Grad Studies Newsletter
From the Desk of
the Associate Dean
Tayo Oyedeji wins
Spring has finally arrived in mid-
Missouri although you sure wouldn't By Jeremy Littau
know it from the recent cold snap.
Flowers and trees are blooming. School of Journalism doctoral The Foundation itself was estab-
There are just a few weeks left in the student Tayo Oyedeji was one of five lished in 1983 by Dennis and Eileen
semester. And our students are out winners of the prestigious Harvey Bakke. The organization draws its
doing fantastic things once again. Fellow award, granted by the Mus- name from the biblical parallel of the
Many students and faculty spent a tard Seed Foundation. mustard seed, which says that one
very busy Spring Break working on can accomplish great things with
papers for submission to AEJMC. We The Mustard Seed foundation, faith even as tiny as that of the mus-
don't yet have a count of papers sub- based in Arlington, Va., is a Christian tard seed.
mitted, but I'm sure it will turn out to organization that supports graduate
be another successful year for our students as they study to become The program generally only
researchers. leaders in fields that tend to be un- looks at those attending programs
One of our more successful re- der-represented by considered to be in the
searchers is highlighted to the right of Christians. As part of the top five in their disci-
this article. Tayo has been a major award, Oyedeji will re- pline, and it only awards
contributor to the research coming out ceive a $15,000 stipend to people pursuing de-
of Missouri for the past year or so and for use for educational gree programs. Harvey
the award from the Mustard Seed expenses during the final Fellows are closely ex-
Foundation adds yet another acco- year of his program, amined for accomplish-
lade. which he is in right now. ment in their discipline in
Inside, you can read about a group terms of both scholar-
of students who went to Nebraska to "The fellowship rec- ship and leadership, and
learn more about and view the migra- ognizes potential and I a premium also is placed
tion of sandhill cranes. Looking at the am thankful they think I doing work that has an
photos, you will see what a wonderful have what it takes to in- effect on the field.
time they had. This trip takes place fluence our field," Oye-
every year. Maybe some of you read- jedji said. "I hope I’ll be able to justify Of that last part, there is little
ing this article will think about joining their confidence in my abilities." doubt. Oyedeji has proven to be a
the group next year. publishing juggernaut since joining
Good luck to students who will de- Oyedeji is the first MU student to the doctoral program in 2005. He has
fend their dissertation, thesis or pro- receive this award, which was estab- authored numerous conference pa-
ject in the upcoming weeks. lished in 1992. It is given to students pers, including three top papers for
in all types of disciplines, although conferences ranging from AEJMC to
mass communication is not a com- ICA. Last year alone had five confer-
mon area of study for those who ence presentations as a platform to
Featured Inside have received the award in the past. share his research. He also has had
The Mustard Seed foundation one of his journal articles, "The Rela-
Visit to view Sandhill Cranes 2
awarded $5.7 million in 2005, and tionship between the Brand Equity
The Next Generation 4 about 60 percent of its grants go to and Media Credibility of Media Out-
those studying outside the United lets," accepted by International Jour-
Congratulations 5 States. nal on Media Management.
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Journalism graduate students
become “Craniacs” after traveling
to Nebraska to view sandhill crane
Story and photos by Katie Barnes
On Friday, March 9, seven journalism graduate stu-
dents joined 24 other MU students to travel to Kearney,
Nebraska for the weekend to witness the sandhill crane
migration. Professor Bill Allen, of Agricultural Journalism
along with Jennifer
Hamel and Robin
in Biology, led the
group. In three
the students made
an eight-hour trip
to the Platte River
region, an essen-
tial stopover point Stephanie Hinkle, a photojournalism student, gets down low
for the cranes on with "Big Bertha", the 400mm lens in an effort to capture the
their migratory sandhill cranes dancing in Kearney, Neb. on March 10.
Yuliya Medvedeva, a magazine student, stud- natural world and the connections we all have to it as
Every year, from
ies up on bird species on the way to Nebraska humans, consumers, caretakers and journalists.”
on March 9. Medvedeva was one of eight as far south as
journalism graduate students making the trip
Cuba to their final Making the trip to Nebraska also gave international
to Kearney, Neb. to view the sandhill crane
migration. destinations in graduate students an opportunity to expand their journal-
Canada or Siberia, ism experience at MU outside of the state. Hsin-Yin Lee,
sandhill cranes stop for about a month along the Platte from Taiwan, was fascinated by everything about the trip,
River. An estimated 200,000 cranes were present during from riding in the vans, to staying in the hotel, to watching
the field trip. They sleep while standing in the river at the cranes fly over the Platte River. Lee, a graduate stu-
night and forage in fields and wet- dent in the interna-
lands surrounding the river during tional sequence, plans
the day. This respite allows the to produce a piece of
cranes to put on extra weight and “travel” journalism
build up their energy reserves for the from this experience.
rest of their journey, said Alan
Bartels, volunteer naturalist at the During the week-
Rowe Bird Sanctuary in Kearney. end three major
events were sched-
Prof. Allen held two mandatory uled: observing the
meetings for journalism students cranes coming back to
making the trip. Everyone was en- the river to sleep at
couraged to produce a piece of jour- night on Saturday eve-
nalism from the experience and ning; watching the
ideas ranged from stories in the cranes from a blind on
Maneater to personal tribute pieces Sunday morning as
for family members. In addition to they leave the river to
learning how to report from the field, forage; and visiting the
Allen also said that he hoped the trip Robin Hoecker gets a different perspective on a group of orni- Squaw Creek National
thology students birdwatching outside of the Rowe Bird Sanctu-
“…opened a new window for many of ary in Kearney, Neb. on March 10. Wildlife Refuge to view
them [students] on the beauty of the (Continued on page 3)
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off after the day broke; I don’t quite remember how it hap-
pened, but I remember that it felt like a miracle.”
