Associate professor Mark Pedelty has signed an advance contract with Temple University Press to publish a book about popular music as environmental communication. Temple's "Sound Matters" series is one of the leading resources for ethnomusicology, in particular sociological studies of popular music. The book will be the culmination of seven years of mixed-methods research, including survey, quantitative analysis, archival research and ethnographic fieldwork.
SJMC Professor Dona Schwartz was one of 10 artists selected for the Discoveries of Meeting Place exhibition in April at FotoFest 2010 Biennial.
Several prestigious organizations have selected photography by associate professor Dona Schwartz for exhibitions in the past several months. One of her photos is included in the 2010 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London through February 2011. It is Schwartz's second time in the exhibition, which has an acceptance rate of about 1 percent.
Schwartz was one of 10 artists selected for the Discoveries of the Meeting Place exhibition at the FotoFest Biennial in Houston in April.
Schwartz's photos from her "On the Nest" portrait series were included in the Domestic exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, that ran from April through June 2010, organized by Photographic Social Vision, a foundation that supports photographic and audio-visual arts and sponsors the World Press Photo exhibition, and Obra Social Caja Madrid, an organization that has supported social, cultural, educational and environmental projects for more than 300 years.
Presentations, publications and research
Professor and director of undergraduate studies Kathleen Hansen and Nora Paul, instructor and director of the Minnesota Journalism Center, co-authored an article for The Newspaper Guild's national website about the successful conclusion of a state training grant for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press newsroom and advertising sales staff. The grant, for $238,000, was provided to the SJMC and the university through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP), sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. State funds flow directly to the educational institution providing the training, and participating businesses must agree to pay their employees during the usual workday for their training time. The proposal was presented to and approved by the MJSP in late 2008 for implementation between February 2009 and June 2010. The program gained some notoriety when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused the participating newspapers of "suckling at the welfare teat." The Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune withdrew from the program.
Instructors Gordon Leighton and Nora Paul were featured in the September 2010 issue of Minnesota Business magazine in a story on higher education's digital divide.
Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, recently made news. Kirtley was quoted in the New York Times in February 2010 regarding a privacy case in the Italian courts involving Google. Europeans, Kirtley says in the story, regard privacy as a fundamental human right and place a much higher priority on it than Americans.
Kirtley was a panelist for a discussion in March at the Center for Citizenship and Community at Butler University in Indianapolis on "Rights & Wrongs: Achieving Civil Discourse." She served on another panel, "LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Oh My! The Ethical Dangers of Social Networking for Attorneys," at the 23rd Annual Media and the Law Seminar in Kansas City in April; the event was co-sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law. Kirtley also was a guest on "Access Minnesota," a weekly public affairs radio and television show produced by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association, to discuss the federal journalists' shield law bill.
In April, Kirtley lectured on "Near v. Minnesota: How Far Have We Come?" as part of the Minnesota History Center's History Lounge series; delivered a speech, "Retiring to 'Tee' and Scandal: Do Today's Media Trivialize the News?" at the Minneapolis chapter of American Association of University Women; and gave a lecture, "Impact of Internet-Based Sites Such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube on Teacher Privacy and Related Rights in the Classroom," at the American Federation of Teachers' Lawyers Conference.
Kirtley also was a guest on CBC television's "Connect with Mark Kelley," where she discussed celebrities' expectations of privacy following actor Mel Gibson's publicized "meltdown" in the news. She also participated in "Access Denied: Navigating the Legal Challenges to Newsgathering," a roundtable discussion on how journalists can obtain access to information. That discussion was recorded for a two-hour DVD produced by Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and School of Journalism, Elon University and Indiana University's public television station WTIU. Free copies are being sent to journalism and law schools, state media associations and state public access groups.
Kirtley was a guest on "Almanac" on Twin Cities Public Television, discussing the controversy over a cover story in Lavender magazine that involved deceptive newsgathering techniques. Shayla Thiel-Stern, assistant professor, also was on the show as part of the media panel segment.
Thiel-Stern served on a panel about cyber-aggression Oct. 21 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis; the panel was moderated by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Thiel-Stern appeared on TPT's Almanac show in July, August, October and November; was quoted by WCCO-TV's Jason DeRusha in his "Good Question" segment on how common sexting is in October; and appeared on Access Minnesota with Jim du Bois in November.
In August, Thiel-Stern also presented "Up or Out: Shifting Identity, Shifting Cultural Capital and the Narratives of Women Online Journalists from 2000 to 2010" in the Critical Students Scholar-to-Scholar session at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Denver. And in November, Thiel-Stern presented "Ethnography of Three Emerging Online Publications: Understanding the Role of User-Generated Content in a New Journalistic Culture," at a panel session at the National Communication Association conference in San Francisco.
Assistant professor Heather LaMarre and two students from her strategic communications class were featured on the show "Spark" on CBC to discuss her media fasting project, which encouraged students in her class to spend five days without any technology created after 1984. The Minnesota Daily and the Star Tribune both published articles about LaMarre's media fasting assignment. ABC.com quoted LaMarre about the advent of social media use in political campaigning.
Assistant professor Amy Kristin Sanders was featured on the weekly public affairs program Access Minnesota in an interview regarding net neutrality and the regulation of broadcast indecency. She also participated in a panel discussion, "Building and Managing Online Communities," at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society conference "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Have Changed, Have You?" in Atlanta. She discussed the role of anonymous commenters, provided guidance on drafting website user agreements and privacy policies, and explained legal protections for online publishers.
"The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign," a book recounting the proceedings of the 2008 Obama Effect Conference, was published this fall by SUNY Press. The three-day conference, sponsored by the SJMC in October 2008, featured three keynote speakers, local political representatives and a roundtable discussion featuring local journalists. Catherine Squires, Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality and lead organizer of the event, served as one of three editors for the book. Squires credited many factors in the success of the conference and the book's publication. Funding from the Cowles Chair of Journalism, Diversity, and Equality, along with contributions from multiple departments in the College of Liberal Arts, made the event possible.
New program associate joins SJMC
Ada Walton, who has a degree in communications from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, is the SJMC's new events manager and program associate for the Minnesota Journalism Center. Before coming to the SJMC, Walton planned and produced social media marketing campaigns and local promotional events with Clear Channel Communications.
New communications manager joins SJMC
Amy E. Olson (M.A. in health journalism '04; B.A. '99) is the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's new communications manager. Olson spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin; she most recently served as health editor at Gannett Central Wisconsin Media and assistant features editor at the Daily Herald in Wausau, Wis. She previously worked as marketing and communications manager for the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Brian Southwell, associate professor and director of graduate studies, left the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the end of the fall 2010 term. He has accepted a position as a senior research scientist with RTI International's Health Communication Program. He has a joint appointment as a research professor with the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.