Our Stories - October 2022
Our Stories - October 2022

Director's Note

As we return from fall break and enter the final stretch of the semester, I want to say thank you to everyone – faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends ­– who made the fall semester a success! I am truly honored to be part of this School and take pride in all we’ve accomplished so far this year. We showed off our SJMC pride as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences group in the 2022 Homecoming Parade.

This will be our final e-newsletter of the year. We’ll be back in your inbox in January 2023 to kick off the spring semester. Have a great winter break.

If you have a story to share, please send it to sjmc@uiowa.edu.

Melissa Tully, Interim Director

Faculty News

David Dowling published a book chapter on literary journalism in India and a co-authored journal article with SJMC PhD alum, Kyle Miller.

David Dowling (2022). The poetics of resistance: The literary journalism of India’s Dalit protest movement. In Alexander, R. and McDonald, W. (eds.) Literary Journalism and Social Justice (49-66), Palgrave Macmillan.

Kyle Miller, Kim Fox and David Dowling (2022). From Black Lives Matter to COVID-19: Daily news podcasts and the reinvention of audio reporting. Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, 20(2), 1-20.

Brian Ekdale published Trust in Online Search Results During Uncertain Times in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. This article was co-authored with members of the Algorithms and Culture Research Group.

Rachel Young presented at the Health Communication Division Top Paper Session at the 2022 National Communication Association convention in New Orleans. Her paper with Iowa American Studies PhD student Dominic Dongilli discussed their digital storytelling collaboration with the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition.

Undergraduate Student News

SJMC students, Jerod Ringwald, Hannah Pinski, Grace Kreber, Grace Smith, Gabby Drees, Sarah Galla, and Ayrton Breckenridge, won individual awards in the 2022 Associated Collegiate Press Individual Awards contests. The awards were given for work produced for The Daily Iowan. The DI earned recognition in 17 individual awards, including nine that placed in the top five nationally. The DI received Online, Newspaper, and Multiplatform Pacemakers for general excellence and outstanding achievement in all three categories. The Pacemaker is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. Congratulations to all SJMC students and alum for their award-winning work!

Meet the 2022-2023 SJMC Student Advisory Board! The SJMC Student Advisory Board aims to better represent student views within the School. The Board is planning a Student Listening Session in January 2023. A listening session is a discussion aimed at gathering information on participants’ experiences. This session will be student-run and facilitated and will center around student thoughts on SJMC classes, events, and extracurricular activities.

Students in Brian Ekdale’s Audio Production class produced a daily news podcast, The Daily Swoop, for the week of November 14. All episodes are available to stream.

Graduate Student News

Frankline Matanji received the 2022 Global Student Award, which recognizes one undergraduate and one graduate student who are leaders deeply engaged in international education on campus or abroad. International Programs conducted an interview with Frankline about his personal journey from Kenya to Iowa as well as his commitment to international student education. Frankline and his two nominators, Melissa Tully and Shelly Campo, participated in the 2022 International Impact and Global Student Awards ceremony on November 7.


SJMC, Communication Studies, and Cinematic Arts hosted a graduate program information session for current Iowa undergraduate students. More than 20 students attended to learn about opportunities for graduate study in journalism, communication, and cinema at the University of Iowa. SJMC also hosted a virtual graduate program open house, which attracted prospective students from around the world interested in learning more about our MA and PhD programs in Mass Communication.

Upcoming Deadlines

The deadline to apply for the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication program for Spring 2023 is December 1, 2022. Classes start January 17, 2023. All classes are online.

The deadline to apply for the MA and PhD programs in Mass Communication for Fall 2023 is January 10, 2023.

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