Category Archives: SOC Students

Students in Vegas: A story not of luck, but hard work. By: Hannah Taylor

Dr. Glenn Hubbard with SOC students at BEA conference in Las Vegas

Third time’s a charm for East Carolina University journalism professor Glenn Hubbard.  Since 2016 he has been taking a group of School of Communication students to the annual Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

The four day festival awards both students and faculty for their work in areas such as audio, news and non-fiction documentary. Each year Hubbard’s students have produced the festival and intro videos for the winners, but Hubbard said this year was their last.

 

“They (BEA) do three year terms, and I just finished the three year term, “ Hubbard said. “They have asked a faculty member, like me, to head it up and the perk is that you get your students involved and it gives them a good experience to work on the show.”

 

Hubbard said this year there were 18 winners at the festival and his students intro video topics  ranged from newscasts to documentaries. The students also produced the opening video for the festival and once they arrived in Vegas they helped produce the live show. “On show day we had a booth crew,” Hubbard said. “Someone running lights, sound, headsets, lots of crew things.” He said the students got to meet and work alongside crew members who produce shows like Celine Dion, but that wasn’t the only time the students got to network.

 

“The networking when they are out there is incredible,” Hubbard said. “In addition to the BEA Conference the association is a big organization itself, but it is also attached to the National Association of Broadcasters so every company you could ever imagine in broadcasting goes out there.” He said during their time there students got to attend multiple networking events, such as a career fair where one student gained a summer internship.

 

Before leaving for Vegas, Kathryn Dawson had interviewed with CBS News only to find out she would not receive a place in their New York internship program. When Hubbard told her that someone from CBS News would be in attendance at the career fair Dawson decided to take a gamble on speaking with them about an internship again, and she hit jackpot.

 

“I was like this is my last chance, so I went in there and introduced myself again,” Dawson said. She said after missing an interview question twice before she made sure she knew it in Vegas when she spoke to Katie Curico. She did and Curcio was impressed. “She stood up right there and offered me the internship,” Dawson said.

 

Dawson produced two videos for the festival. “One was for a student audio and it was a thrilled themed movie and he won an award for audio,” Dawson said. “The other one was about Cronkite News, that one won for best newscast.” She said her favorite thing about the festival was getting the internship and seeing all of their hard work pay off at the award show.

 

Kathryn Dawson story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/av9b2emf47gyps6/19%20News%20Student%20Newscast.mp4?dl=0

 

“My favorite thing about the trip was definitely the networking aspect,” Blair Berry said. “I learned a lot just by being emerged in such a professional atmosphere and it has definitely prepared me for when I get out and start working in the real world.”

 

Berry produced a video about Larry Foley’s documentary on Frank Broyles, the old football coach for the University of Arkansas. “He did a lot of things to help their football program and he recently died, so the documentary was based around that,” she said. “So my goal was to talk about why Larry did the documentary and what he was trying to accomplish with his story.”

 

Blair Berry story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/aoa0zzokyz7c4z3/17%20Sports%20Faculty.mp4?dl=0

 

Berry reached her goal and said after the show Foley came to her and told her he loved her video and was impressed by her work. Foley wasn’t the only one impressed that night though.  Hubbard was extremely proud of the hard work his students had put in.

 

“There was a great group this year and with this being my last year doing it, it was a great group to end with,” he said. “When I retire I’m going to look back at this like a career highlight and say… I did that and hopefully stay in touch with the students and say we did that.”

Show opener: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHcdlT_hdjU&feature=youtu.be

SOC Annual Career Panel & Opportunity Fair is February 14

Image from 2017 SOC Career Fair. An employer us handing information to a student.

The annual SOC Career Panel and Career Opportunity Fair is February 14, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. in Mendenhall.

The Career Panel is from 1-2 p.m. in Mendenhall 244. This year’s panel guests include Melissa Abrahamsen, News Director at WITN; Stephen McNulty, Public Information Officer for the Town of Cary, NC; Gray Williams, Sports Sales Manager at Greenville Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kat Everett, College Recruiter for Red Ventures; and Amanda Miller, Independent Consultant Communications/Digital/Marketing Strategy and Execution at Mavis Consulting.

Following the Career Panel, the Career Opportunity Fair is from 2-4 p.m. in the Mendenhall Great Rooms.

SOC Fair Attendees:

MrBeast Youtube Production
Greenville Utilities
ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now
WITN
Red Ventures
Carolina Mudcats Baseball Club
American Red Cross
ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness
The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina (AMEXCAN) Inc.
WNCT 9 ON YOUR SIDE
WECT
WCTI – News Channel 12
Washington Newsmedia LLC.
Eastern Radiologists
SOC​

This SOC Career Fair is exclusively for communication majors and minors. Dress in at least business casual, preferably business professional and come with polished resumes in hand. Registration closes at noon February 12.

