ALUMNI GROUP GIVES BG NEWS EDITORS CAREER ADVICE
Six alumni returned to campus to participate in a panel discussion about jobs and internships with The BG News editors and other journalism students in late April.
The event, which was sponsored by The BG News Alumni Society, also included one-on-one interviews and resume critiques following the question and answer session.
This is the list of alumni who participated:
Sarah Bednarski ’00, director of public relations at Mercy Health Systems
Scott Brown ’98, managing editor at the Canton Repository
Ron Fritz ’88, sports editor at the Baltimore Sun
Chris Hawley ’95, managing editor digital content at Raytheon
Kacee Farrell Snyder ’04, ’11, BGSU alumni career services counselor
Jared Wadley ’00, senior public relations representative at University of Michigan
Additionally, Bridget Tharp ’06, who is vice president of The BG News Alumni Society and works in marketing and communications on campus, helped organize the event with Brown, president of the alumni society.
THE BG NEWS EDITOR RECOGNIZED FOR HIS LEADERSHIP
| by Kelly Taylor, lecturer
Late in the semester, Max Filby, editor of the BG News, received an email from Undergraduate Student Government inviting him to the group’s annual end-of-the-year banquet.
“I thought it was a little weird,” Filby said. “I am not too close with USG.”
So, Filby did what every good reporter would do. He called up USG President Alex Solis and asked what this was all about. Solis told Filby he had been invited because he was getting an award.
Turns out, USG named Filby Student Leader of the Year.
Bob Bortel, director of student media, was not surprised by USG’s choice. “He is a great example of what BG aspires to have students develop into,” Bortel said. “He is a capable, all around good leader. I am not sure a BG News editor has ever been nominated, which speaks well of Max.”
Filby, who transferred to BGSU after attending Ohio University for a year right out of high school, graduates in May.
“I have been here three and a half years and put a lot of time and effort in the paper,” Filby said. “This is a nice recognition when I am getting to the end here. At least, some people think I did a pretty decent job.”
Filby’s success as editor is not only being recognized by USG, but the Department of Journalism and Public Relations as well.
Filby was selected for a Scripps Howard internship after graduation.
Supported by the foundation of the E.W. Scripps Co., the internship in multimedia reporting includes a $3,000 stipend for a junior, senior or graduate student and a $500 scholarship for students who are returning to school following the internship.
One internship is available to each of the 37 schools partnered with the company.
BGSU partnership with Scripps came through alumnus Mizell Stewart III, vice president of content for Scripps.
“I was telling someone the other day that it is ironic that OU is the Scripps School of Journalism and my first choice for a paper is a Scripps paper, but I got it after coming to BG,” Filby said.
Several professors in the department approached Filby about the internship opportunity.
“I was set on trying to find a job and not doing a post-graduation internship,” Filby said. “They helped me see this a was a good thing for me, and it helped the journalism department to be able to get more scholarships.”
Filby chose to complete his internship at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis because the newspaper has several job openings. He talked with managing editor Louis Graham about possibilities of moving into a reporting position at the end of his internship.
Filby said he is excited about going to Tennessee. “I have never been in the South before,” Filby said. “I heard it is a very different culture. The Commercial Appeal also has an interesting history.”
The Commercial Appeal was founded in 1841 and survived the Civil War.
THE BG NEWS WEBSITE IS A FINALIST FOR PACEMAKER AWARD – AGAIN
| by Nate Lowe ’14
For the second consecutive year, the online version of The BG News has been selected by a panel of professionals with extensive media experience as a finalist for an Associated Collegiate Press award.
The online publication was the only collegiate publication in Ohio and the MAC to be selected as a finalist for ACP’s Online Pacemaker Award. Winners will be announced at the 92nd Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans on Oct. 26.
When the website was recognized as one of 12 national finalists for the same award at the same convention last October, it marked the first time a university publication has been nominated for the ACP’s highest honor.
“This speaks volumes for the commitment to quality work that our students have,” Bob Bortel, director of student media, said. “To be included in a group with other universities that are large and well-known speaks highly to the quality of students we have here.”
The Best College Website Award is based on design, ease of navigation, writing and editing, graphics and interactivity. [LINK to BGNEWS.COM]
JOURNALISM STUDENTS WIN PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY AWARDS, COLLEGE HONORS
Catherine “Cat” Tomanski and Danae King will each receive $10,000 after being chosen for a Frazier Reams Public Affairs Undergraduate Fellowship for 2013-14. The highly competitive fellowships are awarded annually to rising seniors who intend to pursue careers in journalism, political or governmental service, public health, law, education, community service or other fields in the public sector. A minimum accumulative grade point average of 3.2 is required.
At the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards program, Mykel Lindsay, a senior in broadcast journalism, was honored in the Individual Undergraduate Student division with the Kurt E. Hofmeister Student Excellence Award. Lindsay established E.A.S.Y. Inc., a nonprofit organization, in 2012 to help students in eighth through 12th grade in the Detroit Metro area further their education to a collegiate level. The program includes mentorship and presentation.
Several students were awarded scholarships by the College of Arts and Sciences during the annual spring honors night. They were Chevon Anderson, the Darlene E. Thomas Book Award; Jacqueline Gedeon, the Janet M. Shanklin Memorial Scholarship; Emily Gordon, the Rosemary Kovacs Scholarship; and Patrick Pfanner, the Gordon Journalism Scholarship.
