Author: Rand Nelson

Peritus PR

Peritus PR is looking for an intern in the fields of public relations and public affairs. Both of these internships are paid, working 20-30 hours a week over a 2-4 month duration.

Public Relations:

A Peritus intern will assist the entire team with various public relations efforts dedicated to support and help each client achieve their unique communications goals. Requirements for this posting are:

  • Working towards or recently earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, political science, public relations and or marketing.
  • Strong grammatical skills, including knowledge of AP Style
  • Relevant campaign/intern experience with public relations and/or politics.
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and strong research and organizational skills.
  • Self sufficient time-management skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • The focus to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Loyal client service mentality and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Possess the ability to provide professional counsel and account support for our clients.

Public Affairs:

A Public Affairs Intern with Peritus PR will assist the public affairs team with various communications, research and grassroots efforts to help each client achieve their unique policy or issue-related initiatives and goals. Our public affairs internship attracts students who are interested in the political process or learning more about how communications plays a role in educating and influencing stakeholders important to our clients. Public affairs interns provide hands-on advocacy and grassroots support in a variety of industries and will gain experience in meaningful community relations campaigns. Requirements for this posting are:

  • Working towards or recently earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism,
    political science, public relations and/or marketing.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong grammatical skills and AP style knowledge.
  • Relevant campaign/intern experience with public relations and/or politics.
  • A passion for scanning relevant news, trends and current events for clients’ industries.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self sufficient time-management skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Loyal client service mentality and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Possess the ability to provide professional counsel and account support for our clients.

To apply for either of these postings, send your resume, three writing samples and a cover letter to the Peritus team no later than July 31, 2017.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa, a local affiliate of a world-wide, non-profit organization, transforms lives through home ownership and home repair for low-income families. HFHT seeks an intern who can help the organization convey its dynamic mission to our community through public relations and advertising, especially as it relates to social media publicity for the non-profit’s construction work, and for the ReStore (the organization’s building materials and furniture thrift store). Other duties may include developing press releases, e-mail communications, newsletters, fundraising letters, newspaper advertisements, and any other form of communication to further the Habitat mission. The internship may be either a single semester or an academic year, but a full academic year is preferred.

Skills required for this position:

  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Work well with staff members, Habitat homeowners and news media professionals
  • Exceptional working knowledge of all major social media platforms

The internship will be located in the HFHT office on 35th street and will start August 28th. The deadline for this internship is August 18th. To apply for this posting, email a resume to Ellen Potts.

JCM Partners with UA’s CrossingPoints Summer Bridge Program

Richard Tucker and Joshua Robinson

During the first summer session, two students from CrossingPoints embarked on an exciting journey as they participated in TCF 201, intro to video production. This is the first time CrossingPoints students have joined a class from C&IS.

CrossingPoints’ Summer Bridge Program enables its students with intellectual disabilities to experience college life and explore the ins and outs of postsecondary education. The students live on campus in residence halls, partake in at least one class that aligns with their academic interests, participate in a part-time internship and are also involved in several recreational activities on campus.

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.

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.

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.