The University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication is known for keeping in touch with alumni and professionals in the field.

We regularly invite, welcome and host visiting alums and other professionals out in the field. This podcast channel is dedicated to interviews with visitors who can provide insight to the multiple areas in which a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Iowa can be used.

Our goal is to help inform the public and educate current and prospective students on just how versatile this skillset can be in the world today.

Stephen Bloom University of Iowa School of Journalism

Author & Faculty Member Stephen Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom's current work focuses on long-form nonfiction, oral history, and online narrative journalism. He teaches magazine reporting and writing, and media ethics in a digital age. Bloom provides advice to students and talks about his professional background, including when he worked in Brazil.

Don McLeese University of Iowa

Professor Don McLeese on Music Journalism

Professor Don McLeese talks to student Jack Martin about his background in reporting and music journalism.

Don has spent his career immersed in arts, entertainment and popular culture. He was the popular music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Austin American-Statesman; a columnist, reviewer and feature writer for Rolling Stone; and a frequent music and book reviewer for a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites.

Mikayla Hughes-Shaw University of Iowa

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw, 2020 SJMC Graduate

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Dr. Barbie Zelizer

Dr. Barbie Zelizer, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Barbie Zelizer is a former journalist known for her work on journalism, culture, memory and images. She has authored/edited fourteen books and over 150 articles/essays. Dr. Zelizer was the 2020 McGranahan lecturer, and addressed invisibility as an invitation to critique in the news and pictures of Donald Trump in the US news media.

Kai Wright

Author & Podcast Host, Kai Wright

THE SOURCE welcomes Kai Wright, author and host of WNYC's "The United States of Anxiety," about podcasting, racism in the U.S., his high school journalism career and so much more. Quill and Scroll's Nichole Shaw hosts.

Barbara Kinney

Award-Winning Photojournalist, Barbara Kinney

Barbara Kinney is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and People magazines. Barbara was Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign photographer during the 2016 elections, traveling across the country for 20 months with the first woman to receive the presidential nomination from a major political party. 

Katelyn Weisbrod University of Iowa Alumni

2019 SJMC Alumni, Katelyn Weisbrod

Katelyn Weisbrod discusses her time at The Daily Iowan, her favorite stories, and post-graduation plans. You can also read more about her on our website or on hers.

Seung Min Kim

White House Reporter & Alumni, Seung Min Kim

Host Jack Martin sat down with Seung Min Kim, an alumni of SJMC and current White House reporter for The Washington Post covering President Trump's relationship with Congress. Seung Min provides insight into her time at Iowa and her path to The Post. She talks about her day-to-day life covering Trump and Congress and shares multiple stories from her exciting career.

Ayo Ogunwusi University of Iowa Alumni

JSJMC 2019-2020 Peer Mentors' Service

Jack Martin speaks with the School of Journalism & Mass Communication's new Peer Mentors, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw and Ayo Ogunwusi about services and fun events they provide for students in the student center on the 3rd floor of Adler Journalism Building at the University of Iowa.