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Portrait: Al TimsIn this Murphy Reporter, we report on the work of our National Student Advertising Competition Team (NSAC) solving an important and complex campaign challenge presented by the American Advertising Federation. The NSAC campaign process begins with a case study from a corporate sponsor and a real-world problem. Many campuses around North America make this part of a senior campaigns course, but not at Minnesota – students here take on this challenge as an extracurricular commitment. We provide a faculty adviser, but the achievement belongs entirely to the students.

Letter from the Director

timAlbert.jpgHardly a day passes when I'm not asked about the financial health of the School and the University. The uncertainty accompanying looming budget cuts seems to be on everyone's mind. President Robert Bruininks framed the budget climate in the starkest of terms: "The University currently faces a near-perfect storm--a severe economic recession with no evident policy solutions in sight, rising costs in several areas of the budget and growing resistance to tuition increases." 

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.

Letter from the Director

In this issue of the Murphy Reporter, we've invited emeritus professor Phil Tichenor to reflect on the distinguished career and lasting legacy of professor Mitchell V. Charnley -- one of the nation's true pioneers in journalism education.

Letter From the Director

"We've embraced the aspirations of the University of Minnesota to emerge over the coming decade as one of the top three public research universities in the world by providing world class support for faculty and graduate student research."

Letter from the Director

By Albert R. Tims

A core value of American journalism is to give voice to those sectors of society for whom the forces of inequality have muted or denied their voices. The vitality of the public sphere depends on these voices.

Letter From the Director

By Albert R. Tims

The University of Minnesota is poised to embark on a bold new strategic plan for the coming decade. President Robert Bruininks' ultimate goal is to propel the University into the ranks of the top three research universities in the world.

Letter from the Director

By Albert R. Tims

Using virtually any metric you like, the University of Minnesota has entered an era of tranformational change.

Letter from the Director

By Albert R. Tims

Letter from the Director

By Albert R. Tims

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