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Students in the Newsroom Partnerships with local news organizations allow students to gain experience within newsrooms

SJMC student Michael Zittlow works with computer engineering major Frank Bi on a project at Minnesota Public Radio News.

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Albert Tims EDITOR

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Sue Couling, Sarah Howard, Bill Kelley, Mark Vancleave ALUMNI RECORDS

Mary Achartz, Julie Golias PRINTING

Bolger Printing 2012–2013 SJMC Alumni Society Board Members Sarah Bauer, president Chad Haldeman, vice president Amy Nelson, secretary Nina Bouphasavanh Demian Brink Matt Burgess Daniel Gore Victoria Hoshal Sarah Howard John Lutter Mary Tan


08 Students in the Newsroom

Through community partnerships, SJMC students work in Twin Cities newsrooms.

12 Grieving Online

In the wake of recent tragedies, mass communication scholars explore how people use social media to grieve.

14 Honoring a Legend The Murphy Reporter is published semiannually by the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication for alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the school. Send questions or comments to or Murphy Reporter, 111 Murphy Hall, 206 SE Church St., Minneapolis, MN 55455 The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Direct requests to Sarah Howard at 612-625-8095 or

Professor Emeritus Donald M. Gillmor passes away at the age of 86.

16 Reporting the World

SJMC Assistant Professor Giovanna

Dell’Orto’s recent projects explore the role of foreign correspondents in inter- national relations and border journalism.

17 Award for Excellence

National Geographic photographer and 1976 alumna Annie Griffiths receives SJMC’s highest honor.

DEPARTMENTS 04 HEADLINES Two Faculty Members Join SJMC 4 Online Tool Explores Careers in

Mass Communication 4

Veteran Advertising Adjunct Retires 5 Alumni Spotlight: Luke Behrends 6 Elliston Gifts Hit $1 Million 7



Spring Showcase 18 CBS Executive Visits SJMC 20 Author Brad Parks Explores Connection Between Journalism and Fiction 21 Iraq War: 10 Years Later 21 Silha Spring Forum 22 Silha/SPJ Spring Ethics Forum 23

24 STUDENT NEWS 26 FACULTY NEWS 28 ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES CLA Alumni of Notable Achievement 29 Above the Fold Recipients 30


I invite every reader of this issue of the Murphy Reporter to set aside a few quiet moments to read “Honoring a Legend” on page 14 and to visit the School’s website, which is collecting remembrances of Silha Professor Emeritus Don Gillmor (http://z.umn. edu/gillmor). Don was revered by generations of students and colleagues as a master teacher, mentor, scholar, friend and colleague. He embraced all of these roles with unequalled grace, intellectual rigor and good humor. We hope you’ll consider adding your own remembrance of Don. The School has established a new permanent endowment to fund the Donald M. Gillmor Memorial Fellowship in Media Ethics and Law and will provide a full (one-toone) gift match for new contributions to this memorial fellowship. As you read the rest of this issue, you’ll likely find connection between our interest in collecting and sharing remembrances of Don Gillmor and the groundbreaking research of recent Ph.D. graduate, Peter Golviczki, who studies how social media have emerged as a vehicle for expressing grief and community comfort. Peter’s work continues to gain visibility and relevance as recent events such as Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombing and tornadoes in Moore, Okla. demonstrate.

Professor Giovanna Dell’Orto’s recently released book on American journalism and international relations attracted a standing room only audience at a recent book talk at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The book introduces new theory about the relationship of international news to foreign policy. This latest publication is hardly the full story of Professor Dell’Orto’s work, however. She has two more books in the works and is leading a group of journalism students to Spain and Morocco to report on immigration and how journalists are covering Europe’s southern border issues. I believe you’ll also enjoy reading about the expansion of collaborative learning inside media organizations seen in “Students in the Newsroom” on page 8. We began offering advanced journalism instruction inside a newsroom back in 1998 with the establishment of the Pioneer Press Practicum. Today students and instructors work in collaboration with the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio News and MinnPost. And we have students working collaboratively with community and greater Minnesota news organizations, arts organizations and in the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program. We’re also continuing our program of funding “immersion” experiences in media organiza-


Remembering a Friend tions for advanced Ph.D. students who want to bolster their experience and exposure to professional issues and trends. These partnerships are shattering obsolete boundaries separating the academy from the community. In closing, I’m delighted to report that in May the members of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications were unanimous in recommending full accreditation to the School for another six year period. We’re proud of this achievement and what it says about the University of Minnesota’s and the SJMC’s commitment to meeting the highest standards of excellence. Best,

Albert R. Tims Director, School of Journalism & Mass Communication

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SJMC Welcomes Two New Faculty Members in Fall 2013 Corporate Communication and Public Relations Researcher Hyejoon Rim

Health Communication Expert Rebekah Nagler

Hyejoon Rim will join SJMC as an assistant professor to teach public relations. Her teaching interests include public relations campaigns, strategy and case studies, as well as corporate communications and research methods. She will teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. Rim has previously worked at advertising and public relations firms, including account executive roles at McCann-Erickson Worldwide and InComm Brodeur in Seoul, Korea. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a specialization in public relations. Her dissertation explores the effects of proactive versus reactive corporate social responsibility and how these motives affect corporate reputation. Rim’s research has focused on corporate communication and strategic management of corporate social responsibility, as well as social media and health communication. Rim received her M.S. in public relations in 2009 from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and her M.A. in advertising and public relations from Korea University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. –Sarah Howard

Rebekah Nagler will join SJMC as an assistant professor to teach courses in health communication and was recently named the first CLA faculty member to be a BIRCHWH scholar by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota. The position is for those who are engaged in interdisciplinary women’s health research. Nagler has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Education Program in Cancer Prevention, which is situated within the Harvard School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She studies media effects on health behavior, cancer communication, tobacco control, communication inequalities and health disparities and health communication campaigns and interventions. Previously, Nagler worked for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. as an analyst and research associate where she composed strategic research briefs for hospital clients. Nagler earned her Ph.D. in 2010 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation focused on contradictory nutrition messages in the public information environment. Her teaching interests include health communication campaigns, message effects, public health and entertainment media and health messaging. –S.H.

New Online Tool Allows Students to Explore Mass Communication Careers 1




In 2012 SJMC created an “Explore Careers” portal on its website that allows students to learn more about careers in journalism and strategic communication. The site features video interviews with 15 professionals working in a variety of roles in communication. These videos are accompanied by information about how to get started in each career, including courses to take and skills needed. The project was originally intended for students enrolled in Jour 1001: Introduction to Mass Communication. But as the project grew, so did its potential uses. “We saw that students were eager to learn more about careers in mass communication, so we didn’t want to limit the audience to just 1001,” said Prof. Kathleen Hansen, director of undergraduate studies and a member of the project committee. Students enrolled in Jour 1001 complete assignments from the site, but any visitor to SJMC’s website can also take advantage of the information. “In our spring 2013 application process, many students pointed out that they used the Explore Careers page and found a career that spoke to them,” said Hansen. “Students are craving this information.” The project was funded by the Course Transformation grant program in the College of Liberal Arts, which helps University of Minnesota faculty to integrate technology in their courses. –S.H.

1: Jenna Ross, higher education reporter at the Star Tribune. 2: Patricia Hall, events manager at the University of Minnesota. 3: Matt Burgess, creative director at OLSON. 4: Kaeti Hinck, director of news technology at MinnPost

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Veteran Advertising Instructor Retires Sarah Brady Shaw trained some of the brightest advertising students to grace Murphy Hall Often seen scooting north on Central Avenue in her MiniCooper headed for her Coon Lake home on a sunny Friday afternoon, her close-cropped graying hair carefully colorcoordinated with miniature poodle Bruno, you might not guess that the driver is long-term advertising instructor Sarah Brady Shaw. One of the most consistently popular teachers at SJMC, Shaw is retiring in 2013 after more than 20 years teaching copywriting and portfolio planning. Armed with a Minnesota honor’s bachelor’s degree in literature, a Phi Beta Kappa key and her talent as an Irish wordsmith, young Shaw accepted an offer from D’Arcy-McManus to work as a copywriter on accounts like 3M and Blue Cross. (If you press her, she’ll admit that it was Otto Winegar’s infamous multi-martini lunches at Harry’s that did the trick.) From D’Arcy, she emigrated to Campbell-Mithun-Esty (where clients included General Mills, Land O’ Lakes, Vassarette and more) and finally BBDO (Hormel, Honeywell and others). She left BBDO in 1985 for a career in college teaching, first at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, then, starting in 1992, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Somewhere in there, she found time to birth a daughter, Tib, and son, Tym, and to engage with a very special creative director and life partner, Bill Rooks. One of Sarah’s favorite things about teaching was watching — helping — young people grow from potential talent into real-life advertising professionals. “Sarah is the reason I got a job in advertising without attending portfolio school,” said Andy Thieman (B.A., ’01), now a creative director at the new JCP, Dallas. “A Jello campaign I created in her copywriting class beefed up my student portfolio enough for me to land my first job.” She often referred to Rosser Reeve’s dictum, “You must make the product interesting, not just make the ad different.” A good ad isn’t necessarily the one that’s fun, but the one that works, the one that reflects good strategy. “Sarah brings valuable real world advertising strategy to academia,” said Adam Meyer (B.A., ’05), director of advertising at the Jackson Hole News&Guide. “She thoroughly introduced us to the business of strategic selling through advertising, and offered an ideal introduction to aspiring ad and PR professionals.” Carol Wawra, graphic designer at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah, observes, “Shaw’s portfolio class was my favorite class at the U . . . [She] challenged me to think creatively, but also strategically. Until I met her, I thought advertising was all about a cool, hip, trendy slogan. Good advertis-

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ing is all about strategy.” Luke Behrends (B.A., ’04), senior copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York city (see page 6), credits Shaw with the direction of his career. “I honestly would not be where I am today if it weren’t for Sarah Shaw pointing me in the right direction and teaching me the right way to do things and how everything had to be grounded in insight and strategy . . . without Shaw mentoring me and encouraging me and being honest with me,” he said. “She may not realize it or admit to it, but she set me down the course I’m on today and I still remember all she taught me.” So what’s next? We may find her luxuriating on the shores of Coon Lake, reading her beloved mysteries, watching sunsets and listening to loons. We may find her on Facebook, exchanging messages with family, friends and former students. Or we may find her spending oodles of time with her four grandchildren. Whatever description people use to describe this vivacious woman, “retiring” isn’t one of them. –Ken Doyle

THREE CARDINAL RULES OF ADVERTISING It’s hard to distill your philosophy of teaching into a few succinct rules, but Luke Behrends, one of Sarah’s students, has done it for her.



Never make up words



Never use ellipses


! ! !

You’re only allowed 3 exclamation marks in your entire career

Add to these the rule that it’s all about insight and strategy, and you have a package that will point any aspiring copywriter in the right direction.

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Alumni Spotlight: Luke Behrends After a number of national campaigns, SJMC alumnus Luke Behrends (B.A., ’04) scored a touchdown in his advertising career when he created Tide’s 2013 Superbowl ad, which, post-game, was ranked second by USA Today’s Ad Meter. The senior copywriter at New York-based Saatchi & Saatchi, whose clients also include Miller beers, Honey Nut Cheerios and Trident Gum, tells us about creating work in the national spotlight and what keeps him creative. First off, tell us about the Tide commercial. We wanted to be topical. The entire project — overseen by 1998 SJMC alumna Susan Young, creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi — was a moving target. We knew about this ad before the NFL season even started, so we worked throughout the season on ideas. We didn’t start to nail things down until it got to the playoffs. When it got down to the last four teams, it was decision time. We shot everything multiple ways with different teams and started filming two weeks before the game. It was crazy, stressful and tiring but thrilling and invigorating. And at the last second, the client moved it from a 30-second commercial to 60 seconds. It threw the best sort of wrench into things. By the time we finished the ad, the Superbowl was 48 hours away. The commercial begins with a man whose salsa stain resembles San Fransisco 49ers football legend Joe Montana. The man becomes an instant celebrity and fans make the pilgrimage to see the stain until his wife, a Baltimore Ravens fan, washes the jersey. It all became very serendipitous, because we needed a tight score for the ad to work — with the blackout and the comeback of the 49ers, it was perfect. What was it like the first time you saw your work on a national level? My first big campaign was for Nike baseball during the All-Star Game in New York City. It was strictly billboard and out-of-home ads and we blanketed the entire city with this campaign, which was a love letter to baseball in the city and the fans. It felt very grand and iconic. To see it all over the place just walking down the street in New York City was pretty wild.

