interview pro-
cess is your appearance. First impressions really has a partnership with CareerBuild-, which is another great site to go to that
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What you wear and how you present yourself that can be used to find jobs and manage your
during an interview are forms of visual com- professional character.
munication that can be the deciding factor of The Ohio University Career Services is lo-
whether you get the position. cated in Baker 533 and has a Mock Interview Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
Try to follow these three rules when deciding program for students to practice before going in
what to wear for an interview: to the real thing. To sign up, contact them over
One: An interview is not the time to prove the phone at (740) 593-2909 or by email at ca-
how much of an individual that you are. Avoid
Contributing Writer Cameron Glover
patterns and bright colors and try to clean up the After you have done the research, picked out
best that you can. Remove all facial piercings an outfit and practiced answering some ques-
and cover up any tattoos. tions, you know you will be well prepared when Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
Two: You can never be overdressed. Consid- the interviewer asks, “How long would it take to
ering that it is 2009, I would assume that most move Mt. Fugi?”
internships. news. commentary.
next meeting
a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
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new executive
Splendid Symposium.
Vol. 6 April 9, 2009.

board elections
top notch industry pros speaking at Scripps.
story Rosie Haney art Raphael
Ready your glasses, and poise your chins for
stroking, the first ever Schuneman Symposium Issue like control, “We have the FCC for TV
on Photojournalism and New Media will take and Radio, but nothing like that for the inter-
place this Thursday with events and lectures net,” will be discussed, and other ails such as
sure to suit the interest of aspiring and tenured the “digital divide” between those who have
journalists and photojournalists alike. access to the internet and those who do not,
Keynote speakers, Amy Goodman and Steve privacy, and feasible business models for how
Hildebrand highlight the all day affair. Amy media outlets can continue to survive in a mar-
Goodman, who will speak at 5:00 at Memo- ket where people count on getting their new for
rial Auditorium is the co-anchor of Democracy free. Debatin laments, “sites are trying different
Now, and has won several awards including the models, but can’t get people to pay for subscrip-
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. She is tions. People aren’t going to pay for news that
praised for her grassroots approach and lauded they can get for free somewhere else.”
for the voice she gives to the people and sub- The last panel will discuss the political new
jects too often overlooked by the mass media. media and will take place form 3-4:30. Cary
Her devotion to thorough and ethical media has tion now,” says Stewart, “There’s the 30,000 Frith, a panelist and Assistant Professor here at
made the web show “Democracy Now” im- foot view that says that students need access to Ohio University says that they will be discuss-
mensely popular, and serves as one example some of the great minds that are practicing me- ing, “ the role of person’s media diet on politi-
of how new media is developing. “Amy Good- dia in today’s market. Then there’s the close up cal participation.” She points out that there is a
man is a good role model to pursue independent view that shows us that the past election can be difference between people who read newspa-
media” says Robert Stewart, Associate Director used as a case study of how new media has and pers, people who listen to Rush Limbaugh, and
of Undergraduate Studies for the E.W. Scripps will affect future elections.” people who get information solely from the in-
School of Journalism. “This is something that Three panels are also slated to meet through- ternet, and it affects how we perceive politics
students should go and listen to.” out the day in Baker Center room 240-242. The and how we involve ourselves in the political
Steve Hildebrand, who served as Barack first panel will be held from 9-10:30 and will process. “There are other ways to be involved in
Obama’s deputy campaign manager, is the other place photojournalism and politics to the fore- politics besides voting,” she notes. Other mem-
keynote speaker and will speak at 7:00 p.m. in front. Michael DiBari, an experienced photo- bers in the panel will be Phil Elliot, Michelle
Memorial Auditorium. His speech is sure to journalist and grad student here at Ohio Univer- Holand, Janelle Huelsman, and Albert L. May.
touch on how Obama’s campaign utilized and sity will sit on the panel. He says that the panel The word symposium is derived from the
shaped the media, and how it has morphed the will specifically be talking about how “more Greek word symposin, which means “the genial
game for subsequent elections. “We chose this bloggers, more multimedia, more opportuni- gathering of the educated,” and that is exactly
because scholars are already studying this elec- ties to get pictures, and less ways to control it” what this even is geared up to be. Debatin em-
affected this past election. Other members on phasizes that “Students can gain a lot of under-
the panel include Matthew Craig, Marcy Nigh- standing about the media landscape they’re en-
swander, and Jennifer Poggi. tering.” There is a plethora of opportunity and

inside inc. In an industry that is gritting their teeth as one

newspaper after the other fall causality to rev-
enue woes and trying to pay for the braces of an
development to be done, however intimidating
it might seem right now. Students are urged to
go. “Because the future is so uncertain, stu-
internet that is the thatch of an awkward adoles- dents input can be just as valuable to us as it is
cence, it is more crucial than ever to discuss and to them,” says Michael DiBari. The Greeks got
society news. pg 2. create a dialogue between what the journalism
industry was, is, and will be. The next panel
a lot of things right, and the affable gathering
of students and teachers can prove to be just as
will be held from 10:25-noon; the topic, New enlightening as Plato. Just as much as scholars

special report. pg 3. Media v. Traditional Media. Professor Bernard

Debatin highlighted some of the issues that are
still dawning in the advent of this technology.
of that day were revered, we need to heed the
advice from our elders, go and listen, discuss,
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society news..
Michael DiBari lays it out.
the J-221 teacher talks pics and pages.
story Ian Bowman-Henderson photo Courtesy of the J-school
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry professional
to speak at our meetings. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, they stick around to answer a few
questions. This week’s guest is a teacher and author with over fifteen years in the field
as a photojournalist, Michael DiBari.
Inc.: How important is digital design ability more logical transition.
for a contemporary journalist? Inc.: With the advent of technology like DiBari: It is… Years ago maybe 6 or 7
Michael DiBari: I think that in journalism twitter and CNN’s iReport, what does the future years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a class
today it helps if you have multimedia experi- look like for photojournalists? in photojournalism. I did that and I decided that
ence and it helps if you have audio experience. DiBari: I think there will always be place I enjoyed it.
Design would come in third. for photojournalist. From the beginning of the Inc.: What class do you teach now?
Inc.: Why would design experience come af- Internet, since it became popular. It has just DiBari:: I teach “Graphics for Communica-
ter audio experience? been this wonderful way to get published, to get tion,” Journalism 221.
DiBari: That’s a good question. I don’t your work out there. It really is just this great Inc.: How could interested journalism stu-
think I would (put it there). I think the industry equalizer. As a professional photojournalist…. dents get into your class?
would, because layout and design is inherently because newspapers are imploding on them- DiBari: I’m teaching the first summer ses-
different from gathering news. I think because selves, professional photojournalist are having sion, and it will be offered in the fall.
the industry in such flux the more you know a hard time of it. They have to be more creative. Inc.: Why take it as opposed to VICO 140?
coming out of school the better your chances There needs to be more collaboration between DiBari:: I try to gear it toward useful infor-
are of you getting a job. I also think that when all the different schools in communication, es- mation that journalist can use… We’re inundat-
we come through this period of uncertainty, you pecially because the Internet just enhances ev- ed with visual information every day, from the
wont have to do everything. Hopefully you can erything we do and enhances all the different Internet to t-shirts to posters that say “no food
just tell good stories. media. The more we collaborate the better we or drink.” I’d like to think my class helps people
Inc.: Will design and layout skills become will be prepared to face the new world understand those.
more important in the future? Inc.: You designed a book for your master’s
DiBari: I think having a good sense of de- thesis, could you talk a little about that?
sign is always important. Will it be relevant?
Probably. It will just be part of your own per-
DiBari: Sure. In Visual Communications,
the School of Visual Communications, we were SPJ special event:
sonal arsenal of everything you can do. required to do a masters project. My project
DiBari: There is no need to memorize any- was on the changing culture in a small Italian In celebration of Earth Month,
thing. You will become familiar if you work town. Since that was such a broad project, I nar-
with the law enough, but it is really easy to get rowed it down through food. So the book that I
Ohio University SPJ is proud to
online and familiarize yourself with the exemp- proposed… was a platform for me to show my bring Andrew C. Revkin of the
tions... work.
Inc.: Is it more important for photojournal- Inc.: Do you like it? New York Times to campus April
ists to be able to use programs like inDesign? DiBari: Yeah, I think its great a wonderful 16. Mr. Revkin will present the
DiBari: I think it’s easier, because photo- project. Beside the fact that it’s my work, it’s my
journalists are visually oriented type people and culture and it’s my family. keynote speech:
InDesign is visually oriented. I know a lot of Inc.: What made you, as a photographer, pur- “9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?”
great photojournalists who became designers sue graduate school? Isn’t photography mostly a
who are doing great. It is an easier transition, a skill-based discipline? in Scripps 111 at 7 p.m.

just the facts. Andrew Revkin. 4/16.

