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Ole Miss student media leaders offer advice to high school journalists at regional workshop

Posted on: September 6th, 2016 by jheo1

On Saturday, Sept. 3, the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association partnered to host a free workshop for journalism students and teachers in Mississippi and surrounding states. The event was at Lafayette High School, and featured Ole Miss student media leaders in a panel discussion about working for college media. Pictured, left to right: Sarah Nichols, vice president of the Journalism Education Association; Lana Ferguson, managing editor of The Daily Mississippian; William Wildman, yearbook writing editor; Ariel Cobbert, Daily Mississippian photo editor; Marisa Morrissette, yearbook and Daily Mississippian designer; Payton Green, NewsWatch manager; and Patricia Thompson, assistant dean for student media.


Former Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated To Speak at Square Books

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by jheo1

terry-mcdonnellAbout Terry McDonnell

Terry McDonell has top-edited some of the most influential publications in American journalism. His new book pulls back the curtain on his four-decade career as an editor, journalist, and media entrepreneur, with stops at more than a dozen magazines: from the launch of Outside through tenures at Rolling StoneNewsweekEsquireSports Illustrated, and, most recently, cofounding the literary website LitHub.


A lot of writers and readers would love to get inside the head of the former editor-in-chief or managing editor of (among others) Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and Esquire, and get insight into the minds of many of the writers and friends who this person he has published, including Hunter S. Thompson, Tom McGuane, Edward Abbey, James Salter, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jim Harrison. Meet Terry McDonell in his Accidental Life, an enlightening, fascinating and fun book—and you may do so in person when he comes to Off Square Books on September 20th at 5pm.

Event date:
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 5:00pm
Event address:
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655

For more information, visit the Square Book’s website.

Meek School Publishes “Unconquered and Unconquerable”

Posted on: August 31st, 2016 by jheo1

The Meek School faculty and students published “Unconquered and Unconquerable” online on August 19, 2016, to tell stories of the people and culture of the Chickasaw.

The publication is the result of Bill Rose’s depth reporting class taught in the spring. Emily Bowen-Moore, Instructor of Media Design, designed the magazine.

“The reason we did this was because we discovered that many of them had no clue about the rich Indian history of Mississippi,” said Rose. “It was an eye-opening experience for the students. They found out a lot of stuff that Mississippians will be surprised about.”

Print copies will be available October 2016.

View the magazine here.

A Day With Mr. Faulkner and His Horses: Presentation by Dr. Ed Meek

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by jheo1

Noted journalist, author, and photographer, Dr. Ed Meek, was a first hand witness to events and people who changed Mississippi’s history. His iconic images of William Faulkner and James Meredith are now a part of the archival collections at the University of Mississippi. Come hear about a day spent with William Faulkner from the man behind the lens.

  • Thursday, September 1st at noon
  • In the Faulkner Room of Archives & Special Collections (third floor of the J.D. Williams Library)


How four weeks of an internship turned into a job offer

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016 by drwenger

FullSizeRender (10)By Madi Van Zile, May 2016 Graduate

Graduating from college is a mixed bag of emotions.

On one hand, you are relieved to be finally done with school. No more final exams, no more term papers, no more last-minute assignments due before 3 p.m., that’s all over.

The other end of that spectrum is a sense of dread. Most graduates have been in school from the time they were 5-years-old until the day they walk across the stage. What does one do after college?

For most graduates, the first thing on their minds is getting a job. Personally, that is what I wanted, but because I had made it to my senior year with no prior internship or journalism work outside of a school publication, I had limited qualifying experience to put on a resume.

Fortunately, I got a summer internship through the Ole Miss Producer Internship Program and started work at WTVA-News in Tupelo, Mississippi, just days after graduation.  Doing a post-graduate internship does mean a little extra schoolwork, but it gives you a chance to actually experience the industry you hope to join. Summer internships usually last anywhere from six to eight weeks, but in that time frame an intern may gain enough viable information to get a job.

One of the first tips I would offer to any intern is to ask as many questions as possible. It sounds like one of the most obvious things to do, but it is also one of the things students sometimes overlook. By asking a ton of questions, an intern looks like he or she truly wants to be there and is ready to start a career.

Another tip I can offer is to ask for as many hours as you can get. For my internship, I had to put in a minimum of 20 hours per week. I chose to work 40 hours a week, a full-time shift Monday through Friday, and I would not have traded it for anything in the world. The reason I made myself available for that much time is that an internship is one of the only opportunities students have to gain experience that could lead to a job. Working an 8-hour day gives an intern a chance to learn what it feels like to work there, too.

I also did not want to be classified as that intern who sat around on her phone and just waited for the time to fly by. I wanted to do what the other reporters and producers did, no matter the task. I saw another intern who was there for just a couple of hours a day who, for the most part, was on the phone the entire time while a videographer was trying to teach that person how to edit.

I constantly kept myself busy by looking up potential news stories, writing some simple stories for the newscasts, stacking shows and asking constantly, “Is there anything else you guys need me to do?” I would not leave until I made sure there was not another thing I could do for the day.

The news director I worked under for WTVA said that when I walked in on the first day, he felt like I was just a regular staff member for the station. I wanted to jump in and feel like I was part of the crew, and I did. I observed everything my producers did, and after a while, I was left alone to do some of the newscasts (granted, the night-side producer got married three weeks into my internship so I had to do the shows by myself, but I digress).

