SJMC students work in a number of newsrooms around the Twin Cities as part of partnerships with local news organizations. Our practicums allow students to work with editors and have clips published in the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune, as well as a number of local community newspapers. Our Murphy News Service functions as a mini-Associated Press, where students are given stories by editors and sent on assignment. Plus, innovative partnerships with various news outlets such as MinnPost and Minnesota Public Radio allow our students to continue growing their portfolios.
Star Tribune Practicum
SJMC’s Star Tribune Practicum allows students to enter the newsroom of this top metropolitan paper. Students are assigned beats, work with editors and reporters, and leave the class with a number of published clips.
- Sophie Hoover. "Pup-arazzo: Dog with camera chronicles canine happy hours at parks." Published May 25, 2016.
- Barry Lytton. "Sending beer cans into space is just one goal of Minneapolis' Grown-Up Club." Published May 11, 2016.
- Zoe Peterson. "Transfer students surge, force changes at University of Minnesota." Published May 9, 2016.
- Madison Bloomquist. "Humans of Minneapolis is telling Minnesotans' story one photo at a time." Published April 12, 2016.
- Brian Edwards. "For millennials, apps provide the on-ramp to investing." Published April 2, 2016.
- Benjamin Farniok. "Pine city man gets high school diploma more than 70 years later." Published March 28, 2016.
- Christopher Aadland. "DFL legislators propose broad paid family and sick leave." Published March 8, 2016.
- Elizabeth Brumley. "Eastview wins Class 3A title in jazz competition in dance team state tournament." Published February 13, 2016.
Students participating in the Minnesota Public Radio internship learn what it takes to work in a collaborative news environment that combines digital and broadcast formats to bring the in-depth and balanced reporting MPR listeners expect. From reporting to editing, students work as part of the MPR team to cover topics ranging from politics to health. You can see some of the student work listed below:
- Kia Farhang. "Minneapolis considers paid parental leave for city workers." Dec 3. 2014.
- Martha Lueders. "8 Minnesota breweries to be thankful for." Nov. 25, 2014.
- Marion Renault. "Minneapolis leaders welcome downtown building boom." Sept. 26, 2014.
- Bridgett Bennett. "Photos: Protest shuts down I-35W." Dec. 4, 2014.
- Anthony Ratnaraj. "Video: Butterfly House offers close-up view of monarchs." Oct. 29, 2014.
Through a unique partnership with MinnPost, a nationally known news website based in Minneapolis, MN, students enrolled in JOUR 5131: Advanced In-depth Reporting are put on assignment, receive editing and feedback from editors, and have their work published. A select number of which can be read here.
- Matt Herbert and Elizabeth Hustad. "For-profit colleges: Prospective students need to approach them with eyes wide open." Nov. 20, 2013. Read here.
- Sarah Rose Miller. "'Unbanked' Minnesotans hurt most by predatory lending." July 24, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Amelia Kaderabeck and Jared Anderson. "Financial literacy efforts to fight predatory lending flourish in Minnesota." July 1, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Sharon Schmickle with Jeff Hargarten. "Borrowers, beware: Tribal-affiliated loans sound good, but can be costly." June 6, 2013. Read here
- Sarah Rose Miller and Samantha Labrasca. "Minorities in Twin Cities more likely to pay more for mortgages." April 24, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Kevin Burbach and Sharon Schmickle. "As state ages, Minnesota braces for problems with risky reverse-mortgages." April 5, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Sharon Schmickle and Sarah Rose Miller. "'Dual tracing' trap: Owners lose homes while trying to modify mortgages." March 21, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Kevin Burbach. "Some states – not Minnesota – strictly regulate or ban payday lending." March 6, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Jeff Hargarten. "Minnesotans burned by far-away online lenders." February 11, 2013.Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Jeff Hargarten, Kevin Burbach, Calvin Swanson, Cali Owings and Shayna Chapel. "Demand for high-interest payday loans soars in Minnesota." January 28, 2013. Published as part of The Lending Trap series. Read here
- Greta Kaul and Andrea Schug. “New funding process frustrates small public radio stations.” Published January 11, 2012. Read here
- Cristeta Boarini and Kyle Richard Sando. "Stearns County: Minnesota's organic farming capital." Published January 13, 2012. Read here
- Robert Downs, Andrew Baker and Jenna Brennan. “Medical interpreters in Minnesota: Little training or oversight.” Published February 1, 2012. Read here
- Jennifer Bissell and Megan Nicolai. “Minnesota high-school students taking Adderall to boost academic performance.” Published February 15, 2012. Read here
Pioneer Press Practicum
The Pioneer Press Practicum allows students to work within the newsroom of the St. Paul-based paper. Students are assigned beats, sent on assignment, and work with editors and reporters to have their work published. Students leave class with a number of published clips; a select number of which can be read here.
- Alex Chhith. "Airport workers push for $15-an-hour minimum wage." Published September 15, 2014.
- Lyra Fontaine. "In north suburbs, Minnesota House candidates' views span the spectrum." Published October 20, 2014.
- Betsy Helfand. "Gophers women's hockey: Hannah Brandt helps U complete sweep." Published October 26, 2014.
- Sam Jasenosky. "Twin Cities Horror Festival has dance, movies, theater, music." Published October 23, 2014.
- Sam Kraemer. "Gophers volleyball: Northern Lights presence runs deep on roster." Published October 25, 2014.
- Allison Kronberg. "Q&A: Ryan Seacrest launches menswear line at Macy's." Published October 24, 2014.
- Logan Lafferty. "Eagan eliminates Lakeville South with dramatic drive." Published October 25, 2014.
- Anne Millerbernd. "St. Paul sex-sting suspect says he was trying to prevent boy's abuse." Published October 27, 2014.
- Taylor Nachtigal. "Mahtomedi: Two facing off for 2-year school board term." Published October 20, 2014.
Murphy News Service
The Murphy News Service began in fall 2011 under the direction of former Star Tribune published Keith Moyer and former reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Ison. The project, in partnership with the Minnesota Newspaper Association, allows students enrolled in reporting classes to be given assignments by local news outlets. The student interviews and writes the story while Ison and Moyer oversee the process. Through the service, a number of articles have been published in such partner papers as the Downtown Journal, the Swift County Monitor-News, and the St. Cloud Times.