Tide Superbowl commercial

Miller High Life

How did you know advertising was for you? In high school I was on the newspaper, and I knew I wanted to write and be creative. One day, our adviser said he had been at an advertising agency and they had a room with arcade games. From that day on, I told people I wanted to be in Campaign for Nike baseball advertising. But it wasn’t until junior year in SJMC when I took a strategic thinking and copywriting class with Sarah Shaw that I found out about copywriting as a career. When I realized I could write and be in advertising, everything seemed to fit together. What’s your tactic for combining creativity with strategy? There are strategists who do the research and give you insights as to the path forward and what positioning is best for the brand. As long as you stay true to the strategy, you can really do anything creatively. If you know the box you’re playing in, you can make the walls as big as you want. You don’t have to be trapped in it. What experience at SJMC was most helpful to you? I loved the National Student Advertising Competition. You’re working with like-minded people with the same goals. It’s the closest to the real-life advertising world as you can get while still in school. –S.H. 6 Murphy Reporter SPRING 2013


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 back at where some recipients have ended up. 1980

TRISH VAN PILSUM, In-Depth and Investigative Reporter, KMSP-TV

CATHY PACKER, W. Horace Carter Distinguished Professor at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill



ANN BRILL, Dean, School of Journalism at the University of Kansas

KEVIN DIAZ, Reporter, Star Tribune Washington Bureau

JANE FREIDMANN, Researcher/Reporter, Whistleblower beat, Star Tribune

ELIZABETH BLANKS HINDMAN, Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at Washington State University

SANJAY ASTHANA, Associate Professor in Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University

ERIK UGLAND, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research and Associate Professor in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University


JOHN WIRTZ, Assistant Professor of Advertising at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



AARON PEARSON, Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick SCOTT EVESLAGE, Group Media Director, Wieden + Kennedy

MARY LAHAMMER, Reporter, Twin Cities Public Television CLINT SCHAFF, Vice President, Digital at Edelman; Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication

JASON SPRENGER, Owner, Game Changer Communications

EMILY BANKS, Managing Editor, Mashable

JON ZURBEY, Partner, Haberman

VADIM LAVRUSIK, Journalism Program Manager, Facebook EMMA CAREW GROVUM, Data Journalist, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

JEFF HARGARTEN, 2013 News21 Fellow


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ERIC PEHLE, Vice President and General Manager, Weber Shandwick

DIRK DeYOUNG, Editor, Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal

DHAVAN SHAH, Maier-Bascom Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

DAVID DOMKE, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington

TINA KARELSON, Executive Vice President/ Group Creative Director at Risdall Advertising Agency Interactive

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SJMC students in a news meeting with Terry Sauer, the Star Tribune’s assistant managing editor for digital operations.

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Through community partnerships, students are immersed in newsrooms alongside reporters and editors. BY SARAH HOWARD

Clips. When you’re in journalism school, that’s the magic word. You’re told time and time again that you can’t leave school without clips. But given the chicken-and-the-egg phenomenon of being published (you need clips to get clips!), how do students get their work published?

staff also included a photographer and two students creating video content for online applications. The first-hand experience with editors becomes a key takeaway for the students. “I was never more than 10 feet from my editor,” said SJMC senior Rachael Krause, who worked with Pioneer Press political team leader Phillip Pina in fall 2012. “My editor was a cheerleader for better writing,” she said. “He taught me how to write quick, but do it right.”

The answer comes for many through partnerships between SJMC and Twin Cities news organizations. These opportunities give students the chance not only to gain clips but also to work in newsrooms, experience beat reporting and work oneon-one with editors.

Being within the newsroom is what makes this experience so significant for students. “You always feel like you’re a piece of the pie,” said Krause. “I was able to hear editors reporting on the phone and building relationships with their sources, which was unbelievably helpful.”

Field-Based Practicums Immerse Students In Newsroom The Pioneer Press Practicum began the trend in 1998. For 15 years this class has allowed students to work among editors in the St. Paul newsroom. In fall 2012 students had a total of 247 bylines. “The students get such great experience at the Pioneer Press,” said SJMC lecturer Gayle “G.G.” Golden, who developed and still leads the practicum. “They’re immersed in the newsroom, attending meetings and are sent out on their own to do reporting.”

Working alongside editors also gives students a “safe place” to ask questions and learn. “There was a great mentoring aspect that was a huge benefit of working in the newsroom,” said 2012 graduate Urmila Ramakrishnan, who worked with Pioneer Press public safety editor Hal Davis in fall 2012. “Everyone knows you’re there to learn,” she said. “There is a built-in safety net for you to ask questions and get the most out of learning from professionals in the trade.”

In 2004, the Star Tribune followed suit, led by SJMC instructor and former Star Tribune reporter Chris Ison. On the model set up by the Pioneer Press Practicum, students work in the newsroom with editors and are put on a beat. “Students are spread around the newsroom,” Ison said. In spring 2013, students worked on the health, sports and suburban teams. The student

The partnerships are not only valuable for students, but, also for the editors. “This is a fantastic program that allows young journalists to get real-life experience working at a major newspaper,” said Suzanne Ziegler, editor of the Star Tribune’s

Minneapolis team of reporters. Her intern in spring 2013 was SJMC senior Brian Arola, who covered several controversies in Minneapolis, including the Megabus parking lot dispute. “That story ran as a B1 display and was top-read online for about 24 hours,” she said. “It goes to show how valuable these young journalists are. We are delighted to work with them.” Both Golden and Ison say that Practicum classes are vital for journalism students who want to work in news. “These students do really well in the job market,” Ison said. “They come out of the class ready to go to work.” Case-in-point is Joseph Lindberg. The 2010 graduate worked in the Pioneer Press newsroom in 2009 with Watchdog editor Debra O’Connor to create a series about unemployment rates. As a team they created the content for the series, then Lindberg created the website and interactive elements. Following graduation, he became the government reporter at the Faribault Daily News, thanks, in part, to his experiences at the Pioneer Press. “Going into a job interview and being able to talk to an editor about concrete newsroom experiences you’ve had is so important,” Lindberg said. “They get a sense that you’ve covered projects under pressure and you know how to work on deadline.” Two years later, Lindberg was hired as the Pioneer Press’ breaking news reporter and shortly thereafter found himself working alongside a new crop of practicum students. “It’s kind of surreal,” he says.

See student work from the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune and MinnPost at: newswriting.html

See “Teaching the World in Minnesota” on the MPR News website at: 10 Murphy Reporter SPRING 2013



The student team that created “Teaching the World in Minnesota” for MPR News. From left: Anthony Kwan, Frank Bi, Michael Zittlow, Alexandra Sobiech and Alexander Holston

Newsrooms Move Digital In 2010, students enrolled in Jour 5131: In-depth Reporting began working with MinnPost. By the end of the semester, they had produced four in-depth stories that examined topics such as the underfunding of the Minnesota Public Defender’s Office and how the recession changed the gender make-up of the state and national workforce. Building on this success, in 2011, MinnPost received a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to hire a full-time reporter to work with journalism students. That year, features centered on such topics as Adderall use in high schools, the lack of training for language interpreters in medical settings and organic farming. “The project . . . not only benefitted the students by helping them develop their journalism skills, it has also benefitted the community by providing information and raising important issues,” said MinnPost managing editor Roger Buoen. In 2012, MinnPost received a grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to work with students to create a series about subprime lending. Throughout the fall semester students were devoted to the topic, compiling data and writing in-depth arti-

In fall 2013, the Brovald-Sim Community Journalism Practicum is merging with the Murphy News Service. The practicum, which allows students to work at community newspapers around the Twin Cities metro, is combining with the Murphy News Service model, in which students produce stories to be used in newspapers and websites across the state. “This takes two great programs and creates an even more powerful singular tool for training students to best prepare themselves to land those all-important first jobs out of college,” said senior fellow J. Keith Moyer, who will oversee the class. cles. MinnPost reporter Sharon Schmickle, along with Ison, worked with the students to create these features. “It was a wonderfully constructive and instructive process,” Schmickle said. “The editing and polishing was very hands-on. Going through stories line by line really combines everything that we value in journalism and ensures that stories are accurate and presented clearly.” “The online space allows for longer, more in-depth stories,” Ison said. “Students have to dive deep into these topics and, on top of the writing and reporting, the student produce all of the graphics and photos.” Students Create Multimedia News In fall 2012, another new partnership hit the ground running, this time with Minnesota Public Radio News. A small group of students enrolled in the Pioneer Press Practicum went to MPR News to work on a dedicated, semester-long project about English language learners in Min-

nesota. “This was an issue that MPR News wanted to explore,” Golden said. “Teaching the World in Minnesota” investigated the role that non-native English speakers have in Minnesota schools. MPR News editor Bill Wareham served as real-life editor to the students and oversaw the process. “We spent the first few weeks doing research and exploring how we could best do this project,” Wareham said. “It was a very organic process.” The students — made up of not only journalism majors, but also a computer science major and an aerospace engineering student with an interest in photography — did the reporting, writing, sound recording, photography and web design for the project (see the finished product at z.umn. edu/sjmcmpr). “We really wanted to use all of the platforms available,” Wareham said. “We did some things with this project that we hadn’t done yet in the newsroom,” Wareham said. “It’s a good, solid piece of work that we can continue to use and link back to.” And in coming years, MPR News wants to continue the project to deepen coverage of non-native Minnesotans. For many, these opportunities become about much more than just clips. These partnerships not only help student journalists become multidimensional reporters, they also allow editors to help shape the next generation. “The editors nurture the students and love working with them,” Golden said. “The editors are impressed with the level of skills our students have and how they are ready to hit the ground running,” Ison said.


“I learned a lot from the students,” Wareham said. “They work with a different mindset than career reporters and were often willing to put in extra hours.” Schmickle agrees: “Working with student journalists is so refreshing for me,” she said. “Watching them grow as journalists is so enjoyable.”

Taylor Selcke works with editor Amy Nelson at the Pioneer Press

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Grieving Online

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

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In 2007, Peter Joseph Gloviczki (Ph.D., 2012) noticed a trend. After two people in his life died much too soon, he saw that people were turning to Facebook to talk about their grief and express condolences. Facebook Groups were forming and messages were being written on walls, often within moments of the tragedy. As a graduate student at SJMC, Gloviczki wondered how people react to tragedy on social media in new and old ways? What characteristics of social media allow them to grieve? So he dove into his dissertation research about the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech and how individuals engaged with social media to discuss the event and its aftermath. According to Gloviczki’s dissertation, the group reached 185 postings within 36 hours of the shootings. At one time it had more than 3,000 members. “Virigina Tech was so significant because Facebook was so college-oriented at that time,” said assistant professor Shayla Thiel-Stern, an SJMC faculty member and Gloviczki’s co-adviser. “Most of the users were college students and the fact that this shooting took place on a college campus, it really spoke to Facebook users.” The connection between school shootings and social media is again relevant in the wake of the recent attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where a lone gunman shot 20 first-graders and six teachers on Dec. 14, 2012. Within moments, Facebook groups started to form, including “R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children,” which has more than 1.4 million members, and “In Loving Memory of Sandy Hook Elementary Victims,” with more than 357,000 members. Turning to social media in times of tragedy is now a common coping mechanism. “It really has become a natural thing to 12 Murphy Reporter SPRING 2013

do,” said Thiel-Stern. “When tragedy happens and when people are already accustomed to connecting on Facebook, it seems like the default thing to do is to tell someone about it and have a conversation about it.” Like those now created after so many tragedies, the Sandy Hook memorial pages serve as a way for users to create a community around the event. Members share posts, photos, drawings, videos and online memorials. “Through all of the sadness in the aftermath of the event, there can be occasions where people come together,” Gloviczki said. “It provides a kind of glue to bring together communities that might have otherwise not even recognized one another.” Places

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“These Facebook groups bring a visibility to the grieving process in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before social media,” said Thiel-Stern.

Original artwork by Keith Favazza displayed on the In Loving Memory of Sandy Hook Elementary Victims Facebook page.

Thiel-Stern says that one can look to the Uses and Gratifications Theory for an explanation. The theory says that people have an inherent need to use, in this case, a certain type of technology to gratify themselves. “The gratification in this case could be that the person is truly trying to connect or that this is their own personal way of grieving or memorializing.” For many, social media becomes a vehicle of self expression. “People tend to reach out for support during moments of tragedies,” Gloviczki said. “We all see terrible moments and these moments really encourage us to think about what it is that makes us human, and it’s this desire, I think, to connect and find the good in one another.” Portraits of shooting victims by graphic artist Cecily Willis, posted on the In Loving Memory of Sandy Hook Elementary Victims Facebook page.

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This trend is sure to continue. “People are used to connecting on social media now,” said Thiel-Stern. The trend is moving toward more visual expression, as seen in the Sandy Hook Elementary remembrance groups where some members share memorial art. “Right now we see mostly text expressions, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more interactive forms of expression, like videos and photos,” said Gloviczki. He also points to location-based expression, since so many users connect to social media through mobile devices. “When we think about our own forms of telling the story and increasing the richness, I can see location-based and video tools becoming increasingly popular.” Like . Comment . Share 2,748 people like this. Write a comment...


Peter Gloviczki is an assistant professor of communications at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.

