Vilas Insider Newsletter - Winter 2021
A Message from SJMC Director Hernando Rojas:
Greetings from the J-School! As we come to the conclusion of another semester, I want to reflect on all that our faculty, staff, students and alumni have been able to achieve together. As we transitioned back to in-person classes, our students and instructors managed a safe and enthusiastic return to the classroom. Researchers have been hard at work on exploring some of the biggest issues facing society today, including combating misinformation. Our alumni have been honored for their outstanding careers in communications. Friends of the School have come together in support of current students, raising over $13,000 during Fill the Hill. I am truly proud of all we've accomplished, and deeply grateful to everyone that made it possible. This quarter's newsletter contains some of the stories of what made this semester great. If you'd like to help ensure the continued success of the School, consider a gift to SJMC in your end of year giving plans.

On, Wisconsin!
New J-School Course Focuses on Video Production, Brings in Professionals
This fall, J-School students had the chance to take J475: Creative Campaigns and Video Production, a new course brought to the curriculum by Evjue Centennial Professor Doug McLeod. 

Researchers Win Grant to Combat Misinformation About COVID and the 2020 Election
Misinformation on social media has presented significant threats to both public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and democracy throughout the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In response to these challenges, a team of researchers has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator to study the most effective methods of combating misinformation online.

Three Questions for Phil Haslanger '73
J-School alum and CJE Advisory Board Chair Phil Haslanger has been inducted into the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Inclusion Committee Strives to Create Equitable and Diverse Space for Students
In the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, students, faculty and staff are collaborating on efforts surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion, including three new student representatives added to the committee.

Video Graduate Student Highlight: Jianing Li
Meet SJMC Ph.D. candidate Jianing Li! In this video, Jianing shares a bit about her research, awards she's won and what she hopes to do after graduation.

Save the Date: 2022 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics Ceremony
The Center for Journalism Ethics annual award ceremony for the 2022 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics will take place in New York City on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Nominations for the award are open now through January 18, 2022.