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Samir Husni interviews Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 by ewrobins

Husni and Ripp.TimeRead Meek School Professor Samir Husni’s interview with Joe Ripp, chairman and CEO of Time Inc., at Husni is director of the Magazine Innovation Center.

Becky Jones West among 2014 “Super Women”

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by ewrobins

Meek School alumna Becky Jones West was chosen by Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2014 “Super Women in Business.” West is CEO of WestRogers. Read the story at

Historic Zoning board honors Jay Sheridan

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by ewrobins

Meek School graduate Jay Sheridan was recognized for his service on the Historic Zoning Commission in Franklin, Tennessee.  Read the story at

Ronnie Agnew featured on “Mississippi Arts Hour”

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by ewrobins

Listen to Tom Pearson’s “Mississippi Arts Hour” interview with Meek School alumnus Ronnie Agnew at Agnew is executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

5 Questions with Assistant Professor Alysia Steele

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by drwenger

Photo by Marlen Polito, September 8, 2014.

Asking questions is the way to Assistant Professor Alysia Steele’s heart.   Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Steele has been a part of the Meek School for more than two years.  You can read all about her awards and education, but you’ll get a sense of her as a teacher right here.

1.  What class do you most like to teach and why?

I really enjoy teaching Jour 375, which is the photojournalism class. I’ve been a photographer for 27 years and it’s my life; I can’t imagine doing anything else. Most of my passion is teaching students how to take good, sound photographs with strong compositions and beautiful light.

2. Describe your favorite type of student.

My favorite type of student is someone who is communicative. Someone that likes to talk in class, that offers their opinion, that is not afraid to speak their mind. I love someone who is always challenging me and asking questions and wanting to learn more. I really enjoy students who develop a passion in photography.

3. What are you working on outside the classroom that you really enjoy doing?

I just finished one book that was so much fun and it didn’t feel like work, it’s called Jewels in the Delta. I interviewed, photograph, and collected oral histories from 50 Mississippi Delta church mothers. They’re women that are leaders and belong to Baptist churches in the Delta. I had a lot of fun and had my own private history lessons with these 50 women.

4. Describe what type of student you were.

I was a model student; my grades were very important to me; I was an over achiever. Life lessons when I was over 25 made me a better student.

 5. Of all the things you’ve done in your career, what makes you most proud?

Wow, that’s a really hard question. I’m in a new chapter in my life right now, I would have to say that when students show enthusiasm, and when they get something and they have a passion for it, that’s such a fulfilling feeling. I am really proud of when students do exceptional work in our field and come back and show it to me. In my personal life, the work that I am most proud of would be Jewels in the Delta. I think I have become a better human being; I’ve become a more patient and more understanding person.

Story contributed by multimedia journalism graduate student Marlen Polito.







University of Mississippi joins Planet Forward Consortium

Posted on: August 29th, 2014 by ewrobins No Comments
Planet Forward

Flowers on the UM campus

The University of Mississippi is among 11 international institutions to form the Planet Forward University Consortium, which focuses on the use of multimedia and digital storytelling to educate and give voices to sustainability issues such as food security, water, energy and climate change.  Read more . . .


Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by elwalke1 No Comments

Morgan-Gregory-and-Lauren-McMillinMeek alumni Morgan Gregory and Lauren McMillin recently reunited at the Atlanta Falcons training camp. Gregory works with the Falcons as corporate partnerships seasonal assistant. McMillin attended the camp with the Tennessee Titans.

Meek School professor spends summer learning

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by elwalke1
Ole Miss intern Taylor Leatherwood of Long Beach and Dr. Nancy Dupont in the WLOX newsroom.

Ole Miss intern Taylor Leatherwood of Long Beach and Dr. Nancy Dupont in the WLOX newsroom.

Professor Nancy Dupont spent part of her summer immersing herself in TV news as part of a Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Faculty Fellowship at WLOX in Biloxi.  She spent a week in the newsroom, sharpening her skills in writing, reporting and videography.”It was great to be at WLOX because that’s where I began my professional career 40 years ago, and some of my coworkers are still working there.  But the most valuable part of the fellowship was meeting the young journalists who’ve agreed to help Meek students succeed,” Professor Dupont said.  “These young people are thriving in a challenging new media environment our students will face in a few years.”

