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2014 Event Archive

Donna BrysonICGC Distinguished Lecture: "Black & White: A Reporter's Journey with Author Donna Bryson

November 18, 2014

Donna Bryson's first book, It's a Black White Thing, explores the struggle to get past racism in South Africa after apartheid, and parallels to the civil rights movement in the US. Inher book, people with major parts in the story in both South Africa and the United States tell their stories from their own points of view.

Bryson read from the book, discussed the reaction it has sparked in South Africa, and took questions.

Donna Bryson was an Associated Press correspondent in South Africa from 1993 to 1996, during the tumultuous transition from apartheid democracy. She returned as AP’s Johannesburg-based chief of bureau from 2008 to 2012.

Bryson also has reported for the AP from South Asia, the Middle East and Europe. As deputy editor for Africa, based in London from 2005 to 2008, she coordinated coverage across Africa and supervised chiefs of bureau in Dakar, Johannesburg and Nairobi and other correspondents on the continent. She also interviewed newsmakers such as Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Nigerian author Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie during her time in London. From 1999 to 2005, as Middle East news editor, she coordinated coverage of the aftermath of 9/11. From 1996 to 1999, as South Asia news editor, she coordinated coverage of and reported on the death of Mother Teresa, tit-for-tat India-Pakistan nuclear testing, and three general elections, and reported from Kashmir, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Since returning to the United States in 2012, Bryson has freelanced for a variety of of publications, including AP, AFP, Al Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Reuters, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stars and Stripes, and The Wall Street Journal.

Bryson earrned a master’s of science in journalism with highest distinction and a bachelor’s in journalism from Northwestern University in 1986. She lives with her husband and daughter in Denver.

SJMC and Minnesota Journalism Center Welcome 14 International Journalists

For five days, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) and Minnesota Journalism Center, in partnership with the Minnesota International Center, welcomed 14 European journalists as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Read more.

Kitchen Cabinet Conversations: Minnesota Journalism Center launches a new initiative to connect journalists with University of Minnesota experts

October 7, 2014


Although its derivation has a political context dating back to President Andrew Jackson, the term “kitchen cabinet” has come to mean a group of trusted advisors. On October 7, 2014, the Minnesota Journalism Center launched a new initiative, “Kitchen Cabinet Conversations”  to support its goal of connecting journalists with the wide-ranging expertise at the University of Minnesota (and vice-versa).

The first Kitchen Cabinet Conversation was on the topic of climate change and global warming and was co-sponsored by Dr. Mark Seeley of the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, and the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. The timing of the event coincided with a visit to campus from Andrew Revkin, The New York Times’ Dot Earth columnist, and senior fellow at Pace University’s Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies who gave a public lecture later that day.

Interest in having this as the topic for our first event was spurred by a Gallup poll, conducted in March 2014, on the environmental concerns of Americans—global warming and climate change came in last.  It was clear that news organizations, experts and advocates need help with framing this critical issue in a way that resonates with the public.

The Kitchen Cabinet Conversation raised many questions, including: What are the impacts of climate change that experts and academic researchers feel are important parts of the story that need to be told? How can each of these groups help each other tell the climate change story?
The invitation-only event brought together area journalists who cover the environment and climatology, experts at the University of Minnesota from a range of disciplines who teach about or research some aspect of climate change and members of non-profits and policy organizations focused on environmental issues. 

The goal of this conversation was to:
•identify new and emerging issues related to climate chan ge
•facilitate a connection between news and research agendas 
•create better linkages between environmental experts and the journalists reporting on environmental issues
Several of the “advisors” were asked to frame the issue of communicating about climate change from their perspectives.  Elizabeth Dunbar, environmental reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, summed up the challenge for reporters: news requires novelty, urgency and local relevance and those are sometimes hard to find in the ongoing story of climate change.  That, and the notion that interest in news items can be indicated by clicks on the website—and the “eat your vegetables” type news stories don’t necessarily draw the views—can make it hard to find the time or be given the resources to cover this kind of story.

The Kitchen Cabinet format was a successful way to get a roomful of knowledgeable people with different perspectives engaged with each other.  As one of the professors who attended wrote in his evaluation: “The small group discussions worked well. Five to six people is about the right size for a meaningful discussion—much larger and it’s too hard to get your voice heard, much smaller and you don’t get enough diverse viewpoints.” The director of an advocacy group wrote that the session inspired her to: “use the new contacts I gained and follow up to get more communications training.”  We plan to reconvene the members of this group for an informal session in a few months and are actively seeking ideas for topics for our next Kitchen Cabinet session.

Midwest Energy News reporter Frank Jossi (left) chats with V.V. Chari, a professor at the University’s Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute.

Midwest Energy News reporter Frank Jossi (left) chats with V.V. Chari, a professor at the University's Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author visits SJMC and University of Minnesota

On October 1, 2014, the University of Minnesota welcomed Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the ambitious historical work "The Warmth of Other Suns." Wilkerson lectured about her work at a sold-out event, which took place at Coffman Memorial Union. Read more about her visit.

After the Trauma: The Challenges of Covering Traumatic Events On and Off the Job

Reporting on crimes, accidents and disasters is a routine part of journalists’ work. Covering tragedies requires a balance of human compassion and dispassionate fact-finding. For the journalist who must interview victims, grieving families, rescue workers and others on the front line of the situation, keeping professional can be difficult emotionally. In most newsrooms there is no procedure for processing the traumatic events they cover and the topic of the emotional impact of news reporting is rarely discussed.

On March 27, 2014, the Minnesota Journalism Center and the Society of Professional Journalists co-hosted a panel of professionals who cope daily with traumatic events to talk about how they deal with the emotional stresses. The event, held in Murphy Hall, led into a keynote speech by television news anchor Mike Walter delivered the following day at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn.

Walter, now an anchor for China Central Television (CCTV), was joined by Star Tribune reporter Paul McEnroe to discuss their experiences as reporters covering traumatic stories. Both journalists are former Ochberg fellows of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and have been on the front-line of tragedy.

While sitting in traffic on his way to work on September 11, 2001, Walter witnessed the airplane fly into the Pentagon. He experienced being on the receiving end of reporters’ interviews while also trying to cover the biggest story of his career. He didn’t recognize the emotional toll the day’s events had on him until (after months of reassuring his family and colleagues that he was fine) his boss pressured him to see a counselor. He came to realize the event had had an incredible impact on his life and was harming his relationships and health.

McEnroe’s years of interviewing victims of violence as part of his coverage of social justice issues exacted an emotional toll that he discussed frankly. The co-panelists, State Trooper Dan Lewis and psychologist Jenna Bemis, who specializes in trauma recovery, were able to add their own experiences to the discussion of the impact of trauma not just on the victims but on those who are there to help.

Trooper Lewis said that debriefing is standard procedure for police, firefighters and military personnel returning from conflict, but the journalists said this was not routine for traumatized reporters. One of the attendees indicated that the photojournalists in her newsroom have a weekly session to discuss and process the horrific things they had to document during the week’s work. Bemis highly approved of this practice and encouraged attendees to find some outlet for their emotions, whether it be formal counseling or informal conversations with co-workers.

All attendees agreed that there is not enough conversation on the emotional pressures of daily news reporting. In an effort to continue this discussion, the Minnesota Journalism Center, again working with members of SPJ, will be hosting a Saturday morning event on September 20, 2014 at the KBJR television station in Duluth, Minn. on the topic.


Diversity in Sports: Changing the Course of Civil Rights

The Minnesota Journalism Center welcomed journalist Samuel G. Freedman to the University of Minnesota on February 13, 2014, to discuss his newest book Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights.

Samuel Freedman teaches journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six nonfiction books and runs a renowned book-writing seminar each spring.

Freedman was a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987 and currently writes the column "On Religion." From 2004 through 2008, he wrote the "On Education" column, which won first prize in the Education Writers Association's annual competition. He was also a regular columnist on American Jewish issues for the Jerusalem Post from 2005 through 2009. He has contributed to numerous other publications and websites, including The New Yorker, Daily Beast, New York, Rolling Stone, USA Today, Salon, Tablet, The Forward, and BeliefNet.

A tenured professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Freedman was named the nation's outstanding journalism educator in 1997 by the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2012, he received Columbia University's coveted Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Freedman's class in book-writing has developed more than 65 authors, editors, and agents, and it has been featured in Publishers Weekly and the Christian Science Monitor. He is a board member of the Jewish Book Council and Religion News Service. He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and UCLA, among other venues, and has appeared on National Public Radio, CNN, and the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Freedman holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Freedman was joined by SJMC adjunct instructor John Rosengren who has authored eight books, including several that deal with race, culture and sport. His latest book, The Fight of their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption, is scheduled for publication in February, 2014.

Keith Moyer, Senior Fellow at the SJMC, moderated this discussion on sports, diversity, civil rights and media coverage.


2013 Event Archive


Being There: Wars, disasters and getting the dateline

Mark Porubcansky

From Baghdad to the Philippines storm zone, you can’t report the story if you can’t get to it. On December 9, 2013, the Minnesota Journalism Center welcomed Mark Porubcansky, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times and a former AP foreign correspondent, who spoke on the importance of a reliable satphone, wads of cash and a (hopefully) sane driver.



Reddit cofounder visits University of Minnesota

Alexis OhanianOn Thursday, October 24, 2013, more than 300 people gathered at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota campus to hear Alexis Ohanian speak. Ohanian, who co-founded the news aggregate site reddit, is traveling to 75 universities across the country as part of his book tour for “Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.”

Ohanian shared his journey with Internet and data start-ups, which began when he was a student at the University of Virginia in 2005. His talk emphasized that you do not need to ask permission to be an entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurs have ideas, and then execute them,” he said. “Execution is everything. And with execution comes failure. And that’s OK.”

