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A new book of verse, “On Paying Attention,” by James Autry, has won major praise on the blog of noted national journalist Bill Moyers. Read the blog at billmoyers.com and watch the interview below.
Autry, a Memphis native who resides in Des Moines, Iowa, is an Ole Miss graduate in Journalism. He is a businessman, lecturer and management consultant in addition to poet. In Des Moines, he served as president of the Meredith Corporation Magazine Group, publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Successful Farming. Meredith provided the initial grant to create the Magazine Innovation Center. It is now in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and has been headed for 31 years by Dr. Samir Husni.
The Meek School also has an Autry Scholarship Endowment and Autry has been named a Distinguished Alumnus and elected to the Alumni Hall of Fame of the University of Mississippi.
Appearing at a book-signing in Jackson, Mississippi, civil rights legend James Meredith called Ed Meek’s new photo-history, RIOT: Witness to Anger and Change, the “best book of hundreds that he has read” about the 1962 Ole Miss riot when Meredith became the first African-American student to be enrolled at the University of Mississippi.
Former IMC graduate students (Class of 2013) visited at Ben Tucker’s wedding reception in Corinth, Miss., on August 29. From left: IMC Assistant Professor Scott Fiene, Kevin Cozart, Brittany Duhon, Ben Tucker, and Jajuan McNeil. The Meek School alumni were among the first to go through the IMC program.
Watch the interview at huffingtonpost.com.
Some opportunities for learning are just too good to pass up; that’s why six Meek School students and two profs packed up their bags and loaded up with gear for a trip to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and the Hurricane Katrina 10-year anniversary.
“On the Ole Miss campus, we’re recognized as students covering Ole Miss events, but here we had to get credentials, figure out logistics and work under the same constraints and with the same expectations as professionals,” said student Brittany Clark.
The student team included Clark, Payton Green, Sereena Henderson, Ji Hoon Heo, Maggie McDaniel and Quinton Smith. They covered stories from President George Bush’s visit to thank local first responders, to the resilience of one coastal church to the comeback of the area’s casino and seafood industries.
“It’s astonishing that people fought to rebuild; they stayed because this is their home and they love the place so much that they’re willing to take the risk that this could happen again,” said McDaniel.
For professors Deb Wenger and Nancy Dupont, it was a chance to help students learn strategies for reporting in unfamiliar territory and on tight deadlines.
“These Katrina stories are emotional, and it’s important that our students learn to cover people with painful memories, “ Dupont said. “They’ve learned that this weekend, and they exceeded my expectations.”
Student Quinton Smith ended up on crutches right before the trip, but he refused to stay home.
“I just realized how good of an opportunity this kind of reporting trip is,” Smith said. “Hurricane Katrina is not something that affected my family personally, but we were all broken up about it and we would watch video from the coverage every night, so I just wanted to be a part of it.”
For graduate student Ji Hoon Heo, it was a chance to learn more about Southern culture.
“It also gave me an opportunity to work with other students in the Meek School,” said Heo. “The journalism graduate program is small, so every time I get a chance to work with other students, it’s a pleasure.”
Sereena Henderson is from Pass Christian, Mississippi – a small town that hit Katrina particularly hard.
“It meant a lot of me to be able to be down here during the 10th anniversary and be able to talk with people who shared similar experiences,” Henderson said. “Listening to people’s stories helped me remember some of my own; it was an emotional time for me.”
The student stories aired on the student-run NewsWatch99 and on the DMOnline. Payton Green is the NewsWatch99 news director, who is also from the Mississippi coast.
“I was a kid when it happened so there wasn’t anything I could do to help back then; now, this is my way to do something, to report on the recovery that we’ve made,” said Green.
Wenger says anyone looking to hire terrific young journalists should look no further than this crew.
“Every one of these students worked hard and produced professional quality work. If there are employers on the hunt for solid multimedia journalists, this is a great list to pull from.”