“Everything you can imagine is real.“  ― Pablo Picasso
February 08, 2016
What's Happening This Week?
Creative Careers Industry Week
February 8th-12th

This week University Career Services is hosting a full slate of professional development events including a "Career Success in Media" panel co-hosted by our own Society of Professional Journalists. For a full schedule of events visit:

Homecoming 2016 #MasonHC
February 8th-13th
Mason celebrates Homecoming 2016 this week with a full slate of events and festivities including Mason Majesty, a blood drive, lip-sync battles, the annual block party, and a performance by comedian Kathy Griffin. Click here to learn more

How to Find Career Success in Media
Thursday, February 11th @ 5:30PM
SUB I, Room 3400

Connect with top media employers (ABC, CNN, USA Today, and Voice of America) for insight and tips on landing a job/internship and succeeding in the media industry. Co-hosted by Society of Professional Journalists!

Kathy Griffin: LIVE!
Thursday, February 11th @ 8:00PM
EagleBank Arena

Join Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin for a night of raucous laughter as her 80-city "Like A Boss" tour makes a stop in Fairfax, VA.
MCN Sports
Video Live Stream Schedule:

Men's Volleyball vs. Coker
   Friday, February 12th @ 7:00PM

Wrestling vs. Franklin & Marshall
   Saturday, February 13th @ 1:00PM

• Wrestling vs. Bucknell
   Saturday, February 13th @ 3:00PM

• Men's Volleyball vs. Lees-McRae
   Saturday, February 13th @ 7:30PM

WGMU Sports
Audio Live Stream Schedule:

Men's Basketball vs Rhode Island
   Tuesday, February 9th @ 6:45PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!

Men’s Basketball vs. Davidson
   Saturday, February 13th @ 3:45PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!


Content Spotlight
Kathy Griffin Interview
This past Friday, WGMU General Manager Jesse Robinson and Fourth Estate Lifestyle Editor Savannah Norton got a chance to chat with comedian Kathy Griffin and get the inside scoop on her 80-city "Like a Boss" tour that stops at Mason this week as part of Homecoming 2016. Their lively conversation covered everything from celebrity run-ins to the state of comedy on college campuses. In addition, today's print edition of Fourth Estate profiles Kathy's life and work, including her advocacy for LGBTQ rights and her no-holds-barred approach to comedy. Kathy promised the Mason community lots of new material delivered with her trademark candor, "...if you're in the mood to really hear me say the things that have fearlessly gotten me in trouble and fired for decades, this is your night!"

Perhaps the most interesting revelation from her interview is that she knows one of the current candidates for president: "...and I say this with shame - I actually know Donald Trump. I've actually been with Donald Trump when he was driving a golf cart and in the back seat [were] myself and Liza Minelli!"

Pick up a copy of today's Fourth Estate for the full story.

See Kathy's act LIVE on campus in the EagleBank Arena this Thursday, February 11th @ 8:00PM. Discounted student tickets are currently on sale in the Student Involvement office and general seats are available via Ticketmaster.
Check out Student Media's audio interview with comedian Kathy Griffin that aired on WGMU Radio last Friday and appears in today's print edition of Fourth Estate.

In Case You Missed It
MCN Daily News Updates
Mason Cable Network's Daily News Updates have been steadily rolling out since the first week of school. If you haven't already made them part of your morning routine, start today! Daily Updates are a rundown of important information including breaking news, student organization spotlights, campus events, and local weather. Start your day with Mason Cable News!
Check out the most recent MCN Daily News Update for today, Monday, February 8th.

Bulletin Board
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Student Recognition Nominations
Last year, Student Media launched a new Student Recognition Program that honors winners each month in the following categories:

Best Creative Content   • Leader in Action
Outstanding Employee    • Spirit Award

We are now accepting nominations for Spring 2016! If you know someone who deserves consideration in the categories above, click on the button below to submit your nomination(s).

REMINDER: February nominations are due by 3/1/16!
Nominate an Outstanding Student Today!

Arrivals & Departures
Staff changes, updates, and additions:

Lottye Lockhart, Student Media, PR Coordinator (new to Student Media)
Kera White, Mason Cable Network, News Director (new role)

Amy Rose, Student Media, Photography Editor (new role)
Mary Ballinger
Instructor, COMM 347, Cable TV Programming & Marketing

Student Media welcomes Mason alumna Mary Ballinger as the new instructor for COMM 347! Mary currently works for Verizon Digital Media Services where she monitors online video content and live streams. Mary also works directly with ESPN to manage the WatchESPN player, overseeing the operators who control live streams of various sporting events. Mary is also a freelance cinematographer with plans to launch her own cinematography business in the future. Welcome to the Student Media family, Mary!
"I have a passion for storytelling and I love using unique and creative visuals to put together a compelling story. I'm constantly learning and growing and developing my techniques and skills. I believe in working hard and staying dedicated to achieve my goals, and I strive to do my best in every task I encounter."

Window of Opportunity
Science Journalism Internship Opportunity:
Science Magazine: The Minority Science Writers Internship Program 2016 is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don't reflect that diversity. Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the summer internship takes place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary scientific journal in the world. Interns will spend 10 weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. They get to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover both breaking news and ongoing stories. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles in the print magazine and online news service and working with Science's digital media team. For additional information about the program, visit The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

Writing/Video Publishing Opportunity:
What's My Story? Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for and will pay for your true stories and videos on any of these themes: tolerance, respect, and compassion; embracing differences; making good choices; rejecting stereotypes; being held back by a bias/stereotype someone had about you; being held back by a bias/stereotype you had about someone; learning to be more tolerant; overcoming prejudices; becoming a better person; overcoming being raised to be intolerant or prejudiced; turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts; putting things in perspective. If accepted, your written story will be included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What’s Your Story? Any college student enrolled in the 2015–2016 school year can submit a story or a video at The deadline for written and video entries is March 31, 2016. For further information, and to submit stories or videos, go to

Summer Internship Opportunity:
Summer Institute on Political Journalism: The priority deadline for the Summer Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC is coming up on February 10. The final application deadline is March 16. Students can earn between 3 and 9 credits and are guaranteed an internship in the fields of journalism, communication and PR. Almost 1 million dollars in scholarship funding is awarded annually and awards are made on the basis of financial need and merit. We are also pleased to announce our inaugural Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship awards that will provide full scholarships to 4 students to attend the program this summer. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 10. More information on the selection criteria and the application process may be found here: More information on the program can be found online at

City Internships Opportunity:
City Internships Student Ambassadors: City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. We are looking for driven and strategic individuals to act as a strong and persuasive voice on their university campus. The most successful Student Ambassadors will be able to effectively build brand awareness and represent City Internships in a positive light. Student Ambassador duties will include generating public interest, utilizing media platforms, implementing marketing strategies, and more. For more information you can review our link and apply at:
On behalf of everyone here at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to...

Lauren Ernst, Sales Team, on February 5th (sorry we missed you last week!)
John Barnes, WGMU, on February 8th
Aron Darovsky, WGMU, on February 10th

Created by: Sasha Toophanie and Jason Hartsel