05 March 2015

Words of Wisdom from Professional Achievement Awardees


Honorees Rose Ciotta, Jonathan Gill, Jeff Ventura and Mary Pasciak, with Chair Joseph Marren

The following is the text of honoree Mary Pasciak's keynote address to Communication Students at the Honors Convocation on Friday, February 27, 2015.  She offered advice from each of the four professional honorees recognized at the ceremony.   In addition to Mary Pasciak '97, the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism was conferred upon Rose Ciotta, and the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Relations was conferred upon Jonathan Gill '95, and Jeff Ventura '99
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Thank you, Joe! It’s such an honor to be here today. 
Buffalo State has done so much to shape me as a person and as a journalist, both during my time as a student here and then as an adjunct instructor. When Jan Ramsey asked me to teach my first class here many years ago, I focused so much on what I would teach the students. At the time, I had no idea how incredibly much the students were going to teach me. It was such a gift to work here. This department is blessed with so many very smart, talented, creative, energetic and inspirational young people.
Congratulations to all of the students being recognized here today! You have worked hard to get here. I hope that you take some time to breathe and feel good about that. If you choose to, you will shape the future of communications – and with it, the world. 
At this point, I am the only thing standing between you and the refreshments in the room. As a working journalist, I share your appreciation of free food, so I’m going to try to keep this pretty brief.
I’m humbled to be here today in the company of Rose, Jeff and Jonathan. In the small world that’s Buffalo, I actually have a connection to each of them. I knew Jonathan many years ago, when we were both students at Kenmore East High School; he was a year ahead of me – much cooler than I was, and a three-sport athlete and captain of the soccer team.
When I attended Buff State, Rose was my instructor for computer-assisted reporting. She taught me one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned in journalism: beyond whatever quotes you get, there is a greater truth to be learned, and very often it lies in the data. Thanks to her, I acquired many of the skills that have helped me get that much closer to the truth in my reporting.
And although I don’t think I’ve ever met Jeff, for a long time, I was within two degrees of separation from him here at Buff State. For many semesters, I taught the reporting class here. Countless students of mine found their way to Jeff, looking for information for their stories. He always made time for them, and he treated them with patience and respect.
Joe and Nan asked the four of us to offer our thoughts about what will help you succeed, once you leave this campus and start your journey in the professional world.
We can distill that advice into five simple lessons.
Lesson #1: Work hard.
Jeff told me that in his class, he stresses the importance of developing skills that can be used in many different jobs.  He said: “Although many students taking my course don’t intend to follow a career path in sports PR, I try to show them that the skills they will practice and develop in my course – writing, promotion, crisis management, public speaking, and so on – will be useful skills in a variety of career paths. 
“I think it’s important to understand that the academic experience is designed to develop and reinforce skill sets.  Then, starting your career and establishing yourself in the field has to do with continuing that strong work ethic, gaining and excelling in hands-on work experiences, presenting yourself and your abilities well, and establishing and maintaining relationships.“
Lesson #2: Be humble.
Grads need to pay their dues.
Jonathan said: “There’s a sense of entitlement that our generation didn’t have. Today’s grads need to respect the learning that can go on in a low-paying, non-profit job. They need to act like professional employees before their skills and abilities can be appreciated and rewarded. They need to understand that a great work ethic still goes a long way, because most business owners are a generation older than they are.”
Jeff added: “Developing a successful career is often a process that takes time and hard work and a willingness to do things that others may not be willing to do.”
Lesson #3: Dive in.
Don’t go on to grad school right away, Jonathan said.
He said: “I feel very strongly that if you enter grad school right away, much of the learning is repetitive and you come out with a degree and no experience – overpricing you as an entry-level employee. One more benefit of not attending grad school right away is the opportunity to dip your toes into career waters to make sure you like it and want to do it long-term.”
Lesson #4: Keep learning.
Rose said: “My best advice is to arm yourself with technical skills. Yes, you need to know how to write, report, interview. But, the most successful person in this new media landscape is the one who has other tools in their tool box.
“The first one is social media. You will be expected to use all of it, especially on breaking stories.
“But you also need to venture into computer skills:  Excel and Access for analysis, mapping if you can get it. And, web skills. Journalists who can do data analysis and put up an interactive database on the web site are very rare.
“Those with advanced web skills, even if their journalism experience is slim, are shooting up to the major companies like the NY Times, Washington Post, and so on.
“For insight, students should get themselves to a NICAR conference (that’s the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting).  That's where media is at and you need to be able to play in that sandbox.
“So, my bottom line advice for students is to make room in your schedule to take web design and coding; learn data analysis on top of all of your journalism. Those may be the skills that get you not only in the door but give you a valued place at the table.”
Lesson #5: Be fearless.
I’d like to take what Rose said and build on it. Having a place at the table is great – but why stop there? One day, you can be the one sending out the dinner invitations.
I agree completely with everything that Jeff, Jonathan and Rose said. You need to work hard and pay your dues and demonstrate that you know how to apply the excellent skills that you have and will continue to develop.
To that, I would add, you need to prove to the people you work for and the people you work with that you understand the rules, and you’re smart enough and good enough to play by those rules effectively. You need to earn their respect.
But that’s not enough.
Whatever aspect of communications you are thinking about pursuing, I guarantee you that the landscape is in flux. People don’t get or share information the same way they used to. I remember when I was a student here, logging onto those monochrome computers in Butler Library to get on this thing called the Internet. At the time, all I knew about it was that you could find all of Ani DiFranco’s lyrics there. Things are so much different now. My son, Max, is eight years old. He will tell you that you can find the answer to anything in the world on Google. And you can learn how to do anything at all by watching a YouTube video. 
This is either a very scary time to work in communications, or a very exciting time. It’s up to you how you want to view it.
Be one of the people shaping the landscape. The existing rules have served us well for a long time, but some of those rules are being broken every day as the field continues to evolve. The old farts you will work for won’t have all the answers. Sometimes, they won’t even be sure what the right questions are. 
Find your voice and use it. Break the rules. Innovate. 
So there you have it. Work hard. Be humble. Dive in. Keep learning. Be fearless.
Thanks for bearing with me tonight. I wish you all a very exciting and fulfilling career. Go do something awesome!

