Why I won’t be going to J-School

30 03 2011

Graduate School of JournalismAlthough America may be out of the economic recession, as a soon-to-be grad, I can say job opportunities pretty much suck. And as a soon to be journalism grad, I can tell you the job market in media sucks even more. Media students are experiencing an even tighter pinch from the one-two punch brought on by the recent economic crisis and the web’s impact on the news industry.

It’s a thought many recent college grads are considering for a long time: since it’s tough to get a job in the field I want, I’ll just go back to school. For me, it was considering graduate schools in journalism.

But after talking with media professionals, people I know currently in J-School and some research, I’ve decided that going into a journalism grad school is not the best option for me. Here are a few reasons why:
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Response plan: Assess and address

16 03 2011

Illustration by Annette Farrell

An in-depth look at Whitworth University’s emergency response plan

By Kyle Kim

Editor’s note: this story was originally published for The Whitworthian’s March 14. 2011 issue.

Whitworth’s emergency response plan, which outlines response strategies in times of campus emergencies, provides flexibility while still providing a uniform and efficient guide to managing disasters, said the university risk management official who compiled the plan.

The university emergency plan that complies to standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a departure from previous Whitworth response plans in which emergency procedures have been categorized by incident, said Marisha Hamm, manager of environmental health, safety and risk management, who developed the plan.

“Emergencies aren’t predictable so you can’t have a predictable emergency response plan,” Hamm said. “The whole point of ICS is that you can’t plan emergencies.”

The Whitworth University Emergency Response Plan follows the structure of an Incident Command System (ICS) which is an approach developed by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Homeland Security.

Homeland Security developed NIMS and ICS to create “a core set of doctrine, principles, terminology, and organizational processes to enable effective, efficient and collaborative incident management at all levels,” according to the FEMA website.
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Report confirms news media still have no clue how to be financially sustainable

15 03 2011

The 2011 State of the News Media released Monday by Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports what we already know about the news industry: media convergence continues to have a negative affect on newsprint readership while online readership is growing, newsrooms are continuing to shrink while community journalism seems to be growing (yes, I’m talking to you Seattle), news consumption is becoming more mobile (yes, I’m talking to you iPhone) and we still don’t know how the hell we’re going to make money from all of this.

Some other interesting points:

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A juggling act for women

8 03 2011

A recent report released by the White House shows women are making strides in higher education and the workplace, but still remain at a disadvantage.

Editor’s note: the story was originally published on the March 8 issue of The Whitworthian. The story is also available online.

By Kyle Kim

Although a recent federal study shows women outpacing men in college enrollment and graduation rates at all academic levels, the report also reinforces prevailing data on the existence of gender inequality for working women.

Federal data shows females will soon make up the majority of the workforce but the percentage of women working in high-wage fields traditionally dominated by men like management, business, finance, science, technology and engineering remains low.

The findings are part of a comprehensive report released Tuesday by the White House called “Women in America.” The report is a compilation of pre-existing data documented by various federal agencies outlining the state of income, education, employment, health and violence for American women.

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From periodic elements to the Packers

7 03 2011

A professor’s love for both chemistry and the Green Bay team

By Kyle Kim

Editor’s note: the feature was originally published on thewhitworthian.com on March 5, 2011.

Among the chemistry books and science articles spread throughout professor Karen Stevens’ office, another passion of hers becomes clearly evident. The native Wisconsinite is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.
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