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Inc Issue 2 Final 2

Inc Issue 2 Final 2

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The second issue for the 2009-2010 academic year. Includes an event preview, internship listings, featured organizations and a message from the editor.
The second issue for the 2009-2010 academic year. Includes an event preview, internship listings, featured organizations and a message from the editor.

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Meeting
 Thursday, 7:00SCRIPPS 111
Live From Bethlehem
 A publication of the Ohio University 
Society of Professional Journalists
 This week all students on campus are invited to a special screening of the independent documentary, “Live From Bethlehem.”The showing, sponsored and put on by the Society of ProfessionalJournalists, will take place on Thursday evening from 7-9. In addition, the
lm’s co-producer Matt Sienkiewicz will speak at the event.According to the documentary’s Web site, “Live From Bethlehem” is alm that details the hardships and triumphs of the Ma’an News Network,which is the only major independent news organization in the Palestinian
territories. The documentary heavily details the lives of the journalistswho risk their lives to report the news in a challenging climate.“The mission of this program is to create a layered, meaningful portrait
of the Palestinian people,” notes the Web site.“Live From Bethlehem” producer Matt Sienkiewicz says that he
thinks that the documentary will provide a very different perspective on
 journalism, particularly for those who are studying the eld.
“You get to see how journalism works in another place, the actual
tangible stuff,” said Sienkiewicz. “You can get a perspective that you
probably would not have gotten from an American introduction to journalism.”
According to Sienkiewicz, the project began when his co-producer
Joseph Sousa worked for a person who had been sent to Bethlehem to
train the Ma’an News Network journalists. However, he soon found thatthey didn’t need to be taught rote journalistic theory. Rather, they needed
help with the production-related part of journalism.
Sienkiewicz and Sousa teamed up to lm the documentary, which was
shot over the courseof 2007 and 2008.
Sienkiewicz says that
he enjoyed seeingthe subjects of themovie evolve overthe course of a yearand a half.
“My favorite part
in making it wasreally getting to knowa group of peoplewho are very self-aware as journalists,really getting to seethem from morning to
night,” said Sienkiewicz, noting that one of the best parts of the process
was “getting to know the ways that professional life and family life
come together and create their own challenges and benets.”When SPJ Programming Chairman Kevin Zieber saw “Live From
Bethlehem” at the 2009 Athens Film Festival, he became very interested
in showing the documentary to SPJ. However, because the movie wasstill in the lm festival circuit, it was not yet available for purchase orrental. Zieber emailed Sienkiewicz and began to arrange a personalshowing of the lm.“It’s really funny when I think about how it all started,” said Zieber.
“It was totally unforeseen to me.”
In light of the challenges that the main characters have to face, Ziebersays that the lm reminds him of the true denition of what it means to
be a journalist.
“It’s a really inspiring story of people who have so much less thanwe do and how much we take for granted,” said Zieber. “I think it’s an
exercise in humility.”
For students who aspire to produce documentaries, Sienkiewicz hasa few words of advice. He says that much of the process of lming an
informational movie is in the drive to go do it.
“It’s amazing how much you can get away with by just showing up...going somewhere and just talking to people,” said Sienkiewicz. “You’d
be surprised how interested people are in telling their stories.”
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SPJ Welcomes Live From Bethlehem
 The documentary returns to Athens after a run at the 2009 Athens Film Festival.
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Scripps News
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Internship Info
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Standing Out
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From the Editor
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 A publication of the Ohio University 
Society of Professional Journalists
RTNDA Offers Opportunites for Students
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SCRIPPS
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 The Radio Television News Directors Association begins the new year with new possibilities for its members.
From weekly meetings to national workshops, OU’s broadcast organization has many benefts.
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Scripps students, freshman or not, are probably accustomedto the lecture about the necessity of getting involved and gaining
 journalism-based experience, whatever the sequence. The difcult partis choosing which organization is most tting, especially out of thenumerous organizations associated with the E.W. Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.The Radio and Television News Directors Association is the largesttrade organization for broadcast and electronic news journalists. RTNDA
is dedicated to “training and developing future professionals to maintain