AP stylebooks. $15. SPJ Centennial. 4/17.
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special report..
how to: conduct an interview. direct from HQ.
learn how to (politely) make sources spill the beans.
reporting Graylyn Roose National Shield Law:
As journalists, we have all accepted that good From beginning to end, it is important to notice
Help to protect the rights of
interviewing requires certain persistence. After your surroundings during the interview. Subtle journalists across America by
the third, fourth and even fifth calls to a par- observations of quirky posters or color themes contacting congress members.
ticular office or department, we have to remind could lead to a better lede. In terms of conversa-
ourselves of our duty to that principle. But once tion unrelated to the story, it should always be ‘09 National Convention and
the source has been contacted and an interview friendly, but not lengthy. The source has other Centennial Celebration:
scheduled, we find ourselves with the some- places to be and so do you, so getting caught
times daunting task of creating an interview that up in chatter only takes away from the time
registration now open at
will be worth our time and valuable to the story. you have to gather more information. Asking
First, it is important to recognize the impor- for permission to record is very important; if
tance of first impressions. The code of conduct they seem hesitant, remind them that a record
may not differ significantly depending on the of what was said is in everybody’s best interest.
source, but the dress code does. Formal dress As a journalist, however, never rely solely on a
when casually interviewing a peer may be just tape recorder, in case it proves to be faulty. In-
as off-putting as dressing down when speaking
to an important city administrator. Understand-
ing and having prior knowledge of your subject
stead, write down the most memorable quotes.
Not only will this serve as an important backup
in the event that technology backfires, but the
new on the blog.
and their background is crucial; not only will it quotes will be landmarks for you during the pro-
send your source the message that you care and cess of transcribing the interview later on. The Still Need an Internship?:
have done your homework, it also sends you im- most important interviewing technique, howev-
portant cues regarding your dress and behavior. er, is the ability to listen and respond only mini-
Apply to work as an intern on a
Writing questions down before the interview mally. You want to hear what the source wants publication produced exclusively
is a no-brainer; they serve as a gentle reminder to say, and he or she wants to talk to you—so for coverage of the SPJ National
of what you had hoped to ask, even if you get listen. Use nonverbal cues to show that you are Convention and centennial
nervous in the moment. But don’t be locked into paying attention throughout the dialogue.
the questions you wrote down. Be flexible with Eventually, the time will come to draw the in- celebration.
the interview, and be open to change in the inter- terview to a close. Take responsibility for end-
view’s path. Some of the best stories are found ing the interview, rather than letting the source
from listening, then responding, rather than rote cut you off. Alert your source to the end of the
interrogation from pre-planned points. It is also conversation by letting him or her know that
important to remember that open-ended ques-
tions will most likely yield better quotes be-
cause they leave less chance for a source to stop
you have only one question left. But before you
thank them and head back to the newsroom,
make absolutely sure that you have double-
inc. identified:
the conversation dead in its tracks with a “yes” checked with them the exact spelling of their Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
or a “no.” Before you begin the essence of the name, clarified their official title and asked if
interview, it may be helpful to inform the source they have any other contacts that might be able
of your story’s general focus. There’s no need to to help you. If your publication is more difficult Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
spill all of the details, in fact, it may be less than to find, let your source know that you will make
ethical to do so. That being said, more informa- sure that he or she gets a copy of the article. Contributing Writer Rosie Haney
tion than less could yield a better response from Interviewing a source is not something that
the source during the interview. any journalist can plan down to the science, no
The manner in which the interview is con- matter how significant their experience and ca-
Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
ducted is not only important to the future of the reer. Each interview will be different than the
story that the journalist is writing; it sends sig- one before it; truly one-of-a-kind. However,
nals that will undoubtedly affect future relation- following these tips could result in smoother
ships with the source. Proper manners and eti- interviews, which will result in better ongoing
quette are expected, but much more is involved. connections with your sources.
internships. news. commentary.
next meeting
a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
scripps 116
Prof. Frith
Vol. 7 April 21, 2009.

its a great resume builder. presents:

Prof. Carry Frith to lead resume workshop. a Resume
story Cameron Glover art Ian Bowman-Henderson
There is one document, one piece of paper, Workshop
that can make or break your access to your ca-
reer field. It has rules, sections, lists and type. It
has to be creative but simple. It has to be infor-
mative but concise. It has to be all about you. It on how you choose to write them. However, as
is your résumé. much as the purposes of the documents are to
Creating your résumé can be a tedious and impress the employer, it is also about you and
tricky task. Luckily, SPJ faculty advisor Cary your accomplishments. Don’t be afraid to flatter
Frith will be providing a workshop tonight in yourself. Stewart suggests starting by making a
Scripps Hall highlighting some of the important list of all activities that you have participated in
factors to remember when it comes to writing and awards that you have earned, and then go
résumés. through that list and limit it in order for them to
“I will be stressing the importance of a profes- fit one page.
sional, clean design for résumés, as well as pro- She also advised students, especially fresh-
viding tips for marketing yourselves effectively man, to get involved on campus immediately in
and standing out from the crowd,” she said. order to have a full list of items to include that
According to Frith, students tend to get in the will impress potential employers.
habit of listing job experiences and responsibili- According to a handout arranged by Wendy
ties, but they should be focused on drawing at- Zang, who came to speak in late February for
tention to accomplishments met through those though it is probably not necessary if the résumé the Ohio University Super Saturday event, gain-
experiences. She also worries that there can be is sent with a cover letter. It should only be one ing such experience is a must. Zang’s handout
confusion between the roles of résumés and cov- page and use the same fonts and sizes, except was a compilation of advice from newspaper
er letters, which have the purpose of introducing when accentuating the head and titles. professional. One professional said:
your personality and explaining why your skills When working on making your résumé “In this job market, you’re going to be com-
would match well with a certain company. unique, Frith suggests playing around with white peting against a lot of experienced journalists so
The basic parts of the résumé can include space and fonts, which should be consistent. “A you need to learn everything you can to stand
educational background, job experience, activi- well-designed résumé with a hint of color can out,” Debra Leithauser said from The Washing-
ties, awards and honors, skills and references. be an effective way to catch a prospective em- ton Post.
Including an objective can be left up to you, al- ployer’s attention,” she said. She also stresses Other professionals agreed that versatility,
the significance of proofreading your document and multi-media skills especially, are highly
to make sure it is “flawless” in terms of spelling sought after in today’s market.
and grammatical errors. One of the last things to remember when cre-

inside inc. Tina Stewart completely agrees with Frith’s

sentiment. As the alumni and internship coordi-
nator for the Scripps School of Communication
ating your résumé is that employers will use
it as a source of reference for questions to ask
you during an interview for an internship or job.
Studies, she examines students’ résumés on a Therefore, you must be able to talk about things
society news. pg 2. daily basis.
“When I see a spelling error or a little glitch,
on your résumé. A unique way to do so is to
think of a specific and memorable anecdote that
it stops me,” she said. She urges students to try explains and compliments each item you have

internships. pg 3. and learn how to have a strong attention to detail

in order to catch those little mistakes. “You have
to have that to get in the door,” she said.
listed. Employers will definitely remember your
Although there are many guidelines and tips
Stewart also encourages students to think
commentary. pg 4. about the industry, the company and the spe-
cific person that will be reviewing your docu-
to remember when writing your résumé, try to
stick to who you are. Being yourself is the best
way to show your creativity while proving that
ments because that can and will have an effect you are the best candidate for the position.
special report. pg 5.
internships. news. commentary.

