Friday, April 29, 2016

Student-Produced Newscast NewsVision
Returns to WHUT-TV Following
President Obama Commencement Address

Washington, D.C., (April 27, 2016) – “NewsVision,” a student-produced newscast, will return to WHUT-TV after a hiatus of more than 20 years, immediately following President Obama’s address at the 148th Commencement Convocation at Howard University on Saturday, May 7th.

NewsVision is produced by broadcast journalism seniors in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film in the School of Communications in partnership with WHUT-TV a PBS station licensed to Howard University. The 30-minute newscast is the culmination of content written, reported and produced by journalists in the capstone course of the same name. It is scheduled to air at 12:30 p.m. following commencement. An encore presentation will broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8th.

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SOC 45th Anniversary Soiree, September 10, 2016
Tickets Available

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SOC alum on Pulitzer Prize Team

SOURCE: Keith Alexander, left, Wesley Lowery and Farah Stockman

School of C alumnus Keith Alexander wins Pulitzer
NABJ Congratulates 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates members Keith Alexander, Wesley Lowery, and Farah Stockman for winning the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's most prestigious award.
     The Washington Post staff took the award for National Reporting, for creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be. Alexander and Lowery were both part of the team coverage.
     Spurred by Lowery's proposal, the project grew into one of the largest in the newsroom's history, said Cameron Barr, The Post's managing editor for news. It eventually involved some 70 journalists from the paper's national, investigative, metro, video, photo and graphics departments.
The Washington Post staff coverage can be found here
    Former Boston Globe opinion writer Farah Stockman won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for a Boston Globe opinion series examining race and education in Boston after busing. 
  "NABJ applauds Keith, Wesley and Farah for their meritorious journalism in 2015. They are three excellent journalists most worthy of this high honor," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "The Post's project on why police officers shoot to kill and Stockman's columns on Boston's legacy of busing embody the kind of comprehensive and vital coverage that newsrooms should be striving for. NABJ also congratulates all of the 2016 winners."
This year marks the 100th year of the contest. The prizes were announced Monday afternoon at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
SOURCE: This reported edited from  NABJ Communications at and The Washington Post contributed to this report.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ms. Howard University

School of C student crowned
Victoria Gray is Ms. Howard University 2016. Victoria, a junior from Tennessee, is a  Legal Communications major in the Strategic, Legal and Management Communications (SLMC) department.

Victoria Gray, Ms. Howard University 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Making Good Connections

SOC’s Vicci Saunders interviewed 
Associate professor Vicci Saunders was interviewed recently on Grand Jury Confidential part of New York Festivals. Saunders is director of WHUR-World, HUR Voice and Sirius XM 141, to name a few of her many roles.  Regarding early influences on her career, she stated in the interview: “Storytelling. I love books, music, theatre, radio, television and film. Those methods of expression were electrifying and amazing to me.” Saunders shares that excitement as a professor who has mentored and supported a number of students and continues to guide them through their experience at Howard. Read the interview at:


WHBC student media tops the charts
Student radio station WHBC has been named the first place winner of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) 2015 Signature Station Award.  The students will be recognized with a certificate that will be presented during the Student Media Advisor division meeting on April 17th at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas. Congratulations to all the students and their advisors, professors John Holloway and Judi Moore Latta.


Anchor Alisha Laventure (second from left)
with SOC student
Professor Indira Somani (left ) with Alisha Laventure
NY broadcast anchor visits with SOC students Students in assistant professor Indira Somani'’s class learn about the industry with a visit from New York broadcast professional Alisha Laventure. Laventure is the weekend morning anchor and host of Diverse Long Island, and general assignment reporter at News 12 Long Island. She was formerly the evening anchor for News 12 The Bronx/Brooklyn.  She has won a New York Associated Press Award for her work on "Pieces of the Puzzle,” a special on children with autism. She joined News 12 Networks as a general assignment reporter at News 12 The Bronx in September 2011.

Monday, February 8, 2016

SOC High Notes

Screen shot of Halle Stanley in TV One commercial.
PR Student Recognized 
Congratulations to Halle Stanley, a junior Public Relations minor, for winning a scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny's for her work with the homeless in Baltimore. Halle was recognized at the recent NAACP Image Award when a TV ONE commercial about her work aired We are proud of you, Halle -- "truth and service."  
You can view the article here: 

SOC Student named Roy W. Howard Fellow
SOC student Miesha Miller has been selected as a 2016 Roy W. Howard National Reporting Fellow. She will travel to Japan in May with other fellows selected this year. The national competition is part of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition sponsored by Scripps Howard Foundation and Indiana University Journalism. The fellows will travel to Japan to study journalism, different cultures and visit media organizations, according tot he program website.

Alum joins Georgia station
Alumna  Ashley Lewis is joining the WRBL-TV, Columbus, Georgia news team in February. Congratulations to Ashley.