May 4, 2011

Spring Celebration 2011

On Monday, May 2, nearly 200 members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication community gathered for the annual Spring Celebration. The event honors graduating students, scholarship winners, donors, and the alumni recipient of the Award for Excellence.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of private donors, the SJMC awarded more than 75 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, totaling nearly $460,000 for the 2011-12 school year. Many scholarship recipients, as well as their parents, were in attendance.

Scott Meyer, BA '04, received the Award for Excellence from the SJMC Alumni Society. The award is given annually to an SJMC alumnus who exemplifies excellence, leadership, and creativity in his or her chosen field. The award, first given in 1980, has been awarded to graduates of the School representing many different facets of the communications industry, including advertising, public relations, print journalism, broadcast journalism, photography, and academia.

Meyer is one of the founders of the highly respected Minneapolis-based public relations firm, Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin. Scott's former colleagues Dave Mona, Dennis McGrath and Sara Gavin were all on hand to congratulate him on this honor.

With more than 30 years in business strategy, management and marketing, Scott has developed an international reputation as a business and marketing strategist. His background includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Shandwick International, one of the world's top three public relations firms. At Shandwick, Scott led the integration of 16 separate companies into a unified global brand with 1500 employees in 34 countries and $225 million in revenue. He also has corporate experience with Piper Jaffray Companies, International Multifoods, US Bank, Control Data Corporation, Lawson Software and
Liberty Diversified International.

Scott's specialty is helping organizations develop a clear vision and then align its strategy and execution around that vision. He has worked with a range of clients from corporations to non-profits to governments, including Cargill, General Electric, University of
Minnesota, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, MasterCard, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, Northwest Airlines, NCAA, US Bank, General Motors, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, McDonalds, the United States Attorney's General Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Committed to mentoring the next generation of public relations and business
professionals, Scott has taught on the adjunct journalism faculties at both the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.

April 11, 2011

Premack Public Affairs Journalism Workshop

Reporting is hard work, why not get a head start? Stand out from your peers by attending the first Premack Workshop. Hear the stories behind the stories of some of the best public affairs journalism in the state. Attendees will also learn the latest crowd-sourcing techniques and network with editors from statewide print, broadcast and web news organizations. The event is free and open to the public but you must pre-register.

If you are serious about starting a career in journalism, this is not to be missed!

Premack Workshop
April 18
McNamara Alumni Center, Ski-U-Mah Room
12-4:30 p.m.
FREE, lunch will be provided
Premack Award Ceremony to follow workshop

April 20, 2009

Documentary screening: "Money-driven Medicine"

Join author Maggie Mahar as she screens the 90 minute documentary based on her book, Money-driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much. The film, produced by academy award winner Alex Gibney, analyzes why Americans spend more money on health care than any other country in the world. Mahar will provide commentary and discussion after the screening about the growing crisis in the health care industry. The event will be on Friday, April 24, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Murphy 130 and is free and open to the public.

Cosponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center.

April 13, 2009

Premack Awards Program

Monday, April 20, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
A. I. Johnson Room, McNamara Alumni Center
Free and open to the public

The 32nd annual awards program will celebrate the winning works and best practices of public affairs journalism, and will also feature the presentation of the Graven Award to Brad Swensen of The Bemidji Pioneer and the Farr Award to Joel Kramer of The winning journalists and award winners will have the opportunity to speak about their work.

The Frank Premack Memorial Award competition is one of the state's most coveted and celebrated journalism honors. Started after the death in 1975 of Frank Premack, a reporter and editor at the Minneapolis Tribune. The competition seeks entries from Minnesota media doing public affairs journalism in their community or region.

Read the award-winning articles.

POTO MITAN Film Screeing and Discussion

Screening and Discussion with Co-Director/Producer Mark Schuller

Thursday, April 16
130 Murphy Hall

The documentary of Poto Mitan, Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy is told through compelling lives of five courageous Haitian women workers and gives the global economy a human face. Each woman?s personal story explains neoliberal globalization, how it is gendered, and how it impacts Haiti: inhumane working/living conditions, violence, poverty, lack of education, and poor health care. These women demonstrate that despite monumental obstacles in a poor country, collective action makes change possible.

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February 9, 2009

News Coverage of the Somali Community

Thursday, February 12, 7:15-9:00 p.m.
Murphy Hall, Room 130
A panel of experts - local journalists and Somali community leaders - will discuss challenges to covering an immigrant community; chat about great stories that are being told - and those that are missed; and discuss the differing roles of the mainstream media and the ethnic news media in covering the Somali community.
Panelists will also field questions from the audience.
Sponsored by the Minnesota News Council and the Minnesota Journalism Center.