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UM journalism professor selected for Humanities Council honor

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by ewrobins

steele2A prize-winning University of Mississippi journalism instructor is the 2016 recipient of a prestigious award from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Alysia Burton Steele, assistant professor of multimedia, will be presented the Preserver of Mississippi Culture Award on Friday (Feb. 12) at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson. The award, which recognizes an individual or organization for extraordinary efforts to protect and promote the cultural traditions and assets of the state, is in recognition of Steele’s book, “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom” (Center Street, 2015). The invitation-only awards program begins at 6:45 p.m.  Read more …

Dr. Samir Husni presents “Hottest Magazine Launches of the Year” at min awards

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 by ewrobins

Husni 2015 min awardsmin hosted its annual Most Intriguing Awards Celebration on Thursday, December 3 at New York’s Grand Hyatt to honor this year’s Most Intriguing People in Media, Rising Stars and the Hottest Magazine Launches of the Year. The 30 magazine launches were selected by Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni, Director of the Magazine Innovation Center at The University of Mississippi, and honored new magazines, from Catster to Mornings with Jesus.

The premier categories honored Editor and Publisher of the Year. Catherine Cassidy from Taste of Home was chosen as Editor of the Year and was introduced by fellow colleague and Most Intriguing recipient, Bonnie Kintzer from Trusted Media Brands. Accepting the award for Publisher of the Year was Steven Grune from Allrecipes. Also at the awards celebration, Dr. Husni revealed “THE” single hottest launch as Simple Grace.

Mr. Magazine’s 30 Hottest Consumer Magazine Launches of 2015

Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni on the future of magazines on South Africa’s eNCA’s “Maggs on Media”

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by ewrobins

T.D. Jakes releases video on “Delta Jewlels”

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by ewrobins

Watch Bishop T.D. Jakes video on Assistant Professor Alysia Steele’s book “Delta Jewels” at vimeo.com.

Article by Dr. Kristen Swain chosen for presentation in Atlanta

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by pchurdle

“News Blackout and Social Media Invisibility after Toxic Transportation Spills” by Dr. Kristen Swain has been selected for an oral presentation during the National Public Health Information Coalition’s annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media, Aug. 11-13 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit: nchcmm.nphic.

Vanessa Gregory receives Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015 by pchurdle

University of Mississippi assistant professor of journalism Vanessa Gregory has been awarded a $4,500 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the Commission awarded in 2015-2016 and will be used to support Gregory’s creative work as a nonfiction writer. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts in Mississippi are now being recognized as a key component to economic development and as a driver for creative strategies for the growth of our communities,” said Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director of MAC. “Individual artists play a vital role as really the backbone of this movement, and it is an honor for this agency to be a part of their professional growth.”

Gregory’s work has appeared in Harper’s, The American Prospect, and Garden & Gun, among other places. She studied journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in narrative nonfiction. “MAC’s fellowship is essential for supporting the type of in-depth journalism that might not otherwise make it into mainstream media outlets,” Gregory said.

The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency serving residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is the funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, please contact Susan Liles, 601/359-6031 or sliles@arts.ms.gov

Professor Vanessa Gregory’s work featured in Harper’s Magazine

Posted on: June 19th, 2015 by drwenger

Gregory Harper's Article 6.15A moving, feature-length article by Meek School assistant professor Vanessa Gregory appears on the June cover of Harper’s, the nation’s oldest general interest monthly magazine.

Gregory’s article, “Surviving a Failed Pregnancy,” combines memoir and reporting to explore the rarely discussed subjects of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. The narrative examines personal resilience, medicine’s relationship to the female body, society’s response to pregnancy loss, and reproductive politics.

Readers have described the story as “eloquent” and “beautiful.” Research and writing took more than six months, followed by a lengthy submission and editing process.

This is Gregory’s second published piece with Harper’s, a magazine celebrated for its fine writing and original thought. The magazine is known for publishing literary luminaries such as David Foster Wallace, Annie Dillard, and Willie Morris.

Gregory’s work also ​has ​appeared in The American ProspectThe New York Times, and Garden & Gun. She was a Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and studied literary nonfiction at the University of California, Berkeley.

Viral: Husni blog on Vanity Fair

Posted on: June 11th, 2015 by pchurdle
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Dr. Samir Husni

Rare is the day when national or international publications/stories regarding the media industry don’t call on Dr. Samir Husni for comment/analysis of a trend or development. Last summer, University Communications printed out the line-item attributions to him in one news cycle and it took 36 pages. (They review all Internet mentions of “Ole Miss” or “University of Mississippi.”)

