Friday, December 2, 2016

Fall Highlights

The Fall 2016 semester was filled with activity and excitement. We celebrated the 45th Anniversary Soiree in September; renamed the school to the Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC) in October; enjoyed alumni at the 2016 Alumni Homecoming Reception; and faculty and students continued an award winning tradition.

Julie Dash filmmaking success   
Filmmaker Julie Dash

Congratulations to Julie Dash, our Time-Warner Visiting Professor, for the 25th anniversary re-release of  
her acclaimed film  Daughters of the Dust and her 2016 Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle. The Critics Circle presents Special Awards to individuals and organizations that have made substantial contributions to the art of cinema, including producers, directors, actors, writers, critics, historians, film restorers and service organizations.”

Daughters of the Dust will be at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Springs, MD, on Feb. 17, 2017. Here's the schedule, if you're traveling before then, and the trailer below:


Shining a Light
Rev. Unnia Pettus will speak when Washington, D.C.  Mayor Muriel Bowser and City Council members host the 2016 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the John Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. on December 7, 2016. Pettus will be the Protestant clergy leader to share a brief reflection about the importance of Christmas, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony for DC residents and tourists of the Christian faith. She is an adjunct professor in CHSOC’s Strategic, Legal and Management Communication department, and is the CEO and Founder of Nobody but God Outreach Ministries.


Linda Johnson Rice (right) and Monique Greenwood,
Johnson Endowed Chair
John H. Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., was the first speaker to launch the Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series in Founder's Library in November. Johnson Rice is the heir of the family company that founded Ebony and Jet magazines, and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. She spoke to students and the Howard community about entrepreneurship, legacy of a family business, and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Johnson Entrepreneurship Speaker Series continues in 2017 with the next speaker, Mathew Knowles, founder and CEO of Music World Entertainment, on Feb 22. 2017.

Linda Johnson Rice, center, with students


Television Connections

Professor Tia Tyree, was among 25 professors selected to participate in the 2016 Fellowship Program with The Television Academy. They spent a week in Los Angeles learning more about what's happening in the entertainment field to help bring that knowledge back to their students, classes and research.


Students fact checking for TruthBeTold 

Election and Fact Checking

Professors Frederic Kendrick, Ingrid Sturgis, department chair Yanick Rice Lamb and other CHSOC faculty were on the scene election night with some 70 students covering the 2016 Presidential Election. The students delivered content across platforms and from different perspectives as the election night unfolded and we waited to learn who would become the 45th President of the United States.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Launch of John H. Johnson Entrepreneurship Lecture Series - Nov. 9, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SOC Alum in Lights!

Erin Winters, SOC '16

School of C Broadcast Journalism May 2016 graduate Erin Winters is a top 20 finalist in the "Live With You" Co- Host Search with Kelly  Ripa.  Erin competed with hundreds of others. Today on the show it was announced she is in the top 20! Those with the top votes will go to NYC, and the top 5 will co-host with Ripa on her nationally-syndicated show. 

You can vote once a day until Oct 9.

Please share with all of your social networks and support Howard's own Erin Winters!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

School of C joins...                           

News Engagement Day! - Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

A sample of some of our engaged classes:

The students in associate professor Sheryl Johnson-Ross’  Media Planning and Buying class used #NewsEngagementDay to review trends in the news about major brands and their associated IMC campaigns to post and share.


The Organizational Communication class, led by assistant professor Wei Sun searched for credible resources on questions of organizational conflict management, the links for their resources were collected to share on social media sites. Here’s to #NewsEngagementDay!


SOC's Public Affairs Reporting- Broadcast class is connecting today with associate professor Jennifer Thomas' leadership. The class held presentations on The Art of the Interview. Tips for successful reporting was the topic.


Dr. Tia Tyree tweets for #NewsEngagementDay.

