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SJMC Welcomes New Faculty Member Brendan Watson

WATSON.jpgThe School of Journalism & Mass Communication is pleased to welcome new faculty member Brendan Watson, who will be starting as an assistant professor in fall 2012.

Watson earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. His research examines how social structures affect communication about local issues involving conflict. His dissertation focused on how communities around the Gulf Coast influenced coverage of the BP oil spill. Previously, Watson was a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida where he led early efforts to start multimedia reporting, including podcasting and live-blogging.

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

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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.

MediainMarketplace.gifKeith Moyer, former publisher of the Star Tribune, took his Media in the Marketplace class to Hubbard Broadcasting on Thurs., Oct. 13.

The University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication is delighted to announce an essay contest in which students are asked to respond to the question, "How should communities deal with hate speech?"

The essay contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. The first place winner will receive $500 and have his or her essay published in The Star Tribune. The first runner-up will receive $150 and both students will be honored at the Liberty Tree Keynote Address at 7 p.m. at Nicholson Hall on Nov. 14, 2011. Essays are due Oct. 15, 2011 to liberty@umn.edu.

The Liberty Tree student essay contest, sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication and The Star Tribune, is being held as part of a week's worth of events that commemorate Minnesota's role in the development of First Amendment law.

For complete details and information on submitting an essay, please visit our website.

Dona_Schwartz.gif The School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) is delighted to announce that associate professor Dona Schwartz has been named one of the five finalists for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Gallery in London.

Attend the Inaugural Beardsley Lecture on Oct. 6

Michael-Chorostwebedit.gifThe lecture will feature Dr. Michael Chorost. The technology theorist went completely deaf in 2001 and had a computer implanted in his head to regain his hearing. Having the device in his body sparked an idea: how do computers change humans? And how can computers change the way we communicate? What he found is that computers can make communication much more creative.

Hear his experience that prompted two books, including Dr. Chorost's most recent, World Wide Mind.

The lecture is in honor of the late John Beardsley of Twin Cities PR agency Padilla Speer Beardsley. He was a luminary who never quit asking, What's next? He loved to learn, grow and think to the future.

The lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, with a reception from 5:30 p.m. and the lecture starting at 7 p.m., at Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey Institute.

For more information, click here.

Mark Stephens Delivers 26th Annual Silha Lecture

220px-Mark_Stephens_March_2010_head_hiRes.gifOn Tuesday, October 4, the 26th Annual Silha Lecture, "Free Speech and the Digital Challenge Around the Globe," welcomes Mark Stephens, former counsel for WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Stephens is the head of the International and Media department at the London-based law firm Finers Stephens Innocent. Stephens has appeared in many high profile cases in the United Kingdom, including extradition proceedings involving Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.

Stephens specializes in defending free speech and freedom of information and has advised a wide variety of media outlets around the world.

The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in the Coffman Theater on the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus in Minneapolis. The lecture will feature an audience Q & A as well.

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

For more information, please visit the Silha Center's website.

The Silha Center is based at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Silha Center activities, including the annual Lecture, are made possible by a generous endowment from the late Otto Silha and his wife, Helen.

SJMC Students & Alums Take Part in Kaler Inauguration Telecast

Boua,-Jake,-Ann.gif In photo: SJMC alum and Kare 11 reporter Boua Xiong, SJMC student Jake Wallace and University historian Ann Pflaum

The inauguration ceremony for new University President Eric Kaler on September 22, 2011 was carried live on the U of M website and televised to all U of M campuses around the state.

For 15 minutes prior to the ceremony, SJMC students and alums helped to produce a 15-minute "pre-show" program, live from the Rarig Center studios.

The show featured live and taped segments. Boua Xiong, a KARE-11 Reporter and SJMC alum, anchored the program, which was produced by 2011 SJMC grad Jake Wallace. University historian Ann Pflaum joined Boua live in the studio for context and perspective on past inaugurations and traditions.

Current SJMC students Emily Brady, Breanna Fuss, Sarah Gray, Kevin Salo and Sophia Waldvogel shot, wrote and edited the video segments for the program.

SJMC Hosts Panel About the Future of the Magazine

IMG_8267-copy.gifCreative turmoil in the publishing world, iconic magazines are vanishing and everything (and we mean everything) is put online with little to no profit for publishing companies. Apps, social media, smart phones and e-readers are revolutionizing the world of magazines and publishing.

With this uncertainty in the industry, what's the future for magazine writers, designers and editors? Our expert panel discusses Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 at Murphy Hall auditorium (130) at 7 p.m. Event is $10 for general public, $5 for ASJA members and free for students with an ID.

Panel features David Schimke, the editor in chief of the Utne Reader, Deborah Hopp, publisher of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and vice president of MSP Communications and media guru Kate Byrne.

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