Dr. Husni’s blog re the Vanity Fair cover of Caitlyn Jenner drew worldwide attention, including the attention of Vanity Fair editor Chris Mitchell who both commented and offered Dr. Husni some comments for his blog, mrmagazine.wordpress.com.

All of this continues to keep the Meek School in the conversations related to the media industry. And, as here, not merely in the conversation but leading.

Four Meek School faculty members honored for kindness to students

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by ewrobins
Four Meek School faculty members were among 15 professors honored campus-wide for their kindness to students by members of the Student Alumni Council. Pictured, left to right, are the professors and the students who nominated them. Front row: Senior Lecturer Robin Street and students Augusta Williams, Virginia Mayo and Sarah Bracy Penn. Back row: Assistant professors Scott Fiene and Chris Sparks, student Luke Love and Dean Will Norton. Photo credit: Charlie Mitchell

Four Meek School faculty members were among 15 professors honored campus-wide for their kindness to students by members of the Student Alumni Council. Pictured, left to right, are the professors and the students who nominated them. Front row: Senior Lecturer Robin Street and students Augusta Williams, Virginia Mayo and Sarah Bracy Penn. Back row: Assistant professors Scott Fiene and Chris Sparks, student Luke Love and Dean Will Norton. Photo credit: Charlie Mitchell

Faculty members in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media received accolades recently for something other than teaching or research.  These honors were for their kindness to students.

Four Meek School faculty members were among the 15 total professors recognized campus-wide for their “Random Acts of Kindness” to students by members of the Student Alumni Council.  They were Dean Will Norton, Assistant Professor Chris Sparks, Assistant Professor Scott Fiene and Senior Lecturer Robin Street.

The SAC is a student leadership organization sponsored by the Ole Miss Alumni Association. Members who are graduating seniors selected one faculty member each whose kindness towards them stood out during their college years. Students could select one teacher from any class they took.

The professors were honored at a reception April 29 at which the nominating student spoke about the professor and presented him or her with a small gift from the SAC.

Norton was nominated by Journalism major Sarah Bracy Penn. “Dean Norton has played a huge role in my Ole Miss experience, “ Penn said. “Even before I enrolled, he convinced me that the University of Mississippi and specifically, the Meek School, was the perfect place for me. Dr. Norton was a constant source of advice and counsel.

“And this year, when I was deciding where to apply to graduate school, he encouraged me when I thought I wasn’t qualified, and later, guided me through my decision making process.”

IMC major Virginia Mayo nominated Fiene. “I nominated Mr. Fiene because he played a huge part in me choosing IMC as my major,” Mayo said. “Since I met him almost three years ago, he has not only served as my academic advisor and professor, but he has also been a constant figure in the IMC department, always full of great advice.”

Augusta Williams, a marketing and corporate relations major, nominated Street. “Ms. Street is a wonderful light in the Journalism School,” Williams said. “She is kind, empathetic and truly cares for those in her classes. She is an engaging teacher who loves public relations, Ole Miss and students.”

IMC major Luke Love nominated Sparks. “Mrs. Sparks is the reason that I switched my major from biology to IMC,” Love said. “ I have had her for multiple classes where her passion for advertising inspired me and gave me a drive to succeed in the field.

“Her passion for the subject shows also through her care for her students as she has helped me, in her own free time, perfect my resume and gain connections so that I may be successful in the future.“

Big wins in Vegas for Meek School

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by drwenger

SuduWinThe Meek School of Journalism is flying high for a couple of different reasons.  First, the student-produced NewsWatch 99 broadcast took home an honorable mention at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) competition in Las Vegas this week.  According to NewsWatch 99 advisor Dr. Nancy Dupont, a 4th place showing in the national contest is the highest ranking the program has ever received.

In addition to the broadcast honors, Dupont and Prof. Deb Wenger presented in multiple sessions at the conference, moderating or participating in panels on topics such as using audience analytics in teaching and job hunting for broadcast students.

Journalism students and NewsWatch 99 managers Browning Stubbs and Sudu Upadhyay also traveled to Vegas for the conference.  BEA meets annually with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) because that group attracts more than 100,000 attendees who showcase products and demonstrate techniques affecting radio and television industries.

Upadhyay and Stubbs evaluated the latest in broadcast technology, which they hope to leverage in an effort to bring home a first-place award for student newscast in 2016.