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Graduate Assistantship in University Student Media

The Knight School Graduate Assistantship in University Student Media recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing a master's degree in communication in the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. The assistantship supports the education and development of editors, journalists, producers, entrepreneurs and communicators engaged in university student news media, including online and print editions of The Queens Chronicle.

The assistantship provides support for graduate students learning about infrastructure, resources and people involved in community media ecosystems; education, training and coaching in communication and journalism; and online multimedia development and digital convergence. The assistantship includes an annual stipend, and may be awarded to an individual student for up to two years.

The assistantship is available to graduate students in good standing, actively enrolled in the on-campus MA in Communication. Students must remain in good academic standing for the duration of the assistantship. Graduate students with experience in news media; student organizational development; online, editorial and digital media development; communication education; organizational communication; or community news organizations are encouraged to apply.

The Graduate Assistant in University Student Media:

  • Recruits new students and manages their introduction to the news organization.
  • Supports faculty and staff leading educational and administrative components of The Queens Chronicle, including experiences in the classroom and in newsgathering, editing, and distribution.
  • Attends twice-weekly class sessions of The Queens Chronicle student news organization.
  • Supports the management and direction of student news channels, including online and print editions.
  • Contributes to research and development of new editorial models, including financial support, online and print development, and news distribution.
  • Monitors opportunities and develops new programs for student news media to build stronger university and community awareness among its audiences, including engagement and collaboration within the university and Charlotte communities.
  • Manages bill payment and requests for advertising.
  • Supports promotional and other activities of the news organization.

Candidates interested in the assistantship should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a portfolio of three to five examples of previous work. All materials should be sent to Cheryl Ruziska (ruziskac@queens.edu) using the subject line "MA COMM assistantship."

The application deadline is Aug. 10, 2014. Questions about the assistantship can be submitted to Bob Page (pageb@queens.edu). Final candidates will be interviewed in late August. The graduate assistant will begin work at the start of the fall 2014 semester.       

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