Thursday, December 24, 2015

Giving to the School of Communications

If you wish to make a year-end contribution, please visit our updated online giving page at
Click on: Choose Designations -- School of Communications

Thank you,
Howard University School of Communications

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Awards and Recognitions

Alumnus Bebel receives award
D'Artagnan Bebel

Congratulations to Houston’s     FOX 26 Vice President and General Manager D'Artagnan Bebel on his Living Legend Award at the 18th Annual 2015 Men of Style Fashion Awards. D’Artagnan is an SOC alum who is a leader in the broadcasting industry and his community. The award recognizes 
professional and civic-minded men who are also fashion forward. The awards’ event benefits sickle cell awareness and research at Texas Children's Hospital.Source:

ASHA Awards to SOC Faculty
Joan C. Payne
Joan C. Payne  was awarded Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in November at the Association's annual convention in Denver, Colorado. Honors is the highest award given by ASHA for distinguished careers in speech-language pathology. Payne has a national and international reputation for her pioneering research on the effects of ethnic and cultural differences on brain-based disorders of communication in adults and on their caregivers. She is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD). She is the first Ph.D. alumnus from Howard University to receive this high honor.

Silvia Martinez, first photo on the left.
Associate Professor Silvia Martinez received the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs at the ASHA conference in Denver. The award is for distinguished
achievement and contributions through significant recent accomplishments in speech-language pathology in multicultural professional education, multicultural research, and clinical service to multicultural populations.  Martinez was recognized for more than thirty years in the profession specializing in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.  She served as the ASHA Director of Multicultural Education and Practices and has held leadership positions in professional organization boards
addressing diversity issues.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pizza With the Dean

End of the Semester Pizza with the Dean 
Fall 2015 semester ends with well wishes to students with pizza, conversation, and encouragement to finish strong with final exams and projects. Thanks to the students, staff and faculty that attended.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Giving Tuesday!

Dear Alumni, Friends and Supporters
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday. Howard University participates in Giving Tuesday and encourages your support.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Newsworthy: SOC Students and Alumni

Cover Story
SOC alumna Maya Rhodan was part of a team of reporters at Time magazine to capture an important story. She spent two months in Charleston, South Carolina to interview the families and survivors of the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre. The story they published tells an intimate story of forgiveness and healing. View at:

Howard University News Service
Photo by Cheriss May, Howard University News Service
The award-winning Howard University News Service is off and running this year under professor and advisor, Ron Harris. Students are covering an array of stories across the Washington metropolitan area. An example of the excellent coverage is a story by
Savannah Harris, on an inaugural event Nov. 16th at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate the completion of the museum’s exterior. The museum is scheduled to open in 2016.
View the students’ work at Howard News Service:

Under Armour Marketing Genius
Adrienne Lofton, SOC alumna, is the marketing genius behind Under Armour. Bison Pride for Adrienne.   (photo available)

Indira Somani, Howard faculty, Terri Tolliver, Executive Producer, Fox 5 News
Aaron Gilchrist, NBC 4 Morning Anchor
Michelle Hord-White, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Pipeline Programs
Kia Baskerville, CBS News Special Projects Producer
Jennifer Thomas, Howard faculty, former Executive Producer of CNN
Career Fair 2015The School of Communications Job & Internship Fair 2015 struck a powerful cord for students. Kudos to Carol Dudley, Director of Career Services, and the entire SOC faculty, staff and students who helped make this year’s fair another success. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SOC: Rhodes Scholar Finalist

SOC senior Stacey Roheman, Legal Communications, is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar Finalist. Congratulations to Stacey.

Monday, October 26, 2015

SOC Spotlight

SOC alum tops list

Alumna Shani Hilton, executive editor of BuzzFeed News, in the spotlight in Marie Claire magazine’s "The New Guard: The 50 Most Influential Women in America." Shani is dubbed the content queen for her work at BuzzFeed; the online news operation has 100 reporters in eight countries. Congratulations Shani!

