Students at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media are being prepared for thriving professional careers in journalism through superior education and hands-on, real world experience at the University of Mississippi.
The Meek School’s degree programs – the Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts, and the newly offered Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications – give students the opportunity to understand the changing role of journalism from different perspectives while developing the multimedia and intellectual skills necessary to succeed in the media industry.
Students also have the opportunity to immediately apply the skills learned in the classroom by gaining paid experience at the S. Gale Denley Student Media Center, where Meek students can be published in The Daily Mississippian or The Ole Miss yearbook, gain on-air experience by reporting for NewsWatch or Rebel Radio, or get a glimpse of the business side of journalism by working for the student-run advertising division.
Thanks to a $5.3 million gift from Ole Miss alumni Ed and Becky Meek, the university’s journalism department became the Meek School of Journalism and New Media in 2009.
Becky Meek earned both of her degrees from the University of Mississippi: a bachelor’s degree in education in 1966 and a master’s degree in special education in ’67. Ed Meek earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1961 and a master’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in journalism in 1963 from UM. He later earned a doctorate in communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.
In 1962, Ed Meek took a job as staff writer in the university’s public relations office. Two years later, at age 24, he became UM’s youngest-ever department head and helped shape the university’s image for 37 years as a former assistant vice chancellor for public relations and marketing and associate professor of journalism.