Digem gets Experience

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Digem, the Interactive Digital Media organization, got a glimpse at “the real world” on Friday, April 11, touring two businesses in Lincoln, Nebraska. The group visited Sandhills Publishing in the morning and then the advertising agency Swanson-Russell in the afternoon. Sandhills was kind enough to provide lunch for the visiting students and advisers as well. 
 
Sandhills Publishing showed the students the variety of work it does with clients in the agricultural and aviation fields, in print publications, online sites and intranet databases to assist their clients in reaching customers and analyzing sales. In addition, the students learned about the award-winning “green” building which houses the company’s data services.
 
After lunch, the students visited Swanson-Russell, an agency that serves primarily outdoor recreation companies, although it has a diverse client list. Here, students got to see some of the work the company has done with client’s websites. Also, they were treated to a breakdown of a sales pitch presentation, with many of the students taking notes for their own upcoming pitches in advertising courses.
 
Digem organizes an annual trip to interactive media companies nearby. Past trips have been to Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City, Mo.  Any student with an interest in interactive digital media is welcome to Digem meetings which are usually held the first Thursday of each month. To learn more, join the Digem group on Facebook — digem — Digital Electronic Media.

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Spotlight- Justin Ross

MARYVILLE, MO- Northwest Missouri State alumni, Justin Ross, made his way back to the university to share his Hollywood knowledge in the classroom with communication and mass media students.

Ross graduated from Northwest in 2003 with a degree in broadcasting and an organizational communication minor. He received his masters of fine arts degree from Florida State University and currently lives in Las Angeles, California. One of Ross’s most recognizable works has been a part of the production of “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.

Ross came back to Northwest this semester to help out the communication and mass media department by teaching Fundamentals of Electronic Media Production, Digital Cinematography and Television Production.

“Television production is my favorite class to teach. I love that all the students are new and I get to expose them to ideas for the first time,” Ross said. “The students are unique because this is the only time a lot of them will make a short film or have been exposed to the art form.”

Besides small workshops during his undergraduate time here at Northwest and a few in class Skype sessions this is the first teaching experience for Ross. It is extremely beneficial for the communication and mass media students to be able to learn from someone with real experience in the field.

Many people in the film producing film would say that their professional goal would be to win Academy Awards but Ross said, “I just want to tell stories for a living.” A producer is the one person who instigates a project and really makes a story work.

“My advice for students would be no matter what you want to do make your life story interesting. Go someplace where you find interesting; if that is Las Angeles, China, or Louisiana that is great. What is important is that you don’t just play it safe,” said Ross.

Ross plans on moving back to Las Angeles to continue work on a few feature films after this semester. He will continue to always remember how Northwest Missouri State University has affected his life and will keep in contact with the department.

For more information regarding the Department of Communication and Mass Media and how it can help you find an internship or prepare you for one, contact Matt Walker at matt@nwmissouri.edu.

Spotlight- Justin Ross

MARYVILLE, MO- Northwest Missouri State alumni, Justin Ross, made his way back to the university to share his Hollywood knowledge in the classroom with communication and mass media students.

Ross graduated from Northwest in 2003 with a degree in broadcasting and an organizational communication minor. He received his masters of fine arts degree from the Florida State University and currently lives in Las Angeles, California. One of Ross’s most recognizable works has been a part of the production of “Texas Chainsaw 3D”.

Ross came back to Northwest this semester to help out the communication and mass media department by teaching Fundamentals of Electronic Media Production, Digital Cinematography and Television Production.

“Television production is my favorite class to teach. I love that all the students are new and I get to expose them to ideas for the first time,” Ross said. “The students are unique because this is the only time a lot of them will make a short film or have been exposed to the art form.”

Besides small workshops during his undergraduate time here at Northwest and a few in class Skype sessions this is the first teaching experience for Ross. It is extremely beneficial for the communication and mass media students to be able to learn from someone with real experience in the field.

Many people in the film producing film would say that their professional goal would be to win Academy Awards but Ross just wants to tell stories for a living. A producer is the one person who instigates a project and really makes a story work.

“My advice for students would be no matter what you want to do make your life story interesting. Go someplace where you find interesting; if that is Las Angeles, China, or Louisiana that is great. What is important is that you don’t just play it safe,” said Ross.

Ross plans on moving back to Las Angeles to continue work on a few feature films after this semester. He will continue to always remember how Northwest Missouri State University has affected his life and will keep in contact with the department.

For more information regarding the Department of Communication and Mass Media and how it can help you find an internship or prepare you for one, contact Matt Walker at matt@nwmissouri.edu.

CoMM Alum Jackie Runde

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MARYVILLE, Mo. -After graduating college we are expected to take the next step and jump right into the work force. Northwest Missouri State University Communication and Mass Media Department Alumni member Jackie Runde tells us how she is doing since life after graduation.

Runde is the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for NorthwestCell located in Maryville, Missouri. “I graduated as an IDM:New Media major in Spring 2012 and really enjoyed my time at Northwest. I met a lot of great people and had good experiences that prepared me for the future,” Runde said.

