2013 Iron Journalist is Crowned

Ten Simpson College multimedia journalism majors competed Wednesday afternoon for the title of Iron Journalist. Students in Dr. Brian Steffen‘s Multimedia Journalism senior seminar were assigned a project in which they became entrepreneurs and developed their own business based on their passions and interests. Topics ranged from the Des Moines music scene, Indianola news and happenings, and world travel tips, among others.

Indy Bar Buzz, a news source for all bar activities in Indianola, Iowa,the project of senior Tyler Utzka, received top honors when Tyler was crowned Iron Journalist at the competition. Utzka did not win without a fight though, coming in one point behind was senior Grant Rodgers and Indy Tower, a news provider for all of Warren County. Junior Amanda Hintgen rounded out the top three with Des Moines Music Scene, a business providing updates on the concerts and music happenings at seven premier locations in Des Moines, Iowa.

Utzka impressed the judges with his professional coasters that he used to market his business in all Indianola bars. Judges were seen using the coasters throughout the competition for their waters. “It is definitely something people will be interested in and the interaction with the Flicker page makes it very social,” Emily Schletter, ’10, Des Moines Register reporter and judge said.

“I like that you are thinking forward (towards expansion of the business),” says Marco Santana, entrepreneurship and technology reporter for the Des Moines Register and judge.

Tune back next year for Simpson College’s next set of Iron Journalists.

For more information on multimedia journalism, contact one of our professors.

ID Magazine Release

On Wednesday, we celebrated the release of the second issue of ID Magazine for 2013. Students gathered around Kent Campus Center to receive their new issue of Simpson College‘s own magazine. Students were very excited about the unique stories, layout, and fresh ideas presented.

We watched as students got their first reaction of the magazine:

  • “I really like it. I think it’s fresh, new and fun. It’s very different from other news sources of Simpson. It provides something for everyone,” sophomore Shayna Holle says.
  • “It’s a great way for students to express themselves in a unique publication,” junior and future Editor-in-Chief of the Simpsonian Julia Warfield says.
  • “It has definitely improved since last semester. There are great interviews, layout and articles in this magazine,” says junior Maddie Boswell.
  • “I think it is beautiful with professional style. It will serve as great promotional materials for perspective students,” sophomore Kate Hayden says. “I would love to do the photography for this magazine and I know a lot of students will want to be a part of this project.”
  • “ID Magazine turned out very well. A magazine publication is not seen on many campuses, providing something unique for Simpson College,” first year and ID Magazine contributor James Tillison says. “It gives writers an opportunity to learn a new style of writing that differs from newspaper writing.”

Were you at the celebration on Wednesday afternoon or did you attend the fashion show Wednesday evening?  Tweet us your photos @IDMagSC and @ComMediaStudies

Want more information on opportunities in student media? Contact one of our professors!

ID Magazine Release

Sarina Rhinehart: Iowa House Democrats

What has she been doing?
This spring semester, Sarina Rhinehart, a junior with majors in Political Science and Integrated Marketing Communications, has been interning for the Iowa House Democrats.  Along with three other interns, Sarina is charged with completing any communications task (photography, video, newsletter, etc.) requested by the 47 House Democrats.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Within her role, Sarina has developed the ability to meet strict deadlines, assisting with the creation of each representative’s weekly newsletter.  She has also embraced a willingness to take on any task handed to her.

What does her supervisor have to say about her work?
Rachelle Thomas, Deputy Communications Director, shared, “During her internship, Sarina’s experience in the Iowa House has improved her leadership skills and breadth of knowledge understanding the legislative process. Her dedication and commitment to the House Democrats was extremely helpful in achieving our goals of session to improve life and expand opportunities for the people of Iowa.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Sarina found out about the position through Simpson’s CareerPaths website. All current students can access this online job-bulletin to search for internships, part and full time jobs, and career-related events.  Applications for the Iowa House Democrats are typically accepted in November with experiences being during the spring semester.  To learn more please contact Rachelle Thomas (rachelle.thomas@legis.iowa.gov) or Dean Fiihr (dean.fiihr@legis.iowa.gov).

Why does she think internships are important?
Sarina stated, “My internships have been some of my most valuable experiences at Simpson. They have allowed me to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to actual companies. Internships have helped me figure out what I want and don’t want in a future career. They are great to build one’s personal network. Having an internship puts one way ahead in the application process over others who do not have this experience.”

Katelyn Chamberlin: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

What has she been doing?
Katelyn Chamberlin, a senior Multimedia Journalism major, spent spring semester interning with the Iowa chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of both children and adults.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Through her internship, Katelyn created content for the chapter’s social media channels and engaged the community through regular postings.  She also helped by creating marketing and promotional materials for various events.

What strengths did she gain within the position?
Through her experience with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Katelyn put to use her ability to generate both creative and compelling content for social media channels.  She was also able to think outside of the box for new marketing techniques.  Katelyn found it very important to be open to new possibilities and became comfortable taking on new tasks.

What does her supervisor have to say about her work?
Claire Scholl, Executive Director of the Iowa CFF chapter, shared, “Kate’s enthusiasm in Social Media has recruited countless individuals, groups and companies to our cause and helped the CF Foundation fulfill our mission of funding life-saving research.  In a few short months, Kate has made an incredible difference in the fight to beat cystic fibrosis!”

How did she find out about this internship?
Katelyn found out about the position through Simpson’s CareerPaths website. All current students can access this online job-bulletin to search for internships, part and full time jobs, and career-related events.  To learn more about internships with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can also contact Iowa@cff.org or call 515-252-1530.

