IU Media School students find that barriers remain to accessing public information

Reporter-NotebookDuring the spring semester, a team of student journalists in the IU Media School worked with assistant professor Gerry Lanosga on a reporting project about access of public information via electronic devices. By early June, their stories had been readied for publication.

The IU News and Media Team worked with Lanosga to arrange for publication of the stories online and issued a news release on July 13 about the project. It followed up by providing contact information for students and Lanosga. The following day, a story was on the top of the front page in the Herald-Times and shared across Indiana by the Associated Press. One of the students’ stories also ran in the Herald-Times. The following day, the Herald-Times ran an editorial about the importance of the project. Other coverage included:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Shark Week tells us otherwise, says IU Media School professor

Jessica Gall Myrick

Jessica Gall Myrick

Last fall, when a paper by IU Media School professor Jessica Gall Myrick about how the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” programs influence our fear of sharks came out in the journal Science Communication, the decision was made to hold off on publicity until it was closer to the next airing of the popular programs.

On June 30, George Vlahakis of the IU News and Media Team wrote an article for the IU Inc. blog about Myrick’s research to coincide with the beginning of “Shark Week” beginning July 5. It also was posted at Newswise, a news service for universities and pitched to selected reporters. The news service at her co-author’s institution also pitched the story to media in North Carolina, many of whom were covering a recent number of shark attacks in the Carolinas.

Myrick and her co-author, IU alumna Savannah Evans, were invited to co-write an article for TheConversation.com, which later was picked up by Time magazine.

Other coverage included:

The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it, IU study finds

Teresa Lynch

Teresa Lynch

On June 29, the IU News and Media Team issued a news release about new research by assistant Professor Nicole Martins and Ph.D. student Teresa Lynch in The Media School, “The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it, IU study finds.” The study received coverage at several media outlets, including:

3 institutions offer advice on building corporate partnerships

Richard Magjuka

Richard Magjuka

On June 23, the IU News and Media Team fielded a query from a reporter at Education Dive, a web site for education professionals. The reporter was looking for insights from colleges and universities that offer their courses to employees of partner corporations, how they forge these partnerships and how they benefit the university. Arrangements were made for the reporter to speak with Richard Magjuka, faculty chair of Executive Degree Programs and executive director of Kelley Executive Partners in IU’s Kelley School of Business. IU was the leading institution featured in the resulting June 30 article, “3 institutions offer advice on building corporate partnerships.”

U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus

474311_actualOn June 23, the IU News and Media Team responded to a query from a reporter at U.S. News & World Report, who was writing a trend story about how American colleges are adapting to the increasing number of Chinese students coming to campus. Arrangements were made for the reporter to talk to Dennis Groth, IU vice provost for undergraduate education. Groth discussed the IU2U program, which introduces incoming international students to life at the university. On June 30, the resulting article, “U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus,” appeared online, featuring Groth and the program.

IU Media School professor’s new book examines implications of an aging workforce

Joe Coleman

Joe Coleman

In February, working closely with the Media School at IU and Oxford University Press, the IU News and Media Team issued a news release about a new book by professor Joseph Coleman, “Unfinished Work: The Struggle to Build an Aging American Workforce.” Over the following months, Coleman and his project was covered by a variety of news outlets around the world. Coverage included articles in Forbes and Healthy Aging magazines, a book excerpt in Salon, a review by the Wall Street Journal and an extensive interview by ABC News Radio in Australia.