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June 30, 2008

Minnesota: National Politics' "Crystal Ball"

If hosting a national convention and being a swing state weren't enough, political experts are finding that Minnesota is emerging as a barometer of nation public opinion. As opposed to other states, Minnesota's demographics are much more in line with the country as a whole. University of Minnesota, Morris political science professor Paula O'Loughlin explains.

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June 23, 2008

The Good Side of Social Networking

When you hear about kids and websites such as Facebook and MySpace, you might think of forums for risky behavior and wasting time. But University of Minnesota learning technologies researcher Christine Greenhow has discovered that there are concrete intellectual benefits of social networking on the World Wide Web.

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June 16, 2008

Students Reporting from "The Front"

Journalists embedded with the American military around the world face a variety of challenges when reporting the news from regions of conflict. To get a flavor of some of the difficulties the University of Minnesota, in conjunction with the National Guard at Camp Ripley, recently offered a weeklong embedded training program for several students and recent graduates. Kevin Keen, a senior studying broadcast journalism, describes his experience.

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June 5, 2008

U of M Class Helps Parents Nation Wide Address Youth Drinking

With the recent string of young adult, alcohol related deaths across the state, the University of Minnesota has started to offer its online alcohol education class to concerned parents everywhere. Jodi Dworkin, an assistant professor of Family Social Science, is involved in the program and says the need is out there to help parents talk about alcohol with their kids.

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June 2, 2008

Medical Journalism Painting Too Rosy of a Picture

While today's medical advancements are worthy of much praise, the quality of the news generated about them is not, according to a new University of Minnesota study. Gary Schwitzer, author of the study and a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, says reporting in America paints a poor picture about the reality of today's medical discoveries.

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Posted by dswain at 4:20 PM