Friday, October 16, 2015

SOC Students Connect

SOC Assists Winfrey's Belief Series
School of C students in Professor Unnia Pettus'  Basic PR Writing course will hone social media and news reporting skills covering two upcoming Oprah Winfrey events to launch her OWN Belief series. 

The first event is 5-9 p.m. Sunday, October 18th at The Worsley Mansion, 1410 Missouri Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 

The second event is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 21st at The Sylvan Theatre located behind The Monument on The National Mall. 

The  Howard University's Gospel Choir will be featured entertainment for the National Mall event

Both events: free and open to the public.

Pettus, a SOC alumna, is co-chair and co-PR director for Winfrey's DC "Belief" Host Committee.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Alumni At Work

Emmy Winner

Alumna Michelle Miller, Northeast Bureau Correspondent,CBS New York, recently won an Emmy for her correspondent role in an outstanding feature story in a scheduled newscast.


Picture Perfect
"United We Rise - A Film About Change."
School of C alumni Akinbola Richardson, director and writer, and Jeredon O'conner, cinematographer, have a new film, United We Rise - A Film About Change.


Forbes Interview
Alum Jabari Johnson recently appeared in Forbes Magazine. In "Get Paid To Be Yourself: The Business of Being Jabari Johnson," Jabari's story of entrepreneurship unfolds. Read the article at:

Monday, October 5, 2015


School of C Dr. Tia Tyree's class on October 6th,
Introduction to Strategic Communication

News Engagement Day -- Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A program of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

School of C faculty and students will participate in this national/international effort that focuses on engaging news.

For more information on News Engagement Day, please

Thursday, October 1, 2015

School of C News

USA Today: Howard University Ranks #17 in Best Journalism Programs in the Country!

D.C. has always been a haven for journalistic talent, whether it’s covering politics, world events, education or innovation. So it makes sense that local universities would have strong programs to foster the next generation of talented journalists.
In fact, according to a recently released ranking by USA Today and College Factual, four of the top 20 journalism programs are located at D.C.
schools: Washington and Lee ranks #8, American ranks #10, George Washington ranks #15, and Howard ranks #17.
Here’s a look at the top 20 schools for journalism, and you can find thefull list of rankings here.
1. Emerson College 2. Northwestern University3. University of Texas at Austin4. Boston University5. University of Southern California6. University of Missouri-Columbia7. NYU8. Washington and Lee University9. Syracuse University10. American University11. Northeastern University12. University of Wisconsin-Madison13. Indiana University-Bloomington14. Quinnipiac Universtiy15. George Washington University16. University of Colorado Boulder17. Howard University18. Rutgers University-New Brunswick19. Ithaca College20. University of Kansas

5th Annual Social Media Technology Conference
October 1-2, 2015

Use this link to register for the Social Media Conference:  

5th annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop 2015 Tickets, Washington | Eventbrite
Eventbrite - Howard University presents 5th annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop 2015 - Thursday, October 1, 2015 | Friday, October 2, 2015 at Howard University, Washington, DC. Find event and ticket information.


SOC Open House &                                 
Alumni Homecoming Reception 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Upcoming Events

UPDATE : SOC Open House &                                 Alumni Homecoming Reception 2015


Homecoming Golf Classic

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

SOC Notes

Nation's Classic: Presidential Symposium and Howard v Hampton Debate


SOC Alumni Homecoming Reception 2015

Making Strides
SOC alumnus Kofo Lasaki recently accepted a reporting position at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana. Kofo was the recipient of the "2015 Exemplar Award in Broadcast Journalism" in the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department.

