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Sunday, May 13, 2018

FAMU journalism students showcase dynamic documentaries

For the past 11 years, “J-School Journals” has presented Tallahassee residents with documentaries that dive deep into social issues affecting communities locally and worldwide. The biannual showcase continued its legacy with 10 senior FAMU broadcast journalism students premiering their specialized films on April 28 in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium.

The all-female group of student directors and producers represented the next generation of filmmakers. Documentary topics included the impact of loneliness on the elderly community, a student’s college journey while managing lupus, the increasing average age of marriage, the consequences of political party affiliations, the physical and mental impacts of acting on actors, and the adversities that the millennial generation faces.

The student documentarians included: Anjelicia Bruton, Jaclyn Harold, Lyric Mattair, Monica Myrick, Giselle Thomas, Ashley Flete, Aaliyah Wilkerson and Kiah Lewis.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Southwest DeKalb Magnet salutatorian heads to FAMU J-School

Another top high school scholar is heading to Florida A&M University.

Kayla McKinney, the salutatorian of Southwest DeKalb High School Magnet Program for High Achievers, will enroll at FAMU in Fall 2018. She will pursue a B.S. degree in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

The DeKalb County School District announced the news on its official Twitter account.

According to its website, “the Southwest DeKalb High School Magnet Program for High Achievers is designed to challenge students who will benefit from a fast-paced, stimulating environment.” It adds that “special emphasis is placed on preparing students to succeed through higher-order critical thinking skills, creative and cooperative teaching, fluency in a second language, computer-based and multimedia instruction, and the infusion of multicultural literature.”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Three FAMU alumni set to be inaugurated as mayors in Georgia

L-R: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Deana Holiday Ingraham, and Booker Gainor
Three alumni of Florida A&M University will soon be sworn in as the new mayors of Georgia cities. Two are graduates of the School of Business and Industry and one is a graduate of the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts (now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication).

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor-elect of Atlanta, Georgia
College: School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts
Major: B.S., Broadcast Journalism
Graduation Year: 1991
Inauguration Date: January 2, 2018

Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor-elect of East Point, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Accounting and Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1996
Inauguration Date: December 30, 2017

Booker Gainor, Mayor-elect of Cairo, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2012
Inauguration Date: January 8, 2018

Friday, December 08, 2017

CBS promotes Godwin to vice president of news

Florida A&M University alumna Kimberly Godwin, a journalist with more than a decade at CBS News, has been named Vice President of News for the company.

In her new position, Godwin will be responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News newsgathering resources domestically and around the globe. She will also continue her role as executive director for Development and Diversity, where she has enhanced CBS News' profile at conferences around the country and cultivated a strong pipeline of potential employees. She has also developed a lecture series that features top CBS News journalists sharing their reporting experiences with colleagues.

“Kim is a proven editorial leader from her years at the CBS Evening News and throughout the organization, where she has led the charge in our inclusion and development efforts,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

J-School grads return to the “Hill” to empower the next generation

By Aniah Jackson
Florida A&M University

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication hosted a special series during Homecoming titled, “Grads Are Back.”

The event was designed to bring successful alumni back to campus from across the media, communications and entertainment industries to provide insight and training to students as they prepare to take flight in their own careers.

The series of events included a career fair that provided students with opportunities to engage with major industry companies and influencers such as Hill + Knowlton Strategies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, iHeartMedia, Sachs Media Group, ESPN/Disney, CNN Viacom, Politico, and the New York Times.

“Grads Are Back” continued with an all-school colloquium, which included a panel of media professionals who also serve on the school’s Board of Visitors. Panelists included Kim Godwin (CBS News), Carolyn Fennell (Orlando Airport), Yvette Miley (MSNBC) Gregg Bishop (New York City Commissioner), Avido Khahaifa (Orlando Sentinel) and Denise Hendricks (CNN).

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Rattler receives biggest number of votes in Atlanta mayoral race, heads into run-off

Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms received the biggest number of votes in the crowded Atlanta mayoral race on November 7, 2017. She will now head into a run-off on December 5th.

With 100 percent of the 172 precincts reporting, Bottoms came at the head of the pack with 25,347 votes (26 percent). Mary Norwood took the second place spot with the 20,144 votes (21 percent). A total of 12 candidates were on the ballot.

Bottoms and Norwood are both members of the Atlanta City Council.

Back on October 11, incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed publicly endorsed Bottoms’ bid to become his successor. Reed defeated Norwood in the mayoral race office back in 2009.

