News & Updates
January 13, 2020
Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk (ComSHER) Undergraduate Research Fellowship

This fellowship was created to help support a vibrant undergraduate researcher program in the Greenlee School. The $1200 stipend associated with this fellowship will be awarded up to support sophomores, juniors and seniors working with faculty members on research related on Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk (ComSHER) topics. Up to two fellowships may be awarded per fiscal year. See complete criteria and learn how to apply. >>

Deadline for full consideration: Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 by noon
Join the Greenlee School communications team

The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication is hiring a highly motivated journalism, public relations or advertising major to join its communications team.

The position offers an opportunity for a student to build a portfolio by working on a variety of projects depending on area of specialty and interest.

This position will report directly to Greenlee’s communications specialist but may also collaborate with Greenlee School faculty and staff on assignments.

  • Research, interview and write feature stories, news releases, profiles, social media posts and/or advertising copy as assigned. Content will highlight Greenlee students, faculty, alumni, staff, events, school-affiliated student organizations, etc. for the Greenlee School’s website, newsletters, social media platforms, alumni magazine, etc.
  • Assist with promotion and coverage of Greenlee events (strategy, planning, media outreach, posters, flyers, photography, etc.)
  • Develop and analyze performance of social media content that highlights Greenlee’s key messages
  • Contribute to student experience blog

Required qualifications:
  • Stellar writing and editing skills – ability to adapt voice and style as needed for audience and medium
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Coursework and demonstrated experience in journalism, advertising and/or public relations
  • Proficiency in AP Style
  •  Ability to take direction and work independently
  • Attention to detail, reliability, professionalism

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with Adobe programs, including Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Experience uploading content to Wordpress and basic HTML knowledge
  • Familiarity with social media scheduling tools, such as Hootsuite and Later
  • Photography, videography, multimedia and visual communication skills a plus
  • Work-study eligibility preferred but not required.

To apply, submit a cover letter that contains three Greenlee School-focused story pitches, your resume, two references, and a link to your writing portfolio to Maria Charbonneaux, Greenlee School communications specialist, at

Deadline for full consideration: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, a play on the Michigan State University fight song, following legendary players as they become members of the first fully integrated college football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967
'Through the Banks of the Red Cedar' viewing, Q&A
Film screening followed by Q&A with filmmaker Maya Washington and her father College Football Hall of Famer and 50 Greatest Minnesota Vikings Honoree Gene Washington

When: Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 - 7 p.m.
Where: Great Hall, Memorial Union
What: A play on the Michigan State University fight song, Through the Banks of the Red Cedar follows legendary players as they become members of the first fully integrated college football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 draft. In the award-winning film, the daughter of football legend Gene Washington uncovers how early pioneers changed the game forever. Learn more. >>
Apply for 2020-21 Greenlee Scholarships
We see your ambition, your drive and your desire to make your mark, and we want to invest in your success. Because of the generosity of our donors, the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication awards over $100,000 in scholarships to its students annually.

Apply for Greenlee School scholarships, along with other scholarships available through Iowa State University, using  OneApp . You must complete the five designated Greenlee School questions in the LAS application portion of OneApp by the stated deadline to be considered for scholarships.

The Greenlee School scholarship selection committee will use the information available in OneApp as of March 2, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. for current undergraduate and transfer students.
Submit your work for Hearst Awards consideration
The Hearst Journalism Awards program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools.

The 60th annual program offers up to $700,000 in awards and consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio competition, two television competitions and four multimedia competitions – with championship finals in all divisions. It's a great resume builder and could be a networking opportunity if you advance to the next rounds.

The Greenlee School may submit two entrants' work per competition.

Writing - Sports Writing (due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 21)
  • A news, feature story or commentary in sports, which must relate to an event or issue, not a sports personality.
  • Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
  • All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from January 1, 2019 through January 27, 2020.
  • See complete writing competition guidelines.

Photojournalism II - Picture Story/Series (due by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 28)
  • Each entry must include one picture story/series (still images) with up to fifteen images on any subject.
  • Optional: entrant may include a video that contains the images submitted in the picture story, not to exceed 60 seconds.
  • Nat sound or dialog is acceptable, but not necessary.
  • All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2018 through February 3, 2020.
  • See complete photojournalism competition guidelines.

Submit your entries to Deni Chamberlin at .

Plan ahead! See the Greenlee deadlines for the remaining competitions on our website.
Get in the mix at Greenlee - Feb. 11, noon-1:30 p.m.

