Vilas Insider Newsletter - Winter 2021
A Message from SJMC Director Hernando Rojas:
As we pass the one-year mark of the global pandemic, I want to take a moment to recognize all of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. Throughout this difficult time, the J-School community has been able to adapt and come together to support one another in different and creative ways. Though it has been challenging, it has not stopped our department from shining in different ways, a number of which you can read about in this newsletter. Looking ahead to the final weeks of the semester, I want to encourage all of our alumni to continue supporting the J-School, especially during the upcoming Day of the Badger event. With a donation to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, you can support current students and share your J-School pride. Thank you!
Day of the Badger: April 6-7
Join us for a day of giving back, wearing red and showing your J-School spirit. Thanks to generous former Board of Visitors Members, we have a $10,000 match!

J-School Jeopardy!
Join us Tuesday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. CDT for J-School Jeopardy! Host Katy Culver will challenge contestants Mike Wagner, Pat Hastings and Stacy Forster on their J-School knowledge. The event is free, with a suggested donation to the J-School for Day of the Badger!

Three J-Schoolers Receive WBA Awards for Exemplary Broadcasting Skills
Congratulations to Reagan Zimmerman (left), Tamia Fowlkes (second from left) and Kingsley-Reigne Pissang (right) on receiving scholarships from the Wisconsin Broadcasters' Association.

Graduate Student Highlight: Yiping Xia
Ph.D. student Yiping Xia, was recently awarded a Mini Fellowship from UW-Madison’s Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. We caught up with Yiping to hear more about him and what he hopes to do after graduation.

3 Questions for McKenzie Badger '13
You've probably seen President Biden's campaign logo everywhere, from t-shirts and mugs to cookies made by Taylor Swift and a face mask worn by BeyoncĂ©. But did you know J-School alum McKenzie Badger was part of the team that created Biden's campaign branding?

Badger Precollege Summer Scholars Program
Do you know a high schooler interested in journalism? This summer, the J-School is offering "News and Information for the 21st Century" through the Badger Precollege Summer Scholars program. Students can apply by April 30.

2021 Shadid Award Winner Announced
The Center for Journalism Ethics has awarded the 2021 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics to Margie Mason and Robin McDowell of the Associated Press for their investigation on palm oil labor abuses.

Journalism Ethics and Local News Now: Center for Journalism Ethics Conference 2021
Join the Center for Journalism Ethics on Friday, April 23 for a free, livestreamed virtual conference. The event features keynote speaker Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC News' "Nightline".