Congratulations to SOC alumna Jenn Nkiru, on her nomination for the "1.4 Brilliant Filmmaking Award 2015!" She was selected from more than 500 entries. For a list of nominees see:

Homecoming Golf Classic

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Captured on Film

School of C  faculty publish books on film
Congratulations to associate professor Montré Missouri, of the Media, Journalism and Film  (MJFC) department. Her new book published this summer, Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity with Palgrave Macmillan publishers. Missouri teaches in the MFA graduate film program, and is active and folk voice in the film community. Read more at

Congratulations to S. Torriano Berry and his co-author Venise T. Berry, on the publication of the second edition of  their book Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema published by Rowman & Littlefield. Berry is an associate professor who teaches in the film program in the MJFC department.

Bradford Young joins ASC
Cinematographer and SOC film alumnus Bradford Young joined the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). See more at /

Also a recent video by Young, “Live & Die By Your Images: Bradford Young on What It Means to Be a Cinematographer” can be viewed at

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

School of C Highlights

Yanick Rice Lamb, NABJ 2015
NABJ Salute to Excellence
Yanick Rice Lamb  won a NABJ Salute to Excellence award for work on “Dealing with Dementia: Caring for My Mother,” part of the website. Yanick is chair of the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department.


SOC at NABJ 2015
The School of Communications alumni reception offered an opportunity to network and reconnect during the NABJ's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis. We extend a sincere thank you to Lori Billingsley, SOC alumna and Board of Visitors member for Coca-Cola sponsoring the reception in Minneapolis. 


SOC alum receives award at AEJMCGeorge Daniels, a SOC alumnus and associate professor and assistant dean at the University of Alabama, received the Scholastic Journalism Division’s “Robert P. Knight Multicultural Award” at the Annual Diversity and Journalism Education Luncheon at the AEJMC convention in
San Francisco. Dr. Alice Tait, a professor at Central Michigan University, received the “2015 Lionel C. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education.” The late Dr. Barrow is a former professor and dean of SOC.


Sonja Williams and Carolyn Stroman, AEJMC 2015
SOC books at AEJMC
Professor Sonja
new book, Word Warrior Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom (2015) published by the University of Illinois Press was on display at the AEJMC conference in San Francisco. Other SOC faculty books on display included Joanna JenkinsThe Convergence Crisis: An Impending Paradigm Shift in Advertising by Peter Lang Publishing, and Carolyn Byerly’s The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism (2013), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Indira Somani, far left, with panel members at AEJMC 2015

Blackstart Film Festival winners

SOC congratulates -- Ciara Allen and Be Steadwell -- winners at the
 2015 Blackstar Film Festival,  a four-day annual celebration of film held in Philadelphia.

*Best Experimental Short: Vow of Silience/Steadwell
*Audience Award, Best Narrative Short: Black and Blue/Allen

Congratulations on Ph.D. completion
Doctoral students receiving their Ph.Ds this year – Drs.  Stella-Monica Mpande, Chizoma Nosiri, Tiphane' Turpin, and Cherie Ward – in the Communications Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) doctoral program. They join other graduates this year in CCMS who continue the tradition of Howard being a top producer of African Americans with Ph.Ds.


SOURCE: Aida Muluneh photo from
Smithsonian website
SOC Alumna featured at Smithsonian
SOC alumna and artist Aida Muluneh's work is featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art exhibit: The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists. A photo of Aida is used to feature the exhibit, for more information see:

Friday, July 31, 2015

SOC Summer Notes

Alumnus Jason Miccolo Johnson joins Savannah State

A photo from Jason Miccolo Johnson's exhibit.
In August, SOC alumnus Jason Miccolo Johnson, a photographer whose work has appeared in 30 books and numerous magazines and newspapers, will join the Journalism and Mass Communications faculty at Savannah State University for the 2015-2016 academic year. Wanda Lloyd, department chair, says he will teach photojournalism and commercial photography. Since 1990, Johnson has been the official annual convention photographer for the National Association of Black Journalists. He is author of Soul Sanctuary: Images of the African American Worship Experience. Jason’s photo exhibit “Yours Naturally: Beauty that Grows on You” was featured at the School of Communications Alumni Reception in October 2014, at a Washington, D.C. Library in May,  and at Savannah State among its many exhibitions. (SOURCE: Portions of this post, edited from Richard Prince’s Journal-isms.)

