SJMC Weekly Announcements


Vilas Insider print newsletter now available

The spring 2022 issue of the Vilas Insider newsletter is here, and coming to mailboxes soon. You can read the digital versions of the stories with additional content here. Stories include:
  • Letter from the Director
  • Student News: Two J-Schoolers accepted into POLITICO Journalism Institute
  • Distinguished teaching faculty Pat Hastings retires from SJMC
  • Undergrad advisor and lecturer Robert Schwoch retiring from SJMC
  • Former director and longtime professor Hemant Shah retires from SJMC
  • Faculty & Staff News: Stacy Forster Wins Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Faculty & Staff News: Sijia Yang Receives Exceptional Service Support Award
  • Graduate Student Highlight: Luis Gryffin Loya
  • By the Numbers: Day of the Badger 2022
  • Alumni News: “We The Vision” Documentary Shines a Spotlight on Historic Student Publication
  • Gift Impact: Sharon Stark Turns Passion for Philanthropy into Professorship
  • Gift Impact: New scholarship honors alum and TV executive Gerald J. Ruben

Alum Sean Zak (BA'14) writing for from Scotland

J-School alum Sean Zak (BA'14) has a workplace worthy of envy from golfers worldwide: He rented a flat in St. Andrews. He’s also been flying from Scotland to pro events and meetups with the world’s best golfers when he’s not editing video, covering tournaments in the UK, doing interviews, corresponding online and writing in his apartment.

For an ongoing project, Zak has spent his mornings walking around, golfing, meeting people and filing twice-weekly essays, internet posts, photos and observations about the locale known as the “cradle of golf.” Read more.

Professor Lucas Graves moderates panel on fact checking

On Friday, GlobalFact 9, an annual fact-checking conference held this year in Oslo, Norway, hosted a panel to discuss the future of automated fact-checking. The five-person panel was moderated by Lucas Graves, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin and author of the book “Deciding What’s True: The Rise of Political Fact-Checking in American Journalism.” Read more.

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