SJMC's students continue to win awards, grants, honors, and recognition for their work.
A May 22 wire story by SJMC student and Star Tribune Scholar Emma Carew '09, an intern with the Minneapolis bureau of the Associated Press, was picked up by dozens of newspapers and media outlets around the world. The story, about a malfunctioning ride at the Valleyfair amusement park that injured 18 people, appeared in the Duluth News Tribune, St Cloud Times, Rochester Bulletin, Seattle Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, and a number of online news sites, including ABC, CBS and Forbes. The story was also picked up by papers in England, Australia, and Canada.
Suzy Hart '06, a graduate of the SJMC's strategic communication track, received a research grant from the CLA Honors program for a study she worked on with SJMC professor Marco Yzer in spring 2006. Hart and Yzer's project examined use of figurative metaphor in modern advertising, and such advertising's impact on the audience.
Two SJMC undergrads were honored by the Public Relations Society of America for their outstanding work in public relations. Lora Johnson '06 was the recipient of a Minnesota PRSA Classics Award, which recognizes outstanding projects in public relations. Johnson and Heather Hauer '07 were also awarded Dr. Willard Thompson Scholarships by PRSA, which honor students who excel in the study of public relations and communications.
Four SJMC students were honored by the Northwest Broadcast News Association in their annual Sevareid awards. Kim Johnson '06 and Kara McElwee '07 were recognized in the General Reporting category; Jenna Ross '06 was recognized the Investigative category; and Kim Johnson '06 and Tyler Richter '05 were recognized the Photojournalism category. The "University Report" newscast was also honored in the Newscast category. All the honorees were celebrated at the NBNA awards banquet on April 1.
Two SJMC undergrads took home Hearst Journalism Awards. Kim Johnson '06 won eighth place and Jenna Ross '06 won eighteenth place, both in the Television Broadcast News category. The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is presented annually by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC). The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities.
SJMC graduate Laura Johnson '06 was one of four student-athletes profiled in the May-June 2006 issue of Minnesota Magazine, the publication of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. In the article, Johnson--a champion gymnast--calls SJMC lecturer David Kistle, who taught her Cases in Strategic Planning and Thinking class, "an inspiration" in the classroom. "He inspired me because he worked full time, which included constant traveling to places like Africa, and taught my class," Johnson says in the article. "I thought I had a busy schedule until I met him."
SJMC students earned a number of regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2006. Kim Johnson '06 took second place in the Television Feature category; David McCoy '06 took first place in Radio Sports Reporting; and Jenna Ross '06 took first place in the Television Sports Reporting category. The Minnesota Daily and many individual staff on the paper also were MOE winners.
The University of Minnesota's Wake Student Magazine, a biweekly, student-operated news and entertainment publication, won the 2006 awards for "Best Campus Publication" and "Best Website" from the Independent Press Association (IPA). The IPA provides technical assistance, access to capital, and newsstand distribution services to over 500 member publications nationwide, including Mother Jones, Ms. Magazine, The Nation, and Harpers. Kay Steiger '06, the outgoing editor of the Wake, graduated from the SJMC in May 2006. "It is exciting for The Wake to win such national recognition," Steiger says, "especially since we competed with 60 publications." Previous winners of the IPA "Best Campus Publication" award include Brown University, Ithaca College, and Cornell University.
The SJMC's National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team took third place in the nation's premier competition for college and university advertising students. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the NSAC competition was held in San Francisco on June 11-12, during the AAF's annual convention. The sixteen schools who competed in San Francisco were selected from more than 160 schools that sent NSAC teams to regional competitions held around the country. The SJMC team won first place in its regional competition in April. The SJMC is the only school in the country to send its NSAC team to the national competition four out of the past five years. The SJMC's 2002 NSAC team also finished third in the national competition. Howard Liszt, a Senior Fellow in the SJMC and the retired CEO of the Campbell Mithun advertising agency in Minneapolis, is the team's faculty adviser. Liszt praised the students' performance at the national competition. "The top four schools finished very close in the scoring," Liszt said. "Our students did a brilliant job both presenting and fielding questions. I couldn't be prouder of all of them."
22 undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism and mass communiation honor society, at the SJMC's Spring Celebration on May 2. Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication; membership is earned by excellence in academic work. The 2006 inductees are Andrea Ahneman, Sarah Bauer, Jerry Broeckert, Alan Butterworth, Jennifer Dill, Dong Dong, Katherine Edenborg, Bridget Greenlee, Itai Himmelboim, Courtney Jensen, Kimberly Johnson, Maria McCullough, Pamela Hill Nettleton, Meghan Norris, Joelle Penisten, Rebecca Rausch, Elena Rozwadowski, Sara Schweid, Penelope Sheets, Seijen Takamura, Bastiaan Vanacker, and Anastasia Viray. Also inducted were SJMC faculty members Jisu Huh and Brian Southwell.
Graduate Student Update
A paper written by SJMC Ph.D. student Soyoen Cho was selected as one of the top three student papers in 2006 by the Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association. Cho's paper discusses news coverage of Korean anti-prostitution laws.
Two SJMC Ph.D. students are recipients of awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Katherine Roberts Edenborg took second place in the AEJMC's "Most Promising Professors" competition, and Jun Wang was awarded the Markham Top Paper Prize.
Ph.D. student Rita Langteau presented a working paper at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Winter Conference in February 2006. The paper was entitled "Bring the Future in Front of the Mind's Eye: Exploring the Moderating Role of Ad Evoked Imagery Processing." SJMC Ph.D. students Soyoen Cho and Jun Myers were co-authors of the paper.
Graduate student Pamela Hill Nettleton has two major feature articles in the April 2006 issue of Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine. One is a profile of James Sewell and Sally Rousse of James Sewell Ballet; the other is a feature on the Jackson Meadow development in Marine on St. Croix.
A number of SJMC graduate students presented at the "Best of the Midwest" college newspaper convention in Minneapolis in February 2006. Ph.D. student Maureen Schriner's session, "Vital Beat: Health News on the College Campus" was based on her experience in health care reporting and communications. Ph.D. student Katherine Roberts Edenborg presented a session entitled "Getting the Job (August 29, 2006covered differenta approaches to applying for jobs in journalism. David Husom conducted two sessions at the convention: "Web Navigation, Design and Content: A Search for Unity" and a session critiquing newspaper web sites.
SJMC Ph.D. student Katherine Roberts Edenborg's submission "News Judgment Call to Action: How to Show Students That With Journalism, There Are No 'Right' Answers" was one of the top 25 "Great Ideas For Teachers" (GIFT) submissions and will be part of a poster session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention in San Francisco in August. The submission will also be published in a limited edition GIFT booklet. Former SJMC graduate student Matthew Baker and SJMC alumna (Ph.D. '05) graduate Amy Lauters also had GIFT submissions selected.