Archive for August, 2010

2010-2011: An Exciting Academic Year Ahead

The summer is quickly winding down and the new school year about to begin next week. We welcome new and returning faces this fall, and promise an exciting year ahead for the Diederich College of Communication. A few highlights in store for our students, faculty, staff and alumni this year:

First floor construction brings big changes. Those returning this fall will notice a dramatic new look for the first floor of Johnston Hall. Specifically, the addition of a new student lounge off of our Wisconsin Avenue entrance and a new multimedia classroom across the hall, complete with surround sound and large flat screen monitors. The renovated classroom also has a series of windows that allow passersby to view classes in progress. And don’t forget the new and improved elevator, which is planned to be operational later in the year.

Recently launched student portfolio section on college website. This fall the college website begins featuring the work of our many talented students in an online portfolio. This digital portfolio features student-created videos, research projects, set designs, graphic design layouts, websites and much more, and is designed to showcase this work to both community partners (employers and internship providers) and prospective students. Work will be changed every semester, so watch for updates. View the student portfolio section of the Diederich College website.

Centennial of Journalism: a year-long celebration. As we recognize 100 years of journalism education at Marquette this year, we have many great events planned to commemorate our past and celebrate our future. Starting with the Kickoff party at the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Streets of Old Milwaukee, it promises to be an eventful year full of guest speakers and a student-produced “Centennial Seminars” television program. Stay tuned to our website for announcements and events.

An exciting Performing Arts Mainstage season lineup. Our performing arts students and faculty will present a dynamic range of shows including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Laramie Project, and even a cooperative effort with the professional Milwaukee Chamber Theatre company. Check out the entire line-up and buy tickets at the new online box office.

New NABJ student organization. The Diederich College of Communication is proud to announce the most recent addition to our growing list of student organizations, the National Association of Black Journalists. Originally founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color. Committed to diversity, not only in the stories that are presented by media organizations, but also the journalists who write them, NABJ has been an important part of the journalism industry for over 30 years. NABJ-MU has potential to offer opportunities to all ethnicities and areas of study and advocate for students of color by giving them a voice on campus.

We look forward to the 2010-2011 academic year, and plan to make it a memorable one. For additional calendar listings and event updates, please visit our website at

North Korea Joins the Twitter Community

By Jennifer Janviere

North Korean poster art depicting soldier in war

Image from Uriminzok YouTube video

Twitter has a new member: the government of North Korea.

Long known for its reclusive international status and strict controls of incoming and outgoing information, the country reportedly joined Twitter last week. The country’s designated “Tweeters” posts under the name user name “Uriminzok,” which translates to “our people.” The move is somewhat ironic, since the country blocks Internet access for the majority of residents and is not exactly well known for promoting an open dialogue with the international community. Continue reading ‘North Korea Joins the Twitter Community’

Online Data Privacy in the Digital Age

By Steve Byers

Data mining and GPS TrackingIt hit me as I was reading about Facebook’s newest option, the “Places” feature that allows you to let your friends know where you are using your smart phone’s GPS signal that my reaction was different than what I, or Facebook, must have expected. It was a basic distrust of my data.

Sure, as Rob Pegoraro wrote, you have to activate the feature (Facebook seems to have belatedly realized that we want opt-in), and it’s reasonably difficult to do so it probably won’t happen by accident. But I have two big concerns immediately.

The first is that it won’t take long for someone to be assaulted by a stalker or someone else who wormed their way onto a “Friends” list (do you personally know all your “Friends”; I allow former students to “friend” me and don’t keep up with many of them). We’ve already read of homes being burglarized by “Friends” who learned on Facebook that someone was on vacation.

The second is my long-time paranoia creeping through.  Sure, we have to turn the feature on — supposedly. But how do we know it isn’t being misused by Facebook itself (or some of its employees). We know IRS workers have accessed politicians’ files, and that’s a felony. We know of the school in Pennsylvania that used the laptops it handed out to spy on students.

It’s the same as providers (or Google) tracking my keystrokes. Sure most people won’t misuse these powers. But if something’s possible, it will be used.

We’re well past the point where we need legislative action to protect our privacy. I’m contacting the offices of Senator Kohl and Senator Feingold, and urging them to push for privacy protection before any of my concerns become real.

Steve Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication.

Marquette Mourns Loss of Alumnus

Tab Baker

Marquette University mourns the loss of alumnus Terrence “Tab” Baker. Baker, an actor and stage performer, died in his Chicago home on August 9. He was known for his work in numerous area movie, television and theatrical productions. According to an obituary in the Chicago Tribune, Baker appeared in shows incuding “Prison Break,” “Cupid,” “E/R” and “Early Edition,” movies such as “Save the Last Dance,” and “Gladiator,” and productions at the Chicago Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre and Goodman Theatre. Terrence also acting taught at Columbia College in Chicago. He will be missed by friends and family. Image: Chicago Tribune Online

Should Colleges Monitor Student Athletes’ Social Media Use?

By Jennifer Janviere

Student on a computerWith the relatively recent advent of social media, a growing trend has begun to emerge: online monitoring of user generated content. Although already implemented in many corporate workplaces, the idea is spreading to a less likely spot: college campuses. Some academic institutions have begun to adopt the practice of carefully watching what their student athletes post on Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading ‘Should Colleges Monitor Student Athletes’ Social Media Use?’

Alumni Team Wins Clarion Award

Menness, Balistreri and Thomas in front of their award-winning projectThis month, alumni of the Diederich College of Communication M.A. program Jennifer Meness, Ruby Thomas and Dawn Balistreri were honored as 2010 Clarion Award winners for their project “Eroding, Embracing, or Elevating the McNeighborhood: An Analysis of Milwaukee’s McDonald’s Restaurants.”  The Clarion Awards, presented annually by the Association for Women in Communications, recognize outstanding work in marketing and communication. The paper received an award in the Photography, Graphics and Design Communications division, Special Design/Creation – Series of Items category.

While studying in the Diederich College of Communication, the three graduate students worked together to explore the effects of fast food restaurants on poverty and neighborhood image. The team first received recognition at last fall’s National Communication Association convention in Chicago, where the project was named “Best Overall Scholar to Scholar Presentation” and “Most Accessible Scholar to Scholar Presentation.”

Congratulations to our talented and creative graduates of the Diederich College of Communication!

View the full list of Clarion Award winners on the Association for Women in Communications website.

Luncheon Celebrates Achievements of Young Journalists

By Jennifer Janviere

Messmer students with certificates of internship completion.This afternoon, the Diederich College of Communication celebrated the accomplishments of participants in our crossover program with Messmer High School. Each year the program targets young aspiring journalists and provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working as interns for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where they shadow reporters and work both inside the news room and outside in the field gathering information for stories.

The students have also previously taken part in the Urban Journalism Workshop, a Dow Jones News Fund-sponsored training program that takes place at Marquette each summer. UJW provides a great crash course for aspiring journalists in producing news packages under tight deadlines, which they quickly put into practice during the internship experience.

During the four week internship, the students also have the opportunity to publish photos and articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. One of this year’s UJW participants, Rachel Malone, had her photo of post flood clean-up efforts published on the front page of the paper. I had the pleasure of working with Rachel as an instructor at the workshop this summer, and it’s great to see the lessons put into practice outside the classroom!

Above all, the luncheon celebrates the hard work and professional accomplishments of these students at a young age. With an impressive work ethic and very promising writing and photographic abilities, I have no doubt that this group will go far in their future careers.

Jennifer Janviere is a multimedia specialist and instructor in the Diederich College of Communication.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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