News & Updates
October 21, 2019
Submit your best published feature stories 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.

The first competition is Feature Writing. Submit your best published feature stories to Deni Chamberlin at by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 23!
  • Creative feature writing: color or mood article covering news, business, feature or entertainment as opposed to a hard conventional news story or personality profile.
  • Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
  • All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from October 1, 2018 through October 28, 2019.
  • Stories may be published in professional or student media.
  • See complete writing competition criteria.

Plan ahead! See the Greenlee deadlines for the remaining competitions on our website.
Prep now for spring 2020 class registration
Registration is right around the corner. If you have not already done so, please log into AccessPlus and click on the "Current Student" tab to view your assigned Registration Start Date and Time.

Set up an appointment

If you have a faculty adviser, please contact the faculty member directly to set up an advising appointment.

If you have an academic adviser (Jessica Hansen-Moench, Kelsie Poe, or Juli Probasco-Sowers), please schedule through AccessPlus > ISU Appointment or call the front office at 515-294-4342 to schedule your RAN appointment. Jessica, Kelsie, and Juli ask that you call now to schedule appointments as appointment times will fill up fast. HOWEVER, please request a meeting time that is just a day or two before your assigned registration date. This way, when we meet to discuss classes, we will have a better idea of what classes are still open and what are closed.
Additionally, please remember to bring your completed  Registration Worksheet to your advising appointment.

Consider spring 2020 short, experimental and special topic courses
Dates, times and complete descriptions of the following spring 2020 experimental and special topic courses in a dvertising, journalism, and public relations can be found here :

One credit short courses
  • ADVRT/JL MC/P R 391B Audio LabCreating your own podcast
  • ADVRT/P R/JL MC 391EFrom Posts to Profits: How to Tackle Social Media Influencer Marketing
  • ADVRT/JL MC/P R 391JThe Basics of Video Storytelling using Live Sports Production 

Special topic classes
  • ADVRT/JL MC/P R 390J—Fashion and Beauty Writing
  • ADVRT/PR/JLMC 497D—First Amendment Freedoms and Conflicts: Know your rights
  • ADVRT/JL MC/P R 497L—Strategic Planning for Social Media

Experimental and rotating courses
  • JL MC 140X—Identity, Diversity and the Media
  • JL MC 406—Media Management
  • P R 324X—Brand Storytelling (dates/times TBA)
Fall 2019 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 (Fall 2019), 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.

Visit our website for more information and to learn how to sign up, study for and take the test.

Fall 2019 Testing Dates:
  • Friday, Oct. 11
  • Friday, Oct. 25
  • Friday, Nov. 8
  • Friday, Nov. 15
  • Friday, Dec. 6

The final exam will begin in Hamilton 10A or 10B on the hour between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Friday. Students do not need to sign up for a specific time. Students should arrive 10-15 minutes to log in to the exam.
Questions? See the FAQ section and study resources on our websit e . Other questions should be directed to Kelsie Poe at  or 101 Hamilton Hall.
Win a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Apply for the Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship by Dec. 1
The Hugh S. Sidey Scholarship recognizes Greenlee majors who exhibit extraordinary understanding of the responsibilities of covering the chief executive and the core principle of social responsibility that resides with journalists. The recipient receives $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the nation's capital. Past recipients attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner . Applications are due Dec. 1. Learn more about the application criteria and guidelines. >>
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 the deadlines listed below for current undergraduate and transfer students:
  • Sept. 1, 2019: OneApp open to all current undergraduate and transfer students.
  • Dec. 1, 2019: Deadline for FAFSA filing for priority consideration for financial aid.
  • March 2, 2020 (11:59 p.m.): Deadline for Fall 2020 current and transfer student scholarship applications.
Apply for the summer 2020 ASME Internship Program
Applications are now open for the Magazine Internship Program sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors. This 10-week program places rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington.  The 2020 ASME internship program will run from May 27-Aug. 7.
Recent participants have worked at ESSENCE, Food Network Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Men's Health, National Geographic, People, Rachael Ray Every Day, Women's Health  and more . Iowa State students have been selected in the recent past, interning with The Knot, The Forward and Inc. Magazine .
Applicants must complete their junior year before June 2020 and expect to graduate in spring 2021. Only full-time students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 will be considered for an internship.
How to apply

