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Faculty Updates

Recent awards, publications, presentations by SJMC faculty...and a few new faces coming to Murphy Hall.


Professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia received an award at the November 2004 Symposium on the 19th-century Press, Civil War, and Freedom of Epression, University of Tennessee (Chattanooga), for "Excellence in Journalism History and the Advance of the Discipline of Historical Scholarship."

Kathleen HansenProfessor Kathleen Hansen is the inaugural winner of the Special Libraries Association's David Rhydwen Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contributions to News Librarianship. The award announcement notes that "Hansen has studied the role of the news library and information technologies in news making for more than 20 years. Her work is considered foundational for scholars of news librarianship."

Professor Kathleen Hansen and Institute for New Media Studies Director Nora Paul were awarded a $16,000 grant from the College of Liberal Arts to develop an interactive simulation using an off-the-shelf game system called "NeverWinter Nights." The simulation is being developed as a way to teach students the information strategy process through a realistic scenario in which the students play the role of a reporter covering a community emergency.

Jane KirtleyProfessor Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, appeared on the cover of the March/April issue of Minnesota, the magazine of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. In the cover story, entitled "You Can't Trust the Government," Kirtley shares her thoughts on why a free press is vital to democracy. Kirtley was also named one of "10 Minnesotans Who Are Changing Our Lives" in the March 2005 issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine. The piece calls Kirtley an "unflinching spokesperson for the First Amendment."

Professor Dona Schwartz was selected as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography for her project "In the Kitchen." The Santa Fe Prize for Photography recognizes gifted and committed photographers who have completed or are near completion of a meaningful body of work. The jurors' statement regarding "In the Kitchen" stated that the work is "brilliantly observed." Selections from the series were also on view at the Photographic Resource Center's annual juried exhibition at the Boston University gallery and in the 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts.

Professor Gary Schwitzer was awarded a University Faculty Summer Research Fellowship for summer 2005 for his project, "Outreach to Journalism Decision-makers about Best Practices in Health Journalism."

Publications and Research

Professor Donald Brazeal's paper, "When Google Won't Do: Declining Research Values Among Higher Education Students," was accepted for presentation by the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The paper examines student confusion over acceptable research methods and suggests solutions that go behind the traditional distinction between primary and secondary sources.

Professor Kathleen Hansen and Institute for New Media Studies Director Nora Paul published an article entitled "ÔModding' Education: Engaging Today's Learners" in the current issue of The International Digital Media & Arts Association Journal. The article describes the work of Paul, Hansen, and their colleague Matt Taylor from the Dunwoody College of Technology in creating a computer simulation game for students in the information-gathering class. The project uses the game engine from the computer simulation game "NeverWinter Nights."

Professor Jane Kirtley was a panelist for "Journalists Under Fire," presented on March 3 as part of Communication Week 2005 at the University of Miami (Fla.).

Nora Paul, Director of the Institute for New Media Studies, cocoordinated the Poynter Institute's Web + 10 seminar, held Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in St. Petersburg, FL. The conference, named in honor of the World Wide Web's 10th "birthday," focused on a number of aspects of digital news: content/customers, competition, credibility, and business models/organizational structures.

Professor Gary Schwitzer's article, "A Statement of Principles for Health Care Journalists," was published by the American Journal of Bioethics in its December 2004 issue. Also in December 2004, Schwitzer's article, "Ten Troublesome Trends in TV Health News," was published in the British Medical Journal. The Poynter Institute's website published Schwitzer's article, "Beyond Cures, Breakthroughs and News Releases: Ideas for Covering Health and Medicine" as the feature piece on March 1. Schwitzer also presented the results of his latest research project, an analysis of health policy news coverage on three award-winning TV stations, to the 6th annual national conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, March 31-April 3 in Chapel Hill, N.C. At that meeting, Schwitzer completed his second term and fourth year of service as a member of the AHCJ Board of Directors.

Professor Brian Southwell received an annual renewal from the National Science Foundation, based on year one performance, for his ongoing evaluation of the Discoveries and Breakthroughs Inside Science television news project run by the American Institute of Physics. Southwell, along with SJMC Ph.D. student Stephanie Blake and Alicia Torres of the American Institute of Physics, published a paper on formative research from the project in Technical Communication this spring.

New Arrivals

Kathy Roberts Forde
The SJMC is pleased to announce that Kathy Roberts Forde will join the faculty in the fall of 2005. Forde earned her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, focusing her research on media law and media history.

Kathy Roberts FordeProfessor Forde comes to Murphy Hall with an impressive background. While a doctoral student, she worked as the editorial assistant for Mass Communication & Society, a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by AEJMC, and as the teaching assistant for both a graduate and undergraduate media law course. She received a Top Three Student Paper Award in the Law Division at the AEJMC national convention in 2003 and the William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award at the UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2004. Her article "How Masson v. New Yorker Has Shaped the Legal Landscape of Narrative Journalism" appears in the winter 2005 issue of Communication Law & Policy.

