SJMC Weekly Announcements


Day of the Badger raises over $30,000 for SJMC Annual Fund

Day of the Badger 2022 took place this week, raising $31,700 from 138 gifts based on preliminary counts. Thank you to everyone who made the event a huge success!

2020 issue of Curb Magazine receives award

The 2020 issue of Curb Magazine won a Silver Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which gave out awards for work produced in the 2020-21 academic year. Congratulations! Read the announcement.

Curb and The Badger Report honored with SPJ awards

Curb and the Badger Report won some awards at the Region 6 Society of Professional Journalists conference last weekend — these pieces will go on to the national competition.

Here are the winners:
Best All-Around Television Newscast: The Badger Report
Best Affiliated Website: Curb: Out of the Dark
Best Use of Multimedia: “Blackout: The dark side of the drunkest state in America,” Elea Levin, Cailyn Schiltz and Tamia Fowlkes, Curb
Television In-Depth Reporting: Zoe Bockhorst, “Tagged”
Feature Photography: Kalli Anderson, Curb
Food/Restaurant Journalism: “Old fashioned, never out of style,” Joe Rickles, Curb
Podcast Finalist: Crushin’ in COVID — by Grace Landsberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shreenita Ghosh accepts position at Pew Research Center

SJMC grad student, Shreenita Ghosh has accepted a position as a Research Associate for the Media and News research team at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C.

Pew Research Center’s Media and News project conducts original mixed methods research studies on the news and information environment in a changing society in three main areas: Americans’ news attitudes and habits, the state of the news media industry, and how people encounter and engage with news online. The main goal is to help the public and those in media, as well as other researchers and scholars, develop a better understanding of the news and media landscape.

Congratulations Shreenita!

Alum Chris Vosters named voice of the Chicago Blackhawks

J-School alum Chris Vosters (BA'13) will succeed Pat Foley as the Voice of the Chicago Blackhawks. Vosters  joined the Blackhawks broadcast team this season and has previous experience working for the Big Ten Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, NBC Sports and Stadium. He called ice hockey for NBC Sports during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and sled hockey for the 2022 Paralympic Games. He also has Olympic experience with NBC Sports calling action for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and 2018 Winter Olympic Games. With the Big Ten Network, Vosters handled play-by-play duties for the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2019. Read more.

Alum Dusty Weis' company nominated for Webby Award

J-School alum Dusty Weis' (BA'07) Milwaukee podcast production agency Podcamp Media is being honored among some of the biggest brands in the creative world, with the nomination this week of its flagship podcast Lead Balloon for Best Creativity & Marketing Podcast in the 26th Annual Webby Awards. Read more.

Alum Annie Lang wins Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research

Alum and Nelson Award Winner Annie Lang (MA'80, PhD'87) has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for Excellence in Research, awarded by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Lang is a renowned communication scholar in media research. Her research focuses on understanding communication and media from a human-centered complex systems perspective. Read more.


Article in Journal of Health Communication

Kate Christy, Matt Minich, Ran Tao, Karyn Riddle and Sunghak Kim have a forthcoming article in Journal of Health Communication titled, "To tailor or not to tailor: An investigation of narrative tailoring for health communication." In it, the authors attempted to determine whether tailoring stories is an effective way of increasing their persuasive effectiveness. They found that our two tailored conditions (tailored along demographics only or tailored along demographics and theory) didn't differ from a non-tailored story in terms of persuasive effectiveness. However, all stories were more effective than a facts only (non-narrative) condition.

Article in Social Media + Society

Professor Karyn Riddle and former SJMC MA student Muheng Yu have published a new research study on cyberbullying in Social Media + Society. Yu and Riddle report the results of an experiment that found college students who were introduced to a new social media platform (“Badger Chat!”) described as having non-permanent, ephemeral content were more likely to believe they could remain anonymous when cyberbullying as compared to those introduced to a social media platform described as having permanent content. In turn, people who believed they could remain anonymous were less likely to believe they would receive negative consequences from cyberbullying, such as family disapproval or punishment from authorities. The findings suggest parents and educators should pay close attention to children, adolescent, and young adult use of online platforms on which content is deleted (e.g., Snapchat) as they can foster a sense of anonymity. Link to advance online version is here.


Center for Journalism Ethics Conference: April 29

The Center for Journalism Ethics' conference "Centering Equity: Journalism, Ethics and a Just Future" will take place Friday, April 29 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more and register.

Alumni Awards Ceremony: April 29

The Alumni Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, April 29 at the Gordon Commons Dining and Events Center Symphony Room from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The event will honor recipients of our alumni awards, including the Nafziger, Nelson, Dunwoody and Distinguished Service Awards, as well as our Baughman Senior Achievement Award winners and graduate student teaching and leadership awards. Register here.

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