Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shafer Finalist for 2012 Tankard Book Award

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Shafer, Professor in the UND Communication Program, who is a finalist for the 2012 Tankard Book Award from The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Shafer and Eric Freedman, of Michigan State University are editors of the collection of essays After the Czars and Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia (Michigan State University Press).


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Studio One receives Society of Professional Journalists awards

UND’s live television show, Studio One, received four Mark of Excellence Awards in the 2011 Region 6 Society of Professional Journalists contest.

“I’m very proud of all the students. They work hard, they’re talented and it’s nice that awards like this one give them recognition,” said Studio One News Director, Stephanie Flyger. Mark of Excellence Awards are given to exceptional student journalists. Studio One students competed with entries from SPJ chapters in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Below is a complete list of awards from the competition.

Award winners follow.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba; and online at

— Suzanne Irwin, Studio One, 777-3818,

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Comm. Faculty and Students Colloborate on International Research

Recently Communication Program faculty and students have collaborated on several projects with the following papers accepted by international conferences:

“Journalists as Agents of Cultural Translation: A Case Study of Spanish  Newspaper Coverage of Bans Against Traditional Head Coverings for Muslim Women”. Accepted for: The International Association of Mass Media Researchers (IAMCR) Annual Conference.  July 2012. Durban, South Africa. (Tetiana Vaskivska, Kyle Conway and Richard Shafer).

 “Challenges Facing Press Freedom in the Baltics Two Decades After Independence. Accepted for: International Association of Mass Media Researchers (IAMCR) Annual Conference.  July 2012. . Durban, South Africa. (Richard Shafer and Eric Freedman).

 “Participatory and Interventionist Journalism Models as Obstacles to Effective Professional Practices.” Accepted for: International Association of Mass Media Researchers (IAMCR) Annual Conference.  July 2012. . Durban, South Africa. (Richard Aregood and Richard Shafer).

 “Teaching Methods for Journalism Education in Post-Soviet Republics.”  Knowledge in a Transforming World: Universities, Democracy and Social Change Conference. Open Society Foundations International Higher Education Academic Fellowship Program. Central European University. Budapest. March 2012. Richard Shafer

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UND Studio One interviews Hagerty Lecturers

Hagerty Lecturers and Philadelphia Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman were featured on Studio One UND, interviewed by Communication Program student, Kaytlyn Fletcher.   The link for their interview is:

The two Philadelphia reporters were here to speak for the Hagerty Lecture on Thursday, March 29th.  The lecture series, funded by the Jack Hagerty Lecture Endowment to the  University of North Dakota Communication Program and established by employees of the Grand Forks Herald in recognition of Jack Hagerty’s outstanding and dedicated service to the Grand Forks Herald and to the Grand Forks community, was intended to honor him on his retirement after 26 years as executive news editor, managing editor and editor.

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Hagerty Lecture presents ‘Shoe Leather Investigative Reporting on a Shoe String’

Philadelphia Daily News reporters Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for the 10-month series “Tainted Justice,” an expose of alleged corruption among members of an elite narcotics squad on the Philadelphia police force.

During their reporting, Laker and Ruderman uncovered allegations against officers that included committing sexual assaults, disabling surveillance cameras during drug raids to hide their misdeeds, and filing fraudulent warrants. During several raids, the police allegedly stole thousands of dollars in merchandise and money from small retailers.

As a result of Laker and Ruderman’s investigation, hundreds of drug cases in Philadelphia have been re-examined, and in some cases thrown out. In addition, the Philadelphia police launched a task force, which includes members of the FBI, the force’s Internal Affairs division and the city Inspector General’s Office, to investigate the allegations.

Five of the officers involved remain on desk duty; more than 15 civil suits have been filed in federal court against members of the force.

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