Postcards to Jailed Journalists Tuesday, February 14th @ 5PM
The Hub 1012 Join the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) as they host an event to support a postcard-writing and social media campaign that highlights the situations of imprisoned journalists. Show your support using #FreethePress.
PRESS PASS: Spring Open House Wednesday, February 15th @ 4PM
The Hub 1201 (Student Media offices) Join us for our first spring open house for a chance to met Student Media’s writers, editors, producers, DJs, student leaders, and faculty advisers. Learn how to get involved and enjoy FREE pizza and drinks! Click here to learn more.
Valentine's Donut Decorating Contest Friday, February 17th @ 1PM
The Hub 1201 (Student Media offices) Join us in the Office of Student Media for some belated Valentine's Day fun! Decorate a donut and enter our contest for a chance to win a free lunch at Wing Zone!
Live Sports Broadcast Schedule:
• Men's Basketball vs. Richmond (WGMU) Tuesday, February 14th @ 7PM
• Women's Basketball vs. RI (WGMU/MCN) Wednesday, February 15th @ 7PM
• Men's Basketball vs. RI (WGMU) Saturday, February 18th @ 4PM
• Wrestling vs. Sacred Heart (MCN) Sunday, February 19th @ 2PM
Coming Soon: CryptoParty Digital Privacy Workshop Saturday, February 25th @ 9:30AM
SUB I 3B An all-day, hands-on workshop where students can learn how to protect their digital privacy. Click here to learn more and RSVP.
DEADLINE EXTENDED until Thursday, February 16th!
Sports Broadcasting Team Makes History
This past Wednesday, February 8, Mason Cable Network and the Sports Broadcasting Team streamed three simultaneous broadcasts for the first time in the network's history. A crew of 17 students was spread out across campus to pull of this unprecedented broadcasting feat.
The three overlapping broadcasts were Mason Cable News (live from The Hub), a women's basketball game (live from EagleBank Arena) and a wrestling match (live from the RAC). When you include WGMU Radio's broadcasts of both men's and women's basketball, Student Media set another record — five live, simultaneous broadcasts in a single day!
Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of this broadcasting milestone! Special thank you to David Carroll, Rodger Smith, and Tyler Byrum for helping our students achieve great things.
Photos courtesy of David Carroll
In Case You Missed It
Giant Food Reopens at University Mall
After months of renovation, Giant Food officially reopened its University Mall store on Thursday, February 9th. The new store boasts a number of new offerings including a sushi bar, in-store Starbucks, fresh and organic produce, fresh orange juice station, and a brand new personal scanner system that allows shoppers to ring-in items as they shop to save time at checkout.
During the month of February, all Mason students will receive a 5% discount with valid ID. According to a Giant spokesperson, the new store is specifically designed for Mason students to "spend less time thinking about groceries and cooking, and more time focused on school and extracurricular activities."
Student Media was invited to preview the new store last week and students from our office received a behind-the-scenes tour prior to the grand opening. WGMU General Manager Matt Dotson had the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with Public Relations Manager Jamie Miller, and Fourth Estate covered the opening in this Monday's print edition.
Phoebe and So to Speak attended the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C. and interacted with thousands of potential readers over three days, running a prize wheel to hand out hundreds of print issues, branded pint and shot glasses, candy, and informational flyers.
Phoebe's editors and staff hosted an “off-site” poetry reading during the conference at Shaw's Tavern in D.C. on Thursday, February 9. Over 100 people attended Phoebe's event and enjoyed readings by James Franco (aka Sean Lovelace & Mark Neely), Tim Jones-Yelvington, Rochelle Hurt, Zach Powers, Nicole Walker, Paula Cisewski, Kallie Falandays, John Pursley, Drew Scott Swenhaugen, Haley Rene Thompson, and others.
So to Speak also hosted an "off-site" event during AWP on Sunday, February 12 at The Potter's House in D.C.to raise funds in support of the DC Trans Women of Color Collective that featured poetry readings by Armani Dae, Eleadah Elle Clack, Oliver Baez Bendorf, Aaron Coleman, and Zeina Hashem Beck.
Congratulations to both journals on their success at AWP!
Photos courtesy of Robbie Maakestad and Melanie Tague
SPJ Hosts "How to Land a Career In Media & PR"
The Society of Professional Journalists co-hosted a workshop with University Career Services as part of Creative Careers Industry Week at Mason. The event offered attendees the opportunity to connect with top media and PR employers who shared tips on how to land a job after graduation and insight into what companies are looking for when hiring students in those fields.
Employers who participated in the event included FleishmanHillard, Ketchum, DC Refined Magazine, USA Today, and Nicole Livas Media.
SPJ holds regular meetings every Tuesday at 5PM in The Hub 1012. Join SPJ for the opportunity to meet industry experts, take trips to media outlets, and grow as a professional. facebook.com/GMasonSPJ
Media Ethics Virtual Training
On Friday, February 10th, Student Media welcomed Adam Lewandowski of the Newseum via video conference as he conducted a virtual seminar on media ethics with our student staff. Topics of discussion included basics of media ethics, do’s and don’ts, how to handle confidential sources, misrepresentation, plagiarism, bias, and more. To close out the session, Adam presented several case studies based on actual dilemmas faced by professional journalists and let students weigh in on how they would have dealt with the ethical challenges presented by each scenario.
Special thank you to Adam and the Newseum for offering their time and expertise to educate our students and to Rodger Smith for coordinating their virtual visit!
Student Media Meets Sen. Tim Kaine
U.S. Senator and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine visited Mason on Friday, February 10th, to host a discussion with students about the White House's controversial executive order on immigration and learn more about how Mason students have been impacted.
Student Media sent several representatives from each media group and the senator was kind enough to pose for a photo with our staff.
Head of the Class
Student Media's very own Kaitlyn Koegler (Communication Team) is serving as Prof. Rodger Smith's teaching assistant in COMM 303 (Writing Across the Media) this semester. So far, Kaitlyn has delivered lectures on journalistic writing basics for the class of 24 students. Kaitlyn will also have a weekly office hour to help students with their journalistic writing. Prof. Smith is very pleased to have such a talented student helping teach in this class section!
Fund for Public Interest 2017 Internships: The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG:
"We are currently hiring students to join our summer campaign staff in more than 30 different cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions including: running media events, coalition building, canvassing, and writing editorials, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staffs typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer."
To apply, please visit www.SummerJobsThatMatter.org or call 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784). The Fund for the Public Interest will be holding information sessions and interviews on campus on, Tuesday 2/28, Wednesday 3/1, and Thursday 3/2.
Clinton Global Initiative U 2017: Apply now to attend CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University, which will take place from Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The early application and travel assistance deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The final application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017.Click here to apply.
George Mason University is a member of the CGI University Network and has funding available for students accepted to CGI U 2017. Students selected for CGI U 2017 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects. To find out more about CGI U, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at www.anymeeting.com/cgiu1.
Political Internship Summer 2017: Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience! Institute on Political Journalism |June 3 – July 28, 2017 | www.DCinternships.org/IPJ Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount Questions may be directed to email@example.com or 202.986.0384. Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit. Learn more: www.dcinternships.org
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda, has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-serving Institutions, to support students pursuing a higher education. Big Red will grant five $1,000 Big Red ¡Avance! scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education.
Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students can learn more about the scholarships at www.bigred.com/scholarship and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is live in January 2017.
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to
all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this February!
Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!