In the News


 SJMC students network with John Altenbern (BA '79/MBA '97), president of the SJMC Professional Advisory Board,
 SJMC students network with John Altenbern (BA '79/MBA '97), president of the SJMC Professional Advisory Board,

Faculty Feats

David DowlingDowling’s Paper Receives Prize

The International Association for Literary Journalism Studies awarded David Dowling, SJMC director of undergraduate studies, the Susan Greenberg Prize for Best Research Paper for his ’paper, “Banned in Britain: Marilynne Robinson’s Radical Environmental Journalism.” It was noted for its clarity, originality, canon-expansion, and overall significance to the study of literary journalismGiGi Durham Named Associate Dean

Gigi DurhamGigi Durham Named Associate Dean

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences appointed Professor Meenakshi Gigi Durham associate dean for outreach and engagement. Durham is also the recipient of the 2017 President and Provost Teaching Excellence Award, the University of Iowa’s highest award for teaching. This award further displays Durham’s commitment to student learning inside and out of the classroom. 

Seashore HallSaying Farewell to Seashore Hall

A new $33.5 million building to house the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will begin construction replacing Seashore Hall beginning summer of 2017. Seashore Hall is a University of Iowa time capsule, housing many different departments and growing as the university, itself, grew.

A fire destroyed most of the original building for the School of Journalism, Close Hall, in 1940 and caused relocation to Seashore Hall. The school relocated from the Communications Center to Seashore again from 1998 to 2005 until the Phillip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building was constructed offering a nurturing, open atmosphere for faculty and students.

Professionals in Residence

  • SJMC students have the opportunity to network with respected professionals who illustrate a variety of journalism backgrounds each semester. These Professionals in Residence share their experiences and insights with students while on campus by attending classes and organizing networking events. This spring, the guests were as follows:
  • Sara Clemens—The marketing manager at Penguin Press discussed daily life as a journalist in the publishing industry and explained her involvement as editor in chief at Videodame.
  • Robert Lipsyte—As an American sports journalist and former ombudsman for ESPN, Lipsyte shared insight with students interested in sports writing. He is also a member of the Board of Contributors for USA Today’s Forum page, part of the newspaper’s Opinion section.
  • Sarah Glover—The social media editor of NBC Operated Television Stations, the president of the National Association of Black Journalists, and an award-winning photographer and videographer for broadcast and print news outlets shared her advice recommending students become involved with trade organizations in their areas of interest.

Dance MarathonDI Provides 24-Hour Coverage

Dance Marathon is a 24-hour event where students come together to celebrate children survivors, to remember the children who have passed away, and to fight against pediatric cancer. The dancers stay awake and participate for 24 hours, and the Daily Iowan staff thought, they should too. The Daily Iowan had reporters, photographers, and editors onsite around the clock. Daily Iowan TV also sent members to cover the event. Unlike the dancers, DI staff members were welcome to sleep when they were not covering Dance Marathon activities. The staff was given access to a media room in the Iowa Memorial Union where they stationed themselves to write, edit, and occasionally, sleep. A large white board was placed at one end of the room that outlined stories planned out by the hour. The Daily Iowan helped fight against pediatric cancer with 24 hours of coverage.

Daily Iowan Recognized as Best

The Associated Collegiate Press recognized the Daily Iowan with the following awards:

No. 1  
Website Large School

No. 1  
Newspaper Four-year Daily

No. 9  
Newspaper Special Edition

No. 9  
Multimedia Package

The Iowa Newspaper Association recognized the Daily Iowan as it placed in 14 categories and brought home nine first-place awards.

1st place awards:

  • Coverage of Government and Politics
  • Best Newspaper Website
  • Best Feature Page
  • Best Sports Feature (Courtney Baumann)
  • Best Series (Tessa Solomon & Mary Mathis)
  • Master Columnist (Vivian Medithi)
  • Best News Photo (Sergio Flores)
  • Best Photo Story (Jordan Gale)
  • Best News Feature Photo (Margaret Kispert)

2nd place awards:

  • General Excellence
  • Best Front Page
  • Best Sports Section

3rd place awards:

  • Best News Photo (Brooklyn Kascel)
  • Advertising


Free Speech Day

Director David Ryfe was one of the featured presenters at the University’s Free Speech Day event. Topics covering challenges of the First Amendment in modern America included free speech in academic settings as well as commentary on its impact in society and the media.


SJMC students received more than $210,000 in scholarships. The school awards $376K in graduate assistantships.

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