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Scripps School oI Journalism have
big plans Ior Spring Quarter.
The Ohio University Chapter oI Ed2010. which is in its frst year. is
using this quarter to Iocus on building bonds between its members and
defning itselI as a unique organization within the J-School.
'I Ieel like what we're really doing as an organization is experimenting
with diIIerent Iormats.¨ Ed2010 President Niklos Salontay said. 'We're
fnding out what fts best Ior our organization and makes us diIIerent
Irom other organizations.¨
Ed2010 is a magazine industry association that Iocuses on discussion
and networking. This quarter. its members will be trying a Iew new pro-
grams including an Ellie Poll. which will challenge them to try to guess
the winners oI this year's National Magazine Awards. The person who
gets the most correct will likely receive a Iree magazine subscription oI
their choice. Salontay said.
Ed will also continue with its magazine swap. This event is intended
to Ioster an inIormal attitude and a sense oI Iriendship among the group's
members. and it has been popular the past two quarters.
'It was kind oI a ioke when we started Ed that one oI our central pil-
lars would be Iriendship.¨ Salontay said. 'and that kind oI worked out
well. because we usually iust end up doing what people like.¨
Ed2010 is not the only organization that has decided to lend attention
to Iorming bonds between its members this Spring. RTDNA. the Radio
Television Digital News Association. is planning social events as well.
RTDNA President Pat Henderson is hosting a barbecue Ior the club's
members because he wants them to see each other as Iriends as well as
'As iournalism maiors. we have all theses classes and responsibilities.
and we never get a chance to iust hang out and get to know each other.¨
Henderson said. 'People who we make Iriends with now are going to be
our allies in the Iuture. They will help us get iobs and be our coworkers
and peers.¨
Some RTNDA members will be given the chance to become Iriends
while they are
traveling to the
national RTDNA
conIerence in
Las Vegas. Nev.
While there. they
will network
and see new
technology avail-
able to proIes-
sional broadcast
iournalists. The
theme oI this
year's convention
is 'Creating Your
Own Digital Toolbox: Delivering Content on All PlatIorms.¨
RTDNA members won`t spend too much oI Spring Quarter relaxing.
however; the organization is planning to involve its membership in a
long-term investigative iournalism proiect. The proiect will take up as
many as three or Iour meetings this quarter. Henderson said.
The club will also continue to oIIer programming intended to provide
experience Ior younger students in the broadcast sequence.
'We're basically iust hanging out and learning about broadcasting.¨
Henderson said.
Ohio University's chapter oI Society oI ProIessional Journalists is
diverging Irom its normal programming schedule this quarter to Iocus
more heavily on its annual service proiect.
'I am personally really excited about our service proiect this year.¨
SPJ Vice President Taylor MirIendereski said. 'We are presenting
workshops in the community which will train community members to be
citizen iournalists.¨
SPJ is planning to incorporate the technical aspects oI citizen iournal-
ism as well as its legal and ethical issues. and the organization's goal is
to have citizens in Athens and the surrounding cities become actively
involved in citizen iournalism.
'We are doing everything Irom how to edit video and upload it to
YouTube to how to create and post to a blog.¨ MirIendereski said.
The group also plans to create a user-Iriendly version oI important
media laws that citizen iournalists need to know.
SPJ will still be hosting several esteemed speakers. On April 15. the
group will host Charles Davis. a proIessor oI iournalism at the Universi-
ty oI Missouri and the Executive Director oI the National Freedom oI In-
Iormation Coalition. He will be speaking about Freedom oI InIormation
Act rights one oI the core pillars oI Society oI ProIessional Journalists.
MirIendereski expects it to be a great learning experience. !
Tonight, 5:00
Service Project Meeting
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as well as choose newsletters covering topics including media. Iood.
travel. retail. advertising. business and much more.
