Author: Rand Nelson

Steven Yates Elected President of AASL

C&IS’ School of Library and Information Studies assistant professor, Dr. Steven D. Yates, has been elected President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

A division of the American Library Association, AASL is well-positioned within the greater library community to be a strong voice for school librarians and the profession. Yates’ one-year term as the AASL President will begin during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition held in Chicago, June 22-27. He is the first UA faculty member to serve as president of AASL.

AASL accomplishes its mission of empowering leaders to transform teaching and learning by staying abreast of current educational and technology trends and building the school librarian community. AASL advocates for every student to have an effective school library program with a certified school librarian at the helm.

“We take every opportunity we can to not only advocate for school library resources, but also work to equip our school librarians to advocate for themselves,” said Yates. “Especially with the last economic downturn, some districts are looking to save money, and think they can cut the librarian, but don’t realize the school-wide impact a quality school librarian can have.”

AASL establishes the national standards for school librarians that are released every ten years. These are used by states and library education preparation programs. The newest version, National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries will premier this November at the AASL National Conference held during Yates’ term.

“Serving as president when the new standards come out is one of the things that attracted me to the position when I was asked to run,” said Yates. “The standards are a powerful advocacy tool that enables us to say, ‘If you’re able to provide this learning environment through your school libraries, your students are going to be better prepared for college and their careers.’”

As president, Yates wants to increase the diversity of AASL committee appointments and the school library profession. He also plans to use existing technology to bring an element of more meaningful, face-to-face communication to monthly governance meetings.

Yates will receive his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama in August of 2017. He holds two master’s degrees in communication studies and library and information studies. Before joining UA’s School of Library and Information Studies, Yates served as a school and public librarian in Birmingham.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. AASL has 7,000 members and serves school librarians in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

WVUA 23, APR Win Multiple Alabama AP Awards

Alabama Public Radio and WVUA 23 each won multiple awards, including APR’s selection as Most Outstanding Radio News Operation, during a recent Alabama Associated Press event.

The two University of Alabama-affiliated media outlets each won seven awards.

It’s the sixth consecutive year APR was recognized as Most Outstanding, and APR swept the Best Student Journalism award category for the second year in a row. APR newsroom intern Katie Willem, of Huntsville, received first place overall, and Allison Mollenkamp, of Jefferson City, Missouri, received second place overall.

“Not only am I proud of our current interns, but also our former APR interns who just won professional AP awards,” said Pat Duggins, APR news director. “Tyra Jackson of the Opelika-Auburn News won for Best Business Story, and David Kumbroch of WHNT-TV won for Best Documentary.”

WVUA 23 competes in the small market television category against commercial televisions of similar size across the state of the Alabama.

“All of the awards we won were for our local coverage of Tuscaloosa,” said Amy Martin, programming creative services director, WVUA 23. “We’re proud of our hyperlocal coverage in Tuscaloosa that covers West Alabama in a unique way, not seen on other stations.”

The latest AP Awards celebrate a marquee year for Alabama Public Radio where their investigative coverage of the Alabama prison system won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and their documentary, “Legacy of the Storm” won numerous awards at multiple levels of competition.

The Alabama Public Radio news team celebrates its sixth consecutive win.

The four members of the Alabama Public Radio team spent four months re-interviewing the people they profiled immediately during the storm’s aftermath to see how life had changed for them over the course of the past five years.

The documentary won a bronze award in the Historical Documentary category of the New York Festivals’ World’s Best Radio Programs, which judges radio programming and promotions in all lengths and formats from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

“Legacy of the Storm” also took first place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade awards, an annual contest which judges print, television, radio and online content for journalists across the Southeast.

“Both of these awards are noteworthy because both contests lump network entries together with entries from both large and small markets,” said Duggins.

“Alabama Public Radio beat an entry from Atlanta for the Green Eyeshade Awards, and competed against entries from Australia, Austria, Ireland and Hong Kong as well as entries from the United States for the New York Festivals.”

The four-member team for Alabama Public Radio consists of Duggins , Stan Ingold, assistant news director, Alex AuBuchon and MacKenzie Bates.

WVUA took home first place in the Best TV Sports Feature category for their piece, “Too Many Trophies: Hidden Gems of the Bryant Museum,” where Jack Royer explored the back rooms and hidden elements of the Paul W. Bryant Museum that aren’t on display.

