Grad Student Meeting with Faculty Candidate


A note from Dr. Ostroff, Telecom Chair

CJC grad students are invited to meet with Dr. Jieun Shin, a candidate for our faculty position in Audience Analytics. Dr. Shin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at USC’s Department of Preventative MedicineThe meeting will be at 2:00 on Monday, February 5 in Weimer 1074.

Grad students are also invited to Dr. Shin’s research presentation at 10:00 on Tuesday, February 6, tentatively scheduled for Weimer 2066.


PRIME Research Opportunities for Graduate Students


Public Relations Department Chair Dr. Marcia DiStaso encourages CJC graduate students to apply for the Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship Award. The award supports and encourages graduate student interest in applied public relations research as a career opportunity. The award includes working in Ann Arbor, MI for six weeks over summer (housing is covered and you are paid a $5000 stipend) and a solo-authored publication (with a $2500 stipend). Applications are due March 9. Details and process can be found by clicking here.

Additionally, all students with graphic design and/or research interest are encouraged to consider participating in the IPR-PRIME Research Infographic Design Internship Competition. The competition is open to all students and is due February 28. More details and rules can be found by clicking here.


Visiting Scholar: Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy invites applications from highly promising junior scholars or those completing their doctoral studies to spend a paid semester or academic year as a full-time resident Visiting Scholar at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Applications from distinguished senior scholars will also be considered. The ideal candidates will have strong policy-relevant research profiles and records of effective teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. We are particularly interested in applications from African-American, Native-American, and Hispanic scholars. The Visiting Scholars will fully participate in the Sanford School’s teaching and research activities, by teaching courses and/or leading seminars and workshops and collaborating with faculty on research projects. Appointments may begin with either the 2018 fall semester or the 2019 spring semester.

Committed to a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty in the Sanford School include preeminent researchers and educators whose expertise spans the social sciences, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology and health. We are seeking Visiting Scholars who can expand and enrich the intellectual and cultural climate of our school. Individual qualifications, academic excellence, collegiality, and demonstrated multicultural competence, rather than specific research expertise, will be the primary criteria for selecting Visiting Scholars. Successful applicants will be expected to engage collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds in ways that support diversity and inclusion.

The Sanford School administers educational programs at the undergraduate, professional master’s, and doctoral levels. The signature professional degrees, the Master of Public Policy and the Master of International Development Policy, prepare students for leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Sanford School faculty oversee the doctoral degree program in Public Policy and participate in Duke University doctoral program in Environmental Policy. The School administers the undergraduate Public Policy major, one of the largest majors on campus, and undergraduate certificate programs in Child Policy Research and Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

We invite you to explore the opportunity to spend a semester or two at Duke University’s Sanford School by following the application process below. Further inquiries may be directed to Anna Gassman-Pines at 919-613-7301, or We will begin reviewing applications on February 01, 2018. Application process: Submit applications through Academic Jobs Online. See Submit a single pdf that includes: • Cover letter describing: your research interests; your ability to expand and enrich the intellectual and multicultural climate at the Sanford School; and your teaching philosophy and experience with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body • Detailed curriculum vitae • Names and contact information for three references.

For more information on this opening, please click here.


Communications Specialist, John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

General summary/purpose:

The Communications Specialist provides day-to-day support to the Public Relations and Marketing team. The Communications Specialist is responsible for independently managing the center’s social media sites, writing and editing for multiple formats, internal communications, website and other support as needed. This position has high visibility to CCP’s leadership team and the ideal candidate is a motivated self-starter and strategic thinker, with a keen understanding of public relations and marketing tactics, particularly in a non-profit setting.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

The Communications Specialist will:

  • Provide day-to-day management and development of written and visual content for CCP’s primary social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
  • Create social media strategy to meet public relations and marketing goals with an emphasis on audience growth and development
  • Develop campaigns and brainstorm engaging content for diverse audiences reached by CCP including but not limited to: donors, staff, media, affiliated and unaffiliated friends, advocates, sponsors, partners and supporters of the center and health communication overall.
  • Identify new channels for innovative dissemination and promotion of project materials, experts, events, products.
  • Promote visibility of CCP success stories, events, programs, products, staff through a variety of approaches, both web and print.
  • Develop and post content to CCP’s blog and work with Baltimore and field-based staff to identify compelling stories. Includes writing, editing and also enhancing stories by adding images, graphics, videos, image galleries, or other multimedia elements.
  • Handle internal communications by soliciting content from project teams to support public relations and marketing efforts.
  • Update and maintain public relations/marketing calendar of award submission dates, conferences, world theme days, meetings and other related events.
  • Stay abreast of relevant global health news, developments and events and keep project staff up to date as needed.
  • Help create content for and leverage social media channels to grow CCP mailing list
  • Support CCP conference and event planning/participation.
  • Participate in monthly gatherings of social media staff from across JHU.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • Able to travel internationally, as needed.

