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Department Commencement Ceremony: May 10, 2014
8 to 9:30am in Wells Conference Center

Please join us before the official University commencement ceremonies to celebrate the success of our graduating students.

*Advising & Enrollment for Summer & Fall, 2014*

Please note: the Department of Communication and Journalism will be offering more summer school courses this year than in previous years.  The Department encourages students to consider summer school enrollment in the following courses:

CMJ 100 – Introduction to Mass Communication [May 12 to July 3 Online]

CMJ 102 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication (Social Contexts and Institutions Gen Ed) [May 12 to May 30]

CMJ 103 – Fundamentals of Public Communication (Social Contexts and Institutions Gen Ed) May 12 to May 30]

CMJ 106 – Storytelling! (Artistic and Creative Expression Gen Ed) [July 7 to July 25]

CMJ 236 – Journalism Writing and Editing (Writing Intensive Gen Ed) [June 2 to July 18 Online]

CMJ 367 – Public Relations (Junior standing, 3cr of CMJ coursework) [June 2 to July 3 or July 7 to August 8 Online]

CMJ 593 – Topics: Media Psychology [Permission Only - Contact Department Chair]

Open Advising Sessions:

The Department will be hosting Open Advising Sessions for all students according to the following schedule. Reminder: you are responsible for knowing your enrollment time. When you attend an advising session you will be given a PIN to enroll in courses when your enrollment appointment time occurs. Please come to the advising sessions prepared. This means: check the courses available on MaineStreet and create a wishlist before you attend the session.

All Open Advising Sessions are in 429 Dunn Hall

Monday, Apr. 7:  1-3 pm
Tuesday, Apr. 8:  1-3 pm
Wednesday, Apr. 9:  9-11 am

**Guy P. Gannett Scholarship for Maine Journalism & Media Students**

The Guy P. Gannett Scholarship is awarded each year to college students (undergrad and grad) who graduated (or soon will graduate) from Maine high schools (or were home-schooled in Maine) and are pursuing degrees in journalism or other media-related fields.  The deadline for applications is May 1, 2014.  You can find information on the Gannett Scholarship from this webpage: ]

The link sends you to the Maine Community Foundation website, where applicants can set up a profile and apply for the scholarship online.   The application deadline is May 1, but students should take a look sooner rather than later, as the application isn’t one that should be rushed.


**University of Maine Digital Journalism Class Collaborates with Bangor Daily News on Bangor 2020 Project**

The future of Bangor, Maine, is the focus of a multimedia project that pairs University of Maine journalism students with mentors at the Bangor Daily News (BDN).

UMaine professor Jennifer Moore is leading CMJ 481: Digital Journalism students in the project called Bangor 2020. The journalism juniors and seniors are conducting research, doing journalistic fieldwork and producing news packages using a variety of technologies for the online, multimedia project in partnership with the BDN.

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From the Chair


Welcome to our Department! We have been around since 1915, then a Department of Public Speaking, which makes us one of the oldest programs in the country. The Department of Journalism was established in 1948. The Departments of Speech Communication and Journalism and Mass Communication merged in 1994 to become the Department of Communication and Journalism.

As a Department we have a long, respected tradition of success and student-centered education. Our undergraduate  students have gone on to careers in the private and public sectors and to graduate school. Our graduate students have become professionals, teachers, and professors.

Our Department´s mission is to understand and to improve the human condition through the study of communication practices. We offer challenging liberal arts degree programs in Communication, Mass Communication, and Journalism, and graduate programs in Communication and Mass Communication. Our programs address personal and professional
practices, social contexts, and theoretical understandings of human-to-human and technologically mediated communication.

To our many alumni, we extend continued best wishes and, please, don´t be a stranger. To our current majors and graduate students, you are what make this a great Department. To prospective students, what are you waiting for?

Nathan Stormer

Department News & Announcements

Spring, 2014 Colloquium Series

All events in Dunn 424 at 12:10pm

April 14: Frank Martin, UMaine, "iPhone Infantry: Using Social Media in a War Zone."

Upcoming Events
April 30: Maine Day
May 2: Classes End
May 5 - May 9: Final Exams
May 9: 4pm: Graduate Student / Faculty Recognition Ceremony (hooding) – Harold Alfond Sports Arena
May 10: University Commencement & Department Graduation celebration (8 to 9:30am in Wells Conference Center).

Communication and Journalism
5724 Dunn Hall, Room 420
The University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1283 | Fax: (207) 581-1286
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469