• BEST IN STATE—Senior Courtney Schoen Lewis was named Best PR Student in Utah. Story
  • CROWBAR—Athletes compete in annual Crowbar backcountry race in Logan Canyon. CHRISTIAN HATAHWAY
  • HINDU FESTIVAL—Hundreds of Hindus and friends gather for annual Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork. DANA IVINS
  • RAINBOW CELEBRATION—Holi celebrants joyfully paint themselves at Hindu festival. DANA IVINS
  • HUT! HUT! HUT!—ROTC teams compete in Ranger Challenge at Camp Williams. ALISON OSTLER. Story
  • SNOWBARD JAM—Boarders show their stuff on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • SNOWBOARD TRICKS as hotdoggers show off on the Quad during Entrepreneur Week. CASSIDEE J. CLINE. Story
  • WINTER A and the American flag over a snowy USU campus. WHITNEY PETERSON
  • QUADVIEW—A springtime view of the USU Quad and Old Main from atop the business building.
  • PRESS CONFERENCE—USU President Stan Albrecht briefing journalism students. CHRIS ROMRIELL. Story
  • HIGH-HEELIN’ IT—Men in high heels and their female supporters walk a mile to protest sex abuse. TY ROGERS
  • ELK PICNIC—Elk and humans mingle at the winter refuge at Blacksmith Fork's Hardware Ranch. CARESA ALEXANDER. Story

Crisis simulation is rite of passage for JCOM journalists, PR students

Monday, May 12th, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Crisis simulation is rite of passage for JCOM journalists, PR students

LOGAN—CRISIS! Teams of dozens of USU journalism and public relations students were thrown into the deep end of their professions in the third annual CommStrong crisis simulation exercise, a day-long trial by fire in which future communication professionals react to ...

Cumberbatch fans breathless over Season 3 of ‘Sherlock’

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Cumberbatch fans breathless over Season 3 of ‘Sherlock’

By Noelle Johansen Either you have been living under an uncultured rock for four years, or you were counting down the seconds until the Season 3 premiere of “Sherlock” last weekend. If you have not seen the first two seasons of ...

Spiked! USU journalists create fitting award to honor ‘curmudgeon’

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Spiked! USU journalists create fitting award to honor ‘curmudgeon’

LOGAN—A new award was created to honor Ted Pease, head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University, who is stepping down from his post at the end of the academic year. The award is named for ...

Ravitz: Writing with empathy, resisting fluff, and making a difference

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Ravitz: Writing with empathy, resisting fluff, and making a difference

By Katie Swain LOGAN—CNN Digital reporter Jessica Ravitz has focused her career on long-form, in-depth storytelling in a day that is increasingly more consumed by 140-character tweets, sound bites and abbreviated news. She returned to Utah Wednesday to share the story of ...

Journalism and PR students scramble, learn in crisis simulation

Friday, November 9th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Journalism and PR students scramble, learn in crisis simulation

By Kristen Munson Photos by Danielle Manley Special from Utah State Today LOGAN—Six minutes into a crisis communication simulation conducted by the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University, student participants learn that the mayor’s son is dead, his body found ...

Aggie journalism students tell stories of hope & heartbreak from Africa

Friday, October 5th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Aggie journalism students tell stories of hope & heartbreak from Africa

By D. Whitney Smith LOGAN—The importance of beer in interviewing, needy street children and bathrooms without toilet paper were all topics of conversation Wednesday when three student-journalists shared their experiences from a reporting trip to Ethiopia. [caption id="attachment_8298" align="alignleft" width="420"] JCOM student ...

Aggie journalists to report Oct. 3 on Ethiopia’s hope, heartbreak

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Aggie journalists to report Oct. 3 on Ethiopia’s hope, heartbreak

LOGAN—A year ago, Utah State journalism Professor Matthew LaPlante traveled to Ethiopia and brought back heart-wrenching stories of tribal traditions of infanticide. This time, LaPlante took three Aggie journalism students with him to follow up on stories of life in ...

