Author: Rand Nelson

Wilbron, Inc.

Wilbron Inc. offers a unique and rewarding intern experience for graphic design, public relations, communications, marketing and journalism college students. Students gain valuable experience in their respective field through participation in feature projects including public relations and marketing, branding, social media, community and media relations, photography, video production, event planning and much more. Each student receives a unique development plan to help guide them during their internship. Internships are non-paid. College credit is available, but not required for participation.

Email your resume along with work samples to Angela Miller and please specify the desired internship term. For questions, contact Angela Miller at 205.549.1000, ext. 102 or by email.

Discovering Alabama

The internship involves Digital Asset Management of clips and back catalog, captioning, and other standard editing duties. It is a working television show, so superb organizational skills, and the ability to pay attention to detail are must have qualities for this position.
There may be additional opportunities for small editing and on set opportunities.
The ideal candidates will have availability for either of two daily shifts (9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm) , Monday through Thursday. They would like applicants to be able to work 2 shifts per week.

Skills needed:

  • Previous knowledge and experience with Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud software (specifically Adobe Bridge and Premiere Pro) is a plus.

To apply for this posting, send a resume to Zach Travis.

C&IS Places Four Television Academy Interns

Left to right: Kathleen Bodle, Abigail Armstrong, Drake McDonald. Not pictured: Shanrica Evans. 

Three College of Communication and Information Sciences students and one recent alumna are working as Television Academy Foundation Interns.

Each year, the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program provides approximately 50 students from across the nation with hands-on experience in the entertainment industry, mentorships and opportunities for accelerated career development in more than 30 categories.

“I think our students stand out because we’ve pushed them to tell their story,” said Dr. Rachel Raimist, associate professor of journalism and creative media. “The ones who have been selected have all written very personal essays, explaining what has made them the way they are and how that will influence the kind of stories they want to tell as a filmmaker, storyteller, director or writer.”

The University of Alabama has placed a total of 12 interns through the Television Academy Foundation’s internship program and has three faculty members in the College of Communication and Information Sciences who have completed the Foundation’s Faculty Seminar.

“C&IS has a great program, but we are not a film school,” said Raimist. “For our students to be competing against the top film schools in the country, getting positions in some of the most sought after categories, is quite incredible.”

The four from UA — three students and one alumnus — are engaged in paid, in-depth internships with professional television production companies in Los Angeles. The list of placements is as follows:

  • Abigail Armstrong, of Tuscaloosa, senior, in the category of TV Directing, for One Day at a Time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Big Bang Theory
  • Kathleen Bodle, of Tuscaloosa, a May 2017 graduate, in the category of Movies for TV, for Stan and Deliver Films
  • Drake McDonald, of Tuscaloosa, senior, in the category of Children’s Programming and Development, for Disney Jr.
  • Shanrica Evans, of Decatur, Georgia, in the category of Episodic Series, for Shondaland. Evans is a UA alumna who is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Southern California.

The Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program received 1,630 applications from students in 386 schools across 45 states. The internship category of TV Directing, awarded to Armstrong, is especially competitive, due to its popularity among applicants and the limited number of internship placement opportunities.

“Feedback I’ve gotten on [UA Television Academy Interns] from their hosting companies is that they are very prepared and come ready to do the job,” said Nancy Robinson, director of the education program, Television Academy Foundation. “And they come here without a sense of entitlement, which is nice.”

The Television Academy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy.

Two C&IS Students are Munson Foundation Interns

Two C&IS students will be using their communication skills in the field of water conservation as beneficiaries of the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation this summer. Hope Runyan (left) will be working with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, and Megan Perkins (below) with Freshwater Land Trust.

Each student will work in a nine-week internship at each of their respective locations, during which they will write blog posts, plan social media content, write press releases and attempt to grow the audience of their posts.

“A lot of the audience for Black Warrior Riverkeeper is based out of Birmingham, which is surprising,” said Runyan. “So, a lot of the work that I will be doing will be to try and grow the Tuscaloosa audience.”

At the end of the Summer, they will supply their supervisors with a binder, showcasing a complete summary of the work they have done and the measurable effects it has had.

“A lot of the leadership roles I am in here at C&IS often have me supervising projects,” said Perkins. “Now, I will be the one going back to the basics, creating the tactics for the client and managing the whole campaign.”

The University of Alabama received $18,000 from the Munson Foundation to fund two student internships and scholarships for this year, as well as an additional two-year extension of their grant status. The total support for student initiatives over the next three years for University of Alabama students is $54,000.

“I haven not taken any non-profit courses yet, so I am excited to see how that sector works,” said Perkins, “Doing consumer work is awesome, but there is such an added value doing something that touches people’s lives and helps them.”

The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which provides grant money aimed at the conservation of natural resources in eastern North America and the Caribbean Basin, with an emphasis on the United States. The foundation typically grants money to the following areas: marine resource conservation and management with priority to fisheries, South Florida ecosystems, and Alabama environmental issues.

Dr. Andy Billings and Dr. Kenon Brown Awarded IOC Grant

Drs. Andrew Billings and Kenon Brown were awarded a $20,000 grant from the International Olympic Committee to study mobile and second-screen media use for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The grant is selected by the Olympic Studies Centre for priority fields of research identified by the International Olympic Committee as a part of the fourth edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme.

Also collaborating on this grant are Drs. Michael Devlin, of Texas State University, and Natalie Devlin, of the University of Texas.

“We can access the Olympics on our phones, laptops and iPads,” said Billings. “The big question we have is: ‘Is mobile making you more likely to watch the telecast in the evening, or is it replacing television viewing?’”

The team will distribute and analyze survey data from Canada, China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States to determine the differences in the Olympic viewing habits from one country to the next.

This research will show the impact of mobile and second screen use upon the viewership of the Olympics as a whole, and could help network producers schedule online content to maximize their audience’s interest.

“If you’re ‘consuming’ the Olympics on digital platforms, does that mean that you’re watching the Olympics, that you’re looking at what an athlete just posted on Instagram, or reading a synopsis of what happened at the Games? Those are all very different things,” said Billings.

“We’re trying to figure out if your mobile is your second screen while you’re watching your main screen in your living room, or if the main screen is gone or turned off and people are using their phone or their iPad as their primary screen.”

Since 2014, the Olympic Studies Centre has selected six or seven international research project proposals each year. This year, the OSC received 24 project applications from 20 countries spanning five continents.

Billings will travel to Lausanne, Switzerland in September to present a formal proposal to the IOC. Though the project is already approved, the meeting will provide opportunity for feedback from the committee and give Billings access to the IOC’s archives and library collections.

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.

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 starts in August. 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