Congratulations to OSU's awesome NSAC Team, who just competed in the district competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.  They were awarded best creative and placed 2nd in the district.

The team members are:  Addison Skaggs, Alex Christy, Amy Woods, Ashley Brickman, Bailey Gilbert, Caleb Jones, Claire Mckenzie, DoWon Kim, Halle Barham, Jenny Berry, Katie Cohen, Kenzie Bush, Lauren Mitchell, Madison Bradford, MJ Greiner, Rachel Moretti, Stephanie Rojo, Toni Trainor, Zach Johnston.

Congratulations to all of you!  We are very proud of you!

Position/Title:  News Photographer

Details:  The News Photographer operates television or video cameras to record images or scenes for news reports.

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

City and State:  Wichita Falls, TX

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Shoots video for news reports
* Confers with other personnel to discuss assignments, logistics and shot requirements
* Sets up, composes and executes video shots
* Maintains video equipment
* Edits video clips for television broadcasts and eMedia content
* Operates live microwave and satellite trucks in remote situations
* Performs other duties as assigned

Requirements and Skills:
* High school diploma
* Fluency in English
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
* Minimum two years' experience operating video recording equipment (more for larger markets and less for smaller markets)
* Proficiency with computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, fax machines and other office equipment
* Ability to meet deadlines, prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks
* Flexibility to work any shift

Additional Information:  
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The News Photographer must be able to stand, sit, conduct telephone conversations, use electronic mail, write letters and memos, conduct face-to-face discussions with individuals or groups, make decisions without supervision, make decisions that impact the results of co-workers, work in close proximity to others, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and work indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.  In addition, the News Photographer must be able to lift, set up and operate equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, and be able to handle, control or feel objects, tools or controls.  Repetitive omvements are required.  Work may be conducted in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.

Apply online at: Https:// 

Kelly Dyer Fry was named pubisher of The Oklahoman on Tuesday.  Fry will also continue in her role as editor and vice president of news for The Oklahoman, which was purchased by GateHouse Media in October.

"Kelly is the perfect choice to assume the role of publisher, due to her accomplished tenure and success driving digital audiences at The Oklahoman," said Jim Hopson, The Oklahoman's interim pubilsher.  "She is a strong community leader and has excelled at creating and executing strategies for The Oklahoman."

For the past 24 years, Fry has been a leader in the news operation and coverage of Oklahoma communities.  Fry led the team that launched and served as general manager of The Oklahoman's digital initiatives.  

A third-generation journalist and graduate of Oklahoma State University, Fry has been with The Oklahoman since 1994 when she left her family business.  Her family still owns and operates the El Reno Tribune

"We are proud to have such talent in our company with the level of passion for journalism and connection to Oklahoma communities," said Bernie Szachara, president of GateHouse U.S. Newspaper Operations.

"I have loved every minute of my career here and I'm looking forward to partnering with the community to build up this newpaper," Fry said. "We are more than a product; we work hard every day to serve as your eyes and ears.  I am humbled to take the reins of this great institution."

Nationally, Fry has served on the board of the Associated Press Media Editors and the New Media Federation of the Newspaper Association of America.

Fry was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2014.

OSU's School of Media & Strategic Communications' Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter entered the country's premiere public relations competition on Friday, March 29.

The Bateman Case Study Competition is PRSSA's contest that provides students the opportunity to apply classroom education and internship experiences to create and implement a full public relations campaign.  This year's participants developed a campaign for the PRSA Foundation, a charitable organization that is committed to promoting diversity among public relations professionals and companies so that they can best serve the public and address the needs of a diverse world.

OSU's Bateman team created and implemented a full public relations campaign for the client.  The "Strength in Differences" campaign that promoted diversity and inclusion in the public relations field was comprised of five junior and senior strategic communications students:  Alexandria Mangold, Jacey Gellasch, Jean Chaplin, Maria Mancera and LeAnn Wilson.

"The campaign was tremendously beneficial to my educational experience here at OSU," Gellasch said.  "I was able to work in a team setting and gain real-world experience with this campaign."

