Several SJMC faculty research proposals are among the 12 projects selected for funding for academic year 2007-08 by the University of Minnesota's Center for Advanced Study. The funding allows faculty to develop and present their work during research forums to take place during the following academic year. Faculty winning these awards are Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies, for her project, "Social Networks Collaborative: Strengthening Human Relationships Across Space and Time," and assistant professors Brian Southwell and Marco Yzer, who are partnering with five other University faculty on a project titled "An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Obesityrelevant Behaviors."
Professor Ron Faber was inducted into the American Academy of Advertising as a Fellow of the Academy during the group's annual conference in Burlington, Vt., this spring. The Fellow of the Academy, the highest honor presented by the AAA, is awarded to leaders who have contributed notably to the improvement of advertising education through ongoing significant scholarship, the development of instructional procedures or the development of advertising practice with broad general significance in advertising.
Associate professor Chris Ison was recognized as one of the College of Liberal Arts' "Alumni of Notable Achievement" at a dinner at the Weisman Art Museum in March. The program honors CLA graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in service to their communities.
Associate professor Ken Doyle has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Communication.
Assistant professor Michael Stamm received the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize for best dissertation in journalism and mass communication history from the American Journalism Historians Association. Stamm's dissertation is now under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press, with publication expected in 2008. He also received a University of Minnesota McKnight Summer Fellowship and a Faculty Summer Research Fellowship to support his work this summer.
Cowles Media Fellow Sherrie Mazingo has been selected by the national Society of Professional Journalists for inclusion in the Rainbow Diversity Sourcebook. The sourcebook is a directory used by reporters to find qualified experts on key news topics from demographic groups underrepresented in the news. The directory seeks to promote a broader voice in newsrooms across the country and expand the depth and quality of news reports through better sourcing.
SJMC adjunct instructor Lynn Nelson has been awarded a grant by the University of Minnesota's Office of Public Engagement to implement some of the ideas from students in her Public Relations Writing and Campaign Tactics class on how to address homelessness in the Twin Cities. Interns from the class have been hired to create a sock and underwear drive to provide clothing to homeless people and to draw media attention to the scope of their plight and ways to end homelessness in Hennepin County by 2016.
SJMC adjunct instructor Jessica Marshall is a winner in the 2006 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism Competition, sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists. Marshall co-wrote a story with Peter Aldhous titled "Patient Groups: Swallowing the Best Advice." Their story won third place in the General Interest Magazines category. Marshall teaches a special topics course in science journalism.
Publications and Research
The educational video game, "Neverwinter Nights," was featured along with Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies, professor Kathleen Hansen, director of the Minnesota Journalism Center, and Scott Dierks, systems administrator for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, in the May/June issue of EdTech, a magazine on higher education information technology trends. The article, "Gaming in Education," notes the increasing use of video games in college classroom instruction and discusses how schools' information technology staff support these initiatives.
The Institute for New Media Studies, in collaboration with Sauman Chu from the University's Department of Design, Housing and Apparel and Laura Ruel from the University of North Carolina, began an eyetracking research project in late April. They are testing different techniques for displaying "refreshed" or "breaking" news online, different styles of providing links to supplemental information and different navigational options for moving through slide shows. The study, funded by a Digital Technology Center grant, will publish research results this summer.
Assistant professor Kathy Roberts Forde published a paper titled "Libel, Freedom of the Press, and the New Yorker" in the fall 2006 issue of the journal American Journalism.
