SJMC Weekly Announcements


Article in Journalism

New article "'The Right to Voice Your Opinions': A Historical Case Study in Audience Members’ Emotional Hostility to Radio Journalists" from Kathryn McGarr in Journalism. The article uses listener hate mail to radio reporters during a divisive moment—President Harry Truman’s removal of General Douglas MacArthur from his command in the Korean War in April 1951—to identify a politically rancorous discourse, aimed at the press. This period of high emotion for Americans provides a case study in audience members’ sometimes hostile relationship with journalists and does so at an early moment in the creation of a truly mass national news audience. Read the article.


Ivan L. Preston Research Symposium: Friday, April 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Join us for the Ivan L. Preston Research Symposium "Journalism and Democracy: Pathologies, Crises, and Possibilities" on Friday, April 1. The event will take place in the Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas) or virtually. Speakers include R. Lance Holbert of Temple University and Victor Pickard of the University of Pennsylvania. Register to attend the virtual option at

Day of the Badger: April 5-6

Day of the Badger returns April 5–6. Mark your calendars now to celebrate what makes UW–Madison great. This is your moment to share your Badger spirit on social and support the achievements of students and faculty who are changing the world. Bookmark our fundraising page.

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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