JCOM Prof, SLTrib Photographer Win Journalism Ethics Award

Monday, April 16th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on JCOM Prof, SLTrib Photographer Win Journalism Ethics Award

LaPlante’s stories on ‘mingi’—Ethiopian infanticide—win Ancil Payne Prize from UOregon EUGENE, Ore.—Journalists Matthew LaPlante of the USU Department of Journalism & Communication, and Rick Egan of The Salt Lake Tribune are winners of the 2012 Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in ...

Aggie journalists collect 17 prizes at annual Mark of Excellence Awards

Monday, April 16th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Aggie journalists collect 17 prizes at annual Mark of Excellence Awards

By D. Whitney Smith DENVER—Utah State University journalism students cleaned up at the Society of Professional Journalists 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards at the Region 9 Conference in Denver this weekend. USU student journalists came home with 17 awards for some of ...

USU journalists win big in Top of the Rockies; Powell lands 4 firsts

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on USU journalists win big in Top of the Rockies; Powell lands 4 firsts

DENVER—USU journalists were tearing up the annual Top of the Rockies competition for journalistic excellence among professional journalists at the annual regional conference of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) on Friday night. • 2011-12 Student Mark of Excellence Awards to ...

Military vets, journalists and civilians try to make sense of Iraq war

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Military vets, journalists and civilians try to make sense of Iraq war

By Rebecca Holliday LOGAN—Military veterans, journalists and civilians whose lives were touched by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq came together for the ninth anniversary of the start of the war to observe and try to make sense of its global legacy. Organized ...

‘Out of Iraq’ to witness those affected by war on conflict’s anniversary

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on ‘Out of Iraq’ to witness those affected by war on conflict’s anniversary

LOGAN—The nine-year anniversary of the start of combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, will be the focus of a day-long series of panels and programs on March 19 at Utah State University. Spearheaded by Army Maj. Matthew ...

LaPlante: Doing ‘missionary journalism,’ from classroom to war zone

Saturday, January 21st, 2012 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

By Kristen Munson Liberalis Editor LOGAN—Framed on one wall of Matthew LaPlante’s office are stories of dying veterans, sick because they had the audacity to breathe on their military bases as open-air pit fires spewed chemicals into the sky. Photographs of a ...

‘Mingi’—journalists bring the story of Ethiopian infanticide to USU

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

Story and Photos by Heidi Hansen LOGAN—From Ethiopia to the USU auditorium, two Utah journalists who recently took a risky journey to the Horn of Africa in effort to tell a heart-wrenching story of infanticide to the world stepped out Tuesday ...

Images of Ethiopia: Rick Egan’s photos from the Horn of Africa

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

LOGAN—Veteran photojournalist Rick Egan of the Salt Lake Tribune came to USU on Tuesday to show his vision of the Kara people, from his reporting trip to Ethiopia last summer with fellow journalist Matthew LaPlante. Egan, a 26-year veteran of the ...

The Children of Ethiopia: From the Cradle to the Grave

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on The Children of Ethiopia: From the Cradle to the Grave

LOGAN—Two Utah journalists launch the 2011-2012 Morris Media & Society Lecture season at Utah State next week to report on what they found when they traveled to Ethiopia this summer to investigate the plight of children in that impoverished and ...

New reporting prof brings real-world standards to the classroom

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

Story & Photos by Cassidee J. Cline LOGAN—Some see him as a loud, in-your-face, reporter. In fact, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called him “an ideologue who’s out to hurt you.” To Matthew LaPlante, this review from the conservative commentator is nothing ...

‘Hosni Mubarak’ speaks to JCOM reporters

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on ‘Hosni Mubarak’ speaks to JCOM reporters

INTENSE! Students participate in a news simulation with Salt Lake Tribune reporter Matthew LaPlante, who played outgoing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a press conference with student journalists representing a Twitter news organ, the Financial Tribune of Egypt, a general circulation ...