Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bill Moyers wants you

Veteran broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is looking for journalism students to write for The Moyers Blog, a companion Web site to the weekly PBS series Bill Moyers Journal.

Student journalists chosen for the project will hold a regular beat on the blog, covering topics such as politics, arts and culture, the media, the economy and social issues. The blog also encourages students "to cover the subjects they feel passionate about," according to the Web site. "The Moyers Blog will showcase students' work to a national audience, and will allow them to receive and respond to reader reaction."

Journalism instructors can receive assignments for students by e-mailing and putting "JStudents" in the title. Topics will also be posted at an assignments page on the Web site. In addition, journalism professors and students can submit other noteworthy student work for review.

The first assignment, due Oct. 1, 2007, will be a reflection on "Bill Moyers Joural: Buying the War," which can be viewed in its entirety online. Students are being asked to write an op-ed piece of no more than 400 words on the role of journalism in the lead up to the war. For more detailed instructions go to the assignment page.

Submissions should be about 400 words and be thoroughly sourced. Published articles will be attributed to the student, the academic adviser or professor and the journalism school, all of which should be noted on the entry.

There's no monetary compensation for work published by The Moyers Blog. However, students whose work is published will receive an autographed copy of the book Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times. And getting on The Moyers Blog would be a nice line on any student's resume.

Journalism students and professors who have questions about the blog entries can contact Diane Domondon at or

You can find out more about Bill Moyers and hear his 2001 talk to the National Press Club here.

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