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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FAMU president seeks FCC waiver to improve news services for underserved communities

FAMU President Elmira Mangum with fmr. Rep. J.C. Watts, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Sen. Marco Rubio
FAMU President Elmira Mangum recently traveled to the Capitol to help seek a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the new Black Television News Channel, which will be housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC).

“Our partnership with the Black Television News Channel is an exciting opportunity to bring more diverse stories to our community,” said Mangum. “We’re seeking the help of Congress to support our start-up efforts by providing a waiver.”

The FCC regulates interstate and international communication by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States’ primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation. The FCC collects regulatory fees and processing fees. Congress authorizes its authority to impose and collect such fees.

Monday, July 07, 2014

FAMU celebrates 9th year of Media Sales Institute

FAMU’s Media Sales Institute (MSI) is celebrating nearly a decade of providing a gateway to career success for students who desire to enter the media sales industry.

For the last nine years, FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) and School of Business and Industry (SBI) have joined forces with Personal Selling Principles (PSP), the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) to host the institute, which successfully completed its 2014 session on May 22.

“The Media Sales Institute offers a specialized and valued-added education to its candidates,” said SJGC Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough. “The candidates are afforded excellent and unique opportunities to learn, grow and become the top recruits for the media industry.”

Monday, March 24, 2014

FAMU inks historic partnership with Black Television News Channel

FAMU celebrated the official signing of documents to create a partnership with the Black Television News Network (BTNC) and the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network.

“At a time when jobs are shrinking and there is change in the multimedia market, the Black Television News Network is a job creator. This partnership is an educational administrator’s dream,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “It positively impacts our students by allowing them to enhance and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom, thus better positioning them for the world of work from their exposure to cutting edge technology.

The network will be operated and managed at the SJGC building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts; Robert “Bob” Brillante, a 30-year cable TV veteran and founder of Florida’s News Channel; Frank Watson, a 30-year broadcast industry veteran; former U.S. House of Representatives Budget Director Steve Pruitt and Evan Leo, one of Washington D.C.’s premier telecommunications and regulatory attorneys.

Watts said FAMU was a premiere choice for collaboration as they planned the project.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ziegler named Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair

FAMU Professor Dhyana Ziegler, a knighted Dame of Justice by the Chivalric Order of the Knights of Justice, has been appointed the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) and will assume the post in July 2014.

As the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair, Ziegler will assist with the development of a new master’s degree program, represent the SJGC within professional organizations, as well as continue to serve in her teaching and research capacities.

“We are honored to have Dr. Ziegler serve as the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Professor Ziegler is a trailblazer in journalism education and practices. She is a tremendous asset to our students, who benefit from her scholarly work and practical teachings in the area of ethics, digital media and strategic communications,” said Ann Wead Kimbrough, DBA, dean of School of Journalism & Graphic Communication.

Ziegler, a long-time journalism scholar, is a multimedia content producer and former on-air radio and TV host. She is the author of three books, several book chapters and other scholarly publications.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Hawkins an example of faculty leadership that has carried FAMU through tough times

The days when FAMU could count on having a steady presidency are over. There have been six presidencies in fewer than 12 years at the school.

FAMU is more dependent than ever on the selfless work of the faculty members who provide consistent top-quality leadership no matter who is sitting in the big chair in Lee Hall. James Hawkins was one of those people.

Hawkins dedicated most of his career to FAMU. He began working at the university in 1977 as an assistant professor of broad journalism. That was the start of a 36-year period of teaching and administration that touched the lives of thousands of students.

In his positions as director the journalism division (1982-2004) and dean (2004-2013), Hawkins played a key role in shaping what is now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication into one of the university’s leading powerhouse programs.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hawkins, former FAMU journalism dean, dies

James E. Hawkins, former dean of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication,
died Monday at Coliseum Northside Hospital in Macon, Ga.

“The entire School of Journalism & Graphic Communication family, I am sure, joins me in offering sincere condolences to his family,” said Ann Wead Kimbrough, who succeeded Hawkins as dean last year.

Hawkins arrived at FAMU in 1977, just three years after the journalism program began, as an assistant professor in broadcast journalism. He continued his professional development during the summer as a working journalist with the Associated Press and the Oakland Tribune. In 1982, the program evolved into the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, and Hawkins was named director of the division of journalism.

In 2003, Hawkins became interim dean after the sudden resignation of founding Dean Robert Ruggles. Less than a year later, FAMU appointed Hawkins to serve as the permanent dean in 2004.

As dean, Hawkins led both the Division of Journalism and Division of Graphic Communication through successful reaffirmation of accreditation processes.

Hawkins is survived by his wife, Judith, his son Jason, and one grandchild. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

FAMU PR alumna selected as Coro Fellow

Gianina Marquez Olivera came to FAMU as a transfer student from Lima, Peru with a volleyball scholarship and a determination to succeed. Motivated by the limited educational opportunities available in her home country, she learned English in three months to pursue a degree in public relations in the United States.

Today, after becoming the first woman from the San de Lurigancho district to graduate from an American university with honors, she is preparing for her next journey to the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh as one of 66 individuals who have been accepted into the 2013-2014 Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
“Gianina is destined for greatness!” exclaimed LaRae Donnellan, a public relations professor in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) who taught Marquez Olivera and recommended her for the fellowship. “Her determination to succeed as a student and her ability to persevere through personal challenges are inspiring and will serve her well as she pursues her career goals.”

