Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join a student publication at UNCW?

How can I have something published in Atlantis magazine?

Are Student Media staff paid for their work?

I want to work as an advertising sales consultant or office assistant. How do I go about it?

How can I publicize my organization’s upcoming event?

I have a complaint or comment about something published in a student publication. Whom should I contact?

How do I submit an article for publication in The Seahawk?

How do I submit a letter to the editor of The Seahawk?

Can I earn academic credit by working in student media?

Does UNCW offer a journalism major?

How can I place an advertisement in the campus newspaper?

Where can I find information about advertising rates?

Can I pay for my advertising online?

Does UNCW have a student radio station?

Who owns the material that is published in UNCW’s student publications?

Where can I find a copy of Atlantis magazine or The Seahawk?

Where is the Student Media Center?

I am not a member of a Student Media organization. May I borrow equipment for a class assignment or a personal project?

Who decides what is published in student publications at UNCW?

How are student publications at UNCW funded?

Can any student serve on the Student Media Board?

 

How can I join a student publication at UNCW?

Contact any member of the organization you’re interested in joining. You can also submit an online application, then send the completed form to the organization’s chief officer.

For more information, call us at (910) 962-3229 or drop by our offices in the Fisher University Union, Ste. 1049.

How can I have something published in Atlantis magazine?

Atlantis currently accepts submissions of prose (short fiction and nonfiction), poetry, visual art including photography, and images of three-dimensional art. Contributors must be currently enrolled students in any UNC school or Cape Fear Community College.

All submissions are made online. Click on the Submit link. There you’ll find full instructions.

Are Student Media staff paid for their work?

Some are paid stipends. The majority of students working for student publications volunteer their time, especially early in their tenure with the organization. Editors of The Seahawk, Atlantis and TealTV and certain other officers earn annual stipends ranging from miniscule to approximately the value of one year’s in-state tuition. Advertising consultants earn commission on sales plus a small base. The director of Sales & Marketing is a graduate assistant who receives an annual stipend. Our office assistants and distribution assistant start at the minimum hourly wage.

I want to work as an advertising sales consultant or office assistant. How do I go about it?

Office and sales positions at UNCW Student Media are posted on the Career Center's SeaWork site. To apply for an open position, submit an online application, If you meet the minimum qualifications, you’ll be invited for an interview. No prior experience is required (we train), but prior experience certainly helps.

How can I publicize my organization’s upcoming event?

For editorial coverage, contact our editors directly, as early as possible — two weeks or more in advance is ideal. Email works best, whether your announcement is intended for The Seahawk or for TealTV’s Seahawk Central News. We welcome tips on news stories too.

Direct announcements to the Seahawk's lifestyles editor (seahawk.life at uncw.edu), or to TealTV (teatv at uncw.edu). Or call 910-962-3229. Leave a message after business hours.

I have a complaint or comment about something published in a student publication. Whom should I contact?

Contact the editor at the medium in question. Current email addresses can be found within the publication’s masthead in print or on the About or Contact page online. If you are unable to locate the appropriate editor directly, call our office at 910-962-3229 during business hours.

How do I submit an article for publication in The Seahawk?

The Seahawk accepts only guest commentaries and letters to the editor from students who are not on staff and from others who are not students. Contact the Op-Ed page editor (seahawk.oped at uncw.edu) to propose your idea.

Articles must be delivered electronically (email or on disk). The Seahawk assesses all submissions for journalistic rigor and style.

At this time, TealTV does not accept contributed video reports.

How do I submit a letter to the editor of The Seahawk?

Email it directly to the Seahawk’s Op-Ed editor (seahawk.oped at uncw.edu). Please include your full name, phone number and city of residence, and indicate whether we may publish your name with the letter.

Letters to the editor may be sent by email, post, or on disk and may be up to 250 words in length. The Seahawk reserves the right to make minor edits for clarity and length.

Can I earn academic credit by working in student media?

