By Jill Van Wyke*
I’ll be one of the fearless leaders of this happy, cohesive and exemplary group.
I teach several classes in Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, including beginning and advanced news writing and reporting, magazine writing, editing, multimedia, and visual communication. In spring, I also oversee the student-produced capstone magazine, Urban Plains, which regularly wins recognition as one of the nation’s best college publications. (That’s due to the students, however, not me.) I also teach in the SJMC online graduate program. My main professional interests are digital and mobile media, political journalism, public affairs journalism, and emerging models for journalism’s future.
I’ve been teaching at Drake full-time for 12 years. Before that I taught part-time and as an adjunct. And before that, I worked for 12 years as a reporter and editor for The Des Moines Register, including political editor during the 1988 presidential caucuses and campaign. (Yes, I am that old.)
I’m a news junkie, particularly regarding presidential politics, and have reeled my kids into my habit. In 2006, I asked my then 9-year-old daughter if she wanted to go see then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama. She sighed with exasperation: “I’ve already met him three times!”
I grew up in Denver, Colorado, and still have family there. I have two kids: a daughter who is a senior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a son at Yale Law in New Haven, Connecticut. I also have four cats, Larry, Moe, Gizmo and Charlotte. Which is why I’m perpetually covered in cat hair.
I love U2 and Springsteen, Samantha Bee and Peggy Noonan, the New Yorker and the Oatmeal. I loathe sloppy spelling, grammar and punctuation.
*Last name rhymes with “bike.”