Student Media Opens Doors to Professional Opportunities

Posted On August 17, 2017
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Dream of anchoring the news on CNN, travelling the world covering the latest news event, or going backstage to interview the nation’s biggest music sensation?

There are few places better to start than at Georgia State’s Student Media outlets, where previous university graduates have built their skills before landing full-time media jobs in Atlanta, New York, and beyond.

Fall semester is the perfect time to get started as Student Media outlets offer multiple avenues to get involved.

The undergraduate literary journal of Georgia State University, Underground, has opened its submission window for its fall issue. The Signal and Album 88 are opening application windows to volunteer on Georgia State University’s OrgSync platform. The Signal window of application opens on August 25 and Album 88’s window opens on August 28.

Students can see the visual proof of how getting involved in Student Media helps guide a media career path at the Modern Media Conference at Student Center East in September. Several speakers will be alumni of Student Media, involved in careers in journalism, radio and design.

Album 88 trains students on radio automation systems, how to operate DJ boards and producing short and longform radio pieces. Each semester, the station fills its graveyard shifts on 88.5 FM/HD-1 with new student volunteers. Georgia State students enrolled in a four-year degree or graduate degree program and with an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher are eligible to volunteer as a DJ. Students interested in volunteering for the Album 88 news team do not need to wait for an application window to open to apply.

The Signal provides an energetic environment for students to learn journalism skills. Reporters, photographers, designers and editors collaborate to cover stories on campus and local events. It is also a resource for students to learn how to operate on deadline and utilize multiple resources to obtain the information they need. The first print edition of The Signal hits Georgia State University newsstands on Tuesday, August 22. Students from all campuses are welcome to volunteer and there are openings for students to serve as bureau chiefs for the Perimeter campuses.

If you love music, are looking for a way to get involved, and want to be around like-minded people the best thing that you could do is apply for Album 88.

~ Kenleigh Watkins, Program Director, Album 88

For students hoping to one day see their art, poems or prose in print, Underground provides an immediate opportunity. The journal publishes two issues a year, almost exclusively consisting of works from Georgia State undergraduates.

The journal is already seeking the creative work of the Georgia State undergraduate community. Volunteers Matt Watts and Sarah Jessica Dunn visited Piedmont Central for Move-In Day to talk to new students about the journal and spread the word about how to submit.

We hope in this next issue to display all the incredible creative work that undergraduate students, both at Georgia State and around the country, have to offer.”

~ Alec Prevett, Editor-in-Chief, Underground

The window to submit for the fall issue will be open until October 7. Students can read more about criteria and access the application form in the Submissions forum of the Underground website.

Students wanting to learn more Student Media groups will also have a chance to do so at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Student Communication. The meeting will take place on the 2nd Floor of 25 Park Place at the CAS Event Center (Room 223) on September 22, starting at 10 a.m. The CSC reviews the operations and advises student media organizations at Georgia State, allocates funds to these organizations, provides a means for due process and selects media heads for each media organization.