As one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication also stands as one of the best.
With a rare blend of leading-edge research and professional training, the J-School is uncommon in its service to students and to the body of knowledge in mass communication.
From its award-winning scholars to its motivated students to its convergence curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate studies, the UW-Madison J-School serves as a global leader in journalism research and teaching.
In an early-morning action, the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature voted to adopt a motion that would separate the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its collaboration with the students and staff of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Motion 999 reads: “Prohibit the Board of Regents from permitting the Center for Investigative Journalism [...]
Professor Robert Drechsel has been named director of the Center for Journalism Ethics (CJE) and Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Drechsel will take over for Stephen Ward, the founding director of the CJE. Ward is leaving to take the position of director of the Turnbull Center in Portland, Ore., in the [...]
Seven projects in the College of Letters & Science have received funding to advance the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s commitment to Education Innovation. Educational Innovation is a campus-wide initiative to create innovative approaches to education and research and set the university on the path to greater self-sufficiency. All of the EI projects were chosen based on [...]
Lewis Friedland, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has received a grant from the Morgridge Center for Public Service to support service learning and community-based research. Friedland, one of eight grant recipients across campus, receieved $14,500 for two years for his Madison Commons project. The Madison Commons, a [...]
Journalism students create strategic campaign for new company The TV show “The Apprentice” comes to mind when students in Deb Pierce’s capstone journalism course describe their semester. Twenty-five seniors in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication had signed up to apply everything they’d learned, over four years of classes and internships, [...]
The winners of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication‘s annual alumni awards reflect the range of skills and expertise that are fostered among students in the school. The distinguished service award winners this year include Frederica Freyberg (BA’82, Journalism), anchor and reporter for Wisconsin Public Television; Carrie Johnson (MA’96, Journalism and Mass [...]
Comic actor and writer Anders Holm (BA’03, History) will be the speaker for spring commencement ceremonies on May 17, 18 and 19. As a relatively recent graduate, Holm, 31, thinks he can deliver a relevant message to the new grads. “I can tell them about the first 10 years out of college, what I think I did [...]
Independent journalist and author Maryn McKenna has been named the Spring 2013 UW-Madison Science Writer in Residence. McKenna blogs for Wired and is a contributing editor and columnist for Scientific American. She is a frequent contributor to SELF, Nature, The Guardian and TheAtlantic.com. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, among [...]
Two faculty members in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science have received Hilldale Awards. Hilldale Awards, which honor contributions to teaching, research and service each year, are based on UW-Madison’s four divisions: biological sciences, physical sciences, social studies, and arts and humanities. The awards are sponsored by the Hilldale Fund, which supports [...]
The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will honor Milwaukee Journal Sentinel health and science reporter Mark Johnson with the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics, at the center’s annual conference April 5. A committee of working and retired journalists considered Johnson’s work in the series “Uniquely Human: The Science of Gender,” [...]
Students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be honored in May during the 82nd annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism. Students in two sections of Journalism 335: Intermediate Reporting created the UW Election Connection, which extensively covered the 2012 November election. The website placed in [...]
Teresa Alpert’s career took her on a path from student at UW-Madison to special education teacher and engineer before leading her to a career in advertising. Alpert, director of Crimea River Ltd., a London-based global brand consultancy that works with entrepreneurial businesses of all sizes, will bring that experience back to UW-Madison for a talk about [...]
Can journalists remain independent as the line between editorial and advertorial blurs, and as journalists write increasingly for corporations, academic centers and nonprofit agencies? The question will be explored at the fifth journalism ethics conference, to be staged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics on Friday, April 5, entitled: “Who is Shaping the [...]
Ben Relles (BA’97, Journalism) is taking his University of Wisconsin-Madison education viral. The founder of one of YouTube’s most viewed channels, “Barely Political,” Relles is transforming the world of online video and digital media. As head of programming strategy at YouTube, Relles instills his Wisconsin values as a leader and innovator, all while helping others bring [...]
Seven faculty members from the College of Letters & Science have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards. Interim Chancellor David Ward will present the awards at a ceremony on March 19 at the Pyle Center. A reception hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association will follow; to attend, register here. The awards, chosen by a committee, honor [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication was well represented at the annual Wisconsin Broadcasters Association student awards ceremony earlier this month. In the category of Best Website, the UW Election Connection received first place. The website was a collaborative effort between the J335 Intermediate Reporting classes of faculty associates Pat Hastings [...]
