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.

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.