SmartBrieI requests that students know how to write quickly and
accurately on deadline. have a sophisticated understanding oI how to
fnd news and inIormation on the Web and be knowledgeable in the use
oI online publishing tools. Other requirements include
strong interpersonal and
c o m m u n i c a t i o n s
skills. a proven record
oI taking initiative
and the ability to share
responsibilities and manage multiple
proiects simultaneously.
They note that any news-writing experience or AP style knowledge
is a huge advantage. and a writing test will be required.
The internship includes an hourly wage and begins in May with a 40-
hour workweek. Interns must be available Irom 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday
through Friday. To apply Ior this internship. students should e-mail a
resume to Brooke Howell at bhowell( with 'Editorial
Intern¨ as the subiect line no later than Friday. April 16th. !
Students seeking to gain online iournalism experience this summer can
do so by applying Ior an online editorial internship held in our nation`s
capital this May. SmartBrieI. a company that provides customized news
services to a variety oI markets. is looking Ior editorial interns to help
create online business and consumer news in Washington. D.C.
The premise behind SmartBrieI is that there is a surplus oI inIormation in
the world and not enough time in the day to read it
all. The company`s iob
is to handpick the most
relevant and important
news. summarize it.
link it to the original
source and deliver it to a
variety oI businesses in Iree e-newsletters.
Tasks would include searching the Web Ior new articles and inIormation
sources that would be oI interest to senior executives in particular
industries. summarizing online articles to use in e-mail publications.
responding to reader comments and working on a variety oI special
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lnc. co-editor expands on her experiences abroad and encourages students to make change happen in their lives.
Change is good. In Iact. I believe it is more than necessary in today`s
world oI repetitive and redundant class schedules and workloads. With-
out positive change in your liIe. there is always a possibility oI losing
pieces oI your passion aIter becoming overly accustomed to a systematic
society. I also believe that there is no better time to take advantage oI the
ability to make change possible in your liIe while we are open minded
and eager college students.
When one oI my iournalism proIessors mentioned the importance oI
traveling at a young age during our frst class last Monday. I couldn`t
have agreed more. My proIessor shared the experiences she had in her
20s when she hiked along the Appalachian Trail Ior six months and then
came back to iournalism with a reIreshed and avid attitude Ior news writ-
ing. Traveling is a perIect example oI making a Iavorable adiustment to
your daily routine. and it involves thrilling adventures and explorations
oI new cities. cultures and perceptions.
It was only two weeks ago that I was still living in the unique city oI
Merida. Mexico. Looking back on the 10 weeks I spent there. I can hon-
estly say that my education abroad experience provided me with a brand
new appreciation Ior the Mexican culture and the importance oI travel-
ing. I used to think that I was a considerably well rounded and cultured
22-year-old until I realized how much there is about the world that I am
still not Iamiliar with.
While my Iamily and Iriends in Ohio were concerned about my saIety
(which was never an issue) or were cautioning me about drinking the
water (bottled water is extremely cheap there). I was busy trying to im-
prove my language skills and visit as many places as I could. The 2010
Programa Mayab course provided many engaging trips to historical sites
and Mayan ruins. such as Chichen Itza. Ek Balam. Uxmal and Celestun.
During our other Iree weekends. groups oI students traveled to nearby
cities and beaches. including Playa del Carmen. Tulum. Isla Muieres.
and. yes. even Cancun. Some oI my Iavorite memories were made dur-
ing those outings.
How did my time in Mexico aIIect my sentiments about being a young
iournalist? Well. it`s important to note that the Mexican Iorms oI news
inIormation. especially newspapers. are well known by many members
oI the Yucatan population Ior being corrupt. My host mother explained
to me that diIIerent political parties control what is and isn`t included
in certain newspapers. I`m not talking about having too many opinion
pieces or even being slightly partial while writing a story. Some oI the
publications knowingly change the outcomes in basic news stories de-
pending on which politician is willing to pay them more money to better
refect their image and platIorms.
