Murphy Reporter is the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication's alumni magazine. Published twice a year, the Murphy Reporter highlights the research, work, and professional achievements of the School's alumni, faculty, and current students.
Read on for stories from our current and past issues, as well as web-only content covering ongoing school events and achievements. For more information or to subscribe to the Murphy Reporter, contact: [email protected]
Restoring Trust in the News: A Global Problem with Local Answers
Benjamin Toff investigates what’s driving declines in trust in news, both at home and abroad.
Storytelling Across Industries
How three alums took their storytelling skills and made the switch from journalism to strategic communication.
Hubbard School Welcomes Several New Faces
The School team is proud to add several new faces to the faculty.
Alumni Spotlight: Lou Raguse
After reporting and anchoring around the country, Raguse came back home to KARE-11 and is now a published author.
Students Gain Skills at Reporting Boot Camp
The Hubbard Reporting Experience offers a real newsroom feel.
Research Profile: Sid Bedingfield
Associate Professor Sid Bedingfield’s research focuses on journalism's role in democratic societies during times of political and cultural change.
Connecting Online or Going Off the Trail – Now, You Can Do Both
Associate Professor Colin Agur’s work seeks to shed light on the ways adventurers and average pedestrians use smartphone apps while out in the world.
Hubbard School Announces Promotion for Two Faculty Members
Congrats to Danielle Brown and Christopher Terry
Course Correct: A Weapon to Battle Misinformation Online
Emily Vraga and team work to combat misinformation
Research Spotlight: Marco Yzer
In his upcoming work, Professor Marco Yzer aims to overcome the linguistic obstacles of reaching those who may need mental health support.
Research Spotlight: Erich Sommerfeldt
Associate Professor Erich Sommerfeldt dives into the ways our communication tactics have changed, both at home and abroad.
Finding the Balance: How Journalists are Learning to Log Off, Even when their Job is Always On
Associate Professor Valérie Bélair-Gagnon’s work aims to help protect journalists in their least regulated space yet: social media.
Research Spotlight: Hyejoon Rim
Rim’s latest studies span several dimensions to explore the interconnectedness of business and society.
Q&A with Teaching Assistant Professor Allison Steinke
Social Problems and Social Justice in Journalism & Strategic Communications
Six Hubbard Students named to AAF's 2023 class of Most Promising Multicultural Students
It's one of the organization’s premier initiatives promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the advertising industry.
Corporate Social Responsibility: On the Iron Range and Beyond
Associate Professor Amy O’Connor explores local ties between taconite mining companies and the communities they serve.
Jisu Huh selected by Meta for their 2022 People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy Grant program
Huh and team were one of just five teams chosen.
Research Spotlight: Adam Saffer
Associate Professor Adam Saffer’s research uses the latest advances in network science to reveal how social ties affect organizations and individuals
Amy O'Connor's New Book Released
The Routledge Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility Communication
Alumni Spotlight: Fran Liu
As director of the University’s China Office, Liu engages with both prospective students and alumni.
Why We Give: Michael Hill & Barbara Bink
Long-time supporters and frequenters of the Sevareid Library generously give to the School’s renovation project.
Rebekah Nagler and Danielle Brown join important research team
The research is funded with a newly announced $5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Building for the Future: The Next 100 Years
The School kicks off a capital campaign to renovate Murphy Hall.
Alumni Spotlight: Bao Ong
From the Pioneer Press to the editor of Eater, Ong employs rigorous reporting to tell stories from the dining scene.
Why I Give: Kasisomayajula "Vish" Viswanath
The graduate alum uses giving as a way to pay it forward.
Supporting our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community
A Note from Director Elisia Cohen
Where Have All the Newspapers Gone?
Ph.D. student Nick Mathews studies local news deserts, an issue that’s only been compounded by the pandemic.
Alumni Spotlight: Dymanh Chhoun
The first-gen graduate has been on the scene of major city-news flashpoints, bringing the news to televisions everywhere; now he's training the next generation.
The insurrection at the Capitol challenged how US media frames unrest and shapes public opinion
Danielle Kilgo featured in The Conversation
New Report: Trust In News
Assistant Professor Benjamin Toff leads the project for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Scott Meyer Ends His Career Where it Started
The Hubbard School alum retired after a varied and illustrious career, which ended with him serving as the chief marketing officer for the College of Liberal Arts.
Alumni Spotlight: Meghan McInerny
Meghan McInerny (B.A. ’00) is not afraid to take a leap. Now, she lands into her new role as director of strategic experience design at Best Buy.
Why We Give: Deborah Hudson and Rick Pallansch
The couple dedicate a new scholarship fund to investigative journalism and new media.
A great journalist and instructor is gone. We need thousands more like ‘Mac.’
Paul McEnroe dies at age 69.
Tamping Down Youth Vaping
Assistant Professor Sherri Jean Katz is researching how youth perceive the dangers of vaping.
Conference Accomplished: Northern Exposure 2020
How the three-day visual journalism event went from in-person to online in just three weeks.
Screen Grabbers: Claire Segijn Examines Multiscreening
Assistant Professor Claire Segijn is examining multiscreening and its impact on us and the future of advertising.
2020 Above the Fold Recipients
Four alumni under 40 who have made significant contributions to their industries.
2020 Award for Excellence: Wing Young Huie
Huie (BA '79) exemplifies excellence, leadership and creativity in his field.
