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Journalism & Public Relations


     Mark Plenke

    Mark Plenke



    Phone: 530-898-4782
    Office: Tehama Hall 345
    Twitter: @MPlenke


    MA, University of Minnesota

    Professional Experience

    Publisher and producer of the multiplatform news site, Richfield, Minn.
    award-winning editor and reporter for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press
    The StarTribune in Minneapolis
    Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette
    Rapid City (S.D.) Journal
    Winona (Minn.) Daily News
    Brookings (S.D.) Daily Register
    More than 20 years experience teaching journalism at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and teaching and advising the student newspaper at Normandale and Anoka-Ramsey community colleges in Minnesota.

    Course Specialties

    JOUR 321, Public Affairs Reporting
    JOUR 327, Media Editing, Proofreading & Entry-level Layout
    JOUR 329, The Orion, staff
    JOUR 331, The Orion, management

    Professional Achievement & Development

    More than two dozen Poynter Institute journalism webinars and workshops, including the College Educator Hands-On Backpack and Mobile Video Workshop, Revenue Camp for Journalism Entrepreneurs, A New Curriculum for a New Journalism, and the Institute on Science News for Television Editors. 

    Research Interests

    Online journalism, newswriting, multiplatform storytelling and newspaper advising.