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Volume  5 | Issue 4TOP
September 10, 2012


NABJ National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Kick-off meeting
Monday, Sept. 10
7 p.m.
Gaylord Hall of Fame (1st floor lobby) 


We will be talking about upcoming events for the year and electing new officers. You do not need to be a journalism major to be a member of the NABJ.  



Tuesday, Sept. 11

6 p.m.

Linsey + Asp Agency


We have two executives from Trifecta Communications in Moore coming to speak on working at a small full service agency.  


Oklahoma College Broadcasters Oklahoma College Broadcasters

Wednesday, Sept. 12

6-7 p.m.

Gaylord Hall of Fame 


Guest speakers: KFOR contributing correspondent Britnee Bryles , KFOR web producer Ashton Edwards and 4Warn Storm Team meteorologist Chase Thomason.


Whether you are interested in a future career in front of the camera, behind the camera or in weather, we have all areas covered!  There will also be FREE pizza and drinks.

For more information, contact Cailey Dougherty, president at [email protected] or Hillary DeBruin, vice president at [email protected].

Outstanding Senior Applications Available!
It's that time of year again for Gaylord College to select its Outstanding Senior for the 2012-13 academic year.  Eligibility for the Outstanding Senior award consists of three elements (in addition to submitting the requisite application materials):

1)  Fulltime student status
2)  3.25 grade point average
3)  Scheduled to receive first bachelor's degree in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013.

Applications are due to the dean's office by no later than Tuesday, October 4, by 4:00 p.m.
Download the application.

Information about the Outstanding Senior application and other awards also available for Juniors (like Big Man or Woman on Campus) is available online at

Society of Professional Journalists electing officers, Sept. 13


SPJ LogoSociety of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 

Wednesday, Sept. 13 

7-9 p.m.

Gaylord Hall of Fame 


The Society of Professional Journalists will be electing a new Secretary and Unity Liaison on Thursday Sept. 13th at 7 p.m. in the Gaylord Hall of Fame room. 



  • Attend officer meetings every two weeks, maintain meeting notes
  • Assists in managing Twitter account (sending out news/event tweets 2-3 times a week)
  • Photographs/documents events

Unity Liaison 

  • Attend officer meetings every two weeks, maintain meeting notes
  • Works directly with Vice President in recruiting/ membership management
  • Contacts other organizations (such as Oklahoma College Broadcasters, Unity, CAC etc) in event of co-programming and planning events

At this time we will also appoint a few committee chairs as well. Anyone interested in running should send their name and contact info to [email protected] along with a 2-3 sentence biography by Tuesday, Sept, 11th at 5 p.m. Anyone interested in general membership is welcome to attend. Around 8 p.m., officers and club members will head to O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille to celebrate. 

In This Issue
Student Club Meetings
Outstanding Senior Applications
SPJ Officer Election
Facility Hours
Support Reporting
Strat Comm Book Club
SPJ Chapter of the Year
International Advertising
Hearst Speaker: Rob Curley
Gaylord Prize Luncheon
Guiliana Rancic
OU Outreach Assistant Position
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Building &
Equipment Hours
Please note that
Gaylord Hall officially closes at the following times throughout the week.

Sunday - Thursday
6 p.m.
7 p.m.

Campus police have been
asked to clear the building
shortly after the last lab closes.

For OU home football Saturdays, Gaylord Hall is open approximately two hours prior to kickoff up until kickoff. However, all labs and equipment checkout are closed completely for home games.

Thank you for your help in keeping Gaylord Hall safe and secure for everyone.

As the semester goes longer,
the closing times will get
later to accommodate deadlines.

Convergence Lab 

GYLD 1000

Monday - Thursday

8 a.m - Midnight  


8 a.m.- 5 p.m.


1 - 7 p.m.


Noon - Midnight 


Creative Lab 

GYLD 2150

Monday - Thursday

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.




Noon - 10 p.m. 


Equipment Checkout

Monday - Thursday

8:30 a.m. - Midnight  


 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.   


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


1 - Midnight 


Library Hours
8 am - 6 pm
8 am - 5:30 pm
8 am - 6 pm
8 am - 6 pm
8 am - 5 pm
Closed Weekends

Support local reporting initiative
Support Reporting
Support Reporting
Why is original, local news reporting still important?
The changing media landscape has brought many benefits but one major problem, a contraction of accountability reporting, especially at the local level. Unless this is addressed communities will suffer. We will have less accountable institutions, more corruption and less reliable information for citizens to make important life decisions.
Strategic Communication Book Club
The Book Club will meet to discuss, "This is a Book," by Dimitri Martin.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
12:30 p.m.
Lindsey + Asp Conference Room

The book is available both new and used from Amazon and is also available for Kindle.

