October 2017

The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication announces an endowed gift of approximately $75,000 to the Anderson-Kruse Fund for Excellence in News-Editorial Writing

The gift was made possible by the late John Burroughs Anderson ('49, agricultural journalism) and the Anderson-Kruse family. John Anderson's daughter Liz Anderson and her husband, Loren Kruse, established the fund in 1998. Now an endowment, the fund will benefit Greenlee students for years to come through additional scholarships, internship support and other initiatives and improvements to promote excellence in writing, reporting and editing.

Lynsey Addario, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist who has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crisis of the past 15 years, will present "It's What I Do" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Memorial Union Great Hall.  Her public talk is free and part of the university's World Affairs series. The Greenlee School is one of several sponsors of the event.

Kelly Howard, CEO of  EigthSixtySouth and Iowa State alumna, will discuss the  business side of public relations and how to succeed in internships at the Greenlee School's Fall 2017 Futures Forum. Free and open to the public, the lecture will begin at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Memorial Union Campanile Room.

After serving as Post+Beam's West Coast Director for five years, Howard acquired the company in October 2016 and has led her team through a full rebrand. Howard is now t he he ad of the strategic communications agency, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York.

Five Greenlee School journalism and mass communication majors are the recipients of 2017 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle awards for work published by the Iowa State Daily Media Group during the 2016-17 school year. 

Senior Luke Manderfeld and sophomore Danielle Gehr received first-place honors in the sports feature and news feature categories, respectively. 

Junior Austin Anderson received second place in the personality profile category.

CSPA also gave Certificates of Merit to seniors Emily Blobaum (general feature) and Ben Visser (sports feature). 

Professor Robert Picard,  one of the world's leading academic experts on media  economics and management and government communications policies,  will visit the Greenlee School for its Research Friday events  Friday, Nov. 3. 

Picard's Research Friday presentation will focus on the evolving role of social media in news. He will present sessions to pre-tenure faculty and graduate students.

Research Friday Schedule - Nov. 3

9:30-10:30 a.m. - Mentorship session with pre-tenure faculty, 172 Hamilton
10:45-11:15 a.m. - Research session with graduate students, 172 Hamilton
Noon-1 p.m. - Research Friday presentation, 172 Hamilton

Margaret "Margy" and the late L. Eugene "Gene" Chamberlin are the recipients of the 2017 James W. Schwartz Award. The Greenlee School will present the award to Margy at noon on  Friday, Oct. 27 in the Hamilton Hall common area. The presentation follows the Greenlee Advisory Council fall meeting. The annual award recognizes distinguished service to journalism and mass communication, and it's the highest honor conferred by the Greenlee School. It is awarded in honor of James Schwartz, former department chair of the school. 

Top row: Kathie Obradovich ('87); Alyssa Rutt, Greenlee School program coordinator; Bill Monroe ('69); Barb Iverson ('76), Greenlee School Advisory Council Chair. Bottom row: Tracy Lucht, Greenlee School assistant professor; Jennifer Jacobs; and Angela Powers, Greenlee School director. 

Faculty and staff connect with alumni and friends at IowaWatch.org banquet

Greenlee faculty, staff and alumni attended the  Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government banquet hosted by the  The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism - IowaWatch.org and Iowa Freedom of Information Council with the Iowa Newspaper Foundation on Oct. 5 in Des Moines. Jennifer Jacobs ('93), who covers the Trump White House for Bloomberg News, shared fascinating stories and insights of what it's like to travel with the president and secure sources for her stories. Previously, Jacobs was The Des Moines Register's chief political reporter and worked for the Iowa State Daily as a student. The Greenlee School was one of several sponsors of the event.
Greenlee School receives Certification in Education in Public Relations from PRSA

The Public Relations Society of America officially conferred a  Certification in Education for Public Relations to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at its annual  Assembly Luncheon Oct. 7 .
Alyssa Rutt, program coordinator, traveled to the 2017 Public Relations Society of America international conference to represent the school.

The certification endorses the school's bachelor of arts degree program in public relations for meeting eight standards in curriculum, faculty, students, resources and facilities, assessment, professional affiliations, relationships with the total unit and the university and diversity and global perspectives. The certification was presented by Jane Dvorak, PRSA 2017 Chair, Mark McClennan, PRSA 2016 Chair and site team reviewers Jill Alexander and Robert "Pritch" Pritchard. The announcement was made in May 2017.
PRSA congratulated the school on the success and growth of its young program (public relations became an official degree in fall 2013). PRSA now certifies more than 40 undergraduate programs in the United States and internationally. Only one other program in the state of Iowa besides the Greenlee School's is certified. 

A certified program must complete a recertification review every six years to assure continued compliance with CEPR standards.

Lecturer Lisa Oakes will bring lessons learned from her work as an instructor, journalist and public relations practitioner to the community in 2018 as a speaker for the Midwest Speakers Bureau, a regional organization that connects meeting planners with professional speakers.

Oakes will address persuasive communication, women and the workplace, millennials and professional personas and navigating a work-home balance during speaking engagements at annual meetings, trainings, conventions and other events.

