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.

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