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The Iowa Journalist provides professional “real world” experience in photojournalism and desktop publishing software to meet media and public relations objectives. Students write, edit, design, and produce Iowa Journalist, a magazine for alumni and friends of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Iowa Journalist presents news and feature stories about the school’s programs, students, faculty and alumni.















The Latest Iowa Journalist News

Mideast in the Midwest: Islam in Iowa


MAP students look beyond cultural barriers while writing articles that embrace changing journalism media

Rugg Earns Pitch Fellowship

Peter Rugg (B.A. 2007), recent graduate of The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is sharpening his teeth as an editorial fellow at the Kansas City Pitch, a weekly news magazine focusing on local issues and events in Kansas City, MO.

Kim Lands Third Internship

Starting at The Des Moines Register then The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and finally to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, Seung Min Kim, a senior political science and journalism and mass communication major, has had an impressive string of summer internships.

Students Win IBNA Awards

DITV students won 14 awards at the Iowa Broadcast News Association Convention in Clear Lake, Iowa, on May 5.

UI Senior Interns at MTV

An important step in finding a job in the entertainment industry is landing an internship. For Ahrif Sarumi, senior from Calumet City, Ill., a public relations internship didn’t fall into his lap.

Money Well Spent

50-year-donors Phyllis Herman and Jerry Hargitt discuss their experiences stemming from The University of Iowa.

Scott to Cover Beijing Games

Former DI editor becomes Olympics editor for USA Today.

Intangible Rewards Keep Yates in Journalism

To Jon Yates (B.A. 1992), columnist and staff reporter of The Chicago Tribune, satisfactions do not necessarily come from covering corrupt trials of public officials.

Thurow Recognized With Another Alumnus Award


From covering the Hawkeyes to covering the world – so blossomed the career of Roger Thurow (B.A. 1979), this year’s inductee into the Journalism and Mass Communication School’s Hall of Fame.

Judges Become Professors For a Day To Educate Future Journalists

Three Iowa judges met with a classroom of students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication this spring, in an ongoing attempt to educate future journalists about the legal system.

Increasing Interest in Public Records


Open records are becoming a major source of information as the public's interest grows.

Personality Rises Above Experience

A little charisma can go a long way.

Professional in Residence: Dave Toplikar

Shooting videos, photos and writing are just a few of the many tasks Multimedia Reporter Dave Toplikar takes on at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Are Students Benefiting From the Learning Portfolio Process?

The portfoliio is a learning process for both the students and the J-MC School with differing opinions on the requirement.

NABJ Seeks More Readers, Viewers, Members


The members of the National Association of Black Journalists have a lot to say—- they just wish more people would hear it.

Where Will Ed Go From Here?

Ed on Campus is celebrating its first year as the only student organization in the UI J-MC School focused on the magazine industry. But in April, an entirely new executive board will be elected for fall 2007.

Jennifer Hemmingsen, Internship and Assessment Coordinator, Resigns

After nearly two years of service as J-MC Internship and Assessment Coordinator, Jennifer Hemmingsen resigns to pursue career as print journalist.

Society of Professional Journalists on the Move

SPJ increases speakers and mileage as members travel to Midwinter Conference.

Marketing Manager Tells PRSSA Members Importance of Originality, Experience


Marketing Manager at WQAD-TV comes to discuss market research involving the availability of the Quad Cities television market.

High School Teachers Try to Keep Up on Changing Industry

High school journalism teachers attend a retreat to discuss the importance of incorporating media convergence in journalism.

Steve Berry's Book Provides Insider's Views

Professor Steve Berry is in the process of writing a book he said he hopes will help the public understand journalists better.

Catalan Spirit

Professor David Domingo from Catalonia is the latest addition to the UI J-MC School.

University of Iowa Student and Faculty Awards

Recent undergraduates, graduates and faculty members receive awards for outstanding journalistic work.

ABC News Poll Receives First Iowa Gallup Award

Recognized for its outstanding use of data analysis, ABC News was given the Gallup Award for a two-part series that accurately reflected the most important findings of polls taken in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Poe Facilitates Communication Between Middle East and U.S. Students

The Soliya program is an initiative to increase communication, and subsequently understanding, between college students in the Middle East and the United States.

Washington Post Writer Visits UI

What do white plastic patio chairs, haunted waterbed stores and discount funeral homes have in common? The answer is: Hank Stuever, Style section writer for The Washington Post.

Shaffer Stands in the Middle of History

No clips, no internships and no idea what to do with his two degrees- that’s how Robert Shaffer (B.A. 1996, journalism and history) left Iowa City after graduation and headed to Los Angeles Calif.

Oukrop Paves Path for Women in Journalism

Carol Oukrop (Ph.D. 1969), a woman who has long had a passion to improve women’s status in the field of journalism education, is best known for co-authoring the first national study on the status of women in journalism education.

Balancing Passion With Journalistic Integrity

Protesting nuclear proliferation in New York, running for congress as a socialist and working on a number of documentaries as producer, director and editor, Gloria Williams has lived an eventful and conscientious existence.

IHSPA Celebrates 85 Years

Ethical Issues, Hall of Fame Inductees Showcased

The Iowa High School Press Association encouraged high school students to remain creative while staying within legal and ethical boundaries at its 85th Anniversary Conference.

MAP Quest to the Artic

Master’s Project leads student to explore Inuit culture

Sonya Gunderson’s research of Inuit culture and arts began in the summer of 2000 in the Canadian Artic.