Saturday, May 04, 2013

FAMU journalists receive a Student Emmy

Amber Mackie (left) and Lacrai Mitchell (right) pose on the red carpet outside the 2013 College Television Awards Gala.
The winners of a 2013 College Television Award are…Amber Mackie and Lacrai Mitchell!
The two Florida A&M University (FAMU) broadcast journalism students have returned home from Hollywood, Calif. with a gold statue commonly referred to as a Student Emmy. Both were honored at a gala for their work as co-producers on the “2012 FAMU Homecoming Special: Ignite the Strike.” The 30-minute show, which recaps homecoming events during the university’s 125 anniversary, won second place in the magazine category.
“This marks the first time in the history of the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication that our students have received this prestigious award,” said Ann Wead Kimbrough, SJGC dean. “It reaffirms our commitment to provide quality instruction and hands-on training to best prepare the next generation of journalists. I applaud Amber and Lacrai for their hard work.”

Sunday, January 27, 2013

FAMU TV-20 announces Spring 2013 anchor team

The FAMU TV-20 spring 2013 anchor team features four women from various regions, an international student and a 4.0 scholar, who bring a wealth of talent to the live student-run newscast. News 20 at Five will air Monday through Thursday beginning Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. on Comcast 20 and on the web at

FAMU-TV 20 is an educational access channel operated by the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. It reaches more than 80,000 households.

The anchors are broadcast journalism students Tanya Glover and Valeria Sistrunk (co-anchors on the main news desk), Samone Davis (sports) and LaCrai Mitchell (weather).

Friday, January 25, 2013

J-School announces new adviser for FAMUan

Kanya Simon Stewart has been named the adviser for The FAMUan for the spring 2013 semester.  Stewart is a 2004 FAMU graduate who majored in journalism and magazine production. 

Since 2006, she has been the owner, operator, publicist and content writer for Proclaim Creative & Marketing Group. In 2012, she served as the associate editor, senior reporter and page designer of the Capital Outlook newspaper, and has previously held reporting and editing assignments for several organizations including The New York Times Regional Group.

While a student at FAMU, Stewart served as the managing editor and senior writer for Journey magazine. She also served as a staff editor and writer for The FAMUan.

“Kanya offers students and the FAMU community a wealth of knowledge as a multi-media communicator,” Ann Wead Kimbrough, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, said. “She has proven integrity, leadership, excellent multi-media skills and a strong commitment to ensuring that future journalists and graphic designers receive excellent training in a key student media laboratory.”

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Report: FAMU requiring student newspaper’s staff to undergo training, reapply for positions

Sara Gregory, a staff writer for the Student Press Law Center, took a closer look at the recent shake-up at The FAMUan.

From her article:

The student newspaper at Florida A&M University has been suspended from publishing, its adviser removed and its staff told they must reapply for their positions by the dean of FAMU’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

FAMU administrators declined to comment beyond a brief statement. The statement cites a libel lawsuit as one of the things that prompted the publication’s suspension. Last month, the paper was sued for defamation for an article it published following the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

The December 2011 article incorrectly stated that Keon Hollis, a fellow drum major, had been suspended in connection with Champion’s hazing death. No disciplinary action was taken against Hollis, according to a correction published by the paper in February 2012. The original article has been removed from the paper’s website.

[Ann Kimbrough], who took over as dean last August, said in an interview that she’s been told that the reporter who wrote the piece in question was not enrolled at the university, which is a requirement for working on student publications. She said the reporter said the information came from “reliable sources,” but that he wouldn’t identify who the sources were.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

J-School dean postpones first Spring 2013 edition of The FAMUan

FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) Dean Ann Kimbrough announced yesterday that she will postpone the publication of the first edition of The FAMUAN for the Spring Semester. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, her decision comes in the wake of a libel lawsuit against FAMU and the student newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed by former Marching 100 drum major Keon Hollis, says that The FAMUan hurt his reputation by incorrectly reporting on Dec. 3, 2011 that he was among four students whom FAMU expelled in connection to the hazing death of band member Robert Champion. The FAMUan amended the article later that day by removing Hollis' name and stating that it "unable to confirm the name of the fourth student."

Hollis also filed a libel lawsuit against Cox Media Group, which owns WFTV in Georgia. He says an online article published by WFTV included the same incorrect information that The FAMUan ran.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

J-School symposium to examine impact of 44th U.S. president

Today, five distinguished Tallahassee-are panelists will gather at the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication to share their observations about the impact of America’s 44th president, Barack Obama.  Obama: Impact on America will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. A second panel discussion led by student leaders will begin at 2 p.m.

Panelists for the morning session include FAMU trustee and former state Rep. Marjorie Turnbull, Tallahassee Democrat Associate Editor Byron Dobson, Florida Public Radio producer Margie Menzel, Florida State University economics professor Patrick Mason and FAMU political science professor Keith Simmonds.  These local citizens who make important contributions to the community through their work as educators, journalists, volunteers and more, are also respected as thought leaders with informed opinions and observations that, when combined, will make for a provocative two-hour discussion.

“The symposium is an extension of our Obama: Impact On America series that has allowed our students to explore the historical nature of the first African-American president of the United States,” said Kenneth Jones, a FAMU broadcast journalism professor and sequence coordinator for the broadcast degree program.  “We began the series in early 2008 and have continued it through the current semester.”