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January 2018
Julie Roosa. Photo by Molly Olson

Julie Roosa joins the Greenlee School's faculty as adjunct assistant professor, specializing in First Amendment topics.

Save the date! 
This year's  First Amendment Days celebration  will take place April 11-13 on Iowa State's campus. We'll share more details on our website as they become available. 

Lecturer Lisa Oakes' Digital Newsroom (JL MC 414X) class focuses on depth reporting techniques and collaboration.

Data crunching, 20-source pieces and semester-long analyses may not be the first things that come to mind when thinking about journalism, but they're important experiences students now have after taking Lecturer Lisa Oakes' Digital Newsroom (JL MC 414X) class in fall 2017.

The students' work, "Sustainable steps: A look at green efforts in the Iowa State community," explores sustainability issues related to land, water and electricity in Central Iowa. It was published as a series in January by the Iowa State Daily Media Group, as a collaborative project with the Greenlee School. The full series can be viewed on the Iowa State Daily's website.

Emily Blobaum, who finished eighth in the Hearst news and features photojournalism competition, captured the emotion of "Sweet Caroline" at an Iowa State football game. Photo by Blobaum

Emily Blobaum, senior in journalism and mass communication, secured an eighth place finish in this year's Hearst news and features photojournalism monthly competition.
"If you can place in the top ten, whether it's photos, whether it's multimedia or whether it's writing, radio or television-if you can place in one of those, that is one of the best lines you could put on a resume," said Dennis Chamberlin, Greenlee associate professor. "The Hearst awards are often referred to as the Pulitzers of student journalism, and I don't think that's an exaggeration."  

As the recipient of the 2017 Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism, Mary Khan, senior in journalism and international studies, will receive $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. this spring.

Khan will attend the 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner as a guest of the White House Correspondents' Association and will be included among the scholarship winners honored at the event. She will also attend the Association's exclusive luncheon with curre nt and veteran White House correspondents.

Julissa Garcia, a sophomore in journalism and mass communication, has received a scholarship from  NBCUniversal's LNESC scholarship program for the 2017-18 school year. 

This award "is intended to assist and encourage outstanding Latino students with an interest in the media and entertainment industry." Last year, only 10 recipients were selected nationwide for this prestigious honor.

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The Greenlee School is hosting its inaugural industry summit on  April 6, 2018  at the ISU Alumni Center. The daylong event is designed to address the extraordinary changes occurring in the fields of journalism, advertising and public relations. The summit will explore the latest industry trends through an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together industry leaders and practitioners with the latest academic research. Network and learn as you join more than 200 professionals from media, news, public relations and advertising.

Network and Learn
We are expecting more than 200 professionals from media, news, public relations and advertising.

Our April 6 program will feature industry experts discussing:
  • Storytelling and capturing the attention of elusive media audiences
  • Protecting credibility in the era of fake news and alternative facts
  • Embracing digital advertising with the rise of new digital habits by consumers
Keynote Luncheon 
Designing for Change: How to be fast and fearless when you can't predict what's next. Kellen Henry, assistant editor for digital platforms, The New York Times


Understanding the Role of Trust and Credibility in Science Communication

June 7-9, 2018
Ames, Iowa

Submission Deadline: before midnight on Jan. 29, 2018

The program planning committee of the Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication is now accepting submissions for individual abstracts that engage the symposium theme of Understanding the Role of Trust and Credibility in Science Communication and panel proposals focused on a unifying topic, content area, method, research question, etc. 

They invite contributions from relevant disciplines including communication, rhetoric, human dimensions of natural resources, planning, science and technology studies, history and philosophy of science, psychology, sociology, design, as well as from scientists who have been involved in science communication and broader impacts activities. 

The symposium will take place June 7-9 in Ames, Iowa. Anyone who has an interest in science communication is invited to attend. Registration information will be shared as it becomes available.

Video produced by Michael Heckle and Nik Heftman

Free speech, free thinking, free food. That was the basic premise of Muslimedia, an event organized in November by Iowa State's  Leo Mores chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in partnership with the Darul Arqum Islamic Center in Ames.

The event brought together 15 Muslim community members and 15 journalists, including Greenlee students and faculty and Iowa State Daily staffers, to share a halal meal and have an open discussion about the Muslim faith, journalism and how local media covers the Islamic community. It included presentations on the basics of Islam and journalism.

Jay Newell, associate professor, presents his findings to the SMU faculty.

Jay Newell completes fellowship at Temerlin Institute for Advertising Research

Associate Professor Jay Newell spent the fall semester on sabbatical as the Temerlin Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University's Temerlin Institute for Advertising Research. While in Dallas, he visited ad agencies and marketing firms for his research on the math, data handling and coding skills now desired by agencies for their entry-level candidates. He presented a first look at the research to SMU faculty from advertising, engineering and computer science at a colloquium in November.

Nik Heftman in a suit and bowtie with a football and boxing gloves at the Iowa State Daily
Sports influenced Nik Heftman's college career in ways he never expected, including his decision to pursue a degree in journalism.  Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University

A conversation in a bowling alley helped Nik Heftman ('17 journalism and mass communication) land a job with CBS News in New York. For a guy who faced his share of obstacles to earn a degree, he felt his hard work had finally paid off. 