Honoring a Legend Professor Emeritus and Renowned Media Law and Ethics Scholar Donald M. Gillmor Passes Away Master teacher. Respected scholar. Kind soul. There are many ways in which SJMC emeritus professor Don Gillmor is described by those who knew him best. But above all, law and ethics sage may be at the top of the list. Gillmor was known internationally as a leading expert on media law and ethics, and his many years of teaching and research “shaped the major contours of the field of mass communication law,” said Daniel Wackman, former SJMC director. “Don’s contributions brought this institution to center stage nationally and internationally,” said current SJMC director Albert Tims. In 1970 Gillmor authored the seminal “Mass Communication Law: Cases and Comment” with Jerome A. Barron. Now in its sixth edition, the book helps students and scholars in the field to this day. The first edition received the Frank Luther Mott Research Award from Kappa Tau Alpha, the discipline’s honor society. “Don viewed the law as a sort of institutional morality, and he considered laws without a strong moral underpinning to be vacuous,” said William Babcock, former director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, in a commentary about Gillmor published on MinnPost. “It’s no surprise Don considered ethics to be at the core of the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech.” A fierce advocate of media law, Gillmor was known to get into heated arguments, but never to disrespect other’s opinions. “Don could be blunt, harsh and opinionated – but at the same time kind, open and eager to entertain a serious rebuttal,” said Theodore L. Glasser, an associate professor at SJMC in the 1980s who was eventually named associate director of the Silha Center under Gillmor and is now a professor of communication at Stanford University’s Department of Communication. “It was incredibly 14 Murphy Reporter SPRING 2013

empowering for an untenured junior faculty member to be able to work with a senior scholar who invited debate and dissent. Titles didn’t matter to Don. We worked as partners, as a team. ” A visionary trailblazer, Gillmor was a founding member of the Free Press-Fair Trial Council of Minnesota and of the Law Division of AEJMC, the national academic organization for journalism and mass communication educators. Gillmor received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1961 and joined the University of Minnesota’s faculty in 1965. From 1984 to 1995, he served as the founding director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. In 1990, he was named the first Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law, a position he held until his retirement eight years later. The Center was endowed by the late Otto Silha, a former executive with The Minneapolis Star and The Minneapolis Tribune and their parent company Cowles Media, along with his wife Helen. Gillmor worked closely with Silha to name the center, emphasizing the importance of the word “study” in the center’s name, as its primary purpose and mission is scholarship and research. “He didn’t want ethics to become a residual topic, taken up only when the law failed to address something,” said Glasser. “Don appreciated the significance of the difference between law and ethics – between what we have a right to do and what’s right to do – but he also understood why questions of ethics precede questions of law, why what’s ethical is a more foundational question than what’s legal.” “Don was the inspiration for Otto Silha to endow both the Silha Center and the professorship,” said Jane Kirtley, current Silha Professor and director of the Silha Center. “Don’s research and teaching embodied the marriage between these two related

but distinct aspects of media scholarship. His legacy continues to influence our research, publications, outreach and support for graduate and law students at the Silha Center,” Kirtley said. Gillmor obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba in liberal arts in 1949. Shortly thereafter he joined the editorial staff at the Winnipeg Free Press as a reporter and editor. In 1950 Gillmor received his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Minnesota. His academic career began as a professor of journalism at the University of North Dakota from 1953 to 1965. Here, Gillmor established and served as the first director of an allUniversity honors program. While teaching at UND, he spent his summers as a part-time copyreader for the Fargo Forum and Grand Forks Herald. Throughout his 45-year academic career, Gillmor held a number of additional appointments, including visiting professorships at the University of Munich in Germany in 1985 and the University of Lund in Sweden in 1994. He was also appointed a fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program in Telecommunications in 1987 and a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University in New York City in 1990. Gillmor advised nearly 60 Ph.D. dissertations, M.A. theses and summa theses

as a Minnesota faculty member. His 23 doctoral advisees went on to become professors at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. “He trained some of the finest media law scholars,” said Tims. “It was impossible to be a graduate student in mass communication in the 1970s, as I was, and not know the name Donald M. Gillmor,” said Glasser.

DONATE IN HONOR OF DONALD M. GILLMOR To honor Gillmor’s legacy, the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication has established the Donald Gillmor Memorial Fund. To make a donation, visit or checks made payable to the University of Minnesota can be mailed directly to The Donald Gillmor Memorial Fund c/o University of Minnesota Foundation, C-M 3854, P.O. Box 70880, St. Paul, MN 55170-3854.

Read tributes to Professor Gillmor and leave your own “For generations of graduate at students at the University of Minnesota, Donald M. Gillmor was indispensable as their teacher, mentor, guide and a mentor, provide guidance on projects friend. I was privileged to be one of them,” or feedback on ideas,” said Wackman. said Everette E. Dennis, dean and CEO of “Students responded to Don, respected Northwestern University Qatar. “He was him, and remembered the impact he had generous and helpful, reading his students’ on them.” work with a gimlet eye and never afraid to “It was the way Don engaged students make the kinds of critical comments that that empowered them intellectually and drive learning and change.” marked him as a master teacher,” said Gillmor received the Distinguished SJMC professor emerita Hazel DickenTeaching Award from the Minnesota Garcia. Press Club in 1975 and 1978, the Univer Gillmor was recognized by a number of sity of Minnesota Student Alumni Board other organizations, including the Constiof Governors Award for Contributions to tutional Law Award from Minneapolis law Student Experience in 1985 and, for the 1992-93 school year, the Horace T. Morse firm Mansfield, Tanick and Cohen in 1996. Minnesota Alumni Association Award for For 30 years Gillmor served as the Outstanding Contributions to Underadviser to the Minnesota Daily studentgraduate Education. “He always kept his run newspaper and is credited with saving door open to answer questions, serve as the student newspaper in the 1980s after it published a string of controversial articles, which led to lawsuits. In 1996 he received the Minnesota Daily Alumni Association’s George Hage/Mitch Charnley Award of Excellence.

In 2009, Gillmor was awarded SJMC’s highest honor: its Award For Excellence, given by the SJMC Alumni Society Board. A well-published scholar on media ethics and law, Gillmor authored a number of books, including “Power, Publicity, and the Abuse of Libel Law” and “Free Press and Fair Trial” in 1966, as well as “Fundamentals of Mass Communication Law” in 1996. In summarizing Gillmor, Dicken-Garcia said it best: “There was – and will ever be – only one Don Gillmor.” On Feb. 14, 2013, Gillmor passed away at the age of 86 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease and other illnesses.

Opposite page, from top: Donald Gillmor; Gillmor with WCCO-TV’s Don Shelby at his 1998 retirement party. This page: Gillmor in his office in the basement of Murphy Hall. Photos courtesy of Silha Center archives.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sophie; daughter Vivian Cathcart; son Peter; and grandsons Steven Cathcart and Kevin and Geoffrey Gillmor. He is also survived by brothers Douglas and Alan. Murphy Reporter



Reporting the World Projects by assistant professor Giovanna Dell’Orto explore the role of foreign correspondents in international relations and border journalism With one book recently published, two books in the works and a summer session global seminar to plan and teach, assistant professor Giovanna Dell’Orto is having a busy year.

The book includes a forward-thinking perspective about the troubled present and future of foreign correspondence. In this chapter, Dell’Orto interviews current foreign editors in news organizations around the world, from The New York Times to Al Jazeera. “I wanted to apply lessons of history to see what the future may be for foreign correspondence,” Dell’Orto said. “I feel passionate about the need for people to learn about the world to make informed decisions.”

With the support of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and 10 other departments throughout the University, Dell’Orto and Birchfield were able to invite reporters, human rights advocates and academic researchers from across the U.S. as well as France, Italy, Mexico and the U.K. to Minnesota so that scholars could interact with professionals, and vice versa. “It was great watching these two groups interact,” Dell’Orto said. “It allowed scholars to interact with the professionals they were studying, and it allowed the professionals to see the bigger picture.”

The cover of the book (pictured right) features Associated Press reporter George Bria working by candlelight during a power outage in the AP’s Rome Bureau in 1946. Bria is now 98 years old and is included in Dell’Orto’s next book project, an oral history of AP foreign correspondents. The book, tentatively titled, “Bringing the World to America: An Oral History of Foreign Correspondence,” spotlights reporters who have covered everything from World War II to the Arab Spring.

From this conference, the book was born: Every person who attended is contributing a chapter. “It’s great to have this comparative perspective and to bring the dialogue to both the professionals and the scholars,” Dell’Orto said.

Dell’Orto received a grant-in-aid and a single semester leave for spring 2013 to travel the world — from Arizona to Morocco to Thailand — to hear reporters’ stories. “Talking to these reporters has been thrilling,” Dell’Orto said. “It’s amazing to see the recall that these reporters have, some who have been retired for a number of years, and the passion that they have. These are clearly people who believe in what they were doing and the value of what they do.”

To explore the topic further, Dell’Orto led nearly 15 students in May session 2013 on a study abroad global seminar to explore immigration issues in the Mediterranean, focusing on the borders of Spain and Morocco. “Students interviewed border patrol officers and Red Cross workers on the borders,” she said. “It was very much a reporting trip.” Issues regarding border immigration are similar across the globe, whether you’re at the intersection of Europe and Africa or the United States and Mexico. And it’s often foreign correspondents reporting at these borders and informing the world.

After a four-year process, “American Journalism and International Relations: Foreign Correspondence from the Early Republic to the Digital Era,” was published in March 2013. The book, released by Cambridge University Press, is a history of U.S. foreign correspondence from the 1840s to the present and its interplay with major foreign policy trends. Dell’Orto examined more than 2,000 news articles and the coverage of 20 world events to document the evolution of foreign correspondence in America.

Dell’Orto herself worked off and on at the Associated Press from 1999 to 2007, most recently covering immigration. For this project, she wanted to focus on the AP because in most scholarly work, other news outlets are the focus, despite the reach of the AP. “The AP really sets the agenda to inform the vast majority of the public,” she said. “The AP isn’t about the reporter, it’s about the story. I needed to convey that.” For her third book project, Dell’Orto has secured a book contract for Routledge’s series Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society. “Reporting at the Southern Borders: Journalism and Public Debates on Immigration in the U.S. and the EU” looks at how the practices of journalism help shape public debates over undocumented immigration. The book, slated for a fall 2013 release, stemmed from a grant Dell’Orto received from the University of Minnesota Center for German and European Studies to co-teach a graduate seminar about the topic with Georgia Tech political science professor Vicki Birchfield, who serves as co-editor of the book. The class inspired a conference in April 2012. 16 Murphy Reporter SPRING 2013

Dell’Orto hopes her research not only sheds light on the role of the Associated Press, but on the role of foreign correspondents in the media and global culture. “This is brand new research,” she said. “I wanted to provide a new theory of the influence of international news on international relations and foreign policy.” –S.H.

Award for Excellence National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths receives 2013 Award for Excellence At Spring Showcase on April 24, 2013, 1976 alumna Annie Griffiths received the School’s highest honor, the SJMC Alumni Society Board’s Award for Excellence.

Griffiths at Spring Showcase on April 24, 2013

One of the first female photographers for National Geographic, Griffiths is a pioneering photojournalist and women’s rights advocate.

Since then, she has traveled the world for National Geographic and, in 2008, published “A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel,” a photo memoir about her experiences traversing the globe with her two children. “My daughter was in 13 countries before she was born!” she proudly exclaimed.


Griffiths began her career as a photographer for the Worthington Daily Globe. While working in the darkroom there, she answered a phone call from the editor of National Geographic, who was looking for a photo of the area’s overnight hailstorm. Griffiths took the photos and later sent her portfolio to the magazine, which was looking to diversify its staff at the time. “It was a right place, right time kind-of-thing,” she told a luncheon gathering of students in Murphy Hall on the day of Spring Showcase. “I was lucky.”

Griffiths’ work has appeared in a number of publications, including LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian and Fortune. With acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver, Griffiths produced “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands,” a book that celebrates the wilderness of North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. In 2010, she published “Simply Beautiful Photographs,” which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Now, Griffiths is focusing on the nonprofit she founded, Ripple Effect Images. The organization, where Griffiths serves as executive director, is a collective of photographers working to tell the stories of women and girls in developing countries, especially as they deal with climate change. Griffiths travels the globe to photograph women and collect their stories. At Spring Showcase, Griffiths told the story of documenting women in India as they worked on lanterns that would light their communities. “The look on their faces and the pride they had for giving their community light for the first time — it was just a magical moment,” she said.

The Award for Excellence is given by the SJMC Alumni Society Board to a graduate of SJMC who has become a leader in his or her field. The Award has been given since 1980 to leaders in the advertising, public relations, journalism, photojournalism and journalism education fields. –S.H.

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Griffiths has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, The Associated Press, the National Organization of Women and the White House News Photographers Association. And, now, the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. “It’s so great to be here,” Griffiths said when addressing the crowd at Spring Showcase. “Being back in Murphy Hall has been like coming home.”