Special knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Have working knowledge of graphic design and website maintenance, preferably WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop).
  • Have experience with social media and Google analytics; experience developing and implementing Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) a plus.
  • Ability to quickly learn new subjects and absorb new information. Experience making challenging subjects accessible for lay audiences.


Bachelor’s degree and two years of marketing, communications or public relations agency work experience. Advanced degree may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience with digital/social media strategy desired.

Classified title:  Communications Specialist

Role/Level/Range: ATP/3/PB

Salary:  $41,427 – $56,903

Status:  Full time

Department:  Center for Communication Programs

Work Schedule/Hours:  Monday-Friday/8:30-5p/37.5 hrs.

Location:  Baltimore

Personnel Area:  School of Public Health

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


For more information on this position, click here.

Interdisciplinary Symposium on Intersections in Gender, Race, and Violence

The History Graduate Society at the University of Florida will be hosting its annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:30AM-3:15PM. This year’s theme is Intersections in Gender, Race, and Violence. Subjects like Klan violence in the post-Civil War South, or the historical use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, have shown scholars that adequately researching violent events is difficult to do without an analysis of gender or race. With #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, and #MeToo constantly dominating American news cycles, it is clearer than ever that it is oftentimes impossible to extricate one of these themes from the others. This conference ultimately hopes to illuminate current scholarship that explores these intersections. As the topic is broad, we hope to receive submissions from all historical subfields and disciplines.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Brandon Jett, visiting professor at Rollins College. Dr. Jett received his PhD. from the University of Florida in 2017. His areas of specialization include Histories of Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice, African American History, U.S. History since 1865, and Public History.

We invite graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to submit papers exploring the intersection of gender, race, and/or violence in any period of human history. We also encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Each paper should be 15-20 minutes long, with speakers prepared for a short Q&A session after presentations. Applicants should email a 200-word abstract and short biography to The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 26, 2018.

CJC Grad Sara Girard Selected for Prestigious Scholarship


Five University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications aspiring journalists, including one graduate student, have been awarded The Capitol Press Club of Florida’s 2017 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship.  The Press Club awarded 11 scholarships overall to student journalists from colleges and high schools around the state and nation.

CJC Pro Master student Sara Girard, along with seniors Gabrielle Calise and Alexa Lorenzo and juniors Laurel Biddy and Emily Mavrakis each received scholarships.

The awards totaling $21,000 provide scholarships between $1,000 and $2,000 to current college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue reporting careers. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in Tallahassee as a state government reporter. Money for the scholarships is raised by the Tallahassee-based Capitol Press Club of Florida, also known as the Capitol Press Corps.

Submit to the 2018 CJC Research Symposium


The CJC is currently accepting submissions from current graduate and undergraduate students for the 2018 Research Symposium. The symposium is a forum for the presentation of research and debate in any areas of journalism, advertising, public relations, telecommunications and communication research.

The 2018 CJC Research Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Full paper submissions are accepted in the following categories:

  • Student-only paper
  • Student-faculty paper

One Top Paper prize will be awarded for each category. Top papers will be presented in a panel, and all other papers will be presented as posters. Authors of accepted papers will be provided with funding to cover printing costs.

Authors should submit each paper as an email attachment (documents may be submitted in Word format) to no later than midnight EST on Sunday, January 14, 2018. In the body of the email, authors must provide the title of the paper, and the name, departmental affiliation, and e-mail address for each author.

Submissions must be original and must not have been previously presented at a conference. However, papers submitted to the CJC Research Symposium are eligible for submission at other regional and national conferences.

Students and faculty should indicate their status for consideration of top paper awards. Do not include any author identifying information on any page of the attached paper submission.

Whether planning to present or simply attend, free registration can be completed by clicking here.