You can toss away that paper; Twitter just became your study guide. To prepare for the first midterm in Shawn Peters‘ class, students tweeted their notes about utilitarianism, social justice and other themes addressed in the HBO series “The Wire.” #Wire275 is one of almost a dozen academic ventures into the “Twittersphere” on campus. Twitter is changing the way [...]
Karyn Riddle remembers worrying as a child that she or her family would become victims of violent crime. Looking back now, she’s puzzled by those childhood fears. “Why would I, living in a totally safe suburb, be anxious or think that the world is a violent place?” she asks. An assistant professor in the School of [...]
Five outstanding faculty members in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters & Science have been named winners of this year’s Kellett Mid-Career Awards. The Kellett award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past the first promotion to a tenured position. Each winner, chosen [...]
Nineteen early-career faculty have been named fellows of the new Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with 12 coming from the College of Letters & Science. The fellows competed with colleagues to participate in the yearlong program designed to improve undergraduate education by providing professional development in teaching and learning to [...]
UW-Madison journalism graduate student Erin Luhmann is the winner of this year’s Win a Trip with Nick Kristof contest, The New York Times announced Thursday. The coveted prize will send Luhmann on an overseas trip with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist later this year to report on and raise awareness of poverty and global health [...]
Molly Wright Steenson (BA’03, German) is, in her own words, a “German major, turned geek girl, turned design professor, turned architectural historian, turned digital studies professor.” The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s newest assistant professor certainly has an eclectic background. She has been interested in technology since she was a kid [...]
When “Snow Fall” went live on The New York Times’ website on Dec. 20, 2012, the online world went wild. Packed with breathtaking images, gripping raw video and informative animated graphics, the immersive story about a deadly avalanche in Washington’s Cascade Mountains exploded the news site’s usual format, offering a reading experience that some observers [...]
You’re a college student working for a news service, and your editor asks you to check out a breaking-news situation. You head to the scene, where you learn a teen singing sensation, Caitlyn Isaac, may have overdosed at her hotel following a concert. What do you do? Who do you interview? And when do you [...]
Is the United States a bitterly divided country, split along harsh partisan political lines, or are we a nation composed mostly of moderates trapped between the extremists yelling from either end of the ideological spectrum? Some scholars believe “there’s a red and blue America and they’re very divided, woe is the country,” says Michael Wagner, an [...]
Monumental discoveries were made. Critical projects were finished. Laudable programs were celebrated. And scholars and alumni were remembered in the College of Letters & Science’s 124th year.
These were just some of the markers of 2012 in L&S. Here are some of the moments that made 2012 a memorable year for the College.
Students in Ashley Hinck’s Introduction to Digital Communications course came in with a tendency to take the digital world for granted. YouTube is for silly videos. Google provides easy answers. Facebook is for friends. But it wasn’t long before they were making some eye-opening discoveries. Hinck distinctly remembers a class discussion about the Google “filter [...]
What role does social media play in politics in our increasingly high-tech society? University of Wisconsin-Madison professors Lewis Friedland and Michael Xenos discussed exactly that in a Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters talk in the lead up to the 2012 fall elections. To watch the full lecture, click the above video. Friedland is [...]
Ten years ago, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students wanted to show how Wisconsin extends beyond the stereotypes of cheese curds and green and gold. Since then, Curb magazine has featured everything from Sheboygan surfers to the state’s top 10 employers in the annual publication that encourages readers to step “beyond the curb” and discover [...]
Now that voters have written an ending to the grueling presidential campaign, the nation’s political reporters will spend the next few weeks digesting the results and the lessons learned from the 2012 election. Among them will be Dan Balz, chief political correspondent for the Washington Post. He will bring his post-election view to the University of Wisconsin-Madison [...]
Sue Robinson, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at UW-Madison, was named the winner of the 2012 Krieghbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The award is given annually to “AEJMC members under 40 years of age who have shown outstanding achievement and effort in all three AEJMC [...]
College of Letters & Science graduate Hilary (Edmondson) Stellingwerff (BA’04, Journalism and Communication Arts) will race at least one more time at the London Olympics. Stellingwerff finished sixth in her qualifying heat of the 1,500 meters Monday, giving her the final automatic qualifying spot for Wednesday’s semifinals. The Canadian finished in 4 minutes, 5.79 seconds, [...]
The College of Letters & Science will be represented at the London Olympics, starting this weekend. Mohammed Ahmed, a junior majoring in political science, will compete for Canada in the men’s 10,000 meters on Saturday. The race, which also features former Badgers distance star Matt Tegenkamp, is at 3:15 p.m. Central time and will be [...]