Assistant professor Jisu Huh has traveled extensively in recent months to present papers at conferences in this country and abroad. She attended the American Academy of Advertising Conference in Burlington, Vt., to present "Operationalizing the Second-Person Effect and Its Relationship to Behavior Outcomes of DTC Advertising," which she wrote with Denise DeLorme and Leonard N. Reid; "The Impact of Offline Advertising on Initial Trust Formation of Dot-Com Websites," written with Chunsik Lee; and "Culture and Its Influence on Advertising: A Critical Assessment of Comparative Advertising Research, 1975-2005," written with Tsan-Kuo Chang, Kristi McKinney, Sela Sar, Wei Wei and Adina Schneeweis. She presented "Corporate Blogs as a Public Relations Tool: A Content Analysis Applying the Relational Maintenance Framework," co-authored with Soyoen Cho, at the 2007 International Communication Association Conference in San Francisco; and at the 2007 American Academy of Advertising Asia Pacific Conference in Seoul, South Korea, she presented "U.S. and Korean Website Practitioners' Perspectives on Website Effectiveness Measurement: A Qualitative Investigation," written with Cho and Nora Paul, and "Content Analysis of Global Corporate Websites," written with Wonsun Shin. Huh also organized a special topics session for the conference focusing on interactive advertising in a global context. Huh's paper, "Others Are Influenced, but Not Me: Older Adults' Perceptions of DTC Prescription Drug Advertising Effects," co-authored with Denise DeLorme and Leonard N. Reid, was published by the Journal of Aging Studies. Huh also had a paper published in the February 2007 issue of Communications Research, titled "Presumed Influence of DTC Prescription Drug Advertising: Do Experts and Novices Think Differently?" co-authored with SJMC Ph.D. student Rita Langteau. The paper was based on data from Huh's GIA-funded research program.
Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, gave dozens of national and international presentations and has been featured in a number of stories and interviews over the last several months. She was an invited participant at the American Society of Newspaper Editors First Amendment Summit held in Washington, D.C., and took part in postperformance panel discussions after the staged reading of the play "In Darfur" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She conducted a "Nieman Shoptalk" session for the Nieman Fellows at Harvard University and was a panelist and facilitator at a workshop titled "Hot Issues in Ethics" at the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law in Key Largo, Fla. She participated in the Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest Convention in Minneapolis, and was one of two professors and a former prosecutor who debated legal questions raised by the Scooter Libby trial and the jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller in "Journalists Under Fire," presented in Columbus, Ohio. She served as a panelist at the U.S. Media Ethics Summit II held at Middle Tennessee State University and was a panelist for "Privacy -- What Must We Give Up?" at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. Kirtley's speaking engagements include two guest spots on Minnesota Public Radio discussing violence and the news media, and the impact of further buyouts at the Star Tribune, as well as two lectures at the University of Nebraska- Omaha that opened the school's Communication Week in April, and an appearance as a panelist for the 20th annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City, Mo.
Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies, has been all over the world in recent months to talk about digital media. Earlier this spring she was part of a panel presentation on "New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension, Challenges and Opportunities" at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, and attended the America East Newspaper Publishers conference in Harrisburg, Pa., where she gave a speech on digital storytelling. She spoke on "New Media and Impact on Marketing" at the British-American Tobacco/Bigott conference in Caracas, Venezuela, participated in the Pioneer Press' Innovations Group on digital storytelling in St. Paul, and spoke at the American Business Magazine -- Digital Velocity Conference: New Media and Magazine in New York. She was on a panel on multimedia news at the International Online Journalism Conference in Austin, Texas, and traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla., to a Poynter Institute eyetracking conference. She was a panel member for the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce program on "The Future of News for Community Leaders" and participated as a panelist at the Wireless Cities Conference on Wireless and Media Initiatives held at the University of Minnesota.
Associate professor Gary Schwitzer was a panelist for the University of Minnesota's lecture-discussion "The First Face Transplant: Clinical, Ethical and Media Perspectives," given by Jean-Michel Dubernard, M.D., Ph.D., professor at University Hospital Edouard Herriot in Lyon, France. Dr. Dubernard co-led the team that performed the world's first face transplant in November 2005. In other speaking engagements, Schwitzer delivered the opening lecture, "Setting the Wrong Agenda in Health Care News," for the School of Public Health Student Committee on Bioethics winter lecture series, and spoke to the Association of American University Women in Minneapolis, discussing "When Health Care News Hurts More Than Helps." Schwitzer's article "HealthNewsReview. org: Criteria for Excellence in Health and Medical Journalism," was published in Virtual Mentor: the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, March 2007. He presented data on his HealthNews- Review.org Web site at the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference in Los Angeles and at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. His work, "Journalists and Health Screening Tests: Unhealthy Advocacy," which discusses the apparent pro-screening-test bias of some journalists, was published on the Poynter Institute Web site.
Assistant professors Brian Southwell and Marco Yzer have been asked to join the editorial board of the scholarly journal Health Communication. Communication Research has also invited Southwell to join its editorial board.
