Media Relations and Social Media Specialist

Summary: The media relations and social media specialist is responsible for assisting the director of public relations and media with managing ASTHO’s social media channels, triaging media requests, and providing editorial and content support to the organization. In addition, this role will provide project management support to the public relations team and will work closely with staff, members, and external partners.

Principal Functions:

  • Manage ASTHO’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, overseeing an editorial and observance calendar, developing overall content strategy, and posting and scheduling items using relevant hashtags.
  • Develop and lead specific social media campaigns for large products or events, working across programmatic teams at ASTHO.
  • Develop shareable graphics, and other engaging pieces of content for sharing.
  • Monitor and engage with ASTHO members and target audiences on social media.
  • Track and analyze social media metrics.  
  • Respond to media requests and track weekly clips.
  • Write blog posts, press releases, factsheets, toolkits, and other communications deliverables.
  • Monitor national news/current events related to public health issues.
  • Assist with managing ASTHO’s speakers bureau.
  • Schedule experts for and promote ASTHO’s daily newscast.
  • Provide support to director of public relations and media on projects and other deliverables.


  • 2-4 years of experience in media relations and social media.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, public health, or related field, preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, manage multiple priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent time management, writing, copyediting, and organizational skills.
  • Prior experience working for a membership association or other relevant public health or public policy non-profit organization preferred.

ASTHO is the only national, nonprofit organization representing the nation’s state and territorial public health officials and the agencies they serve. ASTHO’s members, the chief health officials of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely-associated states, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, assuring excellence in public health practice, and advancing health equity and optimal health for all. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and opened a second office location in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health to this day. ASTHO’s mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the public’s health and well-being.


State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.


ASTHO’s mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the public’s health and well-being.




Quantum is looking for a high-energy and enthusiastic individual for the Sales and Marketing Coordinator Internship. This position will contact and establish relationships with prospects for Quantum’s GHS conversion service. The coordinator will also work with the marketing team to execute marketing strategies and create marketing materials.


• Demonstrate Strategic thinking with tactical execution and hands on creating content, messages and programs.

• Understand the market trends and competitive landscape

• Works in close collaboration with Product Development and Sales to communicate the value proposition of the products to the sales team and develop the sales tools that support the selling process.

• Create and distribute content, assets and tools including: white papers, articles, blogs, sales presentations

• Utilize Salesforce to track and maintain leads.

• Responsible for working with the team to build a strong, and consistent pipeline of leads.


• Reports to Managing Director

• Builds and maintains relationships with cross functional teams within the organization


Candidates should have the following qualifications:

• working toward or possess a Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, or a technical specialty.

• 1-3 years work experience

• Eager to learn how to develop strategies for positioning, messaging, competition, go to market strategy and developing pricing models for a fast-paced, high growth technology market.

• High energy individual and ready to grow with a highly motivated and dedicated sales/marketing team.

• Proven ability to establish goals and set clear expectations, prioritize activities, and follow through with timely execution in a cross functional team environment.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

• Detail-oriented and analytical nature.

• Innovative, self-starter work ethic and eager to learn

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Send resume to or contact Deborah Davis directly (info below). Interviews begin immediately.

Deborah Davis

Account Manager/Office Administrator

Logic Solutions, Inc.

(734) 306-0706 Cell

(734) 930-0009 Office


The Minneapolis  Star Tribune is hosting a virtual internship fair Oct. 20, a chance to learn about opportunities in our newsroom while receiving one-on-one advice for résumé, clips and interviewing skills. Click link below for more information.

Latinas/Latinos and the Media

This course does not meet Comm and Media major requirements, but can be a great option for your LSA HU distribution!

NYU JournalismSummer Journalism @ NYU
Earn credits and hone your skills this summer! Session 2:  July 6 – August 15, 2021 
Visit our website here

There is still time to apply and register for a course! Visiting students welcome; precollege classes available.

All of our courses can be found on our website here, including a new precollege course option: Writing the Profile: Capturing Character taught by Jen Ortiz. Not sure if you’re eligible? Curious how much a course costs? Check out our FAQs here, and start your application here: Precollege or College.