03 March 2015

GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook to Speak


Fred Cook
Fred Cook, CEO of the international communications firm Golin, will speak to pre-registered attendees on “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO” on Thursday, March 5 at Buffalo State.
His presentation is set for 12:15 p.m. in Bulger Communication Center, West 2 (second floor), followed by refreshments.
Golin, recently rebranded from GolinHarris, is headquartered in Chicago and has 34 offices. Cook recently received the Public Relations Society of America’s most prestigious award, the Golden Anvil Award, at the 2014 PRSA International Conference in Washington, DC.
Cook, a self-proclaimed “unlikely CEO,” has been employed at Golin for more than 25 years. The author of a new book, “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO, he will share his experiences as CEO of a major public relations firm and offer career advice to public relations students and professionals.
"Improvise" is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office. "Improvise" combines Cook's lifetime of uncommon experiences with his insights from a successful corporate career, as a means to help recent graduates and young entrepreneurs uncover the professional skills that exist outside any traditional office.

Following college, Cook was initiated into the business world through a dozen lackluster yet enlightening jobs, including pool hustler, chauffeur for drunks, cabin boy, doorman, and Italian leather salesman. Now he provides counsel to blue-chip companies like Nintendo, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, BP, and Toyota.s worked personally with Jeff Bezos, Michael Eisner, and Steve Jobs. Filled with colorful anecdotes and hilarious yet poignant moments, Improvise delivers practical tips on how people can change their perspectives, using unique life experiences as means to an end.
His Buffalo appearance is co-hosted by the Buffalo State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. All attendees will receive a copy of “Improvise.” 

Pre-registration was necessary for this event -- walk ins cannot be accommodated.

27 February 2015

Local Communication Professionals and Students in Awards Ceremony


Two journalists and two public relations professionals will receive Professional Achievement Awards from Buffalo State College’s Communication Department, and more than 35 students will be inducted into its student honor society in a combined ceremony held at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the television studio of the Donald Savage Theater Arts Building on the campus at 1300 Elmwood Ave.

