Assistant professor Kathy Roberts Forde’s article “Libel, Freedom of the Press and The New Yorker” received honorable mention as the best article of 2006 in the journal American Journalism. She received the award at the American Journalism Historians Association annual conference held in Richmond, Va. in October.
SJMC lecturer Gayle “GG” Golden was awarded a 2007 Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association (MMPA) Best Feature Story Silver Award for “The Short Life and Sudden Death of Germain Vigeant.” The story, about the death of a University of Minnesota student in the Bunge grain elevators north of campus, was published in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in October 2006. The MMPA is the organization for magazine professionals. It serves as a resource and a voice for magazine publishing in Minnesota, while advancing and recognizing the professional development of its members. Membership comprises approximately 100 magazine publishing companies in Minnesota, representing approximately 1,000 magazine professionals.
SJMC lecturer Jennifer Johnson was invited to join The One Club for its seventh annual One Show China and workshop in Beijing in November. Johnson was one of only two instructors from American universities to be invited to participate. She also served as a judge for The One Show China and joined a network of international creative directors in Beijing to instruct students in conceptual development during her stay. She has been active in The One Club for several years and won a coveted pencil award during her professional advertising career at the Leo Burnett Company.
Adjunct instructor Stacey Kanihan and professor Kathleen Hansen have been awarded a $7,000 grant from the Page Center at Penn State University for a project titled “Commitment to Social Responsibility and the Role of Communications Managers in the Executive Elite.”
Associate professor Mark Pedelty received a Learning Abroad Center Engagement Grant as part of the Curriculum Integration Initiative. The grant will pay for an undergraduate student to help organize a panel of students returning from study abroad to speak in SJMC classes. He also received a CLA Small Tech Grant of $3,500 to help fund production and performance technology for use in Jour 3745, Mass Media and Popular Culture.
Associate professor Dona Schwartz’s photograph “Tammy and Jeremy, 7 days,” was one of 60 images selected for the National Portrait Gallery’s (London) Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 exhibition. Nearly 7,000 photographs were submitted. The exhibition showcases the work of the most talented emerging young photographers, photography students and gifted amateurs alongside that of established professionals.
Her work also was featured in the Spectra ’07 National Photography Triennial at Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan, Conn. This triennial exhibition was juried by Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York City; 136 of the 1,400 photographs submitted were chosen for the exhibition, which ran in the fall. In addition, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University has acquired a photograph from her “Sanctioned Sex” series for its permanent collection. This fall, it was included in the exhibition, Kinsey Confidential at the Kinsey Institute Gallery.
Associate professor Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview.org Web site has won
a Mirror Award for excellence in media information services. The award, sponsored
by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, honors excellence in media industry reporting. The competition included Web sites of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and the Washington Post, among others. The Mirror Award is one of several honors Schwitzer has won for the Web site.
Last fall, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla,. invited Schwitzer to be one of its Poynter Ethics Fellows for 2008. He will join a group of 18 dedicated journalists from across the country, representing broadcast, print and online. The fellows gather to discuss ethical challenges facing journalism and to learn from each other. In the past, fellows have helped each other cover such major stories as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq War, as well as ethical challenges that regularly arise in covering beat stories and breaking news. They write articles and columns for the Poynter.org Web site, and may also represent Poynter at regional journalism gatherings, such as those sponsored by press and broadcast associations, minority journalism organizations and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Brian Southwell, assistant professor and director of graduate studies, along with two of his colleagues in the University’s School of Public Health, have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled “Development of Effective Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Use of Indoor Tanning.” They will receive approximately $300,000 over two years for their research.
Assistant professor Marco Yzer and Angus MacDonald (psychology) (co-principal investigators), with SJMC professor Ron Faber, Monica Luciana (psychology) and Kathleen Vohs (marketing) as co-investigators, have been awarded up to $1.1 million over three years from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for research examining how adolescents and young adults process anti-marijuana messages.
Publications and Research
Ken Doyle, director of the SJMC’s communication research division, and Itai Himelboim, graduate research assistant, made a presentation to graduate students and faculty about two important databases available through the research division. The life styles database, provided courtesy of professor emeritus Bill Wells and DDB Needham Worldwide, is based on a thousand-question, standing-panel quota-sample survey of several thousand people, representative of the U.S. adult population. Administered annually for 10 years, the survey includes questions about consumer attitudes and behaviors, product preferences and media usage. This is one of the most comprehensive consumer-behavior databases there is, and graduate students and faculty are invited to use it.
