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Release: Oct. 4, 2002
Meredith Day at UI journalism school recognizes Iowa-based publisher
As part of an effort to increase intra-state collaboration and to raise
students' awareness of media and marketing job opportunities in Iowa, the
University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting
Meredith Day Tuesday, Oct. 8. Three UI graduates who are top editors at the
Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation will spend the day with the school's
students and faculty discussing writing, editing, publishing, and integrated
"This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen connections between
our school and one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies,"
said Pam Creedon, director of the journalism school. "Our students will
benefit greatly from this kind of direct interaction with alumni who have
built successful careers here in Iowa."
Lamont Olson, managing editor of "Better Homes and Gardens," Greg
Philby, executive editor of "Midwest Living," and Terri Fredrickson,
copy chief for Meredith Books, will meet with students in classes throughout
the day and join students and faculty for a luncheon at which Olson will speak
about the past, present, and future of Meredith Corporation. All three editors
earned bachelor's degrees from the UIOlson in 1970, Fredrickson in 1978,
and Philby in 1985.
The event occurs as the company celebrates its 100th year in business. Edwin
T. Meredith founded Meredith Corporation in 1902 when he began publishing
"Successful Farming" magazine. The company later expanded to publish
"Fruit, Garden and Home" in 1922, forerunner of "Better Homes
and Gardens," its flagship publication and the country's third largest
magazine. Meredith has since grown to employ 2,800 people and to include 16
magazine subscription titles, 140 special interest publications, 300 book
titles and 11 television stations.
The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication is part of the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.