Mass media successes return to campus

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Seven of the many students the St. Cloud State Department of Mass Communications has prepared for work in the mass media were back on campus this spring.

The student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists brought the alumni back to talk about their careers, challenges they have faced, industry trends, how new media has affected their jobs and how students can prepare for the change. The panelists also answered questions from the audience and invited students to speak with them one-on-one and have their work critiqued.

The panelists represented newspapers, radio stations and TV stations from Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities. St. Cloud State alumni on the panel were:

  • Jeff Olsen ’93, backpack reporter for KARE11-TV
  • John Lauritsen ’01, reporter for WCCO-TV
  • Ann Carroll ’95, reporter for Fox Sports Network
  • Joe Gill ’99, morning show host for KASM-AM
  • Cassie Hart ’04, news director for KNSI-AM
  • Adam Hammer ’05, entertainment reporter for the St. Cloud Times
  • Dana Thiede ’86, field producer for KARE11-TV

Also on the panel were Ed Smith, KSAX-TV station manager, and Nicole Garrison-Springer, who is a Pioneer Press money reporter and president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Pro chapter.

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