Showing posts with label J-School. Show all posts
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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:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FAMU alumna selected as top public affairs official in U.S. Department of Justice

Last summer, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Melanie Roussell Newman to serve as the top spokeswoman in the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).

Newman, a Florida A&M alumna, began her new position as the USDOJ director of public affairs in June.

“I’m excited to join the Justice Department and it is an honor to serve under AG Loretta Lynch. I look forward to working with the team here to keep the American people informed about the Justice Department’s important mission,” Newman said in a quote published by POLITICO.

Monday, September 21, 2015

FAMU journalism professor takes Mangum to task for “bullying” student newspaper

On Friday, a member of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication faculty took President Elmira Mangum to task for “bullying” the campus student newspaper.

Valerie D. White, an associate professor of journalism, wrote a stinging opinion column in response to Mangum’s “Open Letter to the Editor of The Famuan” that was posted on the University's revamped news blog on September 10. Mangum wrote the open letter after The FAMUan Editor-in-Chief Reggie Mizell wrote a September 3 opinion column that criticized her for excluding student editors from the planning process for a new “official newspaper” at the university. The editor-in-chief of Journey Magazine, TyLisa Johnson, was a contributor to the opinion piece.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Student editors say Mangum excluded them from planning process for FAMU’s new “official newspaper”

Journey Magazine Editor-in-Chief TyLisa Johnson with
President Elmira Mangum at the Legacy Banquet
Yesterday, FAMUan Editor-in-Chief Reggie Mizell criticized FAMU President Elmira Mangum for excluding student editors from the planning process for a new “official newspaper” at the university.

Mizell expressed his disappointment in a column that appeared on the student newspaper’s website. The editor-in-chief of Journey Magazine, TyLisa Johnson, was a contributor to the opinion piece.

According to Mizell, Mangum told a group of student editors about the new publication after the Thursday, August 27 Legacy Banquet that honored all the living FAMU presidents. He said the president told them that:  “It won't be the FAMUAN. It’ll be a real newspaper, like the Wall Street Journal.”

Mizell did not appear to appreciate that reported comment by the president.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Oliver tells Rattler graduates that “FAMU is here for you”

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sport and 60 Minutes Sports contributor, delivered the 2015 Summer Commencement address yesterday to a near capacity crowd at the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center.

“Today is not the end of your relationship with FAMU, but just the beginning. FAMU is here for you. When you are at your height or when you face difficulties, know that you have a Rattler nation that will always support you,” Oliver told the graduates.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FAMU alumna named senior broadcast producer of CBS Evening News

FAMU alumna Kimberly Godwin, who is also a former member of the university’s faculty, has been named Senior Broadcast Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

In this role, Godwin will report to Steve Capus, Executive Producer of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and Executive Editor of CBS News.

“Kim is an accomplished executive and proven leader who has performed brilliantly at the CBS Evening News for seven years and has successfully run many newsrooms across the country,” Capus said. “Kim is principled, dedicated and respected. She has helped shape some of the most important broadcasts of the CBS Evening News. I am delighted to have her as a partner as we continue to evolve the broadcast.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist joins FAMU’s faculty as new Knight Chair

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) recently welcomed Francine Huff as the Knight Chair for Student Achievement.

While at the Wall Street Journal, Huff served as the Spot News Bureau Chief and contributed to the Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning team coverage of the September 11, 2001 events.

This endowed chair is a five-year appointment. The goal of the Knight Foundation is to preserve the best aspects of journalism and use innovation to expand the impact of information in the digital age. It focuses on funding journalistic excellence and supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism and advance media innovation, as well as engage communities, and foster the arts.