the highest standards in broadcast journalism.” OU was among the rstuniversities to create a student chapter of this professional organizationwhen RTNDA founded its Student Chapter Afliate Program in 1987.Faculty Advisor Mary Rogus has served as an education liaison onthe national organizations board for just over a year and will continue toserve until spring of 2010.“We try to bring in people and talk about what is going on in theindustry, what’s going on in the business, and prepare them for a job,”Rogus said.Students can become members of the student chapter for 10 dollars
a quarter or 25 dollars a year. They alsohave the option to bypass the studentdues by going straight to the national
organization and paying their dues of 65
dollars a year. This will get them access to
all of RTNDA’s Web resources, including
their job bank and research tools.
During the weekly meetings onWednesdays in the Radio and TelevisionBuilding room 371, students hear
professional journalists speak, participate
in workshops and learn specic skills,
such as résumé building and critiquing.
Potential new member Matt Digby isinterested in RTNDA for the experience he
will gain from it.“Jobs are more interested in hands onexperience than course work,” he said.
Many students’ plan of attack is to
attend a variety of meetings to get a feelfor their options and to learn what theywant to do in the future.
President of RTNDA, junior PatHenderson, differed from many students
because he knew he wanted to do
broadcasting from the start and chose OU specically for its broadcast
program.“I wanted to get as involved as possible, because you as an individual
want to do what you can to stand out,” he said. He cites the organization
as a great “learning experience” and has plans for every meeting thisquarter including a producing workshop, a crisis reporting session and
a visit from OU’s new broadcast professor Kevin Greives, a formerproducer for CNN International.Henderson said his responsibility is to make sure “everything is going
according to plan and everyone is doing their job” and also stressed that
RTNDA is a great place to take education outside of the classroom with
people who are willing to help.
“One of the biggest benets for freshmen in RTNDA is the chance
to interact with upperclassman and meet broadcasting majors and learn
about WOUB,” Rogus said.OU freshman Cathy George agrees. “It is such a competitive marketand just to get a chance for a hands-on experience, I wouldn’t want to
pass this up,” she said.
On top of the informational meetings, RTNDA’s national organization
holds an annual spring conference thatis perhaps their most popular event. Theconference provides a chance for studentsto meet professionals who are national
RTNDA members.
Students can gain résumé skills andcritiques and hear many network speakers
such as last years speaker, Mary TylerMoore. This conference has produced many
internships and job opportunities for paststudents and continues to do so today. As
Rogus said, “it’s as much about who you
know as what you know.”If a student is unable to attend thenational spring conference, there is always
the local conference held by OU’s RTNDA
chapter. It is a daylong event that offersmultiple chances to network, often with
many graduates of The E.W ScrippsCollege of Communication. Many students
have successfully found internships simplythrough the local conference and by
becoming members of OU’s student chapterof the Radio and Television News Directors
Association.
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INTERNSHIP
NEWS
 A publication of the Ohio University 
Society of Professional Journalists
At some point in their lives, every teenager and twenty-something
has ipped through channels and stopped at MTV or one of its afliates.
Students now have the opportunity to intern for the stations they grew up
watching. MTV Networks is offering multiple internships at its various
stations across the country during the fall, spring and summer.There are many positions available in a large variety of departments
including animation, communications, nance, marketing, production,
radio network, wardrobe, graphics, off-air print, online media and manymore. Positions are available for students in all majors with variousfocuses.
There are nine locations available for internships in California,Illinois, New York, Tennessee, and Florida. The networks offering workinclude MTV Networks, Nickelodeon Studios, CMT and MTV NetworksLatin America, all of which are units of Viacom Inc. The locationsoffering the most positions are the MTV Networks locations in SantaMonica and New York City.
Priority for these internships is given to juniors, seniors and lawstudents and interns must be receiving course credit for their work. In
addition to these qualications, students must be available to work a
minimum of two full days per week during the business hours of 9:30am
 – 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. However, specic programs mayrequire more days per week. The programs last for at least 10 weeks at a
time.
For the MTV Networks Latin America, located in Miami, Florida,
applicants are recommended to have strong skills in both written andverbal Spanish communication.Students are also required to submit a cover letter and résumé,two letters of recommendation and college transcripts for most of theinternships.
MTV Networks has a rolling application policy for fall andspring internships and accepts application from Jan. 1 through April1 for the summer program. All applications can be sent to MTVNetworks Internship Program, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.Applications may also be emailed to internships@mtvn.com. MoreInformation about each specic location and network can be found at
www.mtvncareers.com.
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MTV Offers Dream Jobs
MTV networks give students an opportunity to work with what they know.
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