Wednesday, October 30, 2013

School of Communications Alumni and Friends Homecoming 2013

Hello All,

Many thanks to all of you that turned out for the 2013 Homecoming Reception. It was a great opportunity to say hello to new and old faces. Thank you Professor Craig Herndon for capturing these great moments and pictures for us!

This is the link to the album on the web:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Howard and Hampton Debate 2013

The Howard University and Hampton University debate 2013 showcased the oratory excellence of students on Oct. 18th.  Howard hosted Hampton’s debate team on campus in Cramton Auditorium for a Parliamentary debate. Student debate members were at their best, addressing two important resolutions: Stand Your Ground laws and individuals' privacy issues with social media when applying for employment. This was the first time Hampton visited Howard to debate; many thanks to director Prof. Angela Minor for organizing the debate.

Monday, October 21, 2013



School of Communications

Alumni Homecoming Reception

4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013

1st Floor Lobby
CB Powell Building

525 Bryant Street
Washginton, DC



Friday, October 11, 2013

School of Communications Happenings Oct. 11, 2013

The learning environment for SOC students extends beyond the classroom. Early in October, Assistant Professor Indira Somani took her Broadcast Journalism II class to visit WJLA-TV, Channel 7 (the ABC affiliate) in Rosslyn, VA. Students met reporter Jimmy Olabanji and VP of News, Bill Lord. Both answered students’ questions on how to succeed in Broadcast Journalism. Students also toured the station and watched the Noon newscast.

Professor Carolyn Byerly, of Communication, Culture, and Media Studies, new book The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism is coming out soon. Edited by Byerly, the handbook is the first global study of women's employment in news using survey data. It is an academic adaptation of information contained in the Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media, which was commissioned by the International Women's Media Foundation and published in 2011.

Congratulations to student Kalyn Jacobs in the Media, Journalism and Film Department, who graduates in 2014.  Kalyn’s short film won first place in the categories of producer, actress, cinematographer, and film at the Creative Mind Group Toronto Program. The film link may be viewed at:

 Alumna Candiace Dillard is Miss United States 2013!  Ms. Dillard is a 2009 graduate from Communications. While at Howard she was involved with tutoring local high schools students, and later started the group My Sister’s Keepers, a mentoring and women’s empowerment group.    


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Congratulations to the School of Communications faculty who earned Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CETLA's) Unit Participation Award for participation in CETLA's 2012-13 activities (see the award description at  Activities included online as well as on-campus activities.The award will be presented Oct. 7th at CETLA's 10th Anniversary Open House.

·         Lee Thornton, a former professor in the School of Communications passed away on Sept. 25th. Prior to joining Howard, Professor Thornton was a correspondent for CBS News and at that time became the first African-American woman journalist to cover the White House for a major news network. She joined Howard in 1983 and taught for 14 years. She also taught and held administrative positions at the University of Maryland. She will be missed as a trailblazer, professor, mentor and friend to many.


Documentary filmmakerLouis Massiah was the first Time Warner Visiting Scholar to the
School of Communications for the new academic year. The Media, Journalism and Film Department hosted the filmmaker and founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides training and equipment access to community groups and the independent media community. The weeklong visit included film screenings, one-on-one sessions and master classes.

Professor Clint Wilson received the 2013 Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished achievement in diversity research and education at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention.
Professor Yanick Rice Lamb, of Media, Journalism and Film Department, has been selected as a John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow.
One of our own recognized at the White House. Freshman public relations major Kiana Knolland of Wichita Kansas, won the annual “Youth of the Year” award from Boys & Girls Clubs of American. The award recognizes youth for stories of triumph, academic success and community leadership. Ms. Knolland will receive more than $60,000 in scholarship.

Angel Mills, a senior and broadcast journalism student from Detroit, won the Miss Black Michigan USA 2014 title this summer. Mills platform is “Ladies Must Lead “and she will compete in the national pageant in August 2014.