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have won a national award for their collaborative efforts to produce investigative reporting. The Associated Press Media Editors’ first Innovator of the Year for College Students award cites the center and school, which since 2009 have [...]
Jamie Stark won a $2,000 prize funded by L&S alumnus Sidney Iwanter for his senior thesis.
When it comes to K-12 education in the state of Wisconsin, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students has a pretty good idea of what would make for the ideal system. In a collaborative effort, 30 students in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Intermediate Reporting classes this spring produced a final [...]
The Milwaukee Press Club has released the results of the 84th annual Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism awards, and students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are listed among this year’s winners. The students will learn in May whether they earned gold, silver or bronze awards. Best TV Feature Story The Badger Report, the video [...]
The Dictionary of American Regional English, a project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will hold a mini-conference to celebrate the publication of its fifth volume. Guest speakers will include Simon Winchester, author of “The Professor and the Madman,” “The Meaning of Everything,” “Krakatoa” and “The Man Who Loved China,” among many other books; Michael Adams, [...]
Watch Voice of the Voters: Wisconsin Youth on PBS. See more from Washington Week. A team of students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently finished a video project with a national television program. The video is showcased on Public Broadcasting’s Washington Week website, and includes student reaction to political ads in Wisconsin, [...]
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and UW-Madison Professor Deborah Blum (MA’82) has turned a quest to write the definitive handbook on poisons in America into the intriguing tale of two Jazz-Era scientists who played a major role in developing the field of forensic toxicology and fostering cooperation between scientists and police. Blum, who has been teaching [...]
A UW Journalism and Mass Communication senior has received a leadership award from a professional broadcast group. Kyle Deckelbaum was given the Student Leadership Award by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The award is based on the student who has most noticeably developed and exercised effective and creative skills in leadership. Criteria include demonstrated instances of [...]
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Public Relations Strategies class ‘hot dogged’ it up when J-School alum (’11) and current Oscar Mayer HotDogger Caileigh Robertson visited the class on March 15th. The students learned about the “nuts and bolts” of media relations and spokesperson training with Caileigh, then “spiced it up” with pictures in [...]
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison is hosting a lecture featuring prominent UW alum Bud Selig: 4:00-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge 702 Langdon Street University of Wisconsin-Madison This event is free and open to the public Allan H. “Bud” Selig (’56 BS L&S), the ninth commissioner of [...]
As founder of the Guatemala-based Range of Motion Project (ROMP), Eric Neufeld ’98 has worked to provide more than 1,500 custom-made prosthetic limbs to people in developing countries since 2005—people who, without Neufeld’s help, might have never regained mobility. With B.A. in Biological Aspects of Conservation, Neufeld represents one of the 13 outstanding alumni of [...]
The Center for Journalism Ethics is hosting its annual conference Friday, April 13 focusing on a theme of “Ethics & Elections: Media, Money & Power in 2012.” The annual conference, now in its fourth year, brings together professionals from various communication backgrounds. This year’s event will be free and will be held at the Wisconsin Institutes for [...]
Science writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Scientific American) Scientific American highlights the works of several graduates of the professional track master’s program within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Read More…
Eleven distinguished faculty members have received named professorships, some of the highest honors for established faculty. L&S is proud to count eight of the faculty members in the L&S community: Susan Coppersmith, Steven Durlauf, Gregg Mitman and Karen Strier have been named Vilas Professors Stephen Carpenter, Steve J. Stern, Dan Hausman were named Hilldale Professors. [...]
A group of 50 University of Wisconsin–Madison students will take on a new role Wednesday, Oct. 19, leading small groups of Middleton high school students through discussions about this year’s Go Big Read selection, “Enrique’s Journey.” Go Big Read is a common-reading program at UW–Madison that is designed to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in a shared, academically focused reading experience. It is now in its third year.
A new book on media ethics by University of Wisconsin–Madison professor Stephen J. A. Ward explores the leading issues in global, online media. The book, “Ethics and the Media: An Introduction” was just published by Cambridge University Press.
The L&S Honors Program held its Second Annual Distinguished Honors Faculty Award program to recognize seven faculty members for their contributions to the Honors Program. All were nominated by students and their contributions to enriching the undergraduate educational experience at Wisconsin have been enormous.
An investment in investigative journalism is paying off for student interns, an acclaimed newspaper and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
As recent University of Wisconsin-Madison graduates hoping to land jobs in political and strategic communications, Dana Vielmetti and Paige Helling this week found themselves in an enviable position.
Hernando Rojas, associate professor of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, received the Best Article of 2010 Award in the field of political communication from the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association –ICA, during their meeting in Boston May 26-30, 2011. The jury considered articles published in 16 academic journals that [...]
