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2008 Insomnia Film Festival

Posted on October 27, 2008 8:00 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)




On November 15 at 9:00 a.m. EST, the clock starts ticking.
Apple will post the list of required elements for entries in the 2008 Insomnia Film Festival at www.apple.com/go/insomnia. Then you and your team will have a whole 24 hours to make and upload your 3-minute movie. That's the easy part.
Once your movie's up, you'll need to get everyone you know—and then some—to watch and rate it online. If your movie makes the top 25, you can host a showing at the Apple Retail Store. Your adoring fans can download it from the iTunes Store. And it'll be screened by some big-time industry players:
John August
Doug Ellin
Jody Hill
Masi Oka
Jason Bateman
Paul Haggis
Greg Mattola
Barry Sonnenfeld
Earn the #1 rating from either the public or the pros, and you'll land one of two grand prizes. Everyone on your team will get a MacBook Pro, Final Cut Studio 2, Logic Studio, Shake, and a year's worth of One to One personal training to help you use them. Not a bad trade for one night's sleep. Register your team now

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Networking opportunity for aspiring editors!

Posted on May 7, 2008 8:50 AM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Dr. Jason Loviglio,

Hi my name is Jess Blumberg and I'm currently the associate editor at Baltimore magazine. I'm not sure if you have heard of the organization Ed2010 or not, but it's a group of magazine editors and editor-wannabes that was started in New York City. They have networking events, host panel discussions and generally offer help to those in the magazine industry. Currently, there are 20 chapters around the country, but not one in Baltimore. So I have decided to start one up.

Right now I am putting the word out there that I will be hosting events for the magazine community in Baltimore. I wanted to let communications professors at UMBC know so they can pass the word along to their students. Please encourage them that anyone interested in a magazine editing career is welcome to attend. The events would be about once every 2-3 months at a bar or restaurant in town and the purpose would be to just get to know others in the magazine community and let aspiring editors get a chance to network. Please pass this along to your students and tell them to email me if they're interested.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Thanks so much!
Jess

--
Jess Blumberg
Ed2010 Baltimore Chapter Hostess
baltimore@ed2010.com

http://www.ed2010.com
Ed2010 is a networking and mentoring organization
committed to helping aspiring and junior-level editors
reach their dream magazine jobs.

Kudos to David Etzel and the Green Space design team!

Posted on March 27, 2008 9:34 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Here's video of David Etzel, graduating MCS senior, and Michelle Eisenman
talking about their winning proposal.

http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/proveit/2008/03/green_space.html

D.C. Science Writer's Association professional development workshop

Posted on March 12, 2008 11:05 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

DCSWA's Professional Development Day 2008

Join DCSWA for an all-day professional development workshop. Sessions
include an inside look at award-winning investigative science
journalism, how to write and sell a science book, learning to podcast,
how to file a FOIA request, and a train-the-trainer media training
session for PIOs.

When: Sat. March 29th, 9am - 4:30pm

Where: AAAS Headquarters, 12th and H Streets, NW, downtown Washington.
One block from Metro Center metro station. Enter door at 12th and H
Streets.

Registration: $50 ($25 for students), which includes continental
breakfast and lunch. Go to www.dcswa.org to register.

Schedule:

8:30a-9:00a Registration and continental breakfast

9:00a-10:45a Inside award-winning investigative science journalism. Join
three top-notch investigative reporters as they share the secrets of
their success. Ken Weiss, of the Los Angeles Times, will detail his
Pulitzer Prize-winning series "Altered Oceans." Dina Cappiello, who
covers the environment for Congressional Quarterly, will discuss her
award-winning 2005 series "In Harm's Way." And Dan Fagin, winner of the
top AAAS and NASW science writing awards and head of New York
University's science journalism program, will discuss the future of
investigative science journalism.

11:00a-12:30p Breakout sessions - choose one on the registration page

Podcasting - A hands-on course. Science magazine's podcaster, Rob
Frederick, and Chris Condayan, the pod- and video-caster for the
American Society for Microbiology, will walk participants through the
steps needed to produce top-notch podcasts. Limited to 25 participants.
If interested, please register for just one of the two podcasting
sessions.