Celebrating Excellence

Annual event honors alumni achievements and student accomplishments On April 24, 2013, nearly 275 guests gathered at TCF Bank Stadium’s DQ Clubroom for Spring Showcase: A Celebration of Excellence, which celebrates student and alumni achievements and honors the generosity of donors. The event began with a cocktail hour and student showcase. Nearly 50 students were on-hand to discuss 20 projects created throughout the 2012-2013 school year. From magazines to iPad apps and strategic communication campaigns, every aspect of SJMC’s curriculum was represented. “It’s so much fun to be part of the showcase,” said broadcast student Arthur Nienhuis. “Getting to talk to people about the work you’ve created makes it that much more fulfilling.” The program began with SJMC director Albert Tims announcing highlights from the past year, including two students winning Hearst Awards and SJMC’s NSAC team winning its district competition, plus students participating in News21 and the Dow Jones News Fund Internship. Tims also recognized SJMC graduate student Holly Miller as the first student to complete the school’s M.A./ J.D. joint degree. SJMC student Drew Coveyou spoke about the importance of undergraduate scholarships. Coveyou, who is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Dave and Linda Mona Scholarship, spoke about his roles in the University, including his service on a search committee for the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and his role as treasurer for the University’s American Indian Student Cultural Center. “All of these roles are ways in which I serve the University community, and all are unpaid,” he said. “Receiving this scholarship will enable me to continue devoting my time to causes such as these and continue to be an active member of this community.” SJMC Ph.D. candidates and recipients of the 2012 Ralph D. Casey Dissertation Award


Elizabeth Housholder and Soyoon Kim spoke about the importance of graduate funding. “Being able to receive financial support as you complete research can be directly linked to the quality of the dissertation,” said Kim. “These financial awards help students devote themselves to their research and academic pursuits,” said Housholder. The event also honored alumni achievements. The SJMC Alumni Society Board announced the recipients of its Above the Fold Award, which honors alumni under the age of 40 who have shown exemplary accomplishments in their careers. The award went to Tim Blevins, senior writer at OLSON, Jessica Fleming, head of the food and restaurant beat at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vadim Lavrusik, journalist program manager at Facebook and Gabby Nelson, director of internal and external relations at Select Comfort. The evening closed with a keynote from National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths who received the SJMC Alumni Society Board’s Award for Excellence. Griffiths, who shared her remarkable photography with the audience, spoke about her experiences as a woman photographing around the world and her multicultural encounters. Griffiths is the executive director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers working to tell the stories of women and girls in developing countries. She spoke about her experiences with women through this organization and the deep obligation she feels to help them tell their story. “I have learned incredible things from these women,” she said. Griffiths shared an anecdote about an experience on a cattle farm in the western United States. She awoke to a beautiful morning and ran outside to take photos only to discover she was missing a crucial piece of clothing. “Find a career that makes you forget your pants!” she exclaimed. –S.H.

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1: Annie Griffiths. 2: Members of the 2012-2013 NSAC team in the photobooth. From left: Michelle Hum, Tanner Uselmann, Anastacia Economou, Aaron Thelen, Kelly Starkey, James Lager and Craig Nelson. 3: SJMC student Devan Grimsrud and Genevieve Courteau in the photobooth. 4: Ph.D. candidates Soyoon Kim and Elizabeth Housholder. 5: Griffiths with SJMC Alumni Society Board president Sarah Bauer. 6: SJMC students Bridget Bennett, Ichigo Takikawa, Emily Dunker and Amanda Snyder with Griffiths. 7: SJMC student Drew Coveyou. 8: SJMC mentor Trout Lowen speaks with Leah Smith of the Murphy News Service. 9: SJMC Alumni Society Board vice president Chad Haldeman with Above the Fold recipients Jessica Fleming, Tim Blevins and Gabby Nelson, and SJMC director Albert Tims. 10: Janice Bitters, recipient of the 2013-2014 Beverly Kees Scholarship, with Kate Parry of the Star Tribune. 11: Silha Professor Jane Kirtley, dual-degree graduate student Holly Miller, Helen Silha and SJMC assistant professor Amy Kristin Sanders. Photos by Mark Vancleave

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National Leader on Media Diversity Shares Best Business Practices CBS executive speaks at Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication’s Spring Forum

On April 2, 2013, SJMC welcomed Josie Thomas, Esq., as the keynote speaker at its first Spring Forum event for the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication. Thomas is the senior vice president and chief diversity officer for CBS Corporation in New York City. She works to increase the company’s record of diversity and has helped senior executives create and implement inclusion strategies. More than 100 invited guests — including members of the professional community as well as current and former students of the program — gathered in the Johnson Great Room at McNamara Alumni Center to hear Thomas speak about diversity in media organizations and CBS’s own diversity initiatives. Quoting CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Thomas said: “Diversity is just plain good business.” In her presentation, Thomas laid out CBS’s diversity efforts, which include leadership from the top; employee engagement; external engagement such as internships and a diversity showcase; dual purpose engagement; communications and branding around diversity; supplier diversity, including an awards program for suppliers; and establishing ongoing goals. “Our multidimensional strategy for inclusion is designed for one purpose, which is impact,” said Thomas. “You want to impact the industry both in front of and behind the camera. We want to impact opportunities at all levels in our organizations, and we want to impact engagement across the board.” During her two-day visit to the University of Minnesota, co-hosted by the SJMC Diversity Committee, Thomas met with multiple student groups, including students enrolled in Jour 4272W: Advertising in Society and Jour 5522: Law of Internet Speech. Thomas also met with graduate students interested in media law. Thomas is a Twin Cities native whose mother is former University of Minnesota Regent and civil rights trailblazer Josie Johnson.









1: WCCO news director Mike Caputa, Josie Thomas, WCCO anchor Angela Davis and WCCO vice president/general manager Brien Kennedy. 2: Rhonda Franklin, University of Minnesota associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 3: John Eighmey, director of graduate studies for the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication with Josie Johnson and Thomas. 4: Thomas addresses the crowd. 5: Micah Hines, Esq., general counsel for the Office of the Governor of the State of Minnesota. 6: Thomas with SJMC director Al Tims. 7: Cohort 5 member Ann Schmidt and Virginia Schmidt. 8: Eighmey introduces Thomas to the Forum’s enthusiastic crowd. Photos by Mark Vancleave

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From Fact to Fiction

Mystery author and former journalist Brad Parks talks about the connection between fiction and reporting


On April 18, 2013 former journalist and award-winning crime author Brad Parks spoke as part of a Minnesota Journalism Center (MJC) event that explored the connection between journalistic reporting and fictional writing. “The ability to tell stories sets the human species apart,” Parks said. “I spent my life developing a sense of what a good story is, and that translates to journalistic writing or fictional writing.” Parks admits many of his fictional ideas stem from the world around him. “Many of my characters and storylines aren’t far from real-life,” he said. He also spoke about how a reporter’s insistence on the truth can help when creating fiction. “When you’re telling a story, ‘something’ happened. Your job is to find the truth about the ‘something.’” But, for Parks, the transition into fiction wasn’t easy. “It took me a while to learn that it was OK to make stuff up,” he said. “I was definitely worried about angry letters,” he admitted. Parks talked about how freeing fictional writing can be and how having time to in-

vestigate a story is liberating if you’re used to the “grind” of daily journalism. “Telling the truth takes time, which you don’t always have with daily journalism,” he said. “When you’re writing a book, you have the time to investigate details and places that you might not have as a journalist at a newspaper.” Parks started his journalistic career at age 14 and founded a weekly sports newspaper he ran out of his dorm room at Dartmouth College. After graduating, he began a 20-year career in journalism before turning to fiction writing in 2008. He held reporting roles at The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. Parks’ most recent novel, “The Good Cop,” follows his perennial protagonist, investigative journalist Carter Ross through the world of gun smuggling. His former novels, also centered around Ross, are “Faces of the Gone,” “Eyes of the Innocent,” and “The Girl Next Door.” He is currently at work on his fifth Carter Ross mystery. –S.H.

Journalists Cover Conflict

10 years after start of the Middle East conflict, journalists share first-hand stories and reflections

On Feb. 26, 2013 — nearly 10 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom — the MJC welcomed a group of journalists who have covered the conflict to explore the effect of media coverage on the entire region. The talk was moderated by Professor William Beeman, chair of the University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology. Beeman helped set the stage by giving an overview of the state-of-affairs in the Middle East today. Following Beeman’s introduction, Reese Erlich, freelance journalist and author of “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” and “Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire,” spoke about the effect that American media coverage had during the tense era. Erlich was followed by a group of local journalists who worked on the ground in the Middle East in the decade after 9/11: Jeff Severns Guntzel, who reported for media website Electronic Iraq and Paul McEnroe, investigative reporter at the Star Tribune. –S.H.



1: Reese Erlich. 2: Jeff Severns Guntzel. 3: Professor William Beeman, chair of the University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology.


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“There is No Privacy in a Digital World”

By Cassie Batchelder Photos by Sarah Howard

Experts discuss digital privacy rights at Silha Center Spring Forum

When users log into their email accounts, some believe their communications are “private.” Others might not share that expectation, but think they are anonymous, because only their intended recipients are interested in their content. But to what extent can electronic information be used against them in court? At the Silha Center Spring Forum on March 13, 2013, experts discussed developments in “Digital Evidence: Privacy, Acquisition, Proof” before a crowd of nearly 100 attendees in 130 Murphy Hall. The panel included Mary Horvath, an FBI Senior Computer Examiner and Dick Reeve, General Counsel/Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney for computer crimes in Denver, Colo. Stephen Cribari, a professor of criminal and evidentiary law at the University of Minnesota Law School, moderated. Cribari began by asking whether individuals can expect privacy in their digital communications, such as email. “There is no privacy in a digital world,” Horvath replied. The panelists explained that when individu-

als use some online services, such as Google or Facebook, they agree to terms that allow the provider to give data to law enforcement. The panel also discussed how the United States courts have addressed privacy issues in recent years. According to the Supreme Court, “the expectation of privacy is based on what you keep secret,” Cribari said. He argued that keeping personal information secret is unpredictable and challenging in the Internet Age.

The panelists concluded by offering their differing views on privacy. Horvath contended that sacrificing a little privacy might be important for security reasons. Still, Reeve emphasized that when lawyers and other professionals question the government’s actions, it keeps government accountable. Reeve said, “Having people work hard and ask the tough questions is what makes the system work well.”

He then posed the question, “Do we need to rethink this secrecy approach to privacy in a digital world?” Horvath pointed out that mobile devices and cell phones are constantly communicating information, even without users’ knowledge. For example, cell phones often send out GPS information to websites and applications, even when the user is not using location services or aware that his or her location is being tracked. “Your cell phone is talking all the time,” Cribari said.



2 1: Dick Reeve. 2: Stephen Cribari fields a question from the audience while Mary Horvath looks on. 3: Cribari and Horvath listen to Reeve. 4: Attendees gather in Murphy 130.

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Ethics of Sports Journalism

By Brett Johnson Photos by Bill Kelley

Local journalists discuss ethical implications at Silha Center/SPJ Ethics Forum



At the 2013 Silha Center/SPJ Spring Ethics Forum, “Tebow, Te’o and Tiger, Oh, My!: Keeping Your Distance as an Ethical Sports Journalist,” five local sports journalists discussed the big ethical issues they face within their profession. Before an audience of about 50 in 130 Murphy Hall, the journalists shared their thoughts on such topics as sports reporters’ use of social media and recent stories that have raised ethical questions in sports journalism.

the heavy deadline pressures and need for colorful stories many sports journalists face. Long said he was happy the Minnesota Vikings, who many thought would draft Te’o, did not select the linebacker. “I did not want to deal with Te’o, because I would have had to ask the questions that viewers would have wanted me to ask, such as, ‘Hey Manti, so I know you’ve answered this question 200 times already, but can you tell our viewers about your fake girlfriend?’”

The event featured Charlie Armitz, sports editor of the Minnesota Daily; Chris Long, weekend sports anchor for KSTP-TV and anchor for ESPN Radio 1500 Twin Cities; Dawn Mitchell, anchor and sports reporter for KMSP-TV; Mike Rand, assistant sports editor for the Star Tribune; and David Brauer, a reporter for MinnPost who covers local media. Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law and director of the Silha Center, moderated the forum.

Another topic the panelists addressed was the ever-blurring line between factual and opinion-based reporting in sports journalism. Brauer said the blurring is part of a broader trend in journalism, but he added that beat reporters can boost their credibility by offering commentary on Twitter. Armitz said that the job of columnists is to entertain, but blogs and Twitter allow sports reporters to give more insight into their stories through casual commentary.

The journalists discussed the recent story that the purported girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o had been a hoax, a fact that major news media failed to discover for months. Mitchell said that she was not surprised so many journalists were duped, given

The Silha Spring Ethics Forum was supported by a generous endowment from the late Otto Silha and his wife, Helen, and was cosponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.




1: Charlie Casserly. 2: SJMC faculty member Chris Ison asks a question. 3: Chris Long of KSTP-TV and ESPN Radio 1500 Twin Cities, Dawn Mitchell of KMSP-TV and Mike Rand of the Star Tribune. 4: MinnPost’s David Brauer (left) speaks to the panel. 5: Silha Professor Jane Kirtley addresses the panel.

