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Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2501, (319) 266-5842, dean.kruckeberg@uni.edu
Robert Hartman, director, Department of Residence, (319) 273-7438, robert.hartman@uni.edu
Joan Thompson, health educator, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198 (office); (319) 273-6275 (department office); joan.thompson@uni.edu

UNI professor co-authors first-ever global index on media bribery



Media around the world came under increased scrutiny recently following the release of the first-ever 'International Index of Bribery for News Coverage,' co-authored by Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies at UNI, and Katerina Tsetsura, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Purdue University.

The index is the first comprehensive study to rank 66 nations for the likelihood that print journalists will seek or accept cash for news coverage. According to the index, bribery of the media is most likely to occur in Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. 'Cash for news coverage must be viewed as a threat to civil society because it attempts to control people through the manipulation of information,' said Kruckeberg. 'Public relations practitioners and journalists alike need to take leadership roles in eliminating this unethical practice.'

The complete study is available at www.instituteforpr.com/international.phtml?article_id=bribery_index

Contacts:

Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2501, (319) 266-5842, dean.kruckeberg@uni.edu

James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761





UNI students give two thumbs up to two-year residence plan

The new 2-Year Advantage at UNI, a residence-hall plan that allows students to lock in the same dining/housing rate for two years, is a hit with students. Robert Hartman, director of residence, said the university hoped to sign up at least 300 students by the beginning of the fall semester, but exceeded that number by more than 150. 'The immediate benefit is that it helps families budget for the cost of higher education,' said Hartman. 'The true and lasting advantage comes with the benefits students gain from a multi-year experience in residence hall communities.'

Residence hall rates at UNI -- and the other regent institutions -- have risen steadily since 1988. In 2003, the rate increase was $278, or nearly 6 percent. Hartman believes the 2-Year Advantage plan will, ultimately, help control costs in the future. 'Having more residents on campus builds stronger communities, improves our efficiency and makes it possible to keeps costs down for all residents,' he said.

Contacts:

Robert Hartman, director, Department of Residence, (319) 273-7438, robert.hartman@uni.edu

Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761





Intuitive eating-- rejecting the diet mentality



Approximately 95 percent of diets do not work. There is no product with that high a failure rate that people would purchase, says Joan Thompson, health educator with the University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services. She will teach a workshop on 'intuitive eating' (IT) later this fall, that advocates rejecting the diet mentality and the damage it can cause. 'Intuitive eating is trusting yourself to respond appropriately to hunger and learning how to stop eating when satisfied,' says Thompson. 'This way of eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it.'

The workshop will be based on 10 principles outlined in the book 'Intuitive Eating,' written by two registered dietitians. They assert that dieting does a lot of damage and that eaters need to 'make peace with food' and respect their bodies.

'IT means letting go of some old ways of thinking and challenging many of the messages our society presents,' says Thompson.



Contacts:

Joan Thompson, health educator, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198 (office); (319) 273-6275 (department office); joan.thompson@uni.edu

Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761