Alumni networks and Internship and Career Counseling
First, come in and talk to your professors about your internship and career plans and opportunities.
The Center also tracks alumni in the field and enlists their support with internship and career guidance for undergraduates. We encourage students to come in and talk to faculty and staff about potential opportunities. If there is an alum in a good position to provide counsel, we can connect you. If you have any questions, contact Shelley Stonecipher or Professor Ken Rogerson.
Research assistant positions
The DeWitt Wallace Center hires between 4 and 10 research assistants each year. Research assistants’ work includes assisting faculty on research projects, profiling alumni, searching for internship and job opportunities, surveying best practices in the field, developing publicity materials, and assisting with hosting guest speakers and Media Fellows. Join the listserve, and receive notices about new positions.
Melcher Family Award for Excellence in Journalism
The Melcher Award annually recognizes an undergraduate writer at Duke University for the best journalistic piece produced in the previous year. A cash award of $500 is presented at an awards dinner held in conjunction with the Futrell Award, given to a Duke alum.
House Course, Spring 2010
HOUSECS 79.10 Duke News: Syllabus
Department: Public Policy, John Burness
Instructors: Stephanie Shyu
Class Limit: 12
The purpose of this course is to combine the theory and the practice of television news. The course is designed to explore journalism principles and concepts as well as provide a hands-on learning environment in an actual news studio. We will explore the journalistic aspects of news, such as news gathering and fact checking, as well as the technical aspects, such as filming and editing. This course will look at what makes the industry of broadcast journalism unique and how television news survives among other programming. As technology will be a central component in the course, we will also discuss how new and improved technologies are changing the relationship between multimedia and news.
At each meeting, we will start off with an overview of the reading topics and a discussion of the week’s top news stories. Students will be required to post news scripts (3-4 sentences), which will be peer-critiqued in class, on Blackboard before the start of each meeting. We will then move onto filming a news broadcast in the studio. One student each week will be chosen to film a short (2-3min), more in-depth segment on a story of his/her choice to be included as a package in the following week’s live broadcast. Students will rotate studio positions each week to take on different roles of news production. The course is designed to see an idea through to a finished, tangible product.
Duke Bureau of Carolina Week
The Duke Bureau of Carolina Week (DBCW) is group ideal for those passionate about television journalism and producing news segments. We are affiliated with Carolina Week, which is an award-winning student news program that is broadcast live to the UNC – Chapel Hill campus and Chapel Hill’s Community Channel on Time Warner Cable Channel 4, as well as on tape-delay on Time Warner Cable. Hence, Duke Bureau not only serves the Duke and Durham community, but also can be appreciated by those throughout the Triangle region. Members of this group will film, edit and produce news segments that will be aired on Carolina Week.
Public Relations Opportunity
Duke students interested in Public Relations have been invited to join the UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Students would need to join the national organization and could then participate in the activities of the local student chapter. If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the chapter’s faculty advisor: Larry Lamb at ude.cnu.liamenull@bmall or 919-843-5851.