min 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)
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.
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.
WLOX News Director Brad Kessie critiques the work of Breck Jones, a broadcast journalism major. Photo by Ji Hoon Heo, April 4, 2016.
The Meek School of Journalism and New Media was proud to host eight executives from Raycom Media Inc. on Monday, April 4. Students had the opportunity to meet with the executives who reviewed their portfolios. They attended sessions focused on various media careers.
One of the nation’s largest privately-owned broadcasters, Raycom owns or provides services covering nearly 14 percent of the nation’s television households, with 62 stations in 20 states. The company employs more than 4,600 people in a variety of positions, and the executives gave students insight on the career opportunities that await them in media, as well as advice on how to break into the industry.
“It’s not just anchors and reporters like everyone thinks,” said Vicki Zimmerman, the Raycom Regional News Director, during a session on producing. “There’s opportunity everywhere–digital, production, sales, marketing, research.”
The executives encouraged students to consider a potential media employer based on the company and its values, and not just on the market size. Additionally, they gave honest advice about the workload and the pay of the news media profession.
WMC-TV News Director Tammy Phillips and WLBT News Director Hatton Weeks observe NewsWatch Ole Miss before offering a critique. Photo by Ji Hoon Heo, April 4, 2016.
“You need to be realistic,” said Tammy Phillips, News Director at WMC Action News 5 in Memphis. “You’re not going to start off with Tom Brokaw’s salary, and your first year is hard but will give you a lot of experience. You’ve got to be willing to work hard and care about your audience and, if you care about the work, it really is a lot of fun.”
The group advised students on careers within Raycom, noting the company is not only up-to-date on technology and offers opportunities throughout the nation, but also truly cares about its employees.
“If you have the vision, Raycom will help you achieve it,” said Zimmerman.
With the media landscape constantly evolving because of changing technologies, Brad Conaway, a regional director on the digital side, provided advice on some of those job options within Raycom that vary from the traditional.
“We’re really focused on finding out where the ideal place to engage with our audience is for every piece of news,” Conaway said. “Do we need to put this on Facebook, on Instagram, on live television, on our website?”
Conaway demonstrated the live analytics tools he uses to monitor online engagement and new mobile applications that allow journalists and producers to create news packages on the go.
In addition to the excellent advice for journalism students, the Raycom visit also opened the eyes of some students who had never considered a television career.
“The visit demonstrates that media companies also are interested in hiring professionals in marketing, public relations and advertising,” said Scott Fiene, director of the Integrated Marketing Communications program. “It reiterates the crossover between journalism and IMC that we have here. It’s a huge opportunity for our school and our students.”
Professor Deb Wenger, who organized the day’s events, says she felt it was particularly important for students to make connections with professionals who can help them grow into the careers they hope to have one day.
“These are busy people, but they are hugely generous with their time. They’ve asked students to stay in touch and to treat them as mentors and, best of all, they actually mean it.”
Story contributed by IMC graduate student Jane Walton.
Dr. Kathleen Wickham, Larry Wells and Alain Guihard field questions at Rennes University lecture.
Dr. Kathleen Wickham, associate professor at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, and Larry Wells, director of Yoknapatawpha Press, lectured at Rennes University in Rennes, France, and the Sorbonne University of Paris on March 15 and 17.
At the Guihard family plot in the St. Malo Cemetery, Kathleen Wickham places a memorial stone on the grave of Paul Guihard, in whose honor she arranged for a memorial bench at Farley Hall on the University of Mississippi campus in 2009.
Wickham’s lecture about reporters who covered the 1962 integration crisis over the admission of James Meredith focused on Agence France-Presse reporter Paul Guihard, a native of Brittany, France, killed during the riot. His unsolved murder forged an enduring link between Brittany and Mississippi.
Wells presented slides from Ed Meek’s photo-history, Riot: Witness to Anger and Change, co-published last fall by Yoknapatawpha Press and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi.
