“What I do matters to someone”

COMMENTARY Baxley Bites By David Baxley, SPJ South Carolina member and Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Francis Marion University When Jessica Imbimbo arrives at the parking lot at WLTX-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, she never knows what the day may bring. From writing for an evening newscast to updating the station’s social media platforms, Imbimbo…

Student newspapers: What’s better than free money? Free lessons for making money

COMMENTARY Journoterrorist By Michael Koretzky Two lucky but struggling college newspapers will receive just that. Want to be one of them? The Society of Professional Journalists and CMBAM (short for College Media Business and Advertising Managers) are teaming up to send an advertising expert to your school. They’ll scrutinize your business and show you how sell more,…

Finding her dream job, Ciara Frisbie says it requires hands-on experience to succeed in journalism

By Sarah Jones, SPJ Region 3 spring intern, SPJ student member, 2018-2019 Editor-in-chief of The Patriot, Francis Marion University Atlanta, GEORGIA —Throughout high school and college, students will work tirelessly to reach graduation and the goal of starting their dream job. Some of those students never achieve this goal, while others are more fortunate and can say they…

FMU professor awarded Advisor of the Year from students, rebooted student media association

By Sarah Jones, SPJ Region 3 spring intern, SPJ student member, 2018-2019 Editor-in-chief of The Patriot, Francis Marion University Florence, SOUTH CAROLINA —  David Baxley, mass communication professor at Francis Marion University and member of the Society of Professional Journalists, was presented the FMU Advisor of the Year award at the university’s Student Life awards on…

Podcasts create healthy loyalty from news audiences, SPJ Georgia offers class to learn how to produce podcast

– From SPJ Georgia Podcasting is one of the fastest-growing categories of long-form journalism, with U.S. listeners rapidly trading in their playlists for daily podcasts. Roughly one quarter of Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis and, according to Statistica, there will be more than 100 million podcasts listeners nationally by 2021. Interested in learning…

Unpaid interns: Slaves who pay tuition

COMMENTARY Journoterrorist By Michael Koretzky Six months ago, I spoke on an internship panel and pissed off everyone – because I offered to pay students for their work. I’m editor of Debt.com, which (like everything else these days) is owned by a bigger company. Usually, a Human Resources rep recruits at college job and internship fairs.…