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General Announcements October 22 - October 26

Cal State Northridge Journalism Department's Monday Memo
Newsletter for Journalism Majors
Internships, jobs, accomplishments and general announcements
Fall 2012 * Issue No. 9
To submit information to the Monday Memo, please contact Christina Pembleton, editor, at ext. 3135, email submissions to, or stop by MZ 210. The deadline for submission is Noon, Wednesday.

Fall 2012 Journalism Scholarships - The Department of Journalism announces the availability of seven scholarships. The awards will be announced in December. The scholarship criteria are listed below. All applications must be CSUN Journalism or Mass Communication majors. Application forms are available online at or in the Journalism Office, MZ 210.

Two The National Notary Association Scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to junior journalism majors who demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Applicants must have at least a 3.2 GPA and have spent a semester working in journalism or a related field. Applicants must be enrolled in spring 2013.

The Tom Reilly Student Journalism Enterprise Fund provides one or more journalism juniors, seniors or graduate students, up to $2,000 each for a student project or enterprise.

The Ben Hecht Scholarship in ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM in the amount of $650 will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants write autobiographical statements underscoring a demonstrated interest in entertainment journalism.

The Angus Campbell Scholarship in HARD NEWS JOURNALISM in the amount of $500 will be awarded to a junior or senior in journalism, who demonstrates academic promise and plans to pursue a career in hard news journalism.

Two Lisa Endig Journalism WRITING Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a journalism undergraduate or graduate student who shows outstanding ability in writing for broadcast or print media. Serious consideration will be given to students who are overcoming difficulties while continuing their education.

The San Fernando Valley PUBLIC RELATIONS Roundtable Scholarship in the amount of $250 will we awarded to a junior or senior who demonstrates public relation skills. Applicants must submit a proposal for raising funds to maintain or increase the capital in the Journalism Department's Scholarship Fund.

The Valley Press Club Scholarship for Community Journalism in the amount of $250 will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate. Candidates write an essay describing their ideas for improving print or broadcast community journalism.

All scholarship recipients must be enrolled during the Spring 2013 semester. 
Please Note: Students receiving financial aid should be aware that scholarship money they are awarded might be used by the university to repay an outstanding balance on their loan. 

Advisement - All journalism students who plan to attend CSUN during the spring 2013 semester must see their advisers for academic counseling during the advisement period. Students will not be cleared for registration until the department has the counseling form on file. Advisers' office hours are available on the table outside the Journalism Department office. The Journalism Department does not make appointments, so plan to see your adviser during his or her office hours. Pick up you advisement form and file in the department office (MZ 210) before seeing your adviser. Once advisement has been completed, both the advisement form and file must be returned to the office. If needed, you should also obtain the instructors' signatures for any restricted classes. Advisement ends on November 2, 2012.

Department seeks student input - As part of its regular faculty review process, the Journalism Department invites students to provide feedback about the teaching effectiveness of professors who are being considered for reappointment. This year, the five faculty members being considered are Prof. Lori Baker-Schena, Prof. Stephanie Bluestein, Prof. Marcy De Veaux, Prof. Taehyun Kim and Prof. Jessica Retis-Rivas. If you would like to confidentially discuss the performance of any of the professors listed above, you are invited to meet with the Department Personnel Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Appointments begin at noon and should be made in advance with Heather Powell or Susie Torres in the Department office, MZ210. The Department phone number is (818) 677-3135. Signed, written comments also are welcome. Please give them to Heather Powell or Susie Torres by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Advancement to Graduate Education Conference – CSUN’s office of graduate studies presents the 14th annual advancement to graduate education conference on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The featured workshops will include applying to graduate school, graduate test preparation, writing your personal statement, financing your graduate education, and how to succeed in graduate school. Admission for the event is free. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the AS ticket office beginning Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. The event will take place in the USU-Northridge Center from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, please contact the office of graduate studies at (818) 677-2138 or visit

UDWPE - Undergraduate students must take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam this semester if they will complete 75 units or more by the end of fall 2012. Students can take the exam after completing 56 units and meeting the Lower Division writing requirement. Students who have not taken the UDWPE by the completion of 75 units will have a registration hold placed on their subsequent registration.

David S. Barr Award – This award is intended to recognize one high school and one college student for their journalistic achievement and to encourage young journalists to focus on issues of social justice. It is names after David S. Barr, who for a quarter of a century served as The Newspaper Guild’s general counsel, mentor, role model and institutional memory. All entries must be of work published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012 that helped to right a wrong; corrected an injustice; or promoted justice and fairness. The awards will be presented in Washington D.C. The deadline for all entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2013. The amount of the award is $1,000 for the high school winner and $1,500 for the college winner. No more than one entry per contestant is permitted. A brief summary of the work should be submitted with the entry, and one original copy must be submitted with four photocopies. For more information, please visit

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