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Joel Kotkin talks urban development at the Pavilion at Ole Miss May 6 Appearance

Posted on: April 29th, 2016 by ewrobins

Joel Kotkin FlyerA respected professional in urban development is the guest speaker for a public forum Friday (May 6) at the University of Mississippi.

Joel Kotkin will address UM students and the local community in the Pavilion at Ole Miss beginning at 11:30 a.m. Chancellor Jeffery S. Vitter will deliver opening remarks. The author’s appearance is being co-sponsored by the UM Real Estate Advisory Board, Ole Miss Athletics, the School of Business Administration and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in 36 years that academics and athletics at the University of Mississippi have joined together to sponsor an event such as this,” said Blake Tartt III, a UM marketing alum and owner of New Regional Planning in Dallas, Texas. “Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized author and professional in the global, economic, political and social trends of urban development. He studies patterns, why people are moving and where they are moving.”

One of the ongoing conversations in Oxford has been expansion and economic development with the growing student and local populations. For example, Tartt noted that more than 50 percent of UM students are millenials from out-of-state. Also, more and more adults age 50-plus are moving away from urban areas and into non-urban/rural areas, similar to Oxford.

“All the members of the advisory board feel that it is extremely important to bring professionals like Joel Kotkin to the University of Mississippi,” Tartt said. “As urban development rapidly continues, it is essential that the Oxford’s infrastructure expand to accommodate its growth. That also helps create much need job opportunities in the state of Mississippi.”

Representatives of the other sponsors of the event echoed Tartt’s opinions.

“We believe this type of event, which students from throughout the campus may attend, enables students to be exposed to practical ideas which they may never have considered,” said Will Norton, dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. “Despite the depth of his knowledge, the topics he addresses are so practical that students need to hear him so that they can be preparing themselves for internships and jobs.”

The Ole Miss Real Estate program partnered to provide an opportunity for students to engage in discussions and hear from industry leaders to put some perspective to the academic information and how it relates to the real world.

“We definitely realize the value of bringing speakers of the quality of Joel Kotkin to further prepare our students as they transition into the global workforce,” said Chip Wade, assistant professor of Finance. “Joel Kotkin is a forward thinker with great insight into topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the places with the best opportunities for minorities. These are extremely pertinent topics in today’s economic landscape. Moreover, these are challenges that the Millennium generation is going to have to address head on.”

Ole Miss Athletics is proud to be able to help host Kotkin as he shares his views on the future growth of Oxford, said Stephen Ponder, senior executive associate athletics director.

“It is an exciting time to be at Ole Miss and I think campus and our community will find the remarks beneficial as our leaders continue to work on plans for campus and Oxford,” he said. “We want to be an integral part of our campus and community beyond athletics.”

Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism (opportunityurbanism.org). He is executive editor of the widely-read website www.newgeography.com and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes.com. Kotkin serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics.

His new book, “The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us” was published by Agate in April. Other books by Kotkin include the critically-acclaimed “The New Class Conflict” (Telos Press), “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050” (Penguin Press), “The City: A Global History” and “Tribes: How Race, Religion and Identity Are Reshaping the Global Economy.”

Kotkin has published reports on topics ranging from the future of class in global cities to the places with the best opportunities for minorities. His 2013 report, “Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future,” an examination of the world’s future demography, was published by the Civil Service College of Singapore and Chapman University and has been widely commented on not only in the United States, but in Israel, Brazil, Canada and other countries.

Over the past decade, the speaker has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City, and studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino and St. Louis, among others. In 2010, he completed an international study on “the new world order” for the Legatum Institute in London, United Kingdom that traced trans-national ethnic networks, particularly in East Asia.

Kotkin also has worked in smaller communities, including a report -working with Praxis Strategy Group – on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University. Currently, he is coordinating major studies on Texas urbanism, the future of localism and the re-industrialization of the American heartland for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. As director of the Center for Demographics and Policy at Chapman, he was the lead author of a major study on housing, and is currently involved in a project about the future of Orange County, California.

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By Edwin Smith

Meek School’s Wenger tapped to be part of Google News Lab’s US Training Team

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by drwenger
Associate Professor Deb Wenger in Google's Android Sculpture Garden after completing Google News Lab training in Mountain View, California.

