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PONCHATOULA TIMES, FEBRUARY 28, 2008, PAGE 2-A .com SLU Report Southeastern Louisiana University communication students are getting hands-on - and on line - experience in today's world of multi-media journalism through a new agreement with the Orleans Web site Nola.com. Communication students The university blog is the now have their own blog on first of its kind for Nola.com's Nola.com, the Internet site for roster of bloggers, said Milena the New Orleans Times-Pica- Merrill, north shore bureau yune newspaper and ABC-26 chiefforNola.com. The partner- television station, ship came about last fall when POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN HAMMOND AND PONCHATOULA! 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Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, City of Ponchatoula Tax Sales, Tangipa- hen Parish Library System, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festi- val, Louisiana Furnishings Industries Association MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers Association, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Leadership Tangipahoa 2006 Graduate, Louisiana Press Asso- ciation Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS 8:30-Noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday -- Closed Tuesday Afternoons -- Student bloggers Milena Merrill, north shore bureau chief for Nola.com, center, talks with Jerrika Jackson of Destrehan, left, and Ericka Johnson of Baton Rouge, about their Nola.com blogs. (SLU Photo) Merrill contacted communica- tion professor Carol Madere about the possibility of recruit- ing Southeastern students as Nola.com interns for Southeast- ern students. "I was definitely interested in internships, but the timing wasn't quite right because the fall semester was already un- derway," said Madere, who co- ordinates student internships for the Department of Commu- nication. "Then Milena started talking about doing the blog. I realized that Dr. Amber Narro's news editing class could make use of the blog right away." ing news, feature and editorial pieces written by other com- munication classes. Their work is published weekly in print form in an internal publication, "Southeastern Communication Nation." But Madere and Narro realized that today's newspa- per reporters and editors are also simultaneously publishing stories - not to mention photo- graphs, video and audio feeds -- on Web sites, such as Nola. com. "The buzz word in the indus- try now is 'media convergence,"' said Madere. "The Nola.com partnership is a perfect oppor- "It has really offered our stu- dents an opportunity to do some- thing that is kind of outside of the box - it's been a great learn- ing experience," Narro said. Last fall, approximately 60 students in news editing, news writing and feature writing classes were involved in the blog. They posted not just the stories edited by Narro's class, but also uploaded photos and videos. With a new semester now un- derway, Narro said two South- eastern students, Travis Edens of Walker and Ericka Johnson of Destrehan, have already signed up for Nola.com internships. Johnson and Jerrika Jackson of Johnson are also contributing their own blogs to Nola.com. Jackson's blog - christened "Jerrika's Hot Five" - will focus on collegiate fashion. Johnson, a senior communication major, has named her blog "Happy, Frustrated & Hungry." 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