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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.

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.

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.

University of Minnesota President Kaler Visits Murphy Hall

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler visited the School of Journalism & Mass Communication on his quest to visit every department at the University.

Elliston Fund Hits $1 Million In Giving

Since its inception in 1980, the Herbert Berridge Elliston Memorial Fund has provided scholarship and fellowship support to nearly 450 graduate and undergraduate students. Here, we take a look at where some recipients have ended up.

Grieving Online

In the wake of recent school shootings, communication researchers explore why people use Facebook to connect and pay their respects.

SJMC Undergoes Review by ACEJMC National Site Team

In October 2012, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication underwent the first steps in an extensive review by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

By Sarah Howard

SJMC abounds with opportunities for students to transition into the professional realm throughout their education. By participating in these experiences, students generate clips and reels, gain mentors, and learn all about the "real world."

Three new opportunities and a longstanding course offered in honor of two faculty members give SJMC students the opportunity to leave Murphy Hall with full portfolios and industry connections.

The Changing Face of Strategic Communication

By Sarah Howard

Public relations, marketing, advertising, branding and social media: They all fall under the broad definition of strategic communication.

As new graduates head out into the field, the uncertain economic climate has many facing an unknown future. But, from social media to new techniques, the field of strategic communication is booming.

DolphSimonsCaseyAward.jpgAlbert Tims, director of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication, presented Dolph C. Simons Jr., the editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World and chairman of The World Company, with the 2011 Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award at the Inland Press Association's 126th annual meeting in Chicago on Oct. 18, 2011.

The award recognizes distinguished leadership and service in the newspaper industry. An honor that fits Simons Jr. well.

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