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SJMC’s National Student Advertising Competition team (pictured above) placed first at the district competition on April 13, 2013. The team’s campaign for Glidden paint will advance to the national competition, held in Phoenix at AAF’s National Conference in June 2013. The team was also recognized through separate judging for OLSON’s Strategy of Brand Champions (Best Integrated Campaign) and Anastacia Economou won the award for best female presenter. Two SJMC students placed in the Hearst Awards in 2012-2013. Katherine Lymn placed seventh in the Breaking News Competition for her Minnesota Daily story “Student in Facebook Case Found Dead.” Arthur Neinhuis was named a top five semi-finalist in the TV Features Competition with his University Report clips “Home Brewing” and “Food Trucks.” SJMC’s Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Team received Honorable Mention at the national competition in April 2013. Team members Brooke Dotson, Taylor Kippels, Megan Mell, Ryan Roddy and Allie Zeman researched, planned, implemented and launched a public relations campaign focused on bullying awareness. The Bateman Case Study Competition is PRSSA’s premier national competition for public relations students. Mark Vancleave was named 2012 College Photographer of the Year by the Minnesota News Photographers Association. At the association’s annual convention, Vancleave was also awarded twice in the Feature Photo category, while Erin Westover placed second and Veronica Ho received honorable mention. Vancleave also won first place for Portrait, second place for Spot News, second

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place for Sports, second place for Feature Story and first place for Sports Portfolio. In the College Multi-Media Feature category, Jeff Swiontkowski placed first and Nicola Losik placed second. The Society of Professional Journalists honored the Minnesota Daily with a number of Region 6 Mark of Excellence awards at its annual banquet on April 12, 2013. First place winners will move to the national Mark of Excellence competition taking place in late August. The Daily places in the “large” paper category. Branden Largent, Greta Kaul and Katherine Lymn won first place for Breaking News Reporting for their story “Bakdash Trial Coverage.” Katherine Lymn and Kaitlin Walker won third place for Featuring Writing for their story “From Facebook to Court: U Defends Discipline.” Derek Wetmore won first place for Sports Writing for his story “Economics of Athletics.” Megan Ryan won second place in the category for her story “U’s Outdoor Track Needs Millions in Renovations.” Mark Vancleave won first place in Breaking News Photography for “Face-off” and Sports Photography for “Focus.” He won second place for Feature Photography for “Another Side of Student Health.” Greta Kaul and Kyle Potter won second place for Online News Reporting for their story “Stuck in the Middle with U.” The staff was also recognized with first place for its website, second place for Editorial Writing and second place for Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper. At the Public Relations Society of America Minnesota Chapter’s annual Classics Awards, the 2013 PRSSA Student Classics Awards Finalists were announced. Laura Jollie won in News/Feature writing for her article “Study: Nearly 85 Percent of Campfire Burns in Children are From Day-Old Fires.” At the event, Jollie was also awarded the Dr. Willard Thompson Scholarship, sponsored by Minnesota PRSA. Lisi Arnstrom won in the New Media/Technology category for her social media campaign for The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter. Megan Ryan has been selected as a 2013 Dow Jones News Fund Intern. In summer

2013 she will work at The Journal News in White Plains, NY as a sports copy editor. Ryan is a sports reporter with the Minnesota Daily and has written for both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. The Dow Jones News Fund is a nationally recognized program that places students in assorted roles in newsrooms across the country. In fall semester 2012, SJMC students Alexandra Sobiech and Michael Zittlow worked with aerospace engineering student Anthony Kwan, computer science student Frank Bi and individualized studies student Alexander Holston to create “Teaching the World in Minnesota” for Minnesota Public Radio News. This in-depth, multimedia project explores the educational opportunities and challenges that immigration presents in Minnesota’s educational system. For more information, see “Students in the Newsroom” on page 8. Andrew Christina won two Awards of Merit at the Northwest Broadcast News Association Eric Sevareid Awards. He was awarded in the hard feature category for “KaJoog” and in the general reporting category for “Electronic Recycling.” On May 9, 2013, SJMC students enrolled in Jour 4991: WAM App presented their prototype for a content-rich iPad app for the Wesiman Art Museum. The app includes information about the museum as well as Minnesota artists and interactive content. “The work these students did and the app they created is truly remarkable,” said Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King. The students created a User/Developer’s Manual that WAM will now take to developers to create the app.

WAM students with instructor Camille LeFevre


Top Advertising Executive Joins SJMC

In fall 2013, Campbell Mithun CEO Steve Wehrenberg will join SJMC full-time as a teaching professor of strategic communication and as program director for the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication. Wehrenberg was involved in creating the program and has taught Generation and Selection of Communication Strategies since its inception in 2004. “I’ve felt a sort-of ownership and authorship to the program,” he said. “With my passion for teaching and respect for the contributions of this program to our corporate community, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lead it.” “I am delighted that such a highly experienced and successful business builder and leader will be joining us,” said John Eighmey,

the Raymond O. Mithun Chair of Advertising at SJMC and director of graduate studies for the Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication. “We are looking forward to taking this successful program to even greater heights, and Steve’s vision and extensive background as a business and communication leader will propel us forward.” Wehrenberg has been with Campbell Mithun for 31 years, transitioning through account leadership and strategic roles to become chief executive officer in 2007. Wehrenberg will remain at Campbell Mithun in a newly created role of non-executive chairman to guide the agency’s leadership shift, contribute to strategic planning and provide counsel to key clients. –S.H.

Ph.D. students Soyoon Kim and Elizabeth Housholder (pictured left) were named winners of the 2012 Casey Award. The award is given annually to Ph.D. students to help fund dissertation research. Housholder’s dissertation is titled, “Blocking the Bias: Testing the Effectiveness of Two-Sided Political Advertising in Overcoming Defense Motivated Responses to Politicians.” Kim’s dissertation is titled “Challenging Bipolarity in Persuasive Health Communication: Tests of the Activation Patterns and Consequences of the Avoidance-Approach Motivations Explaining Media Health Message Effects.”

Joint-degree student Cassandra Batchelder attended the Forum on Communication Law’s conference and media advocacy workshop. She was selected to be part of the University of Minnesota Law School’s National Moot Court team for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Ph.D. student Okhyun Kim and M.A. student Hyejin Kim won the American Academy of Advertising Conference Best Student Paper Award for “The Effect of Arousal Level and Image Presentation on Ad Element Recall.” Susan LoRusso and Chelsea Reynolds received a Kriss Grant for their study, “The Women’s Magazine Diet,” which explores how women’s health and beauty magazines use message frames, message topics and message sources to promote certain diet and exercise habits among their readers.

Patrick File has signed a contract for a tenuretrack position teaching communications law and policy at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, starting in fall 2013. He will defend his dissertation, “Bad News Travels Fast: The Telegraph and Syndicated Libel, 1890-1910,” in summer 2013. Soyoon Kim was awarded the University of Minnesota’s 2013-14 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award. Each graduate program in the University nominates its best dissertation proposal for the award. This year, only 151 fellowships were awarded across the University. The award includes a stipend for the entire academic year and travel grants to present research. Bob Larson published “Forgetting the First Amendment: How Obscurity-Based Privacy and a Right to Be Forgotten Are Incompatible with Free Speech,” in the winter 2013 issue of Communication Law and Policy, Vol. 18, No. 1. He also published “Online News Aggregators, Copyright, and the Hot News Doctrine,” in the Winter/ Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Media Law


Campbell Mithun CEO Steve Wehrenberg accepts leadership role with Professional M.A. in Strategic Communication

Steve Wehrenberg

and Ethics, Vol. 4, Nos. 1-2. Holly Miller (B.A., ’10) marks the first student to graduate from SJMC’s joint-degree program with the Law School. Miller, a former editor for the Minnesota Daily, completed her master’s degree in mass communication alongside her Juris Doctorate in three years. This summer, she will join Minneapolis-based law firm Fagre Baker Daniels as an associate in Trademarks, Copyright, Advertising and Media Group. Miller’s article “Homosexuality as Defamation: A Proposal for the Use of the ‘RightThinking Minds’ Approach in the Development of Modern Jurisprudence” was accepted for publication in Communication Law & Policy. Miller was awarded the Dick Goehler Scholarship by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communication Law. The scholarship covered her costs to attend the Forum’s 19th Annual Conference as well as the 17th Annual Media Advocacy Workshop, where she put her trial skills to practice against other young attorneys. Miller was a member of the University of Minnesota’s National Moot Court competition team, which won two awards at the regional conference in November 2012 and advanced to the national competition in New York City in January 2013.

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FACULTY NEWS JENNIFER BALL was awarded the American Academy of Advertising’s Research Fellowship for her project proposal, “The Role of Emotion and Involvement in Fair Balance of DTC Prescription Drug Advertising: Effects on Perceived Risk and Recall.” The fellowship is awarded annually to promote continued scholarship in the field of advertising. Awards are based on a competitive peer review of research proposals and intended to provide full or partial funding for significant, theoretically-driven research projects. Emeritus Professor RON FABER was presented with the American Academy of Advertising’s 2013 Ivan Preston Outstanding Contribution to Research on Advertising award, which honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of advertising through a systematic and sustained program of published research. KATHY HANSEN’s proposal, “ePortfolio 2.0: Networked Learning in CLA,” was selected for funding through the University of Minnesota Provost’s Office 2013 Enhancement of Academic Programs Using Digital Technology program. The addition of ePortfolio 2.0 to the curriculum in the journalism B.A. and the writing studies/technical communication B.S. programs will allow students to create a digital portfolio that demonstrates key abilities and activities in digital communication. JISU HUH was elected vice president of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA). She will serve for one calendar year starting in 2014. As vice president, she will coordinate AAA Conference papers and edit the Conference proceedings, process papers for the best paper award and serve on the Executive Committee of AAA. Huh’s co-authored paper “Korean Americans’ Prescription Drug Information Seeking and Evaluation and Use of Different Information Sources,” was published in the Journal of Health Communication.

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Huh presented three research papers at the AAA annual conference held in April in Albuquerque, N.M. The papers are “Playing the Game of Prescription Drugs: Educational Effects and Regulatory Implications of DTC Prescription Drug Advergames,” “Irritation and Ad Avoidance Behaviors: Influencing Factors in the Context of OTC Analgesic Advertising” and “The Effects of Message-Culture Congruency in Advertising Message Framing: The Case of PSA Promoting Preventive Health Exams Targeting Asian Women.” Huh participated in a special panel session, “Facing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities for Advertising as an Academic Discipline in a Globally Connected, Digital, and Changing Environment,” at the AAA Global Conference in Honolulu. Huh’s paper, “Information vs. Persuasive Effects of Advergames: Experimenting in the Context of Prescription Drug Advertising,” has been selected as one of the top papers of the International Communication Association (ICA) Game Studies Division. The paper was presented at the ICA annual conference in June in London. JANE KIRTLEY authored the chapter “‘It’s About Trust’: Should Government Intervene to Compel Disclosure in Social Media,” which appeared in Berrin Beasley and Mitchell R. Haney’s “Social Media and the Value of Truth,” published by Lexington Books in 2013. Kirtley chaired a discussion about the topic of Privileges for the Press at the Press Freedom Summit, held at the University of Oregon April 11-12, 2013. She will write the report reflecting the panel’s deliberations, which will be incorporated into a paper to be presented at the 2013 AEJMC Convention in Washington, D.C. in August. Kirtley delivered a lecture, “Press Freedom 2.0: Opportunities and Threats Around the World” at the Minnesota Chapter of’s Third Thursdays Global Issues Forum on Jan. 17, 2013 in Minneapolis. HEATHER LAMARRE has accepted a tenuretrack faculty position in the Department of Strategic Communication, School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.

SETH LEWIS co-authored “Content Analysis in an Era of Big Data: A Hybrid Approach to Computational and Manual Methods” in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,Vol. 57, Issue 1. Lewis also co-authored “Open Innovation in Digital Journalism: Examining the Impact of Open APIs at Four News Organizations” in New Media & Society,Vol. 15, Issue 2. Lewis published “The Tension between Professional Control and Open Participation: Journalism and its Boundaries” in Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 15, Issue 6, as well as “From Journalism to Information: The Transformation of the Knight Foundation and News Innovation” in Mass Communication and Society, volume 15 issue 3. AMY KRISTIN SANDERS, along with SJMC graduate student Holly Miller, presented “Revitalizing Rosenbloom: The Matter of Public Concern Standard in the Age of the Internet” at the 2013 Broadcast Education Association’s national conference in Las Vegas in April. The paper won the Top Paper Award in the Law Division’s Open category. Sanders was one of 20 leading communication/media scholars invited to participate in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Summit on Freedom of the Press in the Twenty-First Century, hosted by the University of Oregon. She was a member of the working group tasked with addressing issues related to privacy and the press. A report on the group’s findings will be presented at the 2013 AEJMC national conference in Washington, D.C. in August. Sanders’ co-authored article, “What about My Right to Privacy? A Case Study of Public Relations Professionals and Students Regarding the Screening of Social Media Profiles During the Job Interview Process,” was published in the Journal of Media Education in March 2013. Her co-author, Richard Waters, is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. In April 2013, Sanders was once again selected to present at MinneWebCon, a Minne-

FACULTY NEWS apolis-based conference designed for people who work with Internet and social media communication tools. Her workshop this year, Social Media Law Update: The Legal Landscape in Cyberspace, looked at issues related to organizational use of Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as employer social media policies. BRENDAN WATSON published “Mass Media and Perceived and Objective Environmental Risk: Race and Place of Residence” in The Howard Journal of Communication. The article was co-authored with his former colleagues at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Watson was one of 12 fellows selected to the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, held at Arizona State University

in January 2013. During the Institute, fellows worked on developing a proposal for a digital media start-up, while talking to successful entrepreneurs about developing business plans, building a successful start-up team and securing venture capital funding. By working on pitching digital media start-ups, the fellows could learn to guide students through the process, with the goal of developing a digital media entrepreneurship class at their home universities. Watson received AEJMC’s NafzigerWhite-Salwin Dissertation Award for the top dissertation in mass communication research. His dissertation is titled, “Is Twitter a Counter Public? Comparing Individual and Community Forces that Shaped Local Twitter and Newspaper Coverage of the BP Oil Spill.”

