SJMC Weekly Announcements


Kiran Bhatia successfully defends dissertation

From Lindsay Palmer: Dr. Kiran Bhatia has successfully defended her dissertation and will be joining the Department of Communication at Tulane University as a tenure-track assistant professor. Yay, Kiran!

Yidong Steven Wang successfully defends dissertation

From Sue Robinson: So, so pleased to introduce Dr. Yidong Steven Wang who passed his dissertation defense Wednesday. His dissertation is titled "Digital Network, Power Dynamic, and Affective Space: A Multi-Site Case Study of Queer Media Ecology," and it is wonderful. Dr. Wang embarks this week for the University of Kansas where he has a post-doc for the next two years doing community-based research. Thank you to his entire committee for such a provocative and intense discussion about queer media ecologies today: Lew Friedland, Lori K Lopez, Rob Howard and Shaka Mcglotten.

Honoring Dave Black in Academic Staff Assembly

Kelsey Brannan read a resolution in Dave Black’s honor at the Academic Staff Assembly this week. Thank you Kelsey for honoring Dave's memory among his peers in the assembly.

"Estelle" Ranran Zhu Mi successfully defends dissertation

From Dhavan Shah: Estelle passed her dissertation defense yesterday, will deposit her dissertation shortly, and then head to Kean University for a tenure track position. Congrats to her on these accomplishments. 

Ellie Yang accepts role at Northwest Missouri State University

From Dhavan Shah: Pleased to report that Ellie secured a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mass Media at Northwest Missouri State University. Congratulations to her on securing an assistant professorship!

Alum Ornella Hills (PhD'21) accepts new role at UW-Steven's Point

From Dhavan Shah: Ornella Hills is going to start a tenure track position in the School of Health Sciences and Wellness at UW-Steven’s Point. A hearty congratulations to her the new tenure-track position.

Eunyoung Myung successfully defends dissertation

From Karyn Riddle: Congratulations to Eunyoung Myung, who successfully defended her dissertation this week! Eunyoung’s dissertation project (“Predictors of young adults’ diet and exercise information seeking on YouTube: Applying and extending the comprehensive model of information seeking”) explored predictors of young adults’ use of YouTube for diet and exercise purposes. Committee member included Professors Dhavan Shah (SJMC), Hernando Rojas (SJMC), Lyn Van Swol (Communication Arts), Elizabeth Jacobs (Maine Medical Center Research Institute), and advisor Karyn Riddle (SJMC). Congratulations!

Yiping Xia accepts postdoc position

Congratulations to PhD candidate Yiping Xia who just accepted a position as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will join the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) housed in the School of Information and Library Science.

Yiping also received a Summer Scholar Award from UW's Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. The $4,000 award will support the completion of his dissertation this summer.

Heysung Lee passes preliminary exams

From Hernando Rojas: Congratulations to Heysung Lee for passing her preliminary exams!

Soo Yun Kim accepts job offer

From Hernando RojasSoo Yun Kim has accepted a tenure track position with the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, starting this fall. Congratulations!

J-School senior Tamia Fowlkes part of Pulitzer finalist team; named notable graduate in class of 2022

Congratulations to J-School senior Tamia Fowlkes on being named one of the notable graduates of spring 2022! Among her many accolades, Tamia was one of the recipients of this year's James L. Baughman Senior Achievement Awards. Read more.

Tamia was also part of the team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for powerful coverage that exposed an unknown epidemic of electrical fires in the city’s rental properties and a widespread lack of accountability. Read more.

Students and alums win Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards

Students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home 22 MPC awards, including eight top prizes. Winners included students from The Daily Cardinal, Curb Magazine, On the Record (J457: Storytelling through Sound), Cutting Class (J456: Long Form Video) and J335: Principles and Practices of Reporting.

This year, The Badger Report has won two Milwaukee Press Club awards (Gold and Bronze), one Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and a Society of Professional Journalists Award, which is up for a national award. "It's been gratifying for me to see it evolve and become a consistent award winner,
said Pat Hastings, Distinguished Teaching Faculty and instructor for J425: Video Journalism, which produces The Badger Report. "We've come so far in a relatively short amount of time."

Hemant Shah and Sue Robinson highlighted in The Badger Herald

As Professor Hemant Shah prepares to retire, The Badger Herald wrote an article on the importance of the ethnic studies degree requirement, which he advocated for early in his career. The article also quoted Professor Sue Robinson, who was a mentee of Hemant's earlier in her career. Read the article.


Article in Modern American History

New article from Kathryn McGarr "'The World's Greatest Hypocrites': White Men and Diplomatic Reporting in the Early Cold War," which relies on the under-used archival papers of journalists in the early Cold War period to argue that they actively created a Washington consensus on foreign policy that kept economic determinism out of the U.S. public's understanding of policies like the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. Read in Modern American History.


Summer Kickoff Party - Friday, May 20th, 3:00 p.m.

From Danny Parker: Everyone (and their partners or +1 and children!) are invited to Doug’s house for a big summer kick-off party on May 20th at 3pm!

Doug McLeod, Mike Wagner, and Lew Friedland are reuniting the SJMC band with new member Max Fuller!!! (We need karaoke-style singing volunteers-so please text Danny to sign up!)

We’ll have live music, and be serving food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages). Feel free to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, a dish, a beverage, or just your awesome self!!!! It will be outdoors if no rain and if it rains, we’ll move the stage into the garage! 

If you have questions, need a ride, or want to volunteer to drive our SJMC friends without cars or be a designated driver, email Danny at 

P.S. Faculty and staff-we want to see you there! 

Also, parents: this time around we’ve got RSVP on a couple of kids so your children will have someone to play with-and there is a playground in front of Doug’s house!

6821 Ramsey Rd
Middleton, WI

Can’t wait to see you all there!

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