Ohanian then shared the stage with two Minnesota locals who are being entrepreneurial and creating new ideas using data and technology. Shilad Sen is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. and a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Minnesota. Kevin Schaul is a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in computer science and minoring in journalism who was a Google-AP scholar and focuses on ways to use data to help tell stories. Both talked about their experiences with starting new technology applications and successes and failures with their entrepreneurial enterprises.

The message of Ohanian’s hourlong talk? Get started and be entrepreneurial. “There are no limits. You don’t have to ask permission,” he said of the tech start-up world. “Start-ups are happening around the country, not just in Silicon Valley.”

Following his talk, Ohanian met with guests for an hour to sign copies of his book and to inspire. “I love meeting everyone and hearing people’s ideas,” he said. “It really is inspiring.”

A reception followed Ohanian’s talk. The event was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center, SOBACO and bswing.

See the photos.

Watch the recording.


A Conversation with Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg

Steve LuxenbergOn October 3, 2013, the Minnesota Journalism Center welcomed Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Luxenberg, head of the investigative team at theWashington Post and author of the award-winning “Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret.”

Luxenberg began his talk about the state of investigative journalism and its role in the digital world. “Every reporter is an investigative reporter because they’re trying to get to the bottom of things,” he said.

He said that investigative journalism now considered enterprise reporting, because it’s reporting that takes more time and isn’t necessarily breaking news. Luxenberg credits The Drudge Report with changing the mindset surrounding investigative journalism. “The Drudge Report changed the game,” he said. “Before that, you wouldn’t publish anything before you were finished with the reporting. Now, you publish as it happens.”

Luxenberg spoke about the influence of technology on investigative  practices. “Technology is never the answer, it is only the tool,” he said.

Luxenberg closed by talking about notable trends in investigative journalism that have happened throughout his 30-year career. He said that speed is of the essence, brands mean less, mobile changes how journalists write and people read the news and that depth still matters.

Kathryn NelsonAfter Luxenberg spoke, two panelists joined the conversation. Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the Star Tribune and Kathryn G. Nelson is a freelance journalist doing investigative work abroad.

Brad SchradeAll three journalists spoke about the importance of data journalism in investigative reporting and how students should focus on data skills. “If you have data skills, newsrooms will want you for investigative pieces,” Schrade said.

Nelson shared some of her experiences with reporting abroad and shared stories of international investigative freelance reporters who are put in dangerous situations for very little pay or recognition.

The conversation was moderated by SJMC faculty member Chris Ison.


Society of News Design Pad/Tablet Quick Courses, July 12-13, 2013

This two-day workshop from the Society of News Design allowed attendees to translate design skills to the next frontier: the tablet. Participants worked online to build and understand code. The event was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center and held in Murphy Hall.

See Change, May 21-22, 2013

What do you see when you mix designers, photographers, inventors and visualists for two days? Well, you see change. And that’s exactly the goal of See Change: The Power of Visual Communication, which gathers luminaries from across the visual spectrum to innovate and explore.

The fourth annual conference opened the evening of May 21, 2013 with an opening keynote from Brian Collins, chief creative officer of New York City-based COLLINS, whose clients include Coca-Cola, BP, Microsoft and Hershey’s. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune and Fast Company, which named him one of five American Masters of Design. “As designers we need to move from communicating content to creating it,” he said. “We need to move from designing objects to designing systems.”

Day two of the conference began with a warm-up from Marcela Lorca, movement director of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater. Throughout the day, leaders in the fields of design, photography, creativity and videography took to the stage at the theater in Coffman Memorial Union to share, collaborate and teach. Featured speakers included Carl DeTorres, founder of multidisciplinary design studio Carl DeTorres Graphic Design; Sven Seger, chief creative officer of FutureBrand; Guillermo Nagore, managing creative director at SY Partners; Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, food publication gurus at Canal House Cooking; photographer Jim Fiscus; Jorg Pierach, president and creative director at Fast Horse; Aaron Doering and Charles Miller from the Learning Technologies Media Lab at the University of Minnesota; Geoff Warner, founder of architecture firm Alchemy and creator of weeHouse; and Jason Sondhi and Ivan Kander of Short of the Week.

See Change began with an endowment from former SJMC faculty member Smith “Smitty” Schuneman and his wife, Pat. SJMC alumna and former Schuneman student Mary K. Baumann and AIGA Minnesota’s Brent Stickels were recruited to act as program directors, along with steering committee members Steve Bickel, Joe Duffy, Michael Hart, Will Hopkins, Daniel Jasper and Steve Niendorf. Support for the event is provided by SJMC adjunct instructor Jerry Broeckert, as well as SJMC, the Minnesota Journalism Center, AIGA Minnesota and the University of Minnesota College of Design.

Author Brad Parks visits University of Minnesota, April 18, 2013

On April 18, 2013, former journalist and award-winning crime author Brad Parks visited MJC to explore the connection between journalistic reporting and fictional writing.

“The ability to tell stories sets the human species apart,” Parks said. “I spent my life developing a sense of what a good story is, and that translates to journalistic writing or fictional writing.”
Parks admits many of his fictional ideas stem from the world around him. “Many of my characters and storylines aren’t far from real-life,” he said.

He also spoke about how a reporter’s insistence on the truth can help when creating fiction. “When you’re telling a story, ‘something’ happened. Your job is to find the truth about the ‘something.’” But, for Parks, the transition into fiction wasn’t easy. “It took me a while to learn that it was OK to make stuff up,” he said. “I was definitely worried about angry letters,” he admitted.

Parks talked about how freeing fictional writing can be and how having time to investigate a story is liberating if you’re used to the “grind” of daily journalism. “Telling the truth takes time, which you don’t always have with daily journalism,” he said. “When you’re writing a book, you have the time to investigate details and places that you might not have as a journalist at a newspaper.”

Parks started his journalistic career at age 14 and founded a weekly sports newspaper he ran out of his dorm room at Dartmouth College. After graduating, he began a 20-year career in journalism before turning to fiction writing in 2008. He held reporting roles at The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.
Parks’ most recent novel, “The Good Cop,” follows his perennial protagonist, investigative journalist Carter Ross through the world of gun smuggling. His former novels, also centered around Ross, are “Faces of the Gone,” “Eyes of the Innocent,” and “The Girl Next Door.” He is currently at work on his fifth Carter Ross mystery.

Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Feb. 26, 2013

On Feb. 26, 2013 — nearly 10 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom — the MJC welcomed a group of journalists who have covered the conflict to explore the effect of media coverage on the entire region.

The talk was moderated by Professor William Beeman, chair of the University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology. Beeman helped set the stage by giving an overview of the state-of-affairs in the Middle East today.
Following Beeman’s introduction, Reese Erlich, freelance journalist and author of “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” and “Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire,” spoke about the effect that American media coverage had during the tense era.

Erlich was followed by a group of local journalists who worked on the ground in the Middle East in the decade after 9/11: Jeff Severns Guntzel, who reported for media website Electronic Iraq and Paul McEnroe, investigative reporter at the Star Tribune.

MNA Convention, January 24-25, 2013

On January 24-25, 2013, the Minnesota Journalism Center appeared at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual convention in Bloomington, Minn. On top of participating in the trade show, MJC hosted an evening reception for alumni and supporters of MJC and SJMC.


2012 Event Archive

ONACamp, Dec. 1, 2012

Since 2009, the Online News Association, funded by grants from the Gannett Foundation, has been holding ONACamp sessions around the country.

On December 1, 2012, more than 80 journalists, educators and students set up “camp” in Murphy Hall to hear sessions about a wide variety of topics from both local and national experts.

MIT Lab fellow Lisa Williams presented about e-books; Doug Mitchell from National Public Radio and Laura Yuen from Minnesota Public Radio explored telling stories with sound; Dan Petty, regional engagement editor of the Denver Post gave information about SEO, digital storytelling and social networks; Silha Professor Jane Kirtley informed the crowd about Internet law; Yuri Victor of The Washington Post explored mobile reporting tools and strategy; Kevin Quealy of The New York Times led a three-hour session about data visualization; digital media strategist Kevin Sands explored business strategies for the web; and magazine writer and editor Amanda Hess spoke about creative digital content and branding yourself as a writer.

For a complete summary of the event, including links and presentations, see ONA's website. ONACamp was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, Nov. 5-7, 2012

In November 2012 — during the 2012 Presidential Election — 19 international journalists from 16 European countries visited the University of Minnesota as part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.

Made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota International Center and the U.S. Department of State, the trip allows journalists to explore the United States and learn about our politics, culture and international relations.
The Murrow Fellows, who hailed from such countries as Russia, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey, started their trip with informational panels about the two proposed Constitutional Amendments on Minnesota’s ballot: the marriage amendment and the Voter ID amendment. “I finally understand the Voter ID amendment!” said Alina Anghel, a television reporter from Romania. “It was great to hear both sides and learn more about this issue.”

Following the panel, journalists were paired with a Twin Cities media professional with a similar reporting interest. Editors, writers and producers from such entities as the Star Tribune and KSTP-TV participated. “The job shadowing was so interesting and I learned so much,” said Uros Urbas of Slovenia, who was matched with John Vomhof Jr. of the Mpls./St. Paul Business Journal.

On Election Day, the Fellows visited a polling place to observe voting processes and then visited the St. Paul campaign office of President Barack Obama. Then, they toured Minnesota Public Radio to learn about how the station was covering the election.

On the following day, the Fellows heard from SJMC faculty members Heather LaMarre, Amy Kristin Sanders and Brendan Watson about the impact of the election and a debrief of campaign practices. The program finished with a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare) and its impact on business and American health.

IRE Workshop, Sept. 29-30, 2012

More than 55 journalists and journalism students from around the Midwest attended the Investigative Reports & Editors Watchdog Workshop, held September 29-30, 2012 at Murphy Hall.

