SJMC Weekly Announcements


Carlos Dávalos passes preliminary exams

From Sue Robinson: Please congratulate Carlos Dávalos for passing his preliminary exams!!! He is now a doctoral candidate working on his dissertation about Mexican radio: “Popular music and identity: The two radio stations in Mexico City that programmed pop music during the 90s.” Woohoo, Carlos!!

Recent alum Tomoko Okada accepts position

Recent SJMC Ph.D. graduate, Tomoko Okada, has accepted a position as a post-doc researcher at WZB Social Science Center in Berlin. Congratulations Tomoko!

Mike Wagner talks to Channel 3000 about Wisconsin governor's race ad spending

With another entry into the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor, ad spending has gone continued to rise. Mike Wagner spoke with Channel 3000 recently to discuss what it all means for the election. Read more.

Mike Wagner gives talk at CommUnity Conference

Mike Wagner gave a talk about civic life in Wisconsin at the excellent CommUnity Conference on campus on April 28. He shared work that's been done at the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal about political contention, voting barriers, media use and political behavior.

New podcast from WPR and Wisconsin Watch

WPR and Wisconin Watch have announced the debut of an exciting new podcast, “Open and Shut." “Open and Shut” shines a light on the power of the prosecutor, and its impact on victims, the accused and the justice system.

For nearly three years, investigative reporter Phoebe Petrovic has been looking into the actions of two former prosecutors in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley. “Open and Shut” shows how these district attorneys got away with bending the rules for years — sometimes with lasting and tragic consequences. This is deeply researched reporting and a rich audio experience featuring hidden recordings, jailhouse tape, and never-before heard interviews. We hope you’ll listen and share it with friends.

Phoebe was a Lee Ester News Fellow at WPR before joining Wisconsin Watch in 2019. The values shared by Wisconsin Watch and WPR are reflected in our commitment to investigative journalism that informs and empowers the people of Wisconsin. ‘“Open and Shut’” explores an aspect of our criminal justice system that few understand, yet has an enormous impact on life in our state.

The first three episodes of “Open and Shut” are available now at, or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes in the seven-part series will be released Wednesdays. Subscribe and listen today.


Article in American Journalism

New paper from Kathryn McGarr "When the New York Times Liked Ike: The Newspaper’s Controversial Presidential Endorsements of 1952 and 1956." This paper uses archival collections of the New York Times—in addition to papers from several other personal and institutional archival collections—to demonstrate how important decisions were made, as well as contested, on the ground. Read in American Journalism.


Job listing for Undergrad Academic Advisor position posted - Please share!

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks an energetic, collaborative individual to join our 30 faculty and staff members to advise our undergraduate majors. The undergraduate advisor is a contributing member of the department, is included in decision-making at the committee and department levels and works closely with the career advisor wrap-around guidance for our students. Please share this opportunity with your networks! The position is posted with a deadline of May 15, 2022. See the job description.


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.

SJMC Graduation Celebration: May 13

Our May Graduation Celebration will take place in person at the Discovery Building (330 N Orchard St) in the H.F. DeLuca Forum and via livestream on Friday, May 13 at 12PM Central. No registration or tickets are required. If you are graduating and want to participate, submit this form by Friday, April 29.

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