JSU Department of Mass Communications
December 2010JSU Mass Communications e-News
Test Edition

I am excited that the Jackson State University Department of Mass Communications will be adding this monthly e-News to its existing communication tools. Effective communication is enhanced when news and information are dispersed using multiple channels. After a brief test period, the e-News will complement the department's website and social media in 2011.

We welcome your input and feedback. Have a blessed holiday!



Dr. Olorundare E. Aworuwa
Interim Chair and Associate Professor

Brown bag round-table exposes students to diverse cultures
By Kimberly Randolph
Department partners with Division of International Studies
MC major Martha Knighten (right) 

   In an effort to expose, educate and enlighten students about different cultural experiences, the

Department of Mass Communications partnered with the Division of International Studies and organized a forum titled "Communicating in a Global Society: Mass Media in the U.S. and Abroad." 

    More than a dozen faculty, staff and students from countries including Russia, Palestine, China, Kenya, Turkey and Tunisia had a candid round-table discussion with mass communications students on Nov. 30 in the Convention Center of the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU. 

   The guests, many of whom were Fulbright scholars teaching English as a Second Language at JSU, answered questions ranging from comparisons of media objectivity and ownership in the U.S. and abroad to their perspectives on being minorities at an HBCU. 

    The department's Diversity Committee, which consists of faculty members, an alumni representative, Advisory Council member and students, created its first brown bag forum as part of its initiative to do a better job recruiting and retaining minority students, and exposing them to multicultural perspectives that they otherwise would not experience, said Judy Meredith, committee chair. 

   Committee members, who plan on organizing one forum each semester, are soliciting suggestions for the next installment. Contact judy.a.meredith@jsums.edu or andrea.w.dilworth@jsums.edu to pitch ideas.

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Blacks in Media class hosts discussion about portrayals, presence
By Ashley Hill
 Entertainment, news media professionals, media owners speak
MC alumna Shameka Reed

   Examining the presence of blacks in the media also means taking a look at how they are portrayed in the entertainment media, news media and media ownership.

   The students in Teresa Taylor's MC 475: Blacks in Media class invited media professionals to participate in a discussion titled "Blackness: Portrayals and Roles of Blacks in Media" on Dec. 2 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU.

   Professionals such as WJTV anchor Byron Brown, WAPT anchor Stephanie Maxwell, R&B artist Lou Writer, musician/WJSU music director Larissa Hale, Savvy Inc. owner Shameka Reed, and Marcus Johnson, creative director for Quicksilver Creative, answered questions during the discussion. The audience included JSU students, faculty and staff from the Department of Mass Communications.

JSU's NABJ chapter adopts its 10th family
By Fleniecia Caldwell
Mother, 4 children grateful for generosity
MC major Mea Ashley

   The JSU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists sponsored its 10th Annual Adopt-a-Family party on Dec. 3 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU.
    The concept of the project is to identify a less fortunate Jackson family and give them the best Christmas possible. This year's recipients of the bounty of gifts were Davalonia Shearrill and her four children: Jamerria, 9; Fredrica, 7; La'Kerria, 5; and  Adrinna, 11 months. 

     NABJ members and advisers kept the spirit of giving in mind as they presented dozens of gifts and cash donations to the family. As the family entered the conference room, members sang Christmas carols. After opening two Christmas cards filled with donations, Shearrill jumped from her chair, burst into tears, and began hugging everyone within reach,  saying, "Thank you so much." 

     Members and advisers agree that the Adopt-a-Family project

 remains the organization's favorite, most meaningful community service project. 

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PRSSA/NABJ & AAF partner to host holiday drive
By Lauren Lawrence 
Canned goods, coats, school supplies needed
Flier by Shawn A. Stiff
Flier by MC student Shawn Stiff



   Three student-run organizations in the Department of Mass Communications at Jackson State University -- Public Relations Student Society of America, National Association of Black Journalists and American Advertising Federation -- are hosting a holiday coat, canned goods and school supplies drive to benefit the Neighborhood Christian Center in Jackson.

   This joint community service project is in conjunction with JSU NABJ's annual Adopt-A-Family community service project.

   The Neighborhood Christian Center, located on Ash Street in the Georgetown neighborhood, is a non-profit afterschool and tutoring program that extends its services to more than 100 youths in the city of Jackson.

   The items donated will benefit different Neighborhood Christian Center families who are in need. 

   All donations will be collected until Dec. 10. Drop-off bins are located in the e-Center.

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

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