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New section of AMST 222 has been opened!

Posted on August 7, 2007 2:48 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

A new section of AMST 222, Introduction to Media Studies has been opened!
The new section will meet on MW 5:30-6:45pm and will meet in FA 450. The course will be taught by Media & Communication Studies newest faculty member, Donald Snyder.

Reminder: All sections of AMST 222 will count as an acceptable substitute for
MCS 222, which won't be offered until Spring 2008.

Look to this space in the future for more exciting MCS news.

New internship opportunities in marketing, design at UMBC

Posted on August 7, 2007 3:03 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Marketing Internship
The Office of Student Life, Office of Institutional Advancement, and The Commons, commonvision are seeking student interns to be a part of the marketing agency. This agency is responsible for marketing and publicity for major campus programs and student life under the guidance and supervision of the Associate Director of Student Life, the Associate Director of Marketing, Coordinator of commonvision. There are two different opportunities within this internship – designers (print and multimedia) or project managers.
Job Description:
Interns will have the opportunity to develop and sharpen skills in a variety of areas including:
conducting social research
writing and editing
developing a marketing campaign
creating publicity pieces
working on a team
attend campus events
strengthening communication skills
balancing student needs with the Office of Student Life needs in regards to marketing
using various graphic software programs
participating in weekly team meetings

Designer Qualifications:
We are seeking interns who have some familiarity with marketing concepts. Candidates must be
creative, have good oral and written communication skills, and be able to work effectively with others as a team. Ideally, candidates will have experience with graphics software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark/InDesign. Multimedia software knowledge is a plus (web and video programs). GPA requirement 2.5.

Project Manager Qualifications:
We are seeking interns with good interpersonal, organization and management skills. Project managers should be creative thinkers who can organize a team and have an interest in learning about branding and marketing techniques. Candidates must have good oral and written communication skills, and be able to work effectively with others as a team. GPA requirement 2.5.
Hours: Each intern is expected to work between 12-15 hours each week. Schedules may change some from week to week depending on the status of each project in relation to the pre-established time-line.
Compensation:
Interns may receive academic credit for the internship through the Shriver Center/academic department or receive payment starting at $7.50 an hour. Interns either receive pay or credit, not both.
Questions:
Lee Calizo 410-455-1754 HTUhawthor@umbc.edu
Dave Daniel 410-455-6885 ddaniel@umbc.edu
Laura Schraven 410-455-1884 lauraschraven@umbc.edu

******Part-Time Job Opportunity******

Posted on August 7, 2007 3:13 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

The Maryland Humanities Council is seeking a part-time Program Assistant.
This person would report to the Coordinator of Grants and Community Outreach
and provide program support and general administrative support. Program
areas include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special Initiative, MHC
Community Outreach efforts, and Grants. This position will require
occasional participation in evening and weekend events as well as occasional
travel within the state of Maryland.

The successful candidate will have: exceptional organizational skills;
excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent attention to
detail; proficiency with the internet including MySpace, YouTube, and
similar formats; ability to work effectively independently and
collaboratively; enthusiasm for community-focused public programs; and a
bachelor's degree, preferably in the humanities.

The position is 21 hours per week, with a flexible schedule.

Please e-mail your resume to Lydia Woods, lwoods@mdhc.org. No phone calls
please.

Ad Sales Intern at RLTV

Posted on August 7, 2007 9:04 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Ad Sales Intern needed to support VP of Ad Sales and Mgr of National Ad Sales at Retirement Living TV at their Columbia MD offices. Travel scheduling and trip preparation, correspondence, record keeping, media kit preparation and package shipments, media duplication, online research and data compilation. Our network is a ground breaking enterprise creating original programming; the result of the vision of John Erickson of the Erickson Retirement Communities and the founder of Erickson School at UMBC. The Ad Sales Intern will be helping to create a smooth running sales team for Retirement Living TV. Please visit our website www.rl.tv to learn more about RLTV.

