The longtime director of the J-School and retired MSU Ombudsman, Stan Soffin earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1964 (we do not hold that against him), a master's degree in Journalism from MSU in 1968 and his doctorate in American Studies from MSU in 1975. Soffin worked as a high school teacher, an instructor at School of Journalism, a reporter and an editor. After 16 years as director of the School of Journalism, Soffin was appointed as ombudsman in 1998. He is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
- Journalism major or master's student who has completed at least 56 credits (including transfer credits) if an undergraduate student; or nine graduate-level credits at MSU if a graduate student
- Met minimum requirements for full-time student status
- Performed volunteer community service
- Demonstrated potential talent and aptitude in journalism by earning at least a 3.0 in JRN 200 and 300
- Graduate students with professional media experience are exempt from this latter criterion