Though the piece won first place in a professional category, it was produced entirely by UA students Royer, Reagan Wells and Brooke Lowery as a collaboration between WVUA and the Center for Public Television.

“When I submitted our pieces for these awards, I put what I thought was the best in each category,” said Martin. “I really didn’t look at the student pieces any differently or think about categories, because it was good enough to compete in the professional category.”

Additional 2016 awards won by WVUA 23 are as follows:

  • Best News Feature: First place, “Miracle in the Flames” – Lynn Brooks, Bradley Whittington, Jerome Davis
  • Best Lifestyle Feature:
    • First place, “Hackleburg: Rebuilding from Rubble” – Jack Royer, Rob Briscoe, Catherine May
    • Third place “Tuscaloosa’s Dirtiest Jobs” – Jack Royer, Keith Dobbins.
  • Best Reporter: First place – Lynn Brooks
  • Best News Anchor: Third place – Lynn Brooks
  • Best Sports Program: Second place – “Crimson Tide Kickoff: Peach Bowl 2016” – Brandon Kamerman, Gary Harris, Steve Diorio

C&IS Students Travel the South to Experience Barbecue

Barbecue Communication students, left to right: Ross Wang, Raya Turner, Riley Taylor and Mark Marker (front row)

A group of four C&IS students immersed themselves into the culture behind Barbecue by touring six southern states and testing out their different barbeque delicacies.

The three-week, Communication Studies interim course taught the history and practices of barbecue, gave students the opportunity to perform their own cookouts, and culminated in a road trip to barbecue meccas across the south. This was the first time Barbecue Communication has been offered at The University of Alabama.

Dr. Brown Wins Early Career Research Award

The International Communication Association’s Early Career Research Award was presented to C&IS’ Dr. Kenon Brown May 28.

The honor, given by the ICA’s Sports Communication Interest Group, is for a scholar in the first six years of their career who has made a significant impact in the field of sports communication.

Brown, an assistant professor of advertising and public relations in the College of Communication and Information sciences and programming director of UA’s Program in Sports Communication, is the second winner of this honor.

“The ICA Early Career Research Award is a big deal,” said Dr. Andrew Billings, executive director, Alabama Program in Sports Communication. “The fact that Kenon Brown is the recipient of this award is quite telling as he has become a pre-eminent scholar with a bright future ahead of him.

“The award is not a surprise, but should not be understated as it shows that some of the best and brightest communication scholars in the world reside in Tuscaloosa.”

Brown’s primary area of research is athlete image and reputation management, studying the effect that athletes’ decisions have on their public perception and value to their sports organization.

“I’m obsessed with the notion of the athlete as a celebrity,” said Brown. “Particularly in professional sports, you can’t afford to not be both. The biggest thing I like about studying professional athletes is the money that’s involved on a personal level. For professional athletes, you can measure their direct impact.”

The highly monetized nature of professional sports allows Brown the opportunity to analyze and document the direct correlation between an athlete’s missteps and a decline in merchandising and ticket sales, for example. NCAA regulations make it difficult for Brown, and scholars like him, to study the same areas on an individual level within college athletics.

“I love sports and image repair, but I’ve never really considered myself an influential scholar,” said Brown. “To be able to say that my work has the ability and potential to be influential on an international level is a huge deal to me.”

The Alabama Program in Sports Communication is an interdisciplinary collaboration of different academic programs at The University of Alabama which promote the study of sports communication in its variety of forms throughout America and the world.

Humane Society of West Alabama

Under the direction of HSWA board, the intern will be responsible for maintaining consistency between social media accounts; promoting and publicizing the animals as well as HSWA’s events and endeavors; and managing all daily social media activity.

This unpaid internship has opportunities for the summer and the fall.

Required skills:

  • Strategic communications planning
  • Strong writer
  • Social Media experience, such as being familiar and able to use all of the following accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat
  • Preferred: a proficiency in graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Preferred: photography skills

To apply, please complete this application and email to Dr. Suzanne Horsley.

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Zeekee Interactive

Zeekee Interactive is seeking an intern to be a digital marketing assistant.

The Digital Marketing Assistant is responsible for assisting in the day-to-day activities of client digital marketing operations. This paid internship ($12-15/hour) requires 30 hours/week for Summer 2017.

