Student News | Week of Sept. 1, 2014

Award-winning Haiti correspondent, J-school alumna Jacqueline Charles to headline Women in Media Leadership Series Sept. 11

Jacqueline Charles, The Miami Herald’s award-winning foreign correspondent covering Haiti, will headline the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Women in Media Leadership Series Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. in Carroll Hall’s Freedom Forum Conference Center. She is a 1994 graduate of UNC’s journalism school, where she co-founded the Carolina Association of Black Journalists.

The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP.

Charles, named the 2011 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), was among the first foreign journalists to arrive in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. She was the first to report that Haitian President René Préval had survived the earthquake, and she spent the next 15 months in Haiti covering the tragedy.

She co-produced a documentary on Haiti, titled “Nou Bouke,” that won a 2011 Regional Emmy Award.

Charles was born in the English-speaking Turks and Caicos Islands and partly raised in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood by her Haitian mother and Cuban-American stepfather. She began her journalism career at The Miami Herald as a 14-year-old high school intern. After graduating from UNC, her first overseas assignment was to cover the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from exile.

Her work has taken her throughout the Caribbean and as far away as Liberia, Africa, as one of a handful of NABJ journalism fellows – and recently to Kenya as an International Center for Journalists reporting fellow.

She has also covered Miami’s impoverished communities, Broward County schools and government, social services and the Florida Legislature.


Seniors: Apply to graduate in May and August 2015

J-school applications to graduate in May and August 2015 are due Oct. 15. December 2014 applications were due March 15, 2014. Please complete and submit your applications to Student Records located in Carroll 158-160. Download the graduation application.


Apply for UNC's National Student Advertising Competition team

Applications for the 2014-15 NSAC team are now being accepted. Last year's team finished sixth in the nation out of 130 teams. You can learn more about this year's competition at District competition is April 4, 2015, and the national finals will be held in June at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The application form is available at, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

If selected for the team, you will be expected to spend 3-5 hours per week working on this project during the fall 2014 semester, to pay AAF national dues ($55 - non refundable) by Friday, Oct. 3, and to enroll in JOMC 690, which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. during the spring 2015 semester. Contact Joe Bob Hester at if you have any questions.


Student trip to Germany with the German Embassy

The German Embassy in Washington, D.C., is looking for three journalism students to join an upcoming trip to Wolfsburg, Hamburg and Berlin as part of its Young Journalists’ Program. The trip will be from Sunday, Nov. 2, to Monday, Nov. 10, and will focus on politics, economics, journalism and culture. Travel expenses — airfare, airport transfers in Germany and accommodation — will be paid for.

This program is designed to foster transatlantic dialogue in the field of journalism and to allow participants to expand their professional and personal networks. Students from other journalism schools in America will also take part in the trip.

Applicants must be studying journalism, be U.S. citizens and be aged 20-28. If you are chosen for this trip, you will miss one week and one day of class. Please consider this before you apply and discuss it with your instructors.

To apply: Send a one-page statement of interest and current resume to Michael Penny at by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.


Carolina PRSSA to hold first meeting Sept. 3

Carolina PRSSA will hold its first chapter/interest meeting Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Carroll 33.  For those planning to join, please bring the $60 dues fee.  Information on the chapter is available at and on Facebook at


Usage and grammar test dates and resources

December graduation candidates: The last usage and grammar tests prior to graduation are Friday, Nov. 21. Because the end of your last semester can be stressful, make it a priority to give yourself enough opportunities to fulfill this requirement before the last two weeks of class.

For complete information, visit

Contact Marla at with any questions.


Take advantage of Park Library resources

The Park Library offers all J-school students "space, stuff and support." It has Macs, wifi, books, today's newspapers and more. And now it has CCI Printing. The Park Library also has staff members who can support your work at the school – helping you find articles, data and information for your projects and papers. Utilize what the Park Library has to offer. 


Career Services appointments

Need help with your resume? Not sure about a strategy to land an internship? Want a head start on looking for a job after graduation? Don't hesitate to make an appointment with Jay Eubank, the J-school's full-time career services director.

Career Services office is located in Carroll Hall 161 and 162, next to the Student Records offices on the first floor. Schedule an appointment with Jay.

Walk-in hours for quick meetings with Jay are on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.


Subscribe to J-school Career Services listserv

Looking for an internship or job? Subscribe to JOMC Career Services' listserv for current internship openings and entry-level jobs in PR, advertising and all areas of journalism.

To subscribe, send "subscribe JOMCCAREERS" in the body of an email to Leave the Subject field blank.


Apply to join the Eve Carson Scholarship committee

The executive committee of the Eve Carson Scholarship is currently accepting committee applications. The executive committee is looking for enthusiastic, passionate students to complete its team for the coming year. Several positions are available and are listed on the application.

The Eve Carson Scholarship was established in 2008 to celebrate junior-year students who have exhibited passion and transformative growth since matriculation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the living legacy of former Student Body President Eve Carson, the scholarship fulfills the vision for a student-run merit scholarship she included in her platform. This year, the scholarship has grown to support three scholars, and is the only completely student-run scholarship at UNC.

For more information, visit


Student Government PR & Design Team opportunities

This year, Student Government has a Public Relations & Design Team devoted to promoting everything that Student Government is working on, and it needs talented students from the J-school on board. There are five different subcommittees listed below, but if you have other relevant skills that you think would be useful, please mention those in your application. There are opportunities both to serve on these subcommittees and to lead them.


  • Communications — write press releases directed towards news sources at the campus, state and national level
  • Social Media — use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote change on campus
  • Photography — capture Student Government in action with the first toss of dye at Holi Moli or the first bill proposed at Student Congress
  • Videography — promote Student Government with everything from State of the Union videos to clever spin-offs of TV shows
  • Graphic Design — establish a brand for Student Government and use design skills on projects like infographics explaining complex policy initiatives

Apply today at


UNC Young Americans for Liberty to hold tuition talk Sept. 9

The UNC Young Americans for Liberty will host a talk on college tuition Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Student Union room 3411. Belle Knox, an adult entertainment star and Duke University student will speak as part of the event. If interested in attending, please RSVP at the Facebook event page.


Volunteer as a writing coach

CoachWrite, a volunteer program in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, is recruiting UNC students to serve in district classrooms and afterschool settings. Writing coaches will confer with students throughout the writing process, to strengthen their communication skills and bolster their confidence. Most volunteers are assigned to a single classroom, though at the high school level, coaches often volunteer in multiple locations. Placements usually require one-hour commitment per week.

One pre-service training session is required in order to volunteer with CoachWrite. Returning coaches should contact Stuart Phillips at for a new placement. If interested in being a coach, register for a training session by emailing Phillips.

Training sessions are as follows:

High school training (permission required)
Monday, Sept. 8, 6-8:30 p.m
Lincoln Center room 118, 750 S. Merritt Mill Road

K-8 training
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6-9 p.m.
Lincoln Center room 118, 750 Merritt Mill Road

Thursday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Johnson Center room 39, Graham Memorial, UNC campus