society news..
a scientist of the Times.
Andrew Revkin talks science journalism.
story Emma Morehart photo Emma Morehart
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry professional
to speak at our meetings. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, they stick around to answer a few
questions. This week’s guest is New York Times environmental reporter, adventurer
and Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin.
Inc.: The first question is that I know you got here? What is your goal?
your degree in biology, but was your original Revkin: … I would like more people to ex-
plan to be a journalist also? plore Dot Earth (http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.
Andrew Revkin: No, I wanted to be a ma- com/). I still get the feeling that there is an awful
rine biologist, I grew up in Rhode Island, and lot of people out there who could benefit from
when I got out of Brown with a biology degree I this way of looking at the world. So that’s the
won a fellowship to go study overseas for a year. main thing.
It was sort of anthropology, and anthropology Inc.: So, how do you balance not only being
and journalism are similar – you’re observing a journalist and a scientist? Along those same
people and taking notes. And so, I came back lines, does it become difficult to stay neutral?
from that trip feeling like I liked to tell stories Revkin: You have to work at neutrality, be-
and take a lot of pictures and wanted to try writ- cause some people feel more like bad guys and
ing. I went down to National Geographic, I was some people feel more like good guys. Again,
pretty excited, but my pictures weren’t getting the way I do it is... just to say “Well, how do I
put up. So I thought “Oh, maybe I need to learn really know what this person is saying?” Even a
something” and I ended up getting a master’s in very well-meaning scientist can have biases and
journalism at Columbia. passions and hidden agendas and I have to kind
Inc.: So what is the work that you do on a of say, “Well, tell me about the evidence.” Then,
typical day for a typical story? you always try to step back and reflect and look
Revkin: I wake up at seven. While my wife at the story you’ve written from the other point
is helping get stuff together for our 11-year-old, of view and see if it still holds up as true.
I go online, check my blog, approve any com- Inc.: Finally, what advice do you have first,
ments, sometimes start writing a piece that will for student journalists and the future of this busi-
go up on the blog that morning, and then dive ness, but also for students, and youth, in general,
into whatever story I was already working on and the future of the environment?
or that’s coming up that day. It’s the blog that is Revkin: Don’t count on someone saving it
continual... it’s kind of like being inside a plastic for you. Don’t count on conventional govern-
bag that’s pushing in at you from every direc- ment, diplomatic channels doing the lifting.
tion, and you have to keep pushing out. But be optimistic; I do think, pretty fundamen-
Inc.: How often do you travel for stories? tally, that there’s a way to get to a good place
Revkin: Not that much lately, partially be- on this planet in a few decades, and it largely
cause our budgets have shrunk. But I talk to revolves around how young people shape their
people all around the world all the time, and I lives. Some of that is just a little portion, if you
work sometimes with some of our other report- can just sort of shift your career, no matter what
ers who are already overseas. you’re going into, to have a little bit of that
Inc: Emma: Where do you want to go from global vision, I think that could be the trick.

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a real soar subject.
featured. Flight International.
reporting Graylyn Roose
Flight International, the world’s oldest continually running aviation
publication, is seeking a social media intern for the summer of 2009 in
their Alexandria, VA office. As a new media intern, the student will be ex-
pected to be proficient with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and to maintain
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his or her own blog.
“It’s kind of a new thing for us. It’s actually been awhile since this of- as a reporter for their wire service.
fice has had one,” said Americas Managing Editor Stephen Trimble, who Trimble acknowledges that much of the office’s staff has a direct inter-
added that other world offices have had interns more frequently. “ est in flight and aviation. However, he says that an intern will quickly
Trimble said that the print publication Flight International, who also learn the ropes.
owns the online magazine Flight Global, is hoping to reach a broader au- “Flight is a place where people who are really into aviation get to geek
dience through new media. out about it. That’s our audience and that’s a huge part of who we are,”
“In the past, we would hire an intern to mainly show them the ropes,” said Trimble. “That being said, we’re primarily interested in the social
said Trimble. “But in this case, we’re very interested in having this intern media side.”
show us the ropes.” The intern will receive about eight dollars an hour and will be expected
He added that, like many other publications worldwide, Flight Global to work at Flight International for the duration of his or her summer vaca-
will be taking advantage of bigger online possibilities. tion. Kuhn says that it would be wise for a potential intern to apply sooner
“It’s become another channel for us that we think is very prominent.” rather than later.
Based in London, the magazine is primarily a niche publication for According to Trimble, the job could include travel possibilities, as mag-
those interested in aviation information and news. Flight International re- azine staffers often travels to Seattle and Los Angeles, as well as Wash-
porter and OU grad Megan Kuhn says that while an interest in the subject ington D.C. press conferences. He adds, however, that travel would be
may help, the potential intern need not be an expert on flight. contingent on budget allowances.
“You don’t have to be an aviation nerd, but if you are, this is your dream Trimble says that the internship would be a good learning experience
job,” said Kuhn, who has been working with the magazine for two years for any college student interested in new media.