Register Today:

 https://epay-banner.ecu.edu/C20694_ustores/web/classic/store_main.jsp?STOREID=86&SINGLESTORE=true

SOC Spring 2018 Career Panel

 

School of Communication Career Panel and Fair is Feb. 16

A panel of communication professionals will be available to answer questions from students on February 16 from 1 – 2 p.m. in 244 Mendenhall Student Center. The panel will consist of Michael Aho, an international affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State, Amanda Anderson, a physician recruitment supervisor at Vidant Health, Kelley Deal, dean of marketing at Nash Community College, and Josh Graham, sports director at Inner Banks Media. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a variety of communication careers while networking with communication professionals.

The School of Communication Career Fair will follow the panel on February 16 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Mendenhall Student Center Grand Ballrooms. Professional business attire is required for the career fair and be sure to bring extra resumes. Registration is required for the panel event. Register at

https://epay-banner.ecu.edu/C20694_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=86&SINGLESTORE=true

Here is a list of companies and organizations that will be at the fair:

The United Way
WITN
The Daily Reflector
Greenville Fire/Rescue
ECU News Services
The Hope Lodge
ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now
The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina
WZMB
The East Carolinian
TEKsystems
ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness
WNCT
United States Navy Recruiting
American Red Cross
SOC Study Abroad
Washington Daily News
Wilson Tobs Baseball team
SOC Graduate Program
Eastern Radiologists
Vector Marketing
News Channel 12, WCTI

For more information contact Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, tuckermclaughlin@ecu.edu.

SOC Graduation Recognition Ceremony is May 6 at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The School of Communication Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 6th at 8:00pm in Wright Auditorium.

You are required to have tickets for your family and friends to attend. Any remaining unclaimed tickets will be available on Reading Day, April 27th starting at 9 a.m. in Joyner East 102.

On May 6th. graduates should arrive in their caps and gowns by 6:30 pm to check in and line up for processional – First Floor of the Bate Building.

Each graduate, wearing a cap and gown, will be recognized by name and will walk across the stage to receive the congratulations of the faculty members and the Director of the School of Communication.  The School of Communication would recommend graduates dress in business casual under their gowns.

ECU Parking and Transportation will suspend parking permit enforcement the day of graduation.  Graduates and their guest will be able to park in any of the parking lots on the ECU Campus.  However, the University is open on Friday and parking on campus will be limited.  We strongly advise guest to arrive early to ensure they find a parking space and are able to walk to Wright Auditorium in a timely manner.  No parking zones, fire zones, and handicap parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.  Handicapped seating and parking will be provided for guest.  Requests for disability accommodation other than parking or seating should be directed to the Department for Disability Support Services (DSS) at least 48 hours prior to the event. DSS can be reached at 252-737-1016 (voice / TTY). Requests may also be e-mailed to dssdept@ecu.edu.

For friends and family members that are not able to attend, they can watch on a live feed at https://mediasite.ecu.edu/MS/Play/6f7fa137245241d4b9761ead74798cdc1d

 If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office at 252-328-4227.

 

Communication volleyball players seek big turnout for Memphis game. By Emory Saia

The East Carolina University women’s volleyball players are trying to break the attendance record at their next home game and four Communication majors are trying to get the word out.

“It’s really nice to know we have the support of the Pirate community,” said Kaitlyn Branam, a freshman in the School of Communication with a concentration in media studies. “We’re not a well-known sport like football.”

Teammate Kori West said that the team’s attendance record is 1,348. “We want to beat the record at our home game against Memphis,” said West, a journalism student.

A big audience means a better atmosphere, according to player and senior journalism student, Torre Blake. “Knowing we have people behind us cheering us on is an amazing feeling,” she said.

Winning depends on who wants it more and who shows up that day, said Blake.

“We’ve played [Memphis] once before this season,” said Branam. “I think it will be a competitive game. They’re a tough team, but if we work really hard and practice we will pull out a win.”

The ECU volleyball team’s overall record is 11-14 this season.

“A come-up is happening. We’re very excited for the next home game,” said Alex Johnson, a team member and a senior interpersonal communication student. “We can’t wait to beat them for the second time.”

According to Branam, winning any game is helpful to build the team’s program for the years to follow.

“It will be good because we’ve been in a slump. It will boost our confidence,” said Johnson.

“Our goal is to change the stigma of our team, and put our team on the map,” said Blake.

West added, “We can reach our team goal if we beat them again.”

All four players see communication as a strong major to prepare them for a variety of career paths.

Branam plans to intern in order to become a sideline sports reporter after she graduates ECU. “For that profession it takes a lot of experience, I plan to work with local teams and hopefully work my way up,” she said.

