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Release: June 16, 1999

UI professor and student capture first place awards for web sites

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Carolyn Stewart Dyer, a University of Iowa journalism professor, and Karla Tonella, a graduate student in Journalism and Mass Communication, each received first place awards for their web sites in the Third Annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Web Site Design Competition.

Dyer won first place for the web site created for her course in information gathering. The site was part of the TWIST program, a UI Libraries project that assists faculty members in preparing teaching Web sites. Tonella assisted in the design work, and Lissa Lord, a UI research librarian who was teamed with Dyer, created the Library Resources section of Dyer's site. Dyer won in the category involving teaching web sites, which are reference sites created to enhance research or teaching such as tutorial sites and sites containing current information. Her page contains a detailed class syllabus and schedule, assignment dates, access to resources, discussion notes and class announcements.

"One goal for the site was to make original materials available to students to use in their course work. Many of these materials could not be copied because they are protected by copyright or are in color or too long to make. Another was to permit easy transmission of course material to students that did not require their being in class, my office or even on campus," said Dyer. "I hoped my time working on this would prove to be worth the effort, and the response and external judgment of my course site encourage me to continue working the Web into my teaching."

In addition to assisting with Dyer's winning web site, Tonella won a first place award of her own in the category of journalism sites, which include outlet sites for journalism or news and feature story coverage. Her site contains more than 30 annotated pages of journalism resources that include journalism schools’ homepages, journalism magazines, cyberjournalism, media law, news sources, and journalism career resources.

"I am happy to see an academic organization like the AEJMC focusing attention on the web and giving this kind of encouragement to academic development," Tonella said.

Dyer and Tonella will present their web sites at the AEJMC’s annual conference in New Orleans in August. Dyer's site can be found at http://twist.lib.uiowa.edu/infogather/ and Tonella's site is http://bailiwick.lib.uiowa.edu/journalism/