News from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP

Apply for Asian American Journalists Association’s VOICES Program by March 31

VOICES serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for mid-career journalists. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to 20 applicants will be selected to cover the convention, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention in July.

Students will produce a convention publication based on reporting completed before the convention and on-site in Philadelphia. Written stories, videos, podcasts and digital content will appear on the VOICES website. Students will also be expected to attend required recruiting events at the convention and have the opportunity to improve their portfolios and interviewing skills.

VOICES will be celebrating its 27th anniversary during the Philadelphia convention. The program represents hundreds of successful alumni that have advanced into newsrooms around the globe and outside the media industry. Former VOICES students have become Pulitzer Prize-winners, documentarians, public relations professionals, broadcast anchors and newsroom editors.

The 2017 VOICES program will take place July 24 – 29, 2017 at Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All selected participants must be available for travel (from within the U.S.) during those dates.

For more information and to apply, visit the VOICES website.

Association of Health Care Journalists Awarding Academic Health Journalism Conference Fellowships

The Association of Health Care Journalists, with support from funders, provides financial assistance to college journalism students and college journalism instructors who wish to attend AHCJ’s annual conference From April 20, 2017 – April 23, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

Fellowships are open to U.S.-based students majoring in journalism or mass communication with a special interest in covering health or health care. Professors and other college instructors who are teaching health-related journalism are also welcome to apply.

If selected for a fellowship, you may be asked to write an AHCJ website blog post, take pictures or shoot video of a conference session.

Students will be asked to share a room with another student fellow.

Fellowship includes:

  • Conference registration fee
  • One year’s membership in AHCJ (new or extended)
  • Up to four nights in conference hotel (Wed.-Sat.)
  • Up to $400 for travel assistance within the continental United States.

    This may not cover ALL travel costs.

Submit a Health Journalism Fellowship Application online.

The deadline is noon CT, Feb. 24.

Questions? Contact Ev Ruch-Graham at or 573-884-8103.

Journalism Scholarships Available for Polish Americans

The Kosciuszko Foundation, An American Center for Polish Culture is currently accepting applications for tuition scholarships for academic year 2017-2018. Eligible candidates are US citizens of Polish descent and US permanent residents of Polish heritage for full-time studies. Funding is available for studies in journalism.

Qualified students evidence interest in or involvement in the Polish American community and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000 and are awarded on a competitive basis. Applicant must show proof of Polish descent. Apply on-line now and through January 17, 2017. Details are found at:

Scholarship decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Winners will be notified May 25, 2017.

The Kosciuszko Foundation is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization engaged in educational and cultural relations between the United States and Poland. Besides the Tuition Scholarship programs for graduate level studies in the US, the Foundation supports Year Abroad language studies, Graduate Studies and Research in Poland; undergraduates majoring in the natural sciences; and short term summer language studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland.

ESPN hosting Meet and Greet at USF Tampa

ESPN will be coming to campus the afternoon of Saturday, January 7th to highlight their programs and discuss internship and entry-level opportunities. This is a free event for students, and ESPN will be buying pizzas for an NFL Wild Card watch party where ESPN will be showing students how they run live stats during the game.

Panel Discussion 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Learn about Internships and Entry-Level Opportunities
Oval Theatre – 2nd Floor of the Marshall Student Center

Breakout Sessions 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
These breakout sessions will feature Q/A for these specific ESPN units.
Marshall Student Center, Room #3705 – Content Associate Program
Marshall Student Center, Room #3707 – Stats and Info and Production Ops

NFL Playoff Watch Party/Mock Live Environment for ESPN stats 4:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Learn how ESPN produces stats during a live sporting event.
Marshall Student Center Ballroom

For more information or to register, visit this link.

Digital Journalism and Design Course Earns QM Certification

snyderOn Friday, October 28, 2016, Dr. Snyder received Quality Matters Certification for his online course, Digital Media Law and Ethics (JOU 6708).

Dr. Snyder’s course is the first from the online M.A. program in Digital Journalism & Design, within the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USFSP’s College of Arts & Sciences, to receive QM Certification.The course was originally designed in Summer 2013 as a collaboration among Dr. Snyder, Dr. Deni Elliott, and Randy Carlson, Graduate Assistant. Dr. Snyder has taught it since and continues to update it to reflect current events and topics from the field.

The QM peer review is a rigorous process designed to certify quality and alignment of online course design through a rubric of research-based best practices in online learning.

Dr. Snyder’s course will soon be on the list of Quality Matters Recognized Courses from colleges and universities across the nation. Additionally, the QM Seal of Recognition will now be displayed on the homepage of his course.

To learn more about Quality Matters, contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services or attend one of our upcoming workshops.

