CSM member news

  • Dorothy Bland, dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and director of the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute at the University of North Texas, has been re-elected to serve a second three-year term on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications as a representative for the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also serves on the ASJMC Executive Committee. Under her leadership, the Mayborn School earned the 2016 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Equity & Diversity Award.

    Dorothy Bland: Dean wins new term on ACEJMC Accrediting Council
  • During the NAHJ annual convention in Anaheim, California, five of the nation’s top journalists, academics and documentarians will be inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame. Eraldo “Dino” Chiecchi, current multimedia professor at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); trailblazer of diversity Federico Subervi, Ph.D.; journalist and documentary producer Andrés Cediel; NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez and Pulitzer Prize winner Nancy Rivera Brooks will be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class. This year’s gala honoring these individuals will be held on Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017, at the House of Blues Anaheim during the Excellence in Journalism Conference. (See more at:
  • Carolyn Brown, an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer and director with more than 20 years of experience in the industry and more than a decade teaching broadcast journalism in the academy, joins the faculty of the UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn faculty this fall semester. Documentary filmmaking also is one of her passions. She “can help prepare our students for a wide range of jobs from field reporter to executive producer,” said Thorne Anderson, an associate professor in photojournalism and search committee chair. “She can help connect our students with jobs and internships across the nation.”

    Carolyn Brown: Headed to UNT

She has worked for a variety of news outlets ranging from Fox News and CBS in New York to KRON Bay TV and KNTV News in the San Francisco area. “The Salinas Project,” her documentary, has been distributed by American Public Television to public TV stations nationwide and the World Channel. She is the producer and director for “Las Mujeres: Latina Lives, American Dreams,” which is expected to be released in 2018. As an assistant professor at American University, she helped overhaul the broadcast curriculum and designed the production studio. Carolyn has helped generate grants to fund her documentary work and her work has been screened at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

She has done broadcast interviews about her work with NPR, the “CBS Evening News” and “CNN in Espanol.” Her work has been published in Electronic News and online as part of The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s “PBS Frontline Investigation: Lost in Detention.” She earned her M.A. in liberal studies from Northern Arizona University and her B.A. with a dual major in political science and art history from Colgate University. She also studied at the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish.

CSM Chairman Kyle Huckins has won several honors for his latest book and other writings.
  • Kyle Huckins, CSM chairman, has won honors for his latest book and other writings. His “Race, Faith and Politics Today” took a national eLit award for best religion work and an Indiana Society of Professional Journalists honor for best nonfiction book. Huckins won an award for best reporting from the Evangelical Press Association for his feature on a Michigan bishop and his Church of God in Christ congregation. He finished second in the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2017 Salute to Excellence competition for best newspaper column for his “Keeping Faith” feature on spirituality and second for best magazine single-topic series for the “Church Spotlight” he writes for The Whole Truth, the official magazine of the Church of God in Christ.

    Dr. Meredith Clark gets tenure-track job at UVA
  • Meredith Clark, Ph.D., has accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, effective fall 2017. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, media and power. She earned her doctorate from the University on North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014; her dissertation on Black Twitter was awarded Dissertation of the Year from AEJMC’s Mass Communication & Society Division in 2015.
  • The AEJMC Equity and Diversity Award Committee has selected the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University as the EDA 2017 recipientThe selection committee, which includes the Commission on the Status of Minorities chairman, noted that at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, equity and diversity are not just goals but have become a way of life.
Arizona State’s Cronkite School, winner of the 2017 AEJMC Equity & Diversity Award
Equity and diversity are integral to the school’s teaching, research and service.  This has resulted in a broad definition of diversity that affects student and faculty recruitment, curriculum design and content, outreach activities and the student retention rate. The award will be presented at the beginning of the keynote session on Wednesday, Aug. 9, during the 100th AEJMC Conference in Chicago.
  • The student-produced “NewsVision” broadcast a 30-minute newscast on Howard University’s PBS station, WHUT-TV. The newscast aired at 9:30 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Dec. 7; 1:30 a.m. EST, Thursday, Dec. 8; and 8:30 a.m. EST, Monday, Dec. 12. The program was prerecorded live to tape with WHUT staff and broadcast to over 2.5 million households in the Washington, D.C., area, the ninth-largest television market in the country.

    The students assumed all newsroom roles: anchor, reporter, producer, assignment editor, floor director and director. The culminating newscast is a testimony to the benefits of the program, says Jennifer Thomas, assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, who teaches the “NewsVision” capstone course.

