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isportsweb.com is seeking students who want to build their resume by writing for a nationally recognized website. They are searching for passionate and knowledgeable sports minds who desire to write about the one team they truly love. They have full and partial openings for a host of major pro and college teams. Email contact@isportsweb.com to apply.

Photojournalism Spring 2013 Multimedia Projects

Below are featured student multimedia projects from two of the photojournalism classes at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. The course introduces students to visual storytelling, and challenges them to not only capture storytelling moments, but pair visuals with audio to produce multimedia content using Final Cut Pro or Premier.

 

“Memory Makers,” by Kayleigh Skinner

 

“Steve Kolbus: A Delta Blues Man,” by Jared Burleson

 

“The Tree of Knowledge,” by Bentley Burns

 

“For the Love of a Daughter,” by Bridge Leigh

 

“The Life Oxford,” by Blake Johnson

 

“Connecting to an Unexpected Home,” by Kristen Stephens

 

“The View from Home Plate: A Homegrown Yankee Remembers,” by Miriam Cresswell

 

“A Passion for Puppies,” by John Chicoli

Meek School alumnae first to have wedding at Overby Center

GeoffandMary7Mary Stanton, a recent Meek School graduate, and Geoff Knight were married on May 18 at the Overby Center. Photos by Dawn Jeter

 

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Student journalist covers Westboro Baptist protest on Ole Miss campus

Photo by Jared Senseman. May 18, 2013.

Photo by Jared Senseman. May 18, 2013.

Westboro Baptist Church came to Oxford May 18, to protest the movie The Blind Side and the Ole Miss fans’ love of football.

Student journalist Jared Senseman covered the event for HottyToddy.com.

2013 Commencement

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CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi offers graduation keynote

AlfonsiOle Miss journalism and integrated marketing communications students and their families packed the Ford Center on Saturday, May 11.  Doing the honors as the keynote speaker was Sharyn Alfonsi, a 1994 journalism graduate from Ole Miss.  Alfonsi is now a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes Sports,” which airs on Showtime.

Alfonsi’s speech delighted the crowd and offered advice on how to succeed with both life and making a living.

The following is a transcript of the speech; a video version is also included:

Dean Norton, parents, faculty and friends and graduates.  Good afternoon and congratulations. To be clear,  I know exactly why I was given the amazing opportunity to speak to you on such an important day.

It is not because of any impressive journalism awards; it’s not because you want to hear stories from war zones;  it is not even because of my terrific head of hair on an oppressively humid day.  I know the one and only reason I am here is because Shepard Smith was clearly not available.

Still, let me thank you for this tremendous honor. I graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in journalism, roughly 104 years ago today.

There was no journalism school at that time. It wasn’t a popular choice.

It was believed that the smart students went to the School of Pharmacy because clearly it takes a genius to count pills and hand out ointment for angry looking rashes.  Those who were especially talented pursued fine arts degrees because you need to spend  tens of thousands  on college before you can pursue your dream to make pottery.  And then there were the kids from the School of Engineering.   I actually didn’t ever hang out with anyone from that school, but neither did anyone else; you get the idea.

Still,  it was believed that journalism students were the misfits — the odd ones.  Looking at you all today,  and at this gorgeous new journalism school, I am delighted to see, nothing has changed.

It looks a little like Scooby Doo’s Mystery Van got lost and you all popped out the back.

I see the Velmas, sporting glasses or comfortable shoes,  with dreams of working at NPR or the Economist.

The  Freds, who hope their good looks and smart ascots might lead to a seat at the anchor desk at the local TV station.

And of course the Shaggys, those who spent a little too much time in the smoke-filled booth at “Rebel Radio,”  emerging only for “Scooby Snacks.”

Parents, if you fear your child is a Shaggy — and a tip off is they may be wearing flip flops or TEVAs today with their caps and gowns — don’t worry.    The good news is you will be seeing a lot of them.   They’ll be living in your basement for the next 10 years, emerging every time they have a problem with the Wi-Fi.

But I am here to deliver good news to you all today.   As you all know the economy is pumping,  high paying journalism jobs are everywhere and as a person who has lived in New York City for the last decade, I am delighted to report that the “Media Elite” have absolutely no preconceived notions about people from Mississippi.

And that story about the Elvis impersonator, who may or may not have been set up by a karate instructor, who may or may not have tried to poison the president, really helped things.

I am here to tell you everything I know.  So this should take roughly  23 seconds.

When I was applying for jobs my senior year, I sent my resume tape to two dozen television stations.   Most of them did not call or write back, but one news director did write back.   Here’s what he wrote — this is an excerpt from the actual letter:

Dear Ms. Alfonsi,

Thank you for your application for the news reporter position.  Unfortunately,  we have hired a qualified applicant.  (The word qualified was underlined).

I know you are beginning your career, so please allow me to give you a bit of feedback.

