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#Go Get the News
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The Department of Journalism has launched the #GoGetTheNews fundraising campaign! This campaign will fund professional development for students who are unable to afford such costs. Alumnus Steve Luttmann is matching all gifts to support the tradition of excellence in student reporting. See www.umannualgiving.org for more information.

Duin named Snedden Chair

Julia Duin, an award-winning journalist and an University of Memphis graduate student, has been named the Snedden Chair at the University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism department for the 2014-2015 academic year. She presented her capstone lecture: "From the Pope to Pentecostal Serpent Handlers: Bringing Meaning into Journalism," on Oct. 1 in the Murie Building auditorium on the Fairbanks campus.

She moved to Alaska in August after spending the 2013-2014 academic year as a full-time graduate student at the University of Memphis. She expects to graduate with an MA in journalism in December.

She competed against many journalists to be awarded this position, which was made possible by an endowment from the late Helen Snedden in honor of her late husband, former Fairbanks Daily News-Miner owner, publisher and journalist C.W. Snedden. Duin is the ninth journalist to occupy the Chair.

Duin's lecture chronicled her three decades as a religion reporter and editor for five newspapers. She teaches one course a semester at UAF while doing research and working on a book.

Duin began her journalism career covering police and municipalities for small newspapers in Oregon and South Florida. In 1986, she began working as the religion writer for the Houston Chronicle. She received a master's degree in religion at a seminary in western Pennsylvania in 1992 and then took a job as a city editor for the Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico. In 1995, she moved to Washington, D.C. to be an assistant national editor with the Washington Times. Duin spent more than 14 years with the Times and published several books, including "Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing and What to Do About It" and "Days of Fire and Glory: The Rise and Fall of a Charismatic Community."

In recent years, she has written extensively for the Washington Post Sunday magazine and Style section, as well as The Economist, CNN.com and the Wall Street Journal. Her latest book project involves 20-something Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia who use Facebook to spread their beliefs. Other notable assignments throughout her career include reporting on Kurds in northern Iraq and the 2005 election of Pope Benedict.


Professor Jin Yang on Research Leave in Spring Semester

Associate Professor Jin Yang will spend spring semester on professional development
leave analyzing media coverage of the dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands.

jinyangThe Diaoyu Islands are a small cluster of uninhibited islands that lie to the northeast of Taiwan. The dispute over the islands has created tension between China and Japan and the United States.

Her goal is to study the media coverage of the dispute from a historical perspective. The research will include visiting the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to view archived media coverage. She may also travel to Japan.

Yang received this leave through a Professional Development Assignment (PDA), the competitive university-wide program that allows faculty members to pursue professional growth.

Moira Logan, associate dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts, said,

“The CCFA awards committee was most impressed with Dr. Yang’s exceptional research record, the significance of her publications and the promise of her current research—media coverage of the disputed Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan.

“The opportunity to focus primarily on research and scholarship will strengthen her contribution to the research mission of the University and add to the national and international reputation of the Department of Journalism,” Logan added. “Dr. Yang is one of our most productive faculty members and this recognition is richly deserved.”

Yang says that studying the media of different nations helps students to “broaden their limited world view.” She will return to the University of Memphis in fall 2015.


Memphis Students Tweet Importance of Participation in PRSA

The University of Memphis Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter recently hosted its first Tweetfest. The virtual event used the social media platform Twitter to organize local UM students and public relations professionals. Topics included discussion of public relations fundamentals and successful public relations characteristics.

Darrin Devault, adviser for the student chapter, explained the importance of participating in the chapter—helping students build a portfolio, gain leadership skills, generate a sense of community and network with professionals.

The tweet conversation was moderated by Hannah Giles, 2013 chapter president, Jason Smith, 2014 chapter president and Devault. More than two dozen students and professionals participated in the three-hour event.  

Students interested in joining the local student chapter should email prssamemphis@yahoo.com for more information or they should follow the chapter on Twitter at @MemphisPRSSA. 

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Janoske Joins Department as Public Relations Professor

Melissa Janoske joined the Department of Journalism as an assistant professor in publicmelissa_janoske relations this fall. She takes the place of Professor Rick Fischer, who retired in May after 25 years at the University of Memphis.

Having completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland in May, Janoske moved in July to Memphis, where she has learned to “embrace the sweat” and that here “people are serious about their Elvis.”

Prior to her doctoral studies at Maryland, Janoske taught public relations at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she helped her students start a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter.

The Dayton, Maryland, native loves traveling and has visited Austria and southeastern Asia. In early October she will be traveling to New York City to run a 5K in Central Park with friends. 


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 B.A.degree 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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