The Office of Student Media provides opportunities for students of all majors to get involved on campus and to serve their community. What will you do and learn? Listen to some graduates:
I still remember the first time I walked into the Student Media offices. It was also my first day on campus. I left that meeting with my first story for the Southern Reflector, lifelong friends and I started a journalism career that has taken me around the country doing what I love. You might have a chance to be editor of The George-Anne while you’re here. You’ll certainly become a part of a great organization and you’ll enrich your life in the process.
–Charles Minshew, director of data services at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Columbia, Missouri (Student Media staff member 2008-2011, George-Anne editor-in-chief, 2010-2011)
You have to work with a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds and levels of knowledge, so it really forces you to get along and also learn how to teach as you go. … I feel like college is really good at teaching you the material, but Student Media was really good at teaching you how to implement that material.
–Heather Youmans, associate producer for creative services, Sirius XM, New York (Student Media staff member 2014-2016, editor-in-chief of Creative Division 2015-2016)
Student Media was my first experience with the real world applications of design and the joy of seeing your work, along with the work of so many other people, come together into something everyone can be proud of. The experience with real deadlines, real challenges and solutions that require real thought and consideration was indispensable in my preparation for being a working graphic designer in the professional world.
–Jose Ramon Gil III, owner, Gil Creative LLC, Atlanta (Student Media staff member 2012-2014, production manager 2013-2014)
Student Media taught me about building relationships, meeting deadlines, page design, journalism ethics and more. Without student media, I don’t think I would fully understand or appreciate the important role of a journalist.
—Jackie Gutknecht, editor and publisher, The Covington (Georgia) News (Student Media staff member 2011-2014, George-Anne managing editor 2013)
I think Student Media really prepared me for the real world by helping me grow in my communication. And how to lead a small group or team and how to communicate with superiors. It also taught me professionalism and how to present myself in the workplace and how to collaborate with others. … It’s cheesy to say, but I have lifelong friends.
–Cydney Long, flight attendant, American Airlines, New York (Student Media staff member 2014-2016, Marketing Division manager, 2015-2016)
Interviewing was a big part of it. As someone who wasn’t a traditional journalism major, that’s something that was helpful. … Not just for interviewing for articles but also interviewing for jobs and talking to people in general. And what I learned outside of my specific job — design, videography, photography. Just being in that same space helped me pick up something I wouldn’t have received otherwise. It made me very well-rounded.
–Ian Leonard, marketing assistant, HarperCollins Publishers, New York (Student Media staff member 2014-2018, editor-in-chief of The George-Anne Print Division, 2016-2017)
Student Media gave me access to a lot of tools and professional experience in a kind of sandbox environment, meaning there’s room to grow, room to try different things and room to make mistakes. And through those experiences I was able to connect with real world professionals. I was able to use legit software and able to network with other students and journalists around the country to figure out my career path and take those real skills and use them in my career now.
–Jeff Licciardello, marketing director, Vinepair.com, New York (Student Media staff member 2013-2017, editor-in-chief of Reflector magazine 2014-2016)
It helped me tremendously. I became used to a newsroom environment. It taught me responsibility and time management and gave me the skills I needed to be successful transitioning from college to the workforce, such as editing, writing, social media management, teamwork, etc.
–Shakeem Holloway, digital content manager, Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press (Student Media staff member 2012-2014, George-Anne sports editor 2013-2014)
Student Media has helped my career in every facet at every step of my career thus far. … It is arguably the most valuable thing I did at Georgia Southern.
–Phillip Scroggin, business development manager, Progressive Technology Inc., Bluffton, South Carolina (Student Media sales representative 2011-2012)
Being in student media helped prepare me to work in a newsroom. I understood the different roles that each person played and the value they brought to the newsroom. .. Student Media served as a catapult for my journalism career.
Kimeko McCoy, social media editor, AdWeek magazine, New York (Student Media staff member 2012-2014, George-Anne features editor 2013)
Student Media prepared me for management early on and taught me how to collaborate across departments with designers, sales/business and editorial staff. This is a key skill I utilize today working on a marketing team. I’m also a manager now in my current role and found the leadership training courses and experience directly overseeing the outcome of a department at Student Media very valuable to what I do now.”
–Marissa Martin, campaign manager, ABM Industries, Atlanta (Student Media staff member 2011-2014, Marketing Division manager 2013-2014)
“It helped me learn how to juggle lots of things at once. I learned weaknesses while working with others. I don’t have to control everything.”
–Chloe (Douglas) James, attorney, Slepian Schwartz and Landgaard, Peachtree City, Georgia (Student Media staff member 2012-2014, Business Division manager 2013-2014)
Student Media definitely helped me get acclimated to the newsroom environment. When I was interviewing for jobs that was a thing I heard from hirers a lot: “You sound like you know your way around a newsroom.” It was also helpful in getting me out of my comfort zone. I feel like a lot of college students end up in a bubble of mostly people their age aside from professors. Student Media had me interacting with older adults in a professional setting.
–Shelby Farmer, news design team leader, Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press (Student Media staff member 2012-2014, George-Anne editor-in-chief 2013-2014.)
Student Media taught me how to work with others as well as how to manage others. It built my resume up and helped get my foot in the door of my first job.
–Casey Cargle, account coordinator, Rountree Group Integrated Communications, Milton, Georgia (Student Media staff member 2013-2107, George-Anne Digital Division editor-in-chief, 2016-2017)
It allowed me to explore some of the professional aspects of the journalism profession I wouldn’t have necessarily learned in my journalism classes. It taught me how to be a leader and prepared me to become a journalist.
–Jozsef Papp, news reporter, The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle (Student Media staff member 2014-2018, George-Anne editor-in-chief 2017-2018)
My decision to join Student Media was one of the few smart decisions I made in college – I owe every connection and career opportunity I’ve had since graduating to it. What I learned working in the Williams Center took me from Southeast Georgia to working within a block of the Empire State Building. It turned a bumbling, unorganized sophomore into an employable adult.
—Will Price, staff writer, Gear Patrol Magazine, New York (editor-in-chief of The George-Anne, 2014-2015)
“Not only did I learn valuable skills to add to my resume and create portfolio material I was proud to show future employers, but I also made great friends. Long after graduation, we continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives.”
–Peyton Callanan, marketing manager, 360 Smart Networks, Atlanta, Georgia (George-Anne and Reflector staff, 2012-2015)
The only thing more valuable than the hands-on experience you gain as a member of Student Media are the relationships you build along the way.
–Will Cheney, sports writer, The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle (sports editor of The George-Anne, 2014)
Journalism classes alone would have never prepared me for working at a daily newspaper. Four years of reporting on deadline, editing hundreds of stories and collaborating across Student Media divisions gave me the experience I needed to truly be successful after graduation. Along the way, I made lifelong friends and professional connections that are invaluable. If you are even remotely interesting in joining one of our divisions, give it a try — you won’t regret it.
–Lauren Gorla, digital producer, The Columbus (Georgia) Ledger-Enquirer (editor-in-chief of The George-Anne, 2015-2016)
How to get Involved
On the Armstrong and Liberty campuses:
We are excited to welcome The Inkwell student newspaper, an institution since 1935, into the Office of Student Media.
The George-Anne Inkwell edition
- The George-Anne Inkwell edition publishes in print every Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. The staff also posts news to theinkwellonline.com.
- Editors-in-Chief: Thuy-Linh Dang and Jason Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The George-Anne Inkwell edition welcomes newcomers throughout the year. To get connected, fill out our interest form here.
- To learn more, email email@example.com.
On the Statesboro campus:
New members go through a training program while also doing hands-on work. We recruit at the beginning of each semester, but we’re also striving to make our training more flexible so we can accept newcomers at other times. Whenever you find us, get in touch! Go ahead and fill out the interest form and follow up with David Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brief descriptions and training details for each Statesboro division are below. No experience is required to work in any division. Those with some experience may have fewer training requirements.
To get connected to any Statesboro division, fill out our interest form here.
For much more information about the Statesboro training programs, see the training details tab above.
- The George-Anne Statesboro edition staff is responsible for daily reporting at thegeorgeanne.com and on social media, plus additional content for the weekly newspaper, The George-Anne Statesboro edition.
- Training: Most “classes” will be online. In-person training and check-ins will be flexible to fit your schedule.
The George-Anne Reflector
- The George-Anne Reflector Division publishes the George-Anne Reflector lifestyle magazine each semester, the Our House back-to-school guide each fall and lifestyle news every day at reflectorgsu.com.
