Awesome Opportunity! Become a Student Correspondent

The Center for Communication is launching a student correspondent program, open to students across the country, that will feature student writers who want to bring fresh perspectives and their voice to journalism across our platforms. Participants in the program will have their work published across all of our platforms and will also have opportunities to engage with other media organizations arranged by the Center for Communication.Student correspondents will be allowed to choose their own topics — as long as they focus on career, student life or a current, relevant news piece. Occasionally topics may be assigned to you.

HOW DO I APPLY?
The application process has three rounds:

Round 1: Submit your application
To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter and two writing samples.

Round 2: Produce an original story
If selected to move on to this round, you will be required to produce an original story in 72 hours. Additional details will be provided if you are selected.

Round 3: Interview
If you are selected to move on to this round, you will interview with the Center’s Director of Community.

WHERE WILL MY ARTICLES BE PUBLISHED?
Articles will be published on the Center’s website, within our newsletter, and shared via Twitter and Facebook.

HOW LONG WILL I BE A CORRESPONDENT FOR THE CENTER?
If chosen, you will be a correspondent during the Spring 2016 semester.

DO I HAVE TO BE AN UNDERGRADUATE?
No. You must be currently enrolled in an associates, undergraduate or graduate program during your time as a correspondent.

DO I HAVE TO BE A JOURNALISM STUDENT TO APPLY?
No. We welcome all students of all degrees!

NONE OF MY WORK HAS BEEN PROFESSIONALLY PUBLISHED — CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes. As long as you can provide samples of your work, you can still apply.

WILL I BE WORKING IN THE CENTER’S OFFICE IN DUMBO?
No. You will be working remotely from your college. This way, you can participate in the program while still taking classes on campus! Talk about a win-win, amiright?

All correspondents are more than welcome to come visit us, if they want!

WILL THIS OPPORTUNITY BE AVAILABLE IN THE FUTURE?
Yes. The program is offered in the fall, spring and summer.

I’VE APPLIED – NOW WHAT?
The Center staff will begin reviewing all applications. Keep in mind that we’re a staff of 4, but we’ll respond to every applicant as quickly as possible.

After this, you will be notified via email if you are selected to move on to Round 2 of the application process. Journalists selected to move on to Round 2 will be given 72 hours to produce an original story.

After the deadline of round two, selected candidates will participate in a brief interview with the Center’s Director of Community.

HOW WILL I BE COMPENSATED FOR MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM?

All correspondents will receive a stipend upon successfully completing program. Throughout the course of the program, the Center will conduct weekly mentorship calls with the Student Correspondents with guidance and editorial support.

READY TO APPLY?

Submit your application to Foladé Bell, our Director of Community. Be sure to include “Student Correspondent Spring 2016” in the subject line.

Link of the Week: WordRates

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A brand new resource was launched on October 19th, Wordrates.com. WordRates is a publishing platform for journalists to share payment structures, rate editors, and sell pitches. The project was launched on Kickstarter in April 2015 and by May 24,2015 the project reached its goal. They raised almost $10,000. Writer Scott Carney founded the site to bring transparency to the Byzantine world of magazine publishing.

According to Galleycat:

The site contains a database of magazines, blogs and newspapers that work with freelance writers. The entries for these publications include crowd-sourced ratings and comments from writers on the publication, as well as ratings of individual editors. In addition, if you sign up for the free membership, you can access publication details like pay rates, kill fees and advertising rates, along with masthead information. If you sign up for a premium account ($35 for six months, $50 a year), then you can access contact details for individual editors. You can also browse the site by best rated (Wired, Outside, Fast Company) or lowest rated (Details, Town & Country, Allure) or newest/oldest.

One special feature is the Pitchlab. On the site it explains that Pitchlab is where “Writers with great ideas can submit pitches, which are then reviewed by our team of mentors. If the idea passes the review process, the mentor will then work with the writer to hone the proposal into a perfect pitch and then take it out to the marketplace to find an appropriate publication, just like a literary agent does in the book publishing world.”

The site has been described as “Yelp for journalists.”

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Jordan Forney is a Graduate Assistant for the M.S. in Publishing program at Pace University. She is currently pursuing a career in the book publishing industry. She’s a proud alumnus of Seton Hill University and calls the United States Virgin Islands home. 

Link of the Week: Kevin O. McLaughlin’s Blog

Kevin O. McLaughlin started blogging in order to achieve his dream of learning and shaping a new career as a professional author. Generally speaking, he uses his blog to write about writing as a profession, an industry, and to showcase his own work. In today’s digital age, blogging is a very resourceful tactic because it is a simple way to broadcast one’s name. McLaughlin posts relevant content four to five times per week, and every entry is interesting and inviting. He aspires to inform, entertain, and maybe even enlighten others who are traveled down the same road to literary success.

http://kevinomclaughlin.com/