The Charnley Legacy
The late Hubbard School professor’s fund provides students with real-world experiences.
Why We Give: Jim & Jen Schweigert
These two alums found education, athletics, Greek life, professional experience, and, eventually, love. Now they found another way to give back.
The Power of Mentoring
With the Alumni Mentor Program nearing its 40th year, catch up with one of the program’s most successful pairings.
Helping Policy Makers Make a Difference
Associate Professor Matthew Weber studies how legislators find and use facts in their policies on adolescent depression.
Alumni Spotlight: Alex Robinson
Writing about big game from a small town, Robinson takes the top job at Outdoor Life magazine.
Righting the Wrong: Navigating Misinformation on Social Media
Associate Professor Emily Vraga's research examines the impact that misinformation on social media has on interactions online.
Pass the pie and shut your piehole: Almost a third of Minnesotans have stopped talking to someone due to politics
The Charnley Project Class reports on politics and polarization.
Consumers Spending More on Online Subscriptions, New Study Finds
The study stems from a partnership between the Hubbard School, Star Tribune and News Media Alliance.
Eight Distinguished Fellows Join the Faculty this Fall
The new class of fellows support inclusion, equity and diversity in our courses.
Flagship for Whom?
As the Twin Cities campus has grown more selective, greater Minnesota student population has declined.
Elisia Cohen Receives Distinguished Mentor Award
She'll accept the award at the NCA conference in November.
Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Habashy (B.A. ’07)
Balancing work and life, this alum helped create an inclusive Final Four experience in Minneapolis.
Why I Give: Kristen Smith Wenker (B.A. ’80)
In response to attacks on the free press, this alum decided to do something about it.
The Hubbard School Welcomes New Faculty Members
Three new faculty members join Murphy Hall in Fall 2019.
2019 Above the Fold Recipients
Four alumni under 40 who have made exciting contributions to their field.
What to teach journalism students when their field is under attack?
The same things you always do, of course — how to interview, how to understand, how to get stuff right. But they're going to need something more, too.
Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Yuccas (B.A. '03)
The CBS News Correspondent visited Murphy Hall and spent time with students, sharing her experiences.
Alumni Spotlight: Yuridia Ramírez (B.A. '11)
This alum is using journalism skills to study and tell the stories of Latino/Latina migrants.
Jake Steinberg Receives Hearst Honor
Steinberg received second place in the Feature Writing Category.
Two Students Accepted to News21 Program
Miguel Octavio and Jake Steinberg will participate during the 2019 Spring and Summer.
Assistant Professor Rebekah Nagler earns $356,125 grant
She'll study how conflicting health information may threaten the success of public health messages.
Assistant Professor Sherri Jean Katz Studying E-Cig Labels with NIH Grant
Her research is relevant to a recent FDA warning to E-cigarette companies.
Assistant Professor Belair-Gagnon selected as a Digital Journalism Research Fellow
The fellowship is offered through Oslo Metropolitan University
Seven New Distinguished Adjunct Fellows Join the Faculty this Fall.
The new fellows will support inclusion, equity and diversity in our courses.
Associate Professor Ken Doyle Publishes Book on Aging
Peace of Mind for Your Aging Parents is a financial, psychological and legal toolkit.
Why We Give: Joel and Laurie Kramer
By giving to HSJMC, the Kramers believe they're supporting democracy.
Alumni Spotlight: Byron Barnett
Barnett was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Leading Through Innovation
How the Hubbard School is shaping tomorrow’s storytellers through new initiatives.
Journalism, Civil Rights and Politics
HSJMC professor’s book shows how newspapers led the political struggle.
Worthy of the Name
The University of Minnesota recognizes the Hubbard family's impact on media by renaming SJMC.
Gayle Golden Receives Top Teaching Award
Golden is the recipient of the 2016-17 Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Generous Professorship Opens Doors in Teaching
Carole Larson invests $1 million in teaching to honor her late husband.
Introducing New Director Elisia Cohen
Where she's been and what she has planned for the Hubbard School.
Alum & instructor Peter Beck exhibits work at the Guthrie
This Q&A is featured in the Guthrie's program for the production of Refugia.
Check out the student-created Access U
Students in the community journalism class meet new challenge.
Giovanna Dell’Orto interviewed 61 foreign correspondents across the globe, illuminating eight decades of Associated Press reportage.
Kirtley takes U.S. Media, Law & Ethics to Latvia
One visit to Latvia wasn’t enough for Jane Kirtley, and two might not have been either.
Book Release: Future-Proofing the News
Kathleen Hansen and Nora Paul uncover the haphazard history of American news annals.
The Essential Art of Storytelling
Sure, a journalism degree opens doors in the exciting world of newsrooms. But it’s also a prized entrée to a wide range of vibrant fields, from tech startups to courtrooms to socially active nonprofits.
Alumni Spotlight: Jason Bakker (B.A. Advertising, 2000)
The SJMC alumnus talks about taking Campus Media Group from selling ad space in college newspapers to a leader in reaching the elusive college student demographic.
From Big Vision to Concrete Impact
During the past 15 years, a $10 million gift from the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation has allowed SJMC to develop some of today’s best communicators and breathe new life into the curriculum.
Starting with a tiny radio station launched by Stanley E. Hubbard nearly a century ago, the Hubbard family went on to build a powerful group of television and radio stations nationwide. Here’s how they did it.