Overview:

  • Assist Digital Marketing and Account Services teams with gathering information and executing setup tasks for digital marketing accounts
  • Assist with the generation and analysis of monthly digital reports
  • Assist the team in identifying new potential opportunities for clients
  • Campaign and account auditing
  • Troubleshoot client issues
  • Communicate and collaborate with team and management on goals, project development, timelines, and results
  • Keep pace with SEO, paid search, search engines, social media and digital marketing industry trends and developments

Skills Required:

  • Enthusiasm for search and digital marketing
  • Outstanding ability to think creatively, and to identify and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task in a deadline driven atmosphere
  • Ability to clearly and effectively articulate thoughts and points
  • Ability to learn new industries and new business types quickly and can apply this knowledge to digital marketing initiatives and achieving client goals
  • High level of integrity, autonomy, and self-motivation
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, project management and time management skills
  • 1+ years’ experience or internship experience preferred
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Experience working with popular platforms (AdWords, Facebook Advertising) a plus

To apply, click here.

 

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Dean Nelson Receives Award for Support of AUSA Chapter

Dean Nelson (right) with LTC Nicolas Britto.

Dean Nelson was honored with a certificate of appreciation from the west/central Alabama chapter of the Association of the United States Army.

The certificate is given in recognition of extraordinary support of those who serve in the military. It is the first award of its kind that has been given to a UA faculty member.

“It is a privilege to recognize Dean Nelson for his support of the men and women serving our country,” said Lt. Col. Nicolas Britto, chapter president. “For years now he has been supporting us in programs, giving us advice and has been helpful in getting information out to the community.”

One particular area of assistance has been with the resources provided for the American Legion Oratorical Contest, a constitutional speech contest for American high school students which awards more than $138,000 each year in scholarships. With Nelson’s support and partnership, Dr. Alexa Chilcutt instructed local ROTC high school students in the competition rules, and opened the Speaking Studio as a resource for the crafting of their speeches.

“I am humbled to be recognized by Lt. Col. Britto and the Association of the United States Army,” said Nelson. “I have great admiration for the work they do every day to serve our country and it was an honor to partner in bringing instruction and resources to the oratorical contest. We both serve organizations who are committed to preparing the next generation of leaders, and I look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.”

The Association of the United States Army is a private, nonprofit, educational association of individual, business and organization members dedicated to supporting and maintaining a strong, national defense with emphasis on the role of the U.S. Army.

The Speaking Studio is a communitywide resource staffed with public speaking consultants who offer immediate, constructive feedback to help students craft effective messages, cultivate dynamic delivery and calm public speaking anxiety.

C&IS Students Win UA’s First Pencil Award

 A team of C&IS students won a Bronze Pencil in the One Club’s Young Ones College Competition and were selected for Honorable Mention in the Young Ones Client Pitch Competition.

This is The University of Alabama’s first Pencil award.

The Young Ones College Competition highlights great student work from around the world, awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze pencils to the top student work in advertising, design and interactive. Of the Young Ones competition’s 70 finalists from 16 countries, only 24 finalists won pencils.

The client pitch competition had one winner and two honorable mentions from the nine teams.

“Winning a One Show Young Ones pencil is like winning an Oscar for an advertising student,” said Dr. Glenn Griffin, UA associate professor of advertising. “Agencies are always looking for top talent, and this is one of the ways they can identify the best and brightest.”

Estill agreed.

“It’s so humbling to have work recognized by the One Show,” said Sydney Estill. “Winning a pencil is something our team has dreamed about for so long, so for that dream to become a reality was a surreal moment we’ll never forget.”

The students’ work is for Flight Plan, a fictional 501(c)3 organization that would work in partnership with the United Nations and Partners Global to turn the estimated 9.7 trillion unused frequent flier miles into physical, donatable items that could aid refugees around the world.

As an in-flight passenger experience, passengers would elect to exchange their miles earned on their flight into food, clothing and hygiene products to reduce the likelihood of disease and violence in refugee settlements. Additionally, frequent fliers could log on to Flight Plan’s website to exchange their unused miles for the same aid packages.

“It was so amazing to work on a project that can change the world for good and show our creativity to the ad industry at the same time,” said Britt Buzan, of Jacksonville, one of the UA students on the Pencil-winning team.

