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Faculty Update

Recent awards, publications, presentations, and other accolades from the faculty in the SJMC.


Assistant professor Donald Brazeal has been named to the newly formed editorial advisory board of Minnesota magazine, the alumni publication of the University of Minnesota Alumni Assocation.

Professor T.K. Chang received the Outstanding Contributions Award in the International Communication Division at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication’s national conference in August.

Professor Ken Doyle was elected for a two-year term to the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Association of Scholars, an organization that works to preserve academic freedom, promote open debate on controversial issues, and support standards of excellence in higher education. Doyle was also named the first president of the American Association for Financial Psychology.

Instructor Gayle Golden appeared on the Court TV series “Forensic Files" on October 19. Golden was interviewed about a murder case she investigated and wrote about while working for Texas Monthly. “Who knows where this will lead?" Golden says. “Maybe a guest spot on ‘CSI’?"

Assistant professor Jisu Huh has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School, effective January 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007. Huh’s grant award, totalling $25,000, will support her research project, “Website Credibility and Its Influence on Consumers’ Responses to Information on the Web site."

Professor Jane Kirtley was one of only two invited participants from the United States at a conference, “Freedom and Security: An Appropriate Balance?" convened by the Ditchley Foundations at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, England, September 30–October 2.

Institute for New Media Studies director Nora Paul was asked to join the board of the World Press Institute, a nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting and strengthening freedom of the press around the world.

Assistant professor Gary Schwitzer received a grant for $94,913 from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making in Boston for his proposal to evaluate U.S. news coverage of health and medicine. Schwitzer’s collaborators on the project will come from Harvard Medical School, UCLA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke, and other leading medical schools and centers.

Publications and Research

Assistant professor Jisu Huh presented two papers at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in San Antonio, Texas in August. One paper, entitled “Perceived Influence of Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising: Do the General Public and the Expert Think Differently?" was authored and presented by Huh, with SJMC Ph.D. student Rita Langteau contributing as second author. Huh also published two papers in November, one in the International Journal of Advertising, and the other in the the Journal of Health Communication.

Visiting associate professor Chris Ison gave a number of presentations in the summer and fall, including: “Making Effective Use of the Internet for Investigations" at the Asian-American Journalists Association conference in Minneapolis on August 17; “The Art of the Interview" to employees of BI Worldwide, a Bloomington-based business improvement company specializing in communication and training, on September 29; and “Paper Trails and the Freedom of Information Act" to the Minnesota student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on September 28. Ison also gave a presentation on developing sources and conducting in-depth interviews to the World Press Institute fellows at Macalester College on August 4.

Professor Jane Kirtley contributed two chapters to the book “Institutions of Democracy: The Press," published in May by Oxford University Press. Kirtley was the sole author of one chapter and co-author with Bruce W. Sanford on the second. Kirtley was a panelist at the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s National Freedom of Speech Week program on October 18, and also delivered the final lecture in the series “A Question of Ethics" sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Institute for New Media Studies director Nora Paul was part of a lecture tour to universities in Peru, Uruguay, and Chile, where she spoke to journalism students and professionals about the evolving media landscape and its implications for news organizations. Paul also participated in a panel discussion at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication convention, and moderated a panel discussion during the Asian American Journalists Association conference on the topic of online media and the future of journalism.

Professor Dona Schwartz’s photographic series “In the Kitchen" continues to earn awards and accolades (at right is "Lipgloss," an image from the series). A selection of photos from the series was recently chosen for exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum and at the 7th Internationale Fototage in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany. Photographs from the series have also been included in several competitively juried exhibitions across the United States, among them the Minnesota Center for Photography, the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, and the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. The project has appeared in print internationally, in the Frankfurter Rundschau Magazin, and in Hotshoe magazine, published in the UK. Schwartz herself was selected as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography for the project. Schwartz was also honored for her service as president of the the International Visual Sociology Association at the organization’s August meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

Assistant professor Gary Schwitzer’s article calling for voluntary certification of TV health reporters, “TV Medical Reporters— Puppets and Pros," was published by the Columbia Journalism Review’s CJR Daily. The Poynter Institute published Schwitzer’s article “Commercialism in TV Health News" on July 25, and Schwitzer was one of eight authors who contributed to a discussion that focused on the roles and responsibilities of the media in disseminating health information that appeared in PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine. Schwitzer was on the faculty of a University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication/California Endowment health journalism seminar, and was also the moderator for a Minnesota Public Health Association panel discussion, “Value Systems, Science and Reproductive Health Care."

Assistant professor Brian Southwell presented a paper at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in San Antonio, Texas, in August. The title of the paper was “Interpersonal Influence: Conversation Sparks Memory For Sciencerelated Media Content."

SJMC instructor Ken Stone was moderator for the first St. Paul mayoral debate between incumbent Randy Kelly and challengers Chris Coleman and Elizabeth Dickinson. The August 22 event was broadcast on MPR and also by SPNN television.

Visiting professor Thom Swiss has a chapter on new media writing and teaching in the forthcoming book “Towards A Theory Of Writing," an edited collection of new essays from internationally recognized scholars in the field of writing and writing practice in existing and new media. Swiss was also at the University of Queensland in Australia on August 9, to give an invited talk on “New Media Writing and Art: A Writer’s Perspective." Swiss discussed the possibilities for writing offered by the electronic convergence of words, images, and sound. On August 10, Swiss gave an invited talk on a similar topic at Griffith University on the Australian Gold Coast.

Ohio newsman wins Casey award

Edwin L. Heminger, chair of the Findlay Publishing Co. and longtime publisher of the Findlay, Ohio, newspaper The Courier, is the 2005 recipient of the Inland Press Association’s Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award. SJMC director Albert Tims presented Heminger with the award on October 25 during Inland’s annual meeting in Chicago. The Casey Award, named for the SJMC’s first director Ralph D. Casey, is the highest honor awarded by the Inland Press Association and the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism for distinguished public service and leadership in the newspaper industry. It has been awarded since 1948 to exceptional industry leaders with a commitment to high journalistic standards and social trusteeship.

Heminger has been chairman of the board of the Findlay Publishing Co. since 1989. He served as president of the company from 1983 to 1989, and was publisher of The Courier from 1965 to 2000. He joined the company in 1952, after earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Heminger served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 and from 1950 to 1951. He has extensive service in professional and civic organizations, including as the director of the Associated Press, the director, president, and chair of the Inland Press Association, the director of the Newspaper Association of America, and a member of the National Press Club. He has also served as a trustee at the University of Findlay and at Ohio Wesleyan University.

In presenting the Casey Award to Heminger, SJMC director Albert Tims noted that Heminger’s nomination was supported by professional colleagues who called Heminger “the best in family-owned newspaper journalism." Tims praised Heminger for his innovation, origination of projects that help both individuals and communities, and sense of civic responsibility, and noted that “his work shows how newspapers can continue to be relevant in the lives of today’s readers."