On Saturday, both print and TV journalists gathered in sessions to hear from a variety of speakers who covered topics such as data journalism, open records, election reporting, the art of interviewing and effective Internet use.
On Sunday, workshop attendees gained hands-on computer experience in analyzing datasets to identify trends, spot inconsistencies and gain other insight.

Careers in Data Journalism, Sept. 28, 2012

On Friday, September 28, 2012, SJMC hosts "Careers in Data Journalism," an event which will allow students to explore careers available at the intersection of technology and journalism. The panel discussion will allow students to learn about careers and what action steps are needed to move an interest in data journalism to the next step.

The conversation is moderated by SJMC assistant professor Seth Lewis, whose research focuses on the intersection of news, innovation, technology and sociology, features a wide range of reporters, journalists and editors, who use data and technology in their everyday jobs. From infographics to data reporting, the marriage of data and journalism has never been more interesting and varied.

The speakers include Andrew Haeg, product manager for Minnesota Public Radio's Public Insight Network; Kaeti Hinck, director of news technology for MinnPost; Ron Nixon, domestic correspondent for The New York Times; MaryJo Webster, computer-assisted reporting editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and Kevin Schaul, SJMC student, AP-Google Scholar, and intern for the MinnPost data team.

See Change, May 15-16, 2012

For the third year, See Change: The Power of Visual Communication invited innovators, artists and legends to the University of Minnesota for a two-day conference celebrating and exploring the innovative work being done across the visual spectrum.

The conference, held May 15-16, 2012, began with a keynote from advertising legend George Lois. Most well-known for his groundbreaking covers for Esquire magazine (added to the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2008), Lois also created the “I Want My MTV” campaign, helped introduce VH1 to the market and created the new marketing category “gourmet frozen foods” with his name Lean Cuisine. Other clients have included Jiffy Lube, Tommy Hilfiger, Xerox, USA Today and ESPN.

Lois, author of Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!), addressed the crowd on the opening evening of See Change to inspire and, of course, to speak openly. Lois, well-known for his frank and sometimes vulgar language, told the crowd he didn’t care for the references to popular television show “Mad Men” when describing his career. Instead, Lois shared his tips for creative success without the martinis, including “Think long, write short and great work is one percent inspiration, 9 percent perspiration and 90 percent justification.”

The innovative nature of the program carried through to the next day with featured speakers Joe Duffy, creative director and founder of Duffy & Partners; Greg Benson, furniture designer and founder of Loll Designs and Epicurean Cutting Surfaces; data visualizer and founder of Pitch Interactive Wesley Grubbs; photographer Tim Mantoani; Stephanie Pereira of Kickstarter; kinetic artist and Rube Goldberg machine designer Joseph Herscher; Aesthetic Apparatus designers Dan Ibarra and Michael Byzewski; photographer John Midgley and Austin Kleon, artist and author of Steal Like an Artist. The program was kicked-off by Mark Wheat, a disc jockey on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current.

The See Change conference began with an endowment from former SJMC faculty member Smitty Schuneman and his wife, Pat. SJMC alumna and former Schuneman student Mary K. Baumann and AIGA Minnesota’s Brent Stickels were recruited to act as program directors, along with steering committee members Steve Bickel, Joe Duffy, Michael Hart, Will Hopkins, Daniel Jasper and Steve Niedorf. The 2012 See Change conference would not have been possible without their guidance or the support of SJMC, Jerry Broeckert, the Minnesota Journalism Center, AIGA Minnesota and the College of Design.


2011 Event Archive

Liberty Tree

As part of the weeklong event in celebrating Minnesota's role in First Amendment Law, Rodney A. Smolla, a First Amendment Scholar and president of Furman University, gave a keynote address on Nov. 14, 2011 showcasing the importance the free speech.

Watch Part One.

Watch Part Two.

Hacks & Hackers Meet Up

Hacks & Hackers met up in Murphy Hall on Nov. 9, 2011 to hear Professor Seth Lewis from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication talk about his research and how reporters can use data in journalism.

Watch the video.

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, November 4-8, 2011

The University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication hosted the 2011 Murrow Fellows, a group of international journalists here as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.

The University of Minnesota has been part of the Murrow Program since its inception in 2006. As part of the program, more than 150 journalists from 105 countries visit the United States. They start their trip in Washington, D.C., break off into smaller groups around the United States and then reconvene in New York City.

In 2011, SJMC hosted a group of 10 journalists from East Asian and Pacific Rim countries. The focus of their trip to Minnesota was to learn more about immigrant, refugee and transportation issues, topics chosen by the journalists themselves.

As part of their time here in Minnesota, the group heard about the refugee health program, the coverage of minorities, public policy and issues regarding First Amendment Law and social media within Minnesota. The group visited Minnesota Public Radio, 3M and Public Radio International, plus each participant was being paired with a journalist here in the Twin Cities who has a similar "beat" to them. Murrow Fellows are being paired with reporters at the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MPR, Twin Cities Public Television and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The program, named after the late CBS journalist, aims to inform international journalists about U.S. policies, programs and civic issues.

Beardsley Lecture on Oct. 6

The lecture featured Dr. Michael Chorost, the technology theorist went completely deaf in 2001 and had a computer implanted in his head to regain his hearing. Having the device in his body sparked an idea: how do computers change humans? And how can computers change the way we communicate? What he found is that computers can make communication much more creative.

The lecture, held on October 6 at the Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Institute, was in honor of the late John Beardsley of Twin Cities PR agency Padilla Speer Beardsley. He was a luminary who never quit asking, What's next? He loved to learn, grow and think to the future.

SJMC Hosts Panel About the Future of the Magazine

Creative turmoil in the publishing world, iconic magazines are vanishing and everything (and we mean everything) is put online with little to no profit for publishing companies. Apps, social media, smart phones and e-readers are revolutionizing the world of magazines and publishing.

With this uncertainty in the industry, what's the future for magazine writers, designers and editors? The discussion featured panelists David Schimke, the editor in chief of the Utne Reader, Deborah Hopp, publisher of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and vice president of MSP Communications and media guru Kate Byrne.

Watch the video.

Minnesota Journalism Center Hosts Latino Media Expert Sept. 22

Félix Gutiérrez, a nationally acclaimed expert in social media and racial diversity and Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, visited the University of Minnesota on September 22, 2011 to discuss the history of Latino media and preview the documentary “Voices for Justice.” The documentary-in-progress is being produced by Berkeley filmmaker Raymond Telles.

34th Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards

The Minnesota Journalism Center and Premack Board are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards.

The Star Tribune, Twin Cities Daily Planet, St. Cloud Times and Bemidji Pioneer all have earned top honors for excellence in aspects of public affairs reporting. These news organizations and their journalists will be recognized at a ceremony at 5 p.m. April 18 in the A.I. Johnson Room at McNamara Alumni Center, located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Go to to see the full list of award winners, judges remarks and links to their winning entries.


2010 Event Archive

Healthcare Communications Series
Social Media and FDA Regulations: Where Practical and Legal Meet, June 24, 2010

How can medical device, pharmaceutical and other FDA regulated industries use social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn to get their message out in a way that is compliant with advertising and promotion regulations found in the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act? This presentation will present specific ways companies, health care providers, and non-profits are currently using social media. We will also present information about best practices based on research. We will show you how to utilize social media in light of FDA regulations by presenting a case study which illustrates tactics employed to lessen regulatory risk. We will also reveal interactive social medial capabilities that are compliant with FDA regulations.
Co-presented with LaBreche and CG3 Consulting.

Download the Power Point Presentations below:

Health 2.0: A best practices guide to using social media in your health care organization (PDF)
Social Media & FDA Regulations (PDF)
Online Reputation Management (PDF)

American Press Institute's "Event Marketing: Creative Entrepreneurship"

Friday, June 18, 2010
McNamara Alumni Center, Ski-U-Mah Room

The one-day regional workshop armed attendees with strategies and dozens of successful case studies to help turn events into a powerful revenue stream. The event was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

See Change Conference

May 20-21, 2010

More than 250 creatives attended our first See Change conference, an annual gathering for communication professionals across the visual spectrum. View the conference schedule and speakers.

Spring Celebration

May 4, 2010
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center Memorial Hall

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrated graduating seniors, scholarship winners, faculty and staff at the annual Spring Celebration. The Alumni Assocation presented their Award for Excellence to Chuck Porter.

Pop Politics: Infotainment, Mass Media, and Democracy

April 29, 2010
11:30-12:30 am
University of Minnesota
Murphy Hall Conference Center (Room 100)
206 Church St., SE

The merging of politics and pop culture, of political communication and entertainment, seems complete- but what does "infotainment" mean for the role of mass media in democracies? To some, it's the demise of informed public debate; to others, it's the opening of a more inclusive public sphere. Either way, pop politics is here to stay--a struggle over power, as always, played out in the new field of TV reality shows and fake news programs. Gianpietro Mazzoleni, professor of political communication at the University of Milan, took us on a tour of pop politics as it's happening in the United States and Italy, raising provocative questions about what it means for communicators- and citizens- in 21st-century democracies.

Premack Awards Ceremony April 19

Monday, April 19
5:00-6:00 Cocktails and Appetizers
6:00-7:00 Awards Program
University of Minnesota- East Bank
McNamara Alumni Center

In recognition of this illustrious public affairs journalism award competition, the Premack Board hosted a program for the presentation of the awards. The program was a forum for public affairs journalism award winners to celebrate their winning work and inspire and encourage good journalism. Graven award winner Lori Sturdvant gave the keynote speech.

The Premack Awards judges conferred upon the 2009 Frank Premack Journalism Awards on March 6. See the winners and winning entries. Read the news release (pdf).

