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ggplot2 is a plotting package for R that makes it simple to create complex plots from data stored in a data frame. It provides a programmatic interface for specifying what variables to plot, how they are displayed, and general visual properties. Therefore, researchers only need minimal changes if the underlying data change or if they decide to change from a bar plot to a scatterplot. This helps in creating publication quality plots with minimal amounts of adjustments and tweaking.
In this workshop, participants will learn:
What the components of a ggplot are
How to create scatterplots, boxplots, and barplots
How to change the aesthetics (ex. colour, transparency) of a plot
“Professional journalism conferences are must-attend events for anyone serious about working in the media,” said Shirley Carswell, Executive Director of the News Fund. “These annual gatherings have been the launching pad for so many careers, including my own.”
The News Fund will provide free registrations to these upcoming conferences:
Students apply using this link, which requires each applicant to upload their resume and answer this question on video: “Why is it helpful for students to attend journalism conferences like this? Would this be your first time attending? If not, what other conference(s) have you attended?”
*To be considered for the ACES conference, deadline to apply is Friday, April 16. For all other events, students have until May 1 to apply.
As part of their sponsorship, each student selected will interview a journalist at the convention or write about their experience, which may be published on the News Fund website.
The Fund will also sponsor students to attend the Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans; the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Convention in Chicago; and the Native American Journalists Association Convention in Phoenix this fall. The application will be available later this year.
About the Dow Jones News Fund The Dow Jones News Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes careers in journalism in the digital age. Our vision is robust news media staffed by well-trained, innovative journalists who reflect America’s diversity and are dedicated to a free, strong and fair press. The News Fund is supported by Dow Jones, Dow Jones Foundation, other media companies and private donations.
The Jack Langerman Internship at Hall of Fame Media, a new division of the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company.
The Jack Langerman Internship is given to a Middlebury student who best embodies the qualities Jack brought to everything he did. The program is a two-month, remote summer internship working within our content division to help identify, develop and produce various content initiatives built around professional athletes.
Hall of Fame Media leverages the stories, personalities and passions of professional athletes and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to develop unique long and short-form content features for distribution networks, brands and fans. The person that fills this position will support the Hall of Fame Media team in a range of functions, will have a front row seat to watch the content development process unfold, and will contribute to building the nation’s next great sports and entertainment enterprise.
Researching trends in the sports content marketplace, and identifying athletes and opportunities that fit those trends
Researching, understanding and cataloguing intellectual property housed within the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its archives
Creating decks, one-sheets and other collateral materials to support content development efforts
Organizing company materials as directed
Attending meetings and producing concise meeting summaries and action plans
Candidates should be confident in their research, analysis, writing, organizational and time management capabilities. As a small team company culture is paramount, so candidates should be personable and outgoing.
About Jack Langerman
Jack was a proud Middlebury graduate and an extraordinary human being who seized every day he had to the fullest, living more in his 24 years than most do in 80. He never left a moment unused, an opportunity unpursued, or a friendship unmade. He was a Full Participant in Life, perpetually propelled by a pure joy that makes it difficult to recall a day that he would have described as “unhappy” – to Jack the most interesting person was whomever he was talking to; his favorite place wherever he was standing. Jack applied a high level of character and commitment to all of his endeavors. When he set his mind to something he was all in, and by sheer force of will made himself a better student, a better athlete and a better person. Throughout, his natural warmth, good humor and broad, signature smile made it look easy, even when it wasn’t. Jack deeply loved and was enormously influenced by the many communities of which he was lucky enough to be a part during his far-too-short life, and Middlebury featured prominently among those. These communities played an outsized role in molding Jack into the exceptional young man he became, and it is our honor, our privilege and our obligation to give as much back to them as they gave to him – and then some. With that as our guiding principle our hope is that Jack’s legacy will endure in part by ensuring that the institutions, organizations, people and places that shaped Jack continue to shape others just as profoundly. Students who apply for this internship should have a passion for sports, for Middlebury, and for life – Jack would have expected nothing less.
This internship is funded with a CCI award of $3,000.00. If you are offered and accept this internship, please be aware that your funding for this position is provided by CCI, and therefore you will be required to complete funded internship paperwork. Typically , seniors are not eligible for funding for CCI sponsored internships, but occasional exceptions are made.
