Student media leaders are named for 2011-2012

Jun-Kai Teoh, a junior print journalism major and sociology minor from Penang Island, Malaysia, will serve as editor in chief of University Chronicle, the student-run newspaper, for the 2011-2012 term. Kai has previously served as the newspaper’s on-line editor and managing editor.

Michael Girling, a junior film studies major and a mass communications minor from Duluth, MN, has been selected as the general manager of UTVS. Michael is currently the executive producer of the show “Back to the Movies.” Chelsea Johnson, a freshman television production major and film studies minor from Bemidji, MN, has been named UTVS’s new station manager for the upcoming school year. Chelsea is the associate producer of Husky Mag, the award winning sports news program on UTVS.


HP wins top honor at 2011 BEA Festival of Media Arts

St. Cloud State University’s UTVS and Husky Productions will receive four awards at the 2011 BEA Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, April 9 – 13. The BEA Best of Festival King Foundation Award, in the Student Video Competition, will be presented to Husky Productions for their broadcast of the Colorado College at St. Cloud State University DI men’s hockey game. UTVS’s Husky Magazine will receive the Second Place Award in the Studio Category (multi-camera or live-to-tape).  Husky Production’s Zack Fisch placed second in the Television Sports Anchor Category and UTVS’s Nicholas Lenz & Joel Larsen placed third for their production of “Inside Scoop: SCSU 2010 Men’s Basketball” in the Television Sports Reporting Category.

For information regarding UTVS, Husky Magazine, and Husky Productions please visit

SCSU’s Mass Comm Grad Students Make Waves in the Blogosphere

5 Mass Comm grad students blog regularly

A group of graduate students in the Mass Communications program at St. Cloud State are showcasing their talents on the blogosphere. Here are links and descriptions of their blogs:

Mike Doyle: “The Hockey Hair All”
Mike Doyle is a former Husky Hockey player and current color commentator for Husky Productions. Covering everything under the hair, the “hockey hair all” primarily offers Doyle’s expert opinion on the St. Cloud State Division I hockey team.

Chris Duffy: “Duffy’s Drivel”
After four years as a television news reporter and one year in marketing, Chris Duffy is now in his final semester of graduate school at St. Cloud State and is also the news director at KVSC-FM. “Duffy’s Drivel” is a blog about the evolving world of communication through Duffy’s eyes.

 Rachael Jahr: “The Sweet Life of Rachael”
Also in her final semester of graduate school at SCSU, Rachael Jahr’s “Sweet Life of Rachael” emphasizes her interest in public relations and incorporates a mix of interesting book reviews.

Ryan Ruud: “Pulling Strings”
When he’s not taking graduate courses at SCSU, Ruud is working full time as the social media guru for W3i in Sartell. Ruud’s blog, “Pulling Strings” provides exceptional information and advice about social media.

Eric Wheeler
Also in his final semester, Eric Wheeler is the social media whiz for KVSC. “WheelerBlogs” opens a discussion on trends in social media and public relations, but also encompasses Wheeler’s other interests like advertising, photography, marketing and traveling.

SYMBOL producer’s interview to air on WJON this Friday, February 11.

Tune in Friday, February 11 to WJON Radio AM 1240 or Charter channel 20 to hear excerpts of Gregory Martin’s interview on his documentary SYMBOL. The excerpt will air during the news summaries, from the top of the hour to five minutes after.

SYMBOL, a documentary about the removal of swastika symbols from St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud will premier statewide in Minnesota, and adjacent states, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 on the PBS MN Channel. The documentary was three years in production and was produced by St. Cloud State University Professor Gregory Martin, along with St. Cloud State media students and Department of Mass Communications alumni.

SYMBOL documentary to premier statewide

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – SYMBOL, a documentary about the removal of swastika symbols from St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud will premier statewide in Minnesota, and adjacent states, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 on the PBS MN Channel. The documentary was three years in production and was produced by St. Cloud State Professor Gregory Martin, along with St. Cloud State media students and Department of Mass Communications alumni.

Check local listings for the MN Channel digital service station assignment in your area.

”SYMBOL would not have been possible without great student work, and the support of SCSU mass communications, the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Education, the administration, and the local dioceses and community volunteers,” said Martin.

The MN Channel reaches nearly every household in Minnesota via broadcast and cable services. For details, search MN Channel and TPT, Twin Cities Public Television, or contact Keith Parker at (651) 229-1355.

For more information visit the St. Cloud State website at or contact Gregory Martin at (320) 308-4196 or

PRSSA students invade the windy city

Last weekend a group of 13 PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) invaded the windy city (aka Chicago) looking to gain professional guidance from touring three different PR agencies. The students were able to get an inside view of the Wrigley Field baseball stadium while touring with Kevin Saghy the PR marketing specialist for the Chicago Cubs. Kevin tries to keep a positive image of the team even when they are doing bad. He focuses a lot of his time on social media and trying his best to get the fans involved. The main advice he gave for students just about to graduate is to really focus on AP style writing and to also keep your resume down to one page. Kevin also said that for every bullet point you have on your resume make sure to have a verb to make you stand out. The main advice he gave for the interviewing process was to bring leave behind folders; that way it gives the interviewers a chance to look over everything you’ve done on their own time.

