KSTM Now Available Everywhere

This week KSTM made the big announcement that they are now live streaming over the Internet. KSTM can now be heard from anywhere and anytime from a mobile device or computer. There will be a live air feed that can be found from two sources as of right now: TuneIn.com or the TuneIn mobile app.

“This is a great way to get alumni listenership because before we were only able to reach within Indianola city limits, now we can be heard anywhere,” says KSTM Station Manager Jesse Stewart. The live streaming feature is a great way for past radio dj’s to remember their experiences at Simpson. “It is great that I can listen to the radio station online now,” says alumnus Devin Sietstra, former co-host of Mutt and Dutch, “I wish they would have had this when I was in school. It brings back great memories of the radio station and all the fun that was had.”

To find the radio station online:

  • TuneIn: Use the mobile app found in the Play Store or the App Store and search KSTM
  • Coming Soon! A live stream website specially made for KSTM. Look out for kstm.simpson.edu.

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

Manning Gains Public Relations Experience with Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Working in public relations out in the workforce always brings a new project every day. Senior Sheyenne Manning from Winterset, Iowa has been able to experience a changing work environment everyday. She is a multimedia journalism major with a management minor interning with Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA). IowaCASA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “unite people and organizations to promote a society free from sexual violence and to meet the diverse needs of survivors.

As the social media and communications intern, Manning is in charge of the public relations work, planning, writing and creating promotional materials. She is currently writing a special edition newsletter about why stand alone agencies are more beneficial. As a non-profit organization, IowaCASA relies a lot on donations from corporations and private donors. Manning is creating a development plan to assist with fundraising efforts.This year marks a big year for IowaCASA because they had their 30th anniversary event with all sister organizations. Manning was in charge of development promotional fliers for this event.

As a senior at Simpson College, Manning has been able to apply skills learned through a variety of courses and student media work. She has been able to do research and move forward with the learning curve of the internship. An important take away from Simpson College student media is the ability to report and interview for the purpose of a story. These skills have made her more comfortable with making cold calls and talking on the phone. Manning says about her studies at Simpson, “I have become comfortable with my writing due to my major and what I have learned.”

Read about a similar internship at ICADV with Tara Maurer.

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

WHO-TV Connects Simpson Students with Internships

Olu RotibiWant to get an internship with a television station? Simpson College and WHO-TV have a great relationship that allows students to gain experience in television production through internships. This semester Olu Rotibi is interning with the sports media team. Rotibi is a senior from Chicago, IL majoring in multimedia journalism, as well as a member of the men’s basketball team.

As part of the WHO-TV team, Rotibi assists primarily with video editing. He is also able to learn from the other sports anchors skills such as news production, statistics for teams, and general sports stories. He is available to assist the team members in whatever way possible.

Hanna Russmann is also interning with WHO-TV this semester. She is a multimedia journalism major with a management minor from Avoca, Iowa. She is in charge of writing content for the web. While on the job, she assists producers with content for newscasts and shadows reporters. She says that she is all over the office helping out the various reporters and producers.The major perk of interning with a television broadcast is creating your own package and standups to be able to use in a portfolio. Hanna Russmann

The communications department has helped out these interns in a variety of ways. Through video production courses, students learn to create their own package from a story and know how to edit. News writing courses have assisted students in the ability to structure a piece. Russmann says,”Writing for broadcast is more active writing. You use more present terms and it is more direct.”

Russmann also offered some advice for future broadcasters:

  • Take advantage of everything at a broadcasting internship.
  • Get as much experience doing standups and creating your own news packages. They will help you to form a portfolio.
  • Always ask if you can help out in any way. Don’t feel like you are bothering people because you are there to learn.
  • Always go out on stories.

Other television news related internships include Tyler Utzka with KCCI.

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

People You Should Know – Denise Hudson

How long have you been working at Simpson?
I have worked full-time in the Business office 6 years and prior to that, part-time 9 months for EW&G.

What exactly does your job entail?
I am the Accounts Receivable Coordinator for the Business Office.  My primary responsibility is working with our part-time students and their billing issues.  Many of our part-time students have Employer Tuition Reimbursement, and I help them through that process; others are on payment plans, and I monitor that process.  I work with Ginger Herm0n here in Indianola, Paula Palmer in the WDM campus, and Becky Armstrong in the Ankeny campus assisting them with various cashiering issues as well as helping them take care of our PT students on their campuses.

