Journalism & Mass Communication

SDSU launches social media minor

South Dakota State University is the first institution in the state to offer a social media minor. Students will gain expertise in designing content, implementing communication practices and campaigns, and assessing outcomes for social media use.

The new minor has been added due to reflect a growing trend across journalism programs in the nation. Before this minor, students could gain some skills related to social media in other classes, but now those skills will be bundled into one package for students. Pre-requisites are not required, so it will be easier for students to add the minor if they wish.

Students will learn how to analyze social media sites and better understand what brings users to certain sites, how long they stay there, and what they click on. The minor will have classes teaching how to write for different types of social media sites as well as designing the sites. One course will also have students design their own app and launch it to have a real world experience. It will also help students effectively learn how to manage multi-way interactions with users.

SDSU is excited to add this minor to assist students in becoming better equipped to use social media beneficially and gain a comprehensive skill set.

Finneman Finalist for Mott Book Award

Teri Finneman, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication was one of four finalists for the best research-based book about journalism or mass communication published each year. 

Finneman PhotoThe Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism & Mass Communication Research Award is named in honor of Frank Luther Mott, Pulitzer Prize winner, educator and long-time leader of Kappa Tau Alpha.

Finneman’s book, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From 'Lunatic' Woodhull to 'Polarizing Palin was published by Lexington Books. It examines the media experiences of women political pioneers between the 1870s and 2000s.  The women featured are Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president; Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress; Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to receive a presidential nomination at a major party’s convention; and Sarah Palin, the first Republican woman vice presidential candidate.


South Dakota State honors three journalism alums 

The South Dakota State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication recognizes three new distinguished alumni.

Each year since 1985, by a vote of the department faculty, one or more individuals have been selected for this honor. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and mass communication.

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This year the department recognizes:

  • Wanda Romkema Goodman '04, deputy secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism, Pierre; 
  • Marc Johnson '75, partner at Gallatin Public Affairs, Boise, Idaho;and  
  • Harvey Levenson '68, director of Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California.