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Meek School faculty member and graduates receive top honors from PR association

Posted on: September 19th, 2014 by ewrobins

Robin Street receives award for lifetime achievement; UM Communications Office wins Best in Show for PR projects

Robin Street, a lecturer in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, received the Professional Achievement Award, the highest professional honor given for lifetime achievement in the profession, from the Southern Public Relations Federation. SPRF president Kristina Hendrix (right) presented Street with a framed certificate and medallion. As the winner of Mississippi’s Professional Award, Street then competed with nominees from several other states. (Photo credit: Leo Ridge, Big Top Photo Booth)

Robin Street, a lecturer in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, received the Professional Achievement Award, the highest professional honor given for lifetime achievement in the profession, from the Southern Public Relations Federation. SPRF president Kristina Hendrix (right) presented Street with a framed certificate and medallion. As the winner of Mississippi’s Professional Award, Street then competed with nominees from several other states. (Photo credit: Leo Ridge, Big Top Photo Booth)

A faculty member from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media was presented the highest award for lifetime achievement given by the Southern Public Relations Federation.

In addition, graduates of the Meek School working in the University of Mississippi Communications office won Best in Show, the top award in the competition for public relations projects, along with multiple other awards.

Robin Street, APR, lecturer in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, was honored with the Professional Achievement Award. The recipient is chosen from among professionals representing SPRF-member states. Each nominee had previously received his or her state association’s Professional Award. Street represented the Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

In 2009, Street was named Educator of the Year by both PRAM and SPRF and it is rare for an educator to receive the professional award. However, the judges, who remain anonymous, commented, “Ms. Street’s achievements are stellar. She is innovative in her field. She is continually engaged in professional development. Her awards and accomplishments are well above what would be outstanding.”

Toni Richardson, SPRF vice president for professional development, oversaw the competition. “As I read through each of the nominee biographies, I was impressed with each of them,” Richardson said. “However, my thoughts kept coming back to Robin and what an incredible teacher, educator, mentor, friend and inspiration she is. Our judges scored Robin a perfect 100%.“

SPRF President Kristina Hendrix, APR, said Street is a “charismatic and determined public relations practitioner who truly embodies the qualities for which this awards stands.”

Will Norton, Jr., professor and dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, has watched Street’s career evolve.

“For decades, Robin Street has been demonstrating the best practices of public relations and teaching those practices in the classroom,” Norton said. ”It is only appropriate that her uncommon excellence should be recognized in this way.  Clearly, students in the Meek School have long recognized the quality of Ms. Street’s professionalism.”

Hendrix presented the award to Street at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans Sept. 16. Also presented at the banquet were the Lantern Awards for public relations projects in multiple categories. Awards are given at three levels. A Lantern is the highest award, followed by an Award of Excellence, then a Certificate of Merit.

The University of Mississippi Communications office, led by Meek School graduate Danny Blanton, director of public relations, won Best in Show chosen from all categories, and a Lantern in their category for their communications program on parking changes at Ole Miss. Graduates Lindsey Abernathy, former communications specialist; Ryan Whittington, assistant director of public relations for social media strategy; and William Hamilton, public relations assistant, were key in creating that program.

Abernathy also won a certificate of merit for the Inside Ole Miss newsletter. Communication Specialists Edwin Smith and Michael Newsom each won a Certificate of Merit and an Award of Excellence, respectively, for news releases.

Street won a Lantern in her category of communication programs, as well as an Award of Excellence for writing, and a Certificate of Merit for PR tactics.

For more information on the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, visit their website at http://meek.olemiss.edu or email MeekSchool@olemiss.edu.

Hota Kotb says it only takes one person to change your life

Posted on: September 18th, 2014 by ewrobins

Hota KotbRead Charlie Adams story on award-winning “Today Show” co-host Hota Kotb at hottytoddy.com.

Samir Husni interviews Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by ewrobins

Husni and Ripp.TimeRead Meek School Professor Samir Husni’s interview with Joe Ripp, chairman and CEO of Time Inc., at mrmagazine.wordpress.com. Husni is director of the Magazine Innovation Center.

Becky Jones West among 2014 “Super Women”

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by ewrobins

Meek School alumna Becky Jones West was chosen by Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2014 “Super Women in Business.” West is CEO of WestRogers. Read the story at www.bizjournals.com.

Historic Zoning board honors Jay Sheridan

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by ewrobins

Meek School graduate Jay Sheridan was recognized for his service on the Historic Zoning Commission in Franklin, Tennessee.  Read the story at www.franklinhomepage.com.

Ronnie Agnew featured on “Mississippi Arts Hour”

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by ewrobins

Listen to Tom Pearson’s “Mississippi Arts Hour” interview with Meek School alumnus Ronnie Agnew at www.mpbonline.org. Agnew is executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

5 Questions with Assistant Professor Alysia Steele

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by drwenger
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Photo by Marlen Polito, September 8, 2014.

Asking questions is the way to Assistant Professor Alysia Steele’s heart.   Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Steele has been a part of the Meek School for more than two years.  You can read all about her awards and education, but you’ll get a sense of her as a teacher right here.

1.  What class do you most like to teach and why?

I really enjoy teaching Jour 375, which is the photojournalism class. I’ve been a photographer for 27 years and it’s my life; I can’t imagine doing anything else. Most of my passion is teaching students how to take good, sound photographs with strong compositions and beautiful light.

2. Describe your favorite type of student.

My favorite type of student is someone who is communicative. Someone that likes to talk in class, that offers their opinion, that is not afraid to speak their mind. I love someone who is always challenging me and asking questions and wanting to learn more. I really enjoy students who develop a passion in photography.

3. What are you working on outside the classroom that you really enjoy doing?

I just finished one book that was so much fun and it didn’t feel like work, it’s called Jewels in the Delta. I interviewed, photograph, and collected oral histories from 50 Mississippi Delta church mothers. They’re women that are leaders and belong to Baptist churches in the Delta. I had a lot of fun and had my own private history lessons with these 50 women.

4. Describe what type of student you were.

I was a model student; my grades were very important to me; I was an over achiever. Life lessons when I was over 25 made me a better student.

 5. Of all the things you’ve done in your career, what makes you most proud?

Wow, that’s a really hard question. I’m in a new chapter in my life right now, I would have to say that when students show enthusiasm, and when they get something and they have a passion for it, that’s such a fulfilling feeling. I am really proud of when students do exceptional work in our field and come back and show it to me. In my personal life, the work that I am most proud of would be Jewels in the Delta. I think I have become a better human being; I’ve become a more patient and more understanding person.

Story contributed by multimedia journalism graduate student Marlen Polito.

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Mississippi joins Planet Forward Consortium

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by ewrobins No Comments
Planet Forward

Flowers on the UM campus

The University of Mississippi is among 11 international institutions to form the Planet Forward University Consortium, which focuses on the use of multimedia and digital storytelling to educate and give voices to sustainability issues such as food security, water, energy and climate change.  Read more . . .

Reunited

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by elwalke1 No Comments

Morgan-Gregory-and-Lauren-McMillinMeek alumni Morgan Gregory and Lauren McMillin recently reunited at the Atlanta Falcons training camp. Gregory works with the Falcons as corporate partnerships seasonal assistant. McMillin attended the camp with the Tennessee Titans.

Meek School professor spends summer learning

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by elwalke1
Ole Miss intern Taylor Leatherwood of Long Beach and Dr. Nancy Dupont in the WLOX newsroom.

Ole Miss intern Taylor Leatherwood of Long Beach and Dr. Nancy Dupont in the WLOX newsroom.

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.