The ceremony will also see the induction of more than 35 communication students into the Rho Psi Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the student honor society of the National Communication Association. Since it was chartered in 2005 as the 400th active chapter worldwide, the campus chapter has inducted nearly 300 juniors and seniors.

Students inducted into the honor society must have an overall GPA of 3.0 with at least 60 credits completed. They also must have a major GPA of 3.25 and must have completed at least 12 communication department credits taken at Buffalo State.
  
           
Jonathan Gill
Jonathan Gill, vice president for marketing communication at Marketing Technologies of Western New York and a 1995 graduate of the department in public communication, will receive the award for excellence in public relations.

A 1995 public communication graduate, Gill is the vice president for marketing communications at Marketing Technologies of Western New York. He has more than 17 years of professional marketing experience, with specialized agency and corporate experience in the health care, higher education and commercial real estate industries, specializing in new and existing product marketing, B2B marketing, public, media and community relations, print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, and strategic planning.

He has served as an adjunct communication professor at Buffalo State College and Medaille College, is a member of the Medaille Alumni Board and a past member of the Buffalo State College Presidential Advisory Committee.

Gill earned his bachelor’s degree in public communication from Buffalo State in 1995 and his MBA from Medaille College in 2007. He is the owner of ManCave Outfitters of Buffalo, a Clarence store specializing in beer and bar collectors.         

Rose Ciotta
            Rose Ciotta, WIVB News 4 investigative producer and a long-time adjunct professor of journalism at Buffalo State, will receive the award for excellence in journalism.

The investigative producer for News 4 WIVB-TV Buffalo, Ciotta joined the CBS affiliate last year from The Philadelphia Inquirer where she co-edited an investigation into violence in the Philadelphia Schools that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for public service. 
She has been a journalism adjunct at Buffalo State College and colleges in the Philadelphia area.
            A Buffalo native, she formerly worked at The Buffalo News, where she was an investigative reporter and computer-assisted reporting editor. She attended Stanford University as a John S. Knight fellow and served as a director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She's also the author of Cruel Games, a true crime murder mystery.

Jeff Ventura
Jeff Ventura, assistant director of athletics and sports information director of the college, as well as a 1999 graduate, will also be honored for excellence in public relations. 

Ventura was promoted to assistant director of athletics at Buffalo State in 2009 and has served as the sports information director since 2001 and the college’s NCAA compliance officer since 2005.  Among his roles, he oversees the publicity and public relations of Buffalo State's 19 athletic programs, including maintaining and designing the athletics web site, home event management, coordinating social media efforts, co-producing and hosting Bengal Magazine, and editing and producing all departmental publications, including the bi-annual “Orange & Black” newsletter.

He is also charged with certifying student-athlete eligibility and the education and enforcement of all NCAA rules within the athletics department. His additional responsibilities include supervising four varsity athletic programs (men's and women's ice hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving). He also oversees all full-time employment searches within athletics and is responsible for student-athlete assessment.

A member of SUNY’s athletics governing body, he has participated in numerous workshops and has attended several NCAA Regional Rules Seminars. His media guide covers were honored as "Best in the Nation" on three occasions by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is an active member of the college's Judicial Review Board and Student Affairs Assessment Team and serves as an adjunct professor for the Communication Department and an internship supervisor.

Ventura is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in public communication and was the recipient of the Outstanding Public Communication Student Award upon graduation. He went on to complete his master's in higher education administration from the college in 2001.

Mary Pasciak
Mary Pasciak, a Buffalo News education and investigative journalist and a 1997 journalism graduate, will also receive the award for excellence in journalism. 

Pasciak has been lucky enough to work at her hometown paper, The Buffalo News, for more than 16 years, most recently covering the Buffalo schools. A dynamic beat blog, lots of data-driven analysis, and plenty of fearless human sources enable her reporting to highlight problems and bring about changes in the city’s schools. The New York State Associated Press Association recognized her blog and her beat coverage as among the best in the state.

