February 2011 Archives

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication's diversity committee and PRISM were pleased to have Rodolfo "Rudy" Rodriguez talk about multicultural marketing efforts Feb. 22.

Rodriguez is General Mills Inc.'s director of multicultural marketing. In the "past year or two, there's been a real shift in the mindset for a lot of advertisers and manufacturers" about multicultural consumers' buying power, Rodriguez says. Companies that fail to recognize the importance of reaching customers in these demographics risk long-term growth strategies.

For those who were not able to, SJMC is pleased to be able to offer a video of his talk. Log onto sjmc.umn.edu to watch the video or check out other news stories.

SJMC's Zerby selected as 'Pictures of the Year' contest judge

School of Journalism and Mass Communication photojournalism instructor Mike Zerby recently had the honor of serving as a judge for the 68th Pictures of the Year International contest.

Zerby spent five days juding photos at the University of Missouri and Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, Mo. The 11 judges viewed upwards of 40,000 images in 44 categories during the judging, which ran from Feb. 7 through 22.

Read the Columbia Missourian story here. To view the winning photographs, log onto http://www.poyi.org/.

Could use of social media be linked to depression?

It turns out, there could. With people tending to put their best feet forward, people tend to see one side, though that's rarely the whole picture. WCCO-TV's John Lauritsen interviews Shayla Thiel-Stern, who says it's natural to compare yourself to rivals or friends.

Thiel-Stern, a professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says how that comparison makes you feel might have more to do with who those points of reference are and if you respect them.

Read the full story at WCCO-TV.

With the 2012 presidential campaign kicking into high gear, President Obama's White House media operation is increasingly turning to the Internet rather than the traditional press to get its messages out, according to a new story by ABC News.

White House staff members said its "Advise the Adviser" online program is one of the administration's ways of trying to be more responsive to voters. Media scholars and political communication analysts -- including the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Professor Heather LaMarre -- told ABC News the measures are grounds for concerns.

"They're opening the door to kicking the press out of historic events, and opening the door to having a very filtered format for which they give the American public information that doesn't have any criticism allowed," LaMarre told ABC News.

The entire story can be found at abcnews.go.com.

The Associated Press' Amy Forliti reports a judge has given former Twin Cities auto mogul Denny Hecker a maximum 10-year prison sentence on fraud charges.

The story, picked up by Bloomberg, quotes Keith Moyer, senior fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Moyer is a former publisher of the Star Tribune.

"He was sort of the poster boy for the economic boom ... but then he also kind of turned into a poster boy for the crash," Moyer told Forliti. "He was on top of the world, and then he wasn't."

Click here to read the story.

SJMC-produced Blur magazine makes MPR News' 'On Campus'

Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's JOUR 5174 Capstone: Magazine Editing and Production made Minnesota Public Radio's "On Campus" news segment for their boundary-pushing publication.

Blur: the art of undefining, focuses on the "culture of global ambiguity," according to its website. Students took the magazine from concept to publication during the fall 2010 semester.

Log onto MPR online to read the story. To read Blur magazine or watch the class' video about the magazine's production, go to blurmagazine.sjmc.umn.edu.

For more on the class and the magazines its students have produced, check the winter 2011 edition of Murphy Reporter, set to publish at the end of February.

In December 2010, the Hungarian Parliament passed a new law expanding the government's power to monitor and control the news media.

Among other things, it requires blogger and online forums to register to be disseminated in Hungary, and threatens to fine journalists who fail to report "objectively."

SJMC Professor Jane Kirtley will discuss whether the matter is an internal one, as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insists, or if the law has greater implications for fundamental rights in the European Union.

The forum is part of the "Europe in the News Series," sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Silha Center for Media Ethics and Law, the Center for German and European Studies and the European Studies Consortium. It will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in room 614 of the Social Sciences building, 267-19th Ave S. Log onto https://events.umn.edu/010222 to learn more.

What are the privileges and responsibilities of a free press? In "Media Law Handbook," a new book commissioned by the U.S. State Department, Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, explores how free societies answer this question.

The initial press run of 30,000 copies is being distributed by U.S. embassies throughout the world to foreign governments and media.

"Some want the press to be an advocate, to champion causes and to take political positions," Kirtley said "Others believe the press should be objective and nonpartisan. Some believe that the press should respect and reflect social institutions and traditions. Others believe that the press should question and challenge them. This book suggests that despite these disagreements there are standards that describe the privileges and responsibilities of a free press in a free society."

The 65-page book consists of six chapters: "Press Privileges and Responsibilities," "A Good Environment for Fostering Journalists," "A Framework for a Free Press," "Self-Regulation in Lieu of Litigation," "Responsibilities of Journalists" and "New Media, Citizen Journalists, and Bloggers."

Kirtley explores the standards laid out in her book by drawing on real-life case studies. Those case studies include the death of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned down in a contract killing in 2006 in Moscow and former New York Times reporter Judith Miller's refusal to cooperate in a criminal investigation seeking the identity of a government official and Miller's subsequent imprisonment.

For more information about the book, visit www.america.gov/publications/books-content/media-law-handbook.html.

Kirtley has been the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the university's School of Journalism and Mass Communication since August 1999. She also is director of the Silha Center for Media Ethics and Law. Before that, she was executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Va., for 14 years. Before joining the Reporters Committee staff, Kirtley was an attorney for five years with the law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle in Rochester, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. Kirtley also worked as a reporter for the Evansville Press, Ind., and The Oak Ridger and Nashville Banner, both in Tennessee.

The book earned mentions in the Star Tribune and CBS' WCCO-TV via the Associated Press.

SJMC's Thiel-Stern: Online behavior rooted in history

Teenagers' behavior with regard to using social media appears to be rooted in history, says SJMC's Professor Shayla Thiel-Stern.

Thiel-Stern is quoted by TheNextWeb.com in a blog post from a Social Media Week panel in New York City. Read the post at http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2011/02/07/if-your-real-life-was-a-social-network-how-would-it-change/

Online 'newsgames' help teach current events

TechNewsDaily contributor Charles Q. Choi explores the role ofonline "newsgames" in educating players about current events. SJMC's Nora Paul, the Institute for New Media Studies and its new incarnation, Minnesota Journalism Center, are mentioned.

Read the article at http://www.technewsdaily.com/newsgames-latest-trend-online-gaming-2109/.

Premack entry deadline is TODAY

The deadline to enter Minnesota's top awards for public affairs reporting is today.

The Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards competition is one of Minnesota's most coveted and celebrated journalism honors. The competition recognizes news organizations in large and small categories for the following areas: Excellence in Breaking News Journalism, Excellence in Analytical or Investigative Journalism and Excellence in Opinion Journalism.

Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 3 or submitted through the Minnesota Journalism Center's online submission system.

For details, log onto http://mjc.umn.edu/events/premack.html. The awards will be presented at 5 p.m. April 18 at the University of Minnesota.

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