Alain Guihard, the brother of Paul Guihard, spoke to Rennes University students and faculty. Hosting the Rennes event was Professor Nicole Moulinoux, founder of the William Faulkner Foundation, and Professor Gildas Levoguer of the English Department.
At Nouvelle Sorbonne University, Wickham and Wells addressed students of African American Studies under Professors Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry and James Cohen.
At Rennes University, the distinction of Honorary Fellow of the William Faulkner Foundation was presented to Larry Wells with U.S. Consul Sara Harriger attending.
Two Meek School professors recently presented their research at the 41st Annual Southeast Colloquium of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the premier association of communication educators, students and media professionals. The conference was hosted by the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.
Robert Magee, assistant professor and director of the IMC Graduate Program, presented the paper “Interactivity on U. S. House of Representatives’ Homepages: The Relationship with Congressional Norms.” Magee also served as discussant for the Open Division research panel on “The Changing Influence and Role of Social Media.”
Assistant Professor Cynthia Joyce presented the paper “Surf’s Up: Deep-diving through Hurricane Katrina’s Unsearchable Digital Past,” which won the Top Faculty Paper award in the History Division.
Dr. Josh Grimm of LSU’s Manship School awards Assistant Professor Cynthia Joyce with the History Division’s Top Faculty Paper Award.
On April 14, min will host an awards breakfast honoring the top 30 magazine launches of the past 30 years. From 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt, we will recognize the brands, selected by Dr. Samir Husni (aka “Mr. Magazine”), that have helped redefine magazine media, as we know it.
The celebration will be more than a tip of the hat to the success of these publications; it is also a testament to the dedication, innovation and quality content that magazine media fosters. And of course, none of that is possible without one of the most important assets any brand has: its people. “We are excited to honor some of the most vibrant and compelling titles from the last three decades,” says Dr. Husni. “Each has, in its own way, changed the media landscape.”
The honorees are:
ESPN The Magazine
First for Women
Food Network Magazine
Garden & Gun
Highlights High Five
In Touch Weekly
Martha Stewart Living
O The Oprah Magazine
People En Espanol
Rachael Ray Every Day
Taste of Home
In addition to celebrating the publications themselves, min and Dr. Husni will honor The Hottest Publisher, Editor, Design Team and Launch of the past 30 years.
Additionally, min is delighted to honor its own. This year marks editor-in-chief Steve Cohn’s 30th anniversary, so there is no better occasion to celebrate his time as one of magazine media’s best advocates and historians.
Join the Magazine Innovation Center Wednesday, April 20, 2016, for the opening event of the ACT 6 Experience, “An Evening with Sid Evans.” Evans is editor in chief of Southern Living magazine and will take guests on a journey through 50 years of Southern Living as the magazine celebrates its Golden Anniversary.
The event will begin with a cash bar at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at The Inn at Ole Miss. Seating is limited to the first 100 people who reserve tickets. Tickets are $50 a person and all proceeds from the event will go to the Magazine Innovation Center at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
To reserve tickets, send a check payable and mailed to: Magazine Innovation Center, Meek School of Journalism and New Media, 114 Farley Hall, University, MS. 38677. The reservation deadline is April 8, 2016.
Three Ole Miss students have been awarded travel grants from the Society for News Design Foundation to attend the 8th annual Society of News Design Workshop and Exhibition in San Francisco, California, April 7-9. Madisen Theobald (Journalism), Caroline Callaway (Journalism) and Morgan Oberhausen (Art/Journalism) are among only 12 awardees chosen from 50 applicants worldwide. Worth $750 each, the grants afford the students more than travel assistance. They provide the opportunity for them to study and network with some of the news industry’s most creative and successful professionals in a city synonymous with technical innovation and progressive thinking. Ole Miss boasts the largest share of recipients and The Meek School of Journalism and New Media is proud to be so well represented at this year’s conference.