The Death and Life of American Journalism- Book Signing and Lecture with the Authors

March 25, 2010
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (East Bank)
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
130 Murphy Hall

In The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that will Begin the World Again (Nation Books; January 5, 2010), media experts Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols explore the crisis of modern journalism. Beyond the tremendous job losses associated with a dying print-media industry, they argue that the loss of a free, viable, and informative press could threaten our open democracy. “America, like any country that would be democratic, requires not merely a free press but a functional press— media that regard the state secret as an assault to popular governance, that watch the politically and economically powerful with a suspicious eye, that recognize as their duty the informing and enlightening of citizens so that they may govern themselves in a republic,” write McChesney and Nichols.

Nichols and McChesney are the co-founders of Free Press, a national media reform agency.

Communication Strategies in the Uncertainty of Health Care Reform:
Communicating Change with Internal and External Audiences

March 4, 2010
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center Ski-U-Mah Room
7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Minnesota Journalism Center teamed up with LaBreche and CG3 Consulting to host a discussion series about healthcare communication. The second event in the series focused on effective internal and external communications in the uncertainty of healthcare reform. Speakers included John Eighmey from the University of Minnesota SJMC, Leyla Kokmen from the Minnesota Department of Health, Dannette Coleman from Medica, and Bob Paulson from NxThera, Inc. PDF files of their powerpoint presentations are below.

John Eighmey, "Psychology of Advertising: Some Strategic Concepts in a Changing World"

Leyla Kokmen, "Challenges and Opportunities in Communicating about Healthcare Reform in Minnesota"

Dannette Coleman, "Understanding the Challenges in Communicating Healthcare Both Internally and Externally"

Bob Paulson, A CEO's Perspective on Future Healthcare Reform's Impact in Communicating the MedTech Commercial Message"

Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention

January 28-29, 2010
Bloomington, MN

The MJC will exhibit on behalf of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the MNA annual convention. MNA represents 28 daily and 345 weekly and community newspapers across the state of Minnesota. The convention draws more than 800 Minnesota newspaper professionals for two days of learning and networking.

2009 Event Archive

Mentor Program

November 21, 2009
A.I. Johnson Room
McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota- East Bank Campus

Undergraduate students were matched with a mentor in their field of interest for a year-long one-on-one mentoring experience. The kick-off allowed the students and mentors to meet and begin to build relationships.

American Medical Writers Association Fall Chapter Event:
Navigating Career Transitions

November 14, 2009
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
Michael Donald Glass Community Room
Como Lakeside Pavilion (map)
1360 Lexington Pkwy. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55103

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Check in
11:00 AM – noon:

Amy Lindgren, Navigating Career Change in an Uncertain Economy
Mary Knatterud, Transitioning from On Site to Out of Sight: Thriving as a Telecommuter
Paul Mamula, The Peripatetic Scientist: Moving Out of Laboratories and Into Editorial Offices

A light lunch (provided by the AMWA chapter) will follow the presentation.

Sponsored by the American Medical Writers Association and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention

November 12-15, 2009
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington D.C.

The MJC exhibited at the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, the largest fall gathering of student journalists in America, and a fantastic opportunity for high school journalists to learn more about the journalism industry and college programs. Between 4,000 and 5,000 high school student journalists working for their newspapers, yearbooks, news magazines, literary magazines, broadcast programs and online news sites attended, along with 800 publications advisers. MJC and admissions representatives promoted the University of Minnesota and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Networking and the New Media Landscape: Reporting News, Building Community, Making Money

November 7, 2009
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hennepin County Library- Central
300 Nicollet Mall, Pohlad Hall

In the new media landscape, information, audiences and resources all travel across networks. This participatory forum offered journalists, bloggers and news consumers the opportunity to make connections and share best practices for news reporting, building audiences, and raising revenue.

What: Speakers, 5-minute presentations, workshops and more
Who: Online news producers, news consumers, media creatives, web developers, Twin Citizens
Why: To make connections, share best practices, create community
Participate: Visit the Website. Contact

Sponsored by the Twin Cities Media Alliance and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

The Poynter Institute Seminar: Essential Skills for the Digital Journalist

October 12-15, 2009
Murphy Hall Conference Center
University of Minnesota- East Bank

The SJMC hosted journalists interested in digital journalism at the annual Poynter Institute Seminar. At the seminar the journalists learned to master the basics of audio, video and other multimedia tools. They learned key skills, as well as how to navigate ethical pressure points in emerging platforms. They also explored how to change the way they think about storytelling and the role of independent journalism in the service of democracy.

Read Professor Kathleen Hansen's presentation on digital research strategies.(PDF)

Edward R. Murrow Program

Murrow GroupRoundtableGroup at MAC

October 1-5, 2009
University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication was once again selected by the U.S. State Department to participate in the Edward R. Murrow Program and host 10 international journalists from the Pacific Rim. SJMC faculty and Twin Cities journalists lead the visitors in various topics that affect the U.S. media.

Program participants worked together and with leaders to:

Special thanks to the Star Tribune, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, General Mills, 3M Innovation Center, Minnesota International Center, China Center and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for providing programming for the visiting journalists!

Excellence in Healthcare Communication

Dr. Jisu HuhPanel DiscussionPat Kullmann

Emerging Healthcare Communications Channels to Consumers and Physicians:
The Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Experience

September 24, 2009
McNamara Alumni Center
Ski-U-Mah Room

University of Minnesota- Twin Cities Campus
7:00 to 7:30 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast
7:30 to 10 a.m. Program

The Minnesota Journalism Center teamed up with LaBreche and CG3 Consulting to host a discussion series about healthcare communication. At the first presentation in the series, Associate Professor and researcher Jisu Huh gave opening comments, and Patrick Kullman, CG3 Consulting LLC president, presented about health advertising's effect on consumer behavior. He also presented a recent case study on heart devices to highlight what didn't work and why. Dr. Christopher A. Foley then spoke about direct to physician and consumer advertising and their effect on the healthcare continuum. The presentation allowed the audience to understand the complexity of the healthcare communications industry. Stay tuned for the next discussion in February 2010!

New Economic Models for News

New Economic Models for News Conference

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
McNamara Alumni Center

Industry leaders participated in a discussion about the economics of the news industry during this one-day conference. They discussed the mission of newspapers, new ways to structure the newspaper business, new revenue models and many other topics. Co-sponsored by the Newspaper Guild and the Minnesota Journalism Center.

Speakers Included:
Bernie Lunzer, president of the Newspaper Guild
John Sturm, president of the Newspaper Association of America
Robert Lang, Mannweiler Foundation and creator of the L3C business model
Jennifer Towery, Peoria Journal Star and president of the Peoria Guild
Joel Kramer, founder and CEO of
Steve Yelvington, Morris Digital Works
Ted Venetoulis, Corridor Media Inc., 501c(3) concept
David Shribner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Read the conference summary (pdf).


Keynote Address This video covers keynote speaker David Shribman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He discusses the importance of the news industry and its future, offers interesting insight into the life of an editor, and provides hope for the next generation of journalists. Watch the video

Changing Regulatory Environment

Changing Regulatory Environment This video features a discussion between Bernard Lunzer of the Newspaper Guild and John Sturm of the Newspaper Association of America. They discuss the role that government, foundations, conglomerates and local ownership can play on journalism’s future, and how the changing regulatory environment affects journalists, stakeholders and the resulting product. Watch the video

New Ownership Models

New Ownership Models This discussion between Ted Venetoulis, Robert Lang and Jennifer Towery features ideas for new ownership models and their feasibility, benefits, restrictions and potential impact on the future of journalism. They look at a number of recent proposals, suggestions and criticisms to determine the most logical and beneficial models for a variety of news outlets while stressing the importance of local journalism and ownership. Watch the video

New Revenue Models

New Revenue Models This video features a discussion between Joel Kramer and Steve Yelvington about new revenue models. Kramer points to the MinnPost model and its advantages and disadvantages in the wider news world, while Yelvington looks at a variety of models and stresses the keys for a successful business. Both panelists have predictions about which models will and will not be successful in the future.Watch the video


Spring Celebration

Spring Celebration

May 6, 2009
McNamara Alumni Center

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication celebrated graduating seniors, scholarship winners, faculty and staff at the annual Spring Celebration. The Alumni Award for Excellence was presented to Professer Emeritus Don Gillmor.

Grammar Girl

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Coffman Union

The Minnesota Journalism Center co-sponsored the keynote speech by Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, at the Communicators' Forum annual conference.

"Money-Driven Medicine"

Documentary Screening and Discussion
with Author Maggie Mahar
Friday, April 24, 2009
130 Murphy Hall

Alex Gibney, director of "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "Taxi to the Dark Side," which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007, has produced a 90-minute documentary of Maggie Mahar's book Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much (Harper/Collins 2006). Ms. Mahar screened the documentary and provided commentary and discussion about this growing crisis in the health care industry.

Minnesota Newspaper Photographer's Association Annual Conference

Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19
Murphy Hall

The conference included keynote speaker Brian Storm of MediaStorm [] and workshops on video technique and transitioning from still to video storytelling, when to use the right medium (stills, audio slideshow, video, or all of them!), the business of photography, a panel discussion and sessions about lighting and photo web tools.

32nd Annual Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards

Monday, April 20, 2009
A. I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center
More about the Frank Premack Awards

The Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award competition is one of Minnesota's most coveted and celebrated journalism honors. This year's winners included: “Coverage of the Coleman Franken Recount” by Jay Weiner (10 story series)

The Bemidji Pioneer, “Help for Cattle Farms”(pdf) by Brad Swenson

St. Paul Pioneer Press, “The Death of Subject 13”(pdf) by Jeremy Olson and Paul Tosto

Rochester Post-Bulletin, “Mystery Illness”(pdf) by Jeff Hansel

Star Tribune, “Resolution Needed in AG Controversy” (pdf) by Jill Barcum

Morrison County Record, “Every County Resident should be saddened by Tuesday’s events” (pdf) by Tom West

Read the Press Release

POTO MITAN Documentary Screening and Discussion with Co-Director/Producer Mark Schuller

Thursday, April 16
130 Murphy Hall

The documentary of Poto Mitan, Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy is told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers and gives the global economy a human face. Each woman’s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. These women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country, collective action makes change possible.