During the "Strength in Differences" campaign, the Bateman Team held many events such as the first annual Public Relations Day, an Oklahoma City public relations agency site visit and a PRSSA meeting.  Each event was centered around the topic of diversity and designed to educate OSU students about the lack of diversity in the field and how they can better incorporate it into their professional lives.

"The Bateman Team has done great with this campaign," faculty adviser Skye cooley said.  "Not only were they tasked with creating a cohesive campaign for the client, but they were also tasked with growing OSU's PRSSA chapter."

See more from OSU's PRSSA chapter on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Hallie Hart is a finalist in two categories of the SPI Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards:  Feature Writing and Sports Writing.

Our students compete in the "large" division, i.e., universities with at least 10,000 students.

Winners will be announced and all finalists will be honored at the Region 8 Spring Conference March 22-23 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.

Good luck, Hallie!

Two of our outstanding seniors were selected for the list of 2018-19 Seniors of Significance.  They are:

Stephanie Rojo, Economics and Strategic Communications, Edmond, OK

Addison Skaggs, Sports Media and Strategic Communications, Perryton, TX

Congratulations to both of you.  We are very proud of all the hard work you have done.


An SMSC junior won first place in the sports writing category of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence contest this past weekend.

Hallie Hart's entry advances to the national competition to be judged against the first-place winners in the 11 other regions.  Those contest results are expected by late spring.

SMSC students compete in the "large" division, i.e., universities with at least 10,000 students.  Hart also was a finalist in the feature writing category.

A sports journalism major, Hart wrote her first-place entry, After the last sunset:  Patterson's legacy lives in new OSU soccer stadium, beyond, for her multimedia reporting course.

Hart will intern in The Oklahoman's sports department this summer.  She plans to work as a sports reporter after graduating in May 2020 and eventually earn a master's degree so she can teach sports journalism classes.

The Chandler (Okla.) High School graduate serves as treasurer for SMSC's SPJ chapter and as vice president for the campus chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media.

The Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering is seeking qualified candidates for a paid internship to produce two semi-annual publications.  Priority consideration will be given to agricultural communications or multimedia journalism majors in their junior or senior year.

The paid, part-time internship begins February 25, 2019, requiring an average of 10-15 hours per week.  Responsibilities include development, research, interviewing, writing, photography and layout of the department's fall and spring newsletters.

Prefered Requirements:
Junior or senior status, working knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop software; completion of coursework in:

* Reporting (AGCM 3113, MMJ 3263 or MMJ 3553)
* Layout and Design (AGCM 3213 or equal)
* Photography (AGCM 3233 or MMJ 3823).  Possession of a personal digital camera an added benefit.

To apply, submit resume, unofficial transcript, writing and design samples or portfolio, and contact information for at least two references who have knowledge of your skills to:

Dianna Galloway
Biosystems & Ag Engineering
109 Ag Hall
(405) 744-5431

Deadline:  Friday, February 22, 2019, or until the position is filled.  Position is immediately available.


Longtime NAB executive John David (B.S., Broadcast Journalism,1968) represented radio in the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation's 16th Annual Giants of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts event November 14, 2018 in New York.  David programmed and managed radio stations in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas before becoming a station owner for 17 years.  He joined the trade group as VP of Broadcaster Congressional Relations in 1989.  The 30-year NAB vet transitioned to a senior advisory role in February after serving as exec VP of Radio, gave props to his NAB cohorts and the radio people he helped recruit to "this great association."

Other honorees at the event were:  Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks; Jack Abernethy, CEO, Fox Television Stations; Ed Asner, award-winning actor; Elizabeth Murphy Burns, President & CEO, Morgan Murphy Media; David Lougee, President & CEO, Tegna; Bill Whitaker, Correspondent, "60 Minutes," CBS News; Paula Zahn, Producer/Host, "On the Case with Paula Zahn," Investigation Discovery.  A posthumous award was given to Eugene McDonald, Jr., who in 1923 founded Zenith Radio Corp. and the National Association of Broadcasters and was named its first president.


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