Career fair, lecture kick off National Newspaper Week

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Math freshman Sarah Rodriguez expresses her opinion during Chalk Day Oct. 8, 2010, south of Loftin. Schools should teach students more individualism instead of conforming to how society believes students should be taught, Rodriguez said.  File

Math freshman Sarah Rodriguez expresses her opinion during Chalk Day Oct. 8, 2010, south of Loftin. Schools should teach students more individualism instead of conforming to how society believes students should be taught, Rodriguez said. File

A Media Communications Career Fair, lecture by a Pulitzer Prize winner, high school journalism workshop, Chalk Day, and screening of “Miss Representation” are scheduled on campus to celebrate National Newspaper Week Oct. 7-13.

Three events Friday will kick off the observation.

The Media Communications Career Fair will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

The five programs in the department — communication design, journalism, music business, photography, and radio-television-broadcasting — are offering an opportunity for students to learn about their programs and visit with professionals in those careers.

Additionally, representatives of universities will have information on transferring, and officers of professional organizations will offer mentoring.

Participants include KABB-TV; Telemundo 60; Clear Channel Broadcasting; Cox Radio; BMP Radio; KISS radio; Blonde Creative; Symmetric Sound; La Prensa; University of the Incarnate Word; University of Texas at Arlington; Texas State University-San Marcos; Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Also, American Society of Artists, Composers and Publishers; American Society of Media Photographers; San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists; San Antonio Association of Black Journalists; and San Antonio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Also Friday, the 34th annual Edith Fox King Journalism Lecture will feature Mike Leary, the new editor of the San Antonio Express-News, 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. in Room 120 of visual arts.

Before joining the Express-News in August, Leary was deputy managing editor of news and investigations for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he directed and edited a series on school violence, “Assault on Learning,” which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

He will discuss public service journalism and answer questions from the audience.

The lecture honors the late King, who taught journalism and advised The Ranger at this college 1958-68.

High school journalism students and teachers will be on campus 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Friday for the journalism program’s annual Charting Your Course workshop.

Participants will attend the career fair and Edith Fox King Lecture and sessions on sportswriting, questioning authority, coaching University Interscholastic League contest winners, sports photography, taking iPhone video and still photos, feature writing and ethics.

In addition, panels of professional journalists and other former journalism students will discuss opinion writing and getting internships.

On Oct. 8, The Ranger and the campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists ask students to exercise their right of free speech at Chalk Day 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the mall.

Ranger staffers and club members will furnish sidewalk chalk for students to write messages or create works of art on the brick areas and sidewalks in the mall.

Journalism students sponsor this event annually to help students appreciate the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On Oct. 11, the campus SPJ chapter will join the San Antonio professional chapter in a screening of “Miss Representation,” a documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom challenging the portrayal of women in the media.

The screening will be 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Room 101 of Longwith Radio, Television and Film Building.

Admission is free for society members, and others are asked for a $5 donation.

For information on any of these events, call 210-486-1765.

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