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2014 News Archive

Fall 2014

JTC Faculty receive teaching awards

Two faculty members from the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication received prestigious teaching honors in the spring 2014 semester. Professor Lisa Ortiz was the recipient of the Golden Key Excellence in Teaching award, while Dr. Shaun Schafer was honored as the outstanding teacher by students in the First Year Success (FYS) Program.  Ortiz teaches interactive media in the Technical Communication program.  Schafer serves as the Journalism program coordinator and instructs students in convergent journalism.   

Golden Key student officers observed Professor Ortiz in class and recognized her for “. . . being an outstanding faculty member contributing to the development of students at MSU Denver.”  As written in the notification letter to Professor Ortiz, Golden Key Society students who were in her classes were “. . . profoundly influenced by how and what you have taught them. . .” 

The Golden Key Society is an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world. The society is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement.

Shaun T. Schafer from Journalism and Technical Communication was honored in April 2014 as Instructor of the Year in the First Year Success program's 3rd Annual Student Choice Awards. Although Dr. Schafer did not teach in the First Year Success program, several students in his Journalism Fundamentals course nominated him for the teaching award.  

The First Year Success program is the entry point for all beginning MSU Denver students.  Students in the program set the stage for future success through community-based learning and other co-curricular activities.

For more information about the department, contact Professor Robert Amend.


Spring 2014

JTC faculty embark on global adventures

Kip Wotkins presented scholarly papers on the impact of journalism on the “Arab Spring” in Beruit (2011) Abu Dhabi (2012) and, most recently, Tangier (2013).  The topic of Convergent Journalism and the impact of citizen journalism and social media on the Arab street is a hot topic in the world of academic journalism.  Convergent Journalism has been transformative in the Middle East / North Africa region as country after country travels the rocky road towards democracy.  The most recent paper titled: Radical connectivity: The disruption of journalism continues was presented and published in the conference proceedings of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators AUSACE in Morocco 11/13/13. 


February 28, 2014

Adobe Software selected for university courses in Denver, Colo.
MSU Denver to use TC Suite

DENVER, Colo. – The demand for well educated, technology-savvy students who possess writing skills is pervasive. Today’s students need access to industry standard software. Now, technical writing students at Metropolitan State University of Denver will have the software tools to help them produce professional documents.

The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at MSU Denver announced a partnership with Adobe that allows students to use the Technical Communication Suite 5 (TCS 5) to author, manage and produce documents in two advanced level classes. Professor Bob Amend welcomed the collaboration. “We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to offer TCS at no charge to students in our technical writing courses. Professionals in the industry have often noted the need to employ RoboHelp and Captivate software when writing and editing technical documents, and both our faculty and students have taken this advice to heart. “

Download the Adobe Press Release


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