Yes. If you are an enrolled junior or senior, you may be eligible to earn up to six credits within your major as an intern with The Seahawk newspaper or UNCW Student Media Sales & Marketing. Most of our interns work as writers, photographer, designers or advertising sales consultants. Approval by the department of your major is required, and restrictions apply. Contact the internship coordinator in the department of your major for details.

Does UNCW offer a journalism major?

            No, but UNCW's Journalism Minor is a robust 21-credit, interdisciplinary curriculum offered by the departments of English and Communication Studies. Combined with working for a student publication, it’s a great way to jump-start a career in journalism or publishing.

How can I place an advertisement in the campus newspaper?

Give us a call at 910-962-3789. We’ll walk you through it. Beforehand, think about the results you’d like your advertising to achieve and what your budget will allow. A sales consultant will work with you to design a campaign that fits your audience, your budget and your desired goals.

Where can I find information about advertising rates?

Download our media kit (PDF) to see all the rates, market information, specifications and contact information you’ll need.

Can I pay for my advertising online?

Yes. We have a secure payment portal that accept payments using Visa and MasterCard. Contact our Sales & Marketing staff for information: (910) 962-3789 or ads dot uncw at gmail dot com.

Does UNCW have a student radio station?

Yes, Hawkstream Radio is an online streaming radio station. Hawkstream Radio is currently offline as it reorganizes and is working to relaunch early in 2013. Watch for announcements on Seahawk Central News and in The Seahawk newspaper, or contact UNCW Student Media for updates at 910-962-3229.

Who owns the material that is published in UNCW’s student publications?

The individual authors or creators retain copyright of works published in our student publications and broadcasts. For submitted work, permissions agreement is struck between the contributor and the publication that gives the publication permission to publish the work for a specified duration and in specified ways.

Where can I find a copy of Atlantis magazine or The Seahawk?

UNCW Student Media’s print publications are available all across the UNCW campus, particularly in the lobbies of classroom buildings, Campus Life facilities and Randall Library. Off campus, distribution is concentrated most within a two-mile radius of campus at local restaurants and retail stores -- approximately 75 locations total.

Atlantis publishes three times a year, in November, March and June. The Seahawk publishes weekly online and twice a month in print during the regular academic year. TealTV’s Seahawk Central News airs a new program twice a month on TimeWarner Cable channel 5 in Wilmington and on UNCW’s CHWK network. Programs repeat frequently in between and are archived online.

Where is the Student Media Center?

Our offices are on the ground floor of the Fisher University Union in suite 1049, next door to Binaries and the Passport Office. We are open Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. Visitor parking is available nearby.

I am not a member of a Student Media organization. May I borrow equipment for a class assignment or a personal project?

No. The use of Student Media equipment is reserved for use by authorized members of our registered media organizations.

Who decides what is published in student publications at UNCW?

The student editors make all decisions for the content they publish. The university, including its staff and faculty advisers, has no prior knowledge of the students' content and exerts absolutely no prior review of content before publication. Student publications at UNCW (a public institution) work independently from the university and have all the rights and responsibilities of off-campus professional publications.

How are student publications at UNCW funded?

Registered student-media organizations are eligible to receive student fees allocated by either the Student Government Association or the Student Media Board, which is Student Media's governing body consisting of student representatives, faculty, university staff and media professionals. Some student-media budgets are supplemented by revenue earned from advertising sales and sponsorships. The Seahawk earns about 81 percent of its annual operating budget through advertising sales. The Student Media fee is currently assessed at $12.50 per full-time equivalent student (FTE) per year, plus additional fees from summer enrollment.

Can any student serve on the Student Media Board?

Almost any. The Student Media Board (SMB) as two student-at-large seats intended to be filled by students who are not otherwise affiliated with any student-media organization and who therefore represent the voice of the broader student body. Candidates must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to qualify. Applications to serve voluntarily on the SMB are accepted in the spring and summer for the following school year. The board meetings monthly in the fall and twice monthly in the spring.


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