Faculty: A License for Curiosity
One SJMC student reflects on the faculty’s impact on her.

By Allison Retka, student blogger on Drake website

"So I was driving down this deserted farm road when I looked out over a hill and saw a huge lion pacing around a pen – right beside this field of corn.” Lee Jolliffe pauses to adjust her glasses and cock her head at the 12 of us, her J-54 class. “I was so amazed at seeing this lion that I just had to drive up and talk to the owner. You know, being a reporter is like having a license for curiosity.”

Since hearing Jolliffe’s lion story last year, I’ve often wondered if a degree from Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication could really be that license for curiosity masquerading as a fancy framed document.

In NEWSDAY, the Baltimore Sun, dailypress.com, & a number of other newspapers:

Martha Stewart’s lucrative living
Heavy 'rental fees' paid by doyenne's company helps Stewart maintain several fine homes; Such deals raise ethical concerns
By James T. Madore | Staff Writer | July 2, 2002

...As chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., Stewart is well compensated, receiving $2.1 million in salary and bonus last year. But there's another benefit that helps to maintain her collection of fine homes – a yearly rental fee of $2 million, paid by her company for use of her properties....

No one has suggested rental payments that Stewart requires from her company are illegal. However, two competitors said they provide little or no compensation to homeowners for use of their property in photo shoots.

"The nepotism in her media kingdom is not unusual in our unregulated era but it isn't ethical either,” said Lee Jolliffe, a professor of magazine journalism at Drake University.

The Iowa school works closely with Meredith Corp., publisher of Better Homes & Gardens and other titles aimed at homemakers. When Meredith pays homeowners for the use of their property, "it certainly is not in the millions of dollars,” Jolliffe said. "A family may be compensated a few hundred dollars if there's a major disruption of their home life.”

Meredith also doesn't pay its employees for the use of their homes in photo shoots.


New publisher for Living

Seeking to revive its flagship magazine, Martha Stewart's company yesterday appointed Sally Preston, who has been leading a competing title, Organic Style, as the new publisher.

 Preston, who also was named a senior vice president, faces the daunting challenge of reversing a two-plus-years decline at Martha Stewart Living magazine that was caused by its founder's legal problems. .....

While praising Preston's varied experience, some experts said she faced difficult problems at Martha Stewart Living. Lee Jolliffe, a professor of magazine journalism at Drake University, said, "They are in trouble. They first need to figure out how to recover and then think about how to attract younger readers." 

In JAVNO: Can Oprah do for Obama What She Does for Books?

...Voters typically look for their cues on whom to vote for from political elites and individuals from their own lives, workplaces, and schools," Rogers said.

Still, there were those who found the notion of celebrity endorsements noxious.

"It's particularly sad there are some people will let them tell them how to vote," Des Moines resident and teacher Lee Jolliffe said. "It started out I didn't like Obama. Oprah's endorsement is icing on the cake. Obama is to politics what (frequent Winfrey guest and psychologist) Dr. Phil (McGraw) is to counseling: slick and shallow."             


Editorial, Mensa Bulletin, November 1979, in The Aesthetic Aristocracy (anthology), by Meredy Amyx, 9http://www.metaphoricaldwelling.com/MetaDwelSite/Rants/index.html#aesthetictag, quotes from a conversation we had by letter (ah, the old days) back in the 1970s! Be careful what you write, as it may come back to haunt you. Amusingly, Amyx refers to my comments in the Mensa Bulletin that brought the reclusive member Isaac Asimov out to argue...about poetry.

.... In a personal letter, Lee Jolliffe made this observation:

      "It seems that engineers and chemists and astronomers take too many liberties with art. They seem to have some
      notion that art is something they can produce on a Saturday afternoon when they're bored with building Heathkits
      in the basement. And editors . . . are deluged with the “poetry” they produce. Imagine the outcry if an artist should
      scribble up a theorem or a new linear equation and dare to mail it to the editor of a science magazine!
     Amyx continues, The arts, by their very presence before the public, fall victim to a perversion of the democratic ideal. Being accessible, they are devalued. People are led to the delusion that given paper and ink they can write, just as surely as, if they assemble the right ingredients and follow the recipe, they can cook. Nearly everyone can sing a little, dance a few steps, draw a simple picture, write a letter, or compose a short rhyme. From childhood most of us are encouraged to use the readily available materials of graphic arts and to study at least one musical instrument. Perhaps we tend to see the arts as extensions of the minor artistic experiences in which we ourselves have participated.