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Release: Oct. 4, 2002

Meredith Day at UI journalism school recognizes Iowa-based publisher

As part of an effort to increase intra-state collaboration and to raise students' awareness of media and marketing job opportunities in Iowa, the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication is hosting Meredith Day Tuesday, Oct. 8. Three UI graduates who are top editors at the Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation will spend the day with the school's students and faculty discussing writing, editing, publishing, and integrated marketing.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen connections between our school and one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies," said Pam Creedon, director of the journalism school. "Our students will benefit greatly from this kind of direct interaction with alumni who have built successful careers here in Iowa."

Lamont Olson, managing editor of "Better Homes and Gardens," Greg Philby, executive editor of "Midwest Living," and Terri Fredrickson, copy chief for Meredith Books, will meet with students in classes throughout the day and join students and faculty for a luncheon at which Olson will speak about the past, present, and future of Meredith Corporation. All three editors earned bachelor's degrees from the UI—Olson in 1970, Fredrickson in 1978, and Philby in 1985.

The event occurs as the company celebrates its 100th year in business. Edwin T. Meredith founded Meredith Corporation in 1902 when he began publishing "Successful Farming" magazine. The company later expanded to publish "Fruit, Garden and Home" in 1922, forerunner of "Better Homes and Gardens," its flagship publication and the country's third largest magazine. Meredith has since grown to employ 2,800 people and to include 16 magazine subscription titles, 140 special interest publications, 300 book titles and 11 television stations.

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.