Assistant professor Brian Southwell was a guest lecturer at Iowa State University in early March, giving a presentation titled, "Why Interpersonal Communication Should Matter to Mass Media Scholars."
Journalism special topics instructor Jay Weiner was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its annual national contest. Weiner teamed with fellow Star Tribune writers Richard Meryhew and Rachel Blount on a series of stories looking into the rise and fall of Twins baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. That series was selected among the top 10 sports projects of 2006 by the APSE judges.
Assistant professor Michael Stamm presented a paper, "Creating the Multimedia Monopoly: Newspaper-Radio Joint Ownership in 1930s America," at the annual Joint Meeting of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in Boston, April 5, 2007.
Professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia presented a paper, "'Nonsense of Greeley and Vallandigham Equally Protected: Tolerance of Civil War Journalists for Freedom of Expression," co-authored with SJMC alum Giovana Dell'Orto, at the annual Joint Meeting of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in Boston, April 4, 2007. She was also the inaugural speaker at the University of Missouri School of Journalism for its Visiting Distinguished Scholar series last fall.
Associate professor Chris Ison's article, "Falling Star: Valuable Lessons Abound When Investigating College Athletics," was published in the March/April edition of The IRE Journal, the magazine published by Investigative Reporters and Editors. The article examines the investigative reporting techniques used in a series of stories in the Star Tribune on the University of Minnesota's recruitment of academically fragile athletes. It reveals inconsistencies in how Big Ten schools comply with their states' open records laws.
The work of associate professor Dona Schwartz has been included in several exhibits, including Profile in access+ENGAGE, an electronic journal published by mnartists.org; Regarding Intimacy at Hunter College in New York; and Photocentric 2007, a juried exhibition of work by the Minnesota Center for Photography intended to demonstrate the range and vitality of contemporary photographic art within our region and introduce new artists to the MCP's viewing audiences. Her work was also included in the exhibit Suburban/Domestic: The Nature of Love and Family at the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kan., and in Interactions at the Center for Fine Arts Photography in Fort Collins, Colo., where she was awarded the Juror's Selection, which is the highest honor, by juror Alison Nordstrom, curator of photographs at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Schwartz's work has been featured on the award-winning photogblog, Flak Photo, and her photo "Fried Eggs" was chosen for the back cover of the Blue Sky Gallery's annual exhibition catalog.
SJMC welcomes new faculty
There are four new faces and one familiar face among the new faculty members joining the SJMC this fall.
They include Catherine Squires (featured on pages 2-3), Rachel Davis Mersey (featured in the last edition of the Murphy Reporter) and Chris Ison, Amy Kristin Sanders and Shayla Thiel Stern (featured below).
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Ison joins the faculty as an associate professor. Many people will already recognize him from his service as a teaching specialist and visiting associate professor who adds his award-winning professional journalism background to his track record of teaching excellence. He will teach news reporting, advanced reporting and mass media ethics. Ison was a journalist for more than 20 years with the Star Tribune, where he worked his way up to assistant managing editor/projects. Besides the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, Ison has won numerous awards from the National Press Club, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inland Daily Press and Associated Press, as well as state and local awards.
Amy Kristin Sanders, J.D., University of Iowa, who is completing her Ph.D. at the University of Florida-Gainesville, joins the faculty as an assistant professor in media law. Sanders' interdisciplinary research interests include broadcast indecency and the Eighth Amendment, journalism ethics and public access to information. Her work has appeared in Environs, a publication of the University of California-Davis School of Law. Her professional experience includes serving as the senior articles editor for the Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, and as copy editor and page designer for the Gainesville Sun and the Brechner Report.
Shayla Thiel Stern, Ph.D., University of Iowa, joins the faculty as an assistant professor in new media. Stern's research interests include integrating new media with cultural studies. Her book, "Adolescent Girls in the World of Instant Messaging," investigates how adolescent girls negotiate identity through their use of day-to-day instant messaging. She also contributed to "Women in Mass Communication" and "Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet and the Negotiation of Identity." Her work has appeared in Feminist Media Studies and The Journal of Electronic Publishing. Her professional experience includes writing for several print, broadcast and online media organizations.