Pitch slam!-Discover what top editors are looking for and hear instant
feedback to your own and other writers' pitches. Your pitch may be
rough, and it has to be short. Each volunteer will have one minute to
stand up and make a case for a story. Four D.C. editors will share tips
on which elements of the pitch worked best and how to make it better.
All are welcome to watch the session. Sign up at the registration desk
or during the session if you'd like to pitch. Receiving your pitches:
Laura Helmuth, science editor for Smithsonian magazine; Ben Harder,
deputy editor for health/science at U.S. News & World Report; David
Grimm, editor of ScienceNOW; and Meg Guroff, health editor for AARP
magazine.

12:30p-1:30p Lunch - included in registration fee

1:30p-2:45p How to sell and write a top science book. A rare opportunity
to hear three perspectives on the ever-changing world of trade (code
word for "popular") science books. Join a successful author, a top
agent, and a high-profile editor as they share their experiences.
Featuring agent Susan Rabiner, who's been running her own agency
(www.rabiner.net) for a decade. Susan is a former book editor and the
co-author of Thinking Like Your Editor; she has mid-wifed many
bestsellers. Author Steve Olson's 2002 book Mapping Human History was a
finalist for the National Book Award. And editor Emily Loose shepherds
science books onto the shelves for Simon & Schuster.

3:00p-4:30p Break-out sessions- choose one on the registration page

Podcasting - A hands-on course. Science magazine's podcaster, Rob
Frederick, and Chris Condayan, the pod- and video-caster for the
American Society for Microbiology, will walk participants through the
steps needed to produce top-notch podcasts. Limited to 25 participants.
If interested, please register for just one of the two podcasting
sessions.

Inside the Freedom of Information Act - Whether you're a FOIA novice or
a pro, this session points up some of the ins and outs of prying
information from your government.

Training the Trainers - A course for PIOs - Nearly every public
information officer will have occasion to train a scientist in dealing
with the media. In this session, professional media trainers will help
you help them.

*********************
Brian Vastag
Science Journalist
bv@brianvastag.net
202-236-0979 (cell)
www.brianvastag.net
*********************

Swanky Journalism Course!

Posted on December 21, 2007 2:16 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

ENGL 480/0101
>>
>> Spring 2008
>>
>> Advanced Journalism Seminar
>>
>> Mencken to the Millennium
>>
>> A seminar focusing on various topics of modern journalism including
>> the works of the American journalist, critic and gadfly H.L. Mencken,
>> the
>> most influential journalist of the first half of the 20th century, the
>> British journalist and writer George Orwell, the linguist and media
>> theorist Noam Chomsky and the media critic Neil Postman, author of such
>> works as “How To Watch TV News.” The course will also focus on how news
>> decisions are made – particularly in terms of the content of television
>> news.
>>
>> Instructor permission.

*********Another WIDE ANGLE YOUTH MEDIA event*******

Posted on December 6, 2007 3:40 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

"I realized that you don't need eyes to make beautiful photography."
- Jessica Young, Wide Angle’s Youth Festival Committee

On November 14th, our Youth Festival Committee took on Seeing Beyond Sight’s Photography Challenge - and created photographs while blindfolded in Patterson Park! See some of their photos at www.wideanglemedia.org.

Our photo shoot was inspired by Seeing Beyond Sight – Photographs by Blind Teenagers, the new book by Tony Deifell. Wide Angle Youth Media is proud to be a co-host of the SEEING BEYOND SALON: An evening of art & perception at the American Visionary Art Museum. We hope you can join us!

SEEING BEYOND SALON: An evening of art & perception
Sat 12/8 | 5:30 – 8pm | free | American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Party + Interactive Art + Film Short + Storytelling + Music + Food + Drinks.

See full activities: www.seeingbeyondsight.org/events

Workshop partners: American Visionary Art Museum, Wide Angle Youth Media, National Federation for the Blind, Youthlight, Flickr members. Workshops conducted by Tony Deifell & Julie Stovall Lauver

Continue reading "*********Another WIDE ANGLE YOUTH MEDIA event*******" »

GLAAD Fellowships

Posted on December 1, 2007 2:47 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

GLAAD is currently accepting applications for our 2008 Fellowships!

GLAAD's Fellowship program was created to provide emerging leaders a
unique opportunity to build experience in media activism. Fellows
prepare for their future careers by working hand-on with media projects
while participating in GLAAD's rigorous professional development
program, a new and integral part of the fellowship experience at GLAAD.
Fellows work nearly full time in our New York and Los Angeles offices
and are supervised and mentored by GLAAD's Program and Communication
staff Next year, GLAAD Fellowships run from early January, 2008 through
December 31, 2008. GLAAD Media Fellows are paid a monthly stipend of
$1600, and are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.

