Opportunities 2.18.15

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Summer and/or Fall 2015 Internship Information For Internship Interview Days
Are you interested in participating in the upcoming internship interview days that feature local companies? If so, please complete an online application.

Publications Internship Application Deadline
February 27 (11:59 PM MST)
For all internships applications, you must submit an unofficial transcript to Cronkite Office #222. The transcript should be submitted either with the application or within fives days of the application deadline.

Need help with Your Resume?
We’ll give you info to make your resume relevant, clean and professional looking. Each session will last 45 minutes to one hour. By February 19, please RSVP to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

Friday February 20
1:00 p.m.
Cronkite #354

Saturday February 21
12 noon
Cronkite #354

Interested in sports? Bleacher Report Recruiter Visit
The Bleacher Report in SF will have its Writer Program Manager at the Cronkite School to answer questions about opportunities at the company.

He will be here on Friday February 27 in the sixth floor news department conference room from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. for drop in Q/A.  Then he will present info to students from 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you’re interested in sports, sports writing or sports media, you are encouraged to attend and meet King Kaufman. Please RSVP to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

May and December 2015 Graduates- Recruiter Visits
Recruiters will visit the Cronkite School in the next several weeks to interview May 2015 and December 2015 graduates for jobs.Students will need to RSVP with a resume and link to their portfolio to cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

Recruiter Schedule: 

Gannett
Wed March 18 and Thu March 19
9a-4p
Post Office Building Career Services – 2 Rooms
Second Floor
Interviewing for broadcast, digital and publications positions; Talent Development Program (TDP) and early interviews for Pulliam Fellowships
Recruiters: Aric Johnson and TBD
RSVP: By March 6 cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

Sinclair Broadcast Group
Wed March 25 1p-5p
and Thu March 26 830a-4p
Cronkite #222
Interviewing for broadcast news, sports and production positions
Recruiter: Stanley Heist
RSVP: By March 6 cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

News-Press & Gazette
Interviewing for broadcast news, sports and production positions
Mon March 30 9a-5p
and Tue March 31 9a-3p
Post Office Building Career Services- 2 rooms
Interviewing for broadcast news, sports and production positions
Recruiters: Michael Fabac, group News Director and three other NDs — Jim Lemon- Santa Barbara; Bob Smith, Palm Springs; Leslie Miller Colorado Springs
RSVP: By March 6 cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

Scripps
Interviewing for broadcast news, sports and production positions
Thu April 2 and Fri April 3
Time TBD
Cronkite 4th Floor Student Media Center
Recruiters: 3 recruiters TBD
RSVP: By March 6 cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

Hearst
Interviewing for broadcast news, sports and production positions
Thu April 16
9a-4p
Cronkite #222
Recruiter: Sue Stephens, news director KOAT-TV, ABQ
RSVP: By March 6 cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu

 

INTERNSHIPS

Summer 2015- Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Marketing & Communications Internship
Organization Overview
A public/private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Working with its 22 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 170 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, please visit http://www.gpec.org.

Intern Overview
Marketing & Communications internship responsibilities may include:
• Developing content for marketing materials
• Creating and updating media lists
• Assisting with writing press releases, release distribution and some media outreach
• Researching and compiling news stories relevant to GPEC’s mission
• Helping to coordinate GPEC stakeholder events
• Utilizing content management system to update websites/microsites (training provided)
• Social media strategy, updates

Desired Candidate Qualifications
Undergraduate juniors and seniors with some previous work or internship experience preferred, but any interested applicants will be considered. Candidates studying any major are encouraged to apply, however, individuals concentrating in marketing, journalism, communications, public relations or related fields are most successful. Candidate qualifications include:
• Strong writing skills, knowledge of AP Style
• Organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to tackle multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
• Highly motivated to learn, grow professionally and work in a team environment
• Open to giving and receiving feedback
• Have special interest in marketing, communications and/or media relations

Internship Details
Hourly wage begins at $11.75 per hour and increases after 6 months. We prefer internships last at least 6 months (one semester). We review applications on a rolling basis as positions become available. We are flexible in accommodating students’ schedules and attempt to schedule interns such that we always have an intern in the office.

Application Information: Qualified candidates should respond by sending a confidential resume to hr@gpec.org.NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

GPEC is an equal opportunity employer. No person will be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Summer 2015- ON Semiconductor Paid Writing Internship
$18-$19/hour DOE
Intern will:
– Be tasked with developing content for the employee intranet, global newsletter and all supporting collateral for internal communications projects in a timely fashion.
– Primary responsibilities will include proofreading copy for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, tone, consistency, branding, style issues and submitting requested tasks on deadline.
– Review projects in various stages of development from first draft copy through final/print versions.
– Quickly and efficiently access/prioritize work as assigned with the goal of meeting defined deadlines.
– A minimum of three (3) writing samples must be submitted with application.
-The right candidate will have a passion for attention to detail, the ability to multitask while working in a fast-paced environment and a strong work ethic.

Position Requirements:
-Must be currently enrolled in school studying journalism
-1-2 years editing experience
-Proficiency with Word and PowerPoint
-Professionalism and positive, cheerful attitude
-Experience with graphic design tools is preferred
-Must be willing to work part-time during the school year (10-20 hours) and full-time during the summer

A recruiter will be at the Cronkite School on Thursday February 26 to interview applicants. If you are interested in being considered for an interview, please send a resume and 3 writing samples or a link to your writing samples to: cronkitecareerservices@asu.edu
by February 20.

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is driving innovation in energy efficient electronics, empowering design engineers to reduce global energy use. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power and signal management, logic, discrete and custom solutions to help customers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power supply applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions.

Summer 2015- CBS in NY- PAID
Apply to the CBS News Diversity Program by February 21. Letter and materials must be postmarked by February 21 to be eligible. Selected students will work either in NY or Washington, DC and will receive a stipend of $6,500. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation. Students involved with NAHJ, AAJA, NABJ, NAJA or NLGJA are encouraged to apply.

Required:
-Have already achieved Junior or Senior class standing
-GPA 3.0
-Knowledge of current events
-Must meet the 10-week work requirement between June and August

Each applicant must include a printout of the completed application form to be eligible and submit the following:

– CBS News Internship Program Application
– 2 letters of recommendation
– Official transcript
– Letter verifying the college or university will offer internship credit if the student is selected for the program

All materials must be mail to:
Dorothy Bland
Dean and Graduate Institute Director
Mayborn School of Journalism and Graduate Institute of Journalism
1155 Union Circle #311460
Denton, TX 76203-5017

If you choose to EMAIL materials, please send PDFs to:
Brandee.hartley@unt.edu

Summer 2015- Fashion Journalism
Do you want to work in fashion? We can help you get there.

CollegeFashionista.com is looking for ambitious, goal-orientated interns this summer to report on the fashion trends happening on their campus. Our interns, aka Style Gurus, are in charge of capturing street style photography around their college campus as well as creating articles based on their findings. Style Gurus contribute one post per week during the duration of the internship as well as participate in bi-monthly Twitter chats with fashion industry executives, webinars and other skill building exercises. Interns also have the opportunity to work on brand campaigns and organize local fashion events.
If your enthusiastic about the fashion industry, have experience in journalism and/or photography please apply at www.collegefashionista.com/apply.

The position runs from the week of May 18 29, 2015 to August 24, 2015 and is unpaid, however credit can be received. Students must own or have access to a camera for the position. SLR cameras preferred. Looking for outgoing students who want to expand their writing portfolio and contribute to a growing online media company. The final date to apply is April 30, 2015. However, we accept applicants on a rolling basis and encourage you to apply before then.

About CollegeFashionista.com:
CollegeFashionista.com is a fashion website for those who are passionate about the latest styles and trends on campuses around the world. This website allows students and other young adults to view photographs of what their peers are wearing around college campuses and gain valuable insight and tips to incorporate these looks into their own college fashion wardrobes. The articles are written by college students, for college students. CollegeFashionista’s mission: to empower students to make the campus their runway.

Summer 2015- Playboy Enterprises, Inc Paid Digital Internship
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

Playboy is one of the most recognized and popular consumer brands in the world. In the last several years, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. has evolved from its roots as an innovative media and lifestyle company to a diversified Brand Management and Licensing company that markets the Playboy brand through a wide range of initiatives; included consumer products, night clubs and casinos, online properties and traditional media vehicles such as print and TV. Playboy currently has presence in more than 150 countries throughout the world. The Company is located in Beverly Hills, CA with a business casual environment

Playboy Media Group includes Playboy App, Playboy Magazine, International Publishing Editions, Special Editions, Calendars, TV & Online Licensing relationships, Social Media (Facebook, twitter, instagram), Alta Loma Productions and all content touch points with our audience.

Department where intern will work: Digital
Address: 9346 Civic Center Drive
City: Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Web site: www.playboy.com

Send cover letter and resume to Michelle McLaughlin
E-mail: mmclaughlin@playboy.com

Internship Hours Paid: yes/ $10 hourly
Number of students you need for Summer: 2

Job Description:
Playboy is seeking a summer intern to join our growing digital editorial department. This won’t be some coffee-fetching gig. Our intern will be an integral member of the team. They’ll attend staff meetings, produce articles, pitch ideas, write posts, source images, and assist editors with their stories.

The ideal candidate:
• Has reporting and writing experience (Journalism school or school newspaper)
• Reads men’s lifestyle magazines
• Stays current on news and pop culture
• Has a personal Twitter feed with engaged followers
• Can do basic photo editing (cropping and resizing)
• Is comfortable with reading and interpreting traffic analytics
• Has a GPA of 3.0 or above

Fall 2015- Washington, DC

The Scripps Howard Foundation is seeking interns for fall 2015. Interns cover Washington for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and may report for campus, hometown or other news organizations. Interns work with an experienced editor and the multimedia fellow to choose, report and edit stories. Interns produce multimedia stories using social media, blogs, online stories, videos and slideshows. Students with multimedia experience are preferred, but we also teach multimedia skills. This is a paid internship with free housing in furnished apartments.

Interns must be undergraduates in the term they spend in Washington. That means spring and summer graduates are not eligible for fall.

Program dates: Sept. 9 to Dec. 15. Stipend $3,346 and free housing.
Application Deadline: March 15

The application form can be found at www.shfwire.com 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Scripps Howard Foundation Fellowship
The fellow manages and maintains the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website. He or she creates multimedia projects for our website, works with undergraduate interns to develop multimedia projects and provides leadership to a team that produces news stories and projects.

Qualified applicants must have professional-level expertise in HTML, content management systems and CSS. Applicants must also have high-level skills in reporting and writing, shooting photos and video using DSLR and video cameras and editing video.

Applicants must have either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The fellowship includes a $23,136 stipend, plus free housing in a furnished apartment.

The fellowship begins in September and goes through August 2016.
Application deadline: April 1

Apply at www.shfwire.com. Click on “apply” and “reporting internship” or “multimedia fellowship.”

Jody Beck, 202-408-2748
jody.beck@scripps.com

RTDNA Scholarships
Scholarships are open to undergraduate students pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism. Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing when scholarships are awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible. Deadline April 3.

HOW TO APPLY
Complete the online application form, including:Contact information, Experience, URL links to 3-5 work samples; Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces; Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.

Upload the supplemental materials:
-Cover letter
-Discuss your current and past journalism experience
-Describe how you intend to use the funds
-Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
-Cover letter addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
-Resume
-Letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or supervisor addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee

Available Scholarships

Ed Bradley– $10,000
Ed Bradley is best known for his award-winning work in 26 years on CBS News’ 60 Minutes and as the first African American White House TV correspondent. Bradley received the Paul White Award from RTDNA in 2000 recognizing his lifetime commitment to excellence in journalism and the First Amendment Award from RTDNF in 2005 in recognition of his support of First Amendment rights. He passed away in 2006.

Bradley established the Ed Bradley Scholarship in 1994. Since then, 20 young, aspiring journalists have received the award created by the late CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent. Past winners have gone on to work for organizations including NPR, CNN, and Al-Jazeera America. They have enjoyed careers from reporter, anchor, and media attorney to Saturday Night Live comedy writer and White House speechwriter.

The recipient of the Ed Bradley Scholarship will receive $10,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Carole Simpson– $2,000
In a career of notable firsts, Carole Simpson has led the way for minorities and women in broadcasting. After beginning her career as a journalism educator, she went on to break barriers and raise social issues as a journalist. Simpson was the first woman broadcast news in Chicago, the first African American woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast, and the first minority woman to solo moderate a presidential debate. She retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College’s School of Communications in Boston. Her memoir, NewsLady, was published in 2010.

Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism.

The recipient of the Carole Simpson Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

President’s Scholarship– $1,000
Two awards are given each year in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan.

The recipients of the Presidents Scholarship will each receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Mike Reynolds– $1,000
Mike Reynolds, who died in 1988 of a brain tumor at age 45, was assignment editor and then managing editor at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, IA. This scholarship is awarded to a journalism student with a good writing ability, excellent grades, a dedication to the news business, strong interest in pursuing a career in electronic journalism and a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The recipient of the Mike Reynolds Scholarship will receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Lou & Carol Prato Scholarship– $1,000
Louis F. Prato has dedicated more than 30 years to RTDNA and RTDNF. Lou served as secretary of the RTDNF Board of Trustees, and for more than 20 years he was treasurer of the RTDNA Board of Directors. Lou has worked as a sports broadcaster, news director, a journalism professor. Lou and his wife Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of several books on Penn State football, including The Penn State Football Encyclopedia, and was Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum.

The scholarship was established in 2001 in recognition of Lou’s service to RTDNA and RTDNF and his commitment to excellence in journalism. It is awarded to a journalism student who brings Lou’s journalism values to covering sports.

The recipient of the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship will receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.

Pete Wilson Scholarship- $2,000
The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the late Pete Wilson, a San Francisco television and radio journalist. The scholarship is granted to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student from the San Francisco Bay area or attending a college or university in the Bay Area who shares Wilson’s commitment to ethical, responsible journalism. The Pete Wilson Scholarship alternates each year between undergraduates and graduate applicants. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student in the 2015-2016 academic year, and a graduate student in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The recipient of the Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference. Must be from the Bay area.

Sports Writing- Murray Scholars
Fifteen years and 93 Murray Scholars later, the Murray Scholar family continues to strengthen and grow through the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation’s continued efforts to award scholarships to outstanding journalism students while perpetuating Jim Murray’s legacy.

The JMMF Murray Scholar Scholarship Program offers five (5) $5,000 journalism scholarships through a nationwide essay competition, and first and foremost, to those students pursuing a career in sports writing.

Materials (including the application) is available in the Student Resource Center on the second floor of the Cronkite School.

Friday, April 3, 2015 is the deadline to submit your essay and materials

Also, please note Conditions of Eligibility: An applicant must have achieved academic standing sufficiently advanced to assure completion of his/her second and/or third year of undergraduate study, achieving junior or senior status for the fall 2015 semester at the University’s School of Journalism, who will graduate in spring of 2016 (or 2017) and not mid-year.

 

Cronkite-Zocalo Fellowship in Santa Monica- Paid

The Cronkite School is accepting applications for student fellowships in sustainability journalism with Zócalo Public Square at ASU’s new Santa Monica., Calif., bureau.

The fellowships will be offered in the summer 2015 with students working out of the new Cronkite School bureau in Santa Monica during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Fellows will work up to 40 hours a week for $10 an hour, producing content for the Zócalo website and its media partners, and assisting with Zocalo’s public events. Students also may apply to receive Cronkite internship credit for the fellowship. Students will be responsible for arranging their own housing. The Cronkite School will cover the cost of travel to and from Santa Monica.

Zócalo Public Square, a project of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that seeks to engage a new, young and diverse generation in the public square through a blend of live events and humanities journalism. It partners with educational, cultural and philanthropic institutions to present free, non-partisan public events and conferences in cities across the U.S. and beyond and to publish original daily journalism that is distributed to more than 100 media outlets nationwide.