MARCO YZER was honored with the 2013 COGS Outstanding Faculty Award. The award allows University of Minnesota graduate students to nominate and recognize faculty who they feel do an outstanding job working with, advocating for and advising graduate students. It is the only University of Minnesota award where the winners are nominated and selected by graduate students.

Faculty Research Spotlight BRENDAN R. WATSON

Assistant Professor Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

By Sarah Howard


Community information needs, effect of community structure on public affairs reporting

Tell us about the research you’re working on.

I recently received a grant-in-aid to study bloggers in New Orleans, L.A. and the role they’re playing in starting a discussion about the city’s post-Katrina problems, particularly in the context of the decline of local news media. I’ll then look at this in the larger context of the citizen media movement across the country in other post-industrial cities like Oakland, Calif., Richmond, Va., Buffalo, N.Y. and St. Louis, M.O. These cities all have the “perfect storm” of citizen bloggers who discuss weighty issues, civic problems and the decline of civic media.

So how do you feel about bloggers acting as journalists for communities?

You have to take blogs on a case-by-case basis. A lot of blogging activity is now done by former journalists who want to keep writing about important issues in their communities. There is also a strong movement of bloggers who don’t have a traditional journalism background, but have a professional expertise and can create substantive, informative blogs. Yes, there is amateur reporting, but many amateur bloggers are reporting on issues of importance to their community. And blogs can go beyond journalistic purposes. Many blogs help residents relieve stress about local issues. We can’t be too dismissive of the value of self expression.

Congratulations on your Top Dissertation Award from AEJMC. Do you plan to continue that research? An ongoing interest of mine is the relationship between community structure and communication processes. In my dissertation, I looked at how community structure keeps certain civic issues from being discussed. Going forward, I want to turn that into a more positive model regarding community information needs — looking at how community structure influences community information needs. For example, is there a relationship between the number of families with school-aged children and a demand for education related information? If we can find relationships between community structure, measured with demographic data, and information needs, we can understand not only current needs but also use demographic techniques to project that population forward to understand future information needs and how well a community is situated to meet those needs.

How does your background in newspapers affect your research? I understand the role that a strong local news media can play in the civic life of a community. Because of my experience working at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, a lot of my research looks at disparities in access to local public affairs information and how that affects subcommunities. I hope my research improves the quality of public affairs information that communities have access to.

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ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES SJMC ALUMNI SOCIETY BOARD UPDATE It’s quite hard to believe that my time on the SJMC Alumni Society board is coming to a close. This marks my sixth year, serving alongside industry dynamos – award-winning journalists, creative directors, PR and advertising pros. I’ve learned a lot from my colleagues. But, more than anything, I’m proud of the work we’ve done together to give current SJMC students a look into the “real world” of journalism and strategic communication, and to honor alumni who’ve risen to the top of their fields. Over the course of the past six years, we’ve matched more than 300 SJMC students with professional mentors; we’ve recognized the important work of six alumni with the prestigious Award for Excellence (meeting photographer Annie Griffiths this year was especially exciting for me); and we debuted the “Above the Fold” award last year, to honor up-and-coming alumni. My experience at the SJMC did so much to shape the professional I am today, and I knew from the moment I got my diploma, I wanted to stay involved and give back. If you are inspired to give back to SJMC, I encourage you to do so by mentoring a student, serving on the Alumni Society board or finding other ways to share your talent and experience with students and alumni. Sarah E. Bauer (B.A. ’06) SJMC Alumni Society Board President

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REED ANFINSON (B.A., ’77) has been chosen as the 23rd recipient of the Defense of the First Amendment Award by the faculty of the Department of Mass Communications at St. Cloud State University. Anfinson is owner/publisher of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson, Minn. and immediate past president of the National Newspaper Association and past president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. SANJAY ASTHANA (PH.D., ’03), associate professor of journalism at Middle Tennessee State University, published “Youth Media Imaginaries from Around the World” in September 2012. The book demonstrates how young people create personal and social narratives using new and old media. MARK BAUMGARTEN (B.A., ’01) has been named editor-in-chief of the Seattle Weekly. Most recently, he served as editor-at-large at City Arts in Seattle. Baumgarten has also held roles as executive editor for Sound and City Arts magazines in Seattle and as music editor of the Williamette Week in Portland, Ore. GREGORY A. BORCHARD (M.A., ’99), an assistant professor at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at University of Nevada-Las Vegas, received the 2012 Annual Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Journalism History at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, The Civil War and Free Expression. The award is named after SJMC emerita professor and Borchard mentor Hazel Dicken-Garcia. GREG BREINING (B.A., ’74), along with his wife Susan Binkley, has started Breeze Communication Arts, which helps tell stories through words and graphics. The company produces infographics, magazine and newsletter designs, annual reports and white papers. PETER GLOVICZKI (PH.D., ’12) began a tenuretrack position as an assistant professor of communications at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. He also recently published his first full-length collection of poetry, “Kicking Gravity” (Salmon Poetry, 2013). SHELTON A. GUNARATNE (PH.D., ’72) has published a 1,000-page autobiographical triology which looks at different dimensions of Gunaratne’s life including his rural upbringing in Sri Lanka, his life as a teenager coming to

America, the travels of his family and his life as a journalist. ERIC HANSEN (B.A., ’05) is a copywriter at space150 and is also working with Mobile Data Solutions to conceive, develop and promote mobile apps. ROBERT JENSEN (PH.D., ’92) has published “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog.” The book draws on Jensen’s decades of classroom experience and community organizing to share strategies for how to challenge conventional wisdom in order to confront of the crises of our time. Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. DOUGLAS KILLIAN (B.A., ’82) was awarded the Friend of Tourism award by the Minnesota Office of Tourism on Feb. 13, 2013. Killian, who is director of international tourism at the Mall of America, received the award for his contributions to the Minnesota travel and tourism industry. TOM KRATTENMAKER (B.A., ’83) is a contributing columnist for USA Today specializing in religion in public life. In April 2012, he published his second book, “The Evangelicals You Don’t Know.” NANCY SMILER LEVINSON (B.A., ’60) has published “Moments of Dawn: A Poetic Memoir of Love & Family, Affliction & Affirmation.” Having written 28 books for young readers, this is her first adult book, a narrative of her journey through years of caregiving for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as her own battles with breast cancer. DAVID MCCOY (B.A., ’08) has joined WCCO-TV as a sports reporter and producer. Previously, he was a sports anchor and reporter at WSBT in South Bend, Ind. DAVID PERLMUTTER (PH.D., ’96) will become the dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University starting July 1, 2013. Since 2009 he has been the director at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. MARK PLENKE (M.A., ’89) joined the journalism and public relations department at California State University-Chico in fall 2012 as a professional-in-residence for news and adviser

ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES to The Orion student newspaper. Since 2002 he has taught journalism and advised the student newspaper at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

KAYLEE UNVERZAGT SKAAR (B.A., ’09) was promoted to communications director for the Hawaii State House of Representatives Republican Caucus.

PATRICK PUCKETT (B.A., ’12) is a web content coordinator for Elkay Manufacturing in Waconia, Minn.

JASON SPRENGER (B.A., ’02) has started Game Changer, an Apple Valley-based, full-service public relations agency that provides media relations, brand management, internal communications and strategic communications counsel.

KATE RADDATZ (B.A., ’11) has joined WCCO-TV as a reporter. Previously, she was a news reporter at WBAY-TV, an ABC affiliate in Green Bay, Wis. The University of Minnesota has established an award in honor of MARGOT SIEGEL (B.A., ’44). The Margot Siegel Design Award is intended to bring innovative designers to the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University for workshops and public lectures. Siegel is a longtime supporter of the Museum and founded Friends of the Goldstein and the Margot Siegel Apparel Care Fund. WILL SHAPIRA (B.A., ’58) provides volunteer communications assistance to the Minnesota Green Party, Veterans for Peace, Women Against Military Madness, the Twin Cities Jazz Society and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Documentary photographer LORI WASELCHUK (B.A., ’89), whose award-winning monograph “Grace Before Dying” was published in 2011 by Umbrage Editions, has received the 2012 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has also begun work on her next project titled “The Captains,” which documents volunteer block captains in Philadelphia as they work to solve problems and rally their communities. BIRGIT WASSMUTH (M.A., ’76; PH.D., ’83) was named director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. Most recently, Wassmuth was the chair of the department of communication at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta.

MINNESOTA DAILY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE The MDAA had a successful spring semester. In March, we awarded two Daily staff members with $1,000 scholarships. Kelsie Klaustermeier and Megan Ryan were recognized for their contribution to the Daily and their academic excellence. In April, we held our annual spring fundraising event at Indeed Brewing Company in Minneapolis. We had a great turn-out, and I want to thank everyone who attended the event. The team at Indeed Brewing Company were fantastic hosts – everyone had a great time! And most importantly, we were able to raise money to help contribute to our scholarship fund. We look forward to making next year’s event an even larger success. To keep up-to-date on events related to the MDAA, connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (@mndailyalumni) or LinkedIn. Lindsey Shirey (B.A. ’05) MDAA president

SJMC Alumni Honored with the College of Liberal Arts’ Alumni of Notable Achievement Award On March 28, 2013, four SJMC alumni received CLA’s Alumni of Notable Achievement Award. Recipients are selected by CLA alumni, faculty and staff. Less than one percent of the College’s graduates earned this reward. Steve Bergerson (B.A., ’70) is one of the nation’s leading trademark attorneys with Minneapolis-based Fredrikson & Byron. He has been involved in registering and protecting more than 3,000 trademarks in more than 80 countries. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” for 20 consecutive years and created the Twin Cities’ first advertising law practice in 1974. Tom Dupont (B.A., ’67) has been the principal/account director at Kazoo Branding in Minneapolis for nearly 15 years. He has introduced products, managed franchise

cooperatives, developed corporate identities and helped clients implement branding strategies. Formerly, he worked at Martin Williams for more than 20 years in the vice president and managing director roles. Tina Karelson (B.A., ’85) is president of creative at Risdall Advertising Agency, where she is instrumental in creative department strategy, new business efforts and creative troubleshooting. She began at Risdall in 1986 as the only copywriter on staff and has since held such roles as associate creative director, vice president/creative director and EVP/group creative director. She has held her

current role since January 2010. Scott Meyer (B.A., ’04) heads Scott Meyer Consulting, where he provides strategic communications consulting and implementation for a number of clients. He is a founding member of the Twin Cities agency Mona Meyer McGrath (later Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin). In 1988, the agency, by then the largest public relations firm in Minnesota, was acquired by Weber Shandwick. Meyer served as CEO of Weber Shandwick International, and, later, chief strategy officer. Meyer has most recently held roles at the University of Minnesota, including senior counselor to the office of University President Eric Kaler and interim president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. –S.H. Murphy Reporter




Four Alumni Honored with 2012-13 Above the Fold Award The Above the Fold Award honors alumni with distinguished careers before the age of 40.

“Tim is a creative visionary. His work speaks for itself.” –Nominator Tim Blevins (B.A., ’02) is a senior writer at OLSON. His work in copywriting and advertising creative includes campaigns for brands such as Red Wing Shoes, Subaru and Yahoo!. Blevins, who also received his portfolio certificate from Miami Ad School, created such campaigns as Jack Links’ “Sasquatch” and “Yearbook Yourself.” He has received Adweek’s Buzz Award, as well as the Effie and accolades from The One Show. Blevins previously held roles at Carmichael Lynch and Colle + McVoy.

Tim Blevins Jessica Fleming (B.A., ’98) has worked at the Pioneer Press for nearly 15 years and has held a number of roles including copy editor, Sunday news editor, presentation team leader and reporter. Now, Fleming is in-charge of the paper’s food and restaurant beat and has worked to engage readers by using social media channels. She has been honored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists for her writing and reporting.