"I've always wanted to direct." Official Welcome from MCS Director

Posted on August 8, 2007 3:29 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

**Welcome to the MCS blog! **

The term "blog" is derived from the Middle English word "blog" (blŏg), meaning, "to mistakenly think you have something interesting to say." We hope this blog will be a place for students to get information about internships, schedule changes, special events and a space in which we can create some sense of um, MCS-ness. One of the nice things about being part of a newly-hatched program is we get to make it up as we go along.

As the director of the program, I plan to do a lot of making things up as I go along and I'm hoping some of the work of making up this blog will be borne by some of our talented (or at least enthusiastic), motivated (or at least not completely apathetic) students who prefer fooling around with blogs to actually doing their homework. Hmm. Perhaps we can figure out a way to combine fooling around with a blog and doing homework. I'll get back to you on that.

In the meantime, it's worth mentioning a couple of things to bear in mind during these tumultuous times: The MCS-prefix courses 222, 333, and 499 will be on the schedule starting in the Spring in 2008. MCS 370, a special topics seminar focusing on digital storytelling, will be available in the Winter term. In the meantime, AMST 222 will count as a legitimate substitution for MCS 222, one of the core courses for the major and certificate. MCS 404 and 400 are currently on the books for this fall. Students doing their internship this fall should register for MCS 404. Contact me first to get the proper section number.

I'm really excited about the new program and I'm looking forward to meeting all the new majors and certificate students. I'll have office hours on Wednesday afternoons this fall. I hope you'll take a moment from your busy schedules to stop by and introduce yourselves before we get too deep into the term.


Yours in MCS-ness,

Jason Loviglio
loviglio@umbc.edu

Communications Intern

Posted on August 8, 2007 3:29 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources seeks a communications intern. This is an excellent opportunity for a current college student or recent college graduate to strengthen their writing and communication skills and learn more about Maryland’s natural resources.

The intern will assist with writing magazine articles, press releases, proofing, editing, staffing press and outreach events, and graphic design (with appropriate skills). Other duties associated with the position will also include administrative duties such as answering information requests from the public or media received through internet, mail, or telephone.

The Office of Communications has a vital role in supporting the Department of Natural Resources as it preserves, protects, enhances and restores Maryland's natural resources for the wise use and enjoyment of all citizens. The Intern will gain valuable experience in public relations and the communications.

Compensation is $9 per hour. Preferred start date is August 15th. Applicants must be able to work at least 20 hours per week late August through December 2007. Please email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (5 pages or less) to ocampbell@dnr.state.md.us.

Programming Internship at RLTV STARTS THIS FALL! ACT NOW !

Posted on August 9, 2007 10:22 AM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Programming Internship

Retirement Living TV is seeking an intern for the Programming Department. The Programming Intern will work to support the Programming Department by communicating with the in-house production teams, as well as researching competitive programming strategies. The Programming Intern will attend and participate in the Production Development meetings and the Program Strategy meetings.

Duties

• Track Nielsen rating results
• Research competitive program strategies
• Update program software with episode descriptions
• Compile weekly program descriptions
• Track and document commissioned show delivery
• Communicate with the in-house production teams on planned studio dates and delivery of completed episodes
• Light general administrative duties

Qualifications

• Ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines
• Attention to detail
• Ability to work independently
• Interest in the Production/Programming division of television

About the Learning Experience

The Programming Intern will gain experience by attending the Production Development meetings and Program Strategy meetings, as well as have the opportunity to contribute to the program planning. In a rapidly growing company, this internship presents an ideal learning environment for the daily procedures behind running a television network.