If an intern goes into it thinking that it is just for college credit, he or she will gain less from the experience. I wanted to be a part of the news industry, and I came across that way to the staff at WTVA. The headline does say it took four weeks for me to get a job. Well, I was fibbing a little bit; it took four weeks and one day. Four weeks after my first day, I did my first live shot ever on TV. After that, I received the job offer. The news director said it felt like I was already a part of the station, all he had to do was make it official.

Students in the broadcast journalism emphasis at the Meek School are required to do an internship, and all other majors are encouraged to gain internship experience.  If you are interested in learning more about the Ole Miss Producer Internship Program, feel free to contact Prof. Deb Wenger at  


Free ice cream and information at the 1st annual Meek & Greet

Posted on: August 21st, 2016 by drwenger

Whether you’re new to the school or an old hand at this IMC and journalism thing, be sure to stop by the Meek & Greet Ice Cream Social on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 12:15-1 p.m. under the school tailgating tent in front of Farley Hall.

Get yourself a scoop of ice cream from any one of the faculty serving up treats, and then get the scoop on local internships and jobs, organizations and activities that you can use to build your resume and get more out of your time at Ole Miss.

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Design students learn by doing and doing good

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by drwenger
Meek School student Ryan Grover developed an award-winning logo under the direction of his design instructor Emily Moore.

Meek School student Ryan Grover developed an award-winning logo under the direction of his design instructor Emily Moore.

There’s nothing like learning by doing, and that’s why the Meek School of Journalism & New Media emphasizes instruction in the skills that students can put to use immediately.  For example, media design instructor Emily Bowen-Moore has partnered with organizations on campus and in the community to help her students get practical experience in creating logos.

“I like for the students to be involved in designing for local community events and organizations. It creates a connection between the university students and local/regional population. In addition, the goal is to give the students an opportunity for actual experience in the industry of designing and marketing for business,” said Bowen-Moore.

Student Ryan Grover competed with dozens of other students in the Meek School in a contest to select the top logo design for the Oxford School District Foundation (OSDF).  For 30 years, the organization has raised money to support innovative teaching within Oxford classrooms and this year it is in the middle of a year-long birthday celebration.  Grover developed an anniversary logo that will be used on posters, T-shirts, social media and in other OSDF publications.

“I’m really grateful to have had the chance to work with the Oxford School District Foundation. It was a great opportunity to practice the things we learn in class with a real world project,” said Grover.

He also valued the chance to get outside the classroom to make a difference.

“I’ve always been interested in graphic design and have really enjoyed taking this class with Mrs. Bowen-Moore. It was awesome that OSFD considered our class to be involved with the design process, and I hope we students can have more opportunities like this to work with the Oxford community.”

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Maggie McDaniel joins communications 21® as newest account manager

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by pchurdle

Maggie_headshot_website_resize_500pxcommunications 21 (c21®), a full-service marketing, public relations and interactive firm, has hired Maggie McDaniel, a Columbus, GA native as its newest account manager.

Before being promoted to a c21 account manager, McDaniel served as an intern where she developed social media strategy, and managed email marketing and public relations.

McDaniel graduated in May 2016 from The University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism along with a public relations emphasis. While still in school she served as news editor for her University’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, television reporter for Newswatch99 and served on the public relations team for Ole Miss Big Event, an organization that focuses on community service. She spent last summer interning for Appen Media writing news stories and The Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce, where she helped promote the organization and plan social events.

“Maggie is a talented team member, bringing with her a great set of journalism skills, including videography, writing and communication,” said c21President Sharon Goldmacher. “Our clients will greatly benefit from her already strong skill set.”

McDaniel’s journalism background took her across the world when in 2015 she was chosen to travel with The University of Mississippi to Ethiopia for an in depth reporting trip. The content from this trip was published into a magazine and featured on the Washington Post’s website. She also is a national award winning journalist. In August 2015, she traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and reported on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. Her work and that of her classmates, received the 2015 “Mark of Excellence” award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

McDaniel will work with a variety of clients including Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Buckhead Community Improvement District, Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) and more.

Meek School graduate opens popsicle business

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by pchurdle

thumbnail_Taylor Neal Popsy2Taylor Neal,  2008 Journalism graduate, has found a novel way to use her communication skills as co-owner of Popsy homemade popsicles. Taylor works from Tupelo, Miss., but is often found selling them in Oxford. You can also buy them at Holli’s Sweet Tooth in Oxford. Her former teacher, Robin Street, is loving the banana cream flavor with a vanilla wafer inside. Find out if they’ll be near you on their Facebook page


Meek School alumni gather at the PRAM Jackson chapter meeting to hear Robin Street speak

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by pchurdle
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Pictured left to right: Haleigh Huddleston Ritter, Bill Dabney, Mary Margaret Turner, Ashlee Reid, Street, Liz Hogue Densmore, Carey Miller, Susan Christensen (in front), Selena Standifer, Rachel Anderson, a current student interning in Jackson, Danny Blanton and Caron Blanton.

Ten Meek School alumni and one student attended the Jackson chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi meeting in June when Senior Lecturer Robin Street spoke, including six of Street’s former students.

Street spoke on From Millenials to Mothers and Sexual Orientation to Senior Citizens: A Look at some of Today’s Diverse Publics. PRAM has 10 chapters throughout the state.