For 13 years, she taught reporting and computer-assisted reporting in the department’s journalism program, from which she graduated in 1997. She also designed and taught the department's first online journalism course. Two years ago, she was selected to participate in Kiplinger’s digital journalism fellowship at Ohio State University.

            Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 2008, the Communication Department is the only SUNY school and one of only five in New York state to be accredited for journalism, public relations, media production and related areas.

25 February 2015

Screening & Workshop with Director Lisa F. Jackson

Still from It Happened Here
On Thursday March 12 at 7:00 p.m., documentary filmmaker and director, Lisa F. Jackson, will appear in person at Buffalo State College  to present her newest film, IT HAPPENED HERE.  The film is part of the Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Screening and Discussion series, and will screen at the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.  It Happened Here, which will be followed by a discussion with Ms. Jackson,  is a compelling documentary that explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.

In raw and intimate interviews, these students describe surviving sexual assault only to be met with apathy, disbelief, blame and retaliation from the authorities when they tried to report the crime. When they tried to get justice, they were ignored, belittled and shamed, while their attackers remained on campus with impunity. But instead of hiding away in shame, they chose to speak out, and found a way to force institutional change.


Lisa F. Jackson has been making documentary films for over 35 years. Sex Crimes Unit, her most recent film, is an unprecedented verite portrait of prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo won a Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and earned 2 Emmy nominations. She produced and directed Meeting with a Killer: One Family’s Journey (2001 Emmy Award nominee) for Court TV; The Secret Life of Barbie (1999 Emmy Award winner) for ABC News; Addicted and Why Am I Gay? for HBO’s “America Undercover” series; Smart Sex for the MTV series “True Life”. She studied filmmaking at MIT with Rickey Leacock.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Screening and Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, the Communication Department,  The Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Grant Allocation Committee.   The Lisa F. Jackson Screening is also sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Unit, and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

On Friday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m., Ms. Jackson will also conduct a workshop on documentaries and social justice in Ketchum Hall.

29 January 2015

Journalism Grad one of the Working Buffalo Millennials





Porsha "Ari" Coaxam '11 (Journalism) was featured in a Buffalo News article entitled "Where Buffalo's Millennials Work" on  January 25, 2015.   http://www.buffalonews.com/business/prospectus/where-buffalos-millennials-work-20150125  Porsha is a weekend announcer hosting a news program at WBFO in Buffalo, and is an account executive at WBLK.  She has also worked as a Promotional Director for WUFO, after completing an internship there while at Buffalo State.

26 January 2015

Tom Calderone To Speak at BBA Luncheon


Buffalo State and Communication Department graduate Tom Calderone is scheduled to speak at the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Speaker Series on March 6, 2015 at noon at the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo.  Calderone is the President of VH1 and a 2012 Inductee to the BBA.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is a non profit organization formed in 1996 with membership including media professionals and the general public, dedicated to preserving and promoting WNY's rich local broadcasting history, and promoting broadcasting quality.  The annual Hall of Fame event is hosted by WNED TV each Septermber.  To register for the upcoming Luncheon Speaker Series, visit www.buffalobroadcasters.com.   The cost is $25 and the deadline to register is February 25, 2015.

22 January 2015

Censored 2015 Features Chapter by Dr. Niman

Communication Professor Dr. Michael Niman recently authored a chapter entitled "Service Learned: The SUNY Buffalo State and Project Censorship Partnership" which is published by Seven Stories Press in the new book Censored 2015

The book has a forward written by Ralph Nader, in which he states, " Project Censored, founded thirty-eight years ago,...has evolved into a deep, wide and utterly engrossing exercise to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in the mass media."

Niman's chapter discusses the experiences of students in his Alternative Media course, related to their work on a service learning project with Project Censored.  The students worked to verify censored stories in the alternative press, and as Niman relates: "by the end of the semester students in this class had validated and published over a dozen censored stories, including one that was ranked by Project Censored judges as the #4 top censored story of the year."

