JSU Department of Mass Communications
October 2011JSU Mass Communications e-News
Dear Readers,

Welcome back to our students who returned to the department of mass communications this fall, and congratulations to all of you who successfully completed your degree program. I hope all of you will enjoy the stories in our e-News.


This edition includes interesting and engaging stories about the recent activities and accomplishments of our department and its faculty and students. The stories were written by students in Riva Brown Teague's Writing for Public Relations class and edited by students in Dr. Andrea Dilworth's Copy Editing class.


Our feature story is about the department hosting the Sundance Institute's inaugural "Film Forward: Advance Cultural Dialogue" series. Sundance is making its first of 14 stops worldwide at Jackson State University.


Other highlights in this issue include articles about our students who won scholarships and completed special multimedia training, as well as a story about a former adjunct instructor who is now a visiting instructor. Finally, two local newspapers featured one of our students, Amber Thomas, and the research of one of our assistant professors, Dr. Monica Flippin-Wynn. Their stories are included in this issue.


Please share your stories with the mass communications department. We look forward to your feedback.



Dr. Olorundare E. Aworuwa,
Interim Chair and Associate Professor

JSU, MC department host Sundance Institute, filmmakers
By Liz Blankenship 


Mississippi one of 14 international locations to screen films

 Film Forward

   Pizza and a movie will take on a new meaning when Jackson State University's mass communications department hosts the Sundance Institute and two critically acclaimed independent filmmakers on the JSU campus Oct. 2-6.

     The inaugural "Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue" series selected Mississippi as one of six domestic stops in an international cultural exchange featuring 10 independent films screened in 14 locations around the world. The screenings and other activities are free to the public.
     "We are part of a global initiative. How cool is that?" said clinical assistant professor Sunny Fridge, an event coordinator. "We are thrilled that Sundance Institute has brought such an awesome program to Mississippi and that JSU will serve as a venue host for this prestigious event."

     Organizers asked JSU to host Jackson events because of the technology available on campus, as well as the university's diverse culture and history, event coordinators said. Other JSU hosts include JSU-TV, JSUTV22, the department of English and modern foreign languages and representatives from the Mississippi e-Center @JSU, including Good as Gold Enterprise Inc. and Savvy Lifestyle Magazine.

     The collaboration kicks off Oct. 2 with a screening of "Freedom Riders" at the e-Center, including a free luncheon and a Q-and-A session with Freedom Summer participants. Film director Stanley Nelson will Skype in.  

    On Oct. 6, JSU students and others will meet Oscar-nominated director Debra Granik, who will present "Winter's Bone." Director Vikramaditya Motwane will lead a discussion of "Udaan" later that day. 

    "Winter's Bone" lead musicians will jam with JSU jazz musicians between films during a reception featuring pizza and Indian cuisine, as well as a mini fashion show featuring JSU students modeling Indian saris.

      "This is a chance to showcase our students nationally and to help them network with people in the business," said e-Center executive director William McHenry, an event coordinator.  

       Other Mississippi partners include Piney Woods School, the Mississippi Film Commission, Crossroads Film Society and the Mississippi Museum of Art. Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Mass communications students surprised with scholarships

By Ashley Liddell and Jamilah Vaughn
Aspiring magazine writer, sports anchor grateful for funds




     The National Newspaper Publishers Association awarded $1,000 scholarships to two Jackson State University mass communications students this summer.  

     Maurice Richardson and Brooke Kelly, both 21 and studying multimedia journalism, credit their journalism professors, Sunny Fridge and Andrea Dilworth, with nominating them for the scholarships.

     Richardson, an aspiring sports anchor from Decatur, Ga., said the scholarship helped with school and networking expenses. "I am blessed to have received the NNPA scholarship, and it has pushed me harder to succeed in my field."

     Kelly, of Jackson, Miss., said she was grateful for the scholarship because she made plans to attend the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Philadelphia, Pa., but she didn't know how she would pay for it. She found out about the scholarship a week before the conference, which was in early August.
     Kelly said sh
e learned a lesson from the surprise award. "Don't let money shut down your goals of wanting to do different things," said Kelly, whose dream is to become a magazine writer. "When you show interest in something, professors and others can give you advice or help you find resources."
       The NN
PA, known as the Black Press of America, is a 69-year-old federation of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.

Mass communications major attends NABJ short course
By Lindsey Walker

Student learns importance of deadlines, using resources 



     Deneisha Pearson, a senior mass communications major at Jackson State University, recently attended the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course. 

     The course was held Sept. 8-11 at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. More than 50 students attended.

     Students participated in activities such as editing news packages and learning about newsroom meetings. They also were assigned various media roles.  

     Pearson, who has a concentration in multimedia journalism, was a videographer and learned how to tape packages. Guest speakers from CNN, as well as reporters from Florida and California, were a part of the program. A graduation ceremony was held on the last day.

     Pearson, a native of Jonestown, Miss., said she is a better student because of her experience in the program. "I learned the value of deadlines and how to take advantage of my resources," Pearson said. "If you have a studio on your campus, get out and use it, and mentors are vital in your career. It's all about connections and who you know."
     Pearson encourages other students to take the opportunity to attend future NABJ programs. "I would definitely recommend this course to everyone from broadcasting personnel to public relations practitioners," she said. "It is very beneficial."
     Only active NABJ student members can attend the short course. All expenses are paid for the trip; however, students must provide their own transportation to the program site.
Nimox returns as visiting instructor, aims to inspire students
Class report
Photographer teaching multimedia reporting, other courses



     Terence M. Nimox returned to the mass communications department this fall as a visiting instructor to continue inspiring students to pursue careers in the media. 

     Nimox, a native of Jackson, Miss., began teaching advertising and public relations courses in the department as an adjunct instructor in fall 2009. Since then, he has taught or assisted in the following courses: Advertising Campaigns, Broadcast Documentary, Photojournalism, Management of New Technologies and Public Relations Practice.

     This semester, Nimox is teaching Photojournalism, Media Design and Production, Digital Editing and Multimedia Reporting.

     "I came to teach here so that I could give back and try to motivate upcoming journalists to be prepared to replace those of us who are slowly disappearing from the media," said Nimox, sales manager for TeMaK Southwestern, a photography and event marketing company. "I really like the fact that there are some very eager students who wish to learn and go out and do great things."

     Nimox earned a bachelor's degree in English/journalism from Tougaloo College and a master's degree in urban communications from Jackson State University. He also received an Access Enhancement Program Certificate in advertising and news-editorial from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition, Nimox has completed doctoral courses in mass communications. His work has appeared in several magazines and newspapers, including Sports Illustrated and The Boston Globe.

   Nimox said he is fortunate to teach in the department. "Anyone would be pleased to be a part of a program which is moving forward," he said. "The program is not about crowns and tiaras for faculty but making a great experience for students."


Khadetra Payton contributed to this story.

MC assistant professor, student featured in local newspapers

Assistant professor Monica Flippin-Wynn's
"Fall of My Disconnect" research project featured                            in
The Clarion-Ledger.

Student Amber Thomas named "Person of the Day"                  in The Jackson Free Press.

The fall 2011 JSU Mass Communications e-News is a production of
clinical assistant professor Riva Brown Teague's 
Writing for Public Relations class and assistant professor
Andrea Dilworth's Copy Editing class.

 To read previous issues, click here.   

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