Mass Comm Fair recap

Mark another successful Mass Comm Fair down in the books. More than 45 employers and 350 students attended the fair on Halloween.

Two records were broken yesterday. We had the most employers and most students ever attend the Mass Comm Fair.

Some employers included the Austin Film Festival, City of Austin, Community Impact Newspaper (complete with costumes), Disney Media & Advertising Lab, Entercom Austin, Frito-Lay, KVUE, Weber Shandwick, YNN and many, many more.

No worries if you missed the fair. View the list of employers that attended in Jobs4Cats, or just attend the Spring Mass Comm Fair on March 5. Check out photos below!

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Texas State students win TAWA scholarships

texas state winners

From left to right: Harold Gunn, board member and past president of TAWA; recipients Brittani Wray, a senior and Zahra Farah, a junior; Kym Fox, senior lecturer and journalism coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; recipient Lindsay Medina, a junior; and Michael Herzing, TAWA president.

Three Texas State University journalism students received awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Harold Gunn Scholarship for Journalism at the organization’s annual Truck Rodeo near San Antonio on October 19, 2012. “These scholarships are TAWA’s greatest contribution and my proudest moment,” Gunn said.

Alumni Profiles: Melinda Urbina

Melinda UrbinaMany grad students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State move on to meaningful and diverse careers in the media, and an internship with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is no exception. SJMC grad alumna Melinda Urbina says that working for the NCI’s Multicultural and International Communications branch in Rockville, MD promises to be filled with interesting and valuable learning experiences.

The branch Urbina works with is in charge of communications services and partnerships with foreign countries such as China, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. It is also in charge of the Spanish versions of NCI’s website, cancer publication of The Bulletin, and YouTube channel. And, the office is currently planning a training workshop/conference for Latin American journalists called Cancer Research in the Media. This workshop is being held in November in Mexico.

“It’s interesting learning about all of the acronyms the federal government uses, and I enjoy spending time with other interns from my intern class,” said Urbina.

“There are a lot of opportunities for professional development and everyone is very helpful and welcoming. The office is excited about me being here and is already putting me to work,” she added.

Internships are a big part of the job discovery process, and they often help students discover their passions in the industry. For more information on internships, check out the Internships page of the SJMC site, or discover job and internship opportunities on the Facebook group SJMC Internships / Careers.

Journalism grad publishes novel about truckers and life on the road

by Alexander Sabatini

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac

AfflerbachThe road represents an idea embedded deep inside all of us.

For many, it’s an opportunity to see the world you’ve only read about before settling down and starting a career. For a select few, however, there is no settling down. For these few, it’s a way of life.

In a new book “Roll On,” 2007 Texas State graduate Fred Afflerbach used his personal experience as a truck driver to pay homage to the trucker drivers of old, who only felt comfortable while on the move. It is Afflerbach’s first novel.

“It’s in your blood; something innate. Goes all the way back to cowboys, mountain men and explorers – put them in civilization and they’d be miserable,” Afflerbach said. “There’s always that restlessness with those people who don’t fit in. Truckers are those descendants. Those misfits I call them.”

Afflerbach on the road

Working for Allied Van Lines throughout high school, Afflerbach “got a little taste” of the trucker lifestyle, and once a week he would help the “old-time” truckers unload their rigs. Afflerbach said these truckers held an allure because they came from all over the country, and he hadn’t yet been outside of Texas.

“These rigs were awesome to me. We spent the day with them and their stories,” Afflerbach said. “That was the seed that was planted. I thought maybe I’d want to do that.”

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