    “The students are getting hands-on experience, from covering the White House to the historic 2016 presidential election,” remarks Thomas, who rose from a student journalist at WHUT to CNN executive producer. “This newscast provides an opportunity to inform the community and showcase their work as professional journalists.” The newscast is underwritten by NBCUniversal, which received the Corporate Partner Award at the 45th anniversary celebration of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

    After an absence of more than 20 years, “NewsVision” returned to WHUT last May immediately following President Obama’s address at Howard’s 148th Commencement Convocation. “It is already paying off in the students’ transition from classroom to newsroom,” says Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor and department chair.

    Many 2016 graduates are working at outlets ranging from ESPN to NPR. Others have recently received national recognition: Jasmine Turner, Hearst Award for Radio Broadcast News; Alexis Porter, Hearst Television Producing Fellowship; Jourdan Henry, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award; and Erin Winters, Top Ten Finalist in the “Live With Kelly and You” co-host competition.

    ● In mid-August 2016, thanks to an invitation of professor David Maciel, CSM member Federico Subervi went to the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City to participate on a panel discussion about Latinos, the 2016 elections and implications for that country. Before the end of the month, he was invited to lecture on a similar topic at University of Texas’ professor Victoria DeFrancesco-Soto’s graduate class at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

    Federico Subervi
    September started with an invitation that professor Hernando Rojas extended for Subervi to visit the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, to deliver a lecture about Latinos and the 2016 elections. Shortly after, he attended the Annual Conference of Ford Foundation Fellows and the Senior Ford Fellows in Washington, D.C., at which he served on panels to address challenges and guidelines for success in academia. Another series of lectures about Latinos and the 2016 elections was delivered at California State University in Fullerton in early October. This invitation was made possible thanks to professor Julián Jeffries, and professor Inéz González, director of the Latino Communication Initiative of the College of Communications.

    Before the month was over, Subervi traveled to Barcelona, where thanks to professor Joan Cuenca Fontbana, the Facultat de Comunicació–Blanquerna of the Universidad Ramón Llull invited him to deliver the opening lecture for the incoming master’s class plus two additional guest lectures. November also brought an international experience with a weeklong series of lectures to students from various countries attending the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. This invitation, funded by the U.S. Consulate in that city, was made possible thanks to professor Svetlana Bodrunova, who directs research efforts on ethnic media in that country.

    In between travels, Subervi completed four book chapter manuscripts, two of which were published this year, plus an article, published in Diálogo UPR, the biweekly Web-based newspaper of the University of Puerto Rico. The two published book chapters are: “The State of Emergency Communications at a Time of Population and Linguistic Shifts: A Case Study in Central Texas,” published in M.E. Cepeda & D.I. Casillas (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Media (pp. 123-142), NY: Routledge, 2016; and “Do Spanish-Language Broadcast Media Serve a Changing America?” published in M. Lloyd & L. Friedland (Eds.), The Communication Crisis in America, And How to Fix It (pp. 95-105), NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.  The newspaper article is titled Escasa la Investigación Sobre Comunicación Política en Puerto Rico.” This piece is based on his analysis of the master’s theses and doctoral dissertations about communication completed at the University of Puerto Rico between 1950-2015.

    Another achievement was helping launch the Mentorship Program of the Minorities & Communication Division, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. In November, new horizons in community service were opened when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

    Last, but certainly not least, Subervi said it was fabulous to spend more time with his family, including grandson Preston, whom he taught how to play chess.

  • Kyle Huckins, CSM chairman, has won three honors in the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2016 Salute to Excellence competition. NABJ_logo-750x550He took first place for best copy editing for his “Keeping Faith” column on spirituality and second places for best newspaper feature series and best magazine single-topic series for the “Church Spotlight” he writes for The Whole Truth, the official magazine of the Church of God in Christ.

The trio of honors follow an Amy Foundation award for theological content in his column, Religion Newswriters Association recognition for his religion reporting, and Evangelical Press Association and Indiana Society of Professional Journalists nods for best column writing and coverage of issues concerning minorities.

He’s released a new book of his columns, “Race, Faith and Politics Today,” examining connections among color, candidates and spirituality. Both journalism and theology college course curriculum for the book are available. Huckins presented the volume in an invited session at COGIC’s Holy Convocation in St. Louis in November.

  • Dr. Alice Tait, 2015 Barrow award winner, and Dr. Marquita Smith, CSM vice chairwoman, graduated from the new Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication and received certificates of completion at the 2016 AEJMC Minneapolis conference. Three men from historically underrepresented groups are among those slated for the 2017 institute class.