To better understand this situation. I`m working with the program direc-
tor and Spanish proIessor this quarter to examine several Mexican news
publications and determine which are the most and least obiective. My
increased awareness oI and interest in international iournalism provide
me with a new Iervor Ior the proIession. I may even consider changing
my Iuture plans to study Ioreign reporting at the graduate level or live in
a Spanish speaking country Ior a Iew years. Whatever lies ahead oI me.
I can only hope that I continue to take chances in order to augment my
passions and interests and I encourage you to do the same. !
Hanging out at a nearby beach during the frst week of Winter Quarter classes. A group of friends at 'La Despedida¨ (the farewell) ceremony in Mérida.
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student, I worked as a stringer and full-time reporter for The Post. As
a junior, I was the Communications Assistant at the Center for Interna-
tional Studies, and the following summer worked as an online editorial
intern for IBM in New York City. I worked as a regular reporter for the
Athens NEWS throughout my senior year, and I also found some unpaid
freelance work at Fronteras, a Spanish-language newspaper published
by the Columbus Dispatch. After graduation in June 2008, I was an edi-
torial intern at the newspaper Business First of Columbus before I few
down to Mexico.

Inc: What advice do you have for students who are interested in
working abroad?
Gallucci: For students inter-
ested in working abroad, I`d
say the most important step
is learning the language of
the country to where you`ll
be traveling (although, I have
met journalists who only
began to master Spanish once
they`d already found a job
here in the city). It may seem
obvious to say networking,
but meeting people - even in
an informal setting like a bar
- is truly the best way to get
connected. In Mexico City, at
least, the ex-pat circle is gen-
erally small and close-knit;
if you don`t know someone
personally, you`ve probably
at least heard his or her name
mentioned in conversation.
Also, if you`re interested in
freelancing, be sure to famil-
iarize yourself with all the major and minor publications, as well as the
reporters and editors who work there.
Also, to avoid future headaches when applying for work visas, some
technical advice: get your college diploma notarized by OU, then have
Ohio`s Secretary of State issue an apostille. Do it while you`re in Ohio to
avoid costly shipping fees and exasperated moments (in my case, at the
Mexican lawyer`s offce). More info is listed at

Inc: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Gallucci: Ten years seems a long way off, but I hope that I will still be
deeply involved in international journalism, or perhaps even working
abroad in developmental communications. !
Inc: How did you get started working in Mexico City?
Gallucci: I frst moved to Mexico City in Sept. 2008 for an editorial in-
ternship with the Associated Press. When that wrapped up in December,
a friend put me in touch with a reporter at The News, who then put me in
touch with the editor. From there, I began freelancing with the paper on a
weekly basis and eventually landed a full-time job in April 2009.
Inc: What`s it like living there? Have you had any interesting experi-
Gallucci: Living in Mexico City for me is perfect, because I love both
huge urban centers and the experience of living abroad. This city of 20
million people obviously doesn`t have the best reputation for safety, and
it defnitely can be a very grit-
ty, smelly and incredibly
noisy place - but where I
live is actually flled with
great parks, restaurants,
the historical center,
pedestrian streets, etc. It`s
a very international city,
so the culture shock is
probably less severe than
if I had moved into a more
rural part of the country.
My most interesting expe-
riences, however, mostly
come from weekend
travels outside the city to
nearby beaches, mountains
and colonial towns.

Inc: Describe your typi-
cal day on the job.
Gallucci: The News has
recently downsized quite
a bit in terms of staff and
content, so a typical workday morning would likely have me attending
several press conferences or conducting interviews before heading into
the offce to edit the page design of my section, Living and Leisure. I`ll
usually write up stories while I`m there or back at home, and I typically
attend an evening press conference or two during the week. My stories
primarily focus on arts & culture, lifestyle, NGOs, the diplomatic circle
and ex-pat community events, although sometimes I`ll cover a political
or fnancial story if we need it.

Inc: What other types of internships did you have while at Scripps?