Session 2 Courses (4 credits)
Introduction to Narrative Podcasting | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). A producer and host who has worked with the likes of Audible and NPR, Todd Whitney teaches you how to tell compelling stories through sound. By the end of the course, students will complete professional-quality pieces to add to their portfolios.

Covering a Beat Through the LGBTQ Lens | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). The LGBTQ story is diverse and evolving. New this summer, Spencer Macnaughton will teach fundamental reporting skills by investigating a community that has often been overlooked and/or reviled. You’ll explore the difference between a topic and a story, between advocacy and journalism, and you’ll develop crucial interviewing tactics that will serve you long term, no matter your career path.

Writing the Profile: Capturing Character | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). Cosmopolitan editor Jen Ortiz teaches the art of the profile—from long-form pieces to 150-word one-question Q+As. Learn from a pro what makes for a compelling piece and how to pull it together! By the end of the course you will have a feature profile with your byline on it.

DIY YouTube for Journalists | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). Writer, NYTimes freelancer, and yes, YouTuber with over 560,000 followers, Seth Kugel will get you up to speed on posting journalistic content on YouTube–essentially the only longform social media platform out there. You’ll create your own YouTube channel and produce a video a week covering themes of your choice. 

Eating America: Food Reporting and Writing | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer Mayukh Sen guides students through food journalism’s many forms. Learn to write personal essays and profiles while grappling with the various challenges many professional food writers are currently facing. We’ll pay particular attention to labor, working towards a profile of no more than 1,500 words of someone who works in any part of the food industry—a grocery store worker, a delivery driver, a farmer, a restaurant line cook, a chef—who’s been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Music! Film! TV! Writing Popular Culture | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). Learn how to document pop culture through blogs, reviews, criticism and more with entertainment journalist and author Clover Hope.

Style NY: Covering the Fashion Industry | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). Fashion editor Jessica Minkoff guides you through all aspects of covering the fashion industry, from writing trend pieces to the fast-paced world of blogs and social media.

2 Credit Course
Writing the Think Piece | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). Guided by journalist Mathew Rodriguez, you will work to define a think piece, examine the 24/7 news cycle and cultural calendar for story ideas, hone your voice, and write and rewrite–resulting in several pieces of polished, publishable work. More relevant than ever.

For precollege students only (4 college credits)
Report NY | Session 2: July 6 – August 15, 2021 (6 weeks). This course is for precollege students who want exposure to the craft at a beginner’s level. It’s a class in gathering and writing the news, including news evaluation, reporting and writing techniques, and specialized beats. It’s designed to provide extensive practice. It covers how reporters are assigned stories, how stories are planned and written, and journalism ethics and responsibilities. Students report and write stories under newsroom conditions. For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience.

Student Media Conference June 21st and 22nd

Free, two-day virtual event for students interested in careers in media and journalism. Keynote speakers are Felicia Henderson, James Hill, Rochelle Riley and Vincent McGraw. There are sessions with hiring Editors from a variety of publications and breakout sessions with media workers and journalists who cover a variety of topics. 

Registration links and a  full schedule can be found at

LSA Dean’s Fellow

The Dean’s Fellowship is awarded to a recent University of Michigan bachelor’s degree graduate with career aspirations in higher education and/or in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This fellowship offers an in-depth experience of seeing the behind the scenes work that the college does on a daily basis.

The fellow will primarily work in the area of DEI, including anti-racism initiatives, but may also have projects in Faculty Academic Affairs, LSA Student Recruitment, Human Resources, and other areas of the college. The fellow will also work on special projects with the LSA Chief of Staff and Dean Curzan, including those related to student engagement. The fellow will have the opportunity to develop their professional skills when working closely with faculty and staff leaders in the college. Overall, this fellowship is designed to give recent graduates a range of experiences in LSA’s administrative and DEI work, which will provide the knowledge and experience for the fellow to move onto other higher education positions or higher education graduate programs.

This is a term-limited temporary position beginning approximately August 2021, and ending August 31, 2022.

Link to the job posting

Digital 355: Critical Data Visualization

See below for a course that may be of interest, especially to students with a declared Digital Studies minor.

Note that the course does not work towards Comm and Media major requirements.