Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SOC Alumni and Friends

We are gearing up and getting ready for the School of Communications 45th Anniversary Soiree. In New York at AceMedia spreading the word with alumna Andrea Holmes Thompkins. Get your Anniversary Soiree tickets at:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SOC Students On Point!

SOC student Ibrahim "Dammie" Onafeko, left, and Dan Longo on the
Anacostia River (Photo by Christian K. Lee/The Washington Post)

School of C Student in Action
SOC student Ibrahim "Dammie" Onafeko is a junior audio production major in the Media, Journalism and Film department who is competitive inside and outside the classroom. Ibrahim, who is blind, is also a competitive rower. He wants to compete in the Paralympics to represent Nigeria, according to a Washington Post feature article published July 11, 2016. See story at:


 Taking the Prize     
La'shane Holland

SOC’s La'shane Holland is a winner in Ketchum’s Mindfire “Deodorant Campaign Challenge.”

“Congratulations to La'shane for being Ketchum’s Mindfire winner and for showcasing the talents of HU. As well as, Dr. Tia Tyree for being her amazing professor,” says Ketchum’s Ronald Tolson in announcing the winner in June.
Ketchum is a global PR firm that sponsored a program called Mindfire, where college students around the country can offer ideas for brands for possible use in campaigns. Each winner receives a $100 cash prize.

Dr. Tyree encourages students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in her CapComm Lab to enter the Ketchum competition. La’shane exemplifies this in her recent win with the Ketchum campaign.

Friday, July 1, 2016

SOC 45th Anniversary Updates

Dear Alumni and Friends,
Happy 4th of July. See the e-cards promoting the 45th Anniversary Soiree on Sept. 10th. Please share across your networks, listservs and Social Media

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dear School of C Alumni: 
Join your peers and kindly open the attached link to provide us with your Howard University School of Communications footprint for inclusion in our 45th Anniversary promotions and to be showcased on the night of the 45th Anniversary Soiree.

 The School of C 45th Anniversary SoirĂ©e will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at the Newseum/Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. National co-hosts of the SOC 45th Anniversary event are alumna Michelle Miller, CBS news correspondent, and her husband, Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and now president/CEO of the National Urban League. For tickets, sponsorships, donations and other details, please contact Maria Johnson at (202) 238-2518 or
You can also visit for more information and join us via social media:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SOC Making Strides

SOC alumnus named Provost at Clark Atlanta University
Peter O. Nwosu
SOC alum Peter O. Nwosu , Ph.D.,  is the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clark Atlanta University. President Ronald A. Johnson announced Nwosu’s position, which starts July 15.  Nwosu previously served as associate vice president for academic programs at California State University–Fullerton. Nwosu is the author of three books and more than 80 scholarly publications. He is a tenured professor, a Fulbright Scholar, an American Council on Education Fellow and a graduate of the Institutes for Higher Education at Harvard University.  He earned a B.A. degree in mass communication and journalism from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria; a M.A. degree from Towson University near Baltimore; and the Ph.D. in communications studies from Howard University. (Source: Compiled from Clark Atlanta University press release). Link:


SOC Ph.D. Students on Point with Gentrification Research
SOC faculty members Carolyn Byerly, left and
Natalie Hopkinson.

Local historian Dr. David Rosenstein’s project on gentrification at a D.C. Bloomingdale neighborhood forum in May gets noted assistance from SOC Ph.D. students’ research on gentrification in the Critical Research Methods seminar Spring 2016. SOC Doctoral students Shamilla Amulega, Tiffany Copeland, Brittany-Rae Gregory, Tamara Owens, Finie Hunter-Richardson, Sharifa Simon-Roberts, Morgan Smalls, Ann-Marie Waterman and Mehri Yavari participated in research applying historical issues to study of gentrification in three Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. Professor Carolyn Byerly also spoke at the forum in which issues from the unpublished May 2016 summary report, Reflections on Gentrification: How Leaders and Residents in Three Washington DC Neighborhoods View Redevelopment were discussed. 
See History Sidebar story: Washington’s Bloomingdale neighborhood tackles gentrification using history

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SOC End of  School Year Highlights

School of Communications 45th Anniversary Soiree, Saturday, September 10, 2016, Newseum, Washington, D.C.


