1980MJC officially is launched. Fred Friendly, Edward R. Murrow professor from Columbia University, spoke to a standing room-only crowd of more than 500 people for his lecture, "The Media -- Message, Mediator, Monster."
1981American Association of Advertising Agencies: Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies - Twin Cities advertising professionals returned to school in Murphy Hall for a 17-week program covering industry topics.
The MJC is named the institutional home of the Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards competition and program. The Premack Awards would later develop into the premier recognition of the work of public affairs journalists in the state and
become the "Minnesota Pulitzer."
Intellectual Life in the Soviet Union: A Look at Contemporary Soviet Culture
SJMC Director F. Gerald Kline moderated "The Communication of Political Symbolism" program, which explored the Soviet Union's mass media.
Betty Rollin and Jane BrodyShift Modes: You and the New Technology seminar was co-sponsored with the National Federation of Press Women and featured Betty Rollin, ABC News Nightline orrespondent and author of "First, You Cry," and Jane Brody, personal health columnist for The New York Times.
Economics and Media Management Lecture Series produced five events from 1982 through 1983 and featured top executives from Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
Visual Communication 25th anniversary celebration
1986MJC held "Working More Effectively with Your Creative Employees: Goals and Strategies for Media Managers" and "Targets of the Media Talk Back."
1987Professional Writing Conference This workshop was one of the earliest professional develop-ment outreach efforts for the center and was co-sponsored with the Society of Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Newspaper Foundation and the National Conference of Editorial Writers.
1991Fifteen reporters from newspapers and television stations throughout Minnesota gathered in Minneapolis Nov. 15 for the MJC-sponsored workshop "Concerning Schools: The Legislative Agenda." The event included Minnesota's education commissioner, an expert from the university's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a Wisconsin legislator, who discussed education reform.
1995Norman Orenstein, university alumnus and American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research resident scholar, addressed the ramifications of the 1994 elections at the 18th Frank Premack Memorial Lecture and Awards program.
1996Overuse of anonymous sources and growth of the "punditocracy" undermine journalism and democracy, said David Broder, nationally syndicated Washington Post columnist. Broder made the remarks during his Premack Lecture keynote address.
1997Kathleen Hansen was named the new director for the MJC.
The first of three workshops titled "A Conversation Among Crafts" brought together journalists and other professionals to talk about common skills in interviewing, investigating and visualizing information. The interviewing conversation featured Ray Suarez, host of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation."
To Whom are Journalists Accountable? "To Whom Are Journalists Accountable?" was a daylong discussion for the National Forum on Media Accountability, sponsored with the Washington, D.C.-based Committee of Concerned Journalists and Minnesota media organizations.
Creating Your Own Assignments: Enterprise Photo-journalism More than 50 regional photojournalists attended this workshop where SJMC alumnus Annie Griffiths Belt and Brad Clift presented.
1999The James K. Batten Symposium and Awards for Excellence in Civic Journalism, co-sponsored with the D.C.-based Pew Center for Civic Journalism and Minnesota media organizations, were presented in the Twin Cities.
The new millennium: 2000-2010
"Supply, Demand and Deadlines: A Workshop on Economics for Journalists" was launched with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The inaugural offering, held at the Wye Conference Center in Maryland, featured an off-the-record conversation between then-Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and 20 of the nation's top economic journalists.
Visiting lecturer/professor in residence Jon Katz spent October at the SJMC following publication of his book, "Geeks." His course on culture and technology titled "Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and the Unabomber" drew students from around the university.