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CNN: Celebrity News Network
in a celebrity culture, what is news anyway?
commentary Lauren Smith
For a gal who tends to consult AOL NEWS of reporting the hard-hitting facts about the trials
for national goings-on, it was quite a feat to seat and tribulations that celebrities suffer through,
myself in front of a CNN newscast. I’d like to she has never heard anything so offensive or
preface this criticism by admitting that I am by abrasive. And neither have I, for that matter!
no means a news critic, and am probably about The way comedians come up with line-after-line
as up-to-date on current events as a 7-year old. about Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan is mild
However, like most, I am thrilled to criticize the and borderline affectionate compared to Jamie
pure silliness of our newscasters and news sta- Foxx accusing Miss Cyrus of needing a “gum
tions. And where better to turn than CNN?
­­­­­­­­ transplant.” Compared to the other CNN front-
BREAKING NEWS! Allegedly, Jamie Foxx webpage stories such as ‘Trial Begins in Trans-
publicly bashed Miley Cyrus on his radio show, gender Slaying,’ and ‘Mexico and US disagree
The Foxxhole. Now… I’m just as concerned on assault weapons,’ Jamie Foxx’s mockery of
about the personal lives of our underrepresented Miley is far and away the most appalling thing
celebrities as the next girl, but I’d rather hear to be reported on CNN as of late.
about what ‘Brangelina’ named their 29th ad- As though we don’t have enough celebrity
opted child, or who Jennifer Aniston is boink- culture television shows airing right now, the
ing right now. That is far more interesting than networks we rely on for actual, hard-hitting,
listening to Jamie Foxx advising Miley Cyrus to meaningful news are becoming immersed in the
contract Chlamydia or kick back and do some aforementioned viral celeb culture. My advice?
heroine. Poor little mutton chop. She’s just try- Refer to BBC News and BBC World News if
ing to sing her lil’ blonde heart out and post you want to get your facts straight. The news
nudie pics online like every other normal teen- is purposeful, meaningful, cross-cultural and,
age girl! well, important. Now, don’t get me wrong, I un-
Jamie Foxx allegedly justified his vicious derstand that some people want to hear about
comments by saying he’s the black Howard what is happening on the celeb vs. celeb circuit.
Stern. Indeed. Because the world is so very But to mix that into the news? Isn’t that a bit of
supportive of Howard Stern at this point in his an oxymoron?
career, yes? It’s times like this when I am so
grateful that the U.S.’s leading news station can
critically cover celebrity culture and celebrity
politics. Now, instead of watching E! News, I
can merely tune into “The Most Trusted Name
in News.” The CNN slogan is completely ac-
curate. I wouldn’t believe that Foxx/Cyrus story
coming from any other source. Honest.
In the midst of the newscast, while flashing
photos of Foxx and playing the audio record-
ing to death, the headline appears: ‘Foxx Com-
ments Outrage.’ But….whom do they outrage?
Can CNN elaborate so that We the People know
whom, exactly, did ‘Foxx Comments Outrage?’
Assuming, that is, that the use of the word “out-
rage” here is that of a verb, rather than a noun.
But if it is a noun, then there is a missing apos-
trophe in the word ‘Comments.’ Just saying.
Another amusing element of this newscast is
how offended the newscaster is. In all her days
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special report..
direct from HQ.
how to: write a cover letter.
a few helpful tips to get these tricky letters covered. National Shield Law:
reporting Cameron Glover Help to protect the rights of
journalists across America by
When applying for an internship or job, what not only mention cover letters but can help with
is the first thing you normally do to attract the job searches, industry information and staff en- contacting congress members.
employer’s attention? If it isn’t stalking them vironments, as well.
outside their office then it is probably sending Although cover letters can range from three to
‘09 National Convention and
in your résumé with a few work samples and, of five paragraphs, there are three basic sections to Centennial Celebration:
course, a cover letter. keep in mind when writing them. registration now open at
Generally, an employer will skim through The first section is where you should say why
your cover letter first to determine whether he you are writing and how you became interest-
or she is interested enough to continue sifting ed in that specific company. Employers like to
through the rest of your documents. This is your know whether their marketing and advertise-
first chance to introduce and prove yourself a ments are working so it is good to mention how
good match for the company. You will want to you heard about the position.
be straightforward and creative enough to set The second section is where you will write
yourself aside from the other applicants.
“The general purpose of a cover letter is that
about your experiences as they relate to the job.
In order to do this successfully, pay close atten-
new on the blog.
it is one more way to market yourself to an em- tion to the job description so you can try and
ployer,” Kristine Hoke said. She is an assistant match it with classes or work background that
director for Career Services and she received you’ve had. See Change:
her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio The third and final section is where you thank Go online to the OU SPJ blog
University just a few years ago. that employer for his or her time and let them ( to take
Hoke said that cover letters accomplish a know if and when you can meet for an inter-
wide variety of things within a small amount of view. You can also let them know that you will a look at this year’s new inductees
space. “It introduces you and explains why you contact them in a week or so to make sure they and next year’s OUSPJ executive
are writing,” she said. “It goes over what you received everything. They will appreciate the board..
have to offer for that company and why you are follow up.
interested in that company.” There are some pretty simple dos and don’ts
It is likely to assume that a cover letter writ- when it comes to writing cover letters. The most
ten by a journalism major will be assessed by important, as mentioned before, is proofreading.
other writers, editors, etc. so, take extreme cau- Simple mistakes can be devastating. The second
tion when proofreading your cover letter. Sim-
ple mistakes can and will cost you everything
when it comes to first impressions. A helpful
most important thing is to really focus on the
job description and make sure that you mention
qualities that they are looking for in your let-
inc. identified:
tip to remember is to have someone else read ter. You also want to make sure you have ad- Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
through your letter, or you can also take it to the dressed the letter to a specific person instead of
Career Services office on the fifth floor of the a company department. Lastly, close the letter Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
Baker University Center and have an assistant with “Sincerely,” because it is professional and
go through your letter with you. also personal.
Career Services also offers a variety of sources If you do happen to get stuck, ask for help Contributing Writer Lauren Smith
that can supplement your letter writing process, from a friend, professor or someone at Career
such as several handouts located by the office Services. Always remember that cover letters Contributing Writer Emma Morehart
entrance and a small library of helpful books for are the first impression that an employer will
all journalism and communications majors that have of you so don’t be afraid to sell it.
Contributing Writer Cameron Glover

Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose

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a publication of the Ohio University tuesday. 5:00.
Society of Professional Journalists.
scripps 001
iMovie Workshop
video editing the Asimov way.
Vol. 8 May 5, 2009.

presented by
Taylor Mirfendereski to teach iMovie workshop. SPJ’s Taylor
story Graylyn Roose art Ian Bowman-Henderson
For students interested in sharpening their film Mirfendereski
production and editing skills, this week’s OU
SPJ meeting will serve them well. SPJ member
Taylor Mirfendereski will be hosting a hands-on
iMovie workshop this Tuesday in Scripps dur- ovie, even if they are not broadcast-oriented.
ing normal meeting hours. “If you want to be a print journalist, you better
Mirfendereski will be leading a tutorial that also know how to produce videos for the web,”
will instruct interested students on the basic said Mirfendereski, who points out that iMovie
tasks and abilities of iMovie, a program that is the kind of program that can easily be well
comes built-in to all Mac computers. Students utilized to complement a blog. “There’s no sep-
will learn how to import photos, how to crop arate medium anymore, they’re heading towards
and edit footage, and the basic interface of the convergence. Everything is going online.”
application. She will be teaching the basics of OU freshman Melisa Michael says that she is
the older and more commonly used version of looking forward to the meeting because as an
the program, which she describes as being eas- online journalism major, she is hoping to be-
ier. come more proficient with technology.
“Having basic editing skills will help people within the program. “People can benefit from “It just seems like a useful skill to have,” said
understand how movies are put together,” said knowing the basics of iMovie, and then if they Michael, who said that although she currently
Mirfendereski. “It’s really not that hard.” are interested, they can teach themselves later.” has a PC, she plans to purchase a Mac computer
Mirfendereski said that she began to learn the Mirfendereski, who is a first-year student with in the near future. “I might as well just be pre-
basics of iMovie in junior high, when she used sophomore status, also said that she took a class pared for anything that comes my way.”
the system to make two small videos for a class. at OU that helped sharpen her skills, taught by Mirfendereski said that she will probably
Later, she began to experiment with the program OU professor Roger Good. Although she is in teach troubleshooting techniques in addition to
and learn more about its functions. the Honors Tutorial College, where sequences the basics of the program, since like all com-
“After that class in middle school, I taught are referred to differently, she said that she is of puter applications, it can sometimes be faulty.
myself the ins and outs of it. I used that for news the broadcast “concentration.” “iMovie is a program that, because it’s free,
packages of stories I was working on,” said Mir- OU freshman Gina Edwards plans on attend- can sometimes give you difficulties,” said Mir-
fendereski, who added that she hopes that other ing the Tuesday workshop and said that she is fendereski.
students will learn the value of self-teaching interested in learning more about the program, Although at press date, she was not sure of
though she had some experience with it in her the details, Mirfendereski said that she is trying
high school communications class. to procure a downstairs lab room for the work-
“It will be kind of nice to have someone show shop, so that the students can not only watch the

inside inc. me how to do it step by step,” said Edwards,

who is currently a magazine journalism major.
“It will definitely be useful because it will be
program as it’s projected, but be able to have
their own computers so that the class is truly
nice to have those video editing skills. Mirfendereski said that she hopes that the
Edwards also notes that even print journalists workshop yields good attendance because hav-
internships. pg 2. must be proficient in different mediums.
“I think even more so these days, you have to
ing iMovie skills will make student journalists
more marketable in their future professional
be multi-faceted and be able to do a lot of dif- lives.
commentary. pg 3. ferent things.”
Mirfendereski said that a main goal of her
“I personally believe that broadcast students
and all journalism students should understand
program is to get students comfortable with iM- the basics of iMovie,” she said.

