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Journalism education was first introduced at UMass in 1915 by Robert Wilson Neal, one of the founding members of the Assn. for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Instruction was offered through courses by several professors in the English Department from 1946-1970. Prof. Howard Ziff facilitated the move of journalism into a separate degree program called Journalistic Studies (later called the Journalism Department) in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Early chairs included Prof. Ziff, Prof. Larry Pinkham and Prof. Jim Boylan. Norm Sims was chair for 13 years, ending in 2005. In 2005, the Journalism Department was moved into the Department of Communication in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and its status changed to a program within that Department. Since 2005, Prof. Karen List has been Director of the Journalism Program. In 2013, Journalism was returned to department status and Prof. Kathy Forde was hired to start running the department in Fall 2014. The Journalism Department also moved into the Integrative Learning Center in the summer of 2014. As of Fall 2017, Prof. Brian McDermott is the Journalism Department Chair.

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Listen to the second episode from #UMassJournalism students in Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio ...
06/14/2021

Listen to the second episode from #UMassJournalism students in Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio & Podcasting class, exploring the evolution of social and human experiences and interactions within the confines of COVID-19 safety regulations, from using dating apps to health consciousness. All that and more in the second installment of the Pandemic Series 2.0 on WMUA 91.1 FM. Click to check it out! ▶️ https://loom.ly/lIBwCcE

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Listen to the second episode from #UMassJournalism students in Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio & Podcasting class, exploring the evolution of social and human experiences and interactions within the confines of COVID-19 safety regulations, from using dating apps to health consciousness. All that and more in the second installment of the Pandemic Series 2.0 on WMUA 91.1 FM. Click to check it out! ▶️ https://loom.ly/lIBwCcE

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ICYMI: Truth, Dissent, and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg, a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release...
06/13/2021

ICYMI: Truth, Dissent, and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg, a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers. Sit in on the seminar to hear UMass Amherst students talk about digging through the archives. Hear Ellsberg’s keynote address. See Amy Goodman Democracy Now! moderate an historic conversation between perhaps the two most well-known American whistleblowers, Ellsberg and Snowden.

Visit: www.umass.edu/ellsberg/conference/recordings/

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ICYMI: Truth, Dissent, and the Legacy of Daniel Ellsberg, a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers. Sit in on the seminar to hear UMass Amherst students talk about digging through the archives. Hear Ellsberg’s keynote address. See Amy Goodman Democracy Now! moderate an historic conversation between perhaps the two most well-known American whistleblowers, Ellsberg and Snowden.

Visit: www.umass.edu/ellsberg/conference/recordings/

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Watch a behind-the-scenes look into the year-long public history collaboration between UMass Amherst and The GroundTruth...
06/13/2021
The Whistleblower: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

Watch a behind-the-scenes look into the year-long public history collaboration between UMass Amherst and The GroundTruth Project as we look into the life and legacy of #DanielEllsberg.

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On June 13, 1971, Americans opened their newspapers to the first reports based on classified documents leaked by a government insider, Daniel Ellsberg. Consi...

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers today, the question that was asked then is ...
06/13/2021

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers today, the question that was asked then is still relevant today: what risks are you willing to take for the truth? Listen to the five-part The GroundTruth Project podcast series exploring the life and legacy of Daniel Ellsberg: https://ellsbergpapers.org/whistleblower/

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers today, the question that was asked then is still relevant today: what risks are you willing to take for the truth? Listen to the five-part The GroundTruth Project podcast series exploring the life and legacy of Daniel Ellsberg: https://ellsbergpapers.org/whistleblower/

Tomorrow, June 13, marks the official 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers by Daniel Ellsberg and publ...
06/12/2021
The Ellsberg Archive Project

Tomorrow, June 13, marks the official 50th anniversary of the release of the #PentagonPapers by Daniel Ellsberg and published by the #NYT. UMass is proud to house the complete document archive from this pivotal time in US history. Check it out!

This conference is a collaboration between the UMass Amherst Departments of History and Journalism; UMass Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Libraries; the UMass Amherst College of Humanities and Fine Arts; and The GroundTruth Project, with generous support from the Office of the Cha...

#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Nick Contardo '21, a transfer student who shares a few of his favorite experiences as a Journalis...
06/11/2021

#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Nick Contardo '21, a transfer student who shares a few of his favorite experiences as a Journalism major setting the tone for his future career goals.

Click here to check out our Q&A: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_NC

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#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Nick Contardo '21, a transfer student who shares a few of his favorite experiences as a Journalism major setting the tone for his future career goals.

Click here to check out our Q&A: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_NC

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06/10/2021

"You have learned how to engage the world, how to interview people, how to go out in your communities and find the stories that matter, to speak truth to power. And you've done it all, especially in the last year during a historic moment of pandemic and protest," – UMass Journalism Department Associate Professor Kathy Roberts Forde.