Kevin Cooney in cap and gown at podium delivering Fall 2017 commencement speech
Kevin Cooney, a 1974 alumnus of Iowa State, speaks during the fall 2017 graduating ceremony on friendship and remembering to make your bed.  Photo by McKinna Kerns/Iowa State Daily

Kevin Cooney ('74 journalism and mass communication) addressed students at undergraduate commencement December 16. 

The retired broadcast journalist worked at KCCI in Des Moines for over 33 years and earned distinction as the longest-serving news anchor in Des Moines television history. 

Cooney's advice, as reported by the Iowa State Daily: "Grow, keep learning, love, vote, make friends and make your bed."

Folds from Meredith and Greenlee gathered at a reception in Des Moines

Meredith hosts Greenlee School at its Des Moines headquarters

Meredith Corporation welcomed Greenlee School/LAS faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends at a Nov. 30 reception to celebrate its continued support of the Meredith Apprentice Program

Art Slusark, Meredith's vice president of corporate communications and government relations; Beate Schmittman, dean of Iowa State's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Angela Powers, director of the Greenlee School, delivered remarks. 

Special thanks to Dave Kurns ('82, journalism and mass communication) for his help in organizing the event. 

Daniela Dimitrova (left) and Emily Barske were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Catt Center. Photo by Emily Blobaum

Professor Daniela Dimitrova and Emily Barske, Greenlee senior and Iowa State Daily editor, were selected to appear in the 2018 Women Impacting ISU calendar by the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. They were honored at the calendar unveiling Jan. 10.

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Emily Blobaum captures a sunset while on internship with Herald Publishing Company. 
Photo by Max Goldberg

Emily Blobaum, a journalism senior and member of Greenlee's student communication team shares the many benefits of an internship with community newspapers. 
Photo by Emily Blobaum
Employers: Meet your next intern Feb. 15

What:  Connect with dozens of Iowa State students majoring in advertising, journalism, public relations and related fields at this boutique-style fair.

Where: Memorial Union Great Hall

When:  noon-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15

Why: You'll walk away with handfuls of resumes from promising candidates.

Questions: Email Juli Probasco-Sowers at

Thinking about grad school?

Continue your adventure! The Greenlee School is now accepting applications for its  master's program in journalism and mass communication .

Our flexible curriculum allows you to pursue the track that's right for you: Communication Theory and Research or Professional and Strategic Communication.

Why Greenlee? 

"The graduate program at Greenlee is quite comprehensive and gives students a great overview of how theory and practice come together. At the same time, it is flexible enough to be able to tailor it to your specific needs. On top of that, the professors at Greenlee make students feel welcomed since day one. They are outstanding professionals always willing to share their expertise and guidance." 
- Fernando Anton (MS '05), Vice President and Partner, Cambre Associates, Brussels, Belgium

Have questions about the program?
Contact Professor Daniela Dimitrova ( ) for more info. Applications are due March 1.

To get regular glimpses of Greenlee School happenings, see the #todayatgreenlee hashtag on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
In Other News ... 

"Teaching Ad Tech: Assessing Collaborative Teaching in an Advertising, Computer Science and Design Course", co-authored by Jay Newell, Wallapak Tavanapong (Com Sci) and Sherry Berghefer appears in the just published edition of the Journal of Advertising Education.
Assistant Professor Jan Lauren Boyles  has been invited to contribute a solo-authored chapter on data-driven newsrooms and civic participation to an edited book, Local Media and Journalism (Routledge, 2020). She also had a book review published last month by Newspaper Research Journal. This month, she will provide a guest lecture (via Skype) to communications students at Coker College. During the holiday break, she completed conference paper reviews for ICA and AEJMC's Southeast Colloquium.
Professor Michael Bugeja has  an article forthcoming in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, titled "Making the Connection: Aggregate Internship Data as Direct and Indirect Measure Informing Curricula and Assessment."  Former graduate student Melissa Garrett is second author.  He will be presenting his research based on his book, Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine, to the Iowa State Leadership Conference on Jan. 27. He also will do the same at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids on Feb. 11. He has been working on a new edition of Living Ethics across Media Platforms for Oxford University Press.
Associate Professor Dennis Chamberlin is preparing to take a group of students to Urbino, Italy, at the end of January. During the next four months the students will take classes at the University of Urbino on topics related to the Renaissance as well as a mobile photography course with Chamberlin. This past month Chamberlin also shot an assignment about water quality in Iowa for National Geographic
Lecturer Lisa Oakes'  will give  a speech at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa on Persuasive Communication this month. 
From Associate Professor Jay Newell
  • The travel part of my sabbatical, where I looked at STEM skills desired by ad agencies among new hires, included about 30 on-site interviews and several hundred surveys. Stay tuned for results.
  • I'll be taking over this year as editor of the Journal of Advertising Education. Now in its 22nd year, I'll be moving the journal to SAGE Publications, where it will benefit from both print and digital distribution.