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General Announcements January 21 - January 25


Cal State Northridge Journalism Department's Monday Memo
Newsletter for Journalism Majors
Internships, jobs, accomplishments and general announcements
Spring 2013 * Issue No. 1
To submit information to the Monday Memo, please contact Christina Pembleton, editor, at ext. 3135, email submissions to mm@csun.edu, or stop by MZ 210. The deadline for submission is Noon, Wednesday.

Welcome Back Journalism Students

Department Office Hours - The Department's office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Faculty Office Hours – Faculty adviser office hours are available online at http://www.csun.edu/journalism/resources/advisers.html or outside the Department office, MZ 210.  Part-time faculty office hours can be found at http://www.csun.edu/journalism/resources/adjunct.html or outside the Department office.

LASH List Updated – The Department list of LASH and Non-LASH courses has been updated to download a copy go to https://www.csun.edu/journalism/resources/advisement/forms/LASH%20List.pdf.

Courses Not Counting for Credit - The following courses have been determined to overlap journalism coursework and, as such, cannot be taken as part of the collateral field requirement nor can they apply toward the 80 units required outside the field of Journalism/Mass Communication.  Art – 151, 200, 243, 244, 250, 300, 301, 341, 343, 344, 350, 351, 353, 354,355, 356, 444, 446, 450, 455, 458. Asian American Studies – 230. Chicano Studies – 390, 405. Cinema & TV Arts (RTVF/CTVA) - All courses except 210, 305, 309, 310, 410, 412, 413, 415. Communication Studies – 428. Gender and Women’s Studies – 410. Pan African Studies- 355, 451. Religious Studies – 204. Internships or field studies in other departments which involve work related to journalism and mass media will not count for credit. Transferred journalism courses that are not articulated will not count towards credit. AMC Courses (Arts, Media, and Communication) will not count towards credit.

Reading Room - For journalism students who need to access computers or need a quiet place to study, the Journalism Department has a computer lab in the Michael Emery Reading Room, MZ 208. No food, drinks, or using MySpace/Facebook in the Reading Room!

Email - Check your @my.csun.edu e-mail regularly or forward your university e-mail to an account like hotmail. Remember that the @my.csun.edu is the official Cal State Northridge communication method. It is the student's responsibility to monitor his/her University e-mail. Not checking e-mail is not a good reason for missing deadlines.

Social Networking Sites – The Department can be found on Facebook at http://facebook.com/CSUNJournalism, Twitter at http://twitter.com/CSUNJournalism and on Google+ at http://bit.ly/ouLNnj.
Moodle – Students who need help with Moodle can visit http://www.csun.edu/at/teaching/tools/moodle.html for information training.

The Michael Kelly Award recognizes writers and editors at U.S.-based newspapers, magazines, and Websites whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth. The award was established by Atlantic Media Company to honor Kelly, who died in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq. Kelly served as editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal. A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the winning entry. Each entry selected as a finalist will receive $3,000. Entry guidelines and forms can be found at www.kellyaward.com. Entries are due by February 4, 2013 and must be for work published in a U.S.-based newspaper, magazine, or Web site in 2012. Up to five articles may be submitted. Additional entry information, as well as articles by Michael Kelly, can be found at www.kellyaward.com. Questions regarding entries should be directed to Charles Green at cgreen@nationaljournal.com.
The 2013 CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship provides a rising college sophomore with $3,900 toward college education costs, a trip to the 2013 AAJA Convention in August in New York as part of the Voices student news project plus getting matched with a mentor keyed to the student's journalism focus. Applicants must be college freshmen going into their sophomore year and must be committed to the AAJA mission. Learn more detailed information and directions on how to apply at http://www.aaja.org/anna-chennault-scholarship/. The application deadline is Friday, May 3, 2013.

The 2013 Stanford Chen Internship Fund Grant is a $1,750 internship grant, typically awarded to one to three college students each year, to assist interns at small - to medium - size media outlets. Applicants must be college juniors, seniors and graduate students who are serious about pursuing a career in journalism. Applicants must have already secured the internship with a print company, broadcasting company or online company. The grant is to be used only toward living expenses and transportation during the actual internship. Learn more detailed information and directions on how to apply at http://www.aaja.org/2013-stanford-chen-internship-fund-grant/. The application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2013.
Tutoring - The Career Center will be hosting a Hiring Day for Academic Advantage, a tutoring program for grades k-12. The event will take place on January 29, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University Hall Suite 105, but students may show up at any point during the event. This is a full day for students interested in a part-time tutoring position to gather information and pass out their resumes. Tutors work with the same students on a weekly basis. Sessions occur at the student’s home or at a preferred location, such as a public library. Positions are available in all areas, and the hours are flexible. Each tutor sets his or her own schedule Monday through Friday between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., but weekend hours are also available. Students must have two years of college credit or one year of tutor experience. A personal automobile is also required. For more information please call (866) 788-8677 or visit www.academicadvantage.com/tutorposition.
Graduate Fellowships - The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at CSUN is pleased to announce Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 for Spring 2013. Fellowships will be awarded to 20 graduate students who want to undertake a research project or a creative activity supervised by a CSUN faculty. While the project may be part of the student’s thesis, it is not a requirement. Students do not need to completely finish the project in the spring semester. However, it is expected that a significant part of the project will be accomplished during the award. Although these are merit-based fellowships, students must have a FAFSA on file. For any questions, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (818) 677-2138.
CONDITIONS OF THE AWARDING OF THE FELLOWSHIP
1. Awardees must be officially enrolled as a graduate student of California State University, Northridge and must be registered for Spring 2013 semester and must have a FAFSA or a California Dream Application on file.
2. Awards will be paid in three installments.
3. In accepting the fellowship, the awardees agree to write a two-page report on the accomplished work as well as to do an oral presentation at a special symposium to be organized by the Graduate Studies Office at the end of the spring semester.
ELIGIBILITY
Teaching Associates are eligible for this fellowship but NOT students currently supported by a grant or another fellowship.
Applicants must submit all of the required application materials by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 4, 2013. To apply, email the Office of Graduate Studies at graduate.studies@csun.edu with Graduate Fellowships in the “subject” line and with the application package containing the following materials as a pdf attachment with:
1. A completed application form, available at
http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/index.html
2. A copy of graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
3. One page CV that shows your prior academic experiences that are relevant to this application.
4. Five-page Narrative (see guidelines below).
The applicant must have two Letters of Recommendation by CSUN faculty members. These must be emailed to graduate.studies@csun.edu as a pdf attachment and with Letter of Recommendation for [student’s name] in the “subject” line. One letter must be from the faculty adviser (see guidelines below). Both letters must assess the student’s strengths to accomplish the proposed work.
GUIDELINES FOR THE NARRATIVE
1. Describe your academic interests.
2. Describe yours career goals.
3. Project Description: Keep in mind that it will be read by non-experts in the field. Avoid being technical. Include objectives/specific aims and a description of activities that will be conducted in Spring 2013.
4. Why do you think you are a good candidate for this program?
5. Describe how this fellowship will enhance your master’s program and/or shorten your time to graduation.
SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR THE STUDENT’S ADVISER RECOMMENDATION
The adviser’s recommendation letter is an important factor in the selection process. It should focus on the student’s potential to conduct research or creative activity. In addition, the adviser should describe the impact that the fellowship will have on the student’s graduate program, for instance, shortening time to degree or providing time to collect significant data or any other work that the student would not have been able to accomplish in one semester without the fellowship.