Our Stories - October 2022
Our Stories - October 2022

Director's Note

We’re more than halfway through the semester, and we’ve been busy in SJMC. We’ve had two Professionals-in-Residence visit the School this semester. Dr. Thomas Horky, Professor of Sport Communication at Macromedia University in Hamburg, Germany, discussed sports and media in Europe. Barbara Rodriguez, voting and politics reporter at The 19th, visited SJMC to discuss political reporting and the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. We also welcomed our first Visiting Scholar of the year. Dr. Alexis Romero Walker discussed their research and inclusive teaching practice.

We also welcomed nearly 700 high school students and media advisors from across Iowa to campus for the Iowa High School Press Association Fall Conference. The event was sponsored, organized, and implemented by SJMC and included two dynamic keynote presenters and 30 breakout sessions. Speakers included SJMC faculty along with journalism instructors from other institutions, industry professionals, and journalism students. Congratulations to the IHSPA Executive Director and SJMC recruitment, internship, and placement coordinator, Michelle Sillman, for organizing a fantastic event.

Iowa High School Press Association Conference

This monthly e-newsletter is our way of updating you on all the exciting news going on in the School. If you have a story to share, please send it to sjmc@uiowa.edu.

Melissa Tully, Interim Director


We’re pleased to welcome Joanna Krajewski to the SJMC Faculty!

Joanna holds a PhD in Mass Communication, emphasis in Environmental Risk Communication, an MPH in Community and Behavioral Health, and a BA in Communication Studies, all from the University of Iowa. She joins us as the new Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication.

Faculty News

Faculty and graduate students from the Global Media Working Group published new research about global disparities in academic journal publishing.

Brian Ekdale, Katy Biddle, Melissa Tully, Manfred Asuman (2021 doctoral visiting scholar) and Abby Rinaldi (MA, 2020) published “Global disparities in knowledge production within journalism studies: Are special issues the answer?” in the journal Journalism Studies.

Meenakshi Gigi Durham's book MeToo: The Impact of Rape Culture in the Media has been translated into Turkish, published by Dü┼čbaz Kitaplar. The book was originally published by Polity Press in 2021.

Rachel Young contributed an article on managing your social media use to the university’s Iowa Now newsletter.

Undergraduate Student News

SJMC majors Justina Borgman, Alex Economos, and Lally Morales are the first interns for the SJMC Coralville Media Collaborative. CMC interns will produce professional-quality media content to support local nonprofit organizations. Justina will create volunteer training videos for Houses Into Homes, Alex will produce video and other marketing materials for the new South District Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District, and Lally will work on web content and key messaging for the Coralville Community Food Pantry.

Five students from the Online News Association (ONA) student group attended the Mobile Me & You Technology + Journalism conference held at the University of Nebraska. Students learned about and discussed topics such as the impact of 5G on the journalism industry, extended reality, gamification, cross-platform programming, on-demand audio, and more.

Six senior Event Management Certificate students traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Future Leaders Forum at the IMEX America Conference, a premier gathering for event industry professionals. While there they networked with professionals and other event management students from around the country and attended educational sessions on topics including creating community, personal branding, sustainability, and more. The group also attended a portion of the Arival travel conference, which was organized by Nicole Zatz, a May 2022 certificate graduate. 

Graduate Student News

Mir Ashfaquzzaman and Tessa Adams both received a Ballard & Seashore Dissertation Fellowship for Spring 2023

Patrick Johnson received the Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship for Spring 2023

UI’s International Programs interviewed Munachim Amah about his journey to graduate school and international research. Amah was a recipient of the 2022 Stanley Graduate Award for International Research.

Frankline Matanji presented research about fact-checking at the 2022 Global Fusion conference at Temple University.

Munachim Amah and Lei Chen received Easton Collaborative Research Awards. The award provides graduate student and faculty research teams funding to conduct a student-led research project. Munachim will be working with Professor Rachel Young on a mixed methods study of representations of poverty in Nigerian news. Lei will be working with Professor David Dowling and Professor Christopher Goetz (Cinematic Arts) on a study of narrative innovations in video games.

Graduate Student Open House

We are now accepting applications for our PhD and MA programs in Mass Communication. Our research areas of strength include global media, digital media, sports media, health/science communication, journalism studies, and critical/cultural studies. If you are interest in learning more, please attend an online open house on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 11am (CT). You can register at https://bit.ly/IowaOpenHouse.

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