Runde graduated from Northeast Nodaway High School in 2008 and started attending Northwest in the fall. “I chose Northwest because it was close to home and I had been familiar with the campus and liked it. The appeal of the textbook rentals and laptop computers were also an added bonus. Once I started taking classes I enjoyed that the amount of students in each class was smaller and I felt like I learned more,” said Runde.

After graduation Runde started at NorthwestCell as a Customer Service Representative. Working with customers and helping them with problems or questions was just part of why she enjoyed this position.

“I really liked working with those who came in, but I really wanted to get a job that would use my degree. When the Marketing and Public Relations position became available I applied right away. I was really excited to start my first job that would relate to what I learned during my four years at Northwest.” Runde said she not only enjoys creating ads and working with the public but she also likes the event planning part of her job.

“If I had once piece of advice to give those who are about to graduate I would reassure them that even if the search gets frustrating not to get down about the situation.”                    

Career Day with Betsy Hildebrand

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Searching for internships, applying for jobs, and taking the next step into the big, bad “real world” can all be scary and intimidating especially when you don’t know where to start. Northwest Missouri State University’s Betsy Hildebrand took on the challenge when Northwest held Career Day on March 11, 2014.

Career Day was hosted in Bearcat Arena and held many opportunities for students of all majors. Hildebrand is a junior at Northwest and was interested in pursuing an internship, a requirement for the Public Relations major.

“Walking into the event I was excited to see what companies were there and what opportunities they all had. There was a large variety to choose from and everyone was so nice if you had questions about their booth or company,” said Hildebrand.

Career Day had over 100 attending organizations that targeted students looking for internships, employment, or even furthering their education into graduate school. It was requested that students attending the event dressed professionally and had copies of their resumes available to hand out to employers. 

“I think I got a lot out of Career Day. I was able to hand out my information to a few people and do a little networking. I was super glad that I went and highly recommend everyone to attend at the next one,” Hildebrand said.

For more information about Career Day, internships, employment, or graduate school check out the Career services website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv/ to gain more information.

Kristina Hagan- On Campus Internship Spotlight

Did you know there is an internship on campus that is focused particularly around social media? Northwest Missouri State University student, Kristina Hagan along with two other students, nailed this great internship opportunity this spring semester.

This semester Hagan and her coworkers have been working eight hours a week at the University Affairs Office working on Northwest’s social media websites. Hagan updates the websites with upcoming events and information for Northwest students.

“I usually check the Northwest calendar to get ideas about upcoming events to tweet about,” Hagan said. “I also answer questions on our Facebook account and pin ideas on our Pinterest boards. Basically anything to do with social media is what I help with.”

Hagan along with many students in the Communication and Mass Media Department need an internship to graduate. Summer internships are always a popular choice but who knew you could complete those credits during the school year right on campus? University Affairs looks for three Social Media Interns each semester to work on their social media sites.

“After taking social media strategies I thought I would be well qualified for this job,” said Hagan. “One of my friends told me about it and so I applied!”

If you are currently looking for an internship check out how Career Services can help you. Career Services is located in the Administration Building.

Follow @NWMOSTATE on twitter and like their Facebook page for information on upcoming Northwest events.

For more information regarding the Department of Communication and Mass Media and how it can help you find an internship or prepare you for one, contact Matt Walker at matt@nwmissouri.edu.

Student Spotlight: Mallory Daugherty

Daugherty PicMARYVILLE, Mo- Being the president of an organization is a responsibility that comes with a lot of hard work, time dedicated to the organization, and commitment shown to keep the organization running smoothly. Northwest Missouri State University’s Mallory Daugherty has all of these qualities and more that make her an excellent president for the Student Activities Council on campus.

Daugherty is a junior at Northwest studying communications which has helped her a lot with her role as President of SAC.  Coming into Northwest Daugherty didn’t know that she wanted to be a communications major but after her internship with Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce in Atlantic, Iowa the event planning aspect of the job really helped make the decision.

“Taking communication classes has prepared me for the tasks that I have to do as president. I have to build relationships and communicate with people not only from our campus but other places as well. The skills that I have been taught in classes have helped make that possible.” Daugherty thinks while all the classes she has taken have given her useful skills for her future but Organizational Communication has helped her a lot with being the leader of an organization.

Building relationships is not the only thing that the President of SAC has to do. Leading team meetings, solving problems, and making sure events run smoothly are just a few more of the responsibilities held in this position.

“It takes a lot of effort, but it is all worth it in the end,” says Daugherty. With the hard work that gets put in, there also gets to be some good things taken from the experience. Recently, Daugherty got to go to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the National Activities Conference where she witnessed potential performers for the SAC organization to bring to Northwest. This allowed her to build relationships and see some great talent.

After getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Daugherty plans to further her education here at Northwest through the Master’s Program. After receiving her MBA, Daugherty hopes to continue in organizational leadership and event planning.