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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.

At the William Faulkner Foundation at Rennes University are: (center) Kathleen Wickham, of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media, and Yoknapatawpha Press publisher Larry Wells receiving distinction of Honorary Fellow of the William Faulkner Foundation by U.S. Consul of West France Sara Harriger (2nd from right).Kathleen Wickham lectures at the SorbonneKathleen Wickham addresses American Studies students at Rennes University. Attending the lecture is Alain Guihard (left), brother of slain French reporter Paul Guihard.Kathleen Wickham arrives at the Sorbonne to lecture about Paul Guihard killed during the 1962 integration crisis.

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.

Meek School student covers Grammy Museum opening

Posted on: March 14th, 2016 by ewrobins

Lizzie McIntosh was among Meek School students covering the opening of the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi. Visit her site here.

The 30 Event, presented by min, honors the hottest 30 magazine launches of the past 30 years

Posted on: March 11th, 2016 by ewrobins

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:

  • Cooking Light
  • Dwell
  • Elle
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • Fast Company
  • First for Women
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Garden & Gun
  • Highlights High Five
  • InStyle
  • In Touch Weekly
  • Marie Claire
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Men’s Health
  • Mental Floss
  • More
  • NewBeauty
  • O The Oprah Magazine
  • Out
  • People En Espanol
  • Rachael Ray Every Day
  • Real Simple
  • Taste of Home
  • Teen Vogue
  • WebMD Magazine
  • The Week
  • Wired
  • Women’s Health
  • WSJ Magazine

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.

Register for the event here: http://www.minonline.com/The30Event.

The Magazine Innovation Center presents “An Evening with Sid Evans,” editor in chief of Southern Living magazine

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by ewrobins

Sid Evans.Southern Living2Join 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.

Design/Journalism students win more than money

Posted on: March 9th, 2016 by ewrobins

SND Travel Grant Winners 2Three 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.

Two University of Mississippi students take first place in regional public relations competition

Posted on: March 9th, 2016 by ewrobins
Two University of Mississippi public relations students won first place in the Southeastern Journalism Conference competition among students from universities throughout the Southeast. Both seniors in the Meek School of Journalism, they are (left) Tori Olker, a broadcast journalism major from Chicago and (right) Victoria Lanza, a broadcast major from Richardson, Texas. Photo credit: Stan O’Dell

Two University of Mississippi public relations students won first place in the Southeastern Journalism Conference competition among students from universities throughout the Southeast. Both seniors in the Meek School of Journalism, they are (left) Tori Olker, a broadcast journalism major from Chicago and (right) Victoria Lanza, a broadcast major from Richardson, Texas. Photo credit: Stan O’Dell

Two University of Mississippi public relations students won first place in a competition with students from universities throughout the Southeast recently.

Tori Olker and Victoria Lanza, both students in the Meek School of Journalims and New Media, won the Southeastern Journalism Conference on-site public relations competition hosted by Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee, on Feb. 19.

They were among the 27 total award winners from the Meek School in multiple competition categories. In addition, the entire team brought home the Grand Championship award.

Olker and Lanza, were selected to compete by their public relations instructor Robin Street.

“When I was asked to choose two students to compete, I immediately knew it would be Tori and Victoria,” said Street, senior lecturer in integrated marketing communications. “To succeed in public relations, one must be able to conduct research, plan creative strategies, and most of all, write effectively. These two students excel in those skills and have done superb work in class projects and internships.”

Olker, from Chicago, is studying print journalism with an emphasis in public relations, and Lanza, from Richardson, Texas, is studying broadcast journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Both are graduating seniors.

“Ms. Street expects the highest quality of work from her students, and because of this, Victoria and I felt completely prepared and confident going into the competition,” Olker said.

In the competition, the students had one hour on-site to develop an eight-step communications plan to address a public relations situation given by the judges.

“It was not an easy task having to put together an entire campaign in an hour, but it definitely gave me a taste of a potential real world experience,” Lanza said. “It means so much to see that our hard work was recognized.”

A list of all the student winners from the Meek School is available at dmonline.com.

Alumni Update: Mark Ray (MA, ’90)

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by ewrobins

Mark Ray HeadshotThis July will mark my 18th year of fulltime freelancing—mostly writing but also some editing and a little project management. It’s been quite a run, especially considering that I’ve been able to thrive on referrals and a small amount of networking.

Over the years, I’ve done regular work for The Cobb Group/Element K Journals, Humana, the Courier-Journal, Culler Media, the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA), but the Boy Scouts of America has become my major client. Especially recently, the BSA has kept me extremely busy (although I think that work is going to level out some going forward). In the last two years, I’ve edited/rewritten the Bear Handbook, the Webelos Handbook, and the Boy Scout Handbook, edited a new three- volume resource called Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews, and written the new two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook, among other projects. I also continue to sell a couple of self-published titles for Scout leaders, The Eagle Court of Honor Book and The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook.

I haven’t abandoned magazines, however! Since 2009, I’ve written the Roundtable section for Scouting magazine (circulation 1 million), which includes six articles per issue and has a strong service-journalism component, as well as contributing the occasional feature to the magazine. Since 2005, I’ve also written most of the National Eagle Scout Association magazine, now called Eagles’ Call (circulation 138,000), typically including one or two features and 10 or 12 briefs. The strong focus in Eagles’ Call is on profiles, and I’ve profiled everyone from astronauts and Olympians to politicians and CEOs. (It’s interesting to go from interviewing a 16-year-old Eagle Scout who doesn’t answer questions in complete sentences to interviewing a 78-year-old member of the Baseball Hall of Fame!)

Although I lost my pica pole somewhere along the way, the skills I developed in the master’s program at Ole Miss continue to pay dividends. With my books, I’ve done everything—writing, editing, design, layout, production, and marketing—and on other projects I’ve been able to effectively edit both my own work and the work of other people.

Meek faculty and students work with industry leaders to facilitate SND Creative Competition

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by ewrobins
UM students Caroline Callaway and Morgan Oberhausen with Rolling Stone art director Joe Hutchinson

UM students Caroline Callaway and Morgan Oberhausen with Rolling Stone art director Joe Hutchinson

It may have been -23 degrees outside, but the creative juices were flowing earlier this year at the Society for News Design’s “Best of News Design™” Creative Competition in Syracuse, NY. Newspaper, magazine and media designs from all over the world, categorized into World’s Best, Features, Long Form, Visuals, News, and Combination Print/Digital Presentation, were judged by an impressive team of creative professionals representing publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Los Angeles Times.

Caroline Callaway watches "The Displaced," which won the coveted "Best of Show." The New York Times presented this in-depth story through virtual reality, print and digital media.

Caroline Callaway watches “The Displaced,” which won the coveted “Best of Show.” The New York Times presented this in-depth story through virtual reality, print and digital media.

Helping with the judging process this year were Meek School faculty, Darren Sanefski and Stefanie Goodwiller, and students, Caroline Callaway and Morgan Oberhausen.

“What an amazing experience!” Morgan shared. “It broadened my perception of what publication design can be. It is more than just ‘news.’ It is an art form that takes words and makes them more than just type on paper. One of the most interesting parts of the competition was listening to the judges discuss the entries eligible for a medal. To hear their opinions about what is innovative and exceptional in the world of design was truly enlightening. I couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable and inspiring opportunity.”