Professor Tia Tyree's  class gets engaged on social media for #NewsEngagementDay. Students will write or post videos on three key media questions: 
a.     Why does news matter?
b.     Why does Black media matter?
c.      Social media makes news better by:


Assistant professor Jae Eun Chung's Broadcast Management online course spent the day on newspaper websites and posting stories for #NewsEngagementDay from Facebook to Twitter and Google+.


News Engagement Day is sponsored by the Association for Education in Jouranlism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). This is the 3rd annual #NewsEngagementDay.
 professionals. The Association's mission is to advance education
"Imagine a day where everyone engages with news in some form or fashion. That's the idea behind News Engagement Day, a day to       encourage people of any age to read, watch, like, post, tweet, text,           email, listen to, or comment on news." Find out more at                   

Thursday, September 22, 2016

School of C Highlights

#DTU Coming full Circle

From left, MCLyte, #DTU spokesperson, Tatyana Hopkins,
 Rushawn Walters, Brandi Montgomery,
Victoria Jones, Sidnee King, and Dr.Benjamin Chavis,
NNPA President & CEO
It was a time of celebration for the #DiscoverTheUnexpected (#DTU) fellows, who were recognized at a closing ceremony luncheon for the #DTU, NNPA/Chevrolet sponsored journalism fellowship program. Eight Howard University students participated in the summer 2016 internship and scholarship program. They worked in four markets – Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago and Washington, D.C. – at National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) member papers. The students developed content across multiple platforms to cover communities in the four cities with storytelling that reflected people and issues across a range of topics. During the Congressional Black Caucus conference in D.C., the NNPA recognized the fellows for the inaugural program, which was launched at Howard. The students held paid internships and received $10,000 scholarships at the end of the program.  Congratulations to the fellows and thanks to NNPA; GM’s Chevrolet division; GM's Michelle Alexander; Steve Canty and Brian Welburn at Carol H. Williams Advertising in Chicago; who worked in partnership with Howard over the past year. (The eight student #DTU fellows were: Brihanna Brown, Brelaun Douglas, Tatyana Hopkins, Victoria Jones, Sidnee King, McKenzie Marshall, Brandi Montgomery and Rushawn Walters.)


SOC Student Winners

School of C students set the bar as finalists for eight awards, winning four, at the NABJ Conference in D.C. during the summer.  The winners and their awards:

Online Feature Reporting
Is D.C. Still The Chocolate City?
Danielle Ledbetter, Kaylah Waite,
Truth Be
Online Sports Reporting
Black College Football: Diminished, But Not Dead
Jourdan Henry, The Hilltop

Feature Reporting
Justice for Jason: Police Brutality Hits Home
Maya King, The Hilltop / WHUR 96.3 HD3

General TV News Reporting
Nation Commemorates Bloody Sunday
Kofo Lasaki,Howard University News Service

Global Women

Carolyn Byerly, second from right,
with UN Women in New York
School of C Professor Carolyn Byerly, chair of the Communication, Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) doctoral program, joined a group of women from around the globe recently at UN Women in New York.  The women met to discuss standards to assess news media coverage, employment of women, as well as established the Constitution and Code of Ethics for a Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG).  The alliance will enable stronger advocacy for women's roles in media, and also be a catalyst for funding to assess gender equality in media.


AEJMC Conference Winning Moments

Carolyn Stroman
Barbara Hinesk, right, with
Lori Bergen
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Minneapolis over the summer put the spotlight on School of C. Professor Carolyn Stroman was recognized with the  “Dr. Carolyn Stroman New M.A.C. Graduate Student Member Award” by the MAC Division. The award is to support graduate students joining the division and preparing for the professoriate.  Barbara Hines, professor emerita, was recognized with the President’s Award from AEJMC President Lori Bergen. 

Friday, September 9, 2016


SOC 45th Anniversary Soiree: "SOLD OUT"

Congratulations to Awardees, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students. We will not be able to accommodate any ticket purchases at the door.

Look for video streaming and photos on Facebook, Twitter, and more ....!