From an exciting new partnership with NPR, to our National Student Advertising Competition team taking home first place at regionals, 2013 has been a dynamic year for students and faculty alike at the Reynolds School. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to provide students, alumni and friends with a short recap of the school’s most exciting successes of 2013:

Reaccreditation: One current indicator of the great momentum at the Reynolds School is the report of the site team from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, which reviewed us earlier this month as part of our every-six-year reaccreditation process. We were found in compliance with all nine accrediting standards, which most programs fail to achieve, and the external reviewers noted “a resilient, dedicated, and forward-thinking faculty” and “articulate enthusiastic students who are positive about their educational experience.” The site team recommended reaccreditation, which will become official upon a vote of the accrediting council next spring.

NSAC: It’s been a terrific year for Reynolds School students. Our 2013 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) team brought home first place at the American Advertising Federation regional competition, where it presented a fully integrated marketing communication plan for the client, Glidden Paint, to a panel of judges. Our NSAC team has the highest success rate at regionals in its district.

Nevada Media Alliance: Another team of talented Reynolds School students covered the 2013 Nevada legislative session for one of our newest initiatives, The Nevada Media Alliance. The Alliance is a public service news cooperative in which our students produce multiplatform news coverage for our partners: KUNR public radio, public TV station KNPB, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. Check out their work at nevadamediaalliance.org.

New Faculty: Three new faculty members who joined us this fall have brought great energy to the Reynolds School. Kari Barber is an award-winning video documentarian with experience at PBS and in local television; Stephanie Bor specializes in political communication, whose doctoral dissertation at the University of Utah examined the use of social media in a Congressional race; and Katherine Hepworth’s expertise is in visual communication, with a particular interest in developing online courses for our program.

NPR’s Next Generation Radio Boot Camp: We’re proud of our exciting new partnership with NPR. The Reynolds School offered a free, week-long Next Generation Radio Boot Camp at the school in May. This was the first time NPR held such a workshop in collaboration with a journalism school. Five RSJ students took part, working one-on-one with trainers from NPR or public radio stations around the country, making great use of our new digital technology. We invite you to look at the work members of the group produced here.