Associate Professor Deb Wenger in Google’s Android Sculpture Garden after completing Google News Lab training in Mountain View, California.

Whether it’s mapping a series of local crimes or monitoring breaking news in another country, Google News Lab provides tools that can help make that job easier for a journalist. Yet, significant numbers of reporters, editors, producers and news managers know relatively little about the breadth of Google’s journalistic toolkit.

“It could be using Photo Sphere as an entrée into immersive storytelling or using the data sets provided free to newsrooms via Google Consumer Surveys – the bottom line is that journalism organizations can use these tools to find new stories or tell stories in new ways,” said Director of Undergraduate Journalism Debora Wenger.

Wenger recently took part in an in-depth training session at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. She met with some of the company’s news product experts to learn about the journalistic capacity of tools like Google Earth Pro and Google Trends.

As Google News Lab indicates on its website, the company worked with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association, to identify professionals able to teach Google digital news tools at conferences, workshops and newsrooms across the country. Google and SPJ are committed to training as many journalists as possible in the effective use of their tools in reporting stories.

“Our target is 100,000 journalists trained this year – either in person or online – in the U.S. and globally,” said Nick Whitaker, Google News Lab’s head of training and development.

Wenger is one of eleven trainers already on board for the new program, but Whitaker does hope to expand the trainer list in the future. Wenger says the opportunity to become a trainer gives her a chance to do two things she loves.

“There’s nothing I like better than learning about tools that can help make our storytelling better, and when I can get the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with professional and student journalists, that’s just great.”

Students cover Double Decker Festival for two-state region

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 by drwenger
Oxford's Double Decker Festival 2016 is showcased on TV in the region, thanks to Meek School students.

Oxford’s Double Decker Festival 2016 is showcased on TV in the region, thanks to Meek School students.

As many as 65,000 people poured into Oxford for the 2016 Double Decker Festival, and tens of thousands more got to look in on the fun thanks to a team of Meek School broadcast journalists.

Leah Gibson, Payton Green, Sereena Henderson, Maggie McDaniel, Lacey Russell and Sudu Upadhyay produced stories on the music, the art and the food for WMC-TV in Memphis and WTVA in Tupelo.

“This partnership is a win-win for everyone involved — the university, the students, the community and WTVA. It gives the students valuable, real-world experience, theuniversity one more tool to offer its students, and provides exposure and coverage to the community and the Double-Decker Festival,” said Steve Rogers, news director at WTVA.

Friday night’s story aired on WTVA’s 10 p.m. show and was published on the WMC-TV website with student video airing in that station’s evening broadcast. “We are very excited to work with the next generation of journalists, in our own backyard. We have been very impressed with the students at Ole Miss…their work ethic, their passion, and their love for the industry,” said WMC-TV News Director Tammy Phillips.

Professors Deb Wenger and Nancy Dupont have been working with the students to cover the festival for the past four years, but this year the students coordinated the process all on their own.

“It makes us especially proud to see how well these students handled the whole stressful and complicated process of producing stories on deadline for much bigger audiences than is typical for them,” said Wenger.

Both WMC-TV and WTVA have indicated that they hope to work more with the school’s top students, partnering on additional projects throughout the year.

Meek School student named Outstanding PR Student in Mississippi

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by ewrobins
Tori Olker, a graduating senior, was named Outstanding PR Student by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, as well as being awarded the Taylor Medal for the highest GPA in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media recently. Olker, a print major with a PR emphasis, is pictured here with her nominating instructor Robin Street. Photo by: Stan O’Dell

Tori Olker, a print major with a PR emphasis, is with Robin Street, her nominating instructor. Photo by: Stan O’Dell

 

By Ashley Gamble

A University of Mississippi Meek School of Journalism and New Media student recently was named Mississippi’s Outstanding PR Student by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

That award was the latest of many for Tori Olker, a graduating senior print journalism major with an emphasis in public relations. Olker also was awarded the Taylor Medal for the highest GPA in the Meek School. In addition, she and her team partner won first place in the Southeastern Journalism Conference PR competition.

Olker was named the Oxford-Ole Miss PRAM chapter’s Student of the Year, and was selected for Who’s Who and Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honorary Society.

“Winning the Outstanding PR Student award provided me with the validation that I am on the right track as a professional journalist and it showed me how much I want to accomplish after graduation,” said Olker, from Spring Grove, Illinois. “I am extremely proud and humbled to have been selected among so many other college students.”

During her years in the Meek School, she has worked in all aspects of media. She has been a disk jockey on Rebel Radio, a writer for the yearbook and a feature reporter for The Daily Mississippian. She has also completed several public relations and journalism internships.

The PRAM award was presented at their state conference in Jackson on April 8 along with a $250 scholarship, PR professors at all Mississippi universities could nominate a student to compete for the award. UM Senior Lecturer Robin Street nominated Olker.

A panel of PR professionals selected the winner based on the nominating letter and on factors including academic excellence, honors, public relations activities, and campus and community involvement.

“I am in awe of Tori’s multiple accomplishments and activities,” Street said. “She truly is one of the most impressive students I have ever taught. She not only excels in the classroom, but in putting that classroom work into reality through her internships and part-time jobs.”

Ole Miss broadcast students dominate MAPB awards

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by ewrobins
From left to right: David Kennedy, Payton Green, Steven Gagliano, Sereena Henderson, Leah Gibson, Kelly Smith, Shelby Sansone, Browning Stubbs.

From left to right: David Kennedy, Payton Green, Steven Gagliano, Sereena Henderson, Leah Gibson, Kelly Smith, Shelby Sansone, Browning Stubbs

UM broadcast students won 20 awards in the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters annual contest for college students, including best newscast for the fifth year in a row for NewsWatch.

Shelby Sansone was named the state’s outstanding student television reporter, and Steven Gagliano was named outstanding radio reporter. They each won cash scholarships. UM television and radio students won nine first-place awards.

Dr. Nancy Dupont, Meek School professor, NewsWatch adviser and president of the Mississippi Associated Broadcasters Board for 2015-2016, was honored for her service.

The awards were presented Saturday night in Jackson. The college categories had 51 television entries and 23 radio entries from five Mississippi universities. The contest year covered work produced during spring and fall semesters 2015.

Here are details:

First-Place Awards:
College Television
Best Newscast: NewsWatch, for its Oct. 21 newscast
Best Feature Story: Sereena Henderson and Ji Hoon Heo, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church 10 years after Katrina
Best News Story: Shelby Sansone, Dan Jones rally
Best Sportscast/Sports Program: Browning Stubbs and David Kennedy, Oxford Chargers state championship preview
Best Documentary or Series of Stories: Atomic, Mississippi, produced in a course taught by Dr. Brad Schultz and Dr. Kathleen Wickham
College Radio
Best Feature Story: Steven Gagliano, end of semester feature
Best News Story: Steven Gagliano, state flag removal from campus
Best Sports Story: Riley Mueller, concussion study
Best Documentary or Series of Stories: Riley Mueller, concussion study

Other awards:
College Television
In addition to the first place awards NewsWatch also won:
2nd Place Best News Story: Kelly Savage, state flag removal
2nd place, Best Sports Story: Browning Stubbs, Tip Six, Alabama game
3rd Place Best News Story: Browning Stubbs, metro narcotics unit investigation
3rd Place Best Newscast: Sept. 21 newscast
3rd Place Best Sports Story: Waverly McCarthy, Who is Chad Kelly
3rd Place Best Sportscast: Nov. 20 RebelWatch
College Radio
2nd Place Best Feature: Riley Mueller, fitness instructor
2nd Place Best News Story: Steven Gagliano, new chancellor
2nd Place Best Newscast: Meredith Parker
2nd Place Best Sports Story: Steven Gagliano, women’s soccer
2nd Place Best Sportscast/Sports Program: Steven Gagliano

The MAPB ceremony also included awards to professional broadcast journalists in the state. Among our recent graduates who won first-place awards: Courtney Ann Jackson (WLBT), Gerard Manogin (WJT) and Ryan Moore (WDAM).

Joel Kotkin, internationally known urban development expert to speak May 6 at Pavilion

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by ewrobins

At an unprecedented open event on Friday, May 6, the last day of class before exam week, internationally known urban development expert Joel Kotkin will speak. The event is aimed at inspiring students and educating the community.

Organized by the Ole Miss Real Estate School Alumni Board, it is the first-ever event that brings together the Business School, Ole Miss Athletics and the Meek School of Journalism & New Media as sponsors.  Read more at HottyToddy.com.

UM students, Daily Mississippian, NewsWatch recognized for excellence

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by ewrobins
SPJ Winners 2016

The SPJ Region 12 conference was on April 16 in New Orleans. Attending the conference were, left to right: SPJ chapter adviser Jason Cain and Daily Mississippian staffers Cameron Brooks, Lana Ferguson, Logan Kirkland, Jake Thrasher and Clara Turnage.

University of Mississippi students won 22 awards in the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Mark of Excellence contest, including 12 first-place honors. The Daily Mississippian won first place as best student newspaper, and NewsWatch won first-place awards for television breaking news reporting and best use of multimedia.

Region 12 includes universities in Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. Ole Miss students compete in categories for the largest universities. SPJ regional and national organizations select one winner and two finalists in each category. First-place winners automatically advance to the national contest, where they will compete against first-place winners in the other 11 regions. National winners and finalists are usually announced in May.

First-place honors were awarded:
Daily Mississippian staff (best daily newspaper, for three dates selected by SPJ)
NewsWatch staff (TV breaking news, Ole Miss names new chancellor)
NewsWatch staff (best use of multimedia, Katrina anniversary)
Atomic Mississippi (TV in-depth)
Land of Broken Promises depth report (best magazine)
Clara Turnage (general news reporting, living wage campaign article)
Lana Ferguson/Logan Kirkland (breaking news team entry, Graeme Harris sentencing)
Logan Kirkland (online feature, Land of Runners from Ethiopia project)
Jake Thrasher (editorial cartoons)
Deja Samuel (breaking news photography from flag rally/protests)
Kelly Savage (TV general news reporting, author of flag resolution calls for NAACP recognition))
Joe Rogers (online sports reporting, feature on Croatian tennis players)

Finalists:
NewsWatch staff (TV newscast for flag aftermath show)
Lacey Russell and Maggie McDaniel (TV breaking news, Graeme Harris sentencing)
Waverly McCarthy (TV sports reporting, Who Is Chad Kelly)
Riley Mueller (radio sports reporting, concussion research)
Logan Kirkland (online news reporting, first same-sex marriage in Lafayette County)
Clara Turnage (breaking news reporting, Confederate symbolism conversation in the Grove)
Clara Turnage (general news, fraternity assault article)
Dylan Rubino (sports writing, The New Chad Kelly)
Cady Herring (breaking news photography, Dan Jones rally)
Clancy Smith (magazine writing, Land of Broken Promises)

The SPJ Region 12 conference took place on Saturday, April 16, in New Orleans.

The 30 Event: A magazine media celebration

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by ewrobins

Husni min 2016min celebrated the 30 hottest magazine launches of the past 30 years, as well as the 30th anniversary of editor-in-chief Steve Cohn, at its “30 Event” on April 14. Filled to capacity, the Grand Hyatt’s Manhattan Ballroom was virtually a Who’s Who of magazine media editors and publishers. Attendees caught up over breakfast prior to the start of the ceremony. Out of a staggering 9,828 eligible brands, the “30 Hottest Launches” were selected by Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. Top honors were also awarded to Hottest Editor, Publisher, Creative Team and Launch. To read more about the event, visit minonline.com.

(From min: media industry newsletter, April 18, 2016, page 1)

Students take top awards from Public Relations Association of Mississippi

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by ewrobins
University of Mississippi public relations students and their instructor won top awards in the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Prism competition, taking 12 of 13 student awards presented. Pictured from left to right, are seven of those student winners: (front row) Victoria Lanza, a Journalism major from Dallas, Texas; Meaghan Snell, a Journalism major from Roswell, Georgia; Tori Olker, a Journalism major from Spring Grove, Illinois; (back row) Randall Haley, a Journalism graduate from Clarksdale; Katherine Stephens, an Integrated Marketing Communications major from Monroe, Louisiana; Robin Street, senior lecturer in journalism and public relations; Sydney Nutt, a Journalism major from Wichita Falls, Texas; and Lindsay Andrews, an IMC major from Collinsville, Illinois. Not pictured is IMC major Christina Figg from Santa Rosa, California. Four students who have graduated also won, but are not pictured: IMC graduates Ivey Swan from Hattiesburg and Miller Hollingsworth from Brandon; Journalism graduate Sarah Douglass from Corpus Christi, Texas; and marketing and corporate relations graduate Caitlin Vaughn from Huntsville, Alabama. Photo credit: Stan O’Dell

