Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 2016                                                                                         

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Season’s Greetings from the Cathy Hughes School of Communications! The holiday season is a time to reflect, rejoice and rejuvenate. We also acknowledge our gifts and share goodwill with others.

Thanks to you this has been a great year for the School with a successful 45th Anniversary Soirée in September and renaming of the School in October. We have more than four decades of preparing communication professionals who are known across the nation and around the globe; we have Pulitzer Prize and Gracie Award winners, a Marshall Scholar and Rhodes Scholar finalist, ASHA Honors winners, and so much more among our faculty, staff, alumni and students.

We look to 2017 with all the possibilities that a new year brings as Howard University celebrates its Sesquicentennial – 150th Anniversary. As you consider your end of year giving, we encourage you to support the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

Donate online and click “Donate,” or 

Donate by check: (donation must be postmarked by December 31, 2016)
Howard University/Cathy Hughes School of Communications                              
c/o Howard University
P.O. Box 417853
Boston, MA 02241-7853

Here are some ways you can support the school:

  1.  School of Communications Scholarship Fund -- (General scholarship available to all students.)
2.  Cathy Hughes School of Communications Annual Fund – (Support school programs as needed.)              
3.  School of Communications Building Fund          
4.  Speech and Hearing Clinic        
5.  Barbara Bealor Hines Professional Development Fund -- (Supports research and travel for doctoral students in the Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies.)            
6.  Lawrence Kaggwa Student Scholarship Fund
7.  Samuel F. Yette Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund
8.  Other: (Can designate programs; e.g. NewsVision; MLK Forensics Team; CapComm; and COSD HU, You Know, etc.)

We wish you a joyful and peaceful Holiday Season!

Thank you,

Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders

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 ....!

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:

    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!