Detailed information about the open fellowships, including application
instructions, can be found by accessing the links below.

***Please Note: The application deadline has been extended until
December 7, 2007.***

(If the links below are not active in your browser, please go to
http://www.glaad.org/about/fellowship_opps.php for a comprehensive
listing of all GLAAD's 2008 Fellowships.)

GLAAD Fellowships, New York - 2008

Communications Research Fellow [Click Here For Details]

Media Programs/Sports Media Fellow [Click Here For Details]

Media Programs Fellow - Young Adult Program [Click Here For Details]

Religion, Faith, and Values Media Program Fellow [Click Here For Details]

Transgender Advocacy Initiatives Fellow [Click Here For Details]

Women and Media in US and Turkey ---online essay competition

Posted on November 30, 2007 5:14 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

WOMEN AND MEDIA IN THE U.S.A. &
TURKEY
JOIN AN ONLINE COMPETITION
(December 14, 2007- January 18, 2008)
• Chat with college students in Turkey!!
• Compete to earn PRIZES!! (1st place: $300)
• Learn about women’s issues, Turkish culture and
language!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION E-MAIL WSIJEC@I-E-INSTITUTE.ORG
OR
VISIT FACEBOOK.COM
GROUP NAME:
WOMEN STUDIES INTERNATIONAL JOINT EXCHANGE COMPETITION
An International Exchange Institute IJEC Project ( www.i-e-institute.org/ijec)

**NEW COURSE IN SPRING 08--FACEBOOK CULTURE**

Posted on November 16, 2007 5:05 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Facebook Culture: New Media, Surveillance, and Democracy
This course will examine the technology, social practices, and
discourse of new media. Topics will include electoral politics, social networking,
surveillance and civil liberties, the political economy of media
convergence.

****VIDEOACTIVE FILM FESTIVAL*****

Posted on October 8, 2007 6:43 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Videoactive Film Festival
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Doors open at 7 PM, Screening begins at 7:30 PM
Center for the Arts Main Stage Theatre
Towson University


The Videoactive Film Festival
Presented by Towson University Division of Student Affairs, Division of Economic Affairs and Community Outreach, and the Department of Electronic Media and Film, and Sponsored by the New York Times.

This collaborative effort will showcase work that uses video for advocacy, activism, and as a tool for social change. Student films surrounding provocative contemporary topics will be featured at this event. Video activism brings real issues to light and we invite you to view the innovative and meaningful work done by area students. Films screened will include the work of Towson University Electronic Media and Film students, students from Kids On the Hill, an after school program in Baltimore City, students from Digital Harbor High School, a Baltimore City Public School, and Wide Angle Youth Media.

Schedule for the Evening
6:30 – 7:30 PM:
Students, community organizations and community members meet and greet. There will be light refreshments. Outside the Main Stage Theatre

7:30 – 8:30 PM: Videoactive Film Screening Main Stage Theatre

8:30 – 9: 30 PM: Debriefing and discussion following series of films. Main Stage Theatre

The Videoactive Film Festival is part of a partnership developed by Towson University, Kids On the Hill, and Digital Harbor High that brings students together to discuss how media can be used to raise social awareness about community, national, and global issues. This partnership fosters interaction between high school and college students who are pursuing degrees and careers in film. A shared interest brings the three groups of students together, while each learns from and is inspired by the others.
The purpose of the Towson University/Kids On the Hill/Digital Harbor High School Media Partnership, and the purpose of the Videoactive Film Festival, is: to foster connections, understanding, and the ability to relate between participants, to promote activism and change through discussions of social issues and the use of media and art in affecting positive change.


*****RESEARCH****FOR****UNDERGRADS****

Posted on October 2, 2007 11:30 PM |Permalink |Comments (0)

Student Workshops

Identifying Research Opportunities – Getting Started in Research

Open to all

Thursday, October 25

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Commons 329

Wednesday, October 31

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Shady Grove Center

Monday, November 12

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Commons 332

Monday, December 3

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Administration 911

Program delivered on request for any Council of Majors or other student group.

Full program or specialized briefing available for faculty – group presentation or individual briefing.

Contact Janet McGlynn

mcglynn@umbc.edu

5-5754

***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!

Locus Loves You!
-Emily

Emily Hunter
Editor, Publisher
Locus Magazine
http://www.locusartmagazine.org


*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

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.