Archive for September, 2008

Editorial workshop planned for Thursday

The Aquinas and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center will cosponsor a workshop entitled “How to Write an Effective Editorial” this Thursday from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. in the Casey Conference Room, Brennan 502.

Students must register in the Women’s Center (DeNaples 205F, in the Student Forum), as lunch will be served at the workshop. The room seats 20, and I’m told there are only five spots remaining. So if you’re interested, register soon.


Star-Ledger to close?

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The Newark Star-Ledger could close at the end of this year depending upon whether or not it reaches a new agreement with its drivers before Oct.5, according to an article in the New York Observer:

“That’s what we’ve told our employees and we do not bluff or lie,” Star-Ledger owner Donald Newhouse told The Observer in a telephone interview.

If a settlement with the union that represents the 90 drivers who deliver the newspaper throughout the state of New Jersey is not reached by Oct. 5, the paper looks for a buyer. No buyer by the end of the year? The paper closes in January.

“The problem with distribution is, it’s not amenable to much change,” said John Morton, a newspaper analyst. “It takes bodies and trucks. And you can’t, through technology, improve that in any significant way. It’s one of the reasons that among the unions that still exist, it’s the one management worries the most about.”

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The Star-Ledger is the largest newspaper in New Jersey with a daily circulation of nearly 350,000 — more than that of the next state’s two largest newspapers combined.

New Jersey Press Foundation scholarships available

The New Jersey Press Foundation’s internship / scholarship program for college students interested in pursuing newspaper careers invites applications for New Jersey residents who are currently enrolled at the University of Scranton. The application deadline is Nov. 15.

Eight students from colleges across New Jersey and elsewhere will be selected to receive $1,000 scholarships and will be assigned to summer internships at New Jersey daily and weekly newspapers.

The students will be paid $325 a week for eight weeks of work as reporters, photographers, copy editors, graphic artists or Web page experts.

A complete list of available internships is available at the NJPF site.

Poynter’s Tompkins to speak in Scranton

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The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins, one of America’s most requested journalism teachers for mid-career professionals and college students, will present a day-long convergence seminar in Scranton next spring.

The event, co-sponsored by the University of Scranton and Marywood University, has tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at Marywood.

The program will include sessions on writing and reporting for video, the ethics of video editing and storytelling for the web.

Tompkins is Group Leader for Broadcast and Online at Poynter, which widely regarded as one of the world’s premiere journalism training centers.

He is the author of “Aim for the Heart” a broadcast writing textbook used by more than 70 universities worldwide. He co-authored “Newsroom Ethics” a workbook and CD series for the Radio and Television News Director’s Foundation. He helped write the RTNDA and National Press Photographers Association’s codes of ethics.

Tompkins writes “Al’s Morning Meeting” a daily journalism blog/email read by more than 20,000 journalists every day for the last seven years.

Tompkins has worked as a national award winning photojournalist, reporter, producer, investigative reporter and news director since 1973. He has been awarded some of journalism’s top honors including The Peabody Award, The National Emmy, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, 7 National Headliner Awards, The Japan Prize and more.

He has taught workshops to thousands of journalists in 44 states and five countries.

Times internship applications due Oct. 20

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Applications are due Monday, Oct. 20, for the spring internship with The Times-Tribune in Scranton.

Participants will have the chance to work inside a professional newsroom and to learn journalism in the midst of a real city press room with real deadlines and real responsibilities.Your duties as an intern would vary based on your interests and the skills you brought with you.

Current interns are already working on material that goes directly into the newspaper, and you may have the opportunity to write stories that appear under your own by-line. (Whether you intend to be a journalist or a writer of another sort, it is certainly helpful to line up such ‘clips’ early in your career.)

The internship carries 3 credits; for Communication majors that credit may count for an elective within the major. In order to apply, prepare a one-page cover letter, a résumé, and 3-5 samples of your journalistic writing. The strongest applicants will likely be able to draw on their work from The Aquinas or other publications, but we will certainly consider work that you have written for class or on your own.

The Times-Tribune has a separate internship program over the summer, one that offers a $400/week salary and the chance to fill in for full-time journalists. Summer internships are very competitive – they draw applicants from journalism programs and college newspapers across the country – and Times-Tribune editors have indicated that strong performance in a fall or spring internship will give a local applicant an edge.

Review of applications and interviews will begin Wednesday, Oct. 22. Students should deliver their applications to:
Marlene Stanilka
Department Secretary
Communication Dept.
STT – Comm Wing 4121

If you are interested in more information on this opportunity speak with:

Matt Reavy 6186

Kim Pavlick 4147

Joe Kraus 6331

Aspiring journalists should learn to Twitter

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Twitter — a microblogging toll that allows for short, frequent updates — is going mainstream, and a recent article at suggests that aspiring journalists should take note.

IWM: How can Twitter benefit traditional journalists?

Dorsey: We’ve heard from a number of organizations — even as old as Reuters — that are building tools to monitor what’s going on with Twitter to help conform what they need to focus on in terms of writing their articles.

Twitter provides a great man-on-the-street account of what’s happening right now. The minute the Los Angeles earthquake struck [in July 2008] there was an update on Twitter, which was followed by thousands of more updates, until nine minutes later the first reports came out on the AP wire. Twitter is very good at immediacy.

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Twitter impressed me as a reporting tool during The Office convention in Scranton last year. You can learn more about it at

U of S to host Aquinas Reunion this weekend

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Staff members from The Aquinas will hold a reunion Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the University of Scranton.

The reunion is expected draw alumni from 1959 through 2007, including a number of the student newspaper’s former editors and managing editors.

Many alumni are working in the field of mass communication, and the event includes a Networking Forum/Panel from noon to 2 p.m. Undergraduates are invited and encouraged to attend.

Other events include tours of the campus and newspaper’s new offices in the DeNaples Center and a “State of The Aquinas” presentation.

The event will conclude with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

It’s not too late for alumni to register. You can also view the list of attendees online.

This blog is maintained by Dr. Matthew M. Reavy as a service to journalism students at the University of Scranton.



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