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Social Media and Your Job Search

Sarah Findle spoke to Elon University communication majors this past Tuesday. Social media is widely considered a tool amongst communication professors at Elon. Findle spoke about the importance of social media in finding a job after graduation.

Findle discussed how sites like WordPress can be used to a students advantage. Blogging and webhosting companies can be very effective in networking and getting your name out there for future employers to see. Blog sites and web servers can give you a professional outlet to show off your best work and information.

Sarah Findle also discussed how the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter helped her land her first job. Following the right people and saying the right things got her a job at Howard Merrell & Partners based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Findle also explained the importance of using professional networking sites like Linked In. Despite not being as flashy and fun as sites like Facebook, they could serve as extremely valuable tools during your job search. It is sites like these you could give you a head start over your peers in finding a great career opportunity.

Findle encouraged everyone in the audience to seek her with any advice for finding a job and being professional on the web. She reminded everyone to live by her rules for success in the job market. “Brand, follow find and engage.”

                                    J.C. Watts

         Former Oklahoma star quarterback, ex-Republican congressman, J.C. Watts spoke at Elon University Tuesday as Elon’s seventh Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership. Watts is the chairman of the J.C. Watts Company. According to the J.C. Watts Company website, the company’s purpose is to, “represent our clients, effectively before domestic and international governments by providing targeted streamlined consulting services…” The conservative congressman lectured students on his moral beliefs, his view on the political landscape, and his own political analysis of different national and global issues.

            Watt’s focused on the frame of mind of the United States public.  He described the economic meltdown as due to Wall Street’s greed and Congress’ inability to separate what they want for themselves from what they want for the American people, “Character still matters, and I have a pretty simple definition of character. It’s doing what is right when nobody is looking. We have a character deficit today in America,” Watts said.

Watts wants the public sector to allow more competition and innovation. He said competition and innovation are what allowed the private sector to turn the United States into one of the most powerful nations in the world. Watts described Congress as a position of leadership that has no real competition. Thus, congressmen and women instead fight for their own job security and political affiliation.

Watt’s examination of Congress’s psyche became a platform for his solution to some critical national and global issues. Among them Watts discussed his background and feelings on poverty, and also discussed his beliefs on turning around the economy and Health Care.  In his lecture he did not shy away from discussing his conservative beliefs. He provided the audience  his solution to the weak economy.

“One billion dollars a day is paid in interest for our nations debts. It is not taxation that has gotten us where we are, it is all of the spending…Every dollar that comes into Washington DC, seventy-two cents of it is put on autopilot for mandatory spending,.. Until you do something about the mandatory spending, there isn’t anything you can do about the 25 cent taxation.” he said

DJ Shooting


At 7 o’clock this evening, local Disc Jockey of WKQV FM and 24 year old student at Stockton College, Mark Dickson was shot in the arm. Dickson is in stable condition at Bridgton hospital. Dickson called in the shooting himself.

The assailant robbed Mr. Dixon of the $2 Dickson had on him. The local radio station is located on Main Street in Vineland, New Jersey. Lieutenant Kathleen Jones of Egg Harbor Township police reported that the man knocked on the door, demanded the money and then shot Dickson in his right arm with a revolver. Dickson is in surgery to remove the bullet from his arm. The attacker could not be identified.

Vineland NJ – 7:00 PM — Rock ‘n’ roll WKQV DJ, Mark Dickson was shot in an armed robbery at the radio station Sunday evening. The robber knocked on Dixon’s radio station door on Main Street in Vineland, New Jersey. As Dickson was playing a record, he went to the door and when he opened the door the stranger, holding a revolver, immediately demanded money. Dixon only had $2 and handed the man the money. The man then shot Dickson in his left arm. Dickson managed to call in the robbery himself.

When asked about the attacker, Lt. Kathleen Jones of the Egg Harbor Township Police said, “I just don’t know if we’ll be able to find him. We’ll have to wait and see once we talk more with Mr. Dixon.” There were no witnesses reported on the scene of the crime.

The crime is puzzling to local law enforcement and town residents. Main Street and Vineland do not see much crime. The aggressive nature of the crime has given residents reason to not stay out late in Vineland.

