Waltzing Matilda Internship Opportunity

Waltzing Matilda USA seeks a determined undergraduate or graduate student to join our continuously growing team in Wayne, PA. The Digital Marketing and Analytics intern will gain hands-on experience analyzing and implementing online marketing strategies, while learning about the inner workings of a USA-made company.

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Digital Internship Opportunity DATE EXTENDED

Have you ever wanted to work for the Mayor? Here’s your opportunity….


James F. Kenney, Mayor

Stephanie Waters, Digital Director

Office: 215-686-6210

Digital Internship Opportunity

Job Location: City Hall, Room 216, Mayor’s Office of Communications

Job Description:

The Mayor’s Office of Communications is currently offering a digital internship opportunity to students who will commit 12- 15 hours per week to this fast-paced work environment. Interns are often invited to attend events and/or internal meetings to acquire a better understanding of municipal government’s internal and external functions.  This opportunity is ideal for learning about municipal operations, politics, public service, public relations, media relations, community organizing, crisis communications, event planning and teamwork. Those majoring in communications, graphic design, and/or government studies are encouraged to apply.  We’re looking for a ‘team player’ with an enthusiasm for learning new skills while utilizing existing professional talents to assist with our office operation.

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Spring 2016 Communications Topics Courses

COM 402 Advanced Web Design, MWF 2:30-3:20

Web Design & Development. The class will be a mixture of web design theory and practical front-end techniques. Students are expected to have experience hand-coding websites using HTML and CSS, a basic understanding of using Git, and be familiar with basic principles of design such as color and typography. Topics covered will include: usability, accessibility, git, Javascript/jQuery, designing for content management, and using WordPress as a CMS. By the end of this course, students should have solid understanding of the web design industry and modern web design techniques.

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Class Offerings Spring 2016

We have just posted our list of classes for the spring 2016 semester! Dates and times have been added as well as the ILC’s that are being offered this semester and count towards a Communications major.  See the Class Offerings Spring Tab on the left hand side  (or click this link (SPRING 2016) for the page with all the information listed above).

—ILC’s and COM Option courses can be found below our topic courses.

If you have any questions…feel free to ask on one of our social media sites. Follow and like us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @SJUCOMM and SJU Communications Studies

Intercession 2016

The Communications Department will be offering two classes over the Intercession period. Find the information about both classes below.

COM 465: Bearing Witness: Images of War Past and Present 

Mike Lyons 

The course runs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 14. The first half (or so) of the course will be online – Jan. 2-7. We will meet in the classroom beginning Jan. 8.

For most of us the visual experience and memory of war comes from images. We will likely never see war first-hand so photographs and films shape our collective understanding and memory of armed conflict. This course will investigate images of war, including photographs, film and even comics and video games. These include films and photographs that depict and document several conflicts, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We will discuss the dual purposes of photography and film – as art and as the documentation of an event (“bearing witness”). The course will also explore the ethical choices photojournalists and photo editors make and the impact of these photos on national and global politics.

This course is neither a film course nor a photography course. We will neither be taking pictures nor spending much time talking about trends in photography or analyzing the aesthetic qualities of films or photographs. This is a course on the “mediatization” of political events.

This is a compact, two-week course. That means that, theoretically, the idea here is to jam a semester’s worth of stuff into two weeks. That’s absurd. A two-week course is a unique beast and in a course like this it is impossible to get in a semester’s worth of discussion or material. So we will focus on a few key areas and explore them deeply.


COM 372 Web Design

Andy Famiglietti

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of web design and development. Students will learn about web technologies and standards while building accessible and usable web sites. No previous experience is necessary, and the course will center on beginner/intermediate aspects of web design and markup languages–specifically, HyperText Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3). Readings will focus on the Web’s architecture and its history, the basics of site development, and current conversations about best practices (such as responsive design, grid systems, user experience, digital video, and mobile technologies). Students will study web technologies and apply best practices to their own goals or interests–creating, for example, a personal web portfolio or a basic client project–while developing a rhetorical and technological understanding of web-based communication.

Directed Drone Lab Video

Andy put together a video from the drone lab that occurred two weeks ago. Check it out! For more directed labs on different topics see our Lab Times page on the left sidebar or check our social media sites for more frequently posted updates!



Never Going Home

Dr. Mike Lyons is hosting a panel discussion about juvenile lifers, who are men and women who have been sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. The discussion will be held Thursday, October 8th, during free period in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, which is in Campion. See the poster below for more information on this event. Never poster (2)

Intermediate WordPress Directed Lab

Intermediate WordPress Lab

Want to improve your WordPress skills? Come to Bronstein this Tuesday (9/21) during free period to learn more about how to tweak, modify, and customize your WordPress site. We’ll review some useful WordPress plugins, learn about adding custom widgets, and see how we can alter the visual appearance of our theme by writing our own CSS. Bring a laptop to follow along with some simple exercises.

For more directed labs check out our schedule here.