U of M Alumnus Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology at York College, City University of New York. He co-edited Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction and is co-producer and co-director of the forthcoming Plato Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy.

Minnesota Newspaper Association Annual Convention

January 28 – 30, 2009
Sheraton Hotel, Bloomington MN

The Minnesota Journalism Center attended the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention to connect with alumni and friends from throughout the state. 360 Degree Career and Education Fair Wednesday, January 14, 2009 University of St. Thomas The Minnesota Journalism Center and the Office of Admissions teamed up to attend the fair and encourage high school students to consider the University of Minnesota and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as they plan ahead for college.

2008 Event Archive

360 Journalism Workshop Communications Career Fair

January 10, 2008
University of St. Thomas

The Minnesota Journalism Center attended to represent the School of Journalism and the University of Minnesota at a communications career and college fair for students in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Newspaper Association Annual Convention

January 23-25, 2008
Sheraton Bloomington Hotel

The Minnesota Journalism Center attended the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual convention to connect with alumni and friends from throughout the state.

New Media New Standards?: Ethics on Online Journalism

Monday, February 25th
UBS Forum, Minnesota Public Radio | 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul

The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and Minnesota Public Radio’s UBS Forum offered an examination of where online journalism was and where it was going. Hosted by Bob Collins, the creator of MPR’s News Cut blog was joined by Dan Gillmor, director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communications. The forum also included a stable of ethics experts, bloggers, editors and reporters to help guide the audience to a better understanding of what was possible and what was at stake.

"One ink-stained wretch's quest for the sweet spot - between the old journalism and the new - where civil, substantive discourse can occur, even across the ideological divide": A talk with Eric Black

Thursday, March 6
Room 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Eric Black was a journalist for the Star Tribune for three decades and founder of its blog, the Big Question, before taking a buyout in June of 2007 and starting his own blog called Eric Black Ink. Black Ink recently became part of the new online startup Liberated from the constraints of newspaper norms, he hoped to find a middle ground between traditional and web-based journalism where the author's opinions are an integral part of the presentation of uncensored news. Cosponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Medical Arms Race: Health Policy, Medical Coverage and Public Relations

Monday, March 24
McNamara Alumni Center, A.I. Johnson Great Room

This workshop discussed the “medical arms race” from the perspectives of journalists, policy experts and communications professionals. It aimed to discuss some of the context for these important issues and the ethical and agenda-setting responsibilities of journalists and communicators in explaining these issues to the public. Presented by the Health Journalism M.A. Program

The Obesity Conference: Covering Childhood Obesity in Communities of Color

Wednesday, March 26
SJMC Conference Center, Murphy Hall

The workshop provided reporters, editors and producers from the health, community, diversity and policy beats with insights on how to cover one of the most important issues facing our communities of color. Attendees had opportunities to work through case studies and walked away with story ideas and excellent sources.The workshop was co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Children, Youth & Family Consortium, School of Public Health, and the School of Journalism and the Minnesota Journalism Center.

Disappearing Shanghai

April 10-11

Howard W. French is a documentary photographer whose work has been shown in China, the United States and Europe and has been published widely on the three continents. He was currently at work on a series of nude portraiture in Shanghai which was published in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Max Magazine (Germany), Tip (Germany), China Photography, Xinmin Weekly, New Weekly, Autoportret (Poland), TheBund (China)!Hint (China), PhotoChina, Newsweek Select, City Weekend (China), and numerous others. Sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Asias and the Minnesota Journalism Center.

31st Annual Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards Ceremony and Program

April 29
McNamara Alumni Center

For the first time this year, the competition accepted entries from all forms of media. The journalists who submitted the winning entries received a $250 check, while each of the winning media outlets received a special citation. The winners of the 2007 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards include the Star Tribune, Tri-County Record, Post-Bulletin, Minnestota Monitor, and the Northeaster.

“Translating Ivory Tower Scholarship into ‘Real-World’ Action”

Hazel Dicken-Garcia event

Friday, September 19
Murphy Hall Conference Center

This special symposium honored Professor Emerita Hazel Dicken-Garcia’s nearly three decades of service to the university and her contribution to the field of journalism and mass communication history. Following the symposium, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty and staff, symposium speakers and panelists and Professor Dicken-Garcia hosted a cocktail hour and dinner at the McNamara Alumni Center.

U.S. State Department Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists

Edward R. Murrow Program

October 10-15

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication, in conjunction with the University’s Office for International Programs, hosted 8 East Asian journalists (6 from the PRC, one from Singapore and one from Taiwan) for this year’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists sponsored by the U. S. Department of State. During their 4 week stay, the journalists spent one week on the Twin Cities campus. The SJMC also hosted various workshops, panel discussions and field experiences for the visiting journalists.

Minnesota High School Press Association State Conference

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This event drew several hundred high school journalists from around the state to learn to improve their craft in newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, magazine, online and other media. The School of Journalism & Mass Communication had an informational booth at the convention for the attendees and SJMC faculty served as workshop leaders for several topics.

The Obama Effect

October 23 – 25
Coffman Union (Thursday and Saturday)
McNamara Alumni Center (Friday)

In this historic election year, it was imperative for scholars and journalists to reflect upon the potential effects of Senator Obama on public opinion, party politics, voter participation, media and how we think about race, gender and class in America. To foster vigorous discussion of these issues, the SJMC hosted the Obama Effect conference. Communication scholars and professionals presented research and spoke about Senator Obama’s political career, the course of the 2008 presidential election and what the lasting effects of this unprecedented campaign were. The conference provided participants with a multi-faceted view of the past year’s campaign and its potential effects on a wide range of social arenas. In addition to the scholarly and professional panel presentations, the conference featured keynote addresses from national figures and community-focused roundtables.

Can one person make a difference? An evening with Paul Rusesabagina

Monday, November 3, 2008
Northrop Memorial Auditorium

Author Paul Rusesabagina, inspiration for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, recounted his inspiring story of courage and compassion in the opening days of the Rwandan genocide. His example, which he documented in the book An Ordinary Man, demonstrated how each of us could change our world.

SJMC Alumni Mentoring Program

Saturday, November 8, 2008

AI Johnson Room/McNamara Alumni Center Undergraduate students were matched with a professional in their field of interest for a year-long one-on-one mentoring experience.

Musicology / Theory Colloquium Series

Mark Swed ( Los Angeles Times), “On John Cage”
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
280 Ferguson Hall

The University of Minnesota School of Music, Minnesota Journalism Center and Minnesota Public Radio have partnered to bring renowned LA Times music critic Mark Swed to the university. SJMC students were invited to attend his talk with Professor Karen Painter’s “Music in Nazi Journalism” call and his 4 p.m. lecture about John Cage and music criticism at the School of Music.

JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention

Nov. 13-16 , 2008
Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, Mo.

The national convention was a chance for journalism students to learn about many aspects of journalism from more than 200 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and writing contests. Students also got a chance to exchange ideas with other students from across the country, and learned from some of the most outstanding advisers and journalists in the U.S. And they got to have some fun too; there was a Rock Band™ contest, an open house at City Museum, media outlet tours, contests, and numerous other events.

The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press & the Future of Journalism

Monday, November 17, 2008
Coffman Memorial Union

This NPC Centennial Forum on The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism featured leading Minnesota journalists: Nancy Barnes, editor and senior vice president, Minneapolis Star Tribune; Thom Fladung, editor and vice president, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Joel Kramer, chief executive officer and editor, MinnPost; and Nora Paul, director, University of Minnesota Institute for New Media Studies. The panel was moderated by Alan Bjerga, a Bloomberg News correspondent, the Club’s treasurer, and University of Minnesota alum. This forum was part of a nationwide conversation the National Press Club is holding during its 100th anniversary to look at where the news business were going and what news consumers should have been demanding. Schedules and video highlights of forums in other states can be found on the Club’s Web site:

2007 Event Archive

ThreeSixty’s Communication Fair

January 11, 2007

300 students from 10 high schools participated in this urban journalism workshop and communication fair.

Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention Booth

Jan. 24-26, 2007

This annual trade show and convention brings together newspaper staff from across Minnesota to showcase new products and services and provide training for staff. Key note addresses came from Sid Hartman; Dave Mona; Governor Tim Pawlenty; and William Cope Moyers, author of “Broken” and Vice President of External Affairs at Hazelden.

CAR Training for the Minnesota Daily

February 3, 2007

A Computer Assisted Reporting Workshop for staff of the Minnesota Daily. Speakers included Chris Ison and Mary Jo Sylwester.

Diversity Panel: “What Non-Muslims Should Know About Muslims”

February 8, 2007

This panel discussion provided basic background knowledge and information about Muslims and Islam - an important topic given the continuing role and importance of the Middle East in world affairs, the United States' presence in Iraq, and the status of Muslims in the United States. Our panelists addressed questions about Muslim religion, culture, and traditions, and also took questions from the audience.

PRSSA Regional Event

February 17, 2007

The event, "A Taste of PR" was a day dedicated to learning about the PR industry. There were three sessions of speakers as well as a panel with more speakers. The panelists were all PR professionals with an expertise in crises communications. Following the speaker sessions participants were bused to a PR agency in the Twin cities for an agency tour – a glimpse into the real PR world.