Debrin Foxcroft looks out at a flock of sandhill cranes foraging
in a corn field on March 10. Foxcroft checked out a 400mm lens
to get some quality close-up shots of the cranes.
another bird species, the snow goose, on its migratory
Hsin-Yin Lee peers out of a blind on Sunday
morning, March 11 to watch a flock of sandhill
cranes take flight from the Platte River.
A flock of sandhill cranes take flight from the Platte River in Kear-
Of all three events, the morning experience in the
blind was the most memorable for the majority of
Starting at 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, students gath-
ered at the Rowe Bird Sanctuary and were led, in
the dark, down a 1/4 mile path to a blind on the
edge of the Platte River. After the sun rose, a large
flock of cranes suddenly took flight about 40 feet
from the blind. Students held their breath as they
peered out of the little windows, and felt the air out-
side fill with loud crane chatter and hard wing-beats.
Yuliya Medvedeva, a graduate journalism student
from Russia in the magazine sequence recalls, “I
cannot describe what I saw when they started taking Hundreds of snow geese take flight at the Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge
on Sunday, March 11 near St. Joseph, MO.
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Welcoming another generation
On February 17, Cynthia Frisby and Kathy Sharp held a
baby shower for Maria Len-Rios and husband, John Phil-
lips, to honor their son Andrew who was born on January
14. The shower was held at the home of Esther Thorson.
Here are a few shots of the festivities.
New mommy, Maria Len-Rios, is flanked by the hosts of the
baby shower, Kathy Sharp (l) and Cynthia Frisby.
The cake is ready for everyone to chow down!
Glenn Leshner (l) subtly ignores the fact that Steve Kopcha has
his nose in a diaper. What are you thinking, Steve???
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While Oyedeji has been a publishing juggernaut in
his time at MU, having authored several papers in less
than two years here, he also showed himself to be a pro-
lific junior scholar before his arrival. He worked in the
broadcast field and in advertising in Nigeria before at-
tending the University of Oklahoma, where he earned his
master's in journalism and mass communication.
Oyedeji, who plans to graduate this December, is
working on his dissertation in "Credible Brand Theory"
and the award will allow him to focus on doing quality
work on that.
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On January 19, 2007, online Master's student Justin Missourian staff continues a long tradition of outstanding
Kenny became a dad to twin daughters, Maya Reina performance. The most recent honors are:
Knoll Kenny and Amalia Rose Knoll Kenny. The babies
were born at 10:30 a.m. in Washington, DC. **Third Place for picture editing in the under-100,000 cir-
culation category of the Pictures of the Year competition.
**Top 20 Sunday sports section nationwide (under-
40,000 circulation) in the Associated Press Sports Editors
**The successful launch of the Weekend Missourian.
Once again this year, doctoral students who are graduat-
ing soon have landed outstanding jobs.
Crystal Lumpkins has accepted a position at Kansas
Maya and Amalia Kenny State University and will begin teaching there in fall 2007.
Fred Vultee joins the faculty at Wayne State University in
Detroit this fall.
Cheryl Spang, J-School business manager, gave birth to
Marjorie Kruvand will move to Chicago for a teaching
a baby girl, Casey Ann, at 8:47 a.m. March 14. Casey
gig at Loyola University-Chicago beginning January
weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. She was 19.5 inches tall.
Isabel Ordoñez and Dane Schiller tied the knot on March
10 in Las Vegas.
The anthology Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers'
Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University
has hit #1 on Harvard Bookstore's nonfiction bestseller
list and is receiving excellent reviews, according to co-
editor Wendy Call. The anthology, published in February
by Plume/Penguin, includes excerpts of presentations
from some of the nation's best writers and editors who
gather each year at the Nieman Narrative Conference.
Six essays in the book, including the lead essay, are by
For information on the authors and essays, go to
As if getting married wasn't enough for the month of
March, Isabel also took top prize in the student competi-
tion for the Society of American Business Editors and
Writers. She won $250 plus a trip to the SABEW confer-
ence in Anaheim in late May. She won for her story on
impoverished Latin American men who are being re-
cruited to take dangerous, but low paid, jobs as security
guards for contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. She
wrote it while interning for Reuters in Lima last summer.