- Editor-in-Chief: Jenna Wiley, email@example.com
- Training: Same as The George-Anne, see above. (These divisions draw from the same applicant pool.)
The George-Anne Studio
- The George-Anne Studio focuses on video and multimedia journalism and posts every day to The George-Anne Studio YouTube channel.
- Editor-in-Chief: Ben Barks, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Training: Students who have taken certain Georgia Southern media production classes will attend a “boot camp” rather than some weekly classes. Other classes are scheduled based on needs of applicants.
- The Creative Division produces The George-Anne Statesboro edition weekly newspaper, selecting and designing material produced by all divisions. It also supplies photography, news design and advertising design to all Student Media platforms, including magazines.
- Editor-in-Chief: Aminatta Mbow, email@example.com
- Training: A proficiency test will be offered to replace some weekly classes, limited to students with certain design software and/or photography experience. Other classes will be scheduled based on needs of applicants.
Public Relations and Marketing
- The Public Relations and Marketing Division produces events and partners with other divisions to engage more students in person and through our products.
- Marketing Manager, Jasmine Coye, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Training is primarily conducted in “boot campus.” Every effort will be made to work with your schedule.
- The Advertising Division sells print and digital advertising to local businesses and on-campus clients. Students receive training in professional sales techniques and earn commission.
- Training is primarily conducted in “boot camps.” Every effort will be made to work with your schedule.
All training includes a requirement for a two-hour weekly shift doing hands-on work.
Everyone who successfully completes training is offered a staff position for the following semester.
Office of Student Media training programs – Statesboro Campus
(Note: For information about joining The George-Anne Inkwell edition, serving the Armstrong and Liberty campuses, email email@example.com.)
To get connected to any Statesboro division, fill out our interest form here.
All classes described below are roughly an hour unless stated otherwise. These classes do not count as credit hours for completion of your degree, except as noted for certain majors in advertising and marketing training.
Editorial Candidate Program
Who should attend? Students who wish to apply for reporting positions with The George-Anne Statesboro edition (newspaper) or Reflector (magazine).
What if I already have some experience? The “boot camp” option is recommended ONLY for students who have prior experience such as a high school newspaper or yearbook or other experience interviewing people. An Editorial Boot Camp will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Students who complete the boot camp may skip four Tuesday night classes and then will attend four Tuesday night classes beginning Oct. 15. Those who cannot attend Tuesday night classes will be offered makeup assignments and meetings.
What will I learn? How the daily desk works, interviewing skills, how to select topics for your audience, how to present information in a way that will interest your audience, guidelines for fairness and accuracy, legal and ethical basics, how to successfully apply for a staff position.
Videography Candidate Program
Who should attend? Students who wish to apply for video reporter positions with The George-Anne Studio.
What if I already have some experience? Students who have completed specific media production classes may attend a “boot camp” and skip most Tuesday night classes. The Studio Boot Camp will be held at a date to be announced later. You must have completed three classes: Comm 2332 Media and Society; MMFP 2331 Multimedia Production; and MMFP 2336 Audio Recording and Sound Design. In addition, you must have completed or be enrolled in MMFP 3331 Single Camera Production.
What will I learn? You will learn how to conduct on-camera interviews, the basics of filming, how to utilize social media in an interactive way, and how to edit videos.
Creative Candidate Program
Who should attend? Students who wish to apply for photography or design positions with the Creative Division.
What if I already have some experience? Students who are proficient in InDesign software and/or camera operation and photo software may take a proficiency test and exempt some Tuesday night classes. Please check this option on the application form to receive details.
What will I learn in the classes?
- How to use the basic design programs (Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)
- How to employ good design skills and increase readership
- Basic photography skills
Business Internship Candidate Program (Sales, Public Relations, Marketing)
Who should attend? Students wishing to work/intern in the the Sales Division and the Marketing/Public Relations Division of the George-Anne Media Group.
What will I learn? How the division operates and the 7-step sales process, marketing plans and public relations strategies. Interns will participate in mock sales pitches and actual contact with clients. Other topics may include branding, target marketing, audience engagement and any software needed for an intern to be successful in the division and operations.
Will I receive academic credit? Academic credit is available for marketing and public relations majors. Cooperative Internship credit is available for all majors through the Office of Career and Professional Development.
Last updated: 5/13/2021