Your reporting skills show some promise however, you need a lot of work.   Your hair is too big, your accent too thick and overall, you look a little equine on camera. 

Now for those of you who didn’t catch that, he just called me equine.   He said I looked like a horse.  A horse.

He went on.

Best of luck with your career in television; I look forward to seeing more of your work.

And then he signed his name, which side note: looks like the writing of a serial killer.

Now, a normal person would have finished a bottle of Maker’s Mark and started filling out applications at the racetrack, but I was actually encouraged by this letter.  He said he wanted to see more of my work.

This leads me to my first piece of advice:  Do not take NO for an answer.

Not when you’re applying for jobs; not when you actually get a job.

People will tell you,  “No, were not hiring.”  “No,  I don’t want to do an interview with you.”  “No, you may not sleep on my porch and use my cat as a pillow until I change my mind.”

Keep pressing.  You are applying for work in journalism, not trying to get hired as a social secretary.  The people who may hire you respect grit.  They respect tenacity, and in my experience,  I have found they are generally unlikely to issue a restraining order.

If you, like me, were raised by a beautiful, genteel mother with exceedingly good manners, being pushy will make you wildly uncomfortable, but keep at it.     Prove that you want it.

The food court at the mall is littered with journalism students who didn’t fight for it.   Fight for it.

And if you somehow get an offer to do any job, no matter how small or insignificant in the field you want to work in, take it.     There is no job too small.

Yes, it is true, if you do the math (or since you’re a journalism graduate, if you have your roommate do the math) you would likely make more working at a Cracker Barrel than in your first job in journalism.

And if you worked at Cracker Barrel you get to eat your weight in delicious fried apples and get discounts on sock monkeys, but take the journalism job.   It will pay off, eventually.

You will never work harder;  you will never have more fun.  It will not be easy.  You will want to quit.   I’ve wanted to quit a dozen times over the last decade.

Really?  I  have to come in at 2 am and turn a story for Good Morning America because Lindsay Lohan forgot her underpants…. again?

Really?!  I’m eight months pregnant and there’s no one else at this entire network you can send to cover the hurricane?”

“Seriously,  After I spent  five hours in the driving rain covering the hurricane, you’re going to complain about my hair?!  Really?”

For every one of those crappy  days,  you’ll have ten great ones.

“Really, I’m going to the White House today?”

“Really,  I’m going to spend the day watching the Yale Crew team workout? And  I am getting paid for this? Fantastic!”

And while those great days may make you feel great, on top of the world almost,  you might even think,  “Hey, I’ve made it!”  and relax a little and  get comfortable.   Here’s my next piece of advice.

Don’t  get comfortable.   Ever.

I  recently got a job at  “60 Minutes Sports.”   The show is entirely produced and presented by the “60 Minutes” team you’re used to seeing every Sunday nigh, but it appears on Showtime so technically we could cuss.   I won’t.  But we could.   It is the job I always dreamed of.

Actually,  when I was little I dreamed of being Mrs. George Michael, but it became pretty clear when he married a man that wasn’t  a great option.   So, I set my sights on CBS, specifically “60 Minutes.”

I wanted to be a great reporter — not an anchor, a reporter.  In my mind,  Mike Wallace’s blistering interviews were art.    No one was cooler than Ed Bradley.    But I set my sights on “60 Minutes” after watching a young Meredith Viera go head to head with casino magnate Steve Wynn.  I can’t remember what she asked him, but he ripped off his mic and at one point threatened to strangle her.  It was delicious.  I knew in that moment, i wanted to do that — not get strangled,  the other part.

Working my way up the ladder in local news, news directors,  displaying bouts of seriously impaired judgment, offered me jobs to anchor the news.

For those of you who don’t know,  anchoring  in a local market generally  means you get more money, have some editorial control and best of all you’d get your face on the side of a bus or a billboard right  next to an advertisement for  check cashing or a gentleman’s club.   In a word,  prestige.

It would be a more comfortable life, I was sure.    But I had my eye on being a reporter and knew that anchoring would take me off the streets.  So, to the bewilderment of my bosses,  I passed the jobs up.

If you’re not too comfortable,  it’s always easier to leave,  to move on  and hopefully, move up.

So, now that I have my dream job, you’d think I might relax a little, get comfortable.  You’d be wrong.   See the thing is when you have your dream job, especially when people like Scott Pelley,  Leslie Stahl and  Morley Safer work down the hall,  you’re pretty sure you’re the admissions’ mistake.

I am fairly confident that I am.  This isn’t false modesty; it’s a fact.   I am not the smartest person who ever worked in a newsroom.  I don’t have an Ivy League pedigree or an exotic  accent that makes me sound worldly, but I am scrappy as hell, and in Journalism,  scrappy counts.

So dream big,  but work hard and believe me when I tell you this…there are no shortcuts.

I used to work for ABC News.    Disney owns ABC News,  in case you didn’t know.  When I arrived there they called me a quote, “cast member,” and  told me that I got special perks at the theme parks.