University of Mississippi public relations students and their instructor won top awards in the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Prism competition, taking 12 of 13 student awards. From left to right, are seven of those student winners: (front row) Victoria Lanza, a Journalism major from Dallas, Texas; Meaghan Snell, a Journalism major from Roswell, Georgia; Tori Olker, a Journalism major from Spring Grove, Illinois; (back row) Randall Haley, a Journalism graduate from Clarksdale; Katherine Stephens, an Integrated Marketing Communications major from Monroe, Louisiana; Robin Street, senior lecturer in journalism and public relations; Sydney Nutt, a Journalism major from Wichita Falls, Texas; and Lindsay Andrews, an IMC major from Collinsville, Illinois. Not pictured is IMC major Christina Figg from Santa Rosa, California. Four students who have graduated also won, but are not in the photo: IMC graduates Ivey Swan from Hattiesburg and Miller Hollingsworth from Brandon; Journalism graduate Sarah Douglass from Corpus Christi, Texas; and marketing and corporate relations graduate Caitlin Vaughn from Huntsville, Alabama. Photo credit: Stan O’Dell

University of Mississippi students swept the top awards in the Public Relations Association of Mississippi student competition, winning 12 out of the 13 awards presented for student work.

Christina Figg, an integrated marketing communications major from Santa Rosa, California, won Student Best of Show for the best entry in the entire competition, as well as the top award in her category.

“The judges were so impressed with the work submitted by this year’s student entrants,” said Jennie Bradford Curlee, public relations director at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau who serves as PRAM’s vice president for awards. “They were thorough, engaging, and presented a true understanding of the public relations process. The judges specifically cited Christina Figg’s research in naming her entry Best of Show and touted her immense creativity.”

Journalism major Tori Olker from Spring Grove, Illinois, was named Outstanding PR Student, competing with nominees from four other universities in the state.

“The judges commented that Tori really set herself apart from the other candidates and demonstrated that she had great drive,” said Laura Beth Strickland, Visit Vicksburg communications manager who serves as PRAM vice president of student services.

Ten other students and their instructor, Robin Street, also won awards, which were presented at the PRAM state conference in Jackson on April 8. Awards were at three levels, based on the number of points judges award each entry. The top award is the Prism, followed by the Excellence and Merit awards. Multiple students can win in the same category if they earn the required number of points.

The students, all from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, entered public relations campaigns they produced in Street’s advanced public relations class during 2015. Each campaign required multi-media journalism skills including writing news and feature articles, shooting video and photos, creating online and social media posts and planning creative attention-getting events.

“It was overwhelming that of the 13 student awards presented statewide, 12 of those went to our students,” said Street, senior lecturer in journalism and public relations. “Our students demonstrated that they excel in the diverse set of skills needed in PR such as producing quality journalism, planning strategy and tactics, and conducting research. That is a real tribute to the preparation they received from all the faculty members at the Meek School.”

Prism winners were Figg; Lindsay Andrews, an IMC major from Collinsville, Illinois; Meaghan Snell, a journalism major from Roswell, Georgia; Katherine Stephens, an IMC major from Monroe, Louisiana; and Ivey Swan, an IMC graduate from Hattiesburg.

Excellence winners were Olker; Miller Hollingsworth, an IMC graduate from Brandon; Victoria Lanza, a journalism major from Dallas, Texas; and Caitlin Vaughn, a marketing and corporate relations graduate from Huntsville, Alabama. Street won two excellence awards in the professional division.

Awards of Merit were presented to journalism major Sydney Nutt from Wichita Falls, Texas; journalism graduates Sarah Douglass from Corpus Christi, Texas; and Randall Haley from Clarksdale.

Student Profile: Chandler Morgan

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by ewrobins

Read Julia Martinez’s profile on NewsWatch anchor Chandler Morgan at wordsofjulia.wordpress.com. Watch the accompanying audio slideshow on YouTube. Martinez is a student in Dr. Kristie Swain’s JOUR 377 class.