Normally, when someone decides to major in journalism, they put themselves on a track to a rigorously competitive field that is undergoing massive restructuring in the wake of the digital age, leading to frequent layoffs and looming uncertainty of the entire industry's role in the 21st century.

No pressure.

Despite the competition being fiercer than ever, the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication is staring right back at the problem and is implementing solutions to meet the challenges posed by the transforming industry.

Faculty Research Spotlight: Hyejoon Rim

Hyejoon Rim is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication whose research focuses on corporate social responsibility, public relations and crisis communications. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Graduate Student Earns Prestigious Job Placement

Alexander Vlisides, a student of the M.A./J.D. dual-degree program through the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication and the Law School, has been hired as a law clerk for Chief Judge Edward J. Cleary of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where he will begin working in August 2015.

Silha Lecture Examines Right to Access Government Information

"Determining the proper level of government transparency is critical to how we proceed as a nation," stated prominent First Amendment attorney David A. Schulz at the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law's 29th annual Silha Lecture. Schulz delivered the lecture, titled "See No Evil: Why We Need a New Approach to Government Transparency," on Oct. 16, 2014 at the University of Minnesota's Cowles Auditorium with 200 people in attendance.

For five days, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) and Minnesota Journalism Center, in partnership with the Minnesota International Center, welcomed 14 European journalists as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.

Faculty Research Spotlight: Sid Bedingfield

Sid Bedingfield is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication whose research focuses on political communication, social movements, frame-building and media history. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2014.

On October 1, 2014, the University of Minnesota welcomed Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the ambitious historical work "The Warmth of Other Suns." Wilkerson lectured about her work at a sold-out event, which took place at Coffman Memorial Union.

Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Bergerson

After majoring in journalism-advertising track at the University of Minnesota, Stephen Bergerson (B.A., '70) took his interest in advertising to law school at William Mitchell College of Law. The recently retired attorney from Fredrikson & Byron combined those worlds in a way that few had done before. Upon graduation, he created the Twin Cities' first advertising law practice, and enjoyed a 40-year career with an eclectic roster of clients.

Scott Libin Named Hubbard Fellow

In fall 2014, Scott Libin joins SJMC as a Hubbard Senior Fellow teaching courses in electronic news and multimedia production and storytelling. Libin has three decades of experience as a journalist, including on-camera and behind-the-scenes roles.

Graduate Students Represent Minnesota at AEJMC

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is the premiere conference for mass communication researchers and the best showcase for up-and-coming researchers and graduate students.