The 24 year-old DJ is enrolled at Stockton College. Dixon’s family have yet to be reached for comment.  Dixon is in stable condition but is in surgery to remove the bullet from his arm.

            Feature Article

“Yo, I’m a mashup artist.” said Gregory Kantor, as he repositioned himself in his off campus residence at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. The part time student and full time professional music performer and producer wears a small t-shirt, skinny jeans and a leather jacket.  Kantor goes by the name 5 & a Dime as a mashup artist, but apparently classmates are not aware of his moniker. “I’m really not big enough to be considered an artist to them. I don’t let it get in my head.” The rising artists gave away the slightest of smiles. The young man may not impress his colleagues at his own school, but other universities are taking notice. Last week he performed a sold-out show at the University of Texas.

Kantor’s music career has taken a weird path over the years. He tried various instruments over the years and never could get the hang of them. His background in musical training is very limited.

One day a friend of his sister approached him. “Hey Greg, check out this new stuff I found.” Greg threw on the headphones and his eyes widened. “Who is this?” he muttered. The artist was Girl Talk and Greg Kantor found what he had been looking for. It was only a matter of time before Greg Kantor became the artist 5 & a Dime playing for thousands of students on a major college tour. The young unmotivated, music loving teen evolved to a man on the brink of stardom.

Kantor ashes his joint and gazes into the distance. Finally he breaks the silence and mutters the one thing he thinks contributed the most to his success.  “Patience is what got me where I am. I know it sounds corny but it’s the one thing my mom always told me when I was searching for an instrument or hobby. She was right the whole time.” Patience has led to hundreds of people following 5 & a Dime’s Twitter account, thousands of people “liking” his Facebook music page, and millions of students buying tickets to see a show on his immensely popular college tour.

News Release: Greek Week Dance

7 o’clock Elon, NC — The annual Greek Week dance was a hit last night. Hundreds of Greek and non-Greek students packed the stands at Elon University’s alumni gym. All of the university’s Greek organizations were in attendance and were given 5 to 10 minutes to perform a skit or dance. All the sororities put on a fantastic show and the fraternities put up a valiant effort.

About an hour into the performances, Lambda Chi Alpha’s dance began. Their performance was driven around the story of the fraternity’s sweetheart  being stolen by an evil King Kong. Toward the end of their performance, fraternity members threw up one of their members in a choreographed dance move that ended tragically: J.P. Saidenway fractured his wrist and sustained a major concussion.  “J.P. wanted to just walk it off but since he was laying on the ground for as long as he was, the emergency medical technician wanted to go through all the proper precautions and get his arm checked out at the hospital.” said Alex Merkin, a friend of Saidenway  who attended the event. Saidenway was taken to the hospital to get his head, neck and fractured wrist checked out. Once Saidenway was taken care of, the show went on. Saidenway has since been released from the hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Once the dance was finally over and the judges counted their tallies, the winners were decided. Elon’s new fraternity Delta Upsilon won the dance competition with an interesting dance involving black light and leg kicks.  Zeta Tau Alpha won the sororities more advanced dancing competition. Their organization and originality reigned supreme as the final tallies were made that announced them champions.


Inside Reporting Ch. 10 Reflection

It was interesting to learn the intricacies of the public relations business. The way that people have done things and have learned to do things for so many years has turned it into a formula. There are certain things all PR firms know to do and they all do it a similar way. I am sure that most PR firms have different styles and techniques but the basic concept remains the same. Media kits, spin doctors , press releases. All of the “do’s and don’ts” of the media manipulation process is fascinating. There are structured steps to every plan as every move a PR professional makes can lead to the greatest of successes and the biggest of failures.

This chapter proved to me that while some jobs in PR would be a perfect fit for me, the world of PR as a whole is not my cup of tea. A life out of manipulation seems a little extreme and there is no hiding the fact that this is exactly what the job entails. PR is an enormously pressure filled, and important job, because the livelihood of some of the most important people and powerful companies rests in your hands. Ignore some steps, or don’t spin things to benefit your client and you could end up fired before any damage is done.  I never appreciated the amount of pressure these men and women are under but I could only imagine that even at the smallest of levels it is one of the more difficult jobs.


