November 2011 Archives

Political Psychology Fall Symposium Features SJMC Grad

From persistent doubts about President Obama's birthplace to the tenacity of 9/11conspiracy theories, contemporary political discourse seems to be marked by a proliferation of demonstrably false beliefs that nevertheless resist disconfirmation in certain quarters. Research has increasingly drawn attention to the underlying psychology of these and other forms of political "misinformation," implicating factors such as the desire to adopt beliefs that are consistent with prior cultural values, information processing biases that support this desire, and cues provided by trusted political leaders.

The Psychology of Misinformation features SJMC alum Dhavan Shah (now of University of Wisconsin-Madison), Dan Kahan of Yale Law and Brendan Nyhan of Dartmouth University as they discuss the phenomenon of misinformation in the political spectrum.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
1-149 Carlson School of Management

More information can be found here.

University of Minnesota Hosts Driven to Discover Video Contest

As part of the current Driven to Discover student campaign, the University is hosting a student video contest with $30,000 in total scholarship awards. Students will be asked to submit 30 second videos describing what they are driven to discover. The videos will be posted to the University's official Facebook page and winners will be chosen based on "Likes." The top sixteen most liked videos will receive scholarships.

The contest is open to undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus.

Video submission period: November 16 - December 28
Voting on Facebook: January 3 - 17
Winners officially announced: January 23

The full contest rules and online entry form are available here.

Special Topics Courses Available Spring Semester

specialtopics.jpgLearn how to cover the arts, be a forward-thinking entrepreneurial journalist or how to manage a media business with special courses offered this spring semester for undergraduate students.

These courses offer a unique and insightful perspective on the journalism field and offer one-of-a-kind instruction and opportunities. Don't let these courses pass you by!

Jour 4171: Covering the Arts
Taught at the Jungle Theater, this course offers students the opportunity to learn about covering the arts and entertainment world. Attend shows and have class within the theater.

Class # 51155 meets Mon. & Fri., 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. with the Friday class meeting at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Class is taught by Dan Sullivan, former theater critic for the Los Angeles Times and Star Tribune.

JOUR 4991: Entrepreneurial Journalism
Learn how to become a journalist with a business and a brand. Interpret beats and articles for multiple purposes and learn tricks of the trade for freelancing your work.

Class # 68854 meets 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Fri. Taught by Jack El-Hai, an independent journalist for more than 25 years who has published more than 500 articles and ten books.

JOUR 4991: Media in the Marketplace
Learn the business side of journalism and media publishing. Explore what it takes to keep a media business running and how to adapt to new business models.

Class # 69561 meets Tues. & Thurs. from 10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. and is taught by SJMC senior fellow J. Keith Moyer. As the former president and publisher of the Star Tribune, Moyer brings his years of experience to the classroom.

SJMC Hosts Murrow Fellows Visiting Minnesota

Above: MPR's Steve Griffin shows the Murrow Fellows the radio station's music library.

The University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication hosts the 2011 Murrow Fellows, a group of international journalists here as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.

The University of Minnesota has been part of the Murrow Program since its inception in 2006. As part of the program, more than 150 journalists from 105 countries visit the United States. They start their trip in Washington, D.C., break off into smaller groups around the United States and then reconvene in New York City.

This year, SJMC is hosting a group of 10 journalists from East Asian and Pacific Rim countries. The journalists arrived in Minnesota on Wed., Nov. 2 and will depart on Tues., Nov. 8.

The focus of their trip to Minnesota is to learn more about immigrant, refugee and transportation issues, topics chosen by the journalists themselves.

As part of their time here in Minnesota, the group is hearing about the refugee health program, the coverage of minorities, public policy and issues regarding First Amendment Law and social media within Minnesota. The group is visiting Minnesota Public Radio, 3M and Public Radio International, plus each participant is being paired with a journalist here in the Twin Cities who has a similar "beat" to them. Murrow Fellows are being paired with reporters at the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MPR, Twin Cities Public Television and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

The program, named after the late CBS journalist, aims to inform international journalists about U.S. policies, programs and civic issues.

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