The Greenlee School may recommend up to two students for the program. (Applicants recommended by journalism departments or career-guidance offices are given preference over students from the same school.) 
To be considered for an official Greenlee School nomination for the program, students must submit pdfs of their applications (all in one PDF, see list below) to Deb Gibson at by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 .
Applications must contain the following:
  • A completed application. To access the application, register on ASME's website and log in. Save, but do not submit your answers or pay the $40 processing fee at this time. Include the questions and your answers in the PDF you prepare for Deb.
  • A one-page cover letter (addressed to Sidney Holt, Executive Director, ASME) explaining why you are interested in magazine journalism; why you want to participate in the Magazine Internship Program; and what qualifies you to be an ASME intern. The selection committee wants to know how your course of study has prepared you to be an ASME intern and how you plan to use the skills and insights you gain from participation in the Magazine Internship Program not only to advance your career but to benefit the publications where you work your senior year 
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from an educator who can attest to your abilities and experience
  • A one-page letter of recommendation from an intern supervisor or employer who can attest to your abilities and experience
  • A current resume
  • No more than 10 clips from a college newspaper or magazine or from a newspaper or magazine where you have interned or worked that demonstrate reporting skills as well as an interest in and knowledge of a range of topics
Greenlee School selections will be made the week of Nov. 18. You will be notified in time to upload and submit your complete application, including the Greenlee School's one-paragraph letter of nomination, and pay the $40 processing fee online before  ASME's official Saturday, Dec. 1 deadline .  

Learn more about the criteria, how interns are chosen by ASME, internship dates and finances/housing on ASME's magazine program website.

Questions? Contact Deb Gibson .
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
Study the History of African American Images in Film
What:  Engl 445: History of African American Images in Film
Who: Taught by Dr. Novotny Lawrency, Associate Professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the English Department
When: Spring 2020
  • What was the catalyst for #OscarsSoWhite in 2016? 
  • Why is Black Panther considered a cinematic milestone when other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have also performed incredibly well at the global box office? 
  • In September 2018, why did actress Viola Davis state in interviews that she regrets appearing in The Help (2011)? 

This course is an historical and critical examination of the diverse images of African-Americans in cinema since the medium emerged as a popular form of entertainment. This cinematic exploration will be informed by discussions of U.S. politics, economics, and culture, important factors that play a significant role in the construction of African American filmic identities. While narrative and non-narrative cinema are the primary focus of the course, Black representations also subject to exploration may include hip-hop music/videos, television news, reality television, sports, memes, YouTube videos, and other relevant media as they arise over the duration of the semester.  More info. >>>
How alumnus Jeff Joniak became the voice of the Bears
In this Chicago Tribune column, read about Greenlee alumnus Jeff Joniak's path from Iowa State University journalism major to Bears radio announcer.
Clubs & Organizations
Join Cardinal Eats!
Calling all designers, photographers, public relations specialists and marketers to join our group of foodies!

Cardinal Eats is a campus publication about the one thing in life that we all love-food. From tasty recipes you’ll love, to the more serious ways that food impacts our lives, we want to open up a discussion about the most basic reflections of ourselves. 
We meet in 163 Hamilton Hall every Monday at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Join Veritas!

Calling all writers, photographers, graphic designers and communicators!

Veritas is currently looking for students to contribute to their next issue focused on the caucuses.

Veritas, Latin for truth, is a non-partisan publication that focuses on in-depth coverage of law and politics.

Our next meeting is October 30 from 1-2 p.m. in Hamilton Hall Room 172.

If interested or have any questions, please contact Olivia Benjamin,
Join the Advertising Club!
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
  • October 23
  • November 6
  • December 4

Ad Club meets in 163 Hamilton Hall at 7 p.m.
Share student club and organization announcements in the newsletter by emailing Maria Charbonneaux at .
Around Campus
Women Entrepreneurship Week

Women Who Create Student Panel

When: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: ISU University Library, Room 198
What: As women entrepreneurs create in Iowa, it’s vital to gather and celebrate those who are proving they can start something, take the lead and be successful. Join us for a panel discussion with female student entrepreneurs and recent alumni on why they create. The event is open to the public and hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Learn more and register. >>

When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: ISU Research Park, Economic Development Core Facility
What: We invite the public to attend the SheTalks cocktail event supporting women + entrepreneurs. Following the Women Who Create Conference, a community cocktail reception will kick-off showcasing six SheTalks presentations. The event is hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business. Learn more and register. >>
Workshop: Networking with Confidence

Please RSVP for these LAS Career Services presentations through CyHire. The events can be found under the Career Presentations tab in your CyHire account. Simply select RSVP once you find the event. There are two times available:

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 12:10-1 p.m.
LASCS Conference Room, Carver 171

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3:10-4 p.m.
LASCS Conference Room, Carver 171
Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: Media and the 2020 Election
When: Monday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Great Hall, Memorial Union
What: Alexander Heffner is the host of  The Open Mind  on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life, and millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in the  Washington Post , the  New York Times , the  Des Moines Register  and numerous other outlets. This lecture will provide students with the opportunity to engage with Mr. Heffner about their importance in the Iowa Caucuses and the 2020 elections. Students will be able to register to vote at the event.
"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.