special edition
interview pg. 4
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A-News opportunity.
featured. The Athens News.
reporting Emma Morehart
The Athens News is now hiring Ohio University student journalists to
fill the positions of editorial assistant/proofreader and campus editor for
the 2009/2010 school year. Both of these positions are open only to stu-
dents and are part-time jobs.
PHOTO: logo of The Athens News
The positions both pay over minimum wage and hours are flexible, said
Terry Smith, editor-in-chief of the Athens News. Smith also mentioned “This is a great first job for a college student,” said Mullin. “It’s profes-
that these positions rotate each year. sional experience in a small town, and we get paid, which is significant
The editorial assistant/proofreader is required to be in the newsroom for college students.”
around 10 hours per week, which are split equally between the editorial Mullin, who began reporting for the Athens News in 2006, mentioned
job and the proofreading job. The editorial assistant job entails prepping that working as a reporter was also good experience because she was
rough copy for the editor, entering calendar listings, typesetting, and other rarely given story ideas, but instead produced her own. This helped her
responsibilities, and must be in the newsroom twice a week. become a more independent journalist, and allowed her to write about
The proofreading aspect of this job requires the student to be in the what she was interested in.
newsroom twice a week to read over completed stories and proofread for The campus editor position, however, calls for supervising and net-
AP style and grammatical mistakes. These two required days each week working, as well as staying informed of what happens on the OU campus.
are Sunday and Wednesday afternoons, because the paper is printed on Campus editor responsibilities include supervising twice-weekly meet-
Mondays and Thursdays. ings of the paper’s campus staff, forming a story list for each issue of the
“Having this job has taught me to look at things from the editorial side, paper, and ensuring that campus writers and photographers are covering
like what should or shouldn’t be in your story,” said Emily Mullin, the stories in the appropriate manner.
current editorial assistant/proofreader at the Athens News. “It makes you This job also requires the student to spend around 10 hours in the news-
become a better writer.” room each week, and is a paid position.
A student interested in this job should be adept at AP style, attribution, To apply for either position, send a resume and short cover letter to
grammar and good writing, and should be efficient and focused. Athens News Editor Terry Smith at

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the new conservatism is totally radical dude.
right-wing politicos on the ground and in the news are completely mad.
commentary Kevin Zieber
Conspiracy theorists, militia leaders and right- has become the mainstream voice for the unsup- When armed, paranoid and desperate people are
wing survivalist groups have been a persistent ported claims of right-wing fringe groups. On being told day in and day out by mainstream
part of the fabric of America since the American tax day, Fox sent four of its most popular hosts media outlets that the Obama administration is
Revolution, though their numbers have always to locations around the country to “cover” the coming to take their guns and rights, they tend
been in flux. protests that they seemed to materially support- not to act with temperance.
Though it can’t be said to be true for all, many ing and possibly even leading. Unfortunately, several shooting deaths have
American militias have been primarily con- The coverage could not in any way be thought already taken place as a result of this fear mon-
cerned with the erosion of the Second Amend- of as honest or actually representative of the gering. On April 4, 2009, a well armed 22-year-
ment as well as the formation of a singular world day’s actual events. One reporter, Cody Willard, old named Richard Poplawski gunned down and
government. Some, but not all, militias are also went so far as to call Democrats and Republi- killed three Pittsburgh police officers because
well armed and deemed potentially dangerous cans “fascists,” on at least two occasions, with- he was “fearful that his weapons would be
by the Department of Homeland Security. out any provocation or legitimate reason. taken away,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-
Despite the fact that armed militias have vir- But more importantly, the tenor at Fox News Gazette.
tually always been a part of American society, Channel has been one that aims to rouse and On April 26, 2009, another two police officers
they have remained, until this point, a fringe amplify fears already ingrained in the most were killed, this time in Florida, after Joshua
group with little to no credibility on the main- fringe right-wing groups. TV host Glenn Beck Cartwright fled the scene of a domestic dispute
stream stage of American politics. has been particularly zealous in making the case he had with his wife. Police caught up with him
With the election of Barack Obama, however, for President Obama’s “road to socialism and at a shooting range and attempted to subdue him
more dormant militia movements are reawak- totalitarianism,” remarking on more than one using a Taser. He then stood up turned a con-
ening and beginning to warn of the so-called occasion that “they’ll [the Obama administra- cealed weapon on the officers.
“new world order,” which Obama’s election is tion] take away guns.” According to the police report, Cartwright’s
thought by some to signal. Beck has also said, baselessly, on national wife said that he “believed that the US Govern-
A similar surge in militia activity took place television, that Obama will “slowly but surely ment was conspiring against him. She said he
during the 1990s under the Clinton administra- take away your gun or take away your ability to had been severely disturbed that Barack Obama
tion, and it did, at times, erupt into violence. The shoot a gun, or carry a gun.” had been elected president.”
similarities between then and now are striking, Beck is not the only one perpetuating the mi- It is the responsibility of media to provide
but one thing has changed. Paranoia and con- litia movement’s claims on a national stage. He audiences with accuracy, restraint and reason.
spiracies once reserved for militia leaders and is joined by fellow primetime Fox anchor Sean The right-wings’ exaggerations and utter false-
fringe groups are now finding a home in main- Hannity in painting Obama as an untrustworthy hoods come with a grave price. The media have
stream media. socialist hell-bent on banning guns. a responsibility not to perpetuate conspiracies,
Fox News Channel in particular has indulged, Hannity has suggested both on his radio and to avoid hyperbole, to get the facts in line and to
strengthened and perpetuated dangerous inaccu- television shows that the aforementioned “new avoid alarmist and paranoid accusations.
racies since the election, leading, at least in some world order” is already under way, further stok- What the rightwing has been passing for po-
way, to tragic and violent outbursts throughout ing the fears of right-wing conspiracy theorists. litical punditry is nothing more than militant
the nation in addition to false and misleading The problem with whipping these latent ex- and irrational fear under the thin guise of po-
coverage. tremists up with falsehoods and unsubstantiated litical opinion and must be dramatically scaled
Beginning with the run up to and including its accusations seems to be so obvious that the pun- back in order to put to rest the groundless fears
“coverage” of the tax day tea party protests, Fox dits of right-wing talk are missing it completely. of the radical right.

