January 2011 Archives

Minnesota Daily earns 15 top honors in state newspaper contest

Minneapolis -- The Minnesota Daily, the independent newspaper of the University of Minnesota took home top honors in the state newspaper association's 2009-2010 awards, practically sweeping the association's college awards categories.

The Minnesota Newspaper Association's 2009-2010 Better Newspaper Contest awards were presented Friday at the association's statewide conference in Bloomington.

The Daily earned first-place recognition in the association's categories including: college general excellence; typography and design; use of photography as a whole; and website. Its news staff members also took first place in several reporting and photography categories. Daily staff members also won several second-place awards in reporting and photography categories.

Serving University of Minnesota readers by covering news in and around the university is the paper's first priority, said Devin Henry, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of The Minnesota Daily.

"When I heard how many awards we'd won, it affirmed that we're doing things right," Henry said.

The 111-year-old student newspaper is a perennial favorite in state and national awards competitions. The paper and its staff members earned a number of awards in the 2008-2009 MNA contest. In October, the newspaper earned the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition's Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper.

The awards "clearly recognize" the caliber of work The Daily's student journalists do, Chris Ison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who taught many of the students as a professor at the university's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ison served as The Daily's editor-in-chief from 1982 to 1983.

"Working at The Daily is pretty close to working at most professional newspapers," Ison said. "They take (their work) seriously and it shows."

Though The Daily is independent of the school, students develop skills through class and then work at The Daily take their craft to the next level, Ison said. Students who start working at The Daily and then take classes tend to rise to the top of the class.

Getting experience at The Daily has been a critical step in preparing many students for working at professional newspapers, Ison said.

Attending the awards ceremony Thursday night that honored winners from daily and weekly papers throughout Minnesota and meeting some of the winners was an honor, said Henry, a Shakopee native.

First place awards
College General Excellence
Typography and Design
General Advertising Excellence
Use of Photography as a Whole
General Reporting -- Mike Mullen, (Bismarck, N.D.)
Sports Reporting -- Austin Cumblad (Waukesha, Wis.)
Investigative Reporting -- Andy Mannix
Feature Writing -- Robert Downs (Chaska)
Social Issues Reporting -- Kyle Potter (Duluth)
Column Writing -- Nora Leinan
Editorial Writing -- John Brown
Sports Action and Feature Photography -- Aleutian Calabay
Feature Photography -- Jules Ameel (Duluth)
Portrait and Personality photography -- Jules Ameel (Duluth)

Second place awards
Multimedia Special Project -- Ian Larson (Redwood Falls)
General Reporting -- Luke Feuerherm (Stillwater) and James Nord (Minnetonka)
Sports Reporting -- Mike Mullen (Bismarck, N.D.)
Investigative Reporting -- Tara Bannow
Arts/Entertainment Reporting -- Jay Boller
Social Issues Story -- James Anderson and Jessica Van Berkel (Roseville)
News Photography -- Jules Ameel (Duluth)

New group explores social media's societal impact

As social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have come to play a key role in our daily work and social lives, they have also made their way into academia. Now, a group of researchers from across the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus have recognized the need for more exchange and collaboration on all things social media.

The group held its first monthly gathering of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Group in Social Computing Jan. 27. Organizers have put the call out to researchers across the university who are exploring social media and its impact on society.

"This is our first rattling of the bushes to see who shows up and it should be pretty interesting," said Nora Paul, director of the U of M School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Minnesota Journalism Center.

So far, potential participants include students, staff and faculty from the English, computer science, journalism, writing studies, public health, mathematics, environmental studies, youth development and Spanish and Portuguese fields.

The group is particularly aimed at graduate students, but Paul said they want to have the events open to the community as well, with a goal of spurring collaboration not just across departments but also with people outside the university.

For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/umnsocialcomputing or follow the group on Twitter (http://twitter.com/UMN_SoComp) and Facebook (http://on.fb.me/gs72oN).

SJMC grad's internship leads to marketing job

Caroline Rudzinski, a 2010 graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, talks with KARE 11 about how she parlayed her internship with integrated marketing communications agency Campbell Mithun into a full-time job.

Watch the video interview with KARE 11's Kim Insley and read more at www.kare11.com.

Minnesota Journalism Center announces 34th Premack Awards

The Minnesota Journalism Center is seeking entries for the 34th annual Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards.

Started after the 1975 death of Frank Premack, a reporter and editor at the Minneapolis Tribune, the competition is one of the state's most coveted and celebrated journalism honors.

The competition includes awards for larger and smaller news operations in the following three categories:
• Excellence in breaking news journalism
• Excellence in analytical or investigative journalism
• Excellence in opinion journalism

Rules and links to entry forms can be found on the Minnesota Journalism Center's website. The deadline to enter is Feb. 3; the awards will be presented April 18 at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

SJMC students: 'He-cession' might be overhyped

The job losses that disproportionately affected men during the recession likely are not permanent, and although women now make up the larger demographic in the workforce, a glass ceiling still keeps women from Minnesota's highest paying jobs.

These are the findings of a group of School of Journalism and Mass Communication students, whose story was published Jan. 10 on MinnPost.com.

The students -- Nicole Harris, Samantha Offerdahl and Kyle Potter -- worked on the story during their in-depth reporting class with SJMC Professor Chris Ison.

The project was funded in part with a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

BLUR now available on campus and online

If today's world is ruled by ambiguity, as some say, who would be a better judge than college students on the verge of graduation? A magazine production class in the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication chose to focus the magazine they created during the fall 2010 semester on exploring and interpreting what ambiguity means in everyday life.

BLUR Magazine, the culmination of a semester's worth of work for the students of Journalism 5174: Magazine Editing and Production, started with a multicultural focus and evolved into an investigation of the blurring lines between culture, food and music in today's society.

BLUR contains six departments: "Home," "Life," "Nine to Five," "Politics," "Tech" and "Voice."

"Whether it's because of our sexuality, life experience or taste in music, each and every one of us has unique characteristics that separate us from our peers," say co-editors Mandi Roberts and Lauren Scheller. "That's why BLUR educates, celebrates and accepts how these differences overlap and make us who we are."

Copies of BLUR magazine can be found at Coffman Memorial Union. Electronic copies are available on the BLUR website at http://blurmagazine.sjmc.umn.edu. The website includes a blog for each department, additional multimedia and full-length articles for readers to comment on and interact with the BLUR staff.

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