#Discover the Unexpected Fellows 2016

#DiscovertheUnexpected Launch at Howard University
Photos by Tyra Trent
#Discover the Unexpected Fellowship Program with NNPA and GM Chevrolet
Eight school School of C students will spend the summer in four cities as part of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and General Motor’s (GM) Chevrolet new fellowship program for students. #Discover the Unexpected fellowship program provides scholarships and internships in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. at NNPA member papers.

Fellowship program participants include Brihanna Brown, Brelaun Douglas, Tatyana Hopkins, Victoria Jones, Sidnee King, McKenzie Marshall, Brandi Montgomery and Rushawn Alexander Walker.

The students will hone their skills as journalists and storytellers covering communities in the four markets and publishing across multiple platforms. The Carol Williams Agency in Chicago assisted GM’s Chevrolet Division in launching the program this spring at Howard University. National spokesperson MC Lyte was on hand to kick off and announce the fellowship winners at Howard. The fellowship includes use of a   2016 Chevrolet Malibu, a pool car, at each media outlet as part  driving around communities for their information and data gathering experience. The media outlets include: AtlantaWorld, Chicago Defender, Michigan Chronicle, and The Washington Informer.


SOC's  Jasmine Turner 2016 Hearst Winner
School of C's Jasmine Turner wins third place and a $3,000 award in the 2016 Hearst National Radio Broadcast News Championship. Jasmine was an anchor this year on NewsVision, the student-led news show. Congratulations Jasmine!


Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2016 

Two School of Communications students Na’ima Jenkins and Giselle Johnson, joined the ranks of Who’s Who Among College Students for 2016, and were recognized at a special ceremony during the spring in the Blackburn Center.


COSD’s Martine Elie receives award

Dr. Martine Elie, director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and SOC alumna, received an award for her international efforts in to help students with disabilities including autism. Elie was recognized by the International School of Autism at its April gala in Florida. The institute works to promote higher academic standards for students within the autism spectrum..


Anita Bennett named Daily News senior editor
Alum Anita Bennett is senior editor of the Los Angeles Daily News. Bennett, an Emmy Award-winning journalist with extensive digital experience, will work with her team on enhancing the Daily News’ online presence. She is a former deputy editor of the Hollywood business website  Her experience also includes working as
a digital journalist  for KTLA Channel 5  website,  a producer and writer at Los Angele's Fox affiliate KTTV Channel 11 and sister station KCOP Channel 13, and an on-camera news reporter at L.A. Cityview 35.


Alum Eboni Price
SOC alumna Eboni Price is making her mark in California. She works with the VFX team at Bad Robot, and now has several show credits with  Star Wars Episode VII, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and most recently 10 Cloverfield Lane. She also works on a web series: #Adulting!  Production of the second episode is complete and can be viewed at: #Adulting Episode 102 "Girlfriends"


Photo by Milbert O. Brown, Jr.
Photographer Roy Lewis receives award
The Howard University's student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association presented a Community Service Award to Roy Lewis (center), a long-time Washington-area photographer. The award was presented by SOC students in Media, Journalism and Film department in April.


Adopt-A-Team Corporate Program
SOC students shine in Adopt-A-Team corporate program that creates student teams with corporate sponsors during the school year. Two 2016 graduates are placed:  Amylia Johnson has an externship at MSL Group (Publicis) and Briana Carter is an IPG Interact Associate. Four rising seniors have summer internships: Samuel Hargo is at IPG Media Brands, Weaneh Freeman is at VH1 (Viacom), Kandia Moore is at Universal McCann Studios (IPG), and Deneil Mullings is at NBC Universal.


SOC Alum Harvard Nieman Fellow
Congratulations to School of C alumna Lolly Bowean, ('99), who was selected for a Harvard Nieman Fellowship, and will spend the next year at Harvard. Kudos to our alum!


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.

For more information on the School of Communications, visit
Follow NewsVision on Twitter: @NewsVisionHU, #HUNewsVision


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