Professor Hemant Shah (Journalism & Mass Communication) published a new book “The Production of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media, and ‘The Passing of Traditional Society’” (Temple University Press, 2011).
Students from UW-Madison won 11 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence Awards for the 2010 calendar year …
The College of Letters & Science is proud to count eight young alumni as recipients of the 2011 Forward Under 40 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
The Wisconsin Alumni Association is proud to honor eight alumni in 2011 with the 75th Distinguished Alumni Award — the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Three alumni of the College of Letters & Science were among the eight recipients.
Al Jazeera’s chief strategic advisor in the Americas will be keynote speaker at the third journalism ethics conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 15. Tony Burman, previously managing director of Al Jazeera English, will address the conference, “In Your Face: Partisan Journalism in a Democracy.”
Science Pub organizer taps scientists for informal gatherings mixed with beers (March 6, 2011) – It’s not exactly a scientific formula but Skip Evans has discovered that if you combine a scientist, good beer, and a crowd of curious people, you come up with a very interesting Sunday afternoon … (Wisconsin State Journal). For more information visit: http://madsciencepub.org/
Last week, while scanning through updates by UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students on Twitter, our social media team noticed a particularly compelling update from Professor Greg Downey …
The Green Scene is a multi media Web site created by journalism students last semester in the Intermediate Reporting class. The site covers stories, audio, video, graphics, and links that highlight how Madison is living and going green.
Curb Magazine is produced by 20 dedicated and talented undergraduate and graduate students at the UW–Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Throughout the fall semester, the Curb staff devotes countless hours to developing a product that meets professional standards. The publication is issued once a year, with an annual launch in December. Although the [...]
Where will a liberal arts education take you? For these 26 Letters & Science alumni, a liberal arts took them on a path to Pulitzer Prizes. A total of 26 alumni have won the prestigious award.
Curb Magazine, a student-run publication through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is released this week to 10,000 women statewide in print and endless more at curbonline.com. Curb is produced by 20 journalism students each fall. For the 2010 issue, the Curb staff chose to create a magazine targeting the modern, Wisconsin woman in ways that current women’s publications do not.
LISARAbout 300 people filled two rooms at UW’s Pyle Center on Dec. 2 to hear Anthony Shadid, a UW alumnus and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, describe the grim impact of the Iraq War on the country. Shadid’s talk, the centerpiece of a two-day visit to UW-Madison, was organized by the Center for Journalism Ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions.
Students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication covered the November elections in a real time reporting situation on their Election 2010 Web site, offering pre and post election coverage in Wisconsin. Students provided issue pieces and background on the candidates five days before the election, and spent election night updating the voting totals throughout the state, as well as across the nation well after the polls closed.
The Center for Journalism Ethics and the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions are proud to welcome UW-Madison alumnus Anthony Shadid (BA’90, Journalism & Political Science), a two-time Pulitzer Award winner, back to campus. Shadid will deliver the public lecture, The Truths We Tell: Reporting on Faith, War and the Fate of [...]
Allee Willis (BA’69, Journalism) had one of the best days of her life during the UW-Madison Homecoming celebration. This Hollywood Badger got a chance to direct the UW Marching Band! Check out her full report complete with pictures and video on her blog.
On September 24, 2010, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication dedicated the newly-refurbished Room 2195 Vilas to Professor Emeritus James L. Hoyt. Room 2195 is the infamous room where Journalism 202: Introduction to Mass Communication is taught to incoming students. A formerly outdated classroom, Room 2195 now lives up to it’s new name: The [...]
Twelve L&S instructors recently received DoIT Engage Awards to explore Digital Media Assignments (DMA) in their classes. These instructors will work closely with consulting staff and campus librarians to plan innovative multimedia assignments, from short documentaries and digital stories, to scientific tutorials and digital research proposals. L&S Learning Support Services (LSS) has been working with [...]
What do you think? Do journalism students say it best in this student created video?
A team of UW-Madison students took third place in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition June 11 in Orlando, Fla.
Journalists and citizens from the United States to India used their laptops and other mobile devices to participate in the second annual journalism ethics conference, “New Journalism – New Ethics?” staged by the UW Center for Journalism Ethics.
University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus Anthony Shadid (BA’90, Political Science & Journalism) has earned a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the lasting effects of the war in Iraq.
UW-Madison Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Hemant Shah and former UW-Madison professor Michael Curtin recently edited “Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media Beyond Borders” published with the University of Illinois Press.