Contact

Brittany Yoder
Programming Coordinator
Retirement Living TV
8825 Stanford Blvd. Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21045
byoder@rl.tv
www.rl.tv

*INTRODUCING DONALD SNYDER*

Posted on August 15, 2007 10:14 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

I wanted to take this time to introduce myself to the Media and Communication Studies community. My name is Donald Snyder and I am a visiting lecturer with the program this year. I wanted to piggyback off of Jason’s post where he quite humorously makes the point that blogs are created by people who mistakenly think that they have something important to say. This is especially funny because over the last several years teaching for the American Studies Department at UMBC I have made it my personal mission to force students into the blogging phenomenon. I have done this primarily by replacing traditional papers with a semester-long blogging assignment. Overall, even with those initially resistant to the idea, the project has been an overwhelming success. What students claim to enjoy the most out of the process is that blogs enable a level of peer sharing and review that most traditional assignments lack. The blogs give students the ability to communicate their ideas not only to the other students in their class but to anyone who might be passing along. For my courses, blogs have helped to transform the classroom into a community, and it is my hope that the MCS blog can have a similar result. Please let me and Jason know if you any suggestions for how to best use this space to that extent.

As for my own background, I am currently in the dissertation stage with the American Studies Department at The University of Maryland College Park. My academic interests surround the ways that new media technologies are being utilized for communication, community building, consumption, and the creation of identities. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the Massively Multi Player Online Role Playing Game The Sims Online.

I am very excited to be part of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. Jason and the rest of the curriculum committee have developed a dynamic and engaging program that will provide you with a special and valuable undergraduate experience. In addition to teaching for MCS, I will be actively involved in the Internship program and advising. So if I don’t get to see you in class, make sure to stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to working with all of you.

Donald Snyder
dsnyder@umbc.edu

*INTRODUCING DONALD SNYDER*

Posted on August 15, 2007 10:14 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

I wanted to take this time to introduce myself to the Media and Communication Studies community. My name is Donald Snyder and I am a visiting lecturer with the program this year. I wanted to piggyback off of Jason’s post where he quite humorously makes the point that blogs are created by people who mistakenly think that they have something important to say. This is especially funny because over the last several years teaching for the American Studies Department at UMBC I have made it my personal mission to force students into the blogging phenomenon. I have done this primarily by replacing traditional papers with a semester-long blogging assignment. Overall, even with those initially resistant to the idea, the project has been an overwhelming success. What students claim to enjoy the most out of the process is that blogs enable a level of peer sharing and review that most traditional assignments lack. The blogs give students the ability to communicate their ideas not only to the other students in their class but to anyone who might be passing along. For my courses, blogs have helped to transform the classroom into a community, and it is my hope that the MCS blog can have a similar result. Please let me and Jason know if you any suggestions for how to best use this space to that extent.

As for my own background, I am currently in the dissertation stage with the American Studies Department at The University of Maryland College Park. My academic interests surround the ways that new media technologies are being utilized for communication, community building, consumption, and the creation of identities. Specifically, my dissertation focuses on the Massively Multi Player Online Role Playing Game The Sims Online.

I am very excited to be part of Media and Communication Studies at UMBC. Jason and the rest of the curriculum committee have developed a dynamic and engaging program that will provide you with a special and valuable undergraduate experience. In addition to teaching for MCS, I will be actively involved in the Internship program and advising. So if I don’t get to see you in class, make sure to stop by and introduce yourself. I look forward to working with all of you.

Donald Snyder
dsnyder@umbc.edu

***SEEKING ART AND WRITING SUBMISSIONS*****

Posted on August 17, 2007 10:20 AM |Permalink |Comments (0)

****UMBC ALUM, EMILY HUNTER ('06) HAS A COOL NEW ART/LIT MAG****

Hello Locus friends,
Just a note to let you know that we are currently seeking submissions of art and writing for Locus Magazine issue 4! Guidelines and application are available through our website: www.locusartmagazine.org Please submit and pass the word along to those who may be interested.

If you still haven't gotten a copy of issue 3 it's not too late! Issues 1 and 2 are completely sold out, but copies of issue 3 remain. You may purchase them at Atomic Pop in Hampden, or through our website. Thank you for supporting us!

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-Emily

Emily Hunter
Editor, Publisher
Locus Magazine
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