    CSM Vice Chairwoman Marquita Smith (L) and professor Alice Tait (R) with their diversity leadership program certificates in Minneapolis
    CSM Vice Chairwoman Marquita Smith (L) and professor Alice Tait (R) with their diversity leadership program certificates in Minneapolis
  • Smith, department head and associate professor of communication at John Brown University, has been selected to receive a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant from the U.S. Department of State. She will be teaching at the University of Ghana. Her teaching-research project is “Courageous Communication: Creating Journalism That Matters,” designed to cultivate media development through multiple platforms.
  • Dr. Nathaniel Frederick II, assistant professor of mass communication at Winthrop University, has been appointed as the new director of the African-American Studies program starting August 2016.
  • CSM’s Twitter and Facebook are growing well since their March ’16 debut, with more than 180 followers on the former and greater than 100 likes on the latter.

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  • University of Illinois at Chicago doctoral candidate Jenny Ungbha Korn has won the 2016 Graduate Prize in Gender Studies from UIC. She also has been busy publishing:
    – “Genderless” Online Discourse in the 1970s: Muted Group Theory in Early Social Computing. Ada’s Legacy, Hammerman, Robin, and Andrew L. Russell, editors. Association for Computing Machinery and Morgan & Claypool, 2015: 213-229. doi:10.1145/2809523.2809538
    – “Black Nerds, Asian Activists, and Caucasian Dogs: Online Race-based Cultural Group Identities within Facebook Groups.” International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies 5, no. 1 (2015): 14-25. doi:10.4018/IJICST.2015010102
    – Korn, Jenny Ungbha, and Tamara Kneese. “Guest Editors’ Introduction: Feminist Approaches to Social Media Research: History, Activism, and Values.” Feminist Media Studies 15, no. 4 (2015): 707-710. doi:10.1080/14680777.2015.1053713
  • Congratulations to CSM members Linda Callahan, Maria Len-Rios and Paula Poindexter for winning election to AEJMC select committees. Callahan is with teaching, Len-Rios is on research and Poindexter’s on publications.
  • CSM member E.K. Daufin has a chapter, “Big, Black, and Beautiful Women: Health at Every Size Offers a New Paradigm,” in a new book, “Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues,” by Peter Lang Publishing.

The book is about African-American culture and other issues impacting the black community.image.aspx

Daufin, a professor at Alabama State University, is a national expert about weight as well as race, gender and class in the media. Her chapter stresses that you don’t have to be thin to be healthy and that the “war on obesity” is more oppression for those who are already the most stigmatized and discriminated against – predominantly African-American women.  Her chapter offers a new paradigm, Health At Every Size, which she argues is a more effective and compassionate alternative to weight loss, dieting, exercise and surgery. It encompasses self-acceptance, moving and eating for pleasure according to internal cues of hunger, satiety and appetite.

An educator, performance artist and a social activist, Daufin is the founder of Love Your Body; Love Yourself workshops. Her work has been published in several academic journals, newspapers and magazines, and she has a chapter in five other anthologies. Daufin also has been featured on radio and television programs. She is a columnist for the international nonprofit Association for Size and Health Diversity’s online “HAES(R) Matters” and an officer of the Minorities and Communication Division.

Daufin graduated from The Ohio State University where she earned her Ph.D. in mass communication and film.

  • Routledge Books recently released the first edition of Cross-Cultural Journalism: Communicating Strategically About Diversity, edited by María E. Len-Ríos (Georgia) and Earnest L. Perry (Missouri).

This introductory textbook provides a practical guide for budding journalists and other communication professionals about how to write about and communicate with people of cultures and backgrounds that may be different than their own. Relying on the Missouri Method, the book provides students with real-world journalistic, advertising, and PR examples of how to go about creating news stories, print ads, or PR campaigns that take culture into account. Topics include: Talking Across Difference, Religion, Class, Gender, Crime Reporting, LGBT issues, Health Disparities, Generational Differences and much more.

To learn more about the book and what others have to say about it, please visit https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138784895.

  • Jenny Korn, Ph.D., won the 2015 Carl J. Couch Internet Research Award at the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers in Phoenix. Korn has been a Ph.D. student in the Dept. of Communication Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • If you have items to submit that are timely and should be tweeted and on the commission website, please send them to CSM Chairman Kyle Huckins at khuckins@csmdiversity.org and he’ll get them up plus pass them along to Newsletter Editor Nathaniel Frederick. If your items are more long-term, simply send them to Frederick at nfrederick2@gmail.com.