Save the date for a Greenlee School open house on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from noon-1:30 p.m. in 172 and 178 Hamilton Hall . You'll have the chance to mingle with faculty and fellow students, learn about Greenlee School opportunities, meet clubs and organizations related to your major and fuel up on free snacks. This is one of several events planned as part of LAS Week (Feb. 10-14). More details coming soon.
Spring 2020 PIE Testing Dates
Passing the Poynter Institute Exam (known in Greenlee as PIE) is a prerequisite for JL MC 201. The exam is offered as part of an online course, Iowa State University Language Primer Course Pack (Spring 2020), offered through Poynter’s News University. Students must receive a score of 78% or above to pass the PIE.

Although you can work through the course and the practice drills from any browser, you must take the exam in Hamilton Hall during a testing day for your score to count. You can only take the exam once per testing date.

Spring 2020 Testing Dates
  • Friday, Feb. 28
  • Friday, March 6
  • Friday, April 3
  • Friday, April 17
  • Friday, April 24
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First Amendment Series: Iowa State Daily Panel Discussion
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 12:10-1 p.m.
Where: 163 Hamilton Hall
What: Please join us for a special panel discussion with the staff of the Iowa State Daily in recognition of #StudentPressFreedom Day, a national day of action to celebrate and support student journalists. Hear first-hand how the Daily, an award-winning, nationally recognized student news operation, works 24/7 to provide the most comprehensive coverage of news, sports and entertainment in the area. First Amendment Specialist Julie Roosa will moderate. Questions from the audience are encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.
First Amendment Series: First Amendment Trivia Night
When: Thursday, Feb. 6, 9:30-11 p.m.
Where: Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Ave.
What: First Annual “First Amendment Trivia Night,” Iowa Newspaper Association/Iowa College Media Association Convention

First Amendment Days: April 6-10, 2020
This year's First Amendment Days theme is " Some Assembly Required " with special attention on the rights to assemble and petition.

Highlights include:

April 7, 7 p.m., 127 Curtiss: Bonnie Siegler keynote, "Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America"
April 8, 8 p.m., Sun Room, Memorial Union: Nadine Strossen keynote, "Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech"
April 9, Central Campus: Democalypse March, Feast on the First

Are you interested in grad school?
The Greenlee master’s program is a 32-credit course of study culminating in a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in journalism and mass communication. Two tracks are available: one for students who desire specialized study in communication theory and research and one for students who wish to develop or strengthen their professional and strategic communication skills.

Within the master’s program, you will explore new ideas through a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to your individual interests and program of study. We will challenge your thinking and deepen your expertise to prepare you for a successful future.

Interested in learning more?
Contact Dr. Gang Han, Director of Graduate Education, at
NewsTrain Digital Media Training - April 4, 2020
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communication will host a low-cost journalism training on April 4, 2020. NewsTrain is a nationally-sponsored, one-day workshop designed for working journalists, professors and students. The skills journalists need are changing constantly. NewsTrain gives journalists and communicators those skills so they can go back to their classes, newsrooms, colleges or universities better prepared. 
The day includes five sessions of topics specially selected by local journalists and designed to teach immediately usable skills, including:

  • Using social media as powerful reporting tools,
  • Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices,
  • Becoming a verification ninja,
  • Editing smarter video on your smartphone, with #MobileJournalism evangelist Geoff Roth, and
  • Mining data for enterprise off any beat, with USA Today Senior Reporter Matt Wynn.
The early-bird rate of $75 includes two light meals. The first 20 registrants receive a free, yearlong, online subscription to The AP Stylebook.

Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply for competitive scholarships, which cover their registration, by Feb. 19.

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A foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration
Assistant Professor Dara Wald's Greenlee School lab brings together students from diverse disciplines for science communication research.
Share your #whygreenlee story
Call all Greenlee adventurers! We're looking for standout students to feature on the Greenlee blog and website in spring 2020. Contact Maria Charbonneaux at if you're interested in being featured or would like to nominate a fellow student.
Clubs & Organizations
Cardinal Eats Executive Applications are now live!
If you have a keen interest in marketing, advertising, social media, graphic design, photography, editorial and event management, email your resume to today!

Executive applications are due January 15

The first all-staff meeting is Monday, Jan. 27 , from 7-8 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, room 163. Meetings will be help every Monday at 7 p.m. this semester.
Share student club and organization announcements in the newsletter by emailing Maria Charbonneaux at .
Around Campus
Save the date for spring 2020 events:
"This Week at Greenlee" is a weekly newsletter sent on Mondays during the academic year. It is curated by the Greenlee School communications team for Greenlee School students, faculty and staff. Student clubs and organizations relevant to journalism, advertising and public relations are welcome to submit news and announcements for inclusion in the newsletter. Send your news to Maria Charbonneaux , communications specialist, by 11 p.m. on Sunday for inclusion in the next day's newsletter.