October 2020
Greetings from Greenlee!

While many transitions and changes have occurred in Hamilton Hall this fall, one thing has not changed: the devotion, drive and dedication of our Greenlee family. To our students, I am incredibly proud of all your hard work in these challenging times. To our faculty and staff, I am thoroughly impressed every day by your collegiality and compassion. Deepest of thanks for everything that you are doing to advance our program.

This year, we have four goals for leading the graduate program forward:

  1. Enhance recruitment outreach to prospective students
  2. Cultivate the Greenlee graduate program's brand
  3. Evaluate our graduate admissions process
  4. Establish a 4+1 program (bachelor's/master's)

With the support of our Graduate Steering Committee (Dr. Andy King, Dr. Dara Wald and student representative Julian Neely) and graduate program faculty, we are already making terrific progress toward these objectives.

To the entire Greenlee graduate family, please continue to share your enthusiasm and your energy -- as well as your good ideas for how to further elevate our program. Together, we will do great things.

Dr Jan Lauren Boyles
Director of Graduate Education
Graduate Student Association expands its programming for fall semester

By Hugo Bolaños, President
Chelsea Davis, Secretary
Lexi He, Treasurer

The Greenlee Graduate Student Association (GSA) is hard at work to help journalism master’s students stay connected during this atypical semester. So far this academic year, GSA has led a virtual trivia night and an online “office hours” session to answer any questions students have about the master’s program. In addition, GSA officers are working behind the scenes to write a constitution, starting the process of establishing GSA as an official ISU student organization.

Plans are in motion for other activities. Another virtual trivia night is planned for November. Following virtual visits to undergraduate Greenlee courses to highlight the master’s program, grad students and GSA are brainstorming more recruitment ideas, including a virtual open house. GSA’s officers would like to give a special shout-out to Greenlee’s director of graduate education, Dr. Jan Lauren Boyles, for her assistance and high spirits this fall.
Graduate student Lexi He
co-presents scholarship at 2020 AEJMC conference

Supported by the mentorship of Dr. Angela Powers, second-year master's student Lexi He presented a co-authored paper at this year's Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference.

Lexi also was selected as an AEJMC Presidential Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. She participated in an invitation-only pre-conference for rising student scholars.

Read more about Lexi's experience on our Greenlee Graduate School blog.
Check out our new Greenlee graduate video!
Student Spotlight: Sarah Muller
By Julian Neely

While grad student Sarah Muller calls Pella, Iowa, her home, Iowa State University serves as her second home. A 2018 Iowa State graduate in journalism and mass communication, Sarah returned to Greenlee in January 2020 after acquiring experience in the field. In 2017, Sarah worked as a digital media intern with The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. Following that, she experienced the world of digital marketing with Vermeer as a digital training and development specialist. Then she found her way to Des Moines, where she currently works as a digital editor at KCCI. This fall, Sarah has been nominated for two Upper Midwest Regional Emmys for her work at KCCI.

The dedication of professors to the success of their students is what brought Sarah back to Greenlee. In the grad program, Sarah is studying digital journalism newsroom culture. Sarah believes that newsrooms are in a pivotal position where there should be a high level of education around digital analytics, search engine optimization and digital algorithms.

“I know Greenlee, their professors, and intentions because it's family," Sarah said. "It was coming back home. They will seek resources for me to excel and succeed."
Dr. Andy King serves on the Greenlee Graduate Steering committee. In addition to teaching courses in the program, Dr. King most recently advised the creative component for Chelsea Adams, who graduated in Spring 2020.
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Andy King
By Julian Neely

Dr. Andy King, assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, is a native of Wisconsin. He brought his talents to Iowa State University in Fall 2019. King comes from the background of health communication. Originally, he found himself interested in the persuasive techniques in speech, which eventually led him to advertising with an emphasis on campaigns. Currently, he is involved with research studies focusing on persuasion within visual messaging and how these messages influence outcomes. In addition, he is focusing on writing a study about COVID-19 that involves collecting data about individuals' responses to the virus.

King has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles to a multitude of journals, such as Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication and Health Communication. As a newer faculty member of the Greenlee School, King is driven to expand the graduate program and research opportunities. 

“I have aspirations to expand the graduate program and partnerships with other departments to grant opportunities for collaboration,” King said.
Congratulations to current and former students!

  • Lexi He – elected as Greenlee's representative to Graduate/Professional Student Senate
  • Chelsea Davis – selected for ISU's Cardinal Women
  • Erin Halverson – inaugural Greenlee Trivia Night champion
  • Annie Banda, Denise Coberley – recent grads starting Ph.D. programs
Spring 2021 Course Options 
JLMC 576 (World Communication Systems) - Dimitrova; TR 11a-12:15p [hybrid]
  • This course will discuss the process of developing professional communication, world communication systems, and social, political, economic factors determining flow, character, and volume of news.
JLMC 504X (Advanced Qualitative Methods) - Lawrence; R 5:40-8:30p [online]
  • This is an advanced course that focuses on qualitative research methods in mass communications and media. It will closely examine and discuss research texts, articles, and assignments.
  • This course focuses on the process of developing professional communication and persuasion strategies with an emphasis of problem definition, behavioral objectives, and more through communication theories and research.
JLMC 560 (Risk Perception & Communication) - Wald; W 2-5p [hybrid]
  • This course will explore risk communication principles and examine roles of scientists and communicators in cultivating a public informed about scientific and technological issues.