diploma picgroup graduation picTwenty-three MC  students received the bachelor of science degree on May 3rd, 2014.  One student received the MS degree on Friday, May 2nd.  Our graduates are among the top students in the College of Liberal Arts receiving academic distinction.  Two of the 19 students with the Magna Cum Laude designation are ours.  Six graduates are among the 42 in the College graduating Cum Laude.  Thanks to our faculty who played a major role in training and advising them.  Your hard work and commitment to academic excellence has paid off.

Again, congratulations to you for your role in bringing smiles to the faces of the students and their loved ones. I am sure they will remember that you are partly responsible for the pomp and joy they experienced Saturday morning. As I hugged each of them, I reflected on how far we all have come. We will continue to plow forward and deeper, to produce top class graduates in this department. 

We will begin tracking their whereabouts and use the information to showcase our department and prepare relevant reports required by the university. Thank you.
Dr. E.
Magna Cum Laude
Manisha Heard
Tiffany Thompson
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Cum Laude
Brittany Edwards
Jade Hewitt
Harold Johnson
Crystal Killingsworth
Kachelle Pratcher
Chanel Williams





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Jackson State mass communications students and faculty were among the winners at this weekend’s Mississippi AP Broadcasters annual awards presentation.  The MAPB honored the state’s best in professional and college broadcast journalism on Saturday evening, April 26, at the Capitol Towers building in downtown Jackson. First, second and third place winners were announced at the banquet.  Juniors Octavius Lawson, Derrick Walton, DaShawna Wright and graduating senior Tiara Lavender won first place in the Best website category for their work for TIger TV.  Graduating senior Crystal Killingsworth took home first place for best radio newscast.  Killingworth has spent the spring semester as an intern at WLEZ radio doing daily news updates.  Senior Kourtney Christopher Paige, who has placed in the last three AP contests, this year placed third in the best radio feature category and received honorable mention in the best newscast radio category.  December 2013 graduate Gabriel Babineaux won 2nd place for a spot news story he did on the JSU-Grambling homecoming game.   Mass Comm faculty Dr. Sunny Fridge, is a frequent contributor for WJSU.  Two of her stories with WJSU news director L.A. Warren won 2nd and third place in the best radio sound and best spot news story categories.  "I am very proud of all of our students and loved collaborating with L.A.," said Fridge, who is also a board member with MAPB.

The MAPB also honored civil rights leader Medgar Evers posthumously as the 2014 MAPB Pioneer.  The award recognizes individuals who have broken color barriers in tv and radio newsrooms across the state.  “Mr. Evers was a true trailblazer for African Americans and the broadcast industry,” said MAPB President and WLOX news director Brad Kessie. The tribute included an inspiring video by retired CBS Correspondent and 2010 MAPB Pioneer honoree Randall Pinkston. The report, which was Pinkston’s final story for CBS, was aired in May 2013 and tells how Medgar Evers made a significant impact on the efforts of African Americans to have a voice on Jackson TV.


Kessie also said many of today’s journalists are not aware it was Evers who fought the WLBT establishment and finally got the forum he desired, so his point of view could be heard on Jackson’s airwaves, or that his efforts paved the way for Pinkston and other African Americans to appear on local stations in Mississippi and across the country.  Pinkston presented The 2014 MAPB Pioneer award, which was accepted by Ever’s wife Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams.



































College Competition Results:

Octavis Lawson, Tiara Lavender, Derrick Walton and DaShawna Wright – 1st place Best Website TigerTV

Crystal Killingsworth  1st place best newscast- RADIO-  Daily news on WLEZ

Kourtney C. Paige honorable mention best newscast – WJSU Radio

Kourtney C. Paige 3rd place best feature WJSU Radio

Professional: Radio

Dr. Sunny Fridge, L.A. Warren and Kourtney C. Paige- 2nd place- Best Sound – “2013 Year in Review”.

Gabriel Babineaux, L.A. Warren and Dale Morris- 2nd place WJSU Radio- JSU Grambling Homecoming Game

Dr. Sunny Fridge, LA Warren – 3rd place spot news story WJSU Radio for an interview conducted via phone with JSU alumnus Dr. Sitole in South Africa on reaction of the death of Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Robert Franklin and L.A. Warren – 3rd place  WJSU for Best Documentary or stories.

For a complete list of AP winners click here.


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Faculty, students make “connections” on WLEZ

January 19th, 2014 by masscomm

By Jermaine McClinton
English/Journalism Senior

WLEZ team

  A new talk show has hit the airwaves, courtesy of WLEZ Radio.  JSU Connections debuted in May and broadcasts live from the Mississippi e-Center on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., said Sunny Fridge, assistant professor and co-creator of the show, which is also streamed live on www.wlez.org. 

The non-commercial station, which plays a mix of music ranging from jazz to New Orleans fare, offers programming opportunities to the public and covers the Jackson metro area. WLEZ is owned by Edward Saint Pe, who moved his Weathervision operation to the e-Center in Aug. 2012.

 “We were approached by e-Center Executive Director Dr. William McHenry, who had been talking with Mr. Saint Pe about collaborations,” said Fridge. “Dr. McHenry asked us if the Mass Communications department would like the opportunity to produce a radio program, and without hesitation Dr. [Monica] Flippin-Wynn and I both said ‘yes’, and the rest as they say is ‘history.’” Flippin-Wynn, former interim chair, is also an MC assistant professor.

Fridge teams up with a group of MC students to host the show each week, delivering local, state, national and world news, as well as interviews and commentary.

