"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
 — Robert F. Kennedy
October 26, 2016

What's Happening This Week?
Selective Withdrawal Period
October 23rd - October 28th

Media Law Training
Friday, October 28th @ 10:30AM
The Hub 1012

Student Media has invited Adam Goldstein, from the Student Press Law Center to discuss important topics and issues concerning copyright, libel, fair use, and more. Please be familiar with this information before attending. All Student Media staff, contributors, and volunteers should plan to attend.

Halloween Cookie Decorating Contest
Friday, October 28th @ 12:00PM
Student Media Office

Fairfax City's Rock the Block
Friday, October 28th @ 6:30PM
Old Town Square - 3999 University Drive

Come on down to Old Town Fairfax on Friday for a night of music, food, a costume parade, and more! The Rock the Block event features a performance by rock band Gonzo's Nose and a screening of the original Ghostbusters movie at 9:30PM. Click here for a full schedule and more information.

Volition Submission Deadline
Tuesday, November 1st @ Midnight
Submit your poetry, prose, photography, visual art, and short screenplays to be published in Mason's official undergraduate literary and arts journal! This is an incredible opportunity to get your work out there in this showcase for emerging writers and artists!
Staff Appreciation Night
November 3rd @ 8:00PM
Corner Pocket (The Hub)

All Student Media staff, contributors, and volunteers are invited to a night of fun, food, and camaraderie. Enjoy FREE food from Wing Zone and unlimited game play in the Corner Pocket as we say "Thank You!" for your hard work and dedication to our office. More details to come...

Senior Portraits
November 1st - November 3rd
JC Atrium (Inside the Grad Fair!)

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. For more information about
times, costs, and how to make an appointment, click here! Reserve your spot today: (enter school code 700). A $10 sitting fee is required.

MCN Video Live Stream Schedule:

• Women's Volleyball vs. Duquesne
   Friday, October 28st @ 7:00PM

• Women's Volleyball vs. LaSalle
   Saturday, October 29th @ 7:00PM

• Women's Soccer vs. Fordham
   Sunday, October 30th @ 1:00PM

Attention 2016-2017 Grads:
Senior Portraits Start Next Tuesday!
Reserve your appointment today:
Enter School Code 700. A $10 sitting fee is required.

Content Spotlights

WGMU's 2016 Insight Forum Coverage

Distinguished communicators headline political forum

By: Jacqueline Reed

Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland, and Mark McKinnon, co-creator of Showtime’s The Circus, both delivered keynote speeches at the Political & Policy Communication Forum on Tuesday, October 25th in Dewberry Hall. Sponsored by the Department of Communication's Insight Committee, the annual forum's focus this year was  “impact, ethics, and the art of persuasion."

Since we are in the final days of a heated presidential campaign, the forum's speakers and panelists explored the topic of political communication with the goal of engaging students in a conversation about the credibility of presidential candidates, the challenges of fact-checking, false equivalencies in journalism, and the ways voters can empower themselves to make informed decisions despite the many distractions of this election cycle. The interactive forum provided future communicators with the necessary tools to succeed along their chosen career path...

Check out the full story:
Provost David Wu makes opening remarks at the 2016 Insight Forum in Dewberry Hall.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Torie Clarke (SAP) participate in the panel discussion.
A student interviews New York Times' White House correspondent and panel moderator Michael Shear.
Political communication strategist and co-creator of Showtime's The Circus, Mark McKinnon.
Photos by: Mimi Albano

Fourth Estate's Miley Cyrus Coverage
A (Democratic) party in the USA

By: Taylor Wichtendahl

“Open up! You’re in big trouble! I’m kidding, it’s just me,” Miley Cyrus yelled as she pounded on the door of students in the Piedmont residence hall on Saturday. The singer/actress/activist came to campus to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

Cyrus went door to door on the fourth floor of Piedmont. She spent her afternoon conversing with students, introducing herself enthusiastically with a “Hi! I’m Miley,” despite most students recognizing her immediately. She asked students if they were excited to vote and if they would support Clinton... She interacted with students on a personal level, playing video games, posing for her signature tongue-out selfies and discussing her personal life. She told stories about her boyfriend, her family, her home and her pets.

Check out the full story:
Photos by: Taylor Wichtendahl
Courtesy of: Fourth Estate
In Case You Missed It
WGMU Attends CBI National Convention
Rodger and Jess pose for a photo with the hosts of WMMR 93.3's Preston & Steve morning rock show at the annual CBI Convention on Friday, October 21st.

WGMU Advisor Rodger Smith and Program Director Jess Kocak attended the annual CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia, PA over the October 20-22nd weekend.

In addition to attending workshop sessions facilitated by some of the top radio talent and industry professionals in the country, Jess and Rodger got to tour the WMMR 93.3 Philly studios and meet with DJs Steve Morrison, Preston Elliot, and Casey Foster, hosts of WMMR's Preston & Steve Show. (You might recognize the Preston & Steve crew in the photo above from their numerous guest appearances on FX's hit comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).
Jess visits the WMMR 93.3 (Greater Media Philly) studios as part of WGMU's trip to the CBI Convention in Philadelphia, PA over the weekend.
Jess meets with DJ Pierre Robert (WMMR 93.3).
Photos courtesy of: Jess Kocak/WGMU
Student Media Title IX Training Session
On Friday, October 21st, Student Media hosted a special Title IX training session for all paid staff.

A big thank you to Mason's Title IX Coordinator,
Dr. Jennifer Hammat, and the Office of Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics for facilitating the training.

Topics covered during the session include bystander training, sexual assault prevention, reporting guidelines, strategies to avoid violent situations, and more.

If you were unable to attend for any reason, please sign up for an alternate session online:

Bulletin Board
Volition's Fall Submission Deadline: November 1!
Window of Opportunity
Free Study Tour of Japan:
The Scripps Howard Foundation, with the Indiana University Journalism Department, established the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition in 1984 to honor the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922-1953 and United Press from 1912-1920. Asia was an area of special interest to Roy W. Howard, who traveled and reported on the area extensively, even while leading major news organizations. Joe Coleman, professor of practice in journalism at Indiana University, will lead the students during the nine-day trip, which includes visits to domestic and international media organizations and cultural landmarks. In the past, the students have visited MBS Television, Associated Press Tokyo, the Wall Street Journal and Google. The group will also tour Buddhist temples in Kyoto, the A-bomb memorial in Hiroshima, and other historical sites. Tentative trip dates are May 11-20, 2017.

Applications accepted until January 10th, 2017:

Political Internship Summer 2016:
Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
Institute on Political Journalism  |  June 3 – July 28, 2017  |

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount
Questions may be directed to 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:

Scholarship Opportunity:
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 and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is live in January 2017.

Paid Summer 2017 Employment Opportunity:
The Dow Jones News Fund is accepting applications for its 2017 summer internship programs. College juniors, seniors, and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2017 internship program. Internships will be available in data journalism, digital media, business reporting, and interactive news editing. The News Fund provides students with one week all-expenses paid training program in the latest news gathering and storytelling technologies; followed by paid internships at top media companies. Students earn $400 or more per week from news organizations and receive $1,000 scholarships from the Dow Jones News Fund.

Deadline to apply for the 2017 summer program is Nov. 1.
Visit for more information.
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 October!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
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