Premack Awards Judging

March 3, 2007

Winners were selected for the Metro Daily Award, the Outstate Daily Award, the Weekly Award, the Opinion Award, and the Graven Award.

IABC Meet the Pros

March 8, 2007

IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) brings together professionals who want to excel in the communications field. At the event, several members of IABC Minnesota gave brief presentations. The speakers’ work specialties included marketing communications, media relations, employee communications, electronic media, and government relations. Afterwards, there were informal roundtable discussions with the professionals.

“Finders Keepers: Trends in Communicating, from Prospect to Alum”

March 13, 2007

The first part of the conference was “Current research on Millenials”, led by Iconoculture Consumer Strategist and Millennials expert Nancy Robinson. The second part of the conference, “Trends in communicating to Millennials”, was led by Kelsey Quiring, Admissions Assistant Director in charge of marketing and communications, and Jerilyn Veldof, U Libraries Director of Coordinated Educational Services. Part three of the conference, “They've graduated -- now what?”, was led by Bruce Rader, U of M Alumni Association Senior Director of Membership; Erica Giorgi, College of Liberal Arts Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving; and Mary Buschette, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences Director of Alumni Relations.

API Newspaper Next

March 23, 2007

This was a one-day regional workshop. Participants learned firsthand a powerful new approach to the transforming newspaper business. The approach is based on the concepts of renowned Harvard innovation expert Dr. Clayton Christensen. Newspaper Next was tailor-made for newspaper people and the unique needs and circumstances of newspaper organizations. This event was cosponsored with the Minnesota Newspaper Association.

GSO Mini-Conference

March 23, 2007

The conference, run and staffed by SJMC graduate students, provided an opportunity for researchers to practice skills needed for futures in academia, including those needed for reviewing, critiquing and presenting work. It also provided an opportunity for graduate students to get feedback on their current research in preparation for submission to national or international conferences.

“Immigration Coverage: Here we go again!” with Dr. Mercedes de Uriarte

April 10, 2007

At the event, Dr. Uriarte gave a lecture discussing past and present immigration coverage. She is on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Uriarte is the author of Diver Disconnects: From Classroom to Newsroom, This event was part of a series of Diversity Forums.

Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program

April 12-17, 2007

This was the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ second year hosting the Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program. The event featured visiting journalists from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. The SJMC designed a specialized curriculum for the group’s week-long visit, including seminars led by SJMC faculty principles of profession in the U.S., press freedoms, business and trade, Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR), and foreign policy, and international security. The group also spent time observing professional journalists at the Pioneer Press and General Mills.

30th Annual Frank Premack Awards

April 23, 2007

Please join the Minnesota Journalism Center as we celebrate the 30th annual Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards. The Premack Awards will have a new format this year, as we will bring together the award winners with a distinguished panel of experts for a symposium to discuss the importance of public affairs journalism in Minnesota. The symposium featured Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. Participants will include the 2007 winners of the Premack Awards as well as a panel of journalists and educators.

“Freedom and Its Enemies”: An Event with John Stossel

April 24, 2007

Mr. Stossel gave a speech titled “Freedom and its Enemies” to a crowd of 1,000 patrons at Northrop Auditorium. After the event Stossel signed books for his fans and met with CFACT interns in an informal reception.

Moyers Web Conference

April 25, 2007

Minnesota Newspaper Photographers Association Convention

April 28-29, 2007

This two-day event included judging, speaker presentations, and an awards ceremony for the MNPA. This year’s speakers were: Janet Reeves, Director of Photography for Rocky Mountain News; Josh Meltzer, photojournalist for The Roanoke Times; and Romain Blanquart, photojournalist for Detroit Free Press.

Spring Celebration

May 2, 2007

Spring Celebration is a chance to celebrate graduates, scholarship winners, and everyone in the SJMC for another wonderful year!

Society for Newspaper Design: Design Quick Course

May 5, 2007

Prsentations were given by David Kordalski, or AME/Visuals at The Plain Dealer; Monica Moses; Brian Nanista and Holly Hillstrom (of Minneapolis’s Southwest Journal); and Suzette Moyer, Senior Designer at the St. Petersburg Times. Chris Clonts, Colleen Kelly, Ben Ramsden Marty Melendy and Lauri Hopple discussed alternate story forms. The presentations and discussions were followed by critiques.

“Water in the 21st Century: A Journalist’s Workshop about the Future of Our Most Precious Resource”

May 20-22, 2007

Discussion topics included water quality and human health, climate change, and the availability of water. Discussions were followed by a panel on water policies and regulations. The event featured a chef-led teaching dinner. Speakers included Margaret Adamek, Mary Story, Pam Riesgraf, Jeff Strock, Kate Clancy, and Ken Meter.

NSAC Presentation

June 14, 2007

The National Student Advertising Competition team gave their 1st place-winning presentation to local professionals and professors in the SJMC. It was accompanied by a continental breakfast.

Supply, Demand, and Deadlines

June 24-26, 2007

This workshop will include extensive opportunities for journalists to work through sample stories, case studies, and critiques of journalistic work in these subject areas. The conference will also feature a core group of faculty who teach economic principles, reporting techniques, and the economic point of view. This year’s featured speakers include Ellen McGrattan of Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank; Tom Stinson, a Minnesota State Economist; David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal; Art Rolnick of Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank; David Fettig of Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, Mike Myers of The Star Tribune; and Chris Worthington of Minnesota Public Radio.

Business Journal Retreat

June 28, 2007

INMS Multi-Media Newsproducers Workshop

August 16-18, 2007

INMS Multi-media News Producers Workshop is a two-day conference for professional journalists charged with producing multimedia content for online publications. The conference will feature both discussion and hands-on sessions focused on improving audio, video and Flash storytelling skills. Session topics will include: what we know about digital storytelling use and usability; online storytelling concepts, tools and training; and working with your newsroom.

NATAS Broadcast Journalist Workshop

August 20-24, 2007

Danish journalists participated in a broadcast journalism workshop sponsored by the Upper Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

New Graduate Student Orientation

August 27-29, 2007

The New Graduate Student Orientation is an opportunity for new graduate students to meet professors, advisors, and staff as well as familiarize themselves with the building and grounds.

“From the Presidential Archives: The story of private polling and its implications for American democracy”

September 17, 2007

The MCJ co-sponsored the event featuring Lawrence Jacobs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University’s Government Publications Library’s official federal depostiry status. The event included a lecture by Jacobs and documents from the Library’s collection were on display.

API Storytelling Workshop

October 2-5, 2007

The four day seminar was designed for writing coaches and senior editors who want to revolutionize storytelling in their newsrooms. Crowd sourcing, mobile journalism, multimedia storytelling, digital storytelling, narrative writing and alternate story forms were some of the topics covered. The attendees participated in interactive exercises and discussion sessions featuring Jim Sheeler, Regina McCombs, Tim Richardson, John Jackson, Skip Foster, Mackenzie Warren and Michael Quintanilla. The event was a joint effort with the American Press Institute.

IRE Better Watchdog Workshop

October 15-16, 2007

News veterans taught practical tips and techniques on watchdog journalism to mid-level editors and reporters at small to mid-sized newsrooms. The workshop sponsored by the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and the MJC covered the use of Internet, open-record laws, computer-assisted reporting and anonymous sources.

AP/MNA Jobs Fair

October 23, 2007

Students were able to meet with representatives from newspapers in Minnesota and the upper Midwest about job opportunities. Representatives from The Associated Press were also there conducting interviews.

2006 Event Archive

University of St. Thomas Communications Career Fair

January 12, 2006

This career fair brought 225 students from Minneapolis and St. Paul high schools with interests in a variety of communications fields. Local WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby was a featured speaker at the event. Professional participants included educational institutions, television news, television photography, commercial video producers, cable producers/hosts, commercial news radio, public radio, graphic designers, online editors, newspaper photographers, newspaper editors, newspaper reporters, magazine publishers, magazine reporters, corporate public relations, advertising account managers, and more.

Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention Booth

Jan. 25-27, 2006

This annual trade show and convention brings together newspaper staff from across Minnesota to showcase new products and services and provide training for staff. Key note address came from Garrison Keillor.

Blandin Foundation Workshop

February 3, 2006

This workshop was a first-time partnership.

“Crisis Communications: Calming our Colleauges”

February 9, 2006

This presentation discussed the different aspects involved within media during times of crisis. Also included were examples of communications strategies for some University-specific events. Speakers included Gail Plewacki, Communications Director for the City of Minneapolis, and Sara Dietrich, Assistant Communications Director for the City of Minneapolis.

Pop Music Critic as Cultural Critic

February 16-17, 2006

This workshop for music journalists and arts critics explored the cultural contexts in which they work and provided helpful models for their writing. Topics included practices for reviewing many genres of music, ethical traps, and censorship and restrictions in popular music.

“The End of Journalism? Why News Still Matters”

February 20, 2006

Because there are so many issues facing journalists today, SPJ’s Minnesota Pro Chapter brought together many brilliant minds for a discussion: The Honorable Paul Anderson, Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (Opening Remarks); Bill Kovach, Committee of Concerned Journalists (Presenter); Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor for Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota (Moderator); Ted Canova, Former News Director, FOX-9/UPN-29 (Panelist); Dave Kansas, Editor, Wall Street Journal (Panelist); and Nora Paul, Director, Institute for New Media Studies, University of Minnesota.

Graduate Student Organizations Mini-Conference

March 5, 2006

The conference, run and staffed by SJMC graduate students, provides an opportunity for researchers to practice skills needed for futures in academia, including those needed for reviewing, critiquing and presenting work. It also provides an opportunity for graduate students to get feedback on their current research in preparation for submission to national or international conferences.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson Event

March 7, 2006

This event cosponsored with Humphrey… Kathleen Hall Jamieson is Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication. She has been referred to as an expert in political communications.

