August 2009 Archives

Letter from the Director

timAlbert.jpgFor us to equate the economic collapse of many major daily newspapers with the end of society's need for quality journalism or educated journalists is a bit like equating the economic crisis facing General Motors with the end of our dependence on the automobile for transportation.

Out of the classroom and into the newsroom

coverStories.jpgStudents become community journalists and an SJMC legacy grows with Brovald and Sim Community Journalism course.

by Kristen Anderson

alumnusKinney.jpgAudrey Kinney, the widow of SJMC alumnus James M. Kinney, recently made a generous $100,000 gift to establish the James M. and Audrey H. Kinney Scholarship. In addition, Kinney has designated the University of Minnesota as a beneficiary of her estate. The scholarship will support students interested in a career in community journalism.

by Jen Keavy

In Memoriam

Alumni Notes


Graduate Student Update

Student Update

SJMC UNDERGRADUATES WON A NUMBER OF IMPRESSIVE AWARDS during the 2008-09 academic year, including a Scripps Howard "Top Ten" Scholarship, first place in the National Student Advertising Competition regional competition, several Hearst Awards finalist honors, 15 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards--two of which were first-place awards for The Minnesota Daily--a Sevareid Award from the Northwest Broadcast News Association as well as four College Emmy nominations and one College Emmy Award.


inms09s.jpgby Nora Paul and Karen Kloser

silha09s.jpgIn two events sponsored by the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law in spring 2009, guest speakers and panelists from law enforcement, journalism, and the academy addressed difficult and timely questions concerning the interrelations of technology, privacy and law enforcement, as well as health journalism in the midst of an imminent flu pandemic.

by Patrick File and Jacob Parsley

mjc09a.jpgby Sarah Saubert

mnDaily092.jpgEditor's note: The SJMC is proud of The Minnesota Daily and its first place award for Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper in the 2008 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Region 6, presented in March at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. The Daily also took home seven other first place spots in various categories, continuing its tradition of excellence.


Presentations, Publications, and Research

New media researchers to convene Sept. 18, 2009

Minnesota Daily Alumni Association Update

mnDailyAlum092.jpgby Michelle (Kibiger) Fure, President

Spring Celebration 2009

celebrate.jpgMore than 250 people gathered on a warm, sunny evening at McNamara Alumni Center for the SJMC's annual Spring Celebration.

by Jen Keavy

Changing business models. The collapse of newspapers. The rise of the citizen journalist. The increasingly mobile news and information consumer. With the powerful impact of these significant trends, what will a career in media and communications look like in the next decade? In this new era of information consumption, the one thing that is constant is change. In response to the ongoing media maelstrom, the SJMC offered some twists on its traditional curriculum during the 2008-09 academic year.

by Jen Keavy



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