Before pursuing the doctoral degree, Forde taught English in independent schools for 11 years--the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina. In a brief hiatus from teaching, she worked one year as Associate Director of World View, an international education program at UNC-Chapel Hill for teachers across the state. She received her M.A. in English in 1997 from Middlebury College in Vermont and her B.A. in English in 1990 from The University of the South (Sewanee) in Tennessee.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Forde and her family to the SJMC!

Thom Swiss

Thom SwissProfessor Thom Swiss, currently at the University of Iowa, will join the SJMC for the 2005-06 academic year as a visiting professor and fellow in the Institute for New Media Studies. Swiss brings new media expertise and an interesting, fresh perspective on the discipline into the SJMC community. Swiss holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in English 1973 from the University of Illinois. He is currently a professor of English and Rhetoric of Inquiry at the University of Iowa, and also held a position as professor of English at Drake University from 1991-2001, including an appointment as Drake's Humanities Endowment Professor of English from 1995-2001.

While a visiting professor at the SJMC, Swiss will teach Jour4990: Writing About Popular Music; Jour5606W: Literary Aspects of Journalism; Jour 4551: New Media Culture; and Jour8003: The Changing Media Environment. Swiss will also continue his work as editor of the Iowa Review Web, an online journal of New Media and experimental writing and art, and as president of the Electronic Literature Organization.

Graduate Student news

The SJMC hosted the annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference on April 15 and 16, 2005. The conference provided an opportunity for graduate students in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota to meet and present their research. Eighteen papers were presented by 23 students at sessions attended by both graduate students and a number of SJMC faculty. In addition to the presentations, the conference also featured a reception at the Coffman Memorial Union and a dinner in downtown Minneapolis.

Jerry Broeckert, SJMC graduate student, has been awarded the College of Liberal Arts' "Outstanding Teaching Assistant" award, which is sponsored by CLA's student board. Broeckert was nominated by three of his SJMC students and was recognized at CLA's annual awards banquet on May 11.

Maia Dock, a master's student in Health Journalism, is the author of a regular column entitled "Body Wellness News" in Today's Health and Wellness magazine. Her column summarizes new research on various health-related topics and uses a star-based rating system to show the strength of the research.

Katherine Roberts Edenborg, Ph.D. student has been awarded a second-place honor in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's "Most Promising Professors" competition. She will receive a certificate for the award at the AEJMC's national conference in August in San Antonio. Edenborg also received a Crystal Clarion award from the Association of Women in Communications.

Rhonda Loverude, SJMC graduate student, was interviewed on the Ruth Koscielak Show on February 25. Loverude's course, JOUR 3745 Mass Media and Popular Culture, made and sent a video to Oprah Winfrey to ask Oprah to send Loverude to the 2005 Academy Award ceremony. Loverude was interviewed again on February 28, the day after the Oscars, to talk about her predictions; she got 75% of all categories right and tied for first place in Ruth Koscielak's personal Oscar pool.

Jennifer Moore, a second-year Ph.D. student in Mass Communication, was awarded a 2005 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Research Grant. Her project, entitled "Negotiating Consolidation: The State of Small Radio Groups," seeks to better understand how radio station owners who operate independently of national media corporations are able to remain in business despite a climate of media consolidation and deregulation. Professors Hazel Dicken-Garcia and Brian Southwell served as faculty endorsers for Moore's project.

SJMC graduate student Pam Nettleton spoke on journalism ethics on FM107 talk radio on the "Lori and Julia" show in March. Nettleton says, "This was rather like trying to discuss brain surgery with Paris Hilton, but, ah well." Nettleton also published a book this spring entitled William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet. The book was published by Compass Point Books.

Hiran Rathnayake, one of SJMC's first health journalism M.A. grads, has won an award for co-authoring an investigative piece for the Wilmington News Journal. Details are available at http://www.gannett.com/go/newswatch/2005/january/nw0121-2.htm .

Ph.D. student Sela Sar presented a paper with Professor Brian Southwell on sympathy and empathy responses to public service announcements at the annual conference of the International Communication Association in May.

M.A. student Holiday Shapiro received the award for best paper in the Public Policy category for the the Steven J. Schochet Scholarship Award for Excellence in Creativity and Scholarship in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Her paper was entitled "Out of the Closets and Into the Courtroom: The Evolving Law of Outing." The award includes a $350 cash prize.

Bastiaan Vanacker, Ph.D. student, had a paper proposal accepted for a May 2005 colloquium in applied media ethics at the University of Oregon. The colloquium centers on "ethics of care." Vanacker is co-authoring the paper, tentatively entitled "Kantean approach to ethics of care in the coverage of victims," with SJMC alum John Breslin.

Cui Yang, Ph.D. student, was awarded the "Markham Top Paper" prize by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.