Star Tribune Scholars Luncheon

March 30, 2006

To congratulate this year’s new Star Tribune Scholars—and reunite with former Scholars—a luncheon was held in the McNamara Alumni Center.

Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program

April 6 – 12, 2006

This innovative program in its first year was a public-private partnership between the Department of State and seven leading U.S. schools of journalism. The program brought 130 journalists from independent media outlets around the world to the U.S. to examine the practice of American journalism and interact with professional journalists and experts in the field. The SJMC hosted twelve journalists from Burkina Faso, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Niger, and Senegal, who hold positions in radio, print, and broadcast in their home countries. The SJMC designed a specialized curriculum for the group’s week-long visit, including seminars led by SJMC faculty on investigative and in-depth reporting methods, subject reporting, new media and internet broadcasting, economics of the press, and the role of the press in a democracy. The group also spent time observing professional journalists at the Star Tribune, KFAI Radio, KSTP-AM Radio, Twin Cities Public Television, and Minnesota Public Radio, and also met U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-MN, -4th District).

29th Annual Frank Premack Awards

April 17, 2006

The Annual Premack Awards dinner and lecture featured guest speaker, Michele Norris, host of All Things Considered on NPR. Norris spoke to the audience in Coffman Memorial Union Theater about her first hand experiences covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Prior to her address, this year’s Premack winners were honored for their outstanding contribution to public affairs reporting. This year’s winners were The Star Tribune and reporters Pam Louwagie and Dan Browning who received the Metro-Daily Newspaper award, The Mankato Free Press and reporter Mark Fischenich received the George S. Hage Award for Greater Minnesota Dailies, City Pages and reporters G.R. Anderson Jr. and Paul Demko won the Weekly Newspaper Award, The Star Tribune and Ron Meador received the Opinion Writing Award, and The Star Tribune’s Steve Brandt was this year’s Graven Award recipient.

Minnesota Newspaper Photographers Association Conference

April 22-23, 2006

This two-day event included judging, speaker presentations, and an awards ceremony for the MNPA. This year’s speakers were: Cheryl Diaz Miller, senior staff photographer for The Dallas Morning News; Scott Strazzante, photographer for the Chicago Tribune; and Todd Heisler, photographer for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

Spring Celebration

May 2, 2006

Spring Celebration is a chance to celebrate graduates, scholarship winners, and everyone in the SJMC for another wonderful year! Professor Howard Liszt received the SJMC Alumni Society Award for Excellence.

APME Newstrain

May 24-25, 2006

This two-day workshop for mid-level newspaper editors was held at the Star Tribune. The workshop included top-level trainers from across the country including Jacqui Banaszynski, Kristin Gilger, Gene Foreman, Nora Paul, and Bobbi Bowman. Participants attended multiple sessions with topics including Ethical Decision Making, Covering the New America, Architecture of Story Organization, Situational Leadership, and Coaching Your Writers. The two-day event also included a reception at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Feeding Ourselves in the Future: A Journalist’s Workshop on the Science and Policy of Food

June 4-6, 2006

This workshop, offered in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Initiative through a grant from the Bush Foundation, brought in 15 journalists from across the country. The workshop featured a variety of speakers including scientists, policy experts, economists, nutritionists, chefs, farmers, and others who are shaping the future of food in America. In addition to classroom seminars, the group traveled to an Cedar Summitt Farm, an organic farm in New Prague, to see first hand how one family farm has made the change to organic. It also featured a dinner at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which was prepared by local chefs who use locally produced food.

WPI Transparency Reporting

June 19-30, 2006

A two week seminar for journalists from all over the world to explore principles of transparency reporting and the strategies for creating professional development opportunities for journalists in their home countries.

Multimedia News Producers Workshop

August 11-13, 2006

Multimedia News Producers Workshop is a two-day conference for professional journalists charged with producing multimedia content for online publications. The conference will feature both discussion and hands-on sessions focused on improving audio, video and Flash storytelling skills. Session topics will include: what we know about digital storytelling use and usability; online storytelling concepts, tools and training; and working with your newsroom. The conference featured Mindy McAdams of the University of Florida; Regina McCombs of; Nora Paul of the University of Minnesota; Joe Weiss of the Raleigh News and Observer Online.

New Graduate Student Orientation

August 30-September 1, 2006

An opportunity for incoming graduate students to meet the faculty and graduate staff of the SJMC, become orientated with the technology and other procedures, learn WebCT basics, meet with their advisors, and receive TA training.

NATAS Broadcast Journalist Workshop

August 21-25, 2006

Danish journalists participated in a broadcast journalism workshop sponsored by the Upper Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

New Graduate Student Orientation

August 28-30, 2006

The New Graduate Student Orientation is an opportunity for new graduate students to meet professors, advisors, and staff as well as familiarize themselves with the building and grounds.

Korean Press Foundation Workshop

September 13-15, 2006

This workshop on medical and health journalism will take place in the SJMC Conference Center this September.

Anthony DePalma Event

September 25, 2006

Anthony DePalma shared his insights about the current situation in Cuba and the historical context in which Fidel Castro rose to power. DePalma has been a correspondent at The New York Times for nearly twenty years and was the first foreign correspondent to serve as bureau chief in both Mexico and Canada.

Star Tribune Scholars Reception

October 6, 2006

A luncheon for new and previous Star Tribune Scholars to get acquainted and to celebrate the new scholars: Aisha Eady and Lora Pabst. Past scholars include: Rachel Bruzzone, Mary Stegmeir, Susie Vang, Adrienne Baker, and Jenna Ross.

Tracy Kidder Visit

October 10, 2006

The Minnesota Journalism Center along with the Department of English Language and Literature welcomes author Tracy Kidder. Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. He is the author of The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, and Hometown.

Supply, Demand, and Deadlines

October 15-17, 2006

This year’s annual workshop on economics for journalists, a partnership with the Federal Reserve, will be held in Washington, D.C. This year’s featured speaker will be current Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke.

Robert Jensen Visit

October 18, 2006

Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

“A Mighty Fortress: Far From Lake Wobegon” Photo Exhibit Co-Sponsorship

November 3, 2006

– December 2006 This event featured an exhibit in the Andersen Library Gallery with work by Wing Young Huie and Allison Adrian. The artwork portrayed Minnesota’s cultural richness due to its many immigrants.

JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, Nashville

November 9-10, 2006

A conference for undergraduate students. There will be over 200 sessions available for students and advisers on all aspects of journalism as well as an on-the-spot contests in over 40 categories.

WPI Fellows

November 13, 2006

World Press Institute fellows participated in briefings by faculty members Kathy Hansen on journalism education, and Nora Paul on new media issues and trends (both WPI board members), and Jane Kirtley on media law issues and trends.

Judges in J-Schools

November 29, 2006

The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law will host Judge Rick Distaso for a lunch and discussion.

News Coverage of Immigration Presentation

November 30, 2006

Satish Korde Visit

December 5, 2006

A lecture by Satish Korde, president of the WPP Ford Group and the mastermind behind Ford Motor's worldwide advertising strategy. He will share his insights and expertise on international strategic communication, the future of branding, and doing business in China, India, and other emerging markets.

Emeriti Luncheon

December 18, 2006

A luncheon for faculty and staff to celebrate the holiday season and the year’s accomplishments.

2005 Event Archive

St. Thomas Career Fair

January 12, 2005

Listening to the Voice of the People: Integrating User-Generated Content into Everyday News

February 3, 2005

A conference on digital storytelling with speakers whose presentations discussed how one becomes a digital storyteller, how BBC chooses its digital storytellers, and a look at how local journalists have responded to user-generated content.

Brent Beardsley - The Rwandan Genocide Ten Years Late: Assessing the Genocide and Trails of Perpetrators

February 25, 2005

A lecture by Major Brent Beardsley of the Canadian Armed Forces and member of UNAMIR-Rwanda on the Rwandan genocide.

2005 Midwest Graduate Student Conference

April 16, 2005

A gathering of graduate students from around the Midwest including sessions on new media laws and identity issues; new media content, credibility, and ideology; media effects; and representations of race and nationality.

Premack Awards and Dinner

April 18, 2005

A dinner to congratulate and celebrate the work of Minneapolis Star Tribune for the Metro Daily award; The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder for the Weekly award; and the Mankato Free Press for the Opinion Writing award. D.J. Leary and Wy Spano, co-editors of Politics in Minnesota were selected as the Graven Award winners for their contributions to Minnesota journalism.

Spring Celebration

May 5, 2005

An awards dinner to recognize Silha fellows and scholarship and other award winners.

Supply, Deadline, & Demand: A Workshop on Economics for Journalists.

June 12-13, 2005

A conference on economics for journalism featuring a panel on pros and cons of enterprise zones and a tour of the Federal Reserve Bank.

WPI Transparency Reporting

June 20-July 1, 2005

A two week seminar for journalists from all over the world to promote and strengthen press freedom throughout the world.


August 12-16, 2005

This year’s AAJA J-Camp included several breakout sessions for print, photography, and broadcast, as well as a poetry slam, a field trip to the Mall of America, and inspiring speakers.

2005 New Graduate Student Orientation

August 29, 2005

An opportunity for new graduate students to meet professors, advisors, and staff as well as familiarize themselves with the building and grounds.

Bev Kees Memorial Event

September 18, 2005

A memorial event to commemorate the life of Beverly Kees: journalist, Minnesota Daily editor, author, friend, and family member.

Star Tribune Scholars Reception

October 14, 2005

A reception to recognize and get to know this year’s Star Tribune Scholars: Emma Carew and Rodrigo Zamith.

JEA NSPA Chicago

November, 2005

Representation at national high school journalism fair.

“Commonsense Talk about an Uncommon Country”

December 8, 2005

A lecture by alumnus James McGregor (B.A. ’78) about his book One Billion Served, the saga of China’s rise as a business power with tips on doing business there.

