Welcome to the revised Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism alumni magazine, newly named, SOJ Insider. The new design has a contemporary but classic appeal, representing our focus on the future while honoring our past.
Building on the basics, we continue to update our curricula, programs and facilities to prepare our students for the careers of today and tomorrow. Our students are learning how to gather and produce stories using multiple formats and to be change leaders in an integrated media environment. To give our students yet another opportunity to learn these skills, we have launched an online version of the alumni magazine, which includes multimedia and interactive features, produced by students across program areas.
We also are asking our students to think critically about the changes occurring within the media information professions. Our cover story focuses on Journalism Week 2008, which examined the impact of newer media – blogs, viral video and social networking websites – on the 2008 presidential election. The cornerstone event was a panel of national journalists, bloggers and new media producers, who raised important questions about the influence of both mass and targeted media in the era of online, instant communication.
As we continue to build toward the future, we will continue to rely on your support and friendship. Without your help, we would never have been able to achieve our current success and develop new initiatives that will help our students make their mark well into the 21st century. We hope to hear more from you in the coming year!