One of my colleagues later informed me that at Disney,  you can pay extra money to get  a pass that allows you,  essentially, to  get to the front of the lines for rides.

I found this appalling and then immediately asked,  “Where do I get one?”

But it turns out,  the thing is,  if you cut to the front of line,  you just don’t enjoy the ride as much.  Really.  You need to sweat with the masses.  You need to watch the weaker,  or perhaps wiser,  people who can’t handle it, quit.  It’s fun to make friends with people along the way.   Not the guy wearing an “I’m with Goofy” t-shirt and  bedazzled denim short, but the other people.

Along the way you will meet people you will never forget, characters like no other.  I can’t remember half the stories I did, but I remember just about every fantastic photographer or producer along the way.

They acted as my teachers,  my psychiatrists and often, my parole officers.  They still do.

One of my favorites, Danny Marotta, a veteran photographer from South Boston.  He fought in Vietnam and reminded me  whenever I got stressed,  “It’s just TV, pal; it’s just TV.”

Don’t take yourself too seriously.    No one else will.     You work in journalism.     You’re not performing heart surgery.

On a good day, you will tell somebody something they don’t know.  I have taxi drivers who do that regularly and they don’t get awards for it.

On a great day,  you’ll dig deeper, tell a story so well it gets attention,  changes  lives, policy or conversation.  Those days, I’m not going to lie, are golden.    Strive for them.

And  if you don’t know exactly how to do that right now,  don’t’ sweat it.

You have made your way through what I believe is honestly the of the best journalism schools in the county.  Still, most of the important lessons about journalism you have yet to learn.    Your professors are passing you on to a new set of teachers:    Newspaper editors with nicotine patches,  guys carrying a camera in one hand, and a Dunkin Donuts coffee in the other and office secretaries who know more than you’ll ever forget.

So listen to them,  be humble and  be nice to everyone.  It is great to have an important or interesting job  but I am telling you that in the long run, it is more important than almost anything  you do to be nice.

Now,  since we are  in the South,  and most people are already nice, I feel I should clarify.  Don’t confuse “nice” with what I call “stupid nice.”

“Nice” is carrying a tripod for a photographer whose already loaded down with equipment.

“Stupid nice’ is saying to him,  “Don’t worry you don’t need to carry a light kit too, I’m a natural beauty.”

“Nice” is congratulating a colleague when they did a good job.

“Stupid nice” is later saying to that same colleague,  “You did such a good  job; why don’t you just go ahead and  do this  interview with the president instead of me?”

Don’t be stupid nice.  Be nice. There will be days when this will take everything you’ve got.

I have met some honestly horrific people along the way,  awful, wretched individuals and right now I would like to take the opportunity to name each one of them.

Publicly.

(No one’s recording this, right?)

There was one senior producer  I worked for who was so nasty she went out of her way to try and make me miserable.   Often,  she succeeded.    She made me want to quit.

Then,  I remember something my father used to tell me before every track meet.

Well first,  he’d say,  “Make sure you tie your laces,  Einstein.”  Then, he’d say. “Ignore the competition and just run your race.’

Throughout your career people will try to distract you.  Some will scream at you,  others will say things behind your back,  and a few feral animals will  literally try to throw their stiletto heel in in your lane and trip you.    Keep your eyes straight ahead and just run your race.

Don’t worry what others are doing; they are nothing more than a distraction.  Drown out the critics.  Don’t engage in office politics or gossip.  Don’t worry about the guy next you.  Run your race.

Now, I am the first to admit I am a cautionary tale here.

I was running so hard,  working so much, I looked up one day and realized,  suddenly,  “Oh crap, I forgot to have kids!”    It was literally like that.  I was opening Christmas cards from friend and suddenly their babies were  teenagers.

The good news? I was married and had been for 15 years to a man who is a saint, and fortunately, we  keep the house stocked with wine, so we quickly remedied the situation.  I now have two toddlers.

But I am 40 years old and have two toddlers! I am exhausted.

So, can you have it all?   Yes, yes you can.   But can you have it all at once?   Not so much.

Sometimes it will be all about your career,  other times more about your family or your kids.   Expect it to shift, expect  it to change.   And  that is okay.   That is life.

Your life will  have chapters, complete with crazy characters, villains and a  plot you can’t even imagine as you sit here today.

It’s a lot like a Scooby Doo episode.

You’re gonna see things you can’t believe.  Surround yourself with good friends.    Keep your eyes on the road ahead.   The  haunted mansion is a not a great short cut.  Ask questions.  Be scrappy.  Break up the plots of villains.  And  don’t worry about Scooby Snacks, you’re an Ole Miss grad, grab a bourbon and enjoy the ride.

Thank you all,  kiss your parents, hug your mothers,  good luck  and congratulations.