I also work with the PSEOA program, local high school students taking Simpson classes for both their high school diploma requirements as well as college credit.  I work with Rhonda Pooley, our Veterans certifying official for Simpson, in getting our veteran students their money to help pay their tuition accounts.  I am the back-up cashier for Kathy Shafer, working with all departments on campus in processing their funds and working with our bank in processing payments and balancing our daily accounts.  I assist Sherri Aldridge when things get busy in here, answering some of the full-time student and parent questions.

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Omaha, NE

What makes working at Simpson unique?
Most definitely the people – from students, to staff to faculty!  I love getting to know the different personalities and how to engage and work with them in positive and specific ways!  I also like the closeness in proximity to my home and the fabulous benefit package Simpson provides!

What do you enjoy most about working with adult students?
I appreciate their communication skills!  They are usually very quick to respond, and they take care of business!  They usually are very organized because of the multiple plates they have to balance in their busy lives!

Please tell us about your family and how you like to spend your free time.
I have been married to my college sweetheart, Steve, for 30 years this year!  Our oldest, Chris, just got married, is expecting his first child, has worked at Principal Financial for 8 years and is a current student in Simpson’s EWG program.  Our youngest, Emilie, is a freshman in Simpson’s traditional program and is enjoying all of her classes!

I enjoy my job, spending time with my family, shopping with my daughter and traveling.

What is your favorite vacation spot, favorite book, and/or favorite film?
I enjoy any vacation spot where my family is, a nice hotel and nearby museums and shopping opportunities!  I especially like the mountains and unique areas of the United States.  I am a sap for romantic comedies which makes it a little more difficult to go to movies with my husband who enjoys sci-fi and action, but the popcorn is always good! J

Multimedia Journalism at Simpson, What’s it like?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to graduate as a communications major? What the courses are like? One of the majors offered at Simpson College is Multimedia Journalism. When a student graduates in multimedia journalism, the student is able to master the art of traditional writing, editing and reporting skills. Students also learn how to use design products such as InDesign, Photoshop and Final Cut.

In the senior seminar course, students tie all the skills learned through coursework into one final project, a small business online news organization. Each class period begins with up to three students presenting current industry news showing that they are keeping up with current events and trends.

Another part of the senior seminar is integration of social media. Each week students engage on Twitter uploading current news, reactions to their classmates’ tweets, and submitting a Twitter report at the end of the week. The following tweets are about the recent Iowa College Media Association Convention attended by the students on February 8.

Learning social media tactics is very important in today’s news industry as Twitter and Facebook increasingly become a primary news source for many Americans.

Prof. Brian Steffen

A major part of starting a new organization or business is a business plan. Students in the Multimedia Journalism capstone course develop their own business plan for their online news organization. As part of the business plan, students learn how to make funding requests, financial projections and how to make money as a news organization. The business plan will be a key written component of their final project in preparation for the Iron Journalist Competition in mid April.  The competition is judged by local journalists evaluating the students on their business plans and the work they have done throughout the semester.  May the best student win!

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

Simpson Students Win 17 Iowa College Media Association Awards

Simpson Student Media journalists scored their best results in years Thursday night, bringing home 17 Iowa College Media Association awards to campus.

“I’ve been advising student media at Simpson since 1989, and this has been as hard-working a group as I’ve known,” said Brian Steffen, chair of the Department of Communication & Media Studies and director of Simpson Student Media. “I’m so pleased to see the quality of their work recognized by professionals around the nation.”

The awards include three ICMA honors for KSTM-FM student radio — the first-ever statewide awards for the campus station.