Inside Reporting Ch. 4 Reflection

Deciphering what is a story from what is not a story is difficult. It’s also a major part of news media. Editors and readers suggestions are crucial to deciding what is newsworthy. This reminds me of my work as a journalist for my high school my senior year. Often times, what you may think is newsworthy and how you feel about a topic is obsolete. The editorial staff has full control over what makes the news and what does not. However, the direction and focus of the writing gives the writer the burden of deciding what deserves most of the attention in the piece.

I would find myself clashing with our school papers advisor over what I could write my opinion pieces on. I looked for conflict and controversy and I was not one to shy away from giving the audience my full opinion in my writing. No matter how well written or powerful the journalism was, my advisor would be quick to shut down an idea due to my high school’s policies and regulations regarding censorship in the newspaper. Although my high school’s policies on censorship were considered relaxed compared to other schools, the changes in the focus of my own work was enough to get me frustrated.

Finding as many sources as possible is vital to the strength of your work. Finding the right people to discuss and cover your topic can prove to be difficult but can be the factual evidence that holds the entire story together.  Without good sources, your entire piece may not have the kind of backing that will prove your story is factual.


Inside Reporting Ch. 3 Reflection

The amount of times a paper is edited and rewritten is remarkable. I have trouble getting myself to read over my paper more than once, let alone the amount of times Beethoven struggled over rewriting and perfecting his music. Even some of the most talented writers and editors in the world will look over their work time and time again before its audience even gets to see it.

It was interesting to see that editors do a lot more then simply edit. Assigning the story, planning an angle, estimating the scope, packaging stories, adding more detail, fine tuning, copy editing, regular editing, and just being a nag are only some of the many jobs an editor holds. The editor is the gatekeeper of what goes in and out of the written material. Who writes what and how they write it actually gives them the power to provide their readers on what they think is news and what opinions they think people need to hear. Editors have more power than I ever thought before.

It was also interesting to read how certain words and different styles of writing are interchangeable. A reporter can sometimes choose to use numbers or to simply write out the numbers themselves. Deciding to use certain punctuation and word usage is also completely up to the writer and does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer. As a journalist there are so many different guidelines and styles you have to worry about, so reading that there is some wiggle room in some situations is very fascinating.


Inside Reporting Ch. 2 Reflection

It was interesting to read about how much work goes into a newspaper. The amount of time spent on deciding what is the best story for the front page proves the amount of effort that goes into satisfying their audience.  Taking the amount of time to decide what is news vs. what is not and struggling to find the perfect story is impressive.

It is too bad that fewer people read newspapers today. Technology has advanced to the point where the audience now expects breaking news read to them seconds after the news occurred. Newspapers use online websites to keep readers up to date but that doesn’t sell a lot of subscriptions and the advertising only makes so much money.

There are so many people involved in the process of making a paper. If the newspapers all fail, many editors, managers, news teams and journalists will be out of a job. Hopefully a new innovative way to attach the audience to newspapers will become popular or else the newspapers are doomed along with the hundreds of thousands of employees.  Journalists and newspaper publishers have taken advantage of innovations since the muck racking at the turn of the century. Hopefully, there successful history will continue and print news will continue to be supplied to all of us.


Inside Reporting Ch. 1 Reflection

It is interesting to see the evolution of journalism over the course of United States history. The early beginning of investigative journalism is nothing like the journalism we know today. The men and women, who opened doors for the likes of journalists ranging from Judith Miller to Anderson Cooper, were the gritty muckrakers. The first individuals to really find out the truth about American politics, and question the laws within different industries and corporations.

The feats of the early muckrakers should be held responsible for the innovative and progressive world we live in today. What would the world be like if there was no up to the minute style of reporting? It is hard to imagine a world without the public questioning the government, or without pictures of drunken celebrity meltdowns reaching the Internet in seconds. These individuals so many years ago were pioneers not only in their industry, but helped shape the world as we know it today.

It was also interesting to see how well the journalism industry transitioned between eras. I couldn’t help but realize that journalists always embrace technology. The entire industry will seemingly shift to a new innovation over night. Technology like the steam powered printing press, has evolved into the smallest laptops and mobile devices. Newspapers may not even be a reality in a few years because everyone gets their news on the internet or on television. Despite some experts fears, I believe that journalists will find new innovate technologies or ideas that will keep the public interested in written news articles.