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Creating new tools Two students work on the code for a journalist's interview recording app.

Developing Minds, Developing Apps

Three new J-MC classes focus on technology.

Knowledge of technology is rapidly becoming key for journalists, editors, photographers and others.

Lucky for University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communication students, the curriculum is adapting to meet these demands.

In January, the J-MC School introduced two brand new classes, Create an iPhone App and Hot Type, while expanding the Multimedia Introduction class.

The new array of multimedia-related classes offer students and faculty the chance to flex their technological muscles and jump head first into the 21st century media landscape.

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Neil Brown Inducted into Hall of Fame

Executive Editor and Vice President of the St. Petersburg Times Neil Brown (B.A. 1981) was inducted into the University of Iowa J-MC School Hall of Fame on April 16.

Honored Neil Brown accepts his award from Dr. Perlmutter

Under Brown’s leadership, the St. Petersburg Times has become the largest newspaper in Florida and been recognized among the nation’s best written and designed papers. In 2009, the Timeswas awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for feature writing, and for national reporting for its innovative fact-checking Web site, PolitiFact.

“Both prizes honored the power of independent journalism and recognized that even in the most difficult economic times, there is still a place and audience for important, high quality journalism,” Brown said.

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Where it all begins Dr. Perlmutter, Elizabeth Shores and Professor Nelson are all involved in the development of the certificate.

A Fresh Outlook on Journalism

A new philanthropy certificate will soon be available to students through the J-MC School.

The word “journalism” elicits an image of reporters hard at work in their field. But at The University of Iowa, journalism also paints a different picture.

Officials have been working on creating a philanthropic studies certificate within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication that, if approved, should be available for undergraduates as early as spring 2011.

“Journalism is being reinvented and a lot of what we defined as journalism will change radically,” J-MC School Director Dr. David Perlmutter said. “I think that schools of journalism and mass communication need to prepare people for modern careers in news and information and strategic communication.”

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