Author: Rand Nelson

STYLE Advertising


Founded in 1970, STYLE Advertising is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm located in Birmingham, Ala., and remains the oldest agency in Alabama still operating under the same name for more than 40 years. We seek to inspire, spark conversations and tell client stories. Want to join us? Internship positions with our public relations and social media department are available for recent graduates or current students of public relations, marketing or communication programs for fall 2018. Internships last August to December 2018.

STYLE’s ideal intern is professional, innovative and a self-starter with a strong attention to detail, problem-solving skills, creativity, ambition and a strong work ethic. An interest in public relations and social media is a must, along with strong writing skills and knowledge of our favorite language – AP style. (Oxford comma lovers need not apply.) An understanding of and experience with social media outlets and management systems such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and the role it can play in a business’ marketing strategy is key.


  • Assist agency public relations director, public relations coordinators and other staff in day-to-day tasks for clients
  • Draft and distribute press releases
  • Participate in client and staff meetings
  • Contribute public relations and social media ideas for new business proposals and plans
  • Update and maintain agency and client social media channels
  • Perform clerical and administrative duties
  • Compile and maintain media contact lists
  • Write and edit copy for newsletters, blogs and brochures
  • Coordinate with media as assigned, in development of appropriate news stories


  • Ability to execute multifaceted tasks
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Live in or near the Birmingham area and have own form of transportation

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter, along with links to personal social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr or a blog) and 1-3 writing samples, to Katie Beck at Article and press release samples from class projects or assignments are great!

Crimson Tide Productions – UA Athletics

Crimson Tide Productions is seeking graphic design interns to create quality content for all 20 athletic teams at UA. This paid internship includes both print and digital works that will be featured on a variety of different platforms.

Location of internship: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internship start date: September, 2018
Internship end date: May, 2019

Skills required for this position:

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Must enjoy Alabama Athletics (Roll Tide!)
  • Currently enrolled at UA

To apply for this posting, email your resume and portfolio (or link to portfolio) to

Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network

The Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network is a web development intern to improve their WordPress website, and manage and optimize their internal database. Applicants with knowledge of WordPress and SQL will be preferred. This paid internship will work directly under CBSN CEO, Justin Volman, at the UA Entrepreneurship Institute in Tuscaloosa.

Start date: Approximately September 1, 2018
End date: Approximately May 1, 2019

Specific skills required for this position:

  • SQL
  • WordPress

To apply for this posting, email your resume to Benjamin Rydecki.

Application deadline: August 24, 2018.

The Sox Stop

The Sox Stop is an apparel company specializing in the art of custom socks and partnering with teams, schools and professional athletes to create business relationships with sponsored apparel. Under the direction of the staff, the intern(s) will learn valuable lessons and skills in the form of creative design, marketing and advertising, communication, and writing to help in their field of degree. There are 3 unpaid intern positions available. 2 interns will focus on advertising, marketing and communication, and 1 intern will specialize in graphic design.

Location of Internship: Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Start Date: September 3, 2018
End Date: December 14, 2018

Advertising, marketing and communication interns.
Preferred skills and daily tasks include:

  • Experience with photography
  • Experience with apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and snapchat
  • Assist in creating social media images
  • Assist in marketing product through aforementioned apps
  • Assist in maintaining social media pages
  • Brainstorm and present creative business ideas
  • Assist in website SEO and online presence
  • Designing writing materials for media outreach

Graphic design intern.
Preferred skills and daily tasks include:

  • Experience with graphic design programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Experience with digital media
  • Love of creating art and inspiring others
  • Tasked with creating weekly designs and learning from our artist
  • Tasked to help create digital media posts created by graphic art from illustrator and Photoshop

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Travis Bligh. Reference “Internship Application” and which position you are applying for, i.e. Advertising, Marketing and Communication, or Graphic Design). Applications will be viewed daily and will be accepted throughout the semester until positions filled.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross is seeking (up to) five student interns to be on a blood drive committee this academic year in a paid internship. The primary responsibility of student interns is recruiting blood donors, educating sponsor groups, marketing blood drives and volunteering at drives.

The committee will be an official organization with the University and will require 3-5 hours of work/service per week. Each student on the committee will receive $500 toward tuition or a book scholarship, a letter of recommendation from the Red Cross’ Director of Donor Recruitment and a graduation cord.

To apply, download this form and email to Elizabeth Peelen. For more information on this program, click here.

Application deadline: August 24.