“THE FUTURE STARTS NOW” FOR BGSU PRSSA STUDENTS
|by Kelsey Rentner ’14
After several months of planning, six students who were a part of the BGSU PRSSA chapter attended “The Future Starts Now” PRSA International Conference in San Francisco Oct. 13-16.
Six executive board members and adviser Julie Hagenbuch attended this conference at the Mariott Marquis.
Keynote speakers included Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Pandora founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Wetergren, consumer behavioral expert June Cotte and MSNBC political analyst Michael Steele.
“Not only was the sightseeing amazing, but we got to hear from so many fascinating people in the field,” PRSSA social media coordinator Sarah Trusz said. “My favorite was hearing from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter. His passion was contagious.”
Students attended breakout sessions on topics ranging from creativity to fashion.
Students also had plenty of free time for sightseeing. They visited the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street, known as “The World’s Curviest Street.”
SPJ MEMBERS TRAVEL TO DETROIT AND DAYTON
BGSU’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter was active this semester.
Six members took a trip to the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in March to visit the newsrooms and talk with reporters and editors about preparing for a job in journalism.
Students got to see the Pulitzer that the Free Press recently won for its coverage of the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal, and they also talked with online editors about the way they are using mobile to cover breaking news.
They also got a tour of the original library at the Detroit Press that once employed 20 librarians to help reporters with their research. The building is up for sale, and both papers will be moving out soon.
Also, 10 students attended the SPJ region 4 conference in Dayton.
The highlight of the event was listening to Ross Gallabrese, the executive editor of the Herald-Star in Steubenville, Ohio, talk about coverage of the Steubenville trial.
In another seminar Glenn Hartong of the Cincinnati Enquirer discussed how all the reporters were now using iPhones in their coverage to shoot video.
The Columbus Dispatch also showcased copies of the newly resized paper that they have developed along with the Enquirer. Alumnus Ben Marrison leads the Dispatch.
JUNIOR IN PUBLIC RELATIONS LEARNS ABOUT OTHER CULTURES
| by Liz Nahrstedt ’14
For Lisa Wendel, a break from school means a chance to do service and learn about other cultures. Wendel visited Tanzania as an ROTC cadet during the summer 2012 for about three weeks. Over spring break 2013 she joined a Navajo Nation trip in Arizona.
For her trip to Tanzania, Wendel was part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Program which sends cadets from around the United States abroad.
They spent the beginning of the trip in Fort Knox to prepare for their experience in Tanzania.
“It was cool to work with other cadets from other states and schools and learn how they did things,” she said.
In Bagamoyo, Tanzania, Wendel and the other cadets taught English to children from toddlers to junior high schools students. She said this was challenging because most of the children only knew some English and the toddlers did not know any.
The cadets also worked together to help build a foundation for a new school in town.
In addition, they got to spend time during their trip in Zanzibar, where they visited the wildlife reserve, monuments and different slave ports.
The overall experience was rewarding Wendel said. “I learned how to communicate with other people..from other cultures, other schools, and professionals,” she said. “I analyzed as a leader how to apply what I learned for when I am overseas with my troops.”
After her experience in Tanzania, Wendel took the opportunity to go on the Navajo Nation Spring Break trip.
On the trip in Arizona, she taught a Swahili lesson at the high school and shared a lot about her experience in Tanzania with the students.
She also felt that she wasn’t the only one doing the teaching, as the students would teach her basic Navajo words in exchange for her Swahili lessons.
“It was interesting how the two trips related and the high school students really liked hearing about the military,” she said.
Besides learning about the Navajo education system, the college students visited several cultural sites throughout the area including Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly.
“I really enjoyed the trip a lot and I had never been out West before so it was a neat experience,” Wendel said. “I recommend it to anyone that is looking to learn more about another culture and try some new things.”
BROADCAST STUDENT DEDICATED TO BECOMING A PRODUCER
| by Kaila Johnson ’13
The alarm goes off at 6 in the morning and it is time for Chevon Anderson to start her day. She hits the snooze button one or two times because she knows she has a long day ahead.
“Sometimes I hit it more than that. Then I’m like oh crap I only have seven minutes to take a shower versus 15 minutes now,” the junior from Detroit, Mich., said.
Anderson spends most of her days in West Hall doing voice overs, editing her packages for classes, and working behind the scenes for BG-24 News.
“I’m in the editing suites almost everyday, if not everyday,” Anderson said.
When she is not editing she is helping with the Bowling Green Association of Black Journalists, and serving as a Resident Advisor for 26 residents.
“Her efforts with BGABJ and her work there to help other students understand the importance of being apart of a professional organization shows the kind of person she is,” Assistant Professor Kathy Bradshaw said. She is always trying to help others be successful.”
Anderson also works at the Office of the Dean of Students as a student assistant and at Kohl Hall as a desk clerk. Finally after all that, she still finds time for her studies.
“It gets exhausting sometimes, but I am doing what I have to do to get out of college on time,” Anderson said.
Through her organizations she has learned a lot about herself and skills that will help her in the real world. She wants to take what she has learned and become a producer.
“I love production, she said. My dream job is to work for TNT Sports and produce the ‘TNT Halftime Show’ and ‘TNT's Inside the NBA’.”