JSU Department of Mass Communications
February 2011JSU Mass Communications e-News

Thank you for taking time to read the February edition of JSU Mass Communications e-News.

This month's issue features an article about the recommendation for full accreditation our department recently received from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

In addition, please enjoy the articles about JSU mass communications majors using their talents and skills to serve the campus and community.

Please share your feedback by e-mailing us at jsumasscom@jsums.edu. Thank you.



Dr. Olorundare E. Aworuwa
Interim Chair and Associate Professor

ACEJMC recommends full accreditation for department

By Brooke Mosely
Next steps: Committee meets in March, council meets in April
site team
Hines, Hawkins and Aworuwa


   The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, or ACEJMC, has recommended full accreditation for the Jackson State University Department of Mass Communications.

   On  Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, Dr. Barbara Hines from Howard University and Dr. James Hawkins from Florida A&M University, ACEJMC site team members, met with university administrators and mass communications students, faculty and staff before making the recommendation.

     In February 2009, an ACEJMC site team gave the department "provisional" accreditation because of deficiencies in three areas: diversity and inclusiveness; resources, facilities and equipment; and assessment of learning outcomes. "Since the 2009 visit, faculty have become re-energized and focused on making JSU an exceptional mass communication program," Hines and Hawkins wrote in their final report.

     To address diversity, the department has produced a DVD, updated its brochure and started a mentoring program for minority students. In addition, the university has spent more than $240,000 on a studio and control room for JSU TV22, camera equipment and software. In the assessment area, some of the improvements include administering a pretest/posttest; grammar, spelling and punctuation (GSP) exam; and alumni and graduate exit surveys.

     In their report, Hines and Hawkins recognized Dr. Olorundare Aworuwa, the department's interim chair, for "helping the faculty maximize its strengths in developing a dynamic department where faculty appreciate the talents their colleagues bring to the program."

      Aworuwa said he's happy and excited about the site team's recommendation. "It shows the hard work being done by the faculty and students," he said.

     The final steps in the accreditation process will be an ACEJMC committee meeting March 26-27 in Chicago, and a council meeting April 29-30 in Portland, Ore. The department, which has been accredited since 1984, expects to be fully accredited this semester.

Read congratulations from President Carolyn Meyers 

Read University Communications announcement

Learn more about ACEJMC accreditation

View photo gallery 

Good As Gold Enterprises giving students hands-on experience

By Lauren Lawrence

Media production company to target high schoolers
Regina S. Toney

   Good As Gold Enterprises Inc., or GAGE,  is helping students in the Jackson State University Department of Mass Communications prepare for successful careers.

     Four mass communications majors serve on the Board of Directors for the full-service media production company new to the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU.

     "Good As Gold Enterprises is letting me see what a future in the media industry would be like with a lot of hard work and dedication," said freshman Kachelle S. Pratcher, 18, of Chicago, who serves on the board.

     GAGE's  founder, Terry "TD" Davis of Chicago, started the company as a mentorship and educational program to introduce high school students to the field of media production by offering hands-on experience. "Your skills should start in high school," he said.

     Davis' instruction and leadership had such a great impression on his students that when senior Jeremy Evans came to Jackson State, he quickly invited Davis to Jackson.

     Now, settled into Suite 1202 of the e-Center's Mississippi e-Business Innovation Center, Davis and his team of students are making moves to "raise the level of excellence" in education at JSU. The team is continuing to give students a chance to learn outside of the classroom by actively participating in developing, producing and hosting original programming.

     "Working with GAGE, I get a chance to do so much more ... I get to write, produce and direct different shows," said Regina S. Toney, 20, a junior from Chicago. "Because GAGE has such a broad range of needed talents, I get much more experience than I bargained for." 

     GAGE is working on an original television show called "Spit Yo Shh," a program showcasing the talents of poets and lyricists. 


E-mail GAGE

View photo gallery

JSU students spread love at Methodist Specialty Care Center

By LaTara Taylor
Residents receive lots of hugs, cheer, goodie bags   
Sherita Owens and Mayshelle Young

    On Valentine's Day 2011, Jackson State University's MADDRAMA Performance Troupe and Riva Brown Teague's Special Projects in Mass Communications class teamed up with the Rankin County Junior Auxiliary to give Methodist Specialty Care Center residents a show that defined the true meaning of love.

     Miss JSU Ronnika Joyner, a Special Projects student, coordinated MADDRAMA's performance. The show took the audience through various phases of love: puppy, teenage and adult-marriage. It ended with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

     "It was different for us because it was our first time performing in front of this type of audience," Joyner said of the community service/service-learning project. "It opened our hearts to be open to do things, no matter what the audience is."

   According to its website, Methodist, based in in Flowood, Miss., "provides long-term specialized care for severely disabled patients whose medical needs are too complex for traditional nursing home(s)."

     The residents' faces lit up with excitement as Special Projects students, dressed in red and pink, gave hugs, cheer and goodie bags containing deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion and Kleenex. 

   All the female residents at Methodist received gift bags with designer perfume, including Calvin Klein's Euphoria and Lola by Marc Jacobs. Special Projects student Sherita Owens gave them personal perfume consultations. The Junior Auxiliary provided steak dinners and gift bags filled with candy.

     Cheryl Reysack, 54, a Methodist resident, was one of the satisfied onlookers. "I enjoyed the whole show," she said, adding that she thanks God for everyday she's here and the great things people do for her.

Mass comm majors managing JSU student newspaper, magazine

By Tiffany Tickles
Students learning about leadership, deadline pressure
Brooke Kelly and Lauren Lawrence



   Two mass communications majors have the honor of leading the official Jackson State University student newspaper and magazine.


     Junior Brooke Kelly is managing editor of The Blue and White Flash newspaper, and senior Lauren Lawrence is managing editor of the eXperience magazine. Kelly and Lawrence, both 21, are from Jackson, Miss.


     Kelly leads her staff in compiling story ideas and constructing the newspaper and articles. "I enjoy the fast pace that comes with putting a newspaper together," said Kelly, who has a multimedia journalism concentration. "I try and maintain a friendly relationship with my staff while pushing them to meet deadlines."


     Before she was selected, Lawrence said she had to prove that she is capable of being a responsible leader who can get the job done.  She said she still is learning the styles and format of the magazine, but she is determined to stay organized and on her writers.


     "I love interacting with different writers, seeing their creative writing styles and bringing it to its final stage," said Lawrence, who has a concentration in public relations.


    Lawrence hopes to one day own her own fashion boutique and do her own publicity and marketing. Kelly wants to write and create graphics for a magazine company. "I wouldn't mind working for a newspaper, but I enjoy magazines," Kelly said.


View photo gallery


Read about Student Publications

JSU Mass Communications e-News is a production of
clinical assistant professor Riva Brown Teague's spring 2011
Special Projects in Mass Communications class (MC 450-02).

Jackson State University
Department of Mass Communications
Mississippi e-Center @ JSU
Suite 100
1230 Raymond Road
Jackson, MS 39204

E-mail: jsumasscom@jsums.edu
Website: www.jsums.edu/jsumasscom

Find us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our profile on LinkedInView our videos on YouTube