West plans to intern with ESPN and ultimately become a reporter with ESPN. “I knew through volleyball that I would be able to know more about sports, which would help with a career in journalism,” West said.

Johnson plans to get her masters in health communication in order to become a pharmaceutical salesperson.

After Blake graduates, she plans to go to New York to work with producers on her music career.

The ECU women’s volleyball game against Memphis is on Nov.13 at 5:30 p.m.

Steps Toward a Better Tomorrow

By Nicole LaDuca

Tomorrow starts here. It is the phrase students, faculty and Greenville locals see signifying the countless number of opportunities East Carolina University offers.

To follow one of the missions of the university, the School of Communication’s journalism faculty have developed a new plan. Dr. Mary Tucker-McLaughlin and Dr. Glenn Hubbard created a rent-to-buy equipment program for journalism students to be implemented in the fall of 2015.
It all started in McLaughlin’s Multiplatform Journalism class after a student asked why journalism students did not have their own equipment if they did not spend money on textbooks for the classes. McLaughlin said a light bulb went off and she started thinking about different ways students could better succeed in the classroom.
Hubbard said once McLaughlin brought a camera rental and buying program to him, he was 100 percent on board and ready to take the necessary steps to make the idea a reality.
McLaughlin said the “rent-to-buy” equipment program will be mandatory for journalism students. They will be required to start the program prior to their sophomore year in order to have the necessary camera equipment on the first day of their first broadcasting class — Video News Production. The equipment includes a camera, microphone, tripod, memory card and a warranty for all of the equipment.
“The great thing about this program is that there are no strings attached,” said McLaughlin. “You can drop out, return the equipment and not pay a fee. If you are in the program for the entire time, at the end of your journalism classes, you will own the equipment.”

The packages range from $40 a month to $90 a month depending on the type of camera the student chooses. Hubbard says he recommends the camera that only costs $40 a month.
“The cheapest package is the best deal,” said Hubbard. “The camera gets you really good image quality, and it is cross compatible. It shoots great still images and great video, so students could use it for more than just broadcasting classes.”

The quality of the cameras is something McLaughlin believes is another advantage. She says being able to shoot still images would be perfect for students who need a camera for other communications classes, such as Copy Editing and Design.
Hubbard and McLaughlin, the two communications professors who focus on broadcast journalism, agree that the positives of the new program far outweigh the negatives that might come with the change.
The School of Communication will be saving between $6,000 to $10,000 every year on cameras and equipment they will no longer have to purchase.
“Right now, there isn’t a camera kit for everyone,” said McLaughlin. “If a student has an interview set up and they go to check out equipment and all of the cameras are gone, they cannot complete their assignment.”

Because professors can only do so much, the biggest gain of all lies within the students’ interest. Hubbard says he is always willing to help motivated students with out-of-class tips or advanced classes to further their career goals.
“I’ve been known to create special classes with independent studies for interested students,” says Hubbard.
McLaughlin also believes the opportunities are endless with this new program. She says the first thing on her to-do list is to inform all of the local news stations about the program, which would give students the opportunity to freelance and be stringers for the different news outlets.
“Local stations will hire students to shoot footage for them, but the catch is that you have to have your own equipment,” said McLaughlin. “With this new program, that wouldn’t be a problem.”

 

With a small investment from ECU’s future journalism students comes a major improvement to the program that is currently in place. And, with this new plan, tomorrow’s achievements can start today.

 

Multimedia newsroom gives students opportunity for hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art classroom

Senior Alex Gajewski knows what he wants to do after graduation. The aspiring sports broadcaster has held internships with ESPN radio, TV stations in Greenville and Charlotte, NASCAR Productions and a professional soccer team.

Equally valuable, however, is the experience he gets weekly on campus at East Carolina University.

“The ECU multimedia newsroom is phenomenal,” Gajewski said in an interview this fall. “I can’t say enough about it. I started getting hands on with the ECU newsroom my junior year and it has helped me tremendously. It really captures what it’s like to work in TV journalism.”

The facility — which includes new computers, three studio cameras, a TriCaster, an audio board, an anchor desk and a green screen — gets students “pretty close” to a real newsroom experience. To learn more, please see this ECU News Bureau feature article.

London Study Abroad Recap of Summer 2014

During summer 2014, Dr. Cindy Elmore and Ms. Barbara Bullington led a successful study abroad program to London. The focus of the program was International News and allowed 20 students to gain access to the BBC, The Guardian, Bloomberg, NPR, and Amnesty International. In addition to exploring multiple avenues of international news resources, the students had the opportunity to experience a new and diverse cultures.
Jordan Mitchell, a Communication major and Film Studies minor here at East Carolina University, created a video as part of an Independent Study documenting the London study abroad experience.

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