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special report..
taxes aren’t Hawke’s cup of tea. direct from HQ.
counterpoint from OU College Republicans.
story Ian Bowman-Henderson National Shield Law:
Every week the Society of Professional Journalists brings in an industry profes-
sional to speak at our meetings. Last week that professional was our own Kevin Zie-
Help to protect the rights of
ber. He presented some criticism of the way cable news, and FOX news in particular, journalists across America by
covered the Tax Day protests, better known as “tea parties.” Instead of interviewing contacting congress members.
Kevin, who already had his say on the issue, Inc. decided to go with a counter point to
both Kevin’s presentation and his column on page 3 of this edition. So without further ‘09 National Convention and
ado, this week’s guest is the Communications Director of OU College Republicans, a Centennial Celebration:
group which actually attended a Tax Day tea party, Suzi Hawke. registration now open at
Inc.: When did your group decide to go to the Hawke: I don’t think they were promoting
tea party, which one did you attend? [the tea parties], they were just letting people
Suzi Hawke: We decided to go a few weeks know what was going on. My personal feel-
b4 it happened we went to the one in Columbus ing was that they were just letting people know
on April 15th… we took about 15 OU College where they were if people wanted to attend and
Republicans up to Columbus for the event on giving the information on what the Tea Party
the 15th was standing for.
Inc.: About how many people were there?
Hawke: I heard a range from 2-3,000 and
Inc.: While reporting on a tea party in Boston,
Fox news reporter Cody Willard said Americans new on the blog.
then I heard someone else say 7,000. There was need to “wake up and start fighting the fascism,”
a wide array of people from grown-ups to little could you respond to that?
kids. So there was about seven thousand, I don’t Hawke: I would say that’s that just his per- Weekend Update: the latest
know the exact number. sonal beliefs, I think journalists – and everyone from around the Athens
Inc.: Do you think the protesters presented a – should be able to voice their opinion… I don’t
unified message, and if so what was it? think it was because he was with FOX. campus (...and beyond!) that
Hawke: I think they did, I think it was a joint Inc.: But doesn’t that sound like an endorse- went down while everyone
message of ‘we’re tired of reckless spending and ment to you? was enjoying the beginning of
all the pork in the stimulus package…’ and ‘we Hawke: I mean it could be taken that way.
want better.’ We don’t want to deal with all the Obviously fox news is watched primarily by Fest season here at OU.
reckless spending in the stimulus package. moderate to conservative viewers, I mean it
Inc: What do you think the long term effects could be an endorsement but people will take
of the tea parties will be? that as they may. Some people may feel that
Hawke: I think that if they continue to show they like it and agree with it and others might
our politicians that we need something to hap- be ticked off by it. FOX is always criticized for
pen to make it better, a big message is for con- being more conservative than any other news
stituents to tell our politicians that we ‘want
better,’ ‘we want different,’ I think if people
Inc: How do you feel about FOX dispatching inc. identified:
continue to let their voices be heard then things pundits like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck to Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderso
will change. cover the tea parties?
Inc.: What is your news outlet of choice? Hawke: I think its fine, I think the media
Hawke: I read the papers and I listen to needed to cover the events, I think if they want- Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
Fox News a lot and I go on Drudge Report and ed Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity there then they
Politico a lot, but mainly from newspapers and should be there… if they are going to talk about Copy Editor Cameron Glover
FOX news. it anyway then they should go and talk about
Inc.: How do you feel FOX covered them? being there. It is kind of the same as how during
Hawke: I think nationwide they did a good the election period they would do their shows Contributing Writer Kevin Zieber
job, both before it happened and post-tea party from different events that were being held for
as well. both candidates. At the conventions, all the net-
Contributing Writer Emma Morehart
Inc.: Some have criticized FOX for promot- works were there and they brought their head-
ing the tea parties instead of covering them. liners.
Contributing Writer Graylyn Roose
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inside inc.
Special Issue:
a publication of the Ohio University
some of Scripps’
Society of Professional Journalists. top 2009 grads
get covered in inc.
Deus Ex Magazine.
Vol. 9 May 26, 2009.

Alex Hazlett pg. 1

Anastasia Pronin pg. 2
outstanding magazine graduate, Alex Hazlett.
story Niklos Salontay photo Ian Bowman-Henderson Anna Sudar pg. 3
Inc.: How did you get to be the top graduate
in the magazine sequence, or do you know?
Taylor Randall pg. 4
Alex Hazlett: I think the better question is:
What makes someone work hard enough to be
considered for that? To be honest I don’t even got a good point because he’s a great documen-
know how to answer your question. The best tary photographer, but he can’t write like I can. I
thing I can tell you is that I feel that I got to can’t use a camera like he can. So, journalism is
where I am in life, in general, because this is better served by the two of us working together.
where I wanted to be, and so I worked hard and I write, he films. Necessarily, if you make one
found every way to get here that I could, and of us do everything, some part of that is going
whatever avenue that took or every avenue that to suffer. That’s true for everyone. You can’t be
allowed me to do this and that I thought would an all-star in everything. And in foreign journal-
be beneficial, I took it. ism, it’s also safer to have teams of people. The
Inc.: How do you stay sane? thing to keep in mind is, yeah, you want to be an
Hazlett: Well yeah, of course you have to all-around player but you also want to be really
stay sane. You’re in one of the best journalism good at something. And you don’t want to get
schools in the nation, you’re working your tail acknowledge your limits. You have to say, ‘I proficient at lots of things at the expense of hav-
off, and everyone is like this. It’s not just how can’t do this any more right now.’ ing real talent… Also, explore the incarnation
I stay sane, how does anyone stay sane?... I Inc.: I’m a freshman magazine journalism of all the talents you have perfected. You can
think that what keeps you sane is knowing what major. What should I be doing to get ready for research really well, you can write really quick.
you’re doing has a purpose and that you’re not the real world? That doesn’t just help you in journalism, that
just doing it for no reason... And also that things Hazlett: There are the abstract things you helps you in a microfinance organization, or the
end. Your quarter ends; ten weeks and you’re can do and there are the more complicated FBI, or the State Department, or a newsletter…
done, and you get to go on vacation. My time things you can do. Journalism-wise... just prac- Think, “With this set of skills, what can I do with
in Jordan ended, and I got to come home and tice as much as you can. The way I like to think it?” The next thing you’ve got to do, and I’ve
see my family and boyfriend and that end date of my internship in Jordan is: the only thing that had to do it, is revise your plan. I never thought
helped. And I think the way you stay sane when wasn’t hard was the journalism, because I was that, as a senior in college, I would proudly tell
you don’t really have an end date or when it practiced in that. I knew how to do that, so that’s people that I am moving to D.C. and I’m go-
seems indeterminably far away is you have to what I could fall back on… Learn how to live in ing to work in a bar to try and pay my rent. I
the real world on your own, and act like a fully was hoping to have a job. But no, I’m basically
functional adult. That stuff matters more than going to be unemployed like everybody else…
you could ever know, because if you can’t figure and that’s okay. Sometimes, you just have to be

next meeting.
out how to pay your rent on time, you sure as willing to start over. It’s not a bad option. It’s
heck aren’t going to be able to figure out how to the only option I’ve got and I’m pretty excited
be a real journalist… I would say, make a web- about it… I’ve got a good family that’s willing
site is a more concrete thing so that if someone to help me, and is supportive of whenever I want

SPJ presents: How says, “Do you know how to make a website?”
you can say, “Yes.”… I was talking to my boss
to traipse off to some war-torn country, or D.C.
Even when my parents have hated where I was
a couple weeks ago [John Monte of “TheFul-
to nail your job” in Washington, D.C.] and one of
the things that he said, that I thought was very
going, they’ll always stick up for me. The first
thing my parents’ friends would say is, “I would
never let my daughter go to Egypt.” And they’ll
interview. interesting, is that this trend of “backpack jour-
nalism” is going to reverse itself. I think he’s
say, “We don’t let her do anything. She’s an
adult, she makes her own decisions.”

