WRITER: MARTI TIEDEMAN
CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 16, 1999
UI professor and student capture first place awards
for web sites
IOWA CITY, Iowa Carolyn Stewart Dyer, a University
of Iowa journalism professor, and Karla Tonella, a graduate student in Journalism
and Mass Communication, each received first place awards for their web sites
in the Third Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC) Web Site Design Competition.
Dyer won first place for the web site created for her
course in information gathering. The site was part of the TWIST program, a
UI Libraries project that assists faculty members in preparing teaching Web
sites. Tonella assisted in the design work, and Lissa Lord, a UI research
librarian who was teamed with Dyer, created the Library Resources section
of Dyer's site. Dyer won in the category involving teaching web sites, which
are reference sites created to enhance research or teaching such as tutorial
sites and sites containing current information. Her page contains a detailed
class syllabus and schedule, assignment dates, access to resources, discussion
notes and class announcements.
"One goal for the site was to make original materials
available to students to use in their course work. Many of these materials
could not be copied because they are protected by copyright or are in color
or too long to make. Another was to permit easy transmission of course material
to students that did not require their being in class, my office or even on
campus," said Dyer. "I hoped my time working on this would prove to be worth
the effort, and the response and external judgment of my course site encourage
me to continue working the Web into my teaching."
In addition to assisting with Dyer's winning web site,
Tonella won a first place award of her own in the category of journalism sites,
which include outlet sites for journalism or news and feature story coverage.
Her site contains more than 30 annotated pages of journalism resources that
include journalism schools homepages, journalism magazines, cyberjournalism,
media law, news sources, and journalism career resources.
"I am happy to see an academic organization like the
AEJMC focusing attention on the web and giving this kind of encouragement
to academic development," Tonella said.
Dyer and Tonella will present their web sites at the AEJMCs
annual conference in New Orleans in August. Dyer's site can be found at http://twist.lib.uiowa.edu/infogather/
and Tonella's site is http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/