Author: Rand Nelson

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.

Bateman Team a Finalist Again

For the second year in a row, C&IS’ Bateman Team has been named a finalist in the Public Relations Student Society Association’s Bateman Case Study Competition.

The competition is PRSSA’s premier national case study competition for public relations students, providing them an opportunity to apply their classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.

This year, UA’s Bateman Team partnered with the Campaign to Change Direction, an organization founded in 2013 whose mission is to change the culture of mental health through promoting mental health as equally valuable to physical health, raising awareness of the signs of emotional suffering and encouraging the care of personal mental well-being and the mental well-being of others.

“Working with the Campaign to Change Direction was a great opportunity to get out on campus and face an issue that so many people face, but few deal with,” said Danielle Cassidy, director of insights, strategy and finance for the Bateman Team. “We’re just five people, and we did something. We can all do something.”

PRSSA Headquarters received 67 entries for this year’s Bateman Case Study Competition.  Fifteen submissions received honorable mention, and three were named finalists. The finalists will present their campaigns to a panel of judges May 10 in Chicago.

The finalists for the 2017 Bateman Case Study Competition are as follows:

  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

UA’s Bateman Team placed first overall in last year’s Bateman Case Study Competition. Of this year’s finalists, The University of Alabama is the only returning finalist, but the Bateman Team isn’t feeling the pressure.

“There’s a pressure internally because we’re all driven people—we want to win,” said Lauren Williams, account executive for the Bateman Team. “But we know the University, the College and our adviser will be proud of us regardless.”

The five members of UA’s Bateman Team are Danielle Cassady (Athens), Colton Cumbie (Monroeville), Nicole Morgan (St. Petersburg, Florida), Laura Ritchie (Mobile) and Lauren Williams (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

Small Talk Social

Small Talk Social is looking for an intern for the Summer semester!

If you’re a Business / Marketing / Communications (or related field) student interested
in learning more about social media marketing, content creation and small business
ownership, they want you to join them for approx. 12-15 hours a week.

The following skills are required for this position:

  • Social Media + Online Community Management
  • Content Curation + Creation
  • Graphic Design
  • Influencer Research + Relations
  • Copywriting / Editing
  • Photography + Video / Editing
  • Gathering Inspiration / Storyboarding / Coordinating Shoots

This unpaid internship takes place in Birmingham, Alabama and begins this summer. Interested applicants should email a resume to hello@smalltalksocial.com.

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NASA

Student interns for NASA will collaborate on sophisticated communications campaigns as they create web features, press releases, newsletter articles, social media posts, digital content, video news releases and contribute to press conferences, media visits and interviews. Students will track and analyze the effectiveness of communications tactics. Interns will participate in media and outreach events. Interns will contribute to social media content and posts, media relations stories and postings as well as employee communications, informational and promotional materials and event communications plans and products.

Interns would work part-time while in school and most interns have the potential to be hired as a full-time government employee. Only the first 75 students on list will be considered. Any applications received up until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time the day the limit is reached will be considered.

This internship, located in Huntsville, Alabama, begins in September 2017.

To apply for this internship, click here.

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Dr. Michael Bruce to be Named President of BEA

Dr. Michael Bruce, associate professor of journalism and creative media at The University of Alabama, has been elected president for the Broadcast Education Association.

Bruce begins his one-year term at the conclusion of the BEA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, April 25.

Bruce is the third BEA president from UA, joining Dr. Ray Carroll, who served as president from 1991-92, and Dr. Glenda Cantrell, who served from 2009-10. No other institution has had more than one BEA president among its faculty.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Bruce is taking on such an important leadership position in BEA,” said Dr. Cory Armstrong, UA department chair of journalism and creative media. “This position is a natural fit for him. He is a proven leader in the classroom and industry, and I look forward to the new ideas he will bring to BEA.”

During his term, Bruce will work to increase membership to the BEA, raise the visibility of academic research presentation opportunities and develop partnerships raising funds for creative scholarship within the association.

Additionally, the BEA will become a leader in developing standards for comparing research to creative activity for faculty seeking tenure promotion through creative ventures.

“My service to the organization stems from my appreciation for the numerous friendships and professional development opportunities I’ve been blessed with over my 24-year association with BEA,” said Bruce.

Bruce serves the BEA as vice president for academic relations and formerly served as its secretary treasurer. He was also the first division chair of the sports division of the BEA at its inception in 2008.

The Broadcast Education Association is an academic media organization made up of professors and students who serve to promote excellence in media education. The association provides platforms for scholarly presentation and production competition through its publications, annual convention, web-based programs and regional district activities. For more information about the BEA, visit its website.

Dr. Jamie Naidoo Elected ALSC President

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D., Foster-EBSCO Professor at The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), Tuscaloosa, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

In accordance with the Leadership Transition Plan adopted by the ALSC Board of Directors in March, Naidoo assumes his duties as ALSC vice president immediately.

“I am deeply honored that ALSC membership has elected me to serve during this extremely critical time for libraries,” Naidoo said. “I eagerly anticipate listening to and working with ALSC members to help move our organization forward in the best ways possible to provide excellence in library services to all children from all cultural backgrounds.”

Naidoo has been an ALSC member for 14 years, and an ALA member for 19 years. He is also a member of the Young Adult Library Services Association; Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table; Social Responsibilities Round Table; and REFORMA, an ALA affiliate. Naidoo currently is the ALSC/ALA liaison for the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Board of Directors. He is also chair of the 2017 Batchelder Award Committee and a member of the ALA Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee. Naidoo served on the ALSC Board of Directors (2012-2015) and has worked on many ALA, ALSC, YALSA and REFORMA committees since 2006.