On Being a Reporter, by Tommy Miller

By Paige Williams

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Still cleaning out files, and just came across this, from college, when I started writing newspaper stories for Tommy Miller and under the deanship of Will Norton and in the great big shadow of the incomparable Neely Tucker. Miller was an old UPI hand and a Houston Chronicle deputy managing editor, and we revered and adored him. He gave us many things, this among them:

On Being A Reporter

In order to be a reporter you must be more than a writer. You learn to adopt the personality of the reporter. Your whole approach to everything must be to portray the picture you hope to portray. The primary factors? Objectivity, seriousness, thoroughness, compassion, interest, accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.

Traits and characteristics you never thought important now are, especially if you’re covering a beat. You must wear well. You cannot afford to irritate. You must learn how to size people up and react accordingly. At the same time, you must adopt a code that is strong, professional, unswerving.

You will be evaluated by two factors: the impression you leave and the impression your stories leave.

Nothing will turn off a contact quicker than ignorance, unless it is uninterest (not disinterest). I emphasize that as a reporter you ought to be interested in everything. Everything. You should never even consider that there are things in this world that don’t interest you.

More important, you have to accumulate facts, figures, situations, etc., that allow you to be expressive in several fields — and that allow you to ask questions and understand answers on the level of the people who are making news.

The point is attentiveness. You should begin to assimilate information daily, all the time, until you can make the gaining of such information a part of your normal existence. Then you’ll begin to think in terms of news — what’s important, what’s worthwhile, what’s incidental, what’s interesting, what it takes to become a reporter.

This involves reading, reading, reading, listening, listening, listening, watching, watching, watching.

Develop a code of honor:

1. Be completely honest. Make this a reflex action. Don’t ever consider that you should shade or cloud things. You’ll get yourself entangled if you do. You’ll have a clean conscience and a good reputation if you don’t. Admit when you’re wrong and move on.

2. Be frank with everyone, especially yourself. Don’t be constantly apologetic. At the same time, don’t regard yourself too highly. Find the medium. Understand your strengths and limitations.

3. Adopt a high ethical standard of fairness, objectivity, and compassion in your reporting and writing. Don’t do anything for anybody. Don’t adopt a state of mind that is anti-anybody. Don’t reveal your personal feelings and attitudes about issues — in the field and especially in your work.

Lindsey Malley, Manager, Rebel Radio

By Mary Ashton Nall

Photo by Thomas Graning

Photo by Thomas Graning

Lindsey Malley answers each question her staff asks with kindness and expertise as she looks up from making adjustments to her calendar. Malley, an Ole Miss senior from Long Beach, Miss, is the manager of Rebel Radio — possibly the only student-run, commercially licensed radio station in the nation.

The station provides an array of popular music and news updates for the Oxford area. Rebel Radio also invites bands, Ole Miss ASB officers, administration, and athletic coaches and players on air weekly to talk about ongoing campus and community activities.

The station is open to the entire student body for auditions. Malley tried out for a position as a DJ her sophomore year. As a pharmacy major, she believes the station is an opportunity for every student, not just journalism majors. She encourages more students to become involved.

“Rebel Radio is a creative outlet for anyone with a strong personality,” Malley said. “If you have that, we want you here.”

As manager, Malley is responsible for all students on her staff, including three assistant managers and more than 20 DJs. Her duties are widely spread from scheduling on-air guests to keeping track of licensing. Malley also sees air time as she helps host one of the station’s talk shows, “News Mix at Six.”

Senior DJ Micah Johnson says he enjoys working under Malley.

“Lindsey is a great boss,” Johnson said. “She holds you accountable but never limits you.”

Malley plans to attend the Ole Miss pharmacy school. She plans to audition for a DJ spot next year.

“As long as I’m in Oxford, I hope to have a spot on Rebel Radio,” Malley said.

Mary Ashton Nall is a marketing/corporate relations major from Auburn, Al.

Stewart Pirani, Manager, NewsWatch

By Kayleigh Webb

Photo by Mikki Harris

Photo by Mikki Harris

It’s 3:30pm on a Wednesday afternoon, and sitting confidently in the control room of the Student Media Center behind a computer editing video is Stewart Pirani. Pirani, an Ole Miss junior pursing a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in cinema studies, is the manager for NewsWatch, a live, student-run news program that airs on channel 99 at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

His love of television and producing started earlier. It began in high school, where Pirani took a class in television production. The class emphasized producing a live news program.

“I got there on the first day and I walked into the studio and the control room,” Pirani said. “I saw everything: the technology, the lights, the buttons, the monitors. I just knew that what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was television.”

After four years of the class, Pirani had his sights set on Ole Miss because of the broadcast journalism program.

Pirani began working in the Student Media Center at Ole Miss during his freshman year. His first projects were with Chatterbox, a comedy show that was produced in the media center studio.

“It helped me step my foot into NewsWatch,” Pirani said. “I started doing it that second semester my freshman year and I’ve not left since.”

