Bugeja Delivers INA Keynote, to Moderate Book Publication Panel

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Director Michael Bugeja has agreed to be “jailed” by the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help raise funds to combat the debilitating disease. The Ames Lock Up takes place on March 18 at the Octagon Center for the Arts. “There will be a makeshift ‘jail’ at the center and I will stay there on that day for about an hour unless I reach my fund-raising goal of $1,600.” Bugeja thanks two alumni and one family member for their donations this week!

Bugeja gave a keynote address about the viability of community newspapers at the Iowa Newspaper Association. At the conference, Gov. Branstad also gave a speech and complimented the School on its efforts to reduce student debt.

Bugeja has been asked by Bemidji State University to help review its mass communication department. He plans to do that in April.

He guest lectured in Deb Gibson’s magazine class about trade publications. Bugeja reports for Coin Update News and writes for Coin World, which has asked him to blog about online auctions. Bugeja’s Proxiblog.org site, which also covers auctions, raises funds for Greenlee scholarships, as does his How-To News Writer, generating with other royalties and earnings nearly $50,000 for media ethics scholarships to be awarded on his retirement.

On Feb. 19, Bugeja will moderate a panel on book publication, scheduled in Room 130 in the College of Design. The session features advice from two Design College professors, Mira Engler and Thomas Leslie, each the authors of several books by distinguished presses. Bugeja continues work on his own forthcoming book, Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine, scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press in 2017-18.

Finally, Bugeja shared results of his diversity study for ISCORE with chairs of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.