tuesday 5pm.
scripps 116.
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Miss Overall Outstanding.
the 2009 top graduate, Anastasia Pronin.
story and photo Ian Bowman-Henderson
Inc.: You’re a PR major. What advice do you believed that if you work hard enough, you can
have for freshman PR majors? achieve something.
Anastasia Pronin: Get involved, try as Inc.: The market could be better for graduating
many things as you can, but also figure out what Journalists right now. Give me your perspective
you’re most passionate about. The general idea on the job market, as a PR graduate.
is to come into Scripps and get involved in a lot Pronin: Where I will begin my career is at a fi-
of things, both in the school of journalism and nancial PR firm. I will be working in the special
outside. situation team -- we handle crisis situations like
Inc.: Advice for Sophomores? bankruptcy. So, my area of the company will ac-
Pronin: Begin to get experience outside of tually be booming… but I do believe we need to
the classroom and begin to build relationships have optimism in general. Some of my friends
with students, community members and faculty. are realizing that. It is very ironic, because I got
Don’t be afraid to start small in terms of intern- this internship and the company is actually do-
ships. ing kind of well, knock on wood.
Inc.: Juniors? Inc.: I’ve noticed tension between PR students
Pronin: Start to seriously pursue internship and journalism students. Do you think public re-
opportunities, and work at finding a balance in lations belongs in the journalism school?
your life. Realize that you have to work hard to Pronin: The foundation for public relations
accomplish everything you want to, but also find is still writing. Having really good writing and
those things outside of your academic life that critical thinking skills is critical for public rela-
you enjoy: friends, community service etc… tions, and I think that a lot of journalism profes-
Look beyond the campus and really enjoy this sionals have made the transition into journalism.
location. Consider studying abroad. For my part, I like the strategic communications
Inc.: Seniors? end of it… In both PR and journalism you have
Pronin: Do all the things you haven’t gotten to to learn quickly about a particular subject, and
do in college thus far. Try not to be too anxious the same skill sets apply. The skills are very
about the future but at the same time continue transferable. I feel like what is important is to
to think about what will make you happy after realize, coming from a journalism background,
graduation. Enjoy the time you have left here. I’ve really learned how the media works. I think
Truly experience this unique opportunity for that is a really useful thing to have at Scripps,
what it is. Try to live in the moment, while at the and I’m really glad they put PR in the journal-
same time thinking about what you want to do ism school.
after graduation. Don’t think too much about the Inc.: What do you see as the essential compo-
future… But, think seriously what want to do nent of your resume?
after graduation and what will make you happy. Pronin: Definitely my internship experience.
Inc.: I’m sure you’ve had time come to terms I completed four internships during my time at
with being this year’s top graduate by now, and OU. I think that put me apart from other stu- will make me happy in my personal life as well.
I’m sure it means something different to you dents that might not have had as much experi- Once you have found balance, and you know
than to everyone else. So, what does 2009 Over- ence. I really took advantage of my time to do the importance of finding balance, you become
all Outstanding Graduate mean to you? internships… [because] a lot of times, in the a much happier person. You know how to allo-
Pronin: I’m extremely appreciative of this public relations industry, agencies want you to cate your time to important things, but you also
honor. I was honestly shocked to receive it, prove yourself before they hire you. know that there is more beyond that. I think a
while at the same time, I know I worked hard Inc.: You talked earlier about finding a balance. lot of times in the journalism school we are very
and I know I deserve this. But, I know there are Could you elaborate on that a little bit? competitive, and they don’t always teach you
also so many other people working hard here. It Pronin: I think finding balance is finding hap- about finding balance. You have to be a happy
makes me appreciate my work ethic and the re- piness… I really do like public relations, but I person as well as being a hard-working, achiev-
lationships I’ve built with faculty. I have always can’t do that 24/7, and I have to find things that ing person.
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graduating above the fold.
outstanding news-ed. grad, Anna Sudar.
story Graylyn Roose
Inc.: How do you feel about receiving such a the Scripps program has prepared you for your
distinguished award? career?
Anna Sudar: My adviser asked me for my Sudar: I think a lot of it’s just going to be the
resume for the journalism banquet, and I knew people I know, that I’ve met through classes
that they did do these awards for the seniors, but and I’ve met through The Post. As much as I
I didn’t really think that I’d be that senior, so know that journalism is kind of going through
I wasn’t sure what he was planning. And then a transition right now, eventually we’ll all end
I was at the journalism banquet because I was up with jobs, and we’ll all be able to network
getting inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, which is with one another and be able to share our job
the journalism society that you can get inducted information. I feel like that’s a really positive
into as a senior… We were looking around and thing. I guess I’ve gotten a good foundation and
we were like, there’s not that many news-edito- I’ve also learned to work hard and... the fact that
rial people here. Where is everyone? And then journalism is so hands-on and you can’t just
of course, it ended up being me. I was surprised, learn it in the classroom, and you have to ap-
but it kind of all made sense once I found out. ply it, I think it’s really valuable. I think there
Inc.: What journalism organizations have you are some people that don’t really think about
been involved with at Scripps? the fact that journalism is so hands-on, and they
Sudar: I did SPJ for two years and I really en- do just take what they have in class and leave it
joyed that a lot, but I was an editor at The Post at that. You know, the fact that the faculty here
my junior year, and that took up so much of my knows that you have to go out and experience it,
time that I had to drop SPJ, and I never did pick and the fact that they make internships manda-
it back up just because I was writing a lot this tory because that’s the only way that you can ex-
year and I never was able to go back. Those perience journalism. I think if I wasn’t encour-
were my two main ones. I did Association for aged to do The Post or do another organization,
Women in Communications my freshman year I wouldn’t have.
as well, but things just got more crazy once I got Inc.: What are your plans after graduation?
more involved with The Post. Sudar: I will be interning at The Columbus
Inc.: What was your favorite part of your edu- Dispatch this summer, and I will be applying for
cation at Scripps? jobs as soon as I get settled there, so hopefully
Sudar: I think a lot of the things that I’ve when my internship ends, I’ll have something
learned, that have been the most valuable to me, lined up for the fall. It’s an interesting time to be
I’ve learned through The Post, because it’s so looking for employment right now.
much more hands-on. Right now, I’m taking an Inc.: What advice do you have for current
Advanced Editing class with Bill Reader, and Scripps students?
we’re learning how to produce the multimedia Sudar: Definitely get involved. Your classes
aspects of storytelling... That’s been really cool can only do so much for you, because journal-
for me. I’ve done so much writing that it’s been ism is so much more than anything you can talking in front of a camera isn’t good anymore.
really interesting and really helpful to kind of do learn from class. You have to go out and do it. You have to know how to write, how to produce
other aspects of storytelling as well, especially So work for The Post. If you’re magazine, do for the web, you have to know how to do video
since those are kind of in high demand right Southeast Ohio or Backdrop. I mean whatever and audio. So forming relationships with people
now. Employers are looking for people who can fits your sequence, do that, because it’s so help- who do know how to do those things and seek-
do multimedia stuff, so having a class like that ful to just be able to get the experience that you ing out ways to learn those things, that’s really
has helped a lot. Magazine Feature Writing was can get through doing it. And I think also just important, because you have to find a way to
always good, because the type of stories that I being open and not limiting yourself to your make yourself marketable. And now the way
enjoy writing the most are features... so I en- sequence necessarily, because the way every- you become marketable, it seems, is just to be
joyed that. thing’s going right now, being good at writing multi-faceted. You know, make sure you’re put-
Inc.: How do you feel that your education in isn’t good enough anymore, and being good at ting a lot of tools in your arsenal.
internships. news. commentary.

Scripps’ apex PRedator.
outstanding PR graduate, Taylor Randall.
interview Cameron Glover
Inc.: How did you become interested in OU so crazy about. I really found who I am, what I
and your PR sequence? care about and the courage to do all those things.
Taylor Randall: I was actually set on going You have to be willing to take risks.
to Wheaton College in Chicago, which is like Inc.: You achieved this honor in only three
a polar opposite of OU. I was not even going years. Is there anything that you would change
to be a journalism major. I came here and saw about your three years here?
how passionate the journalism professors were, Randall: I think I would have focused even
saw how gorgeous the campus was, and it just more on extracurricular activities in and out of
changed my mind. I came in as a magazine ma- Scripps. I don’t regret getting good grades and
jor. I decided to try PR so that I could advocate working hard in classes, but I still feel like I
for something that I care about, and I just really could have done just as well without having to
felt like that was the right place for me. devote so much time to my grades. I am very
Inc.: What is your dream job? protective of getting my eight hours of sleep ev-
Randall: I have a couple. My major social is- ery night. This year I have had to give up the
sues are early childhood development and edu- sleep to focus more on friends and free time, and
cation reform. I think working for a nonprofit it’s been great.
organization that advocates for education re- Inc.: How do you balance your academic and
forms and provides educational services is one social lives?
track. The other track involves me loving muse- Randall: I live and die by to-do lists. If I need
ums, which are also non-profits and I think they something fun, I really enjoy running and work-
are incredibly important because they are free. ing out at Ping. I go to fitness classes or go run-
They are usually in cities where there is not a lot ning pretty much every day of the week. That’s
of cultural opportunity or education, and having really important to me because it’s the one hour
that free place in the community where every- of the day that I don’t have to think. Even if I
one can come together and learn about art and don’t have time to socialize, I try to fit in an hour
history is so important. Being the director of an or half hour for myself as a mental break. The
art museum would be great. other thing is that you have to make a point to
Inc.: What are some of the most important les- spend time with your friends and your family.
sons that you learned at OU? Inc.: What is one piece of advice that you can
Randall: You have to find the things you care give to incoming freshman?
about in order for you to work hard for those Randall: Do a bunch of different things. Get
things. Work hard where you are, but also really as many experiences as you can. Take a variety
devote yourself to the things that you care about, of classes. They will all help you in some way,
because that is the stuff that really keeps you and then you will be able to see what you really
motivated. Having that thing that you really care care about. You really have to go by trial-and
about and pour yourself into is going to give you -error to see what it is that you enjoy doing. You
the energy you need to do the things you are not can’t be afraid to try new things.

just the facts. End of Quarter. 6/13.

