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News From Around the Media World October 30, 2007

Filed under: Media Briefs — NYU WIC @ 7:45 pm

Google-Powered Cell Phones
The Wall Street Journal
Google will soon unveil a plan to put Google applications–its search engine, Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail–as accessible on cell phones as they are on the Internet.

Yahoo Adds Media Playing to Instant Messages
Reuters 
Yahoo is adding media-playing features, large file transfers, new languages, and other tools to its instant messaging service to boost their position in a market with growing competitors.

FCC May Ban Exclusive Cable Service Contracts
Los Angeles Times
In many apartment buildings, landlords work out a deal with one cable company and all residents must use that company. With cable prices skyrocketing, the FCC hopes that adding competition back into the marketplace will drive dow prices.

TV Writers May Go On Strike
Associated Press
Writers of popular scripted shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Heroes” may go on strike as early as this Thursday. Networks are preparing by creating new unscripted reality shows and game shows to fill the space.

Paris Hilton is the ‘Most Talked About’ Person of 2007
Press Gazette
Beating out Britney, Lindsay, and our other favorite celeb trainwrecks, Paris comes in as the Most Talked About in the world this year.

–Kristen O’Gorman

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WIC is Front Page WSN News

Filed under: WIC Events — NYU WIC @ 1:10 pm

Congratulations WIC on being featured in the Washington Square News. Thank you to Shaunna Murphy, Erin Dellinger, Yoni Goldberg, and the rest of the WSN staff.

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Read the Feature Here:

http://media.www.nyunews.com/media/storage/paper869/news/2007/10/30/Features/Women.In.The.Media-3064804.shtml

 

WIC Does It Again

Filed under: WIC Events — NYU WIC @ 1:01 pm

Last night, Women in Communications collaborated with interactive agency R/GA in an in-depth informational event ‘Making it Happen: Recruiters Reveal How to Get Creative on the Competition’. Speakers Courtney Buckle (Recruitment Coordinator), Candace Williamson (Creative Resources Manager), and Maria Decaney (Allocations Coordinator) shared their insight and expertise in resumes, portfolios, interviews, and what it takes to get ahead.

Resumes:
Your resume is the first impression a potential employer receives from you so the document should be clear, concise, and powerful. Always begin writing with your audience in mind. Research the company and job description to learn more about what they are looking for and to mimic the diction that they use. Courtney stressed the importance of style and form, so keep your resume simple with legible font type, black text color, and absolutely no typos.         

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Portfolios:
While portfolios can cover many different aspects of your work, the most effective portfolios only highlight your best work. Have discretion when you pick and chose what to feature- everyone comes up with bad ideas, but they shouldn’t be shown to a prospective employer. Recruiters appreciate books that are kept simple and concise, and websites that are polished and easy to navigate through.

Interviews:
The best way to wow employers at an interview is to have done your research. Come to the meeting with questions and a desire to be in conversation with your interviewer. Never talk badly about a previous employer or experience, instead, talk about the positive lessons you learned. While deciding what to wear can be a difficult decision, our speakers said that each job has different dress expectations. While some corporate employers might anticipate someone in a full suit, other smaller shops wouldn’t want to see that. The most important thing in any situation is to look and be sophisticated.

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Advice:          

When you have landed your job, take yourself to the next level by always striving to go above and beyond the basic expectations. Be open to help out in various situations even if they don’t have to do with your actual ‘job.’ Being a team player will help you advance your career, but will also make your experience better.

All in all, the best way to stand out to prospective employers is to be your best self. Communicate your talents and positive personality in a concise and stylish way and you’ll be sure to land the job you want.

    

WIC would like to stay THANK YOU to our speakers for their time and their expertise, and to the members who attended this event.  You made the night such a success!

   – Kristen Dolle

 

NYC Is Canine Crazy

Filed under: Around the city — NYU WIC @ 12:12 am

spaceball2.gifIt’s said that dog is man’s best friend, and with a recent Halloween parade and a canine competition, it seems that nothing could be more true.

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On Sunday, NYC’s furry friends trotted through Tompkins Square Park during its 17th annual Halloween Dog Parade. With over 400 primped pooches, the largest Halloween fanfare for dogs saw canine companions dressed as bunnies, clowns, gypsies, and even Britney Spears. Hugh Heffner and playmates Erica Shea, Stephanie Farah and Joanna Farah even made an appearance. You can see more of the festivities at http://www.flickr.com/photos/psilver/sets/72157602777108053/

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The city’s showing of canine love also doesn’t stop at Tompkins Square. Popular Manhattan daily, amNY, is now asking its readers to submit photos of their dogs for a later crowning of NYC’s top dog, which is a fun way of getting your pet’s picture in the paper. Read here for more information: http://www.amny.com/news/local/am-dog-ugc,0,2851264.story

       

 

                                  

– Nia Tran & Kristen Dolle

 

News Around the Media World October 29, 2007

Filed under: Media Briefs — NYU WIC @ 6:39 pm

FCC Unleashes Competition by Ending Contracts
The New York Times
In an attempt to stop skyrocketing cable costs, the F.C.C. decides that there will no longer be exclusive cable contracts for buildings after Wednesday.

Stories Take the Lead
Brandweek
An intensive three-year study, On the Road to a New Effectiveness Model, reveals that advertisements with a branding story are more successful than ads focused on product positioning.

Print Not Dead, but Digital
Advertising Age
Publishing may be getting back on track by embracing the digital platform, and by updating sales figures online with Rapid Report.

– Kristen Dolle

 

Pushing Daisies: fall’s most unique new show

Filed under: TV & Movies — NYU WIC @ 6:00 am

pushingdaisies.jpgSmart, charming, and with stunning visual appeals, Pushing Daisies is the fall’s newest and most original new series yet. Created by Brian Fuller (Heroes) and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), the show focuses on Ned (Lee Pace), a young pie-maker who can bring the dead back to life with one touch and then send them right back to the
grave if he re-touches within the same minute. With his powers, Ned helps a money-hungry private investigator, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), solve crimes by bringing the murdered back to life to ask who killed them. Ned also riskily brings back his long-lost childhood love, Chuck (Anna Friel), back to life.

The dialogue is quick and witty, and the show is done in a Tim Burton-esque style equipped with a British narrator, and enhanced colors in the fantastical alternate world in which it takes place. Though the blossoming love story that takes place between Chuck and Ned is both enthralling and adorable, I can’t help but question how long it can be kept up for. They grow closer and cuter with each episode, but really, how long can two lovers go without touching each other? Something is bound to happen soon… But in the meantime, the show is cute, amusing, and unique. It’s completely different from any other show on television, and we highly recommend checking it out.

–Ilana Phillips

 

Top News – Sunday October 28, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — NYU WIC @ 8:57 pm

Seven College Students Die in House Fire
Reuters
Seven South Carolina college students were killed in a house fire today. Six are believed to be University of South Carolina students and one is said to be from Clemson.

California Firefighters Work to Hold Gain
Guardian Unlimited
California Firefighters are working hard to maintain control of the fires that swept Southern California as drier weather returns.

Obama Promises a Stand Against Clinton
The New York Times
Barack Obama said he would start confronting Hillary Clinton more directly after claims that he is not assertive enough.

Gap Admits Possible Child Labor Problem
ABC News
The clothing company Gap has admitted that it may have unknowingly used child labor. An investigation has been launched after a reporter leaked footage of 10 to 13-year-old children working in an unsanitary factory in India.

Deadly Staph Infections
The New York Times
Medicine resistant staph infections have startled the medical community and lead to school closings. But new research shows that when contracted in the general public it is rarely fatal.