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Judy Meredith elected to Fulbright Board

January 19th, 2014 by masscomm

By Dominique Lewis
MC Senior

Seventeen years after becoming a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Judy Meredith has been elected to the prestigious organization’s National Board of Directors, as well as its Diversity Task Force.

An assistant professor in the department since 2008, Meredith said she is thrilled by the appointment because the Fulbright Association takes diversity seriously, as does she.

“My hope is to be a catalyst for students in Mississippi to have the opportunities I’ve had as a Fulbright Scholar,” said the former television station general manager, anchor and reporter. “I hope to, as a board member, reach out to young people and tell them about the Fulbright program and how it can make a difference in their lives.”

Meredith, the only Mississippian on the board, will spend the next three years conducting workshops at HBCU’s throughout the state. She will serve January 1 until December 31, 2016.

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By Dr. Sunny FridgePoynter_group_pic

I recently enjoyed four great days of training at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. During spring break, I had the opportunity to take part in the Multidimensional Journalist seminar from March 12-15, 2013.

A few of the highlights included sessions on how to write more effectively across platforms; strategies for maintaining accuracy, fairness and balance in deadline writing; doing ethics in the digital age; and one of my favorites, how to “Pimp  Your Job.”  The seminar was led by Tom Huang, Dallas Morning News Sunday and enterprise editor, and Kelly McBride,  senior faculty for ethics, reporting and writing.

The Multidimensional Journalist seminar helped me to focus on what it will take to be more effective at teaching, inspiring and motivating my students to learn the skills that will make them successful in the real world. Since the seminar, I have joined the Poynter Alumni Facebook page and LinkedIn group, which gives updates from Poynter faculty and other alumni on new books, new teaching and new insights on journalism and the media.


This seminar rekindled my passion for storytelling, and I also was encouraged by my new colleagues to begin blogging again. My goal is to continue to tweet, grow my social media brand, and post on my Fridge Notes blog  at least two times a week, if not more.

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Jackson State University mass communications and business students spread love on Feb. 14 by delivering gift bags filled with personal care items to Methodist Specialty Care Center residents.

2013 marks the third consecutive year that Riva Brown Teague, a clinical assistant professor in the JSU Department of Mass Communications, and her students have participated in community service on Valentine’s Day at the Flowood, Miss., facility.


Students enrolled in Teague’s classes, as well as members of the JSU women’s golf team, donated enough toiletries to fill goodie bags for 43 male and 17 female Methodist residents. Donations included toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, body wash, lotion, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer and facial tissues. Some residents also received JSU items donated by JSU University Communications, and each woman received a red rose.


Cammrynn Stith, 22, a senior mass communications major from Wichita, Kan., embraced the project by rallying her fellow golfers to purchase items to fill all the men’s bags. She also helped package the bags and shot photos of her classmates interacting with Methodist residents.

“As we ventured through the hallways and dispersed the gifts to the residents in the rooms, joy filled our hearts and faces, and you could tell the residents were very excited to see us,” Stith wrote in her class blog. “To be able to bring that much happiness to an individual with something as simple as a smile, hug, conversation, and small gift…is actually one gargantuan gift in itself and very rewarding!”


Jarvis Harris, 24, a senior mass communications major from Jackson, Miss., said he got to do something that made him feel good.

“ I will always remember February 14, 2013, not because it was Valentine's Day but for all the faces that I helped light up,” Harris wrote in his class blog. “I think we really take things like walking, talking, and thinking for granted. I will forever be thankful for the little things.”

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Meredith to serve on Fulbright committee

December 12th, 2012 by masscomm

Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith was selected as a member of the Diversity Task Force of the Fulbright Scholars Organization in December 2012. A charge of the committee is to bring greater diversity to Fulbright on a national level and to ensure participation from HBCUs regarding awarding grants to minority scholars.

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Class raises money for Salvation Army

December 12th, 2012 by masscomm

Dr. Monica Flippin-Wynn‘s fall 2012 Research Methods class recently raised $1,080 to help the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The students, dubbed Wynn’s Holiday Helpers, earned points toward their class grade and community service hours.
“In the process, my students are instrumental in giving back to the community during a season that holds gloom and despair for so many families,” Flippin-Wynn said. “Hopefully, doing community service will become a consistent theme in their lives as they move on from Jackson State. My goal is to challenge minds and change lives. With this project, that is what we do.”
Last year, Wynn’s Holiday Helpers collected $500. December 2011 was the first time the class completed the project. Students sold snowflakes for $1 to raise the funds.
Student Darenique Henry said the snowflakes assignment was great. “It gave us a chance to earn extra points, but most importantly we helped a family have a Christmas!” Henry said. “This experience is truly humbling!”
Student Kachelle Pratcher also enjoyed the assignment.
“Having a chance to give back to the community and provide a smile on children faces is what giving is all about,” Pratcher said. “I am thankful that Dr. Wynn has given my class the opportunity to help a family in need and hopefully this encourages the student body that there is more to the holiday season then thinking about yourself. You can always lend a helping hand to others.”

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Meredith, Flippin-Wynn win award

December 12th, 2012 by masscomm

Dr. Judy Alsobrooks Meredith and Dr. Monica Flippin-Wynn won Best of Session in October 2012 at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research Conference in Biloxi, Miss.

Their double-blind, peer-reviewed presentation was titled, “A Reflective Look Back: In Their Own Words: The Experiences and Perceptions of Journalists Who Reported on the Civil Rights Movement.”

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