Pirani first worked as the technical director of NewsWatch. Now as station manager, Pirani oversees five student employees who work each day, as well as about 30 students who work one day each week anchoring news and weather and sports and more.

Pirani has made quite a few changes around the NewsWatch studio. It started during his sophomore year, when he and his father built a new set for NewWatch. The set was designed by Pirani, as well as the red and blue murals that make up the backdrop to the set. A matching interview set soon followed to make the whole studio look uniform. This year, the SMC purchased equipment for NewsWatch from the Athletics Department. Over the Christmas break, Pirani helped install the new equipment and a high-definition playback system.

“Our cameras are still standard definition, but we’ll work on that,” Pirani added with a chuckle.

Balancing NewsWatch with academics was not always easy.

“It was really hard the first two years.” Pirani said.

As station manager, Pirani knew that he would have to devote more time to NewsWatch and he planned his schedule accordingly. Pirani made sure to schedule his classes in the mornings and leave his afternoons open for NewsWatch work.

One of Pirani’s professors is Deb Wenger, who teaches Journalism 480: Advanced TV Reporting.

“He is one of the strongest visual story tellers and editors that I have in the class, “ Wenger said. “He is very technically savvy. If it’s technology, Stewart is able to figure it out.”

Pirani’s achievements are not limited to the studio at NewsWatch. At the 2012 Southeastern Journalism Conference, Pirani received 2nd place in Radio News Reporting, which was a big deal for Pirani because he had little experience with radio reporting. That year, the Student Media Center won the Grand Champions title.

In the summer of 2012, Pirani was given the opportunity to intern at NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. His duties included daily work for Nightly News as well as working with producers and even anchor Brian Williams. Pirani fondly recalled running around 30 Rock with scripts and rundowns and meeting all of the people who worked there.

“It’s an experience I’ll never forget.” Pirani said. “I lived in New York for eight weeks and I still can’t believe I was there.”

Pirani was also selected this past spring to work for Cable Sports South (CSS) on signing day, the biggest football recruiting day for college athletes.

“He’s a student,” said Wenger, “but his skills are such that professional news organizations or sports organizations look at him like someone who is capable of handling a professional level of coverage.”

Wenger said that Pirani will succeed because “his passion for journalism and in particular in technology and TV production make him a rare individual.”

After graduation, Pirani plans to pursue a career as a director or producer. He would be happy in either role.

“I love producing videos that entertain people, so that’s what I want to do when I graduate.”

Kayleigh Webb is a junior English major from Purvis, Miss.

Elizabeth Beaver, Editor-in-Chief, The Ole Miss

By Jane Lloyd Brown

Photo by Mikki Harris

Photo by Mikki Harris

With The Ole Miss yearbook heading to print and final touches completed, one would expect Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Beaver to enjoy a break from the Student Media Center’s hectic buzz.

Instead Beaver, a senior journalism major and art minor, hustles around the center giving direction on design projects and offering advice to student writers.

The editors on Beaver’s staff include Miriam Taylor, design editor; Alex Edwards, photo editor; Jake Thompson, sports editor; and Callie Daniels, writing editor.

“It’s madness all the time,” Beaver said of working with her team in the SMC. “We’re like a big rolling circus.”

The yearbook process naturally works at a slower pace than the other media components because the staff do not have daily deadlines.

This year, the staff wanted to get the book done early so that they would have time to fix any mistakes before the publication went to print.

With Beaver also juggling schoolwork with a barista job at High Point Coffee and getting engaged this year, finishing the yearbook before deadline was difficult.

Working from the bottom up in the SMC, starting as a photographer and then becoming design editor, gave Beaver a different perspective on problem-solving and troubleshooting. Knowing where the problems lie before getting started gave her a leg up in the production process.

Writing Editor Callie Daniels praised Beaver’s leadership.

“She always made herself available to anyone on the staff,” Daniels said. “She put a lot of herself into the annual this year, spending quite a few weekend nights and sometimes all-nighters on it. She even worked on it over the Christmas break and the spring break.”

Beaver and the rest of the yearbook staff changed the book to a horizontal layout, which she believes will enhance it.

Jake Thompson, sports editor, said, “She is like a dog with a bone. Once she has a hold of something, she isn’t going to let go until she feels the job is done and done well. I couldn’t imagine working under anybody else.”

Beaver graduates in December. She has started a wedding stationary business out of her home.

“My dream goal is to stay at home and hang out with my dogs and make pretty stationary,” Beaver says of her plans after graduation.

Her job as editor-in-chief of the yearbook taught her a lot about the kind of career she wants.

“I thoroughly enjoy this experience, and I think I’m very good at it, but I think if I could do without the daily stress of the newsroom I would,” Beaver said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so honored to be in charge of something, or so proud of the end product we are going to be able to give everyone.”

Jane Lloyd Brown is a senior in the Meek School. She is from Baton Rouge, La.

