The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napolean Hill
WEEK OF: September 28, 2015

What's Happening This Week?
Fall for the Book
September 27th – October 3rd
Mason's annual literary festival is back with a full week of events and readings on campus and across the region. For a full schedule of authors events visit
Volition Book Swap
September 28th – October 3rd
10:30AM – 3:00PM North Plaza
Take a book and leave an old one behind at Volition's annual Fall for the Book event. If you would like to donate used books, please contact
An Evening with Dr. Beth Cabrera
Tuesday, September 29th @ 4:30PM – Harris Theatre
Join Dr. Beth Cabrera as she discusses well-being in the workplace and her new book, "Beyond Happy" (signing to follow). Can't make it? Watch MCN's live stream of the event as it happens:

Society of Professional Journalists'
Trip to the Newseum

Friday, October 2nd @ 8AM
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is sponsoring a free trip to visit the Newseum in Washington, DC. The trip is free of charge. Only 30 spots available! Click here to register.

Student Media Professional Development
Friday, October 2 @ 10AM - HUB 1012
The Mason LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) office will conduct a Strengths Finder Seminar. This will analyze your top 5 strengths, based on the Strength Finder Assessment. Click here to register for the Strengths Finder Assessment.

FBI Talk: Internships for Creative Types
Tuesday, October 6th @ 4PM 
JC Meeting Room B
Did you know that the FBI employs video producers, writers, and photographers? Learn about the FBI’s internship opportunities in the Office of Public Affairs for students with Journalism, Public Affairs, Communication, Film and Video Studies, Graphic Design, and Web Development backgrounds. Learn more about the FBI’s internship program at: 

MCN Sports Live Streams:

Men's Soccer vs. VCU
  Saturday, October 3rd @ 7PM - Mason Stadium


Content Spotlight

This past week, The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) was recognized as one of the fastest growing and most accomplished SPJ chapters in the region over the past three years. SPJ was complimented as a Region 2 chapter that is excelling in the work they are doing.

"I attribute this success to the hard work of our founding officers and members over the past couple of years and to our current elected officers who have set a hard-working and fun tone for the academic year. Bravo to Mason SPJ." - Beth Jannery, SPJ Faculty Advisor


In Case You Missed It
MCN's Pope Coverage
MCN's General Manager Robert Horan traveled into DC and captured exclusive video of Pope Francis' visit. Check out the news package he put together featuring interviews with Mason CCM students:  Congratulations  so far the video has 10,000 views and counting!

Fourth Estate's Diana Gabaldon Coverage
Last week's print edition of Fourth Estate featured an article on "Outlander" series author Diana Gabaldon whose best-selling novels have sold more than 26 million copies worldwide. Fall for the Book hosted Gabaldon on campus on Sunday, September 27th, and Fourth Estate's Lifestyle Editor, Savannah Norton, got the author to sign a copy of the paper. "Thanks Savannah! Great piece! - Diana Gabaldon"

Keep up the good work!

WGMU Ticket Giveaways
WGMU has partnered with a host of area music venues to offer a free pair of tickets to select shows to Mason students as a way to promote the station and support live music. Most of the tickets are awarded to lucky winners through on-air contests and social media, with the most recent Twitter giveaway generating the highest interest yet: over 44,500 views/impressions!

Tell your friends to tune in and win!

Event Staffing
Student Media already has a number of events on the calendar for this week and beyond. Please take a moment to look over our event signup list and add your name for a shift or two. We know you are busy, but just an hour of your time could make a big impact on the students you meet at any given event.

Do your part to help represent our office at campus events and recruit Mason's best and brightest to work for your group.

Many thanks to those who have already signed up!
Click below to add your name:
Event Staffing Signup Sheet

Media Opportunities
  • The GW Hatchet, George Washington Universitiy's independent student newspaper, is hosting a conference for college journalists on October 10 from noon to 3PM. The event will consist of a panel on political reporting, a panel on navigating online newsrooms, a keynote speech and a catered networking session for attendees to meet the speakers. Tickets are $10 and are available at
  • The Boston Globe, one of the top programs in the nation, is giving 11 interns the opportunity to work as a reporter, photographer, designer, or copy editor. The 12-week paid internship places reporter-interns in the Metro, Business, Living/Arts, Health/Science and Sports departments; the photo intern shoots stills and video for all sections, the design intern creates sections fronts and information graphics for print and online, and the copy editing intern works on local and regional, national and foreign and business copy. The application deadline this year is November 2. More information on the program and an application can be accessed here:
  • The Washington Post is accepting internship applications from juniors, seniors and graduate students who have had previous experience at a major media outlet. Students can find out more and apply at The deadline for applications is October 16. The Washington Post offers internships in all disciplines from reporting and copy editing to video journalism and data visualization and just about anything else you can think of. The paid internships typically last 12 weeks and offer students the opportunity to perform at the highest level in one of the most dynamic newsrooms in the country. For more information:  
On behalf of everyone here at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to...

 Kristen Lafleche, WGMU's DJ on September 29th

Sarah Irvin, So To Speak's Art Director on September 29th
Created by: Ky'Lend Adams and Jason Hartsel