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$3,000 scholarship

Enter the Freedom of Speech PSA Contest for a chance to earn a $3,000 scholarship.
PSA contest

Each entry should creatively address “What does freedom of speech mean to me?” or stress the importance of the First Amendment.

One winning entry in each category — radio and television — will receive a prize of $3,000 in scholarship money.

Winning PSAs will be distributed to broadcast stations nationwide, as well as carried on the NAB Spot Center and on the “First Amendment Center’s One For All” website.

To enter the contest, create a 30-second public service announcement on the freedom of speech for radio or television broadcast to win scholarship money. Entries are due by May 9, 2014. More details are available on the contest website.

The PSA competition is presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and the Broadcast Education Foundation (BEA).


New study space

The SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons, a new student-only study space in the MLK Library, is now open.

The entrance to the SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons is located on the first floor of the library adjacent to the Children’s Room. Tower Cards are required for entrance into the Commons, which features laptops and iPads available for checkout, wireless internet, and a pay-to-print station.

During the spring term, the new Commons area will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Staff will be available during open hours to assist students with research.

A Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony, with complimentary coffee, snacks and hourly prizes, will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, starting at 1 p.m. Provost Ellen Junn and the University Library faculty and staff will be on hand to welcome SJSU students to the new space.

College newspapers feel crunch

The technological and economic trends that are pushing newspapers into cutbacks and different modes of distribution are now impacting most school newspapers, according to College Newspapers Feel Financial Pinch, according to a recent USA Today article.

The article notes:

Most of the conditions causing hard times for newspapers in the private sector — declining print advertising revenue and difficulties making the Web a moneymaker — are also affecting student newspapers at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Add to the mix the budget-cutting realities that colleges and universities now face, and many journalism schools have entered adapt-or-die mode.

Welcome to 100W

I’ll be posting the Fall 2011 syllabus and class schedules (for sections 2 & 5) tonight. I’ll also include links to accessible versions of the syllabus and class schedules so you can download them if you like.

FYI, I am also getting started with SJSU’s D2L system this fall, so I’ll be transitioning some class information and materials to D2L as the semester progresses … but I’m not quite ready to give up my class blogs yet. 😉

See you in class!

P.S. Does anyone recognize the dapper guy I ran into in NYC this summer?

Scholarship opportunity

Up to $10,000 in scholarships is being offered to students interested in a career in journalism and who live in or attend school in the Bay Area. The scholarships are offered by the SF/Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

The 2009 scholarship application is available at (go to the “Scholarships” tab). The application deadline is March 31.

JMC scholarships

The JMC website has just been updated with information about the $20,000 in scholarships available to JMC students. You can download the application instructions and the list of scholarships as a Word doc. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

I encourage you to look at the list of scholarships ― you might be surprised how many you are eligible for. And there’s no limit to how many you can apply for! Wouldn’t you like a piece of that cash?

Online students

If you’re new to 100W and enrolled in section 81 (the online section of this class), the first thing you’ll need to do is set up a blog and send your blog’s web address to Lecturer Cynthia McCune. (You can find my email address on the Instructors page of this blog).

If you’ve never blogged before, go the the Starting a Blog page (note the page tabs above, under this blog’s headline) for directions. Your first blog assignment is to write a blog post introducing yourself.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to click on the page links to this site’s pages to review the syllabus, class schedule, list of assignments and texts/resources … to get situated and get caught up.

Please note: We are encouraging students enrolled in the online section of 100w to attend one of the “on ground” sections taught by me or Dona Nichols, if at all possible. Our sections are Monday/Wednesday at 12 noon in DBH 224, 1:30 in DBH 222, and 3 p.m. in DBH 224. If you cannot attend any of these sections, please let me know ASAP so I can make arrangements to send you supplementary materials and in-class exercises.

Defining what’s news

“News is current information that interests or affects us.” That’s Dona’s definition of news, and it’s a good one.

If you haven’t done much newswriting (yes, advertising majors, we’re talking to you!), you can get more information about news and news values by downloading this one-page summary of news values.

One hundred percent SJSU

Check out the latest project, 100 Percent SJSU, by Kyle Hansen, the Spartan Daily’s online editor, and friends. It’s a graphic look at diversity and ethnicity at SJSU.

Click on the icons on the campus map to see pie charts showing the ethnic breakdown of students in each college. Note: in case you’re wondering, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications is part of SJSU’s College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA), represented by the medical icon.

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