On Purpose: Portrait of Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

To commemorate our 150th anniversary in 2018, the College of Liberal Arts commissioned 60 photographs taken by Xavier Tavera.

To commemorate our 150th anniversary in 2018, the College of Liberal Arts commissioned 60 photographs taken by Xavier Tavera. Departments and programs partnered with Tavera to envision their images and to write the narratives that accompany each photograph. View On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts.

In our world of unfolding and unpredictable change, the need for informed, thoughtfully engaged media professionals has never been more acute. The University of Minnesota has a 100-year history of journalism instruction. As the industry continues to change, curriculum specializations have expanded to include newswriting, broadcast journalism, magazine journalism, creative graphic arts, photojournalism, advertising, health communication, and public relations. These changes have not only increased enrollment, but also fueled faculty growth.

Today, the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication prepares students to succeed as professionals and leaders in the world—a world that’s more diverse, endlessly interactive, and intellectually challenging. That’s why we’re committed to giving students a head start in becoming forward-thinking media professionals.
Perhaps more than ever, tomorrow’s professionals need to define questions and explore answers with a curiosity that recognizes that insights may be found across our disciplinary areas and across many communities. Tomorrow’s graduates will shape successful futures, grounded not only in a solid skill base, but also in the qualities that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education: inventive thinking, nimble work habits, and the ability to synthesize different perspectives.
Our research centers, including the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and the Minnesota Journalism Center, create opportunities for community members and more than 10,000 alumni to stay connected. We prepare students to be leaders in the creative media industries and to join the next generation of leading scholars, educators, and professionals through research, internships, and service-learning opportunities.
Jisu Huh (seated, left) is the school’s Raymond O. Mithun Endowed Chair in Advertising and the director of graduate studies. Dr. Huh’s research program covers a wide range of topics related to advertising and its effects, especially in the digital and social media contexts. She is instrumental in the school’s media analytics and data visualization initiatives.
Mukhtar Ibrahim (standing) is a 2011 graduate who became the first Somali-American journalist in Minnesota to work at a major news outlet. His prowess in digital and investigative journalism empowers him to tell stories about terrorism, technology, social, and immigrant issues that reach large audiences.
Rilyn Eischens (seated, right) represents all students who use the school’s resources to augment their education. She is a scholarship recipient, award-winning reporter at the Minnesota Daily, Dean’s List honoree,  and recent participant in the Dow Jones News Fund data program.  

Jisu Huh, Mukhtar Ibrahim, Rilyn Eischens