Fellows may be graduate or undergraduate Cronkite students with an interest in sustainability, energy, the environment and related fields. Duties include generating story ideas, identifying and working with Zocalo contributors (who include journalists, scholars and non-writers), writing and editing articles for the website, working with media syndicate partners, building audiences for journalism and events through social and other media, and assisting with the planning and execution of public discussions and lectures on current affairs topics. Fellows will work with a small staff of writers and editors who produce new content daily for the website and its media partners and who solicit contributions from diverse people whose voices would otherwise go unheard. Strong editing skills are a must as are curiosity and energy. The successful applicant will be able to generate story ideas off the news that provide a different perspective on current topics and write and edit for voice. Some evening work is required. Fellows may have the opportunity to travel to Zócalo events in California and around the country. A car is not required but is suggested.

To apply for summer 2015, send a resume and a statement of interest to: Cronkite Director of Career Services Mike Wong at mike.wong@asu.edu. Deadline is March 6.

CONTESTS

Fox News Channel $10,000 Video Contest

Fox News Channel is offering students the chance to create a one minute thirty second (1:30) to three minute (3:00) fair and balanced news package for the chance to win up to $10,000 dollars cash! Enter by March 9th and check out all the rules and submission requirements via the link below!

http://www.foxnews.com/collegechallenge/index.html

 

 

PART-TIME MEDIA JOBS OR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

R&R Partners Event on March 12- PAID
R&R Partners, a national ad agency with an office in downtown PHX, is hosting an event on Thursday, 3/12, and is looking for 4 students to help their events coordinator execute the event. This is a great opportunity to personally meet the agency executives who hire their PR/communications interns and make a first impression. Event staffers need to be available to work on Thursday, 3/12, from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Pay is $50 for the night, plus food and drink.

During the event, looking for students to help out in a variety of ways—really whatever comes up that we need extra manpower! Tasks may range from directing people from the valet line where they can find the party entrance, to handing out self-guided tour maps to helping execute the sign unveiling part of the event and also helping ensure all our vendors have the supplies they need and that the space is kept looking great during the entire event.

Interested? Email Amy.McConnell@rrpartners.com confirming your availability and a recent resume.

San Diego Padres- Spring Training- PAID
The San Diego Padres Game Day Presentation Director will shoot interviews with players next weekend and we need students to escort and help the players navigate to and from the interview rooms. These will be long days but it’s a great experience for those interested in sports reporting and they will be paid $75 per day.

They will need to have transportation to Peoria Sports Complex: 16101 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85382

Friday 2/27
3 helpers
5:30am to 5:00pm

Saturday 2/28
3 helpers
5:30am to 5:00pm

Sunday 3/1
3 helpers
5:30am to 5:00pm

Contact for interested students: Kristen Keogh (602) 918-1017

NASCAR Pit Notes Reporter- Volunteer

On March 13-15, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) will be conducting its first major race weekend of the year. We are looking for some aspiring journalists who are interested in experiencing sports reporting at the highest level to work as volunteer pit note reporters. As the fourth major race weekend of the NASCAR season, the races at Phoenix play crucial roles in the developing story lines that begin this week at Daytona. It is the job of the pit notes team to bring those story opportunities to the attention of the media.

Please note that pit note reporters are volunteer positions. The track will, however, provide food and beverages.

I am the editor of the pit notes at PIR. The pit notes are the basic bits of information used to keep the media informed of news events at the track during a race weekend. It is my job to decide what is important and what is not and then to put a brief record of the newsworthy item into the notes. They generally run 60 to 80 pages for an entire race weekend.

I obtain a significant portion of the information used in the pit notes by communicating by radio with various volunteer pit reporters (usually 7 to 10) and directing them where to go, who to speak with, and what to ask. The key is taking complete and accurate quotes (as you will see, these quotes are regarded as “gospel” by the media; they will be copied EXACTLY in newspapers and magazines) and doing so quickly. At the end of each race, pit note reporters will be assigned to either get quotes from several drivers or to attend the post-race news conference and get the quotes from other drivers about what happened on the track. Afterwards, pit note reporters would come to the media center and type the quotes (as quickly as possible) into a computer so that I can edit them and we can distribute them to the reporters. Because Phoenix is not in the Eastern time zone, it is important to get the information to the media as quickly as we can so that the stories that appear in the next morning’s newspapers on the East coast are as complete and accurate as possible.

