Archive for December, 2011

Looking Back on 2011

By the Diederich College of Communication

As 2011 winds to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect back on all the many events that occurred throughout the past year here in the Diederich College of Communication.

This year in particular seemed to mark so many significant milestones for our college. Throughout 2010 and 2011 we celebrated the Centennial of Journalism at Marquette University, during which we hosted several student-produced “Centennial Seminars” panel forums with a number of prominent media professionals. The centennial was also a reminder that we’ve come a long way since the early days of journalism at Marquette, when the Tribune was first printed on a press in the basement of Johnston Hall!

In March, we also saw the launch of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, a non-profit media organization that focuses on Milwaukee’s central city communities, housed right here in our building. A few of our journalism students have even had the opportunity to contribute professional work to NNS.

During this year we were visited by a number of guest speakers such as game designer Jane McGonigalSports Illustrated’s Peter King, ESPN’s Chris Brussard, New York Times best-selling author Margaret Coel, journalist James Foley and many others who shared their wisdom and world views with us. There was also the fall PR and Social Media Summit that raised $25,000 for Marquette’s scholarship fund.

2011 was a big year for many of our students as well. Our college offered study opportunities overseas in Italy and Cyprus, and our student media took home a first place design award from the Associated College Press. Other students helped develop and launch the “Food Fight Milwaukee” advertising campaign to help address the issue of local hunger.

Our theatre department explored issues of tolerance and acceptance with their incredible production of “The Laramie Project” earlier this year, and hosted a visit by activist Judy Shepherd, who shared her touching personal story about a hate crime against her son, Matthew.

And of course, there are the accomplishments of our faculty members and alumni. This spring, an alumnus and his news team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won a Pulitzer prize for reporting. We’ve also had several faculty members win fellowships and grants, including the Page Legacy Scholar grant, a Fulbright scholarship and a Scripps Institute fellowship among others.

Looking back, it’s been another busy but productive year in the college. It’s remarkable how fast the time seems to have gone by! We look forward to another year of learning, growing and exploring in 2012.

Iowa Calling

By Sumana Chattopadhyay

While writing this I cannot help but recall the last post I wrote for this blog in March. In that post I had discussed the state of the Republican primary race which had just started to gain some momentum. What is surprising to me today is that most of the names I had discussed then are no longer being talked about at all in the primary campaign right now which is heating up in anticipation of the Iowa caucus. Except for Romney who continues to be one of the key contenders to the nomination and Bachmann who still continues to somehow be in the race (though she no longer has the magic touch she seemed to have in the early days of the campaign), mostly today the campaign seems to have new faces and new names. Herman Cain is gone and Rick Perry who became a phenomenon after my March post is starting to look weaker with every passing day thanks to the gaffes that he keeps committing on the campaign trail. Continue reading ‘Iowa Calling’

What Do You Mean By That?

By April Newton

The COMM 2100 (Visual Communication) students have been hearing, talking and thinking about “meaning” a lot this semester. I have been trying to get them to understand that everything they see has meaning, whether explicit or implicit. We have looked at the expected mediated images like photography, graphic design and film and we have also talked about the visual messages conveyed through architecture, fashion and fine art.

About a month ago, the students were given a blank piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock paper. It’s a little thicker than typical printer paper and it has a slight texture to it. The sheet was a true white color and utterly blank. I asked them to attach some sort of meaning to the paper. They could do anything they wanted to it including drawing or painting on it, turning it into a collage, cutting it up or turning it into pulp and reforming it into something completely new. I told them their only requirement was that they had to actually use the paper but after that, the sky was the limit in terms of conveying some sort of meaning. Continue reading ‘What Do You Mean By That?’


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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