Other students on the team are: Ryan Arth of Annapolis, Maryland; Sydney Estill, of Birmingham; Allie Petko, of Parker, Colorado; and Brett Van Gorden, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Young Ones College Competition fits in line with the One Club’s mission to educate and inspire students of the advertising business and to benefit the next generation of creatives through scholarships and portfolio reviews. Winners were announced in New York City at the 2017 One Show, a showcase for the world’s best work, inviting collaboration among individuals who are actively developing outstanding work.

C&IS CAMP

 

  • CAMP Participants gain hands-on experience, working with some of the most cutting-edge equipment available in the communication industry.

The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences will hold its inaugural Communication and Media Preview, or CAMP, from July 12-15.

C&IS CAMP is a four-day, three-night immersive media experience at The University of Alabama. CAMP participants will work with cutting-edge technology alongside the nation’s leading experts in areas such as advertising, communication studies, creative media, news media and public relations.

The CAMP experience is for rising high school sophomores through incoming freshmen nationwide who have an interest in communication and media industries.

Before enrolling in college courses, CAMP participants will be exposed to various career options and cultivate their interests in all five of the C&IS undergraduate majors while engaging in a hands-on, team-centered learning environment.

CAMP participants will get to work with the most cutting-edge technological equipment to plan, shoot and produce their final project. Additionally, guest celebrity speakers will speak to students, giving real-world advice and tips on how to make it in the sports communication industry.

This year, CAMP is partnering with the communication and media professionals in the Alabama Program in Sports Communication to make its emphasis on sports communication the most outstanding experience possible for its participants. Information about the APSC can be found here.

“Not only will CAMP introduce future college students to our campus, majors and faculty, but it will also give them an early start in building a strong sense of how to utilize their interests and talents in thinking about a future career as they develop friendships with peers from across the country,” said Dr. Sara Hartley, assistant dean for undergraduate studies and external relations in C&IS. “They will do all of this while working with one of the strongest athletic programs in the country to tell their story.”

Participants will attend large group sessions aimed at connecting strategies used by industry-leading professionals with their own work. Small group breakout meetings will provide participants with the opportunity to work together in completing a final project to present on the last day of CAMP. Participants will stay on-campus in suite-style residence halls and attend sessions in both Reese Phifer Hall and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Registration for CAMP is now open. The cost of CAMP is $500 per participant, with scholarships available based on expressed financial need, on a first-call, first-serve basis. Register today to be a part of the first-ever C&IS CAMP.

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2017 Holle Award Winners

The College of Communication and Information Sciences has announced the winners of the 2017 Holle Awards for Excellence and Creativity in Communication.

The awards are designed to celebrate and reward student achievement in the areas of creative transformation, filmmaking, media writing, public speaking and screenwriting.

  • The Holle Award for Excellence in Creative Transformation is awarded to Columbia College Chicago MFA student, Woody Leslie, for his piece, “Parsely.” His work is distinguished by his playful exploration of the framework and the structure of language through diagramming, dissecting and inventing.
  • The Holle Award for Excellence in Filmmaking is awarded to Columbia University student, Connor Simpson, for “Léa,” a film about a delusional actress with an affinity for burning bridges, struggling to connect with the role that could save her career.
  • The Holle Award for Excellence in Media Writing is awarded to UA’s Rebecca Rakowitz, of Stamford, Connecticut. Rakowitz is set apart from the other finalists through her strong narrative composition, technical mastery, and direct and clear headlines.
  • The Holle Award for Excellence in Public Speaking is awarded to UA’s Will Sansoucie, of Festus, Missouri, whose persuasive speech on the importance of preparing for retirement displayed excellent talent in speech writing and delivery.
  • The Holle Award for Excellence in Screenwriting is awarded to UA’s Osagie Jesuorobo, of Stockbridge, Georgia, for his work, “Through the Brain.” This script was praised by judges for its engaging, believable characters, quick pace and strong, snappy dialogue.

“The 2017 Holle Award winners displayed a true commitment to crafting stories and creative work to represent the unique student talent within the College and across the country,” said Dr. Mark Nelson, dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. “These students excel in their chosen areas of study and have very bright futures ahead. We are so thankful to Brigadier General Everett Holle for his generosity in funding these awards.”

The Holle Awards are named for the 1950 graduate of The University of Alabama who served as an announcer, director, writer and producer during his 40-year career at NBC 13. Holle is a member of the College of Communication and Information Sciences’ board of visitors where he continues to invest in the success of University of Alabama students.