Jessica Fleming “Jessica is a force to be reckoned with.” –Nominator

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“Vadim helps key journalists maximize their storytelling presence online. He is a leader and a public servant.” –Nominator Vadim Lavrusik (B.A., ’09) is the journalism program manager at Facebook. In this role, he bridges the gap for journalists and social media channels. Previously, Lavrusik was the community manager and social media strategist at Mashable and worked on social media at The New York Times. Lavrusik also serves as an adjunct instructor teaching social media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2012, College Media Matters named Lavrusik’s one of the 20 Must-Follow Twitter Feeds for Student Journalists.

Vadim Lavrusik Gabby Nelson (B.A., ’03) is the director of internal and external relations for Select Comfort. In this role, she oversees all communications functions for the brand, including employee communications, crisis communications and digital channels. Nelson serves as a close adviser to Select Comfort executives and implemented an employee engagement program that has been credited with helping the company grow. Previously, Nelson held roles at Exponent Public Relations, Fleishman-Hillard and Weber Shandwick.

Gabby Nelson “Gabby is a high-energy, give-credit-where-credit-is-due executive.” –Nominator


CHANGING LIVES THE STORY OF GIVING Herbert B. Elliston directed the editorial pages of the Washington Post from 1940 to 1953, the years in which the Post first achieved international recognition for the intelligence, integrity and effectiveness of its editorial voice. Due to a crippling stroke, Elliston retired to an associate editorship in 1953. Ms. Hilma Eckstrand, a St. Paul native, was employed by Mr. Elliston in 1941, and cared for Mr. Elliston and his two sons until his death in 1957. Her admiration for Mr. Elliston led her to establish an endowed scholarship in his memory.

HOW GIVING HELPS For my junior year, I received the Elliston Scholarship, and that really helped me this year because I had a lot of things going on with working at the Minnesota Daily, the Pioneer Press and at the Star Tribune. I also received the Dow Jones News Fund Internship for the summer at The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y. Without that scholarship I wouldn’t have been able to focus on my academics and these professional pursuits as well as I did. –Megan Ryan, 2012-2013 recipient The Elliston Fund has helped me focus on my master’s thesis, which I finished in 2010, and it gave me the time I needed to get it done in a timely manner and to stay on track. Most recently, I actually had twins, and so being able to be secure in the fact that I have funding has enabled me to continue and to not fall behind and to get my work done, and I’m now working on my dissertation. I’ve also submitted a number of papers to conferences this year, so having that funding has really helped me to continue on focusing on scholarship even when I had other things on my plate. –Ruth DeFoster, 2012-2013 and 2010-2011 recipient I received a gift from the Elliston Fund my senior year of college. At that time I was working on preparing and completing an honor’s thesis and working toward graduating summa cum laude, which I did, thanks to the support I received from this scholarship. I was able to place my focus solely on my studies and on my work on my thesis and on other projects that went with my senior year. It was a really big gift to me, having that extra time that the scholarship allowed me. –Sarah Bauer, 2005-2006

MEDIA ETHICS NEVER MORE IMPORTANT THAN NOW Friends, On page 14 you read of Professor Don Gillmor’s amazing legacy. What an incredible intellectual leader he was in helping to shape our thoughts and policies about media ethics. As I write this the headlines are dominated by ethical questions of all sorts: IRS probes, sexual harassment in the military, questions of what happened in Benghazi, and on and on. It’s not just on the U.S. national scene; it’s international and local as well. If ever we needed more people studying, researching and commenting on the legalities and ethics of media work it’s now. We are fortunate to have Jane Kirtley as one of the preeminent scholars in the field leading the Silha Center in its work. But Don’s recent passing is a powerful reminder that our work as educators of future journalists and journalism instructors and researchers is an important role, one that requires support for graduate students in the field. That’s why I’m so pleased to share with you the news that we have created the Donald M. Gillmor Fellowship in Media Ethics. Thanks to memorial gifts from many of you, we have already reached the first threshold of $25,000 to endow this fellowship and we are eager to build upon that success. Won’t you join us in honoring Don by making a gift in his honor? You can do so easily online by going to Mary Hicks Director of External Relations College of Liberal Arts 612-625-5031 Murphy Reporter





With gratitude, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of the many donors to the SJMC. The Presidents Club includes donors who have contributed over $10,000 to the school over a lifetime, and the Heritage Society includes those individuals and organizations that have pledged a future gift to the school. We are also grateful to all of our 2012 donors, listed below. The strength of our school and our evolving programs depends on your ongoing support.

2012 Presidents Club Members $10 million+


Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. and The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation

3M Company and 3M Foundation Brian E. Anderson* Ann & Thomas L. Friedman Charitable Fund Helen V. Beggs* Harold* & Phyllis* Conrad Ellen R. Costello* Cowles Media Company Michael A. Donner* Eastern Enterprises Norma C. & John R.* Finnegan, Sr. Thomas L. & Ann Friedman Herman F. Haeberle* Bette M. Hammel Ronald N. & Carol A. Handberg Patricia J. Heikenen* Hazel H.* & John* Helgeson Allan A. Hietala Deborah L. Hopp Wendy F. Horn John S. & James L. Knight Foundation Clayton Kaufman* Joseph* & Jacqueline* Kinderwater Mark R. Kriss KSTP AM/FM & TV DJ Leary & Linda L. Wilson Serge E. Logan Lester A.* & Lorraine K.* Malkerson Midwest Communications Inc. Strother Communications Group Charles B. Sweningsen Joyce L. & Daniel F. Wascoe, Jr. William Randolph Hearst Foundation

$1 million+ Elizabeth B.* & John* Cowles, Sr. Otto A.* & Helen F. Silha William D. Wells $500,000-$999,999 Herbert Berridge Elliston Memorial Fund Doris B.* & Raymond O.* Mithun Star Tribune and Star Tribune Foundation Raymond J. & Elvira A.* Tarleton $100,000-$499,999 Paul S. Brainerd China Times Cultural Foundation David C. & Vicki B. Cox David D. Floren Freedom Forum Neil D.* & Jeanne K.* Freeman Audrey H. Kinney Joel R. & Laurie M. Kramer Carol E. Ladwig* Joan* & Robert W. Owens Reader’s Digest Foundation Jane & Bernard H.* Ridder, Jr. Dr. R. Smith Schuneman & Patricia Ward Schuneman Vincent Bancroft Shea* Star Tribune and Star Tribune Foundation St. Paul Pioneer Press WCCO AM/TV-WLTE FM Mark* & Muriel Wexler $50,000-$99,999


Adath Jeshurun Congregation Keith H.* & Martha S. Anderson Kenneth G. Brown* Stan W. Carlson* The Century Council Inc. Charles K. Porter Porter Creative Services Inc.

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American Broadcasting Co. Inc. Asian American Journalists Association of Minnesota Linda K. Berg Lily T.* & Walter H.* Brovald Campbell Mithun

Presidents Club Charter Members Virginia D. & Robert W. Campbell Mithun Carlson, Jr. Gus Cooper* Lynn Casey & Mike Thornton William Randolph Hearst Gus L.* & Shirley G.* Cooper Foundation DDB Needham Worldwide Inc. Graham Hovey* Professor Hazel F. Dicken-Garcia William H. & Madoline D.* Kelty Elizabeth D. Edmonds* Falsum V. Russell* Fast Horse Inc. Michael Soffin Harvey & Gail Dryer Goldberg Victor N. Stein* Willard A.* & Doris A.* Greenleaf John Wiley & Sons Inc. William F.* & Patricia M.* Greer Milton P. Woodard* Kathleen A. Hansen Heritage Society Members Gladys L.* & Robert W.* Hefty Future gifts of any amount Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Mary J.* & Graham B.* Hovey Brian E. Anderson* Jerome Foundation Martha S. & Keith H.* Anderson John & Mary R. Markle Foundation Helen V. Beggs* John Wiley & Sons Gertrude L. Berndt KTCA/KTCI Public Television Kenneth G. Brown* Sam H. Kaufman* Stan W. Carlson* William H. & Madoline D.* Kelty James D. Catalano Steven P. Krikava & Linda A. Singer Harold* & Phyllis* Conrad Don R. & Carole J. Larson Ellen R. Costello* Howard & Roberta Liszt Michael A. Donner* Mary N. Mullaney* Elizabeth D. Edmonds* The New York Times Co. Foundation Norma C. & John R.* Finnegan, Sr. Janell M. Pepper Neil D.* & Jeanne K.* Freeman Photo Marketing Association Sheila M. Gothmann International Cathy J. E. Gustafson Jorg A. & Angela M. Pierach Herman F. Haeberle* Harold J. Roitenberg Gladys L.* & Robert W.* Hefty Falsum V. Russell* Patricia J. Heikenen* S. C. Johnson Fund Clayton Kaufman* Selwoc Inc. Joseph* & Jacqueline* Kinderwater Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Carol E. Ladwig* Norma B.* & James A.* Smutz Don R. & Carole J. Larson Michael & Betty Anne Soffin Serge E. Logan Victor N. Stein* Sandra K. Nelson James M. Sternberg & Marsha E.* Carol L. Pine Sternberg-May Falsum Russell* Patrick J. Strother & Patricia Henning Vincent Bancroft Shea* Tunheim Partners B. Warner* & Elizabeth P. Shippee Dare L.* & William F.* White Norma B.* & James A.* Smutz Milton P. Woodard* Raymond J. & Elvira A.* Tarleton William D. Wells John W. Wheeler Elizabeth A. & Thomas C. Yuzer

DONOR REPORT 2012 Donor Roster Thank you to these supporters who made a gift between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 More than $25,000 Kenneth G. Brown* Herbert Berridge Elliston Memorial Fund Clayton Kaufman* $10,000-$25,000 Ann B. & Thomas L. Friedman Family Foundation Helen V. Beggs* Thomas L. & Ann Friedman Don R. & Carole J. Larson Sigma Delta Chi Fdn Star Tribune $5,000-$9,999 Judith Conrad John S. & James L. Knight Foundation Mark* & Muriel Wexler Foundation Janell M. Pepper Muriel & Mark* Wexler $1,000-$4,999 3M Company and 3M Foundation A C B L Charity Foundation Corp Adath Jeshurun Congregation Dawn C. & Stephen V. Audette Lynn Casey & Mike Thornton James D. & Kathryn A. Catalano Fast Horse Inc. General Mills Foundation Miriam Greiner Simmons Miriam R. Hernandez Steven P. Krikava & Linda A. Singer KSTP AM/FM & TV Land O’Lakes Faoundation Serge E. Logan Meridian International Center Minnesota Vikings Children’s Fund Jorg A. & Angela M. Pierach S. C. Johnson Fund Tunheim Partners Inc. The Walt Disney Co. Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundation $500-$999 C. P. Charitable Gift Fund Steven N. Dzubay Brian R. Gabrial Bruce R. Gefvert Debra L. Nelson Jon F. Scheid

Michael L. & Betty A. Soffin John W. Wheeler $100-$499 AT&T Foundation Jean B. & Milton E.* Adams Kathleen & Mathew L. Albrecht Susan M. Alnes Margaret G. & E. Stephen* Alnes Michael H. Anderson Leroy R. Anderson Frank L. Anton Abraham Z. Bass Fred B. Bauries Paula M. Bilitz Burton H. Boersma Steven C. Brandt & Lynda M. Mc Donnell Kari Breen & Richard A. Forschler Gregory D. Breining Mary Beth Bremer Donald F. Brod Jeff A. Brueggeman Walter K. & Judith A. Bunge Thomas F. Burke Don R. Casey Jennifer A. Church Patricia K. Cullen Karen Dahlen Thomas M. DeFrank Dirk G. DeYoung Hazel F. Dicken-Garcia Deanna J. Diebold & Kevin J. Yellick Richard L. Dillon Thomas H. Dupont Katherine G. Eaton Marilyn & Marvin Eckerle John A. & Margaret Ernste Paulette M. & Stephen Filing Stephen R. Fisher Roy G. Foltz James L. & Michelle A.* Foster Eugene C. Frazer Howard M. Fulk Laura A. Gallenberger Marilyn M. Gates Emanuel P. & Cecilie J. Gaziano Jeffrey H. Gilkinson Robert J. & Nancy C. Goodman Darlene A. Gorrill Olive J. Greeley Nancy & Judson A. Grenier James B. Gustafson Diana L. Harvey David M. Herman Michael E. Hill Elizabeth B. & Douglas B. Hindman John B. & Tracy R. Hoeft Marilyn Hoegemeyer

