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Spring 2014 News & Events

University of Memphis Advertising Student Honored in New York City
Morgan McDaniel
Feb. 17, 2014 – Morgan McDaniel, a journalism/advertising senior, was selected as a member of the 2014 American Advertising Federation's class of Most Promising Minority Students. She was honored at the Most Promising Program at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City Feb. 11-14, 2014. The event included the Building Bridges for Our Future Awards Luncheon and the Recruiters Expo which featured national advertising and marketing firms.

Learn more about Morgan here.

Geneva Overholser Speaking at 2014 Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series
Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @ 6 p.m.   
University Center Theater
Geneva Overholser is a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She is the retired director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of The Des Moines Register, ombudsman of The Washington Post and editorial writer for The New York Times.

Important Spring 2014 Dates

Feb. 20-22, 2014 – Southeastern Journalism Awards (Lafayette, LA)
March 4, 2014 – Geneva Overholser Speaking at 2014 Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series (6 p.m. in University Center Theater)
March 13-16, 2014 – PRSSA National Assembly (Charleston, SC)
April 3, 2014 – Hampton Sides speaking at Freedom of Information Congress (Time & Location TBA)
April 10-12, 2014 – 7th District National Student Advertising Competition presented by the American Advertising Federation in Birmingham, AL
April 14, 2014 – Teen Appeal Celebration (3-5 p.m.; location TBA)
April 25, 2014 – Department of Journalism Awards Banquet (6 p.m. at Jerry Lee Lewis' Cafe on Beale Street)
April 30, 2014 – Last Day of Class
May 1, 2014 – Study Day
May 2-8, 2014 – Final Exams

Fall 2013 News & Events

Two new Assistant Professors joined the Department of Journalism in August 2013: Matt Haught, who is getting his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, and Ashley Furrow, who is getting her Ph.D. from Ohio University. Welcome!

Read Dr. Carrie Brown's article on diversity and entrepreneurial journalism here, published in PBS Mediashift on June 18, 2013.

Five faculty members (David Arant, Carrie Brown, Sandy Utt, Erin Willis and Jin Yang) and two graduate students (Brittany Block and Larry Anderson) attended the Annual Conference of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC held) in Washington D.C. Aug. 8-11, 2013.

Erin Willis presented three coauthored papers: "Self-efficacy and interactivity: A content analysis of Weight Watchers' online discussion board," "Not on my watch: A textual analysis of local and national newspaper coverage of the Martin-Zimmerman case," and "Humanity as an end: Analyzing Trayvon Martin shooting coverage using Kant's second categorical imperative."

Carrie Brown attended three invited panels: "Teaching entrepreneurial journalism," "Presenting the best of the best student journalism entrepreneurs," and "Participatory journalism."

Jin Yang and David Arant presented a paper "Assessing the Impact of Chinese Journalism Education on Undergraduate Student Professionalization." Jin Yang served as the discussant for "Government & Media: International Communication, Regulation & Facilitation," and David Arant served as the discussant for "From Public Health to Reality TV: Examining Ethical Violations and Concerns in the Mass Media."

Sandy Utt served as the moderator for the teaching panel of "Teaching Marathon/The Ideal VisCom Curriculum," and as the discussant for "Wonder Women, Super Kids and High School Students."

Brittney Block presented a paper "Mobile Applications and Advertising: Scan vs Shazam."

Larry Anderson presented a paper "South Park and the Defense of the Status Quo."

Darrin M. Devault was the runner-up for the 2013 Dean's Faculty Advisor Award. He was recognized at the 2013 Fall Semester's CCFA faculty meeting. Devault serves as instructor and coordinator of the department's online program in public relations. He also serves as faculty adviser of the U of M chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

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