Media History Journal
An undergraduate journal of historical research, produced by media history
students. Topics include the media at Wounded Knee, TV quiz shows of
the 50s, celebrities in the media, university public relations, and
Mass Media History, fall 2007:
Danielle Troske: Evolution of The Spectrum: A Comprehensive Look at the Design and Layout Publication design reflects more than the tastes of a designer; it explains the history and culture of the publication as it fills the needs of the audience it wishes to address and reflect. In this research Danielle Troske considers early days of The Spectrum, North Dakota State University's student-produced newspaper, and how its design changed dramatically with the times.
Mass Media History fall 2002:
M. Karpe: Changing Times Change NDSU Universities have always hoped to attract the best and the brightest.
But they have not always thought it appropriate to advertise their
campus as aggressively as today. Early promotional materials, as the
author notes, meant no more than catalogs. Not until the 1970s did
most state-supported universities such as North Dakota State begin
seriously considering the idea of positioning the campus to appeal
to bright students. Andrea Karpe tells us how that idea changed, sometimes
radically so, at NDSU through the years.
Soderberg: Tracking Our Sociological History: Representations of Women in Advertising in the Fargo Forum, 1930-2002 Advertising, whether celebrated or criticized, is undeniably a key
force in American society. And, as the author notes, images of women
have long been used to sell in published advertisements. How they have
been used, however, has changed markedly over the decades. The author
assesses this change through evaluation of a midwestern newspaper from
the Jazz Age to Post-Modernism.
Students selected photographs from class assignments to prepare these
The life of a campus: North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2008 This is the companion web site to work by North Dakota State University's photojournalism students featured in a documentary exhibit spring 2008 at the Memorial Union Gallery on the campus of North Dakota State. Thirteen students prepared images based on their documentary project designed to reflect the experiences of students at NDSU.
Mass Media Ethics:
M. Karpe (2003): TV’s Newest Reality: Political Implications of "The West Wing" "West Wing," a fictional television program about the U.S. presidency, is often lauded as an example of television for thoughtful viewers tired of shallow values and violence. But this student's top-ranked class research paper encourages us to ask sometimes unsettling questions about what we see. The powerful influence of this almost-too-real television program may lead viewers to unrealistic expectations about real life at the seat of world power.
Photo: Skyway, North Dakota State University, by photojournalism student Travis Kroh, 2004.