Sunday, November 9, 2014

Congratulations, Accomplishments & Updates

#Hashtag Winning Team
Congratulations to Alise Bundage, School of C freshman broadcast major who was on the winning team at the Women’s Hackathon in West Virginia University. Thank you to Professors Yanick Rice Lamb and Ingrid Sturgis for spearheading and taking our students to the competition.
PHOTO CAPTION: Team Ghost celebrates their winning pitch for BioBit, from left to right: Alise Bundage, Carlee Lammers, Valerie Bennett, and Alex Garip. SOURCE: Photo by David Smith/Reed College of Media.
How the Women’s Hackathon on Wearables Inspired Students to Lead

SOC’s German Connections
At the end of October, three SOC students Rachel Solomon (senior, public relations major,) Bianca Brown (senior, broadcast journalism major) and Victoria M. Walker (senior, broadcast journalism major) traveled to Germany for eight days as a part of the German Embassy’s Young Journalists Program.   Nearly 30 students in the School of Communications applied for this opportunity.  The entire trip is funded by the embassy’s public diplomacy office.  While in Germany the students will visit several German cities including Berlin, meet with German journalists, politicians and journalism students.

Victoria and Bianca will produce stories on Germans reaction to the U.S. midterm elections.  The students will also witness the 25th Anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.   All three students will file reports for the embassy’s website and will chronicle the experience via social media using the hashtag: #YJP14 on the following platforms:   @Germanyinusa   @Germanyinusa


Television journalist Nikole Killion
Hearst journalist reaches out
Award-winning television journalist Nikole Killion is a Washington-based correspondent for Hearst Television.  She covers national news and politics for the group’s 29 affiliate stations around the country. She visited Professor Indira Somani’s Reporting


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Open House & Alumni Reception
Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Fox Group Promotes Nicole Bernard To EVP Audience Strategy
Nicole Bernard

October 6, 2014 10:38am
Nicole Bernard has been promoted to EVP Audience Strategy at The Fox Group, leading the charge at the department within 21st Century Fox tasked with identifying programming and operational opportunities that reflect diverse perspectives across all Fox platforms (film, broadcast and cable TV, and digital media). The move was announced by Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Television Group.
As head of the unit as SVP since 2011, Bernard has collaborated with senior leaders across 21st Century Fox’s Los Angeles-based entertainment business units in launching strategic initiatives to ensure that policies, content and operations reflect broadening audiences. That includes launching the Fox Writer’s Intensive. Most recently, she spearheaded the 21st Century Fox Global Directors Initiative, which focuses on cultivating emerging and established directors and amplifying female perspectives across features and episodic TV. She also helped launch the Fox-HBCU Media Alliance, aimed at engaging the African-American creative and executive workforce.

Homecoming 2014 Alumni Reception


Howard University School of Communications Alumni!  
We are excited to share the good news- that we now have a chartered alumni association for SOC!  We are one of a very few professional alumni organizations within HUAA.  Our goal is to connect and engage alumni on all things related to SOC.

There are many updates to share, beginning with an Alumni Open House and Reception during Homecoming. We have scheduled a full afternoon of events for Homecoming on Friday, October 17th to take place in the CB Powell Building (see flyer posted above).  

There will be an Open House from 2-4 pm followed by a welcome reception in the lobby from 4-7 pm. This will provide an opportunity for you to learn about the innovative curricular changes resulting from restructuring of our school, reconnect with familiar faculty as well as meet our new dean, Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders, and new faculty.  

In the meantime, please connect with us on social media (below), and spread the word!!  Even if you belong to a regional alumni chapter, we need you to connect with us!  Membership is only $15. (Membership page- click "online HUAA membership form." Ours is at the bottom)

We know there's no place like SOC! We need YOU!

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Come out and meet some of the alum - Media Mingle will host networking!
ours in Bison Spirit,

Jennifer Thomas, President  '88
Jay Holloway, Vice President  '83
Carol Dudley, Secretary '76
Lincoln Brown, Treasurer  '01
Howard University Communications Alumni Association (HUCAA)
525 Bryant Street, Washington, DC  20059

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today is National News Engagement Day!
Tuesday, Oct. 7th

Follow Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more today to see how universities and organizations across the country are noting the day:

AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) 

Howard University School of Communications

New York Times
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NBC Network News
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Howard made No. 4!

National News Engagement Day --  Oct. 7th
A national initiative to focus on news engagement is being led by the Association for Education on Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  National News Engagement Day -- Oct. 7th was highlighted by AEJMC President Paula Poindexter at a press conference last month at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
SOC doctoral student Leticia Williams, third from left.
School of C  joins universities and others across the nation and globe observing news engagement Oct. 7th. Doctoral student Leticia Williams was on the AEJMC panel sharing her perspective on engaging with the news.
Howard University will be actively engaged:
  • Once class will exam the effects of poverty on young people, which continues to increase in the U.S.
  • Students in speech and pathology will use smartphones for interviews on communication disorders such as stuttering,  concussions and head injuries (#CSDNEWS14)
  • Students keeping online journals of top news stories  for online presentation on news engagement day
  • Reporting and Writing students covering 8 Wards in DC and Maryland will publish top stories that day
  • And the list continues ...

 AEJMC updates on News Engagement Day (see links below)

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September 30, 2014

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Tuesday, October 7 , 2014    
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

There is still time to make your plans for engaging with news on 
Tuesday, October 7. Join with practitioners and JMC colleagues around the world to show the value of news. Visit the NNED website to pledge to participate, view ideas, or see engagement in action.

Engagement in Action!
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Stay Connected & Share your Experience with the News!
Connect with others and find out how campuses across the country plan to Engage with News on October 7.

  • Use #newsengagementday and/or #engagenews on social media.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alumni, Faculty and Students  making strides

Alumni making a mark with Reality TV
Alumna and author TaJuan “TeeJ” Mercer (’94) is in good company making a mark on the screen as editor for a reality TV show. She joins alumni Lyric Ramsey (’05) and  Shannon Baker Davis (‘00) making Bison foot prints as television editors for reality shows.

Summer in the Newsroom
After a summer in the newsroom, SOC professor Yolanda McCutchens returns to class this fall with new insights and ideas to share with students. She spent the summer at The Washington Post.

Multicultural Expert
SOC associate professor Ingrid Sturgis is featured on a new site that lists multicultural experts on everything "from coding to content strategy."

Graduate Student recognized

Leticia Williams, doctoral student, School of C
Congratulations to graduate student Leticia Williams who was the 2014 recipient of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C. Scholarship Award. Williams is a teaching assistant in the Principles of Speech Program, and entering her second year as a doctoral student in the communication, Culture and Media Studies department. She was among 34 applicants from seven area universities that competed for the award.

Alumna featured in
Alumna Summer Jackson Cole was featured recently in She is a segment producer and reporter on Chicago’s WCIU-TV, You & Me This Morning.