16 December 2014

Professor Rera Debuts His Novel, Sign


Communication Professor Lou Rera recently gave a presentation on his novel, SIGN, at the downtown library as part of the Books Homegrown Series.   Signed copies of the book were available from Talking Leaves Books at the event following the talk.  The book is published by Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom.



Sign is a thriller about a man, his wife, his affair and a murder, with an element of the paranormal.   Rera has called it a classic crime thriller with a supernatural twist.  The author has been traveling to promote the book this fall, visiting events like the Toronto International Book Fair, and making appearance like this one on Buffalo's Off Beat Cinema.   Buffalo director Joe Blodgett won Best Director at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in November for the short book trailer promoting Sign.  The novel is available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Rera is currently at work on his second novel, The Tin Mask.


New York Editor Visits Advanced Editing Class

Lough at work on House Hunters International

New York City-based non-fiction and reality television editor Bria Lough visited Communication Professor Meg Knowles' Advanced Editing course this fall.   She screened program segments and discussed her 20 years of experiences editing reality and non-fiction television fare such as The First 48, Earth 2100, Nascar in Primetime, Science Times Documentary Series, Parking Wars and her current work on House Hunters International.

Professor Knowles and Bria Lough outside Savage Hall
Lough shared insights about working both with and without narration (as a cinema verite specialist) in documentary programs and gave advice on selecting and judiciously using music cues, creating "frankenbites" (cobbling together 2 interview segments into one smooth sentence) and answered students' questions about preparing for career opportunities as assistant editors, editors, and "preditors" (producer-editors) in the New York market.


Paid Associated Press Internships Available


The Associated Press will offer paid journalism internships in 9 cities in the USA and 10 foreign countries in the Summer of 2015.  Interns at AP attend editorial meetings and contribute to text, photo, video and interactive elements of the report over a 12 week period.

Internship applicants must be juniors or seniors in a college undergraduate program, have excellent writing skills, be knowledgeable about national and international affairs, must have relevant training in video, with supplementary specialization in text, photo, or interactive/graphics, have had a prior journalism internship or equivalent working in media; knowledge of online and social media news venues.

Application includes a 300 word essay describing the qualities and accomplishments they would bring to their internship at the Associated Press, a resume and cover letter with projected graduation date, and 3 to 5 samples of work, preferably links to audio/visual samples, including video, audio, photo and multimedia clips; and a reference letter from previous internship or employer.  Deadline for applications is January 12, 2015.

To learn more visit this webpage
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- See more at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3938#sthash.uerSL7Xw.dpuf
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- See more at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3938#sthash.uerSL7Xw.dpuf
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
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11 November 2014

Celebration of the Life of Bill Raffel

Professor Bill Raffel

The life of Communication Professor Bill Raffel, our accomplished colleague in the Communication Department, will be celebrated and remembered this Friday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall.  Both music and food will be featured, along with shared memories by colleagues and friends.  All are welcome to contribute a story or share a memory.  Raffel lost a hard-fought battle with brain cancer on October 13, 2014.  He was 47 years old and is survived by his wife Eloisa.
Bill was an associate professor in the Communication Department specializing in journalism and law, and had been a member of the faculty at Buffalo State since 2001.  He was tremendously interested in the First Amendment, and focused many classes on issues surrounding freedom of speech.  Bill was also known as the host of several radio programs, most recently affiliated with WNED-FM, a classical station.   He was notably the host of a longtime Celtic program that preceded the national program Thistle and Shamrock each week on WBFO-FM.  He also worked in radio news at WEBR, WNED-AM and WBFO in Buffalo earlier in his career.  He was a lover of music and all things Celtic, and played the tin whistle with a local musical group.
A fund has been established in Bill's memory, and gifts may be made to the Buffalo State College Foundation with the notation "Communication Department Student Enrichment Fund in Honor of Bill Raffel." 

