JAMM sponsors UI observance of National News Engagement Day
The School of Journalism and Mass Media at the University of Idaho will team with regional news organizations to celebrate National News Engagement Day, Tuesday, Oct. 7, with events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Idaho Commons plaza.
Representatives of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Lewiston Tribune and KREM-TV of Spokane will join JAMM students and faculty on the plaza to promote news engagement and news literacy.
“We want to demonstrate to UI students that the news matters to them – and to show them how easy it is to connect with the media organizations that report and deliver the news,” said Kenton Bird, JAMM director.
A 2012 news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center called 29% of Americans under age 25 “newsless” because on a typical day they did not get news from a traditional or digital news platform.
“We know that legacy media – printed newspapers and broadcast television in particular – are losing audiences,” Bird said. “What’s not clear is whether online news sites, social networks and news delivered via tablet or cellphone have picked up the slack.”
The challenge for media organizations and journalism-media schools, he added, is to show young people the relevance of the news, as well as ways to stay informed through digital platforms, such as news applications on cellphones and tablets. To that end, JAMM will give away a Samsung tablet pre-loaded with news, sports and politics applications. Students will take a short news quiz to be entered in the drawing.
Two UI alumni who work at KREM-TV will participate: Hayley Guenthner, a reporter and news anchor, and Trinity Spencer, an assignment editor. They will talk about the news-gathering process, answer questions, and demonstrate ways that KREM presents news and information outside the conventional over-the-air newscast. JAMM students will distribute newspapers and promotional materials from news organizations.
Steve Smith, a clinical faculty member in JAMM, will speak at the UI’s Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium at 12:30 p.m. in the Commons Whitewater Room about news literacy.
“Moving young people back to traditional news sources is a pipe dream,” said Smith, who teaches the school’s introductory Media and Society course. “The goal of news literacy education at the University of Idaho and elsewhere is to teach young news consumers how to navigate the digital information universe, using tools that help them separate independent and verifiable information from rumor, falsehood and fact-less punditry.”
National News Engagement Day is sponsored by leaders of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The initiative officially launched Sept. 23 with release of a poll about a news consumption by AEJMC, the Radio-Television-Digital News Association and other News Engagement Day partners. That survey showed a significant lack of engagement in news as well as low trust in the news media. Paula Poindexter, associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas and past president of AEJMC, led the initiative.
Two of Four Competitive Grants Go to UI Students
Two University of Idaho students have been awarded Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association (PNNA) intern grants. An accolade only four students lay claim to this year.
Senior Kaitlyn Krasselt, and junior Ryan Tarinelli, both journalism majors and employees of the Argonaut are two of four recipients of the PNNA grant. The $1,500 educational grant is provided to students who secure an internship accompanied by a letter of recommendation.
“It’s an endorsement to the 25-odd newspapers in our region that these people are quality. It tells them that they’ll have a good employee and for our students to have an opportunity like this is so cool,” said student media adviser Shawn O’Neal.
Krasselt, of Moscow, has worked at the Argonaut since her first year, originally as an office assistant and now serves as a news editor. Tarinelli, of Bellview, Wash. is the current opinion editor and an accomplished trombone player.
“It’s a significant achievement for us. These are the awards we strive for,” said O’Neal.
Scholarship Honors Sandra Haarsager
The School of Journalism and Mass Media has established a scholarship to honor the memory of Sandra Haarsager, a long-time University of Idaho administrator and JAMM faculty member who died October, 2007.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates Sandra’s intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary interests and strong writing abilities.
Contributions may be sent to the Trust and Investments Office, PO Box 3143, Moscow, ID 83844-3143. Checks should be made payable to the University of Idaho Foundation; the memo line should indicate “Sandra Haarsager Scholarship, designation code DE630.” Contributions also may be made through the University’s secure Web site: www.sites.uidaho.edu/giving/
For more information, contact JAMM Director Kenton Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org