CONTACT: JEFFREY LIEBERMANN
Director of Development
Social Sciences and Humanities, College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Jan. 22, 2002
Photo: William Randolph
Hearst Foundation gift to bring visiting professionals
to a $200,000 gift from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation of New York
City to the University of Iowa Foundation, UI students and faculty in the
School of Journalism and Mass Communication will be visited each year by distinguished
professionals from a variety of journalistic fields.
The Hearst Visiting Professional Program will bring
journalists working in newspapers, magazines, broadcast, new media and other
areas of journalism to the school for a period of one to five days to lecture,
conduct workshops and provide other educational opportunities. The first visiting
professionals sponsored by the endowed program are scheduled to come to the
UI campus in the 2002-2003 academic year.
Venise Berry, interim director of the journalism school
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, expressed her appreciation to
the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for helping advance UI students
"This program will give our students the chance to
learn from top professionals representing a number of popular communication
fields," Berry said. "First-hand instruction from established professionals
is priceless and allows us to enhance our curriculum. With this gift, the
William Randolph Hearst Foundation is helping to expand our visiting professional
program, currently limited to the field of print media, to include other important
areas of interest to our students."
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is named for
William Randolph Hearst, who helped shape modern journalism through his newspaper
and magazine empire in the late 1800s and first half of the last century.
The foundation is a philanthropic organization that operates separately from
the Hearst Corporation, which includes newspapers and other media holdings
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation gift is part
of the University of Iowas planned comprehensive campaign to advance
the UIs strategic goals for the years 2000-2005. The campaign, which
is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal has been established,
will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation and will raise funds
to substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty
chairs and professorships; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals,
families and communities throughout the state of Iowa; support new educational
and research facilities; build the UIs endowment; and launch new initiatives
in the arts, sciences, business, health care and other fields. The UI Foundation
is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university.
For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.