From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book.

Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as Protagonists' Hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of Hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), Martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.
SPJ Recognition and Membership
The OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has been named the SPJ Region 8 Campus Chapter of the Year.

The award will be presented at a regional meeting during the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

OU chapter president Alex Ewald (journalism senior) and vice president Sara Groover (broadcast and electronic media senior) will attend the conference.

Region 8 includes Oklahoma and Texas.

You can still join SPJ and be part of the Chapter of the Year for just $10 for the 2012-2013 school year. If you are interested in joining, you can fill out this form at this link and we will get you on our email list!

International Advertising Info Session

  Shooping in Singapore

Information Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 11 

7:30 a.m. (Nope, that's not a typo, it really says 7:30 in the morning!)

Gaylord Hall Room 2025 


Gain an international perspective and understanding for how advertising works outside of the U.S. The Gaylord College has offered a course in international advertising in 10 out of the past 11
years. We will likely offer the class again this year. The course will be led by Professor Jim Avery.

Overview:    This class is intended to give advertising, public relations, design and marketing students a view of how professional communication works internationally.

Location:    Part of the study will be at the University of Oklahoma.  The remainder will take place in either Asia or Europe: 

  • Asia:  Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, and Hong Kong
  • Europe:  Budapest, Frankfurt, and London. 

The class will visit advertising agencies, public relations firms and potentially some marketing firms in the region of choice.  There will be time for students to visit some sites of their choice. 


Download more information here or contact Professor Avery at [email protected]


Hearst Speaker, Rob Curley, Monday, Sept. 17
Rob Curley
Rob Curley
Internet Punk, Media Nerd, Web Guru
Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Meacham Auditorium, OMU

For the last four years, Curley has held executive newsroom positions at the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group. During that period, the Sun became the first news organization in the world to win top awards in digital journalism (the ONA and Eppy), the top award in broadcast journalism (the duPont) and the top award in print journalism (the Pulitzer).

Previously, Curley was vice president of product development for Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, where he led a team that developed new tools for journalists and viewers. He moved to Washington from Lawrence, Kan., where he held management positions in the online and editorial departments at the Lawrence Journal-World.

The open event will kick off a semester-long study of student media offerings at OU.

The study, Imagine the Future: Campus Media in a Digital Age, will help OU Student Media determine the future course of its 96-year-old independent student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, and its website,

OU Student Media Director Brian Ringer proposed the study following announcements of dramatic change at other college newspapers last year. In July 2011, the University of Georgia's Red & Black newspaper ceased daily print publication to focus on its website, then reversed course last month. In May, the University of Oregon's Daily Emerald ceased daily publication, switching to two weekly publications and a beefed-up website.

Read more about Rob Curley

A 2005 business section story in the New York Times referred to Curley's work in Lawrence as "the newspaper of the future."

Check out this Fast Company magazine feature from 2006, "Hyper-Local Hero."

Start following Rob now, @RobCurley.
Gaylord Prize Luncheon, Monday, Nov. 12
Judy Woodruff

Gaylord Prize Luncheon

Monday, Nov. 12

11:30 a.m.

Sheraton Hotel Oklahoma City


Tulsa-born Judy Woodruff, veteran broadcast journalist and anchor for the PBS NewsHour, will be honored with the University of Oklahoma's 2012 Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Woodruff is a pioneer for women in the media. Her career spans more than 40 years covering politics and serving as Washington correspondent for NBC, CNN and PBS. Woodruff is now a regular co-anchor and senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. In addition, she hosts a monthly show, Conversations with Judy Woodruff, for Bloomberg Television.


Learn more about Judy Woodruff.


Free transportation to Oklahoma City will be provided for students, faculty and staff. Download the BUS RESERVATION form below and return to the Dean's Office, Third Floor.
For more information about the event or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Adams at [email protected] or (405) 325-2721.  




Download an EXCUSED ABSENCE request form. 


Giuliana Rancic, Friday, Oct. 5
Delta Gamma, CAC Speaker's Bureau, and OU Panhellenic
Present Lectureship

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic
Friday, Oct. 5
7 p.m.
Lloyd Noble Center

Rancic will be speaking about her battle with breast cancer and her journey to becoming the E! News anchor.

OU Outreach Marketing & PR assistant position open
OU Outreach has an open position for an assistant. That assistant will gain valuable PR, marketing, social media and design experience. This is for OU students and can be used as an internship but internship credits are not directly provided by the employer. The link to the job description is below:
The OU job number is #15020.