Saying Goodbye to Dr. Jin Kyun Lee

30 01 2014

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Jin Lee

Dr. Jin Kyun Lee, who taught advertising classes in the Department of Journalism for the past 3½ years, resigned effective Jan. 31 due to family matters. He is returning to Seoul, South Korea, where several of his relatives still live. He said he wants his children to have good memories of their grandparents while they are still living.

While at Oshkosh, Dr. Lee taught the following courses:

• Principles of Advertising

• Visual Media Design

• Advertising Copy, Layout and Production

• Magazine Editing and Production

• Strategic Campaigns in Advertising

“I really have enjoyed teaching and researching in the journalism department at UWO,” Dr. Lee said. “Especially, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all journalism faculty members for providing this great work environment. Most students I worked with are hard working, very sincere and honest.”

Journalism faculty are being supportive by taking over his classes for the spring semester. A temporary hire will be made for next year, while the search for a permanent, tenure-track advertising professor begins.

I had the pleasure of being in Dr. Lee’s Principles of Advertising class. He is very kindhearted and wants every one of his students to succeed. The last day of class he left us all with words of encouragement, and now, he is leaving Oshkosh with the same advice: “I want to tell journalism students to challenge themselves by setting high standards and self-expectations. Life is full of uncertainty but just the fact that you are moving forward the direction you are confident indeed defines who you are. That is you.”

Thank you Dr. Lee. You will be dearly missed.


NEWSPA: Showing Students What They Can Be In 5 Years

28 01 2014

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

Every year, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh gives high school students a hands-on experience into the world of journalism. The university has the pleasure of hosting NEWSPA, Northeastern  Wisconsin Scholastic Press Association. The conference brings in over 400 high school journalists and their advisers to campus, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and participate in informational sessions led by journalism professionals.


NEWSPA was founded by Dr. Gary Coll in 1969. The idea was to take a few college students to local high schools and share their experiences of majoring in journalism, and answer questions the high school students might have. Like other efforts, the conference is a way to show prospective students that journalism is a vibrant major  that is growing in new ways.

NEWSPA has changed over the years, and today the conference is composed of concurrent sessions led by professionals in the field and a keynote speaker. The sessions include learning the basics of Adobe Creative Suit software, ways to improve your high school yearbook and newspaper, careers in journalism, layout and design, photography, social media and writing tips. There is even an interactive jeopardy-type game, Grammar Smackdown.


Instead of a keynote speaker this year, alumni will be brought in to speak about where they are now and what they learned from UWO and their experiences in a panel discussion format. Barb Benish, NEWSPA Executive Secretary, is also hoping journalism classes get involved to help report about NEWSPA and promote the event.

The NEWSPA conference will be held on Wednesday, April 9. This year’s event promises to be the best ever!