Holiday Emeriti Luncheon

December 9, 2005

A luncheon for faculty and staff to celebrate the holiday season and the year’s accomplishments.

2004 Event Archive

Minnesota Newspaper Association Annual Conference

January 29-30, 2004

This two day event for Journalism Students and Educators featured the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist, Tom Friedman. MJC hosted several tables for the dinner and had arranged for students to attend the speech portion of the event as guests.

“The Angry Eye”

February 5, 2004

Jane Elliott, an elementary-school teacher in Riceville, Iowa, visited Murphy Hall to discuss with Sherrie Mazingo’s “People of Color and Media” class an exercise that she devised after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This exercise is called “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” and is used to teach her students (as well as other children and adults all over the U.S.) about race.

“Lies, Damned Lies, and Accounting: What reporters need to know about the latest crop of corporate scandals”

February 11, 2004

This workshop covered a wide variety of topics: mutual funds, accounting trickery, executive compensation, and corporate governance. Kevin Maler and Sven Wehrwein led the workshop and Hank Shea, assistant U.S. Attorney, was the featured speaker.

Graduate Student Organization Conference

March 5, 2004

GSO held a conference, providing an opportunity for researchers to practice skills needed for futures in academia, including those needed for reviewing, critiquing and presenting work. It also provided an opportunity for graduate students to get feedback on their current research in preparation for submission to national or international conferences.

Star Tribune Scholars Luncheon

March 9, 2004

A luncheon for new and previous Star Tribune Scholars to get acquainted and to celebrate the new scholars: Aisha Eady and Lora Pabst. Past scholars include: Rachel Bruzzone, Mary Stegmeir, Susie Vang, Adrienne Baker, and Jenna Ross.

New Reporters’ Skills Course

March 17-19, 2004

This intensive, hands-on introduction to community reporting was co-sponsored by the MJC. This course was designed for new reporters to learn the basics of covering local news intelligently and confidently.

“Everyday Life and the Decline of an American City”

March 26, 2004

This public lecture was given by Harvey Pekar, creator of the comic book series American Splendor.

AHCJ 5th National Conference

March 26-29, 2004

NIH Director, Dr. Elias Zerhouni spoke, along with other lecturers covering topics from Blue Cross plans trying to merge, to how health policy is made. This conference was a cost effective way to update a Health Care journalist’s skills and knowledge on a wide range of complex and critical health issues.

A Conversation with Aaron Brown: World Events and the Media

March 27, 2004

CNN’s lead anchor during breaking news, Aaron Brown, recently arrived back from a 10 day trip to Baghdad, stopped in Minnesota for a Saturday afternoon lecture on world politics. Cosponsored with the Minnesota Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

Early Childhood Reporting Workshop: Reframing the Public Dialogue about the Needs of Young Children

April 1, 2004

This workshop was led by Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The workshop provided an overview of the science of early childhood development, examine the challenges in translating the science for popular audiences, and suggest methods to develop story ideas and identify sources in this important public policy area. Cosponsored with The Irving B. Harris Training Center for Infant and Toddler Development in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.

Forum on Doctoral Education

April 15, 2004

At this forum on doctoral education, professors and deans were able to discuss dimensions of Ph.D. programs of study, diversity in training and curricula, and sufficiency of levels of interdisciplinary studies for mass communication Ph.D. students. Attendees were also able to discuss these issues openly before a panel discussion: “What do Ph.D. students in the early 21st century need to know to most effectively prepare for their careers as scholars and professors?”

Judy Keen Lecture

April 22, 2004

Judy Keen is a White House correspondent at USA TODAY, and has covered four presidential campaigns and three presidents for USA TODAY. Her presentation was open to all students, but specifically for Mass Media Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Case Studies.

27th Annual Frank Premack Awards

April 26, 2004

The featured speaker was Dan Balz, a national political correspondent at the Washington Post for the past 25 years. The 27th Annual Frank Premack Memorial Awards, celebrating the best public affairs reporting in Minnesota newspapers. The Premack winners were the Associated Press, “Police Database Questions”, written by Patrick Howe who won the George S. Hage Award for his well-written series of stories. Extensive investigation resulted in an exclusive and informative story that has impacted the people of Minnesota. The Graven Award was given to Eric Eskola of WCCO-AM Radio for his lifetime contribution to Minnesota journalism. Eskola’s reporting has promoted widespread interest in state government, and his positive attitude is a powerful antidote to the cynicism that can become toxic on the government and politics beat.

Job Search Seminar

April 27, 2004

This seminar, co-sponsored by SPJ, MJC, and The Minnesota Daily, included presentations on freelance writing, resume writing, dynamic cover letter writing, and an interview skills presentation.

SJMC Spring Celebration

May 4, 2004

The annual Spring Celebration honored scholarship and fellowship recipients for 2004-2005, students graduating from SJMC undergraduate and graduate programs in 2003-2004, and other standout individuals from the past academic year. William Albert Allard was presented with the SJMC Alumni Society 2004 Award for Excellence. Allard is a photographer who has contributed to National Geographic Society publications since 1964. He has published five books; his latest, Portraits of America, Vanishing Breed, The Photographic Essay, A Time We Knew and Time at the Lake: A Minnesota Album.

API Business Reporting Seminar

May 6, 2004

Cosponsored America Press Institute Business Reporting Seminar.

Supply, Demand & Deadlines: A Workshop on Economics for Journalists

June 13-15, 2004

The Supply, Demands and Deadlines Workshop provided reporters, editors and producers from the business, economics, political and policy beats with insights into how to cover some of the most important but difficult economic and business issues facing our communities. The Keynote address was given by Thomas Sowell of Stanford University, with “Popular Fallicies in Economics and Statistics”. Other speakers included David Wessel with the Wall Street Journal focused on Writing about the Economy, with information on where to find data and information, developing sources, types of stories and understanding economists. Also presenting was V.V. Chari, University of Minnesota, “Why China Matters”, a case study.

Sports Reporting: It’s Not About the Game

July 21, 2004

Workshop leaders provided sports reporters with an in-depth look at events beyond the dug-out and off the field. Featuring Jay Weiner, Star Tribune, covering sports using community resources; Danny Robbins, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, sports investigative stories; and Welch Suggs, Chronicle of Higher Education, gender equity; the economics of school and college sports. The lunch hour included a Q & A session with Lester Bagley of the Minnesota Vikings and Jerry Bell of the Minnesota Twins.

NATAS Broadcast Journalist Workshop

August 23-27, 2004

Danish journalists participated in a broadcast journalism workshop sponsored by the Upper Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

New Graduate Student Orientation

August 30-September 1, 2004

An opportunity for incoming graduate students to meet the faculty and graduate staff of the SJMC, become orientated with the technology and other procedures, learn WebCT basics, meet with their advisors, and receive TA training.

David Domke Lecture

September 22, 2004

David Domke, a SJMC graduate, began his lecture and book signing tour here for; God Willing? Political Fundalmentalism in the White House, the War on Terror and the Echoing Press. More then 125 people attended his intriguing lecture.

Covering the Economy and the Markets

September 23, 2004

A program that focused on local and national indicators, stock market trends and reporting on money and jobs in a way that is relevant to readers and viewers. It also considered the important implications of the 2004 election year on the economy. Presenters included top professionals in the economic, investment and journalism fields.

The People Speak

September 28, 2004

A panel discussion on Role of the Media and U.S. Foreign Policy addressed how advances in technology, the consolidation of media ownership, celebrity journalism, foreign media and the perceived disinterest of the American public all influence the development and execution of U.S. foreign policy.

Satellite Seminar MTV's Choose or Lose and the Campaign for the Youth Vote on

September 30, 2004

With less than half of young voters between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four going to the polls for the 2000 Presidential race, increasing voter turnout for this age group has been the focus of many non-partisan groups concerned about the health of our democracy. In 1992 MTV spearheaded an effort to increase civic engagement and voter turnout with their ongoing Choose or Lose campaign, and the network continues to inform young voters about the political process by partnering with voter awareness groups both seasoned (Rock the Vote and Youth Vote Coalition) and new (Declare Yourself and New Voters Project).

Confirmed Panelists:
Rosario Dawson, Actress; Cofounder Voto Latino
Ben Ferguson, Bush-Cheney Campaign Representative
Kerry-Edwards Campaign Representative to be added
Alexis McGill, Executive Director, Citizen Change
Matt Catapano, Director, MTV Research & Planning

Minnesota Newspaper Jobs Fair

October 2, 2004

This jobs fair provided students the opportunity to talk to—and even have an interview with—representatives from 29 different dailies and the Associated Press. Students have found this event to be invaluable opportunities for finding internships, jobs and making those critical first contacts with newspapers ranging in size from the major metros in the area to smaller community dailies.

19th Annual Silha Lecture: “High Hopes and Dire Warnings: In search of a credo for today’s journalist”

October 13, 2004

Geneva Overholser, Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs for the Missouri School of Journalism, gave the nineteenth Silha Lecture.

SJMC Homecoming Event

October 20, 2004

World Press Institute Fellows Reception

November 10, 2004

Fellows of the World Press Institute visited the SJMC for lectures from Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law Jane Kirtley, Institute for New Media Studies Director Nora Paul and Minnesota Journalism Director Kathleen Hansen. The briefings were followed by a public reception for students and faculty to meet with the fellows.

Information Night for Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication

November 30, 2004

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosted an Information Night for the new Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication. Professor John Eighmey and Program Coordinator Gordon Leighton talked about the benefits of the program as well as how to apply and gave a tour of Murphy Hall and its facilities

Holiday Emeriti Luncheon

December 15, 2004

A luncheon for faculty and staff to celebrate the holiday season and the year’s accomplishments.

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