Gallucci: During my freshman and sophomore years as a Scripps
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Maria Gallucci, class of 2008, shares her experiences of writing for :;/&</+!, an English-language publication in Mexico City.
ing to the back of my mind for weeks - a blog. Professor Bob Stewart
had informed my J101 class that it would be wise to invest time in a
personal blog. While I had not exactly brushed the idea casually from my
to-do list, I had not made it a priority either. But the fact remained that if
I had jumped on the blogging bandwagon sooner, I would have had more
to discuss in my interview.
A few weeks after my botched interview, I set up my frst blog. In no
time at all, I was hooked by the easy publishing cyberspace offered. I
created yet another blog and continued to hone my skills as a novice. My
blogs covered a wide array of personal interests, ranging from bargain
beauty buys to being struck with writer`s block.
Creating these personal blogs spurred me to apply for my frst intern-
ship. Upon stumbling across an organization looking to hire an intern
to create and update a blog, I sent
them my personal creations as
testimonial to my interest. After
snagging an interview, I began
I sent them examples of my
work and took it a step further
by jump-starting the creation of a
blog to meet their criteria. The site
seemed to speak for itself and took
the place of an interview. Thanks to
this bit of initiation, I am now enjoying my frst experience as an intern.
It is hard to say whether my frst rejection here at OU led me to my
later achievement, but I would like to think it
played a signifcant role. Were it not for the
questions I faced in the frst interview setting, I
may not have become aware of the experiences
I had yet to try - blogging being among them.
In the moment of rejection, it is easy to feel
insuffcient or fawed, because it is your hard
work that is taking a hit. However, it is impera-
tive to learn from the experience, not take it too
personally and fgure out how to use the disap-
pointment to your advantage.
As a journalist, you will always face unco-
operative interviewees, tough subject matter
and scooped stories; but as an individual, you
will face much greater obstacles. Take yourself
to the top not by focusing on the downside of
setbacks but by looking forward at the possibili-
ties they provide. !
If there is one experience every journalist will become quickly ac-
quainted with, it is rejection. Unlike the feeting uplift that success leaves
behind in its wake, rejection lingers like a bad burrito from Chipotle. It
makes no difference whether you are faunting a 3.9 GPA or a newly ap-
pointed editor-in-chief title - rejection does not discriminate.
At one point or another, rejection will wreak its havoc on every care-
fully constructed plan, well-structured resume and knockout interview.
With this in mind, it is best to learn how to make the best of setbacks.
As a current spring quarter freshman, I learned in the early weeks
of my fall quarter the sharp sting of an interview gone badly. I applied
for a position, hooked an interview, dressed to impress and fell right on
my rear end . fguratively speaking, that is. I walked into a room of
motivated, well-spoken, fellow Ohio University students. They propelled
question after question at me,
ultimately unimpressed by my
unprepared answers.
The problem lay not in my utter
ineptitude in answering questions,
but rather in my complete lack
of experience in the realm they
wanted me to already be familiar
The variety of well-engineered
questions brought me to a stand-
still. I reran the interview over and over again in my head, knowing
full well that I held no chance of a callback. I
lacked the professional experience the inter-
viewers were seeking, and as each new inquiry
sent me through a loop, my mind locked up
entirely. Who is my favorite columnist? What
ideas do I have for improving the position?
What is a faw in the position?
The questions came at me like daggers,
and I was the target. I fumbled for words and
tripped over my thoughts. My confdent de-
meanor vanished as blank stares bore through
my surface; I knew they were waiting for the
intelligent, innovative answer that would set
me apart from the rest and make their decision
easy. Unfortunately for me, it was nowhere to
be found.
Through the whirlwind of questions, one
inquiry that stuck out most prominently among
the rest was regarding an idea I had been push-
lt is hard to say whether my frst
rejection here at OU led me to my later
achievement, but l would like to think it
played a signifcant role.
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SPJ member Sarah Grothjan discusses how being turned down for a position better prepared her for the next
opportunity that came her way and encourages student journalists to discover how to learn from rejection.

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