In addition to his work within ALA and REFORMA, Naidoo is director of the National Latino Children’s Literature Conference. A passionate advocate for diversity, he has published numerous articles, book chapters and books related to library services to culturally diverse children and their families. Most recently, he co-authored “Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish” (ALA, 2016) with Katie Scherrer. He has received many awards and honors, including the 2016 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award and the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the Alabama Library Association.

Naidoo earned his MLIS in 2000 from the University of Alabama, where he went on to receive a doctorate in Communication & Information Studies in 2006. Before joining SLIS in 2008, Naidoo was assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, School of Library and Information Science (2006-2008). Prior to that, he served as an elementary school library media specialist (2000-2003) for Shelby County Schools in Alabama, and also held various positions in Alabama public libraries from 1998 to 2006 including head of youth (children’s and young adult) services.

ALSC, a division of ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website.

The School of Library and Information Studies is a part of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Catherine May Finalist for Student Employee of the Year

Senior C&IS student, Catherine May, was honored this week by being named a finalist for UA’s Student Employee of the Year Award. May is a journalism major who has worked as a student employee in the Center for Public Television and radio for three years.

The University of Alabama employs over 4,500 student employees across campus. May is one of four finalists named from among the 51 nominees campus wide. A lunch was held in the North Zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 12 in celebration of the nominees.

In her past two years at the Digital Media Center, Catherine has served as a mentor for other student employees. Additionally, she has worked in collaboration on broadcast projects with both WVUA 23 and Alabama Public Radio, steadily becoming a sought-after creative collaborator within the DMC.

“I can’t say enough good things about how easy Catherine is to work with, how well she collaborates with the team and the subjects we are shooting, and how valuable I consider her conceptual and technical skills to the documentary and television productions she’s worked on,” said Rob Briscoe, Executive Producer, Center for Public Television and Radio. “She’s the type of individual that you wait anxiously to hear where she goes and what she becomes… I see Catherine as the example for what other students in the Digital Media Center should strive to be.”

May knows she wants to continue working as a visual storyteller in areas such as documentary, short narrative client work, television or photojournalism. Wherever the future takes her, the years spent mastering her craft in the Digital Media Center have equipped her to live her story with a great head start.

Dr. Timothy Levine Visits C&IS

Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at UAB, Dr. Timothy Levine visited Reese Phifer this week for a guest lecture and an open discussion on publishing with C&IS faculty.

Dr. Levine conducts research on and is an internationally recognized leader in deception and deception detection research. His research has been funded by United States Department of Defense and the FBI.

In sharing his research with students enrolled in Dr. Darrin Griffin’s Truth, Ethics and Deception class, he encouraged thinking of deception detection less in terms of nonverbal cues and more as it pertains to the content of messages. To increase the accuracy of deception detection, students need to ask better questions and consider motives. “Listen to what people say,” said Levine. “If it sounds too good to be true… fact check and go by what seems most plausible.”

Having published more than 125 refereed journal articles reporting his original research, Dr. Levine knows much about the process of publishing and the reality of rejection. In meeting with C&IS faculty, Dr. Levine shared his advice on publishing their research. According to Levine, rejection is probable—the average person has about a ninety-percent rejection rate in top-tier scholarly publications. “You can be doing perfectly good work and have a long string of rejections,” said Levine. “If you see somebody with 100 refereed journal articles, what do you know about them—they probably have over 500 rejection letters… try, try again.”

His visit to campus was both meaningful and informative for C&IS faculty and students. To learn more about Dr. Levine, visit his website here.

Yellowhammer News

Are you a young journalist looking for experience writing about state politics, faith and culture, sports, or business? If so, join the Yellowhammer team.

Yellowhammer News is a conservative outlet publishing stories to thousands of people, including some of Alabama’s most influential power players. Now, with YHN’s new contributors program, you can get a slice of the action.

If interested, potential writers should reach out and apply as soon as possible, as selection is very competitive.

To apply, submit a 1,000 word writing sample for evaluation to contribute@yellowhammernews.com.

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Allie McKee Selected for Stickell Student Internship Program

C&IS student Alexandra McKee has been selected for the 2017 American Advertising Federation’s Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program.

The sophomore from Frisco, Texas has accepted an account management internship from Slingshot, a Dallas-based advertising agency founded in 1995.

“I have observed firsthand Allie’s dedication to growing as a young professional,” said Dr. Senyo Ofori-Parku, adviser of Capstone Advertising Federation. “She has proven to be a curious and engaging student, a top performer in my classes and as a member of Capstone Advertising Federation. I am confident she will be a great ambassador for the Stickell Program, the department of advertising and public relations and the College of Communication and Information Sciences.”

For the internship program, McKee is most excited about the experience she’ll gain, particularly in getting to know the business side of the industry better. She has yet to decide exactly which direction her career will take, but she knows she wants to live in Dallas and engage in work that follows her passions.

“Dr. Ofori-Parku has always had an interest in my future and my goals,” said McKee. “Having these support systems in place is so important; you need people to challenge you and encourage you to take certain paths.”

In the 2017 class, approximately 20 students were selected for internships at media organizations, advertising agencies, and client and supplier companies around the country. The interns will receive a stipend and either a scholarship or assistance with housing during their internship.

The Stickell Internship Program was established in 1989 by the Los Angeles Times’ Mirror Foundation and the American Advertising Federation in honor of Vance L. Stickell, former executive vice president of marketing for the Los Angeles Times. The program intends to raise awareness and understanding of the advertising process and business ethics among future advertising professionals by providing real-world, hands-on experience at top firms in the integrated marketing communication industry.