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Upcoming SJMC Events

Forum to address freedom of the press and the state of journalism.

Watch the Minnesota Journalism Center Web site,
http://www.mjc.umn.edu, for updates on the symposium.

Minnesota Journalism Center to host National Press Club event in November

For the first time, the National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, is taking its programs across the nation to help promote the First Amendment and freedom of the press and to look at where the journalism profession is heading. And Minneapolis is one of the tour stops.

As part of its 100th birthday celebration, the club is hosting forums in cities and at journalism schools to present its centennial documentary, "A Century of Headlines." The forum will begin with the club's documentary, which follows the history of American journalism through the lens of one of its leading institutions. After the documentary, the focus shifts to the future with a panel discussion that ends with questions from the audience. Twin Cities' media leaders and academics will convene to talk about preserving the core values of the profession while facing the changing dynamics of the business. Panelists will include: Nancy Barnes, editor and senior vice president, Star Tribune; Thom Fladung, editor and vice president, Pioneer Press; Joel Kramer, editor and chief executive officer, MinnPost; and Nora Paul, director, Institute for New Media Studies, University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News government and food policy reporter (SJMC M.A.'98), and National Press Club treasurer, will serve as as panel moderator.

The forum will be held on Monday, November 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at Coffman Union Theater in Coffman Memorial Union on the University's Twin Cities campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Minnesota Journalism Center Web site at


Minnesota Symposium on Visual Communication to be held next spring


Emeritus professor Smitty Schuneman and his wife, Pat, made a generous gift to the SJMC that will make the annual symposium on visual communication a reality.

Thanks to a generous gift from emeritus professor R. Smith "Smitty" Schuneman and his wife, Pat, the SJMC and the Minnesota Journalism Center will host the Minnesota Symposium on Visual Communication on an annual basis, beginning next spring. Dedicated to contemporary presentations on the theory and challenges of using still and moving images in the mass media, the
conference will bring photojournalists and academics together to discuss issues and trends in the field of visual communication.

Schuneman established the first Minnesota Symposium on Visual Communication in the early 1970s as an outgrowth of the Wilson Hicks Miami Conference on Photocommunication, founded in 1957 by the retired executive editor of Life magazine, Wilson Hicks.

Schuneman joined the SJMC faculty in 1960. During his tenure, he developed the accredited sequence in photographic communication leading to the B.A. degree, as well as the professional M.A. program in photographic communication. He retired from the University in 1977 to found Media Loft Inc., a producer of film, television and corporate communications in Minneapolis.

Visit the Minnesota Journalism Center Web site, http://www.mjc.umn.edu, for updates on the symposium. Or, to be notified when the symposium date and program are set, e-mail mnjrnctr@umn.edu.