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.