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Release: Nov. 6, 2000

UI names Soloski a Starch Professor of Journalism

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Soloski, director of the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been named the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Journalism.

Soloski has been director of the school since 1996 and has been a member of the journalism faculty since 1978. He has a courtesy appointment in the UI College of Law. His research interests are media economics, telecommunication policy and media law, and he teaches courses in news reporting, media law and qualitative research methods.

Soloski is currently a fellow of George Soros’s Open Society Institute. With a $100,000 grant from the institute, he and two longtime colleagues, Gil Cranberg and Randy Bezanson, are examining how the finances and ownership structure of publicly traded newspaper companies impact the companies' news operations.

He has been the editor of "Journalism and Communication Monographs" since 1994 and is a member of the editorial boards of several scholarly journals covering news and communications. He is co-editor of "Reforming Libel Law," published in 1992, and co-author of "Libel Law and Press: Myth and Reality" published in 1987. "Libel Law and the Press" won the Distinguished Service Award for research in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

"I'm pleased to recognize John Soloski with a named professorship," said Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts. "He is a top-notch researcher and leader. Under his direction the School of Journalism and Mass Communication has grown stronger and students have been recognized among the best young journalists in the country."

Soloski is the first journalism professor to be named to a Starch professorship. Daniel Starch is a member of the journalism school's Hall of Fame.

Starch earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the UI in 1906 and went on to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Washington University and New York University. He is best known for devising a procedure for measuring the readership of advertisements. Known as the Starch Recognition Procedure, the system he developed in 1922 is still used today. Starch died in 1979 at the age of 95.