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reach the Summit. OU journalism student Stefanie Toth has also worked for a trade maga-
zine. She said that the b-to-b industry can be quite different.
“The difference is that usually with a b-to-b (versus a daily or weekly
featured. Summit Business Media. paper), the day is slower. You have more time to develop story ideas, and
you may be writing things three or four months in advance,” said Toth.
reporting Emma Morehart She added that most of the updates or “breaking news” stories are put on
the website, so having internet experience is also important.
Whether Kentucky, New York, Chicago, or Denver is your dream in- In addition to general journalism and internet experience, Harris said
ternship destination, Summit Business Media is now hiring for summer that it is helpful for an applicant for the SBM internship to be adept at AP
2009 interns. style and editing, and have a proactive, “go get ‘em” attitude.
Summit Business Media, or SBM, is an outlet that caters to businesses, Harris said she is impressed by students who send writing samples with
and consists of several magazines that focus on the insurance, financial and their applications before she has to request them, and that a student has a
professional services markets, including law and accounting markets. professional cover letter and resume.
The internship in Erlanger, KY. is a paid, part-time job in which stu- Another way to stand out is to learn about the industry being applied
dents work 20-25 hours per week and can earn college credit. Students are for, said Frith.
expected at SBM for anywhere from two to four months. “Familiarize yourself with Summit’s titles and read a few back issues.
The SBM magazine based in Erlanger is hiring one or two interns for The more you understand the target audience and editorial formula, the
this summer, but the same job is offered at SBM outlets in Chicago, New more you will stand out from the crowd,” Frith added.
York, Denver, and Clearwater, Fla. While the SBM internship for this summer is only a few months, Harris
“The internship will introduce the student to publishing and magazines, said that SBM can hire interns more than once.
and will help students learn and better understand the magazine industry,” Toth, who was hired as an intern at GEI trade magazine last June, still
said Lindsey Harris, hiring manager for SBM in Erlanger. keeps in close contact with her employer, although the internship has
Interns for SBM magazine will be editing stories, reporting on confer- ended.
ences, writing, and managing content on the website. “Always keep a relationship with your employer,” said Toth. “Just talk-
While any journalism internship is good experience, working for a busi- ing to them and asking for advice is really important, and because I con-
ness-to-business media source can be especially beneficial. tinued to pitch story ideas to them, they come to me if they need freelanc-
“While many of our magazine majors dream of working for consumer ers to write stories for them.”
magazines, most of them end up working for trade publications, which To apply for the SBM internship, visit
serve the information needs of professional audiences. Gaining hands-on to download the application. When mailing the application, remember to
internship experience at one of Summit’s b-to-b publications would allow include writing samples, and a complete resume and cover letter. Further
students to write and edit for audiences who work in a particular indus- stages of the application process include a phone interview with Harris,
try,” said Ohio University magazine journalism professor Cary Frith, in and an in-person interview with the editor of the SBM magazine in Er-
an e-mail. langer. The deadline to apply is June 5.

old questions. new opportunities.

who. what. when. where. how. why.
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Cumberland PR Intern 2009 New York NYC -- live the
Frank N. Magid Television Summer TV signals travel
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Associates, Inc. Intern 2009 Iowa places like Iowa.
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Publications Ongoing
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Dream internship.
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looking back, looking good. direct from HQ.
a taking a look backward and forward with
outgoing SPJ President Evan Millward. National Shield Law:
commentary Evan Millward Help to protect the rights of
For many of you, this year marks the end of of Scripps and for our paying members. Dis-
journalists across America by
your freshman experience – hopefully one that cussions of ethical questions during a historic contacting Congress members.
you will remember and cherish for years to presidential debate and economic crisis sparked
come, one that has built a foundation for your a forum of ideas and debate. Workshops offered ‘09 National Convention and
continued success at Ohio University and in hands-on opportunities to learn the skills neces- Centennial Celebration:
whatever field you may choose to enter. For oth- sary in our evolving field, such as InDesign, iM- registration now open at
ers, this year brings graduation and the end of a ovie and social media. And we have heard from
journey that has prepared you for the dynamic professionals in the field – New York Times’
field you are about to enter. Along the way, OU Andrew Revkin and the Ohio Newspaper As-
SPJ has been there – a steady hand through a sociation’s Frank Deaner, to name a few. A trip
shaky environment. to Columbus yielded countless networking op-
Our chapter has a storied history and I could portunities and landed some members summer
not be more proud with what we have accom-
plished this year. We have, as an organization,
received huge national recognition for our work
I am honored to have been able to serve in the
position of president during this year of growth
new on the blog.
with open records and university transparency. and change for our chapter. It’s a job that has
Around the state and the nation, students and certainly been bigger and more challenging than
faculty are opening dialogue about their rights I ever expected, but has been more rewarding
A J-School Update:
and abilities to serve their audience because of and fulfilling than I could have asked for. With According to Ron Martz
the adversities we have faced as an institution the help of readers and members such as your- journalism schools need
this year. From a Board of Trustees that seeks selves, I have seen the future of the chapter, So- to reassess how they train
to silence its members – even those without any ciety and industry and I couldn’t be more excited
voting power – to an administration that fears to call each of you my colleagues. Thank you students to meet the demands
and abuses the student and local media, we are a for this opportunity to serve you and to stand up of the turbulent job market.
hotbed of potential to educate ourselves and the for the rights that we all so depend upon to do
public about rights and the laws. our jobs well – I am so thankful for your trust
But our work hasn’t ended with legal issues and dedication throughout this year.
and rights. OU SPJ also exists to serve students The newly elected executive board is a group
and further the world-class education you re- of talented and dedicated individuals bent on
ceive here at Scripps. Our members have won carrying on and growing our tradition of excel-
countless awards and been named to leading
positions in student and local media outlets.
lence and service to this community and to Ohio
University. Please join me in welcoming them
inc. identified:
We developed and launched “inc.” to better and wishing them success. Managing Editor Ian Bowman-Henderson
serve the needs of Scripps students as well as To our seniors – best of luck and always re-
our members. In the winter, we joined forces member your friends here in Athens. To the un-
with the community to give something back in a derclassmen – OU SPJ does not rest during the Copy Editor Graylyn Roose
time of need with our first-ever Spread the Word summer and we’ll see you back on campus in
book drive, which benefited Athens County the fall with a great new year ahead and thrill- Copy Editor Cameron Glover
Children Services. In celebration of our centen- ing challenges to face together as the OU SPJ
nial, we focused on our basics and our history family!
but we also planned ahead for the next 100 years Best of luck on finals and keep in touch with Contributing Writer Evan Millward
of excellence. your OU SPJ leaders as you embark on a sum-
Throughout the year we provided engag- mer of learning and relaxation away from the Contributing Writer Emma Morehart
ing and unique programming for the students stresses of college life!
Contributing Writer Niklos Salontay