Charles B. Holmes Jack W. Peters & Bettina M. Luskey Doris P. & John R. Hosfield Richard J. & Virginia K. Plaisance Patrick C. Howe & Heidi M. Freeman Duane A. Rasmussen Susan E. Hudson Sally A. & Charles H. Rix Todd T. & Karli Jo* Hunt Richard L. Robertson Robert F. Ingrassia James C. Robertson Arnold H. Ismach Juan C. Rodriguez Lynne K. Jacobson Telly E. & Daniel W. Rowbotham Pamela K. Jennings David B. Royle Gregory L. Johnson Terrance T. Ruane Janice I. & Russell V. Johnson Betty B. Ryan Mark L. Johnson Cierra L. Sather-Jennings Burt Kees Christina M. Schroeder Scott R. & Michelle C. Kegler Inez M. & Lyall A. Schwarzkopf Rolf M. & Marcia L. Kemen Robert E. Sheldon James J. Klobuchar Dianne L. Sivald Darrel E. Koehler Nancy E. Slator Marielle M. Lachambre Mary V. & Everett G. Smith Lynette M. Lamb Connie M. Smith Patrick C. & Mary C. Larkin Harvey Spelkoman Douachee Lee Paul M. Sponholz Thomas M. & Rhoda G.* Lewin David E. Steen Brian R. Louis Tavis D. Strand Barbara E. & Roland C. Lovstad Lester I. & Joan Strouse Catherine A. Luther Thomas Suddes Judith K. Mack Elizabeth R. & Paul C. Susie Brad F. Madson Thomas H. & Arlene M. Swain Cynthia S. Markle Gerald R. & Helen L. Taft L. John & Lois A. Martin Herbert A. Terry Marjorie L. Martin Sally A. Thompson Margaret F. Maunder Tom Dupont & Associates Inc. Craig McCaa Ultimate Tanning Salon of Faribault Robert R. & Susan L. McCloughan Ben B. Underwood John S. & Theresa R. McKeon Caryn C. Vesperman Margaret J. Meier Joy D. Viola Messerli & Kramer P A Thomas W. & Melody S. Volek Philip C. Meyer Beth L. Wagner Voigt Jonathan E. Miller & Ingrid A. Donna M. Weispfenning & Robert Sanden K. Groger MN Chair in Long-Term Care & Donald M. & Beth A. Westphal Aging Brent P. Westra Melva D. Moline Jodi L. Williamschen & Michael C. Steven A. & Valerie S. Morawetz Dickens MTS Systems Corp Kristi M. & Douglas D. Carol J. & James E. Mulligan Youngdahl Randall L. Murray Less than $100 Ann K. Nachtigal Mary Y. Nelson Brian M. Abbe Kathryn A. Nelson Linda Adler-Kassner & Scott G. Daniel A. Ness & Mary L. Bolla Kassner Network for Good William A. Allard Mary E. Niforopulos Evelyn H. & John R. Anderson Ferne M. Noreen Robert E. Anderson James P. & Judith A. O’Donnell Jason Anschutz Anne M. & Christopher* Obst Janice H. Apple Kimberly L. Olson Ellen M. Archer Catherine A. Paulson Kirsten N. Armbruster Barbara J. Pearson Douglas D. Armstrong Eric C. Pehle Alyssa Atkins Lisa J. & David G. Peters Donan B. Auley

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DONOR REPORT Diane B. Bain Joy L. Baker Donald G. & Naren C. Bauer Patricia Y. Beety Marcia F. & Gary D. Belisle Alan B. Benson Beverly M. Bethune Theodore D. Blumberg Kathleen I. Boxmeyer Jill M. Braaten Cheryl L. Brandner Patrick D. Brettingen Paul S. & Jane Brissett Molly K. Broman Carleton W. & Jean A. Brookins Dorothy T. Bruer Matt D. Burgess James C. Butts Michael R. Campbell Amy A. Carney Philip C. Carruthers Dorothy T. & Bernard A.* Casserly Anne S. Christianson Delane D. Cleveland Marcia G. & Richard Cornfeld Thomas P. Costello Gordon P. & Joyce E. Dahlen Marjorie E. Daniels Linda M. Deml-Drahota Kevin M. Deshler Lynn M. & Robert E. Drechsel Michelle A. Dykoski Eileen M. Everett Georgia A. Ewing David W. Fant Renee & Kevin E. Fee Jane S. Feinberg-Kaplan Nancy J. Fox Robert C. Fransen Helen R. Friedlieb Shireen K. Gandhi Gannett Foundation Sharon C. Gauthier Elaine P. Geelan Krista M. Giuffi Judi G. Gleeman Steven L. & Barbara A. Goodspeed Celine M. Graham Jeffrey P. Grosscup Donald Grussing Philip F. & Susan M. Gulstad

Jane V. & Kevin G. Gutknecht Richard P. Hames Donald O. & Lisa K. Hamnes Suzanne M. Hart Nancy Q. Hartzler Daniel R. Haugen Keely E. Herron Ramona Hess* Lisa L. Hills Robert A. Hoblit William R. Hoffman Ted C. Hoffstrom David C. Holmberg Wayne D. Hoshal Deborah M. Hudson & Rick Pallansch Megan C. Ireland Cassandra J. & Michael H. Jackson Susan M. Jasan Leo W. Jeffres Paul R. & Linda K. Jennings Linda K. Jenny Harlan R. Johnson Robert P. Johnson Frederic J. & Jeanne L. Johnson Lillian C. & Edmund E.* Johnson John A. Kerans Mary Ann Knox Katherine A. Knudson Robert L. Koepcke Kristin A. Kolaszewski John P. Kostouros Carmela S. Kranz Robert K. & Dale J. Krishef Barbara A. Kucera Marit Lee Kucera John D. Kuhne Landscape Creations By S. Jasan Chelsey L. Larson Gary L. Larson Konnie M. Le May & Robert A. Berg Marilyn M. Legacy Darren S. Leno Jane E. Leonard & Loretto G. Lippert Andrew Leonard Sharon D. Lesikar Philip M. Lewenstein Dennis Lien Kim O. Lindahl Sherman A. & Lorraine F. Lindell George J. Lockwood* Linnea E. Lose

Gerald F. & Janet Madison Marcy & Rick Cornfeld Charitable Fund Market Mapping Plus LLC Gail E. Marks-Jarvis Ryan D. & Stacy May Cheryl C. Mc Callister Colleen J. Mc Carty-Gould Robert J. Mc Kenzie Meredith A. McNab Patricia J. Meads David G. Mellen Marc Meltzer Doris B. Menozzi Ann M. Merrill Allen D. Merry Joan M. Meyer Dawn E. Mitchell Todd H. Mixer Elissa M. Mizia M. Teresa Montahan & Mark A. Plenke Matt H. Moody Amie J. Moonan Callie C. Myers Thomas E. Nelson Katherine A. Nelson Becky S. Nelson Lori G. & David M. Noel Bonita G. & Wallace W. Norlander Glen J. Nowak & Kay M. Nagel Teresa M. Nye Rosemary O’Brien Michael W. & Sally A. Olander Bao Ong Joan E. Ostrin David A. Pedersen Chelsey M. Perkins Alana R. & Alan M. Perper Nina R. Petersen-Perlman Andrea L. & Michael J. Phillips Cynthia K. Pichotta Kaitlyn S. Pladson Lisa K. Pogoff & Jeffrey J. Zuckerman Karen K. Potter William P. & Sally B. Pratt John A. Pribek Pamela L. Ramsay Conrad A. Razidlo Roger W. & Jennifer B. Redmond John P. Richards

Jim A. Richstad* Karen A. Ritzenhoff Connie L. Rupp Gerald H. & Cheryl M. Rushenberg Phillip L. Sandahl David R. Schuh Lynn E. & Mark O. Schwartz Matthew D. Schwarz Securian Foundation Elaine I. Sestak Michael R. Sigelman Mia K. Signorino Joseph Silbert Raymond C. Sinclair Ginger L. Sisco Joan M. Strimling Edward B. Swain & Mary E. Keirstead Charles B. Sweningsen Zixue Tai Tausha R. Taylor Deanna L. Thompson Sandra K. Tobin Nicole A. Tommerdahl Red Townsend Lesa M. Van Regenmorter Eugene E. Von Mosch David J. Vrieze William M. Wachtler Karen D. Waters John B. Webster Thomas P. Weigel Wells Fargo Foundation Anthony J. Welsch Dyan Williams Thomas H. & Dolores E. Wilson Susan M. Wolf David P. Woodworth Karen J. Wright Suzanne M. Yerg David A. Zarkin * denotes deceased PLEASE NOTE: We make every effort to ensure that this list is accurate and up-to-date. If you have comments, questions or corrections, please contact the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts External Relations Office at 612-625-5031 or

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IN MEMORIAM Virginia (Menning) Buterbaugh (B.A., ’42) passed away on June 23, 2012 at the age of 94 in Des Moines, Iowa. Virginia “Lib” was born in Wilmington, N.C. and spent the early years of her life there before meeting her husband Eugene William Menning. Together, they traveled as Gene’s Army service took them around the world, including Alabama, Japan and Florida. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gene, and is survived by her two children, Michele Stegh of Des Moines, Iowa and Eugene William Menning Jr. (Sue) of Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren: Kyle Stegh, Scott Stegh, Sara Sherman and Jennifer Menning-Gochenouer and eight great-grandchildren. Donald Gillmor (M.A., ’50; Ph.D., ’61), University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication Professor Emeritus, media ethics and law scholar and esteemed educator passed away on Feb. 14, 2013 at the age of 87. See page 14 for more information about Gillmor’s life and contributions to the field of journalism and media ethics and law. To honor Gillmor’s legacy, the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota has established the Donald Gillmor Memorial Fund. To make a donation, visit gillmorfund or checks made payable to the University of Minnesota can be mailed directly to The Donald Gillmor Memorial Fund c/o University of Minnesota Foundation, C-M 3854, P.O. Box 70880, St. Paul, MN 55170-3854. Robert Theodore Johnson (B.A., ’47) passed away on April 15, 2012 at the age of 87. Born in Billings, Mont., Johnson was raised in nearby Laurel before attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. After graduation, Johnson began a lifelong career in journalism working for newspapers in Honolulu, Sacramento, Boise and LaGrande before starting a 30-year career as a copy editor for the former Oregon Journal and then the Oregonian. He retired in 1990. While in Boise, Johnson met his wife of 41 years, Thola Loser. In 1961, they moved to Corbett, Ore. with their six children. Johnson had many interests, including his passion for skiing, horse packing, hunting and deep sea fishing. He is preceded in death by his wife, Thola, his son Corey and daughters Allison Porter and Mavis Weisberg. He is survived by sons Jared Johnson of Sutherlin, Ore. and Riley Johnson of Tulsa, Okla.; daughter Sara Johnson of Corbett; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Rhoda Lewin (B.A., ’49; M.A., ’61) passed away at the age of 83. The Minneapolis native and graduate of Minneapolis North High School received all three of her degrees from the University of Minnesota: her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and her Ph.D. in American studies. Lewin began her career in newspaper reporting, publications editing and public relations and taught journalism at both the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Superior. She contributed greatly to local

and national publications, including authoring a monthly column for American Jewish World for 10 years, editing the local literary magazine “Identity” for 14 years and writing and editing for the Hill and Lake Press of the Kenwood neighborhood. She was a noted oral historian and author of multiple books about Jewish history including “Witnesses to the Holocaust: An Oral History” and “Images of America: Jewish Community of North Minneapolis.” Lewin also served as a founding member of the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. She is preceded in death by parents Louis and Florence Green and is survived by her husband Thomas M., children Ellen Lewin, Susan (James) Roth, Kate (Scott) Shamblott and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Lewin. Lawrence Oakes III (B.A., ’87) passed away on January 4, 2013 in Duluth, Minn. at the age of 52. Lawrence “Larry” was a veteran Star Tribune reporter who covered a variety of indepth reports, including high-profile court cases, labor battles and natural disasters. Known for his deep commitment to storytelling and his knack for getting to know his subjects, Oakes spent his reporting career uncovering injustices and taking an in-depth look at society. Among his best-known projects were a 2004 award-winning series called “The Lost Youth of Leech Lake” and 2008’s “The New Life Sentence,” which examined Minnesota’s controversial practice of keeping sex offenders behind bars after finishing their prison sentences. Oakes grew up in Cass Lake, Minn. and attended both the University of Minnesota-Duluth and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 1982, he was hired by the Duluth News Tribune and moved to the Star Tribune in 1985. He worked in the St. Paul bureau and led the Duluth bureau for 21 years. then edited Minneapolis coverage for two years before returning to reporting in 2010. He was honored with a number of awards for his writing and reporting, including the prestigious Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. Oakes is survived by his wife Patty and their daughter Hilary of Duluth; his children with former wife Sherry Hildebrand, Mike Oakes and Amy Mertz of Duluth and his parents, Larry and Carol Oakes of Bemidji.

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The Lessons of the Pentagon Papers: Has Obama Learned Them?

Everyone has heard of the “Pentagon Papers” case. But only a few

know what happened behind the scenes. The strategies, decisions and negotiations between the larger-than-life characters from the worlds of law, politics, journalism and the military that shaped the outcome of one of the most important First Amendment cases in U.S. history took place behind closed doors. Have we learned the lessons of the Pentagon Papers? Do the government’s claims of secrecy and national security stand up to scrutiny today?

James C. Goodale, author of the new book, Fighting for the Press: the

Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles, was vice chairman James C. Goodale Photo by JCG Litchfield

and general counsel of The New York Times during the Pentagon Papers litigation. He will deliver the 2013 Silha Lecture.

October 16, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, University of Minnesota West Bank A book signing will follow the lecture.

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The alumni magazine of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication.