Sept. 15, 2016
Speaker: Delaina Scholes, Class Introduction
As communication majors, we represent ourselves, our parents, and BYU-Idaho. Maybe I was declined from BYU Provo for a reason. “BYU is the church’s school. But BYU-Idaho is the Lord’s school.” In these smaller classes, the teachers know your name, and will help you get to where you want to be. Don’t forget to create a wordpress blog; it’s the standard for the industry! If you don’t like to write, then you’re probably in the wrong major. Become good friends with you advisor, because they are the one who gives you your grade for your senior project.
Sept. 22, 2016
Speaker: John Thompson, I-COMM Introduction
If you’re a journalism emphasis, joining the I-Scroll is the best experience possible at the university. Roles available with the Scroll are content creator, photographer, copy editor and social networking manager. Writing for the Scroll is an entry-level position that will help future employers to notice your portfolio. The class is from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at this point in the semester, Brother Thompson is still allowing people to join.
Sept. 29, 2016
Speaker: Lane Williams, Journalism Professor
Brother Williams mentioned Anya Polutetskaya, a Russian journalist who was killed on the job, reportedly by Russian government officials. I need to look more into Russian media and politics so that I know what I’m getting myself into. This profession can be dangerous, but it’s so, so important. In the United States, journalism is the only profession that is legitimately protected by the Constitution.
In the very first amendment, it says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
A journalist’s duty is to be a watchdog among the government and society. We raise awareness of issues, and especially need LDS people to speak up on the moral issues that matter to us.
Oct. 6, 2016
Speaker: Brian Howard, Video Production and Broadcast Journalism
Broadcasting journalism is a career I could consider. Live broadcasting is high stakes work. I could work at a TV station, a radio station, network news, cable news, and the internet. If you do a good job in the opportunities you have available now, you’ll start to make a name for yourself, and prepare yourself for a raise.
Oct. 13, 2016
Don’t neglect your writing, because if you write well, you’ll eat well. If you change your words; you change not only your world, but also the world. Public Relations is the most broad of all the emphases, because it can be applied in so many different jobs. Stephanie Nielson, for example, has placed over 9,000 copies of the Book of Mormon because of the attention she’s received through her personal blog.
Oct. 20, 2016
Speaker: Andra Hansen, Organizational Communication & Advocacy
There’s a reason I knew I wanted this to be my module. Sister Hansen says that this emphasis is right for people who: Don’t want a typical communication job, want to bring people together to solve problems, and who don’t want to become dependent on other people’s to-do lists. I need to learn and practice thinking and planning for myself, because in the real world, there will be projects that no one will be supervising but myself. If you ever doubt yourself, dig deep. You chose the communication major because of something inside of you.