The track will provide my staff with credentials providing full-access to the pits, garage area and media facilities. There is no assigned seat for this volunteer job and participants must act professionally at all times (e.g., requests for autographs, asking celebrities to pose for selfie photographs, etc., are strictly forbidden). But the pit note reporters do get the opportunity to talk to the leading players in the sport (such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson) as well as other celebrities (Senators John McCain and John Kyl and Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, baseball players C.J. Wilson, Sergio Romo, Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson, actor/singer Tyrese Gibson, comedian Arsenio Hall, professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter, and mixed martial arts champion Dominc Cruz have all attended recent races).

Working as a pit notes reporter is an opportunity that enables aspiring sports writers to see the sport from an unique perspective; I can add that almost everyone who has volunteered to do this work at the various tracks I have established this program has certainly enjoyed the experience (though it does tend be a physically draining endeavor).

Those who volunteer for the March 13-15 weekend will be able to take home a copy of the weekend’s notes to add to their clipping portfolio.

I can also provide contact information for current ASU students who have successfully participated in this program in the past; almost all plan to return (and those who do not return all want to – only school work or outside part-time employment limit their participation), which can help in terms of car pooling to the track. Because of some graduations and outside conflicts, I have a limited number of openings on my team.

The March 13-15 race weekend will feature three races in three days, so events will be exceptionally intense. Friday will be the most difficult day – it is the longest (in terms of most on-track action) and feature the most diverse activity (featuring practice and qualifying sessions for multiple classes). We will have a staff meeting each day to discuss expectations for the current day and to discuss problems encountered the previous day and possible ways to overcome them.

I need a full commitment for all three days of action from anyone who wants to be a pit reporter. In extraordinary circumstances, I will permit students to leave early on Saturday or Sunday, but the busiest day of the week will be Friday, so you must be at the track from 8:30 a.m. on Friday. It is up to each individual student to make his or her own arrangements to make up any class work that would be missed by attending Friday activities at the track.

A typical day at the track begins when the first on-track activity occurs (approximately 9 a.m.) and it ends about three hours AFTER the checkered flag falls; the notes produced after the end of the race are probably the most important. We generally conclude our duties three-and-a-half hours after the drop of the checkered flag. The track supplies food (at least lunch, possibly dinner) and beverages. Nobody is asked to work constantly during the practice sessions, but during the time trials and races, the pit note staff is quite active. Attached is the preliminary schedule for the race weekend.

If any journalism students are curious about this opportunity or if you have specific questions, I can be contacted by return eMail or I can be called at 253-220-2566 (despite the area code, I am based in New York so if anyone wishes to call, they should be aware that I am in the Eastern time zone. No calls after 8 p.m. Arizona time, please).

Those who wish to apply for this opportunity must supply the following material:

1.) A brief statement (6 sentences or less) about why you want to join my Pit Notes reporters and why you would be an asset to my team; the statement in your original eMail pretty much covers what I want, so just review what you sent me and include a variation of it with your other material,

2.) a collection of 3 or 4 writing samples or clippings that demonstrate your writing ability (these do not have to be about NASCAR or sports – I just want to see how well you write), and

3.) a list of 3 to 6 references (names, eMail addresses and phone numbers) who can speak of your character and/or your work habits (past supervisors at part-time jobs are fine).
Being a Freshman is NOT a liability in applying for this position. My biggest concern in recruiting students is that they be Juniors or lower; I want the training and experience that you get to be available to me for future events, so Seniors provide only a short-term assistance. Being a Freshman actually could be advantageous to me since I could theoretically have your assistance for seven major race weekends over the course of your undergraduate years at ASU. But students from all years will be considered.

I look forward to reviewing your materials. After that review, I will be in touch; please also include a phone number where you can be reached.

Please send these materials to me at pitnotes1@gmail.com .

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ALL APPLICATION MATERIAL IS 12:01 A.M. ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22. Address all correspondence to “Mr. Chuhran” He prefers the formal greeting.

I certainly would be available to act as a reference for any student who successfully serves as a pit note reporter and I would gladly help them with a job description that could be used as part of a resume.

Ideally, I would prefer sophomores or juniors so that I might utilize their services at future events, but I will consider all applicants. Past knowledge of NASCAR or any form of auto racing would be helpful, but it is NOT necessary.

Contact: John Chuhran

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