With declining advertising revenues and readership, "I sympathize with publishers," Randall Sumpter, director of Texas A&M's Journalism Studies Program said in a statement.
But, Sumpter explained newspaper editing requires technical skills and knowledge of the newspaper's community. "That ability comes from living in the same city and having the same problems the readers have," Sumpter said.
The Register is one of several U.S. newspapers, including The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee, that have moved some of their editing and layout work overseas, the statement said.
"Let's hope outsourcing news room operations to another continent never progresses beyond the experimental stage," Sumpter said.
Friday, June 27, 2008
He is responsible for the newspaper's retail, classified and online advertising departments as well as marketing for the newspaper.
Leschper had been an advertising director and general manager for Morris Communications in Juneau since 2004, working with newspapers in Juneau, Anchorage, Kenai and Homer. With more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry, Leschper has been publisher, associate publisher, ad director and classified advertising manager for newspapers in a number of Texas markets.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Laura Frnka, APR and Fightin’ Class of 1997 is a PR account supervisor for Pierpont Communications (www.piercom.com) based in Houston, Texas. Pierpont Communications is the largest independent PR agency in Houston with offices in Austin and Dallas. We service a variety of industries from telecom, to high-tech, hospitality and of course, energy.
Laura just returned from Rome, Italy – her first trip overseas. She accompanied one of her clients to attend EAGE – one of the largest oil and gas tradeshows in the world. Ciao, Aggies!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Creating a scholarship is a far cry from the establishment-challenging Carlin seen on stage. Carlin established the scholarship without fanfare and away from attention.(Katherine Coburn '09 won it this year.)
"He didn't tell us he was doing it," Rogers said. "It was a real tribute on his part to somebody who had been helpful to him when he was young and unknown, and he didn't want to make a big deal about it, no publicity.
"It just appeared one day, he had come in and done his thing and gone before we even knew anything was happening."
Kxan.com and thecwaustin.com are hiring!
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- Ensure accurate and engaging copy
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- Degree in journalism preferred
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- Portfolio of live, working Web samples and/or print pages
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- Written and verbal communication skills
- Understanding of design for content management systems, usability and accessibility practice and customer focus are essential
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Friday, June 20, 2008
He has some great plans for his first two classes -- students tackling all the types of stories a GA reporter would find familiar, and others establishing political blogs during what should be, oh I don't know, a fairly interesting fall election season. He also talks about the importance of journalism education in the changing industry.
Dale (who's currently the American-Statesman's dining critic) is even kind enough to dish some tips on good eats in the Bryan/College Station area.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sonia Moghe, who graduated from Texas A&M University in Spring 2007, will begin her Masters of Science program at Columbia University this fall. She is winner of the second CNN-SAJA Scholarship for Broadcast Journalism ($2,000).Congratulations, Sonia!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Amanda Casanova '10, $500, Audrey Cardenas scholarship
Katherine Coburn '09, $1,000, Monroe/Carlin scholarship
Angela DeLeon '09, $2,000, Audrey Cardenas scholarship
Melissa Elam '09, $500, Audrey Cardenas scholarship
Kimberly Huebner '09, $1,250, Bob Rogers scholarship
Christina Jacobson '09, $1,250, Edge scholarship
Brigette Landes-Vann '08, $1,250, Edge scholarship
Lindsay Lewis '09, $1,250, Edge scholarship
Lauren Lucas '09, $1,000, Sue and Willard Clark scholarship
Scott McLaughlin '09, $500, Kyle D. Tilton scholarship
Kacie McMahon '10, $1,000, Kyle D. Tilton scholarship
Deadline for next year will likely be in April again -- mark your calendars!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Once a story was in print, it was permanent. This necessitated an almost obsessive attention to detail and fact-checking. All facts had to be assembled before the story was written. ... Structure was critical. Because stories were cut from the bottom, newspapers invented the “inverted pyramid” style of writing, in which more important information was placed higher in the story. Good information was omitted because there wasn’t enough space.
... Of course, all that is irrelevant online, and the new journalism will be based on an entirely different set of assumptions. Any report may be quickly and easily updated and corrected. Search engine results and referral links are the principal drivers of readership. Layout is almost irrelevant to a Web site.
... and its description of exactly what our business might look like AFTER it turns upside-down:
This will be nothing less than a complete rebirth of journalism around the concept that information is plentiful and cheap. Instead of 1,500 print newspapers, there will be perhaps five to 10 national “super-papers” and many thousands of regional and special interest community news sites.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Seriously: Please plan to come if you can. Last year we actually had breaking news: Kathleen surprised us by announcing the Skip Leabo scholarship, and associate dean Pamela Matthews told us about faculty changes, the new Student Reporter program and other news.
This year, there are rumblings of a Battalion staffers reunion that same weekend... holler if you have interest or ideas for same. (Is there still a Batt staff photo framed on the wall at Duddley's?)
The main event will be the induction of another great Aggie journalist into the FJSA Hall of Honor. Again, watch this space and FJSA.com for more as we get closer.
Guaranteed to happen: catching up with comrades and meeting current students. Also, the Batt is now close by in the MSC, and if you're a grizzled vet of the RDMC dungeon, you owe it to yourself to see the cool space they have now.
Much thanks to FJSA's Natalie Holladay and Student Media's Dell Bomnskie for making the arrangements possible. (Natalie is humoring me by checking into the possibility of cheese cubes this year... e-mail me to vote for cheese if you share my cheese obsession!)
In 1938 Tumlinson identified the character in a comic as an ex-con from Brooklyn who was considered "too tough" for Alcatraz, and sentenced to A&M. The character was named "Magarkin" later and turned into an upperclassman in the Corps who frequently appeared with his freshman buddy "Fish Blotto."
Monday, June 9, 2008
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