Peer Career Advisor (PCA) and Posse Scholar Zoey Ellis’22 interviewed Terrence (TJ) Smith, Account Manager at Google, to answer common career related questions LGBTQ+ identifying students might have when seeking job opportunities.
Zoey: What activities or student organizations were you involved in during college and how did they help you get to where you are today?
TJ: I was involved in Black Student Union as the treasurer. I also was a RIDDIM co-director and a Language Tables manager. My experiences in these organizations allowed me to strengthen transferable soft skills such as: people management, effective communication, and organizing events. That said, I think the biggest benefit was being able to have a diverse outlet. Understanding the importance of caring about something or being involved in something outside of work is crucial.
Zoey: As a graduate who identiﬁes as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, Genderfluid, or Queer, what are some of the questions you suggest students should keep in mind when researching employers and applying to job opportunities?
TJ: When researching employers, check to see if they have a LGBTQ+ resource group, typically you can find that around the company culture section. Do they have a resource group? Are they recognized for their work in the LGBTQ+ space? If they have a company blog, do they mention topics the queer community face? Honestly, any question that interrogates how the company values their queer employees.
Zoey: Would you suggest students consider to what extent they would like their career to incorporate their LGBTQ+ identity? Do you want your identity to have a major role, such as working for an LGBTQ+ advocacy group? Or expressed in a different way, like joining the LGBTQ+ affinity group for employees at an organization?
TJ: When thinking about your brand and who you are, think about what kind of role you want your LGBTQ+ identity to play. I, personally, decided to be out at work, but I haven’t been too involved with our company’s LGBTQ+ resource group. I’m a big advocate of separating work and personal life, so I focus on expressing my queer identity in avenues outside of work i.e. volunteering with LGBTQ+ orgs.
Zoey: Could you recommend any career related LGBTQ+ resources that helped you in the job search process?
TJ: O4U (Out for Undergrad) is a great organization that hosts conferences for queer college students to explore their LGBTQ+ identity while in the workplace. I recommend every queer student to at least check out the website. If they have an event for your field, definitely apply! It’s a great network and exposure opportunity.
Zoey: Have you come out to your employer, and if so, when in the employment process and how?
TJ: I came out after I was already hired. If you decide to divulge your queer identity during the interview process, I would just make sure you leverage it in a way that shows strength to your character. I have no strong feelings for or against discussing your identity while interviewing, it’s all situational.
Zoey: What advice would you give your younger college self?
TJ: Be open to change. Determining how you spend your 40+ hours of the week for the rest of your life at 21 years old is absurd. Your dreams may change. Don’t be afraid of evolving.
Zoey: Is there any other advice that you’d like to share with Middlebury students?
TJ: You’re a Middlebury College student during a pandemic. Except for the class of 2020, literally no one alive can say they’ve experienced that. Be easy on yourself and give yourself space to take things day by day.
If you would like to contact Terrence (TJ) Smith, please reach out via Midd2Midd!
Please join us for a Career Conversation and a Media Industry Discussion with George Chan ’05, Senior Director of Business Strategy within Nickelodeon’s Growth Marketing team. George will discuss his career journey and current trends in the industry.
George is the Senior Director of Business Strategy within Nickelodeon’s Growth Marketing team. He focuses on increasing reach and engagement for Nickelodeon’s digital video content across the company’s owned and operated channels and third-party distributors such as Paramount+. He also develops the strategy for targeting consumers for new growth initiatives such as podcasts, mobile gaming, music and virtual events. Prior, George was Director of Digital Platforms & Strategy at WarnerMedia where he collaborated with various teams across WB Digital Networks, Sales & Distribution, Business Development, Corporate Strategy and DC Comics. Some of his projects include launching Boomerang, DC Universe and HBO Max. He also crafted strategies to capitalize on changing consumer behaviors and managed projects focused on emerging technologies (VR/AR, autonomous vehicles, etc.). George has bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and began his career at a boutique marketing and strategy consulting firm. In 2006, he moved to Beijing to manage a machine learning tech startup where his clients were China’s three largest news agencies. Following his time in China, George obtained his MBA from UCLA and interned at Paramount Pictures in both Home Media Distribution Strategy and Theatrical Research & Strategy.
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