10 November 2014

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story : Beyond Boundaries

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story  (2013, 52 min.) a documentary directed by Nadine Pequeneza,  will be featured this Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, as the final screening for Fall 2014 of the BEYOND BOUNDARIES: DARE TO BE DIVERSE Documentary Screening & Discussion Series. The film follows Kenneth, a young African-American man who battles for release from prison after more than 10 years of incarceration, much of it spent in solitary confinement. 
A panel discussion led by Professor Ron Stewart from the Department of Sociology at Buffalo State will take place after the film.   Also on the panel: Teresa Miller (UB Law School, Advisor to the Lifer's Group at Attica State Prison, Vice Provost of Equity & Diversity, UB); Umar Adeyola, Founder & President of H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Empower At-Risk Teens); and Craig D. Hannah, City Court Judge, Buffalo.   
ABOUT THE FILM:
In June 2000, 14-year-old Kenneth Young was convinced by a 24-year-old neighborhood crack dealer — Kenneth's mother's supplier — to join him on a month-long spree of four armed robberies. Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the crimes, although the trauma that resulted was immeasurable.

When they were caught, Kenneth didn't deny his part. It was his first serious scrape with the law. But at 15, he was tried under Florida law as an adult. Astoundingly, he received four consecutive life sentences — guaranteeing that he would die in prison. 
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison.
Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse is curated and organized by Communication Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles, and Mike Niman along with Jason Parker of the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.   It is co-sponsored by the Burchfield Penney Arts Center; Buffalo State Office of Equity & Campus Diversity; and Buffalo State's Department of Communication.

Learn more about the film and to view the trailer here.

The screening will be FREE for all Buffalo State Students, Staff and Faculty and members of Burchfield Penney Art Center, US & Canada military and families, and children under 10.

For all others, Adults: $10; Seniors (62 & over): $8; (Non Buffalo-State) Students (with ID): $5
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31 October 2014

Comm Students Named Team Captains

 
Kara Goodwin
Olivia Luciani, on left





















Two Public Communication students have been named team captains for both women's basketball and women's hockey.
   Olivia Luciani has been named team captain of Buffalo State's women's basketball team for the 2014-15 season. The senior has been a member of the team since she was a freshman.
   Last season, Luciani set a school record with 57 three-pointers. In her 79 games for Buffalo State, she has averaged 7.2 points per game.

   Kara Goodwin has been named hockey captain for the second consecutive year. She has 22 goals in 51 games during her two previous years at Buffalo State. A transfer student from Division I Lindenwood University, Goodwin has a total of 33 career points.

Visitor from Osaka Explains Media in Japan

   Communication students met with Dr. Hide (hee-day) Izukawa, who spoke about "Japanese Media, Music and Culture," comparing ways in which the U.S. and Japan both produce and consume media.
   Dr. Izukawa showed video clips of Japanese news, sports programming and TV talk shows. He also discussed the role of newspapers, comparing how news is reported in the the two countries.
   An expert in Japanese popular culture, h explained the role of entertainment media, including how public relations and advertising are used by the Japanese music industry.
   Dr. Izukawa was a guest speaker in Professor Ron Smith's section of COM 450 Communication and Society, which served as a the base for an assembly involving students from several other courses. Communication adjunct professor Dr. Joshua Smith, who received his doctorate in Osaka, served as interpreter for the presentation.

30 October 2014

Marren Wins Chancellor's Award for Service

Joe Marren, President Conway-Turner

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher recently awarded Communication Chair and Associate Professor Joe Marren  the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.   Marren accepted the award from Buffalo State President Kate Conway-Turner at The Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall on October 16th, 2014.  

Marren was nominated by Professors Michael Niman and Deborah Silverman, in recognition of his extensive work on behalf of the Communication Department and also the School of Arts & Humanities, SUNY Buffalo State and the State University of New York system.  He serves as a SUNY Buffalo State representative to the SUNY Faculty Senate and has been the chair of the Senate's Comprehensive Colleges Sector.   He is a member of the Buffalo State Faculty Senate, and works on the Academic Plan Committee, which focuses on the integration of new learning and teaching technologies into academic programs.  Additionally Professor Marren is on the Arts & Humanities Teaching Enhancement Steering Committee and is the Chair of the Commencement Committee.   All this is in addition to Professor Marren's stellar leadership as the Chairman of the Communication Department.