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SEJC 2016: Focused on Election 2016, job prep

The 2016 Southeast Journalism Conference will aim to empower young journalists to drive the conversation and involvement of their campuses in the conversations that affect and steer the road to the White House in 2016.

With the working theme “Journalism & The Voter: The Foundation of an Empowered Democracy,” the 2016 conference will provide sessions and speakers that will provide helpful information and tips to encourage positive involvement and discussion about important issues about the election.

“The truth is simple,” said SEJC 2016 President Jake Lowary, “student journalists are going to play one of the most critical roles in determining the next president.”

Right now, young people are not as engaged in the political process for one reason or another, Lowary said.

“We want to empower young people to exercise their rights to set their future’s course,” he said. “Student media has the opportunity to engage their campuses in unique ways and encourage participation and engagement in the political process.”

Additionally, SEJC 2016 will provide sessions and professional members of the media to enhance the skills that conference attendees have and will need for their first professional positions.

Results from the 2015 SEJC survey indicated by a vast majority that attendees want to know what professionals do on a day-to-day basis and the skills they use each day.

“If that’s what they want, we should give that to them,” Lowary said.

For more information on the 2016 conference, please click one of the tabs above. Best of the South entries are open through Dec. 5, 2015 and conference registration will be open through Feb. 18, 2016.

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Faculty Positions – Mass Communication, Xavier University of Louisiana

The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana, a Historically Black Catholic University located in the heart of New Orleans, invites applicants for a senior level tenure-track position to head the Department of Mass Communication beginning August 2015. The Department seeks individuals in Mass Communication or a related field with a range of specializations (Broadcasting, Print Media/Journalism, and Public relations), to teach within those specializations as well as in the Mass Communication core. Regular scholarly output and service activities are expected as well, including advising students in their degree programs and their extracurricular production organizations.

The successful candidate for the senior Department Head position must hold an earned doctorate in Mass Communication(or related field) and have an understanding of the current trends in media industries and their impact on Mass Communication curriculum development. S/he will contribute to program revisions, mentor students, and provide leadership to other faculty.

The program actively supports Xavier’s mission of promoting a more just and humane society through service-learning projects and community-based research collaborations. The Mass Communication Program has an established television and radio production organization and a sports broadcasting team. The campus newspaper and yearbook are published through the Campus Student Media Office, which operates out of the Department.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Completed applications will be accepted until January 1, 2015. To apply, log in to our online system at: https://jobs.xula.edu. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names, addresses, and email addresses of three references, a statement of teaching philosophy and research agenda. The letter of interest should be addressed to: Dominique Gendrin, Search Committee Chair. Any questions should also be addressed to Dominique Gendrin at dgendrin@xula.edu. EOE/AA.