SLIS Names EBSCO Endowed Chair of Social Justice and Diversity

The School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Bharat Mehra will join its faculty in January of 2019 as the EBSCO Endowed Chair with emphasis in social justice and diversity.

Mehra has a distinguished national and international reputation as a scholar and advocate for librarianship as a profession engaged in work toward a more inclusive and just society. His research focuses on diversity and social justice in library and information science and community informatics, or the use of information and communication technologies to empower minority and underserved populations to make meaningful changes in their everyday lives.

He will provide leadership to a faculty already committed to social justice as evidenced by its unique curricular offerings and commitment to equity and inclusiveness as core library values through teaching and research.

Mehra received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2004. He comes to Alabama from the University of Tennessee where he has been on the faculty since completing his doctoral work. He has authored or co-authored over fifty articles in peer refereed journals, and co-edited one book, Progressive Community Action: Critical Theory and Social Justice in Library and Information Science. He has also been funded for over a $1,000,000 for his work with public librarians as change agents in the southern Appalachian region.

His research areas include diversity and inclusion, intercultural communication, social justice in library and information science, critical & cross-cultural studies, community engagement, community informatics, rural libraries, human information behaviors of underserved populations, action research, and qualitative methods.

Professor Mehra is a highly respected leader in Library and Information Science in the areas of social justice, inclusion, and diversity. The School of Library and Information Studies is thrilled to have him join them in January 2019.

To learn more about the School of Library and Information Studies, visit their website.

Oakdale Elementary Summer Speak Off

“Each one of you is already a leader,” said Dr. George Daniels to a classroom of 3rdand 4thgraders. “You are leaders through the research that you have already completed, and you are leaders by getting up here and presenting it to your classmates. And we’re excited that you are going to learn even more about leadership and communication in the fall.”

Eleven third and fourth grade students from Oakdale Elementary School’s 21stCentury Summer Enrichment Program have spent much of the last month researching countries in preparation for the Summer Speakoff, which paired C&IS students in COM 124: Introduction to Public Speaking with the Oakdale students.

Even while they await the opening of their renovated school in August, the elementary school students who attended classes Monday through Thursday at Central Elementary for five weeks this summer, gathered information on China, Italy, Mexico and Great Britain.

The group of students is a part of a summer program through Oakdale Elementary School that teaches them how to effectively use skills in communication and information sciences to become better communicators and leaders. Tuesday, they were on campus for a Jr. Speak-off, presenting speeches on countries they have researched but never visited.

Their speeches were judged by their classmates, as well as honors public speaking students at UA. First place among the students earns a $20 gift card to Chuck E. Cheese and, despite that added pressure, the students all looked and sounded like pros.

“We have been thinking about this for over a year,” said Dr. Lucille Prewitt, principal of Oakdale Elementary School. “We started our program with a newspaper and journalism focus, but we want to extend it school wide. Every child will have an opportunity to be a part of something involving communication.”

The program aims to include learning experiences in various fields of communication and information: journalism, broadcast and digital media, public speaking, intercultural communication, research and graphic design. To assist with the transition, all of Oakdale Elementary’s educators participated in the Global Communicators Teachers Academy with C&IS faculty in January.

Oakdale Elementary School educates approximately 325 students from Pre-kindergarten to 5thgrade. The past year, Oakdale has been closed for renovations. When they reopen on August 8, students and teachers will have access to the only public-schooled, public speaking lab in the state of Alabama, patterned after UA’s Speaking Studio in Reese Phifer.

“Oakdale Elementary School is becoming a school for global communicators and leaders,” said Daniels. “We’re excited to see the students here giving their speeches. It’s an indication of what we hope to see through the program moving forward.”

SLIS Hosts AERI 2018

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies will host the tenth-annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) on campus from July 9-13.

The Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) is devoted to strengthening archival studies as an academic discipline, supporting archival research and education, and encouraging emerging archival scholars. As part of this mission, AERI supports yearly institutes, sponsored by academic institutions hosting archival education programs.

“We are delighted to welcome our colleagues to the University, and for many, on their first visit to Alabama,” said Dr. Robert Riter, co-organizer of AERI 2018 along with Dr. Tonia Sutherland.

These working meetings provide opportunities for archival studies faculty, doctoral students, scholar-practitioners, and emerging archival scholars to share research, discuss teaching methods, and consider the needs and responsibilities of the archival and records disciplines. Colleagues, representing an array of academic institutions, and eight countries, will devote a full week to these endeavors.

