The Journalism Club
at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.
Founded June 2001
Here are some ideas for future meetings:
A seminar featuring a seasoned journalist talking about his/her experiences
in the media and the best and worst moments of his/her career.
A seminar about media convergence, the trend that is sweeping the field and
uniting newspapers with television stations. Some people suggest that students take
classes in both broadcasting and print journalism to be prepared. Panelists could
include journalists from local media that have formed partnerships.
A seminar focusing on journalism ethics featuring a panel discussion with local journalists.
A seminar about what becoming a journalist is like. Speakers or panelists could
include newspaper and television reporters who have been out of college for less than
four years. They could talk about how they got their jobs and how they made the
transition from college journalist to professional journalist.
A seminar focusing on the B.S. in communications now offered at UNF.
This would be a question-and-answer session featuring UNF communications
professors. Students would be able to ask about the differences
between the B.A. program and the B.S. program and get advice regarding
their academic plans.
A seminar focusing on what to expect at an internship. Speakers or panelists
could include students who have done internships at newspapers or TV/radio stations
and editors or other supervisors who handle internships.
A seminar about how to get a job or internship at a newspaper, radio station or
TV station. Speakers or panelists could include editors, television station managers
and human resources professionals who hire and fire journalists and interns.
A picnic or barbecue at which club members would hang out,
play games and have fun. Or, perhaps an ice cream social.
A seminar focusing on the news media's coverage of minorities.
A seminar about how public relations is affecting journalism. Speakers could include
editors, reporters, television producers and a PR person or two.
Public relations students would be welcome at this meeting, and debate would be
encouraged. Speakers could include editors, reporters, television producers and a PR person or two.
Public relations students would be welcome at this meeting, and debate would be encouraged.
A seminar about graduate journalism programs addressing the pros and
cons of getting a master's degree.
A workshop focusing on the details of applying for an internship or job.
The person teaching the workshop would be an editor, television station manager or
human resources professional who has a lot of experience with internship and job
applications. Students participating in the workshop would learn to write effective
cover letters. Students would be encouraged to bring their resumes to receive a critique.
A seminar or workshop at which club members would learn how to obtain
public records when they have been denied.
A seminar focusing on First Amendment issues relating to journalism.
Those are just a few ideas.
Members of the club will probably have many more good ideas,
which they should share with the club leaders and adviser.
If there's somebody in the local media you'd really like to see, or a topic you think
we need to address, please
e-mail us with your suggestion. Don't be shy!
We hope to offer club members opportunities for networking. Sometimes,
meeting the right people can lead to job, internship and freelance opportunities.
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