The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Archive for September, 2011

Newsroom goal? All screens, all the time

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by alysia

Bill Tallent, CEO of Mercury Media, had lunch with graduate students at the Meek School. His company has developed many of the news apps now in commercial use and he predicted the rise of the tablet – pointing out how quickly sales and use of iPads and similar devices are rising. They are quickly eclipsing “old-style” websites and smart phones.

Freedom Forum trustees meet at Overby Center

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by alysia

Trustees of the Freedom Forum and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute held three days of meetings at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics both to conduct business and congratulate Overby Center namesake Charles Overby upon his retirement.

Events include one panel discussion by the founders of USA TODAY, the nation’s first national newspaper, on the concept and experience, and one by Freedom Forum staff on the global reach of the Forum created to promote and preserve free expression.

Overby, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and Jackson, Miss., native,  has been CEO of the Forum since it was founded 20 years ago and has been chairman for 11 years.

Formerly the Gannett Foundation, the Freedom Forum is the parent of the Overby Center and other centers of free expression in the United States including the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Overseas operations include Zurich, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong.

Dr. Will Norton Jr., dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss, has been a trustee of the Freedom Forum for 12 years. Former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat is a trustee of the Diversity Institute.

To see a photo gallery from the event, click this link.

To view a mini-documentary about Charles Overby, go here.

International student wasting no time

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by alysia

Wanfei Wu, a graduate student in journalism, arrived in the United States for the first time in mid-August. Her understanding and abilities with written English are superior, but her understanding of speech and conversation are severely limited. Still, during the first week of September, she posted this video to YouTube.

Mississippi editor James “Buddy” Bynum passes away at 59

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by alysia

Buddy Byron

Ole Miss Alumnus and former Daily Mississippian editor Buddy Bynum passed away in his home Saturday. The Meridian Star has the full story.

Bynum’s family has requested that those wishing to help the family should donate to the scholarship fund that has been set up in Buddy’s name––the James L. (Buddy) Bynum Scholarship for Excellence in Journalism.




Broadcast grad to anchor in Memphis

Posted on: September 1st, 2011 by alysia

WMC-TV 5 in Memphis met the challenge of filling the time slot formerly occupied by “Oprah” with “Action News 5 and 4” with Ole Miss graduate Lindsey Brown as the debut anchor.

Important announcement for candidates of graduation

Posted on: September 1st, 2011 by alysia

Dear Graduating Senior: 


You should have already filed your degree application in the Dean’s Office. A diploma application is a separate form and is required for all graduates.  The Diploma Application form is used to order diplomas and to compile the information included in the Commencement program. In order to complete the graduation process, you must file a diploma application online.  Our office will begin posting diploma applications the week of September 21.  After we post it, you will be notified by e-mail through your Ole Miss e-mail account that your diploma application is available online.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!  You cannot graduate without filing a diploma application.  THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 28.   As you may already know, the University of Mississippi has only one graduation ceremony each year.  Students graduating in December will be invited to participate in the May 2012 ceremony.


According to the University catalog, degree applications are due in the Dean’s Office two full semesters before the date of graduation.  It is, therefore, your responsibility to come by the Dean’s Office (114 Farley) and pick up the degree application, fill it out, have your advisor sign the form, and return it to Ellen Everett in the Dean’s Office.  IF YOU ARE GRADUATING IN MAY OR AUGUST 2012, YOU MUST FILE YOUR DEGREE APPLICATION IN THE DEAN’S OFFICE ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE!  Failure to do so will result in a delay of your graduation for spring semester.

First Letter of Last Name

Degree Application Due Date


September 13, 2011


October 4, 2011


Please be aware of the catalog requirements for specific grade point averages in your major and minor, the special notes listed on the lime green checklist in the main office, your University of Mississippi credits, and your overall grade point average.  Failure to meet these requirements prevents many seniors from graduating each year.  If you have questions concerning any of these deadlines, or degree requirements, please contact Ellen Everett

C.D. Greene
Director of Academic Advising