Famous Wrigley Field sign before walking into to our first tour with Kevin Saghy

After the first tour the PRSSA students were able to explore the great city of Chicago. One of the first places they visited was Millennium Park, which is one of the most famous parks in the United States.


The famous mirrored bean at Millennium Park


PRSSA students in front of the bean

The students were also able to check out downtown Chicago nightlife

The next day the students went to visit two large agencies, Ketchum and Edelman. Ketchum and Edelman are rival PR agencies that are both in the same building in downtown Chicago. The tips that Edelman gave out about job searching and resumes were to wait a week after applying to get back to them to let them know you are still interested, let them know you are actively interviewing (might make them reach their decision quicker), don’t just copy and paste cover letters (design them differently for each position you are going for) and when you are sending your resume via email make sure to have your cover letter as the main body so they don’t have to open up two attachments. Edelman offers full time internships (40+ hours) paid for recent grads. Ketchum was the next agency and their atmosphere was a little more relaxed than Edelmans. At Ketchum they recommend doing as much volunteer and outside work as possible to show that you have real world experience. They advised us to to make sure we had writing examples on file and to send them with our resumes to show what we have done. Their biggest advice was to go on as many informational interviews as possible because that was a great way to network and get your name out there. The last great piece of advice they offered was to follow up as much as you can, even if you feel like you are harassing them. They pushed that people in this field get a hundred emails a day and it is really easy for them to forget, so the more you follow up the more they are to remember. Ketchum also offers full time paid internships.

View from the sixty third floor at Edelman


SCSU Mass Comm student and chapter take top honors at Society of Professional Journalists Conference

Kevin Hurd was the winner of a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Sigma Delta Chi Awards date back to 1932, when the Society first honored six individuals for contributions to journalism. The current program began in 1939, when the organization awarded the first Distinguished Service Awards. The awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, radio, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research from across the United States. Kevin Hurd did a piece entitled “Cash, Credit and Saving while in College.” It is a 30 minute story that looks at the need for young people to be smart with their money from the perspectives of an economist, local bankers and peers. The piece was judged best among radio stations in 101+ size cities across the United Sates in the Radio Documentaries category. It aired on KVSC-FM in 2009. The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest journalism organization dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism.

Kevin Hurd with SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi Award for radio documentary.

For the 2nd year in a row, the SCSU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists was named the best student chapter in the region. The award is given to a student chapter each year among chapters in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Members of the SCSU chapter of the SPJ traveled to the SPJ National Convention in Las Vegas, NV in October to receive the award.

SCSU MC Students pictured (l to r) Arum Yang, Kevin Hurd, Nick Lenz and Jennifer Austin.

St. Cloud State to offer mass comm course at Maple Grove Graduate Center

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Those interested in the politics and economics of international communications and the role of mass media in shaping the emerging global society have an opportunity to further their education.

The St. Cloud State University Department of Mass Communications is offering its first graduate-level course at the Maple Grove Graduate Center, 6401 Sycamore Court N., Maple Grove, off of Bass Lake Road and I-94. Beginning Jan. 10, Seminar in International Mass Communications will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays, taught by Roya Akhavan.

The course looks at international politics, international affairs and uses a critical and analytical approach with an international dimension of different cultures. The class is relevant to professional enrichment in a broad range of careers.

St. Cloud State offers the only accredited graduate program in mass communications in Minnesota.

The St. Cloud State Department of Mass Communications provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become socially responsible, professionally successful mass media communicators. Mass Communications majors can specialize in advertising, journalism, public relations, or television or radio broadcast.

For more information, contact Roya Akhavan at or (320) 308-4202.

Event Organizer ‘Thrilled’ to have SCSU at Festival in D.C.

Today is my first day at our nation’s capital to cover the country’s first national science and engineering festival.

Larry Bock, Organizer of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, says he’s ‘thrilled’ to have St. Cloud State among the 75 leading science and engineering universities represented at this weekend’s expo.

The goal of the festival is to get young people excited about science. As an entrepreneur, Bock says his companies often have trouble finding qualified Americans to fill advanced science and engineering positions. As a result, he says, many of the jobs go to other countries.

“We believe society gets what it celebrates. We celebrate Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, and we generate a lot of Britney Spears’ and Lindsay Lohan’s. But we don’t celebrate science and engineering, so why not have a pinnacle event once a year to celebrate it?” said Bock.

About ten students and staff of St. Cloud State will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Friday. SCSU will have a booth set up on the national mall, which is expected to attract more than one million visitors throughout the weekend. The theme of SCSU’s booth is wind power.

-Chris Duffy, SCSU Graduate Student of Mass Communications

Attention Friends and Students SCSU Mass Communications :: Guest Speaker

John J. Murray, Executive Director, of the Midwest Regional Emmy and producer of the Awards Gala will be giving an insider’s view of competing for Emmy Awards and NATAS Emmy Student Production Awards. He will provide valuable, unique insight into the award application process, and explain influential factors in successful award competition.

Join us in Stewart Hall Rm 115 on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Topics will include Emmy Student Production Award proposed changes for 2011 (more entry possibilities may be allowed by national), Emmy Student volunteer opportunities, and the Emmy Mentorship Program.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. in SH 115.

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