ESC Weekly Update - April 17, 2014

Welcome to the ESC Weekly Update – your source for internships, job openings and news from the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University.

Join us for the Elliott School awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. April 28 at the Marcus Welcome Center. We will honor May graduates, outstanding seniors, scholarship recipients, merit award winners, student organizations and outstanding alumni. The event will be emceed by Elliott School alum and national sports broadcaster Gary Bender. Students, parents, friends and alumni are invited. Cost is $10 per person and tickets can be purchased in the Elliott Hall office, room 102, until April 23. RSVP at http://esc-director.com/guests (but you must still purchase tickets). Email eric.wilson@wichita.edu or matthew.cecil@wichita.edu for more info.

The Elliott School announced its 2014 alumni award winners this week. Molly McMillin, senior aviation reporter for The Wichita Eagle, is the outstanding alumni honoree and Chase Willhite, senior communication officer at the Kansas Health Foundation, is the one to watch recipient (given to a graduate who has demonstrated significant accomplishments less than 10 years after graduating). Awards are selected by ESC faculty and will be presented at the April 28 awards banquet. Learn more about McMillin and Willhite at http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/wsunews/news/?nid=2452.

The Sunflower, Wichita State’s student newspaper, won 43 awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference last weekend at the Drury Broadview Hotel in Wichita. Awards include 15 first-place honors and individual recognition for 20 staff members. The Sunflower staff received a silver medal in the overall four-year public university newspaper category. Awards include infographics; news, sports and feature photography; ad design; editorial writing; special section; illustration; page design; and news, feature and sports writing. The paper is advised by Elliott School associate professor Dan Close.

Ginger Hardage, senior vice president for communications and culture at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, will speak on corporate communication from 1:45-3 p.m. April 28 in 232 Elliott Hall. The talk is open to the public. Contact Eric Wilson, 978-6059, for more info.

Applications are being accepted until April 30 for 2014-2015 leadership positions with the Wichita State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. To obtain an application, email wichitastateprssa@gmail.com.

Faculty Accomplishments
Lisa Parcell, Elliott School graduate coordinator, recently completed the WSU tenure and promotion process and has earned tenure, along with the rank of associate professor.

The deadline to apply for Kansas Association of Broadcasters scholarships is May 1. You can download an application at http://kab.net/Programs/StudentServices/BroadcastScholarshipProgram/.

The Radio Television Digital News Association offers a number of scholarships for students pursuing careers in radio and/or television news and the deadline to apply is May 2. Details at http://www.rtdna.org/content/scholarship_info.

Advising Tips
Applications are being accepted for the Flint Hills Media Project, a summer elective class where students can get hands-on reporting and multimedia experience. Students in the project class – Comm 660S – interview, write and photograph on-location. They shoot and edit video, and they practice using social media to share stories and contribute to several published works. Other unique elective classes being offered in the fall include Comm 570 Magazine Production; Comm 660R Social Media; Comm 660W Sports Journalism (co-taught by national sportscaster Gary Bender); Comm 662L Sex, Violence and the Media; and Comm 662S Business Journalism. Enrollment is open now.

Jobs and Internships
The Wichita State University Foundation is hiring a part-time graphic designer to start July 1. Responsible for conceptualizing and creating finished artwork for use in a wide range of print media, as well as overall art direction, photo direction and press checks for Foundation projects. Requirements include four years of experience in graphic design or commercial art, or relevant educational equivalent. Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, proven ability to design for a wide range of media and understanding of printing processes. Pay is up to $16 per hour with benefits for this 20-hour-per-week position. To apply, please submit cover letter which addresses each of the outlined qualifications, résumé, three professional references, and three work samples including postcards, invitations and advertisements to Linda J. Gill, human resources manager, 1845 Fairmount, Campus Box 2, Wichita, KS 67260-0002, by May 9.

Wellington-based Sumner-Cowley Electric Coop seeks a skilled communicator for a full-time, entry-level position to develop and produce newsletters, social media and public relations campaigns, multimedia presentations and a company website. Requirements include a degree in communications or related field, superior writing and interpersonal skills, proficiency with design, website development, multimedia presentations and photography. Pay is $16.50 per hour, and full benefits package includes paid vacations and holidays, health and life insurance and retirement plan. To apply, send cover letter, résumé, list of applicable coursework and references to Coni Adams, conia@sucocoop.com, or call (888) 326-3356.

The American Red Cross Kansas Region is looking for communications and special events interns/volunteers. Communications intern will work 10 to 15 hours per week and assist with public relations, writing, graphic design and layout needs. Students may also have the opportunity to distribute information via press release and social media during times of disaster. Events intern will work 20 hours per week assisting the development department with the Ride for the Red motorcycle poker run. Positions are unpaid. For more information, contact Marena Assarsson, regional communication officer, marena.assarsson@redcross.org or 219-4010.

The Ottawa Herald, an award-winning newspaper in the Kansas City area, has an opening for a versatile, energetic and motivated journalist to help readers connect to stories, photos, videos and multimedia on a variety of platforms. The multimedia editor should be able to produce content for both print and online formats, as well as manage The Herald’s social media and other digital components in a breaking news environment. A solid grasp of AP style, and the ability to effectively communicate and handle multiple projects are a must. Benefits included. To apply, send résumé and work samples to Tommy Felts, managing editor, 104 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, KS 66067, or tfelts@ottawahearld.com, by May 2.

If you have information that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the ESC Weekly Update, please send to Eric Wilson, instructor and outreach coordinator, or call 978-6059. This e-newsletter is normally published on Fridays from August to May.

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