ESC Weekly Update - April 14, 2016

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


The Elliott School is pleased to announce its 2016 alumni award winners: Steve Hart, group director-brand management at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, and Sarah Coffman, founder and executive director of Wichita Animal Action League. They will be honored, along with May graduates, at an awards event on May 6. Learn more about Hart and Coffman at http://www.wichita.edu/thisis/stories/story.asp?si=3186. 

Students, enter your work into the Elliott School’s student merit awards competition. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. April 28. Winners will be recognized, along with scholarship winners, outstanding seniors, May graduates and outstanding alumni, at the Elliott School’s annual awards banquet from 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the RSC Beggs Ballroom. Get the details and enter merit awards at tiny.cc/escmeritawards.

Congratulations to The Sunflower, WSU’s student newspaper, which earned 48 awards at the annual Kansas Collegiate Media Conference last week at the Drury Broadview Hotel in Wichita. The staff as a whole took home the silver award in the 4-year newspaper category and the paper brought home eight first-place honors from the contest. See a full list of awards at http://www.thesunflower.com/news/article_ed808e5a-fdc3-11e5-a72e-3f5ca2a02e5f.html. The Sunflower is housed in Elliott Hall and advised by assistant professor Jessica Bertapelle.

The WSU Office of Admissions is crowd-sourcing a Shocker Life video for prospective students. Submit six-to-10 -second videos showcasing your life as a WSU student, whether it be studying, class time, student life, jobs or internships, hanging out on campus, etc. The top 10 clips submitted will receive a custom WuShock bobblehead. Email submissions to jessica.newman@wichita.edu by April 18.


There has been some confusion due to a recent prerequisite change for Comm 502 Public Information Writing. As of fall 2016, IMC majors must take Comm 450 IMC Strategies before being allowed to enroll in Comm 502. Students from other emphases do not need Comm 450 as a prerequisite. If you have further questions or need help enrolling in Comm 502, please contact ESC advisers Sandy Sipes at 978-5465 or Eric Wilson at 978-6059.

Jobs and Internships

KFDI News seeks a part-time reporter with availability to work evenings and weekends delivering hourly newscasts, producing online content and in-depth features, and covering breaking news. Must be able to write clear stories that focus on what’s happening right now, flawlessly deliver news on-air, write and post stories for the web and social media, provide traffic reports and severe weather coverage and generate story ideas. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications and one year of journalism/anchoring experience preferred. For more information or to apply, contact George Lawson, george.lawson@kfdi.com.

Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby seeks a part-time communications specialist. Will produce weekly bulletin, brochures, on-screen announcements and videos, social media, newsletters and more. Must possess strong attention to detail, ability to work independently and with a team, and have the ability to use current design software (preferred: Media Shout, InDesign, and Photoshop). Must be available on Sunday mornings from 7:30-11 a.m., plus a minimum of eight hours in the office Monday­-Friday. To apply, please send cover letter, résumé and samples of digitally designed work to adambt@woodlawnumc.net. College degree or equivalent experience in design, communications, marketing or related field preferred, but not required.

Fox Kansas (KSAS/KMTW) seeks an enthusiastic, motivated junior account executive who is a recent college communications or marketing graduate. Responsibilities include client relations (creating professional proposals, supporting and maintaining relationships, and supporting account executives) and advertising (developing digital strategies, plans and concepts, and promoting the company’s products). Apply at http://sbgi.net/sbgi-careers/.

The Derby Weekly Informer, a growing local weekly newspaper, is looking for hungry journalists interested in regular part-time or stringer work. News coverage could include a wide range of opportunities. Immediate openings available. For more information, send your résumé to Jeff Cott, publisher, jeff@derbyinformer.com. 

City Internships offers marketing and public relations internships in London, Los Angeles, New York and Sydney. Placements are available in the fashion, financial, art and design, consulting, entertainment, technology and media industries. Learn more and apply at www.city-internships.com/apply/.

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is accepting applications for the 2016 VOICES program, open to current college students, graduate students and recent grads. The program will take place during the AAJA convention Aug. 8-13 in Las Vegas. VOICES is an expenses-paid multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, where they will be mentored by professional journalists and be expected to produce and complete news assignments at the 2016 convention. Transportation, convention registration and hotel expenses will be covered for the students selected. Visit http://www.aaja.org/category/journalism-programs/college/ for more information. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply by 11:59 p.m. April 17.

Questions or content for consideration? Contact Eric Wilson, ESC outreach director, 978-6059.

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