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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.

 

Meek School students find media mentors in Raycom execs

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by drwenger
WLOX News Director Brad Kessie critiques the work of Breck Jones, a broadcast journalism major. Photo by Ji Hoon Heo, April 4, 2016.

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.

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.

Ole Miss professor speaks at Sorbonne and Rennes, two universities

Posted on: March 21st, 2016 by ewrobins
Dr. Kathleen Wickham, Larry Wells and Alain Guihard field questions at Rennes University lecture.

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.

Meek School profs take research to AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

Posted on: March 15th, 2016 by cjoyce

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.

LSU Josh Grimm and Meek School Cynthia Joyce

Dr. Josh Grimm of LSU’s Manship School awards Assistant Professor Cynthia Joyce with the History Division’s Top Faculty Paper Award.