What advice does she have for students beginning an internship?
Katelyn recommended, “When looking for an internship, pick one that will challenge you and teach you skills outside your comfort zone.  Also, try projects and tasks you’ve never done before; you might discover a new interest or skill.”

Victoria Jones: Big Green Umbrella Media Inc.

What has she been doing?
Victoria Jones, a senior Multimedia Journalism major, has been busy this semester interning with Big Green Umbrella Media Inc., which includes Central Iowa’s weekly alternative newspaper, Cityview, as well as 20-plus Iowa Living Magazines throughout the state. As part of her internship, Victoria wrote a piece for the “Best of Des Moines Eats” section, profiled West End Salvage in the Belly Up section, investigated policed reports within the Cityview Rapsheet section and municipal bills in the It’s Money section. She also created content for the faith column for as many as 14 monthly Iowa Living Magazines. Victoria also had the opportunity to network with professionals in her field by attending such events as the “Best Of Des Moines” annual gala (see photo).

What strengths did she gain within the position?
In order to succeed in her position, Victoria has had to be organized, take initiative, and manage her time to meet deadlines.

What does her supervisor have to say about her work?
Amber Williams, Managing Editor, shared the following quote, “Victoria’s positive, can-do attitude is the first attribute that is sure to contribute to her success in life, regardless of the field she chooses. In addition to that, it was exciting to watch her grow as a writer and a reporter over the course of her internship. I hope to see her name in local news and magazine bylines in the future, especially in one of our many publications. It’s bittersweet to see her go. I am a proud mentor, but she will be missed.”

How did she find out about this internship?
Victoria found out about her internship through Simpson’s CareerPaths website. All current students can access this online job-bulletin to search for internships, part and full time jobs, and career-related events.  To learn more about an internship with Big Green Umbrella Media Inc. you can also contact Amber Williams by email at amber@dmcityview.com.

What advice does she have for current students?
Victoria suggested, “Don’t wait until your senior year like me. I wish I would have started sooner when I had more time instead of waiting until my last semester when I had ten thousand other things to worry about. I’ve also seen through experience that networking, meeting people, and building personal relationships are very important.”

Students Present Research at NCUR

Simpson Computer Science students Jaris Van Maanen, Joel Gawarecki, Linsey Williams, and Adam Smith presented their research on “Optimization of Tile Sets for DNA Self-Assembly” this April at the 27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), hosted at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Their poster was among those chosen from more than 3,500 submissions for the conference. This research was sponsored by NSF grant CCF-1143839.



Simpson: After the First Year

Eight months ago, a new class of Simpson students walked through the gates. Several new communication and media studies majors were welcomed to Simpson College campus. As the year went on, new friends were made, strengths were found, and majors were chosen.

James Tillison, a first year from Ada, Oklahoma, has set new standards for the swim team by assisting the team to many wins this season. He is an integrated marketing communications major hoping to gain experience for a radio or newspaper career in the future. “I think the Communications and Media Studies department is very well set up,” Tillison says. “It gives me the chance to feel what it would be in the working world and gives me ideas of what I would be doing.”

Tillison is very involved in student media. As a writer for both ID Magazine and the Simpsonian, as well as an on-air personality for KSTM, he finds himself immersed in media outlets. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my practicum course this year and having the chance to write for the Simpsonian,” Tillison said.

Jacy Gomez, a first year from Indianola, Iowa, has found great success as the nation’s top public forum debater. Gomez is excited about the upcoming public relations major that Simpson will be offering. “The Communications and Media Studies department is one that I really want to stick with,” she says. “There are strong professors who provide a lot of interest in their subjects.”

Gomez would love to see the debate program expand with more debaters, as well as more competitions. Her favorite course she has taken was at Simpson was her Simpson Colloquium course, American Journalism and Democracy. “I found my interest in communication with this course,” Gomez says. “It was great to learn how big service is in our communities.”

To learn about how you can create your career with Communications and Media Studies, contact one of our faculty members!

KSTM Celebrating Twenty Years of College Radio

This week, KSTM Appreciation Week is happening on Simpson College campus. KSTM is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting excellence.

KSTM is working hard to create awareness across campus with and all around campaign. The station has created a new YouTube channel and will be creating frequent vlogs throughout the week. They have also done several social media campaigns to get more people to turn into the station and talk about why they love KSTM.

Check out one of the vlogs right here!

Several of the DJs will be giving remote reports this week across campus to promote the station even further. This week there will be several promotions over the air to increase the amount of listeners throughout the day.

Be sure to tune into 88.9 KSTM this week to help celebrate 20 years of college radio.

Tune in now!

Any questions about KSTM? Contact one of our faculty members.

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Enactus Wins Outstanding Organization 2012-2013

Enactus (formerly SIFE), a student organization focused on service, leadership and entrepreneurship, won the Outstanding Organization Award at a ceremony held on Tuesday, April 9th in Hubbell Hall in the Kent Campus Center.

Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, Enactus has engaged in numerous service activities including canned food drives, sponsoring the Mr. Simpson contest with proceeds to benefit Mary’s Meals and more.  The group has also been working with Burlap and Roses on The Square in developing a new brand and marketing plan thanks to grants from Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart.

In mid-April the group traveled to Chicago to participate in the Enactus regional Enactus Regional and Simpson Outstanding Organization Trophiescompetition.  The group made a presentation to a panel of business industry judges winning First Runner-Up in the region.

Professor Marilyn Mueller, the group’s advisor from the Department of Business Administration and Economics, is thrilled that the students have been recognized for their hard work this year and is excited to take them to the competition in Chicago.