Seeing Into the Future

The National Scholastic Press Association is one of the oldest press associations in the country -- and it's educating the next generation of storytellers right in our backyard.

Faculty Research Spotlight: Marco Yzer

Marco Yzer is an associate professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication whose research focuses on health communication, persuasion and motivational basis of health behavior. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Faculty Research Spotlight: Kathleen Hansen

Kathleen Hansen is a professor and director of undergraduate studies at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She received her M.L.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her research centers around the preservation of digital and print news archives, information access and serious games in the news. Here, we learn more about her research and her role at SJMC.

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Banks

In 2012, the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of smartphone owners read news stories on their devices. And that number continues to grow. News outlets are thinking smarter about how content appears on mobile devices. Enter Emily Banks (B.A., '08), who was named the first lead news editor for mobile content at the Wall Street Journal in 2014. Here, she works with the news team to ensure that content works for mobile users. Banks, who worked at Mashable from 2010-2014 and began her career as a journalist working in both newspapers and broadcasting, tells us about the changing landscape of news technology.

Associate professor Shayla Thiel-Stern's new book hit shelves in June 2014. "From the Dance Halls to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905-2010," explores how, historically, teen girls have been marginalized by the media.

Longtime CNN Executive Joins SJMC's Faculty

In fall 2014, SJMC welcomes Sid Bedingfield to its faculty. Bedingfield, who worked as a journalist for 25 years, including nearly 20 at CNN, received his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of South Carolina. His research centers on the role of media in political and civic change. "I have always been fascinated with how political ideas spread and how the public responds to political arguments," Bedingfield said.

Michele Norris (B.A., '05), former regular host of NPR's "All Things Considered" and now special correspondent for NPR, was honored with the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media from the University of Georgia for her self-funded "The Race Card Project."

On May 6, 2014, the Society of Professional Journalists announced its annual Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards, which honors the best collegiate journalism from the previous year. A number of SJMC students were honored with MOE awards through their work with the Minnesota Daily.

Jisu Huh Named President Elect of AAA

Associate professor Jisu Huh has been named president elect of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) and will begin her term as president of AAA in January 2015.

Students Attend Magazine Summit with National Editors

More than two dozen SJMC magazine students showed up the morning of Thursday April 17, 2014 for a lively and informative breakfast session -- titled "Would this Editor Hire You?" -- at the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association's 2014 Summit & Expo.