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We're proud to showcase another #UMassJournalism graduate! We asked our seniors to share their photos and give advice to...
06/09/2021

We're proud to showcase another #UMassJournalism graduate! We asked our seniors to share their photos and give advice to the next class of Journalism students. This is what senior Jesse Kolodkin had to say: "Get as much experience as possible."

Jesse was involved with WMUA 91.1 FM and said his favorite thing and what he will remember most was covering sporting events as classwork. He now hopes to become a Football Play-by-Play Broadcaster.

Jesse Kolodkin '21 pictured in a suit and blue shirt, along with fellow UMass Journalism Department graduates Melissa Nieves-Torres '21 (pink dress), Julian Mendoza '21 (white shirt) and UMass Amherst Department of Political Science graduate Brett Drumm '21 (suite and white shirt).

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06/08/2021

"In this moment, you deserve to feel immense pride. Please, go out into the world with kindness for yourself, with passion for your craft, with a sense of your own worth, and with an ear to the ground for the stories that matter most," – UMass Journalism Department alum Jackson Cote, MassLive Reporter '19.

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ICYMI: Students in UMass Journalism Department Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio & Podcasting cla...
06/07/2021

ICYMI: Students in UMass Journalism Department Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio & Podcasting class created "Pandemic Series 2.0" for WMUA 91.1 FM, stories of how the pandemic has shaped daily lives. Click to listen to the first episode now! ▶️ https://loom.ly/GKpTcBw

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ICYMI: Students in UMass Journalism Department Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple's Reporting for Radio & Podcasting class created "Pandemic Series 2.0" for WMUA 91.1 FM, stories of how the pandemic has shaped daily lives. Click to listen to the first episode now! ▶️ https://loom.ly/GKpTcBw

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"There's no better way to comprehend the world around you than through the eyes of others," said Joanna Buoniconti '21. ...
06/07/2021
Columnist Joanna Buoniconti: Learning to embrace the unknown

"There's no better way to comprehend the world around you than through the eyes of others," said Joanna Buoniconti '21. She is a recent UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College graduate with degrees from the UMass Journalism Department and UMassEnglish. Check out her latest column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the uncertainty she faces in her life now that she has completed her education at UMass Amherst.

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Since I consider you all my friends, I feel obligated to be open with you about something: I’m a Type A person who takes pride in having my next steps planned out. And for the majority of my almost 22-year life, I have been able to follow the path...

Check out our Q&A with Brianna Silva '21! Learn more about Brianna, a transfer student and UMass Journalism Department a...
06/04/2021

Check out our Q&A with Brianna Silva '21! Learn more about Brianna, a transfer student and UMass Journalism Department and UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department double major who said, "I found a home here, where I felt safe enough to explore and embrace my interests, which allowed me to challenge myself more and interact with new people."

Click here to read more: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_BS

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Check out our Q&A with Brianna Silva '21! Learn more about Brianna, a transfer student and UMass Journalism Department and UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department double major who said, "I found a home here, where I felt safe enough to explore and embrace my interests, which allowed me to challenge myself more and interact with new people."

Click here to read more: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_BS

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Check it out! Our own #UMassJournalism Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple is featured in this week’s Office of Faculty D...
06/04/2021

Check it out! Our own #UMassJournalism Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple is featured in this week’s Office of Faculty Development UMass Amherst Q&A series!

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This week's "OFD Faculty Focus" features Dr. Kelsey Whipple, Assistant Professor, Journalism: https://www.umass.edu/faculty-development/news/ofd-faculty-focus-kelsey-whipple

06/03/2021

"You've risen to the challenge this year and more than that you've challenged what journalism is and should be during this time and in the future. Congratulations on all your success," – UMass Journalism Department Assistant Professor Kelsey Whipple.

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We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of...
06/02/2021

We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of Journalism students. This is what #UMassJournalism senior Kelly Palacios had to say: "Don't be afraid to go out there and make some brilliant mistakes - the UMass Journalism Department is the most supportive place for growth. Be curious about the world, and you'll find the best things to write about."

Kelly was involved with The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, UMass Women into Leadership, SBS in D.C. and Residential Life. She has loved every moment of being part of the UMass Journalism Department and has met the best people through the journalism major. "I went from being a freshman not knowing what AP style was to getting published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette in my last semester. This department helped me grow into my best self," said Kelly. She will teach English language arts in Connecticut schools next year as part of the Teach For America program and hopes to pursue education policy in the future.

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We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of Journalism students. This is what #UMassJournalism senior Kelly Palacios had to say: "Don't be afraid to go out there and make some brilliant mistakes - the UMass Journalism Department is the most supportive place for growth. Be curious about the world, and you'll find the best things to write about."

Kelly was involved with The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, UMass Women into Leadership, SBS in D.C. and Residential Life. She has loved every moment of being part of the UMass Journalism Department and has met the best people through the journalism major. "I went from being a freshman not knowing what AP style was to getting published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette in my last semester. This department helped me grow into my best self," said Kelly. She will teach English language arts in Connecticut schools next year as part of the Teach For America program and hopes to pursue education policy in the future.