Four Greenlee School faculty and staff members received honors from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  at its annual  Fall Convocation and Awards Ceremony  on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Diversity Award:
Michael Bugeja, professor

International Service Award:
Daniela Dimitrova, professor and director of graduate education

Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award:
Alyssa Rutt, program coordinator

Professional and Scientific Award for Excellence in Information Technology: Shane Scherschel, system support specialist

In Other News ... 
Senior Lecturer Sherry Berghefer reports an article she co-authored with Associate Professor Jay Newell and Professor Wallapak Tavanapong (computer science) will appear in the fall issue the Journal for Advertising Education. It's titled "Teaching Ad Tech: Assessing Collaborative Teaching  In An Advertising, Computer Science And Design Course."
Assistant Professor Jan Lauren Boyles had a manuscript accepted by Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism. The article, "Laboratories for News? Experimenting with Journalism Hackathons," profiles how communities are using hack events to innovate around open data streams. As part of her Tow-Knight Fellowship, Boyles presented at the Online News Association's "Educator Meetup" panel session on audience engagement in news. She also participated in a referred poster session, sharing research on machine learning in newsrooms. While in Washington, Boyles also gave a guest lecture at American University's School of Communication. This month, she reviewed Fulbright applications and AEJMC research/teaching grant submissions. 
Professor Michael Bugeja evaluated the University of Arkansas journalism graduate program, which has much to recommend it. He is conducting interviews for a new edition of Living Ethics Across Media Platforms, Oxford University Press. He submitted an article on assessment to Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. He continues to write for numismatic trade publications.
In the area of scholarship, Professor Daniela Dimitrova reports two upcoming publications:
Dimitrova, D. V. (2017). Comparative News Framing Analysis: Explaining and Measuring Patterns of Frames in News Stories. In Doing News Framing Analysis II: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives  edited by Paul D'Angelo. New York: Routledge .  
Dimitrova, D. V. & Bystrom, D. G. (2017). The role of social media in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Political Marketing.
In teaching, Daniela is bringing a few former graduate students to share their experiences in the classroom this semester. These include Kelsey Batschelet, PR Specialist for Two Rivers Marketing, Adam Kuban, Associate Professor at Ball State, and Elizabeth Householder, Market Research Manager at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.
As vice chair of the University Committee on Women, Daniela is hosting the group's visit by the GreenDot campus coordinator.
At the national level, Daniela was selected to serve on AEJMC's taskforce on research commissioned by the next president.

Associate Professor Jay Newell reports the following: 

  • I'm on sabbatical this semester, in intermittent residence at Southern Methodist University's Temerlin Institute of Advertising Research. I've been working with ad agencies in Dallas on developing wish-lists for new hire skills in math, data and coding.   
  • An article that I co-authored with Greenlee's Sherry Berghefer and Computer Science's Wallapak Tavanapong, Teaching Ad Tech: Assessing collaborative teaching in an advertising, computer science and design course," was accepted for Fall 2017 publication by the Journal of Advertising Education.
  • Former Greenlee faculty member Jeff Blevins and I have been working on an article on the FCC's political advertising tracking system.  Based on the work done in the Media Planning course, the article is the first to use the FCC's database for scholarship.
  • Jeff and I also teamed up to provide background for a New York Times article on the political speech implications on Sinclair Broadcasting's expansion. It was an honor, sort of, to end up on the cutting room floor.
Lecturer Gary Sawyer's two sections of JLMC 302 (Intermediate Reporting) recently completed a course in data journalism created by the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR). The course was created by Investigative Reporters and Editors. The students are now doing a team data reporting project.
Assistant Professor Dara Wald reports the following:
  • She will serve as senior personnel for a new grant awarded to the Chemical Instrumentation Facility at ISU by the National Science Foundation. This effort includes helping the CIF staff to evaluate and enhance existing science communication programs (PI: A. Sadow).
  • Her second-authored paper exploring the role of trust and public good in GM Science debates was accepted to the ARTSM Preconference on Trust in Science at the 2017 National Communication Association.
  • Wald organized (with K. Slagle OSU) and participated in a panel discussion on trust and source credibility at the Human Dimensions of Wildlife conference in Colorado with collaborators E. Toman (OSU), J. Hamm (MSU), T. Peterson (UnivTexasElPaso), C. Horton (Tarleton State), and S. Lischka (DNR and USGS).
  • Wald, Dahlstrom, and C. McCartney (UW) had a workshop on effective science communication techniques for geoscientists accepted at the Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting.  
  • Wald reviewed articles for Oryx, the Wildlife Society Bulletin andACM: Transactions on Social Computing
Lecturer Michael Wigton reports the following:
  • Jolly Time Popcorn has agreed to be our "client" in the Advertising Campaigns class. They have given my students a project to promote one of the their new product offerings. Brand managers will be on hand during finals week to judge the work.
  • Happy Strong Healthy is currently in story development and advertising/PR planning for their 5th edition to be published at the end of the semester.
  • Homecoming Central Committee has asked me to judge the final candidates for the Homecoming Royalty Court as well as the Yell-Like-Hell skits.