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Friday, April 18, 2014

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from The Front Door Project

Five Résumé Tips That Can Land You a Job

This week in Diversity Chat, we have a Q-&-A on résumés and job hunting with veteran editor and recruiter Jodi Schneider. She has volunteered time and helped many journalists make the transition to new work through her “resume doctor” workshops. Read on for Jodi’s excellent guidance. - MIJE Staff

1. What makes a résumé effective in this market?

Résumés have changed, along with journalism and the media landscape. If you haven’t updated yours in a while, you may be surprised by what you need and don’t need to emphasize.

First, remember that this is a snapshot meant to encompass highlights of your experience, showcase career successes and provide contact details. It is not meant to catalog every job, internship and position you’ve ever held. If you have more than a decade of news media experience, you’ll have to pick and choose what to emphasize and include.


from Maynard Forum

After “Selfie” at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.


What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale and What’s Done Today

We know what we’re taught in mainstream media and in schools is made up. What’s the Wampanoag version of what happened?

Yeah, it was made up. It was Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of Pilgrims and Indians eating happily together. He was trying to calm things down during the Civil War when people were divided. It was like a nice unity story.


from Dori Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And, according to Deadspin, when white athletes such as Brett Favre act up, it is exactly that.

In Sherman’s case, though, an argument can be made that it is the main show, with very familiar themes.


from Grapevine

Sundra Hominick, Maynard Grad 2011, Promoted to Director of Content

Sundra Hominik PictureSundra Hominik (@SundraHTDA), Maynard Multimedia Editing Program Grad 2011, was recently promoted to Director of Content/Entertainment, Culture & Multimedia for The Advertiser.

She also recently interviewed Marcus Brown, who played "Jasper," a supporting character in the Academy Award winning film "12 Years a Slave."

Marcus and his wife own a film production studio in Lafayette, LA.


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from Jackson Voices

Open Carry: What’s the Fuss

It has been several weeks since the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Hinds County prohibiting the open carrying of weapons as outlined in Section 12 of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution.

I must admit I feel “less than intelligent” because I was unaware that I had that right (to openly carry) under our constitution.  I am familiar with my right to protect myself, my home and property under the “Castle Doctrine” law, which was passed by the Legislature in 1998, but I must admit this caught a lot of people off-guard.