Kiara Boone presents at AERI 2018 on behalf of the Equal Justice Initiative.

The institute kicked off Monday morning with a plenary session led by Kiara Boone, Deputy Program Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization with emphases on ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment and challenging racial and economic injustice.

Boone spoke to the importance of archival work in the EJI’s mission by noting that recordkeeping “helps people understand a more comprehensive truth of our history. If we do not have records of [racial injustice] then history will reshape the narrative over time.”

Boone is one of many outstanding presenters who will speak this week, sharing the importance archival work, research and education has in telling stories and effecting change in a wide variety of contexts.

About AERI: The Archival Education and Research Initiative is a collaborative effort among academic institutions to support the growth of a new generation of academics in archival and recordkeeping education and research who are versed in contemporary issues and knowledgeable of the work being conducted by colleagues. The initiative seeks to promote state-of-the-art in scholarship in Archival Studies, broadly conceived, as well as to encourage curricular and pedagogical innovation in archival education locally and worldwide. For more information, visit their website.

About SLIS: The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) is a top-ranked program for library, information and book arts education. SLIS aims to develop creative and critical thinkers and leaders for the information world through a supportive teaching and learning environment, collaborative research and community engagement.

Rod Hicks Named SPJ’s First Journalist on Call

In an effort to address the issue of dwindling trust in the media, the Society of Professional Journalists has named veteran journalist and University of Alabama alumnus, Rod Hicks, as its first Journalist on Call. SPJ’s Journalist on Call is a unique, three-year position, developed and funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

“We had many outstanding candidates for this position. Rod’s experience, enthusiasm and ability to communicate with people from all walks of life make him perfect for this role,” said Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ executive director. “He brings an abundance of great ideas to the table, and we are eager for him to begin this important work.”

Hicks, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has experience at numerous news organizations across the country. Most recently, he served as an editor for The Associated Press at its Philadelphia-based East Regional Desk, which manages news coverage in 10 states. In this role, he worked on several major national stories including the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the Boston Marathon bombing and the sexual assault trials of Bill Cosby.

Hicks will serve as something of an ombudsman, helping journalists understand why the public doesn’t trust them and what they can do to re-earn more trust. He will also spend time with the general public, local officials and community groups to explain the important role ethical journalism plays in society. A great deal of the focus will center on how the media and public can work together in crisis situations. He will begin July 16.

“We live in a time when distrust of the press is at alarming levels. Democracy depends on civic engagement, and civic engagement should be built on a foundation of truth. We need someone to help calm the waters, build bridges and be a resource to both public and news media. Rod is the right person to do this,” said SDX Foundation President Robert Leger.

Hicks graduated from The University of Alabama in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising.

To see the Society of Professional Journalists’ full release, click here.

Alabama Public Radio wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

The APR news team with the RFK Journalism Award in Washington D.C.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded Alabama Public Radio (APR) a National Edward R. Murrow Award for best news series in the small market radio category for their series, titled, “Alabama Rural Health Care.”

APR’s winning entry included four stories from their yearlong rural health investigation, covering Alabama’s rural hospital shortage, obstetrical care shortage, the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and a report on the potential of telemedicine to link doctors and patients in rural Alabama.

“It’s always a privilege to bring another national journalism award to the Digital Media Center,” says APR news director Pat Duggins. “But, in the case of rural health care, it’s also gratifying to help shine a light on an issue that impacts so many Alabamians.”

At the time APR recorded their series, seven rural counties in Alabama did not have a hospital; since then, the number has increased to eight. Furthermore, only sixteen Alabama counties have hospitals capable of delivering babies, which does not help the studies which have ranked Alabama as having the highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

APR’s investigation into these facts provide a critical analysis of the problem of health care in rural Alabama, shedding light on just how dark the situation is. In fact, the documentary produced from their news series was recognized by human rights organization, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights with the prestigious, national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

The members of the Alabama Public Radio news team are: Pat Duggins, news director, Stan Ingold, assistant news director and Alex AuBuchon, news host and reporter.

The national Edward R. Murrow awards will be presented in New York City in October. They are named for the internationally renowned broadcast journalist whose name they bear. Established by RTDNA in 1971, these annual awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and digital news organizations around the world.

Alabama Public Radio is a network of public radio stations licensed by The University of Alabama and located in Bryant-Denny Stadium’s Digital Media Center. Its affiliation with the College of Communication and Information Sciences gives students opportunities for practical training in a variety of production activities.