Emily Roland, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Mississippian

By Casey Holliday

Photo by Thomas Graning

Photo by Thomas Graning

As Emily Roland walked across the stage of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts to be awarded a place in the Hall of Fame, a laundry list of achievements were rattled off: editor-in-chief of The Daily Mississippian, president of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter, choir member, recipient of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Scholarship.

From a young age, Roland, a senior print journalism major, was interested in music and travel. Her dad, a musician, told Emily to avoid the field and instead combine those passions with her interest in English and writing and become a journalist.

“I had never thought about working for a newspaper until my dad suggested it,” Roland said. “It just kind of stuck. The more I got into it, the idea of journalism really attracted me.”

Roland walked into the Student Media Center on the third day of her freshman year to ask to be a writer for The Daily Mississippian. It was then that she would meet Alex McDaniel, the editor-in-chief at the time.

Sitting behind McDaniel at the editing desk almost every day, Roland would question every change and edit to improve her own writing and lay the groundwork for what was to come.

“Emily’s work ethic was unlike anything I had seen from someone her age,” McDaniel said. “She was always at the newsroom, always working, always trying to find ways to improve her writing.”

Roland’s first story for the DM was about Donna O. Johnson’s “Guaranteed 4.0” plan. It ran on the front page.

“I grabbed like 50 million copies and mailed them to my family at home and in California, and last Christmas my mom gave me the article framed.”

Her rise would not stop there. After a summer internship with the Meridian Star, Roland would take over as lifestyles editor her sophomore year. Several news editors quit, and Roland became the lifestyles and news editor for about two weeks. Midway through the semester, she was appointed campus news editor and, by the beginning of the next semester, she was managing editor.

“By the end of my sophomore year, we always joked around that I was ‘chosen’ to be chief at some point,” Roland recalled. “It was like Alex picked me and trained me to one day take her place.”

According to McDaniel, their “joking around” was actually pretty close to the truth.

“One of the most frustrating things about running a college newspaper is finding students who are dependable,” McDaniel said. “But I always knew I could count on Emily and that she’d end up running the place one day.”

Spending the fall semester of her junior year as managing editor, Roland experienced the toughest semester academically she had so far, and chose to spend the spring as copy chief. Finding out in March that she would get to spend her senior year as editor-in-chief, Roland immediately started work, and used the summer to lay the foundations of her vision of the Mississippian.

“I would have been shocked if Emily hadn’t gotten editor-in-chief,” said Emily Cegielski, senior journalism major and Roland’s former roommate. “Ever since freshman year, it was what she was working toward, and when Emily wants something, she works her butt off to get it.”

Roland’s first goal was to create a new layout. The design usually changes with every editor-in-chief, creating a new look for the newspaper every August. She worked to create one that corresponded with two Ole Miss themes ─ tradition and respectability ─ and was easy to read and, according to Roland, “look[ed] like a newspaper.”

When it came to the website, she knew it needed work. Although she helped where she could, in the end, Roland was not completely satisfied with the results.

“I’m not a code person; I can’t program or write HTML,” Roland said. “I was more advocating change. We needed a website that looked and functioned better, and I was part of the planning about what the website needed to have on it and what it needed to be able to do, but that was where my role stopped. It still needs a lot of work. I hope the next editor can give more attention to the website than I was able to.”

In addition to her work redesigning the newspaper, Roland led The Daily Mississippian team to multiple awards.

“Every decision I’ve made since I was a freshman was a ‘I hope this is the right choice’ moment,” Roland said. “Winning those awards told me ‘okay, okay, I did that right.’”

Ole Miss students dominated the Southeast Journalism Conference’s “Best of the South” awards in February. The Daily Mississippian won fourth in the Best College Newspaper category, where the DM was the top-ranked daily newspaper. The DM website won second place for Best College Website. The DM and its staff also won many awards this year in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Region 12 contest, and the Associated Press Managing Editors contest.

The most personal award for Roland was on Jan. 25, 2013. Seated among 153 of her peers who were also being honored as “Who’s Who” students,” Roland discovered she was being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is one of the most prestigious honors a student at the University of Mississippi can receive. The tradition extends back to 1930 and currently highlights 10 students who embody superior academics and service, as well as a strong potential to become leaders in their careers and communities. For Roland, being selected was an utter shock.

“I couldn’t believe it then, and I can’t believe it now,” Roland said. “It was the high point. It told me people appreciate what I’m doing, and that it matters. When you’ve spent nights crying in your room because you had to spend so much time at the newspaper and didn’t have time for laundry, it’s so humbling to be told, ‘Thank you for what you’ve done.’”

Casey Holliday is a senior in the Meek School. He is from Nesbit, Miss.

 

 

Meek School salutes 2012-13 student media leaders

 

Emily Roland, Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Mississippian 

By Casey Holliday

Roland Photo

Photo by Thomas Graning

As Emily Roland walked across the stage of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts to be awarded a place in the Hall of Fame, a laundry list of achievements were rattled off: editor-in-chief of The Daily Mississippian, president of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter, choir member, recipient of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Scholarship.