Congratulations to alumna Reina Martin

Alumna Reina Martin is a 2015 Bronze Telly Winner at the 36th annual Telly Awards event this year. Reina won for her Yolonda Body Commercial for the University of Maryland University College, UMUC Moments Campaign.

Friday, June 26, 2015

SOC Summer News

Jami Ramberan
Faculty in the spotlight
Assistant professor Jami Ramberan
 will be honored at the Mayor's Caribbean Community Recognition Awards on June 29th at the D.C. Commission on Arts & Humanities, 200 I St. SW, where she will screen her short film, Silent Brave.

Save the Date: June 29th!

     You are cordially invited to join the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (MACCCA) in honoring outstanding members of Washington, DC’s Caribbean Community on Monday, June 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities located on 200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 located near the Navy Yard Metro Station

    As you know, June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month (CAHM), and MACCCA, under the guidance of the Mayor's Office on Community Affairs (MOCA), and with the support of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities, is organizing a free, community event in June to recognize the contributions and legacy of the Caribbean-Americans to the culture, economy, and communities of Washington, D.C. This community celebration is free and open to the public; please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in attending.

    We look forward to your joining us in this inaugural program to celebrate the legacy and contributions of Washington D.C.’s Caribbean community.  
Please RSVP by clicking here.  Space is limited, and RSVP's are required.  To learn more about the program or ways to be involved, please email
See you on June 29th!

Professor Haile Gerima
Professor Haile Gerima will speak and show excerpts of his film, "Yetut Lij," during a tribute and fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. June 30th in the East Ballroom of the Blackburn Center, Howard University. (See website:

Alumni on the move

Alumna Ciara Allen's (2012) short film, Black and Blue, has been accepted into competition at the BlackStar Film Festival. This prestigious event takes place in Philadelphia starting July 30th. Ciara’s film Black and Blue is the story of a college-bound girl whose life is altered when her brother is drafted into service during the      Vietnam War. As the family's new breadwinner, she endures the reality of war and the volatile effect it has in her small town.

Washington, DC - The National Bar Association has announced the 2015 recipients of its 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates awards. The awards recognize the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in   innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. An independent panel selected the 40 individuals to receive the prestigious awards to be presented at the National Bar Association’s illustrious 40 Under 40 Awards luncheon July 23rd at the NBA’s 90th Annual Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  For more information on the Award Recipients, the Awards Luncheon, or Sponsorship Opportunities, please       contacts the Chair, Aubrey “Nick” Pittman at 

2015 NBA Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40 (edited for space to show     HU grads)

#1. Brandes Ash, (HU Law School, 2012) Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

#17. SOC’s Antonio K. Kizzie (2008), Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt
Attorney Antonio K. Kizzie 

Save the Date: October 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

School of C Connections

NABEF Media Sales Institute at Howard
The 15th annual NABEF Media Sales Institute (MSI) at Howard University started May 31st with the Opening Founder's Banquet at the Blackburn Center on campus. This year's class of 23 recent college graduates will experience an intense two-week series of workshops, lectures and hands-on experience with industry professionals addressing sales and management in the broadcast industry.
     The MSI program was founded at Howard by former faculty member and broadcast professional Ernie Fears, Jr., Vicci Saunders and Judi Moore Latta. It is housed in the Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) department in the School of Communications. Many thanks to our sponsor the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF).

Dr. Bishetta Merritt and Jay Holloway, MSI director

Also, during the opening dinner, program director Jay Holloway presented a special recognition to Dr. Bishetta Merritt, interim chair of MJFC, who is retiring in June from Howard.


School of C Alum on the move

AP News : Phillip Lucas appointed AP reporter in Birmingham, Alabama
<p>ATLANTA (AP) - Phillip Lucas, a journalist who has helped The Associated Press coordinate and cover significant stories across the South and beyond, has been hired to work as a reporter for the new