Charles Overby, a champion of the First Amendment and the free press, has been selected to receive the 2015 Legacy Award presented by the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Read the story at news.olemiss.edu.
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Charlie Mitchell; Will Norton; Margaret Ann Morgan, reporter for WHAM TV; Norman Gillespie, former clerk of the U. S. District Court in Oxford; and Bill Rose at the Neshoba County Fair.
Professor Nancy Dupont spent part of her summer immersing herself in TV news as part of a Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Faculty Fellowship at WLOX in Biloxi. She spent a week in the newsroom, sharpening her skills in writing, reporting and videography.”It was great to be at WLOX because that’s where I began my professional career 40 years ago, and some of my coworkers are still working there. But the most valuable part of the fellowship was meeting the young journalists who’ve agreed to help Meek students succeed,” Professor Dupont said. “These young people are thriving in a challenging new media environment our students will face in a few years.”
Some of the journalists agreed to come to Oxford to speak to classes, while others offered to do live internet video conferences in the coming semesters. Christina Garcia is the new 6 and 10 o’clock primary anchor at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, but her path to an on-air job is somewhat unusual. The way she did it may be the best example of what is required for success in a 21st century newsroom.
She studied print journalism at the University of South Alabama, interned at WKRG in Mobile and was hired as an online producer at WLOX in 2011. Since then, she learned every job in the newsroom by any means possible, making herself an extremely valuable employee. Her advice to students is as unique as her career.
Christina is so busy that we had to talk to her while she was putting on makeup for the 6′clock show with Meteorologist Mike Reader.
Neely Tucker reading from his recently published novel, “The Ways of the Dead” at Off Square Books. Tucker is an alumnus who wrote 14 years for The Washington Post.
Gene Policinski, vice president of the Freedom Forum, and Layne Bruce, executive director of the Mississippi Press Association, visit after Policinski’s speech on the status of the First Amendment.
Pinnacle, a Memphis-based air carrier, has made a generous donation in memory of Joe F. Williams Jr., who worked as corporate communications manager for the company now known as Endeavor Air. “Joe certainly believed that Ole Miss and the School of Journalism provided him with a platform to grow his talents,” said Phillip Reed, a vice president for Endeavor. “We believed in Joe and we benefited from his education and his passion for his craft.” Williams was a 1977 graduate of the University of Mississippi, with a degree in radio and television broadcasting. He was 57 when he died unexpectedly on Aug. 6, 2013. Before joining Pinnacle, Williams was a broadcaster, television and corporate communications executive. He worked as editorial commentator, producer and program host for WHBQ-TV in Memphis for many years. He had also served as communications officer for Time Warner Cable. Friends and family members established the fund at his alma mater, where his daughter, DeeAnn, is a recent graduate. Dr. Ed Meek, who with his wife, Becky, gave the endowment to create the Meek School of Journalism and New Media in 2009, joined Dean Will Norton Jr. in accepting the gift. It was added to the Joe Williams fund, created by family and friends, which will create a scholarship for Meek School of Journalism and New Media students. Donations to the fund may be sent to the UM Memory House, Box 249, University, MS 38677. Online gifts may be designated for the Joe Williams Fund at www.umfoundation.com/makeagift/main.php.
Public relations students in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media won the three top awards in the Public Relations Association of Mississippi student competition and 10 out of 11 awards presented.
Journalism major Olivia Rearick from Glen Ellyn, Ill., won both Student Best of Show for the best entry in the entire competition and the top award in her category, called a PRism. Marketing communications major Wil Yerger from Jackson, Miss., also won a PRism. Those students won the only PRisms presented.
In addition, eight other students and their instructor, Robin Street, all won awards, which were presented at the PRAM state conference in Hattiesburg on April 25. In each category, an award a step below the PRism is the Award of Excellence, followed by the Award of Merit.
“Having 10 of our students get awards sets a record for us,” said Street, a lecturer in journalism and public relations. “It was overwhelming that the judges only chose 11 students’ work from all over the state, and ten of those were ours.
“Our students demonstrated that they excel in the diverse set of skills needed to succeed in PR such as producing quality journalism, planning strategy and conducting research. That is a real tribute to the preparation they received from all the faculty members at the Meek School.”
Winning Awards of Excellence were Lauren McMillan, a journalism major from Madison, Miss.; Madison Hill, a journalism major from Auburn, Ala.; Caty Cambron, a journalism and Spanish major from Rome, Ga,; and Street.
Awards of Merit were presented to Katie Davenport, an integrated marketing communications major from Wiggins, Miss.; Sofia Hellberg-Jonsen, a marketing communications major from Stockholm, Sweden; Bridget Quinn, a journalism major from Alpharetta, Ga.; Emily Crawford, a journalism major from Horn Lake, Miss.; and Laura Gaziano, an IMC major from Atlanta, Ga.
The students entered public relations campaigns they produced as final projects in an advanced public relations class taught by Street. Each campaign required multi-media journalism skills including writing news releases and feature stories, as well as creating video, photos, blogs and social media.