Bottoms is a Magma Cum Laude alumna of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. She is married with four children.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BTNC proposed $10M for renovations, but Robinson says FAMU didn’t get required info

Back on March 17, 2014, FAMU issued a press release on its planned partnership with the Black Television News Channel (BTNC). It stated that “the first year of the partnership will be dedicated to renovating, upgrading and installing equipment in the [School of Journalism and Graphic Communication] building, with a total price tag of $10 million.”

A follow-up story in the Tallahassee Democrat on September 3, 2014 reported that: “The venture does not require FAMU to invest in the channel, but draws from its human resources, expertise and facilities…” It added that Bob Brillante, co-manager of BTNC, “said more than $10.5 million in equipment will be brought into the new studio space and for upgrading the existing studio where students produce a daily newscast. Once conceptualized plans are finalized in 90 days, Brillante said, construction could last 10 months once ground is broken.”

But FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson says the university didn’t receive the information it needed to ensure that the renovation process would be in compliance with Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors requirements.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“FAMU advocates” are reliable in fighting for the school, Powell isn’t

In an op-ed posted on the Tallahassee Democrat website yesterday, state Sen. Bobby Powell called himself “an advocate” for Florida A&M University. Part of his statement compared his feelings about FAMU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, to FSU, where he earned his master’s degree.

“With the increasingly negative news that continues to come out of FAMU, it is becoming more and more difficult to be an advocate,” Powell wrote. “On the bright side, I also received a degree from Florida State University.”

Powell’s view of his FSU degree as being the “bright side” over his affiliation with FAMU could help explain a lot. That might be a reason why he hasn’t publicly voiced concern that FSU alumni hold most of the appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT) while there are only two alumni in appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Founding J-School Dean Ruggles offers possible motivations on Kimbrough's dismissal

Robert "Bob" Ruggles, the founding dean of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communications, used his facebook page hours after news broke of the firing of J-School Dean Ann Weed Kimbrough to offer his thoughts on to the possible reasons why. 

He also cited the questionable credentials of too many of the school's adjuncts, potential issues related to re-accreditation of the school, and low faculty morale.

Ruggles, founded the Division of Journalism in 1974 alongside former professor Thelma Thurston Gorham, and transformed it into a full fledged "school", complete with its own building and labs. 

Under Ruggles' watch, FAMU became the first HBCU with an accredited journalism program. He developed sequences in newspaper journalism, broadcast journalism and public relations. Since then, he has helped numerous HBCUs receive journalism accredatation, including Jackson State, Grambling and Hampton universities.

During his 29 years leading the FAMU journalism program, Ruggles, by his own accounts, raised over $15 million for the program

Experienced administrators take reins of FAMU Education, Journalism, and Pharmacy schools

On Monday, three experienced administrators became the new heads of several Florida A&M University schools.

Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., is the new interim dean of the College of Education (COE). Green-Powell previously served as the interim dean of the college from 2012 to 2015. She also held the positions of associate for student affairs in the COE and interim vice president of the Brooksville Agricultural Environmental Research Station.

Green-Powell additionally served as FAMU’s vice-president for student affairs from 2003 to 2005. Before that appointment, she was the vice-president for student affairs at Bainbridge College, director of student services at South Carolina State University, and director of student services at the FAMU School of Business and Industry.

Dhyana Ziegler, Ph.D., DCJ, has stepped into the office of interim dean of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC). She joined the FAMU faculty in 1997 as the Garth Reeves Eminent Scholar in the SJGC. She later held several administrative positions at FAMU including assistant vice president for academic affairs and instructional technology, acting vice president for Research, and acting director for the Office of International Education and Development.

Lastly, Seth Ablordeppey, Ph.D., was named the interim dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He previously held that same office at FAMU from 2011 to 2012. Before that appointment, he was the director of the Basic Sciences Division within the college.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grable wins third term as FAMU Faculty Senate president

Earlier this week, The FAMUan reported that the Florida A&M University Faculty Senate had elected Bettye A. Grable to a third term as its president. She won election to her first term in 2014 and reelection in 2015.

Grable initially joined the Faculty Senate in 2011 as a senator representing the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She became vice-president of the senate three years later in 2014.

A member of the journalism faculty since 2006, Grable earned tenure 2012. She received her bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida, her master of science in journalism from FAMU, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

As Faculty Senate president, Grable also serves as a member of the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Black Television News Channel unveils plans for its FAMU-based headquarters

Owners of the nation’s first 24-hour video news network for African-American viewers, joined Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) administrators at the university for a ribbon-cutting to unveil plans for its new headquarters and launch date in 2018.