First-place winners from Simpson included:
  • Nicole Gilbert, first place in Best News Photo.
  • Aaron Young, two first places — one in Best Sports Story and the other in Best Sports Feature Story.
  • Zach James and Jesse Stewart, first place in Best Sports Broadcast.
  • Ben Rodgers, first place in Best Investigative News Story.
Others winners from Simpson Student Media include:
  • Zach James and Tyler Crandell, third place in Best Sports Story.
  • Kate Hayden, honorable mention in Best Feature Photo and third place in Best Opinion Writing.
  • Sarina Rhinehart, third place in Best News Photo.
  • Megan Quick, third place in Best Feature Story and third place in Best News Story.
  • Jazmin Rubel, third place in Best Online Edition.
  • Jesse Stewart, honorable mention in Best Radio Newscast.
  • Sylvia Koss, second place in Best Opinion Writing and third place in Best Headline Writing.
  • Maddie Boswell, third place in Best Photojournalism Portfolio.
Simpson Student Media includes three brands of student-produced and student-led content at Simpson: The Simpsonian student newspaper and TheSimpsonian.com website, ID Magazine and KSTM-FM. 


A total of 40 students are on staff this spring term, working out of newly renovated facilities at Simpson’s new Gaumer Center.


Grant Rodgers is the editor-in-chief of the Simpsonian, and Jesse Stewart is station manager of KSTM-FM.

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Filmmaker Duncan Comes to Campus to Discuss Recent Film

Chip DuncanSimpson Forum and the Culver Center sponsored Iowa native Chip Duncan on campus on February 5th. Duncan is a filmmaker, writer, photographer, and President of The Duncan Group, Inc. This company founded in 1984 focuses on documentary television and feature film production. The company mostly works internationally, however produces history films in the United States.

Duncan spoke about “The Reagan Presidency” and why this film is important to viewers today. The content of this film is still extremely relevant today. When talking about economics or taxes in the courts today, people commonly refer to the Reagan policy and its historic value. He also believe that the events took place long enough ago to do a history film without any political effects. Due to the inclusive of many high power figures, members of the Democratic and Republican parties, and people from many eras, the film is now able to be done objectively.

When it comes to presidential speeches and the way the media is able to receive the speeches today, Reagan changed this method. Due to a little joke, all public speeches must go through the Navy’s soundboard before it goes to media sources. Ronald Reagan also started a new tradition with a weekly radio address. This was to connect with fellow Americans and let them know that their President was working for them. This tradition is continued today as President Obama now produces a weekly Internet address.

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.

Involvement is Key to Job Success

What’s a great organization to impress employers? Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is an organization on campus for students interested in public relations and communications. The group is a student chapter to the national professional association, Public Relations Society of America. This organization allows students to network with potential employers and gain contacts for the post-graduation job search.

The Simpson College Chapter of PRSSAPRSSA shirt is very involved on campus sponsoring many campus wide activities. PRSSA designs the official Simpson College Homecoming t-shirt every year. This allows graphic design students experience in creating a design and getting it published. It also allows students to put their marketing tactics that they learn in the classroom to use by promoting the t-shirt to fellow students. Another famous event sponsored by PRSSA is the Goodwill Fashion Show. In addition to these events, PRSSA also hosts a winter blood drive, assists with the Belize Dance Marathon, and invites monthly professional speakers.

Why should you be interested in PRSSA? It is a great way to broaden your network and connect with future colleagues through regional and national events. When you join PRSSA, you have access to the PRSA Job Center which has many employment opportunities all over the world.

Want to know more? Contact Jane Murphy, our PRSSA advisor.

Rhinehart Combines Her Majors For A Great Internship Experience

Sarina Rhinehart

Junior Sarina Rhinehart is majoring in integrated marketing communications and political science. She is the communications intern at the Iowa State Capitol with the Iowa Democratic Caucus allows her to put her political science knowledge to use with the skills she has learned through her integrated marketing communications major.

Through Sarina’s internship with the Iowa Democratic Caucus, she has been able to strength her photography, video, and news writing skills. Sarina is in charge of taking photographs of the representatives to be used for press coverage. She also takes video of their speeches from the floor to post to YouTube. Each week every representative sends out a newsletter talking about what they have been up to. Sarina contributes articles for these publications. Another important skill she is learning through her internship is writing press releases. She creates press releases for the caucuses to distribute to the Des Moines Register and area newspapers from the representative’s districts.

Communication and media studies coursework and activities have provided Sarina with the necessary skills needed to prepare for this internship. Over May term, she took a video production course which has helped her to edit videos prior to publication. Through various courses such as beginning news writing and reporting, she has developed skills in programs such as Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Finally, her experiences with the Simpsonian has given her skills in photography and as a writer.