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06/01/2021

"I wish you the best of luck and many positive adventures going forward! You've earned every one of them," – UMass Journalism Department Associate Professor Josh Braun.

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Today, we remember and honor everyone who has served our country. 🇺🇸 #HappyMemorialDay
05/31/2021

Today, we remember and honor everyone who has served our country. 🇺🇸 #HappyMemorialDay

Today, we remember and honor everyone who has served our country. 🇺🇸 #HappyMemorialDay

#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Justin Maccagnan '21! The UMass Journalism Department plays a critical role in the lives of stude...
05/28/2021

#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Justin Maccagnan '21! The UMass Journalism Department plays a critical role in the lives of students every day. Read more about Justin, who said "My time as a #UMassJournalism major at UMass Amherst was amazing!"

Click here to check out our Q&A: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_JM

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#SeniorSpotlight: Meet Justin Maccagnan '21! The UMass Journalism Department plays a critical role in the lives of students every day. Read more about Justin, who said "My time as a #UMassJournalism major at UMass Amherst was amazing!"

Click here to check out our Q&A: http://bit.ly/Journo_SeniorSpotlight21_JM

#UMassJournalism #UMassSportsJournalism #UMass2021
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The second in a two-part series of stories on life this past year during the #COVID19 pandemic was published in the Amhe...
05/27/2021
Looking Back: Getting the vaccine, figure skating, mourning a loss and marriage in the time of Covid-19

The second in a two-part series of stories on life this past year during the #COVID19 pandemic was published in the Amherst Wire by four #UMassJournalism students in Senior Lecturer Steve Fox's News Writing class in the UMass Journalism Department, who share their experiences. Kate Katz '24, Shyamaa Khan '23, Samantha Simons '23 and Chelsea Staub take a look at getting the vaccine, figure skating, mourning a loss and marriage. Read more! https://loom.ly/0LvTD0s

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Editor’s note: The following stories are the second part of Looking Back, a two-part series of first-person blog posts looking back at life the past year. The series is produced by Professor Steve Fox’s Journalism 300 course in the Journalism Department at UMass Amherst.

05/27/2021

"Congratulations to the Class of 2021! We can't wait to see what you do out in the world," – UMass Journalism Department Chair and Senior Lecturer Brian McDermott.

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A shoutout to #UMassJournalism Senior Lecturer & PR Director Jennie Donohue, who has made a positive impact on senior Mi...
05/27/2021

A shoutout to #UMassJournalism Senior Lecturer & PR Director Jennie Donohue, who has made a positive impact on senior Michaela Jampierre! We're so proud of the way our professors are preparing our students for success!

We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of...
05/26/2021

We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of Journalism students. This is what #UMassJournalism senior Julia Sullivan had to say: "Get involved! There are so many different opportunities to grow as a leader."

Julia was involved with UMass Minuteman Marching Band and Tau Beta Sigma and said she's grateful for all of the support she received from the UMass Journalism Department faculty. She is now pursuing her master's degree in Library and Information Science.

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We're proud to showcase our graduating seniors! We asked them to share their photos and give advice to the next class of Journalism students. This is what #UMassJournalism senior Julia Sullivan had to say: "Get involved! There are so many different opportunities to grow as a leader."

Julia was involved with UMass Minuteman Marching Band and Tau Beta Sigma and said she's grateful for all of the support she received from the UMass Journalism Department faculty. She is now pursuing her master's degree in Library and Information Science.

#UMassJournalism #UMass2021 #SeniorPictures 🎓
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I want to participate on the online Journalism certificate. I hope I am not too late to do so!
Summer opportunity in Boston for video production
$10,000 fellowship for an incoming journalism master's student interested in investigating global supply chains with the Global Reporting Centre. Applications due February 7th. Please help spread the word about this great opportunity.
If anyone is in Journalism 339, Video Content Creation, and would like to be in Journalism 392P, Writing for Public Relations let me know! Both classes are full and I would love to get into 339 but I am currently enrolled in Writing for PR. If anyone wants to essentially switch spots let me know!
Internship opp in PR:
Hi Journos! Looking for a relevant/hands-on job post-grad? Western Mass News ABC40/CBS3/FOX6 (WGGB/WSHM) in Springfield, MA is looking for another News Producer! Being a news producer puts your broadcast skills to the test; write breaking news, work closely with your anchors and reporters, and work on putting out content both locally and nationally. Get the experience of a real newsroom, fresh out of school! The link to apply is below, it's quick and easy. Best of luck and happy writing! Come join us!
Opportunity for aspiring travel writers:
AP internships
https://amherstcollective.org/the-collective-consciousness-contest-writing-about-life-5da3f99cb861 Amherst Media and the Collective are taking submissions for non-fiction stories that are desperate to be published and submissions will be taken until July 21! Please share the word if anyone is interested!
When you scroll to the bottom of CJR's homepage you'll find a link to Who Owns What. They will be releasing updates in a few weeks, but in the mean time they are soliciting suggestions, comments and tips. Let them know what you want to know & have included in this soon to be massive database by emailing [email protected]