From a young age, Roland, a senior print journalism major, was interested in music and travel. Her dad, a musician, told Emily to avoid the field and instead combine those passions with her interest in English and writing and become a journalist.

“I had never thought about working for a newspaper until my dad suggested it,” Roland said. “It just kind of stuck. The more I got into it, the idea of journalism really attracted me.”

Roland walked into the Student Media Center on the third day of her freshman year to ask to be a writer for The Daily Mississippian. It was then that she would meet Alex McDaniel, the editor-in-chief at the time.

Sitting behind McDaniel at the editing desk almost every day, Roland would question every change and edit to improve her own writing and lay the groundwork for what was to come. (Read more)

 

Elizabeth Beaver, Editor-in-Chief, The Ole Miss 

By Jane Lloyd Brown

Photo by Mikki Harris

Photo by Mikki Harris

With The Ole Miss yearbook heading to print and final touches completed, one would expect Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Beaver to enjoy a break from the Student Media Center’s hectic buzz.

Instead Beaver, a senior journalism major and art minor, hustles around the center giving direction on design projects and offering advice to student writers.

The editors on Beaver’s staff include Miriam Taylor, design editor; Alex Edwards, photo editor; Jake Thompson, sports editor; and Callie Daniels, writing editor.

“It’s madness all the time,” Beaver said of working with her team in the SMC. “We’re like a big rolling circus.”

The yearbook process naturally works at a slower pace than the other media components because the staff do not have daily deadlines.

This year, the staff wanted to get the book done early so that they would have time to fix any mistakes before the publication went to print.

With Beaver also juggling schoolwork with a barista job at High Point Coffee and getting engaged this year, finishing the yearbook before deadline was difficult. (Read more)

 

Stewart Pirani, Manager, NewsWatch

By Kayleigh Webb

Photo by Mikki Harris

Photo by Mikki Harris

It’s 3:30pm on a Wednesday afternoon, and sitting confidently in the control room of the Student Media Center behind a computer editing video is Stewart Pirani. Pirani, an Ole Miss junior pursing a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in cinema studies, is the  manager for NewsWatch, a live, student-run news program that airs on channel 99 at 5 p.m. on weekdays.

His love of television and producing started earlier. It began in high school, where Pirani took a class in television production. The class emphasized producing a live news program.

“I got there on the first day and I walked into the studio and the control room,” Pirani said. “I saw everything: the technology, the lights, the buttons, the monitors. I just knew that what I wanted to do for the rest of my life was television.”

After four years of the class, Pirani had his sights set on Ole Miss because of the broadcast journalism program.

Pirani began working in the Student Media Center at Ole Miss during his freshman year. His first projects were with Chatterbox, a comedy show that was produced in the media center studio.

“It helped me step my foot into NewsWatch,” Pirani said. “I started doing it that second semester my freshman year and I’ve not left since.” (Read more)

 

Lindsey Malley, Manager, Rebel Radio

By Mary Ashton Nall

Photo by Thomas Graning

Photo by Thomas Graning

Lindsey Malley answers each question her staff asks with kindness and expertise as she looks up from making adjustments to her calendar.  Malley, an Ole Miss senior from Long Beach, Miss, is the manager of Rebel Radio — possibly the only student-run, commercially licensed  radio station in the nation.

The station provides an array of popular music and news updates for the Oxford area.  Rebel Radio also invites bands, Ole Miss ASB officers, administration, and athletic coaches and players on air weekly to talk about ongoing campus and community activities.

The station is open to the entire student body for auditions. Malley tried out for a position as a DJ her sophomore year. As a pharmacy major, she believes the station is an opportunity for every student, not just journalism majors. She encourages more students to become involved.

“Rebel Radio is a creative outlet for anyone with a strong personality,” Malley said. “If you have that, we want you here.” (Read more)

 

Delta Station Needs Social Media Manager

WABG (Greenville) is looking for a multiple platform journalist to assist with the production of local commercials for station advertising clients along with studio production duties. Will also be responsible for station websites and updating social media platforms. Experience in graphic design and/or commercial production preferred. Job requires working knowledge of all aspects of digital media including various forms of social media.

Send resume to:
Steve Ross
849 Washington Ave.
Greenville, MS  38701

Source: http://video.pandodaily.com/5Ah/lewis-dvorkin-is-forbes-way-the-only-way/

Source: http://video.pandodaily.com/5Ah/lewis-dvorkin-is-forbes-way-the-only-way/

Lewis DVorkin, Forbes’ chief product manager, mentioned his recent visit to the Meek School during a PandoMonthly interview with Adam Penenberg in New York. Watch the clip at pandodaily.com.