The Black Television News Channel (BTNC) will be the first 4K Ultra HD newsgathering and production infrastructure of its kind.

During the event, Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent and Nightline co-anchor at ABC News, announced that he will join the new network as a contributor while continuing his role at ABC.

“I am proud to be a part of this historic venture,” Pitts said. “And I want to thank the Black journalists that came before me and those that will come after me for creating a space to tell the truth and honor the truths of people of color that have often been ignored.”

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Charter Communications joins BTNC-FAMU collaboration to establish first black news network

Florida A&M University (FAMU), the state’s only public historically black university, has moved another step closer to serving as the headquarters for the nation’s only African-American news network.

The Black Television News Channel (BTNC) announced that it signed a multi-year agreement with Charter Communications to premiere the news network in 14 of the digital cable television service’s top African American markets in the United States. BTNC programming will be shown in Charter markets that include New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Tampa, Orlando, Cleveland, Charlotte, Birmingham, Norfolk, Raleigh-Durham, and New Orleans.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Alumna Kathy Times tapped to lead FAMU Communications

On Thursday, Interim President Larry Robinson announced the appointment of Kathy Y. Times as the new Executive Associate Director of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of Communications. The appointment is effective Thursday, Oct. 6.

In this role, Times will be responsible for developing and implementing all of the University’s marketing, mass communications, and social media strategies.

Times is president of Yellow Brick Media Concepts, a public relations firm. Prior to starting her company, she was a primary news anchor in Jackson, Miss., and worked as a broadcast and newspaper reporter. She has won Emmys and other awards for her investigative reporting.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

FAMU alumna selected as 2016 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year

Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced its selection of FloridaA&M University (FAMU) alumna LaCrai Mitchell as its 2016 Student Journalist of the Year. The award is presented to a college student who has excelled within the field of journalism.

"LaCrai Mitchell is someone whose resume speaks for itself," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "She has worked hard to gain internships and fellowships that have prepared her for the professional world. She serves as a great example of how a student journalist can succeed when they take advantage of opportunities."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

FAMU Athletics interns go behind-the-scenes during PGA Tour

(L-R) Jeff Weddington, Morgan Culler, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, and Amber Jones
Just a few weeks ago, three FAMU students were afforded the unique opportunity of a lifetime. They were special invitees to cover one of the media days and practice rounds at The Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass. Widely regarded as the "fifth major" on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, The Players annually has one of the best fields in golf. This year was no different as top golfers Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Ricky Fowler were in the field.

The FAMU students were rewarded with the opportunity by PGA Tour Media Relations on a special invite afforded to FAMU Athletics. All three students were interns in FAMU Athletics for the 2015-16 school year and were rewarded for their professionalism and drive during the year.

Monday, April 18, 2016

FAMU alumni journalists defend need for investigative reporting into their alma mater

A number of professional journalists who graduated from Florida A&M University recently spoke out about the need for continued investigative reporting into their alma mater.

Back during the week of March 20-26, Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bryon Dobson covered the controversy over the FAMU Student Government Association elections and complaints from Board of Trustees members about a lack of communication from the administration.

Some FAMU alumni on Facebook reacted with posts that called Dobson names and asked others to also join in their effort to smear him.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

FAMU School of Journalism hosts panel on race in media panel

By Dominique Mack

“Build your own table” was a common theme at the Knight Chair Speaker Series: A Conversation about How Race is portrayed in The Media.

The discussion panel was hosted by Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, at the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology’s atrium on March 24. FAMU’s Knight Foundation Chair Francine Huff was responsible for fostering the event and served as the moderator for the panel.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

FAMU News 20 at Five presents “Urbanization: The Rise of Tallahassee”

This week, student journalists at News 20 in the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication released a special feature that tracked two decades of urban growth in the capital city Florida.

The members of the News 20 Online Team that produced the feature were LaCrai Mitchell, Brea Hollingsworth, Anjelicia Burton, and Kayla Parker.   

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Journalism students, faculty, alumni refusing to back down to Mangum administration

The divide continues to expand between the Elmira Mangum administration and the students, faculty, and alumni of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

Last week student reporters, J-School faculty, and alumni of the school pushed back when the FAMU Assistant Vice President for the Office of Communications Elise Durham urged the faculty senate to exclude the media from its meetings.

Durham wrote the following in a February 17 email to Faculty Senate President Bettye Grable and past Faculty Senate President Maurice Holder: