Meet John! He’s a 5th year senior in the CJ Department and has been involved with PRSSA for three years. John believes in building connections, learning outside the classroom, and that trying new things is vital when preparing for your career. He has had internships with USA TODAY NETWORK, the Eau Claire Express, The Spectator and Blugold Dining. John learned to say “yes” to career/internship opportunities that seemed uncomfortable at first but were game changers for him. “My passion for digital marketing and storytelling via social media has been solidified after my internship with USA TODAY. Understanding consumer attention is an area of communications/marketing I am interested in.”
Introducing our first CJ Person of the Week, meet Emily! She’s a senior in the CJ Department and is currently the Firm Director with the organization Public Relations Student Society of America. Within her firm, they work with local business to help them with their advertising and public relation needs that vary from social media, graphic design and other traditional PR aspects. She believes this is a great opportunity for students to show and enhance their skills outside of the classroom!
Feed My People Food Bank
The team at Feed My People Food Bank is currently seeking a Communications & Marketing Intern. Feed My People Food Bank partners with over 125 hunger-relief agencies in west central Wisconsin to provide food to community members in need.
You’ll be joining a team that is passionate about making a difference locally. The organization is looking for the Communications and Marketing Intern to work with FMP through December 2017, and will expect the individual to work approximately 10 hours per week, depending on the student’s schedule, for a total of 120 hours for the semester.
Intern Duties and Responsibilities:
• Assist with Market Segmentation Research
• Create Graphics to be used for Social Media Promotion
• Shoot and edit digital video content
• Help with database management and entry
• Provide support at upcoming events
• Assist communications and development staff with additional projects
Applicants must have more than 60 credits and should currently be enrolled in a Marketing, Communications, or related academic program.
• Community minded
• Ability to manage multiple tasks with great attention to detail
• Excellent organizational skills
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Intermediate computer proficiency in Windows applications
• Comfortability and knowledge of photography and videography
Applicants must be a junior or senior in good academic standing and must demonstrate financial need.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Career Services via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject line: Communications & Marketing Internship, Feed My People Food Bank, include your Student ID in the email. After determining financial eligibility, all eligible candidates’ information will be forwarded for review and selection.
CJ Students! The Wisconsin Public Radio is seeking a Public Relations-Event Planning Intern during spring semester of 2018. This unpaid internship at WPR’s office on West Clairemont
Avenue includes the following opportunities:
– Manage publicity for two weekly radio programs, “The West Side” and “Spectrum West,” including news releases, social media and web postings.
– Work with marketing and events staff to assist with staging of an Old Time Radio Drama special presentation at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
– Write articles for WPR’s regional newsletter to members and listeners
– Observe the variety of public relations efforts directed toward WPR as a media source
WPR is dedicated to helping the intern build portfolio materials, and we intentionally offer strong supported references for each intern who successfully completes the term.
To apply or learn more, please contact:
Senior Regional Manager
Wisconsin Public Radio
1221 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire WI 54701
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is a new peer mentor program brought into the CJ department. It focuses on helping students with any questions or confusion they may have about anything multimedia. This includes photography, design, DSLR camera use, Mac vs. PC, and many of the Adobe Programs. The PALs are Monica Gross, a junior Spanish major/Multimedia minor and Ryan Bramwell, a junior Spanish and Public Relations major. Along with CJ professor, Ellen Mahaffy, Ryan and Monica are piloting the Peer Assisted Learning program this semester.
PAL meets every Monday night from 6-8 p.m. in Hibbard’s CJC (typically in HHH106B). Each session holds a new topic or skill that will be taught by the peers. Thus far they have held sessions on DSLR camera use, audio, filming interviews. This is a great opportunity for students to improve their multimedia skills, and get to know talented faculty and peers here on campus!
Hi! My name is Alexa Laws and I’m from Naperville, Illinois a large suburb located outside of Chicago. I am a senior this year and will graduate in May with my B.A. in Mass Communications-Advertising and Multimedia Communications. Post graduation I plan to relocate either to Minneapolis or Denver. I plan to pursue my ambition of working in an ad agency where I will collaborate with a team of professionals. Outside of school, I love to travel. I recently did an 18-mile backpacking trip with the Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) located here on campus. We backpacked through the Porcupine mountains which are located along the coast of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
My name is Maggie Cipriano. I am from a suburb outside of Chicago called Glen Ellyn. I am a transfer student here at Eau Claire from Saint Louis University, majoring in journalism and minoring in environment, Culture and Society. My dream profession would be to become Anthony Bourdain; travel journalist and food enthusiast. When I am not studying, I am adventuring. This past spring semester I did an exchange program in Hawaii on Big Island where I worked on an organic farm. Outside of farming, I hiked volcanoes, swam with sea turtles, ate incredible food and met amazing people.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2017, The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is welcoming local high schools to join us in the Chippewa Valley SchoolJournalism Association’s event where communication and journalism is promoted to area high schools through hands-on workshops and excite students about the possibilities available with a degree in communication and journalism. The event will be held in the Davies Center and run from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with varying activities during the day to educate students about the communication and journalism field.
Throughout the day, students will get the chance to participate in many different activities, including an organization fair displaying UW-Eau Claire organizations, a fun photo booth, an opportunity to attend panels with UW-Eau Claire Communication and Journalism students and professionals and participate in hands-on workshops. Students who submit work have the opportunity to receive awards and recognition if their piece is selected as best in their category by the judges.
The theme will mimic the board game “Life” to help create a fun way to get students moving through workshops and the day’s activities. CVSJA is a great way to get students thinking about where they will go next if they choose a career in communication and journalism. This is an exciting experience that holds many opportunities for high school students in the region. So if you see a young new face walking around campus that day, feel free to say, “Hi,” and welcome them to our campus!
Tuesday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 14, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host the 8th annual Eau Queer Film Festival in Davies’ Woodland Theater. The Eau Queer Film Festival celebrates and expresses the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual communities through the screening and discussion of fascinating documentaries, remarkable features, quirky comedies, and short films. According to the Eau Queer website,
“We embrace difference, promote equality, encourage activism, and challenge and educate through the powerful medium of film.”
This is a powerful festival that likely will inspire many faculuty, students, and Eau Claire locals. Come to the Woodland Theater and enjoy great films and support those at UW- Eau Claire who made this all possible for the 8th year in a row!
Schedule of films being screened:
Tuesday, Oct. 10:
Saturday Church at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11:
A Queer and Pleasant Danger: Coming Out with Heart at Noon
Stumped at 5 p.m.
Just Charlie at 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12:
Girl Unbound at 12:30 p.m.
Shorts: Liberate at 3 p.m.
Chavela at 5 p.m.
Signature Move at 7 p.m.
The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross In Karachi (proceeding Signature Move)
Friday, Oct. 13:
Shorts: Queer Nations at 12 p.m.
Princess Cyd at 3 p.m.
QUEERCORE: How To Punk A Revolution at 5 p.m.
After Louie at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14:
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson at 11 p.m.
My final semester in college was supposed to be easier. I only have 13 credits — all within my major or minor. I don’t have class on Fridays and I had cut down my hours at work.
But on the first day of the spring 2017 semester I went to visit Judy Gatlin to pick up a few forms for being an academic apprentice for CJ 373: Writing for Public Relations. Ten minutes later I left her office with a job as one of the office workers within the Department of Communication and Journalism.
Don’t ask me how, but somehow within the first two weeks my office job turned into an internship with the CJ Department. I know there had been talks about me working with the social media accounts between Judy Gatlin and Jan Larson, but it wasn’t until after a staff meeting it was announced that I was the new Communication and Journalism Social Media Intern.
Suddenly my easier semester became a little more hectic. However, it gave me the opportunity to create changes within the department through social media. I have worked this semester at sharing different internship opportunities, publishing students’ stories and posting about the different things our department does — all on social media. Being an upperclassmen within the department, I know about all the interesting things CJ majors do, and through this internship I have gotten to bring those stories to a bigger audience.
I have developed relationships with the faculty; a little hint, they aren’t as scary as you would think. Through my internship I have bonded with Jan Larson over traveling and learned about her family. I have laughed with David Tschida about his interesting Facebook pictures and chatted with Kris Knutson about the stress of senior year and entering the “real world.”
Do I sometimes wish I hadn’t accepted a job within the department? Rarely. It is true I would have more time for homework or Netflix binge watching had I kept my mouth shut. But 99 percent of the time I am happy I opened my mouth. This internship has given me a chance to experience more on my campus as my time dwindles down. I have gotten to make a change within the department and develop stronger social media skills. At the end of each day, I know I wouldn’t change a thing. Besides, I can always watch Netflix later on.
At the beginning of my sophomore year, I decided to take an Environmental Communication class because it was something that I had always interested me.
My advisor, Dr. David Tschida, happened to be teaching that class and within the first couple weeks presented the opportunity to collaborate on a research paper within the field of environmental communication. When I first heard him talking about this opportunity, I did not think that I would have the experience or expertise to be able to do this kind of research, but throughout the class I began to realize that it was something I had a true passion about. I later asked to meet with Dr. Tschida to discuss what the research would entail and the specifics of what we would be working on. We created a proposal that was accepted for presentation at the International Environmental Communication Conference that will be held in Leicester, England this summer.
Dr. Tschida designed a direct study course for me. We meet twice a week to discuss our paper and research. This semester I am also enrolled in Dr. Tschida’s Intercultural Communication class. I like to give him a hard time that by the end of the presentation this summer, he is going to be very tired of me because we see each other every week day and are in constant communication through email because he is not only a professor for two of my classes, but he is also my advisor.
This summer both Dr. Tschida and I will pack our bags and head across the pond to Leicester, which is north of London. We will attend the conference there as well as present our research. The paper focuses on the Facebook check-in involving the North Dakota Access Pipeline that was very popular earlier in the fall of 2016. We are analyzing the communicative functions of the Facebook check-in within the North Dakota Access Pipeline event and other social movements.
I have never been to England before and am thrilled to not only have the experience to write and present a research paper, but also to get to talk with and meet other professionals in the field of environmental communication. After the conference I am planning on staying to travel around the London area. This opportunity was not something that I expected to happen in my undergraduate education and I am so thankful for the support of Dr. David Tschida, but also for many of those who work in the CJ department as they have supported both Dr. Tschida and myself in our effort to make this trip and research happen.