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Street and Former StudentsLecturer Robin Street found seven former students, now PR professionals, when she attended the Public Relations Association of Mississippi conference in April.  The students took her PR and/ or her feature writing classes. Pictured left to right are: Selena Standifer, communications officer, American Red Cross, Northern Miss. District; Ashley Ball, current student; Matt Ginn, corporate communication program development specialist, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company; Street; Genie Alice Via Causey, staff writer, North Mississippi Medical Center; April Sudduth Lollar, communications specialist, Coast Electric Power Association; Laura Beth Lyons Strickland, marketing and special events manager, Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Ashlee Reid, administrative assistant, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Not pictured is Kenny Foote, public information officer, Mississippi Department of Transportation.

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Journalism grad Bill Miles’ papers donated

Bill Miles, left, was joined by Dr. David Cole and former Rep. Billy McCoy, right, at a ceremony presenting Miles’ political files to the Ole Miss library. Miles has had a career in reporting news, publishing, political consulting and serving in the Mississippi Legislature. Cole is president of Itawamba Community College and McCoy served as speaker of the Mississippi House during Miles’ terms in office.

Bill Miles, left, was joined by Dr. David Cole and former Rep. Billy McCoy, right, at a ceremony presenting Miles’ political files to the Ole Miss library. Miles has had a career in reporting news, publishing, political consulting and serving in the Mississippi Legislature. Cole is president of Itawamba Community College and McCoy served as speaker of the Mississippi House during Miles’ terms in office.

Bill Miles, an early Journalism graduate who went on to a career in reporting, publishing, consulting and two terms in the Mississippi Legislature, has donated his political papers to the J.D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi.

The gift was made official in an April 29 ceremony, featuring former House Speaker Billy McCoy of Rienzi and Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville as keynote speakers.

Dr. Ed Meek, for whom the Meek School is named, commented that Miles was ahead of him in classes. “Just watch Bill Miles and do what he does,” Meek quoted early professor and chairman Sam Talbert as saying. “I did, and I have been doing it since,” Meek said.

The event also showcased several vintage campaign commercials produced by the Bill Miles Associates firm for north Mississippi candidates.“We’re also opening the Bill Miles Collection to researchers,” said Leigh McWhite, political papers archivist and associate professor at UM. “Among the current holdings of the Modern Political Archives, the Miles Collection is quite unique.”

Contained within the collection are documents, photographs and recordings on the campaigns of several north Mississippi candidates as well as Miles’s own files from his 12 years in the Legislature. The collection also includes diaries that he kept while it was in session.

“I feel very humbled to be included in an illustrious group of individuals whose accomplishments have impacted Mississippi’s history,” Miles said. “By the luck of the draw, I was fortunate, in most instances, to be an observer and, sometimes, a participant in some unusual events.”

While Miles had considered the possibility of Ole Miss being the custodian of anything worthwhile for future researchers, it was not until he was contacted by key players in the 50th anniversary observance of James Meredith’s enrollment that he made a commitment.

“Dr. Ed Meek and Dr. Andy Mullins pressed me hard by flattering me that my stuff might be worthwhile,” Miles said. “Ole Miss has meant a lot in my own education, and for my children and grandchildren. When I was shown the extent of the archives – where it is housed and its documentation – I was very impressed. And the university is a place where scholars can use ordinary collections, such as mine, for extraordinary benefits for the future.”

After working briefly as a journalist, Miles formed the advertising/public relations firm Bristow-Miles Associates Inc. in 1963 in Tupelo. After later becoming Bill Miles Associates, the firm often represented local political candidates. In 1996, voters of Itawamba and Monroe counties sent Miles to the Mississippi House of Representatives, where he remained for 12 years.

“The most meaningful period in my career probably was during my legislative service, where my friendship and relationship with Speaker Billy McCoy resulted in my appointment as chairman of transportation and as a key adviser to him during very turbulent times,” Miles said. “I certainly enjoyed the association I had with the late Congressman Jamie Whitten, as he attained his high rank in the U.S. Congress. As one back home in his First Congressional District on whom he might rely for counsel, I had the unusual perch on which I observed and sometimes helped him get programs and projects which benefited Mississippians.”

For more information about the Bill Miles Collection at the University of Mississippi, visit http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/miles/.

 

Meek School students win national journalism honors

MAMThe Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards competition receives more than 4,500 entries each year from hundreds of journalism programs around the country.

This year, broadcast journalism students Margaret Ann Morgan and Stephen Quinn have been awarded first place honors for their breaking news television coverage of Hurricane Isaac. Their stories aired on the student-produced newscast NewsWatch 99 and were part of a multimedia coverage effort surrounding this major storm on the Mississippi coastline.

In addition, The Flood of the Century magazine was one of two national finalists in the best student magazine category, and student Jared Burleson was a national finalist for his feature photography.

SPJ Is the country’s largest and oldest professional journalism organization in the country.  The winners will be honored at the national convention in Anaheim, Calif. on August 25.