Photojournalism and Videography Awards Available

The JAMES ALAN COX FOUNDATION is inviting USFSP JMS students to apply for their annual photojournalism awards given to students in honor of Mr. James Alan Cox.

Jim Cox, a photojournalist for KTVK-3TV in Arizona, was killed in the media helicopter collision over Phoenix 8 years ago.

The foundation has five (5) undergraduate photojournalism awards, payable to the student’s university, in the amount of $2,500 each:

  • 4 for video
  • 1 for still photography

In addition, they have one (1) photojournalism award for a graduate student, payable to the graduate student’s university in the amount of $2,500 for video work.

The deadline is November 15, 2016. Everything can be done online.

Please see this link for the application and for more information.

Data Visualization Project by USFSP Journalism Graduate Student and Assistant Professor Wins 2nd Place at Prestigious African Media Awards Competition

wan-infra-graphic-v2How Long Have Africa’s Presidents Held Office? won second place in the data visualization category at the Africa Media Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sept. 30, 2016. The ceremony was part of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ first Digital Media Africa Conference. WAN-IFRA describes the Digital Media Awards as “the most prestigious competition in the industry for publishers to benchmark their digital offerings.”

Journalism and Media Studies graduate student Salem Solomon and Assistant Professor Casey Frechette developed the project, which highlights how long African presidents have held power. Africa has some of the world’s longest-serving presidents, but it’s also experiencing rapid change. This project helps to bring that complexity to light.

The visualization was published on the Special Reports website of Voice of America, where Solomon works as a journalist. Since its launch in November 2015, the project has garnered about 5,000 views a month. Most of the visits have come through VOA’s Hausa service, and the DRC has the second-most views. Ongoing conversations in the DRC about term limits and the high engagement with the project from within the country underscore the importance of this kind of project—journalism that transforms readily available data into something that informs audiences and jump starts meaningful conversations.

Awards were given in 10 categories, with the honor for best news site split between Media24 in South Africa ( and Nation Media Group in Kenya ( Times Media Ltd. in South Africa received the best data visualization award for their TMG Election App (

How Long Have Africa’s Presidents Held Office? was the only work developed outside of Africa that was nominated for an award.

USFSP Is Telling Real Stories

Journalism and Media Studies students and faculty at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are participating in the third annual Story Days in Tampa Bay storytelling festival, Oct. 3-8.

Visiting Assistant Professor Janet Keeler will present “Hungry for Stories: Connecting Food to Our Narrative” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Davis Hall Room 130 on campus. (A campus map can be found here.) The event is free and parking is available in the parking garage at Fifth Avenue S and Third Street for $5. There is also metered parking along First Street S near Albert Whitted Airport.

“Food, and more importantly food experiences, tell the true tales of our lives,” says the former Tampa Bay Times Food Editor. This storytelling session will unlock your food story and teach you how to value memories of both hardship and abundance. The audience will be encouraged to participate.

The students in the university’s Neighborhood News Bureau will present “Midtown Stories,” an exhibit of audio and audiovisual projects featuring Midtown residents talking about Midtown’s past and present on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The projects include the radio series “Telling Tampa Bay Stories: Midtown,” aired by WUSF’s show Florida Matters. The program will also feature “Voices of Midtown,” a multimedia series featuring Midtown residents and USFSP graduate Vanya Iliev’s mini-documentary The Spa Beach Controversy, about the integration of St. Petersburg’s Spa Beach in the late 1950s.

The free event is 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18 Ave. S in St. Petersburg. Dr. Bernardo Motta and his students will be on hand to talk to guests and answer questions.

The weeklong Story Days in Tampa Bay includes events at the Holocaust Museum, Morean Arts Center, the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, plus various restaurants and other venues. Among the events will be music, art exhibitions, poetry readings, storytelling sessions, writing workshops and more.

For a list of events, go to

Apply for 2016-2017 ACES Scholarships today!

The American Copy Editors Society’s 21st national conference will be held in St. Petersburg March 23-25, 2017. College juniors and seniors, graduate students and recent college graduates are eligible to win a cash award and free registration for the conference.

You must have been in school for at least one full term or enrolled for such during the period summer 2016 through spring 2017. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible. Students in countries other than the United States may apply. All entry materials must be in English.

For more information or to apply, visit the ACES website.

JMS Undergrad Places Among Top 25 in Movie Competition

USFSP junior Shannon Gazdacka was recently awarded a top 25 spot in the first annual TERMINUS campus movie awards. Shannon produced a short documentary, “Survived By,” which placed highly among Campus Movie Fest’s best documentaries.

Students from university campuses across the nation contributed short films to the competition. All winners can be found here.