Some of the journalists agreed to come to Oxford to speak to classes, while others offered to do live internet video conferences in the coming semesters.  Christina Garcia is the new 6 and 10 o’clock primary anchor at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, but her path to an on-air job is somewhat unusual.  The way she did it may be the best example of what is required for success in a 21st century newsroom.

She studied print journalism at the University of South Alabama, interned at WKRG in Mobile and was hired as an online producer at WLOX in 2011.  Since then, she learned every job in the newsroom by any means possible, making herself an extremely valuable employee.  Her advice to students is as unique as her career.

Christina is so busy that we had to talk to her while she was putting on makeup for the 6’clock show with Meteorologist Mike Reader.


Charbonneau joins FedEx in Memphis

Posted on: June 10th, 2014 by elwalke1
Melissa Charbonneau

Melissa Charbonneau

Melissa Charbonneau has joined FedEx in Memphis as director of Crisis Communications. In her new role, she will lead the team of external communicators charged with planning for and executing external communications strategies that protect and defend the company’s reputation.

Charbonneau most recently served as the director of media outreach for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategic headquarters based in Kabul, Afghanistan. There she led a team of six civilian and military staff who coordinated key leader media interactions with war correspondents (including The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, Washington Post and others) and facilitated battlefield and press tours.

Charbonneau is perhaps best known for her many years as an on-air White House correspondent for the Family Channel and CBN News, where she landed exclusive television interviews with President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Bono, Morgan Freeman and Eli Manning.

In addition, during her time in Washington, D.C., Charbonneau served as a media event planner for The National Press Club (NPC). In this capacity, she managed a team of 15 or more journalists and public relations professionals who executed more than 50 events a year for the nationally televised NPC luncheon series.A native of Hattiesburg, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism and holds a master’s degree in public policy/print journalism from Regent University. Charbonneau has earned numerous awards during her career including The Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and the Department of Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

During her free time Charbonneau serves as an advisor to the George W. Bush Center’s “Afghan Women’s Project” to highlight successes and advances of Afghan women. She also enjoys adventure travel such as elephant caretaking in Thailand, kayaking in Alaska and horseback riding across Ireland in addition to video and print photography, and international cuisine cooking.

Ole Miss Agency wins $2,000 award in AT&T Challenge

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by elwalke1
Students from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media placed second in a recent AT&T student competition.

Students from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media placed second in a recent AT&T student competition.

The Ole Miss Agency student marketing group won second place and a $2,000 award in the EdVenture Partner AT&T SEC Campus Brand Challenge.

The University of Mississippi students created and presented an integrated marketing campaign to AT&T to introduce and market the new SEC network on AT&T’s U-Verse services. The campaign is a part of the AT&T Campus Brand Challenge, a program designed to provide students with real-world business experience by designing and implementing an integrated marketing communications plan.

“I didn’t know that I could do so much,” said JJ Townsend, campaign strategy director for the Ole Miss Agency. “I have learned a lot about working on a marketing campaign from start to finish and everything in between. I cannot wait to see the hard work coming to life.”

The campaign was designed to increase awareness and purchase of AT&T U-verse TV and the new SEC Network, which is set to launch in August. The Ole Miss plan features several innovative and engaging tactics to increase awareness of AT&T U-verse by highlighting its features.

The campaign includes the characters Harry and Jerry. Harry has U-verse. Jerry does not. Both characters are avid SEC fans, but only one can win the title of “best SEC fan.” The campaign encourages Twitter users to select whether they are #TeamHarry or #TeamJerry by following @YTYT_OleMiss on Twitter.

Each of the six schools participating in the AT&T Campus Brand Challenge is competing for an opportunity to present its ideas to AT&T executives at the term’s conclusion.

The Ole Miss Agency is a student-run marketing agency composed of students from the UM School of Business Administration and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The agency branched off of the Ole Miss Marketing Association in 2013.

Members of the agency from the journalism school who worked on the project include Chun Wu, a graduate student in the integrated marketing communications program, and Tiffany Odom, a senior IMC major from Richton. Wu led and presented the research that served as the foundation for the campaign, and Odom created the public relations portion of it.