Vilas Insider Newsletter - Fall 2020
A Message from SJMC Director Hernando Rojas:
Greetings from the J-School! As I write this, we are coming to the conclusion of one of the most unusual semesters in the history of the School. Our classes have been delivered in a combination of remote and in-person instruction. While this has been challenging for students and faculty alike, I am energized by the dedication of our community. As we reflect on 2020, we are grateful to our alumni and friends for their ongoing support, our faculty and staff for their commitment and our students for their resilience. In this newsletter, we share some of the things that we have been up to and several ways you can give back to the J-School, including our upcoming Inclusive Recruiting and Student Support Initiative. We hope you’ll join us. On Wisconsin!
Inclusive Recruiting and Student Support Initiative
Help us recruit a diverse student body and build a school community where people feel a sense of belonging.
A Message from College of Letters and Science Dean Eric Wilcots
Altering Landscapes: How the J-School is Responding to COVID-19's Impact
The UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been working hard to give their students a chance to stay engaged with a wide range of course material, whether in person or virtually.

New Fact-Checking Projects Focus on Combating COVID-19 Misinformation
With information about COVID-19 rapidly circulating online, it can be difficult to determine what’s true and what’s not. SJMC faculty and students are working on several projects to combat misinformation. Read More
Ph.D. Student Jianing "Janice" Li Receives Social Data Dissertation Fellowship from SSRC
Li was recently awarded the Social Data Dissertation Fellowship from the SSRC to study how citizens can form healthy skepticism toward information they encounter on social media.

The Badger Report: Working Together While Staying Apart
Students' teamwork is being put to the test as The Badger Report transitioned to virtual instruction. See how students are making the newscast happen remotely. Read More
What's Now? SJMC Board of Visitors Speaker Series Covers Key Topics
In the three installments of the “What’s Now: Fall Guest Speaker Series,” four University of Wisconsin-Madison alumni shared their own experiences in the media industry and how COVID-19 has impacted their field of work.

How J-School Alums Can Give Back
If you’re a J-School alum or a friend of the School, here are three ways you can give back to current students.
Together we raised over $16,000 during Fill the Hill! Thank you to all who gave!
A note of gratitude: On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, we would like to offer a sincere thanks to the late James D. Llewellyn (BS'60) for his generous estate gift to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. James had a passion for journalism and journalism education, spending his career both working for newspapers as well as being a part-time professor at Oakland University for over a decade. His gift will empower the next generation of journalists and educators. Thank you!