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 ....!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

School of Communications
45th Anniversary Soiree    

Dear Alumni and Friends,
We are a week away from the School of Communications 45th Anniversary Soiree. We hope you can join us or support the School of C.
Michelle Miller
·       45th Anniversary Soiree, 6:30-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, Newseum/Knight Conference Center, Washington, D.C

·       SOC 45th Anniversary Call to Chapel, 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson, Dean of Rankin Chapel

·       National co-hosts for the Soiree are alumna Michelle Miller, CBS news correspondent, and Marc Morial, President/CEO of the National Urban League. Press Release:  
Marc Morial

  • Legacy Award Winners
  • D'Artagnan Bebel – Vice President & General Manager, FOX 26, Class of '82 
  • Constance Cannon Frazier – Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising Federation (AAF), Class of '78 
  • Dr. Johnetta G. Davis – Retired, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Policy and Director of the Office of Graduate Recruitment & Retention, Univ. of Maryland, Class of '76 
  • Fredricka Whitfield – News Anchor, CNN, Class of '87 
  • Christopher Cathcart – President & Founder, OneDiaspora Group, Class of '90  
  • NBC Universal -- Corporate Award

  • ·       Purchase your Soiree ticket at: (click  anywhere on the scrolling alumni vignettes; and the Registration form will pop up)

    ·       Go on the SOC website  click “Vignette Submission”  to include your comments among alumni on the website; they will also be shown at the Soiree

    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 Soirée 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: