SJMC Weekly Announcements


Kiran Bhatia accepts job at Tulane University

PhD student Kiran Bhatia has officially accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. Congratulations, Kiran!

Lee Newman (BA'92) quoted in Wall Street Journal

SJMC Board of Visitors member Lee Newman (BA'92) recently spoke to the Wall Street Journal about this year's Super Bowl commercials. Read the article.

Jeremy Vuernick (BA'11) promoted to President of A&R at Capitol Music Group

Congratulations to J-School alum Jeremy Vuernick (BA'11) on his recent promotion! Jeremy is the recipient of the 2022 Nafziger Award for achievements within 10 years of graduating from SJMC. Read more.

Sophia Abrams featured in L&S video

J-School senior Sophia Abrams is a Student Historian for the UW Archives, creating an oral history project and exhibition on Black artists who attended UW-Madison. Learn more about her project in this great video profile from the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science.

Cara Lombardo (MA'16) contributes to HBO documentary

Congratulations to J-School alum Cara Lombardo (MA'16) on the premiere of the documentary "Icahn: The Restless Billionaire". The film is available to stream anytime on HBO Max.


In Memoriam: Dave Black

Dave Black, who inspired generations of students as general manager of UW–Madison’s student radio station WSUM 91.7 FM, has died at age 66.

Through his own dedication to broadcast journalism and radio programming, Dave made an impression on students at UW-Madison and instilled the University’s value of sifting and winnowing.

Dave was a steadfast leader, a dedicated mentor and a beloved colleague and friend. Read SJMC's tribute to Dave.


New book from Center for Communication and Civic Renewal

Researchers in the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal have published a new book, "Battleground" Asymmetric Communication Ecologies and the Erosion of Civil Society in Wisconsin" via Cambridge Elements Politics and Communication. Authors include Lew Friedland, Dhavan Shah, Mike Wagner, Chris Wells (Boston University), Kathy Cramer (Political Science) and Jon Pevehouse (Political Science).

According to Mike Wagner, "the book models Wisconsin’s political communication ecology: the way that politics, social life and communication intersect and create conditions of contentiousness and democratic decline. The authors find a state-level set of information ecologies that both overlap and are distinct from national politics." Read more about the book in this Twitter thread.

Article in Digital Journalism

New paper from PhD student Yoo Ji Suh and collaborators titled "Fact-Checking and Audience Engagement: A Study of Content Analysis and Audience Behavioral Data of Fact-Checking Coverage from News Media" examining message characteristics of news articles that fact-check (mis)information in South Korea and (b) how these message features shape audience engagement with the articles. Read in Digital Journalism.


CCCR and MCRC Conference: February 25-26

Join CCCR and MCRC for a two day event February 25 and 26 in the Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas) or via livestream. Day one (Friday, February 25) is titled "Communication and Civic Life Amid Contention" and runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Day two (Saturday, February 26) includes the "Un-Conference Sessions" and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Crossroads Communication Conference: March 4

The annual Communication Crossroads Conference is scheduled for March 4, 2022. Put on each year by SJMC graduate students, Crossroads is an opportunity for current students to present research and prospective students to visit and get a taste of what SJMC is like. 

The call for papers deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m. tonight, February 18! Learn more and view the call for papers.

Advertising and Communications Career Fair: March 4

Our final virtual advertising and communications career fair of the semester is March 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Please encourage students looking for jobs and internships to attend. The list of employers and tips for preparing are on our website.

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