Mass Communicatior Online Story Archive
The clock is ticking. The time is only hours before the deadline for the entire issue of the magazine to be printed. At any given second, you feel like you are about to pull your hair out because you are still waiting on one last interview to write your story that still has to be edited and rushed for printing.
For a group of about 20 Mass Communications students the end of their 2011spring semester signaled the beginning of a life changing adventure. Anticipation and excitement built up leading up to the trip to Seville, Spain. Not only did students get to travel to a foreign country in Europe, but they also received lessons from Mass Communication College’s professors: Kent Wilkinson and Jerod Foster. Both are highly esteemed professors in the college. The courses that they taught were Special Topics in Spanish Media and Cultural Photography. These courses were useful, cultural, as well as fun.
The October 2011 Mass Communications Career Fair had a stronger showing than the previous year, allowing students to expand their career opportunities.
The Mass Communications Career Fair, held annually at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion, attracts businesses from around the state of Texas looking for young employees. Lauren Rozelle, an assistant to Career Fair coordinator Aleesa Ross, said this year’s turnout was better than expected.
The editorial staff at the Mass Communicator kindly granted me this opportunity to share some thoughts, observations and photos from my month-long stint as a visiting professor at the French Institute of the Press in Paris in November, 2011. I was invited to give six two-hour lectures to master’s classes. Twice a week I used distance-learning technology to connect back to my international communication graduate seminar at Lubbock and Arlington, where one student was also linked. My free time was dedicated to nourishing my senses and soul with art viewing, efforts to understand and speak a melodious language, French cuisine, city wandering and visiting friends. Thomas Jefferson’s words still pertain 226 years later: "A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life.”
The Phillips 66 Women’s Big 12 Basketball Championship met for the last time as a 12-team conference last March. This exciting event consisted of 11 games over a four day period; more than 200 student-athletes participated in the 440 minutes of play in which 1,438 total points were scored. As interesting as all of those numbers are, they do not convey the energy and excitement that characterized the week.
Foreign graduate students bring fresh ideas and different outlooks on life to the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University.
Ashik Mohammed Shafi, a graduate student from Bangladesh, said education is a main focus and priority in his country. He said the opportunity to come to the United States is considered an honor and is appreciated. He, therefore, mapped out his steps to prepare for studying overseas.
Derrick Ginter, the general manager of KOHM-FM, Texas Tech's National Public Radio station, not only has a passion for radio communications, but also for serving the public interest.
Ginter, a Texas Tech alumnus, began his career in radio communications after completing an internship in 1996 with Clive Kinghorn, the previous general manager of KOHM-FM and former mass communications faculty member. Ginter became the station's operations director in 1997 and succeeded Kinghorn in 2001.
Jerry Hudson, Ph.D., and founding dean of the College of Media & Communication, formed the Dean's Council in 2009 as a way to give students a voice directly to the dean.
"It started out being a forum for us to get together and for me to get some feedback," Hudson said. "I rarely teach classes, so I miss the student contact and hearing what is going on with them."
Tyler Patton, a junior, public relations major from Graham, Texas, and recently elected president of the Student Government Association, has served on the council since the group was founded in 2009. Patton said the requirements for serving on the council have changed. He said originally students were recommended by professors to be on the council, but an application process now has been implemented.
Robert Frost said taking the road less traveled made all the difference. Lexie Conduff would say the same thing. While her classmates in elementary school were reading “Nancy Drew” and “The Hardy Boys,” she was reading books on former presidents. While her high school peers were packing up to go to college in their home state of Georgia, she was heading to The University of the South in Tennessee. When her college friends were trying to find jobs around town in the summer of 2009, she was on a plane headed to Washington, D.C.
Two Texas Tech graduates who have left their mark on the field of mass communications in the South Plains were honored for their achievements Oct. 15 in the Merket Alumni Center by being inducted into the College of Media & Communication Hall of Fame.
The late public relations professional and political consultant, Otice A. Green, was honored posthumously, along with Brad Moran, president of Ramar Communications and Lubbock community leader.
The College of Media & Communication completed its first study abroad program during the spring 2010 Maymester.
The program setting was Seville, Spain, and Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D. and Regents Professor in Hispanic and International Communication, was a big part of the program’s planning and launch.
Wilkinson said the short course provided students with many unique opportunities that are not possible at Texas Tech.
“Getting students out of their comfort zone and into a new language is a great experience for them,” Wilkinson said.
Female leadership is an ever-evolving aspect at Texas Tech University, an aspect which countless people have been privileged to take part in. Trish Joyner, one of many such individuals, said her fondest memories of Lubbock took place while helping influence the role of women at Texas Tech.
In 1973, and in the middle of her junior year, Joyner transferred to Texas Tech from The University of Arkansas. At the time, Texas Tech and The University of Texas were the only two colleges in Texas with accredited journalism programs. Joyner's sister was already attending Texas Tech, which made Joyner’s decision to pursue her education at Texas Tech a little easier.
Six outstanding alumni share more than just an education from Texas Tech University. On Oct. 16 they shared laughter and even tears, as they were honored for their contributions to the field of mass communications at the College of Media & Communication awards breakfast.
The serving line for the Mass Communications Outstanding Alumni Breakfast opened at 7:45 on Saturday morning, and by 8 a.m. the banquet hall of the Merket Alumni Center was full of Texas Tech faculty, students, advisory committee and alumni chatting light-heartedly with one another over bacon and eggs.
After 30 years of working in a creative, intellectual, exciting industry, Jan Boyle credits her personal and professional achievements to the experiences and education she received from the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech.
When Boyle was 16 years old, she moved with her parents from New Jersey to New Orleans, La., and completed high school there. When it was time for her to make a choice on which college to attend, Boyle said her parents told her to look in the South because they lived in that area. She said she was interested in Texas Tech and the University of Texas at Austin, and she visited both universities with her parents. Boyle said she chose Texas Tech because the campus and classes seemed more approachable.
Boyle said she met many wonderful people in Lubbock and at Texas Tech. She said one of her favorite professors at Texas Tech was Billy I. Ross.
“He had us believing that even out in West Texas we were players in the advertising world,” she said.
Chana Elgin and A.J. Travis were walking out of a gelato store in downtown D.C. when a homeless man walked up to the pair and asked, "Are you going to eat that?"
Travis responded saying, "Yes, of course we are going to eat these." Then the homeless man indignantly replied, "Well what am I supposed to eat?"
This humorous encounter was just one incident on a long list of experiences for Texas Tech students participating in the Washington D.C. congressional internship.
Chana Elgin is a junior broadcast journalism major from Houston who is currently a congressional intern to U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, a Republican from Fort Worth.
It's morning, and while most of the students at Texas Tech University are struggling to start a typical day, either headed to summer jobs or summer school classes, Kate Lepard is rushing through the hustle and bustle of New York City. She is welcomed every morning by the flashing lights and big, boisterous billboards that line Times Square as she makes her way to the 30-story skyscraper where she works.
Lepard, a Texas Tech senior broadcast journalism major from Muleshoe, Texas, interned for the Fox News Channel in New York this summer. She was involved with the daytime television shows: "America Live," "Happening Now," and "America's Newsroom."
Humberto Martinez, a 2008 Texas Tech University journalism graduate, has discovered the benefit of using social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter through his time as a Hearst Fellow working at newspapers around the country.
Martinez said social networking is a new wave of reporter-reader communication that provides instant gratification and feedback, and ultimately helps produce better and more interesting stories.
The Hearst Fellowship is a prestigious two-year program that the Hearst family of newspapers, one of the oldest in the country, puts on each year for four journalism graduates from across the country.
For Jill M. Lellis, a Texas Tech University graduate student from Arlington, Texas, recruitment is not only her job, it is her passion.
Lellis vividly remembers the first day she explored the Texas Tech campus and began her successful journey in Lubbock.
“[At] the original campus visit that I had,” Lellis said, “everyone was just so friendly. And it felt small enough that you could make a name for yourself, but big enough that people would respect your degree.”
Three-and-a-half years later, Lellis, who earned a bachelor of arts in advertising and a minor in business, has made quite a name for herself at Texas Tech. During her undergraduate career, Lellis maintained an impressive grade point average, was the president of Pi Delta Alpha, a mass communications fraternity, vice president of Tech Advertising Federation, leadership chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and a member of the Association for Women in Communications, Texas Tech’s Mortar Board chapter, Gamma Beta Phi society honor and service organization, Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, and much more.
Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith described a new model for journalism at the Cathryn Anne Hansen Buesseler Distinguished Lectureship in Print Media on April 13.
Smith is co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a non-profit, non-partisan public media organization that publishes online only. The Tribune’s Web site, texastribune.org, was launched November 3, 2009, exactly 23 weeks before Smith spoke at Texas Tech.
As part of his presentation, Smith talked about how The Tribune is different from any project that has been attempted because it is a non-profit organization designed to run like a for-profit business.
“For-profit models simply will not pay for public-interest journalism,” Smith said. “Public-interest journalism is not sexy. It is not easy to monetize the way we can monetize other subject matter.”
Allison Ralston is not only dedicated to her schoolwork, but is adept at managing her time between school and her job as a web content developer and writer for the Office of Communications and Marketing at Texas Tech University.
Ralston started her college experience at the University of Houston as a meteorology major. Ralston said she realized calculating the size of a raindrop was something she did not want to do. She decided to transfer to Texas Tech and thought public relations sounded like an interesting major.
Ralston said through her internship for the Office of Communications and Marketing, which she started in June 2009, she has been able to develop skills that will help her with her career in the public relations world. She said her classes and professors have prepared her for her job. She said her Public Relations Writing class has helped her the most in her internship and current job.
Evan Smith and a panel of reporters spoke optimistically and encouragingly to students about the future of journalism during the The Texas Tribune’s visit to Texas Tech on April 13.
Smith, CEO and editor in chief of The Texas Tribune, a new online news service, told students not to be discouraged when trying to find a job in the media.
“Let me tell you, there is no better time to join the workforce than today,” Smith, former editor of Texas Monthly, said. “At a time when there is so much chaos and upturning in the economy, the barrier of the entry into our business has never been lower.”
As part of The Texas Tribune College Tour presentations at Texas Tech University April 13, keynote speaker T. Boone Pickens discussed the Pickens plan with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Tribune.
According to Pickens, creator and advocate of the plan, the Pickens plan aims to cut the dependency of the United States on foreign oil and increase the usage of natural gas found in the U.S.
“We’re going to get on our own resources in America and get off OPEC oil,” Pickens said. “That has to be done. That’s a scary issue for this country.”
Guest speaker Robert Logan discussed H1N1 and its media coverage at the distinguished lecture program in honor of William S. Morris III on April 15 at the Lubbock Country Club.
Logan, a member of the senior staff of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, said he was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism when he got a call from the National Institutes of Health to run a major division about public understanding and health in medicine.
He said the National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest medical storehouse and one of 27 institutes within the National Institutes of Health.