The telethnography database, also initiated by Bill Wells, comprises recordings of top-10 broadcast-television entertainment programs, also for the past 10 years. Many programs are coded so researchers can locate program segments that mention particular products (e.g., coffee) or social phenomena (e.g., dating) and can study how those products or phenomena are depicted. The telethnography database has inspired a number of theses, dissertations, conference papers and journal articles.
This database is a groundbreaking way of studying society. Traditional surveys and focus groups represent a social-science approach, whereas this database represents a humanities approach.
John Eighmey, Mithun Land Grant Chair in Advertising, and George Anghelcev, Ph.D. student, won the Top Faculty Paper Award in the advertising division at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication last August. The paper was titled “Motivation Crowding: The Hidden Costs of Introducing an Incentive in Advertising to Promote Intrinsic Behavior.” In their study, Eighmey and Anghelcev used motivation crowding theory to look at the psychological effects of introducing incentives into a decision involving strong intangible values.
Assistant professor Kathy Roberts Forde presented research in progress on the subject “Reading the Journalism of Protest: James Baldwin and the American Civil Rights Movement” at the American Journalism Historians Association annual conference held in Richmond, Va. in October.
She also published a Teaching Tips column in the fall 2007 newsletter of the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
Assistant professor Jisu Huh’s paper titled “Presumed Influence of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Prescription Drug Advertising on Patients: The Physicians’ Perspective,” co-authored with SJMC doctoral student, Rita Langteau was published in the fall issue of the Journal of Advertising. Another paper, titled “Do Consumers Believe Advertising is Negatively Affected When Placed Near News Perceived as Biased?” co-authored with Leonard N. Reid, professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, appeared in the fall issue of the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising.
Associate professor Chris Ison was interviewed on WCCO-AM’s Mondale and Jones show on Sept. 19 discussing the impact of a judge’s order removing Star Tribune publisher Par Ridder from his job. Ison also was interviewed by WCCO-AM reporter Steve Murphy concerning the Ridder case. His article “Here’s Hoping This Town Can Still Be the Same” was published on the Star Tribune’s opinions page on Oct. 10. The piece focused on the aftermath of a shooting rampage in Ison’s hometown of Crandon, Wis., that left seven people dead.
On Oct. 17, he gave a presentation titled “Journalism the Right Way: Creating an Ethical Culture in the Newsroom” for the Minnesota State High School Press Association. He also led a discussion before the Minnesota News Council on journalism ethics on Oct. 18. Ison conducted two workshops on investigative reporting at Indiana University in Indianapolis on Oct. 26 as part of an Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. The workshops focused on how editors can help reporters find watchdog stories, and how to manage and fact-check watchdog stories.
Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, was interviewed frequently in recent months on law and ethics topics, including libel implications of the Web site RottenNeighbor.com, the proposed federal journalists’ shield law, the implications of financial problems at the two Twin Cities’ dailies, free speech on campus, coverage of the 35W bridge collapse and government secrecy. Among her many national and international presentations, she was an invited participant at the Media Law Resource Center London conference, held Sept. 17-18. The same week, Kirtley appeared at the Florida FOI Summit marking the 30th anniversary of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she served on a panel and delivered a keynote address, “Windows on the World: A Global Perspective on FOI.” In October, Kirtley was the after-dinner speaker at the Scripps Howard Foundation’s First Amendment Center Directors Conference held in Washington, D.C. She was a panelist at the California First Amendment Coalition’s 12th annual Free Speech and Open Government Assembly at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles. In November, she presented a lecture on “Rights and Responsibilities Online” for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and took part in a panel discussion, “What Trouble Is on the Horizon? International Developments,” at the 2007 annual conference of the Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association in Toronto. She was also a panelist for “Newsgathering, Right of Privacy and Related Torts” at the Practising Law Institute’s annual Communications Law Conference in New York.
Assistant professor Rachel Davis Mersey spoke on “To Serve and to Profit: The Ambitious Goals of an Exclusively Online News Model” at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research annual conference in Chicago. She co-authored a Newspaper Research Journal article titled “A Comparison of Producers’ and Users’ Story Preferences on the Yahoo! News Portal,” currently in press. Also, she has been asked to be an affiliate faculty member in the Center for the Study of Political Psychology, housed in the University’s department of political science.
Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies, was interviewed by Jean Hofensberger for a story in the Star Tribune on computer games for change that address social issues. The article ran in the Oct. 14 edition. In September, she gave a talk on evolving audience expectations at the Communications Media Management Association regional conference. She also gave a presentation on digital storytelling forms at the Journalism and Women Symposium in Door County, Wis. In October, Paul was part of a panel for the Technology-Enhanced Learning Seminar, hosted by the Digital Media Center, that discussed media literacy in higher education and the skills and knowledge students need to actively engage with emerging media forms. Also in October, she gave a talk in Toronto for the Online News Association. She and co-researcher, Laura Ruel, University of North Carolina, were on a panel, “What Makes Web Sites Work? Analysis and Design Decisions.” They discussed tips on how to create more informative and engaging news Web sites based on their eyetracking research. In November, she conducted an eyetracking usability study for Minnesota Public Radio’s ideas generator Web site. Paul gave a presentation to the Hi-Tech Girls Society, a student club for girls who want to advance their technology skills at North High School in Minneapolis, and gave an update on “The Past and Future of Eyetracking Research” for the INMS’s December new media research breakfast. She also traveled to Miami to give a talk, “Web 2.0 and Philanthropy,” at the Donors Forum of South Florida.
Associate professor Mark Pedelty and two University of Minnesota undergraduate researchers, Desdamona Racheli and Pete Noteboom, presented a paper titled “Music as Strategic Communication: Popular Music and Social Movements” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual conference, Oct. 12 in Kansas City, Mo. Pedelty’s paper “Musical News: The Journalistic Role of Popular Music in Political Movements” was the subject of the European Association of Social Anthropology’s Media Anthropology Network E-Seminar in September.
Adjunct instructor Roshini Rajkumar joined WCCO radio last summer. She anchors and reports the news and also fills in for some of WCCO radio’s talk show hosts. If you are interested in listening to Rajkumar, tune in to 830 AM around Minnesota or http://www.wccoradio.com online. Her permanent anchor shift is noon to 8pm on Saturdays.
Assistant professor Amy K. Sanders received a travel grant from the European Studies Consortium at the University of Minnesota. The grant will help fund a trip to the Oxford Roundtable on Cyberspace Regulation at Oxford’s Pembroke College in Oxford, England where she will present research on how American courts are defining community in the context of online defamation cases. Her article “When Is Enough Too Much? The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 and the Eighth Amendment’s Prohibition on Excessive Fines” was published in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy in November. The article suggests that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive fines could be a valuable tool for broadcasters looking to fight the FCC’s increased fines for indecent broadcasting.
Associate professor Dona Schwartz’s work was featured in the July/August issue of Camera Arts and the August issue of 10,000 Arts, Minnesota’s Creative Quarterly.
She was quoted in a story that aired on Minnesota Public Radio titled “Artists Explore Images of War,” which covered the exhibition War Mediated at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibition focused on images of the Iraq War, how the images compare with reality and how our opinions of the war are influenced by the images we see. Schwartz emphasized that we, as consumers of images, are responsible for making sense of what we do and do not see.
An article by assistant professor Brian Southwell and graduate student Yoori Hwang titled “Can a Personality Trait Predict Talk About Science? Sensation Seeking as a Science Communication Targeting Variable” has been accepted for publication in Science Communication. Last summer, Southwell was a guest speaker for the annual incoming student preparation workshop sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence. He recently was invited to join the editorial board of Science Communication.
Adjunct instructor Daniel Sullivan delivered a paper, “On Seeing Ghosts at the Monte Cristo Cottage,” at the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., Oct. 13. The Monte Cristo Cottage was Eugene O’Neill’s vacation home as a boy and is the scene of his play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” As director of the center’s National Critics Institute, Sullivan spent two summers at the cottage. His program note “Adapting Jane” ran in the December issue of Applause, the Denver Performing Arts Center’s magazine, in conjunction with its stage version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
Adjunct instructor Michelle Wood’s research paper “Rethinking the Inoculation Analogy: Effects on Subjects with Differing Preexisting Attitudes” was published in Human Communication Research. Late last summer, she co-presented “Increased Persuasion Knowledge of Video News Releases: Audience Response and Public Policy Issues Related to Source Disclosure” with Michelle Nelson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Hye-Jin Paek (University of Georgia) at the 2007 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention (public relations division). The paper discusses audience response and public policy implications for disclosure of video news release sources in broadcast news.