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News odds 'n ends
For Summer 2007, Berkley Hudson received a $7,000
Summer Research Fellowship from the University of Mis- Shelly Rodgers put on a workshop on strategic commu-
souri and its Research Council. He will use this opportu- nication at the Meeting of the Minds conference in Kan-
nity to focus on writing the draft of a book about O.N. sas City earlier this month. In attendance were students,
Pruitt, a Mississippi jack-of-all trades photographer who professionals and law enforcement officers.
worked in the early and middle twentieth century.
Shelly Rodgers was cited by the following media:
Online Master's student Norma Martin is the Assistant St. Journalism Review, "Feeding the Internet," written
Managing Editor-Features at The News Tribune in Ta- by Rick Stoff, Vol. 37, No. 293 (February 2007), pp.
coma, Washington. She oversees the editors and report- 16-17.
ers who work in lifestyle, arts, entertainment and adven- The Sponsorship Report, article on web sponsorship
ture sports (i.e., mountain climbing, skiing, fishing and so 2.0, written by Peter Kenter.
on). She started in late January. Previously, she was
deputy features editor at The Kansas City Star. Lee Wilkins was among a dozen scholars from seven
countries participating in a Global Media Ethics roundta-
Marlene Neill, online Master's student, is now teaching ble, held at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South
part time in the Journalism program at Baylor University Africa (near Cape Town) from March 15 through March
in Waco, Texas. Her official title is "Part Time Lecturer." 17. The paper she presented was entitled, "Connecting
She was hired in August and is teaching again this se- care and duty: How neuroscience and feminist ethics can
mester. "The online program opened this door for me," contribute to understanding professional moral develop-
says Neill. The class is "Writing for Mass Media Markets." ment." Plans include collecting the essays into a book.
Shelly Rodgers was voted Vice President, Executive
Committee, American Academy of Advertising, 2008.
Rodgers will run the paper competition next year
(deadline in October), so be sure to submit your paper
and plan to attend the AAA conference in San Mateo,
April 1 was the deadline for submission of manuscripts for possible presentation
at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conven-
tion that will be held in Washington, DC this summer. Good luck to everyone
who submitted a paper or papers!
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Karen Boyajy and Berkley Hudson, "The Rise and Fall Josh Eiserike, MA '05, has a cartoon that he drew in-
of the 'Pope' of America's Foreign-Language Press: Louis cluded in "Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on
N. Hammerling—Advertising Rep, Ethnic Advocate, Re- Free Expression" by David Wallis. Read more about the
publican Operative, and Fraudulent Entrepreneur," was book at http://www.killedcartoons.com/. Josh's cartoon
presented at the AJHA-AEJMC History Division Joint was drawn in 30 seconds for the short-lived Missourian
Journalism Historians meeting on March 24, 2007, at Sockdolager page on outsourcing. The joke was that he
New York University. outsourced the cartoon to a young Indian boy (his left
hand). So it's a really bad drawing, and a joke that he
Alex Cohn, MA '06, and Berkley Hudson, "'Keep. Do stole (with permission) from his good friend Paul.
Not Sell': The Birmingham News as a Reluctant Visual
Witness to the Tumultuous Civil Rights Movement of the Barbara Friedman, PhD '04, turned her dissertation into
1950s and 1960s." Drawn from Cohn's work on his mas- a book that has been published by the University of Mis-
ter's project, this will be presented at the Visual Commu- souri Press. From the Battlefront to the Bridal Suite, Me-
nication Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, June 2007. dia Coverage of British War Brides, 1942-1946 is an out-
News stories nationally and internationally cited growth of Barbara's dissertation from three years ago.
Cohn's work on this exemplary master's project. Stories From the Battlefront to the Bridal Suite is an untold
appeared on CNN, "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," and via story of overlooked participants in the most celebrated
other media outlets. David Rees chaired Cohn's project. drama of the twentieth century — women whose lives
Hudson and Zoe Smith also served on his committee. were shaped profoundly by the war that was more than
Most recently, Pictures of the Year awarded the Bir- just a male enterprise. It shows the power of the press in
mingham News project the Best Special Section of the the most unlikely matters and suggests a broader defini-
Year (1st Place). Cohn was the spearhead for the idea, tion of the wartime experience.
the special eight-page section, and a related website.
Rodgers, Shelly, "Effects of Sponsorship Congruity on
A presentation by doctoral student Damian Kostiuk was e-Sponsors and e-Newspapers," Journalism & Mass
accepted to the VisCom 21 June 13-17 conference in Communication Quarterly. (accepted for publication)
Estes Park, Co., where he will explain ongoing research
into the Associated Press' decision to copy and destroy
their glass negative collection. With interviews from a
former executive and photographic examples, he hopes
Esther Thorson, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
to demonstrate the wealth of material remaining at the AP
photo archive, and illustrate the context and reasons be- Thorsone@missouri.edu
hind the decision from historical and theoretical perspec- Glenn Leshner, Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Martha Pickens, Academic Advisor & Fiscal Manager
Amy Lenk, Senior Academic Advisor, Editor
J - School Lenka@missouri.edu
Ginny Cowell, Administrative Assistant
Jeremy Littau, Reporter/Writer
Earl English Graduate Studies Center
Missouri School of Journalism email@example.com
Columbia, MO 65211 -1200
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