SJMS Students Debut News Show on JSUTV

February 13th, 2017 by sjms


Multimedia and media production students in the School of Journalism and Media Studies, in collaboration with JSUTV, will debut their first half-hour news show beginning Feb. 13, 2017.

The new show, Tiger Report, will include news, sports and weather produced and presented by students on Mondays and Wednesdays  at 4:00 p.m. and will be re-broadcast at 9:00 p.m.  It will be seen on JSUTV Comcast Channel 14, Facebook and via Livestream.

Students will show off their talents to develop the show’s content and put what they have learned in their media classes to practical use. They will participate in all aspects of producing the show, serving as anchors, producers, videographers, editors, reporters, scriptwriters and production assistants. SJMS Instructor Don Spann and JSUTV General Manager Keith Collins will assist and guide students in all aspects of the show’s production.

The production of Tiger Report will afford SJMS students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in multimedia journalism, build their skills in newsgathering and production and enhance their marketability when they seek jobs in the industry.

“This will be a great tool for our students to help make them successful,” said Dr. Elayne H. Anthony, Dean of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. “Not only will this collaborative effort with our media practitioners model the professional behavior we expect of our students, it also will give them an outlet to showcase their work and show our alumni and others the good things our students are doing.”

For more information, contact the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Jackson State University, 601-979-2151.

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(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies will host Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and The Center of Investigative Reporting for a Watchdog journalism workshop on Feb. 11-12, 2017 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU.

The two-day workshop is open to reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators also are encouraged to attend.

IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, point you to critical documents and data for more depth in daily work and help you produce quick-hit enterprise stories. Workshop sessions will also give tips on how to negotiate for records, get sources to open up and much more.

At the afternoon session, Reporting on Injustice, the speaker is The Clarion-Ledger Investigative Reporter Jerry Mitchell, a 2009 MacArthur fellow, who helped put four KKK members and a suspected serial killer behind bars.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, attendees can get hands-on training in computer-assisted reporting. Learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories.

“The School of Journalism and Media Studies is pleased to host IRE and encourages local and statewide media to attend this important workshop,” said Elayne H. Anthony, SJMS Dean. “We consider it a great opportunity to expose our faculty and students to in-depth, technology-assisted reporting techniques and to network with veteran journalists who take investigative reporting seriously.”  


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(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University is the first historically black college or university in the state of Mississippi to open a School of Journalism and Media Studies. JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers made the official announcement Nov. 12 at the Mississippi e-Center@ JSU where the School is located.

Only two other universities in Mississippi, The University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi, have a School of Journalism or Mass Communication. Jackson State becomes the seventh out of 106 HBCUs in the nation (three private and three public universities) to house schools of journalism, media or communication.

“The School of Journalism and Media Studies will give our students the skills and the experiences they need to tell the stories that matter, to connect to audiences in meaningful ways and to take their places as producers, owners and leaders in this ever-evolving media communications industry,” said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers.

JSU has a noteworthy mass communication academic program, two television stations, one radio station, one affiliate radio station, a weekly student newspaper, a student-produced magazine and access to an online weather facility. By leveraging these resources, the University recognized that this modification would provide a core opportunity for growth and enhancement.

The major focus of the School is to become a national leader in producing high quality multimedia journalists and mass communicators.

“The School of Journalism and Media Studies at Jackson State University has been elevated to the national media stage. It is our hope that students will be energized, that faculty will be motivated and the media community will wholeheartedly assist us on our journey toward communication excellence in all disciplines,” said Dr. Elayne H. Anthony.

JSU media, which include JSU TV, WJSU Radio, Tiger TV, The Blue & White Flash, Experience Magazine, and affiliate WeatherVision, are now under the auspices of the School. The establishment of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, coupled with the inclusion of all JSU media will enhance the reach of the department and result in a premier program.

Current concentrations in the Department of Mass Communication are integrated marketing, media production and multimedia journalism. Sequences to be added to the School will include sports media, advertising and public relations. New offerings will include a course in media literacy and social media.

  • The JSU School of Journalism and Media Studies offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication.  
  • Enrollment is approximately 250 undergraduates and 44 graduate students.
  • Courses relate to specializations in editing and graphic design, electronic communication (television and radio broadcasting), multimedia journalism, photojournalism, reporting, integrated marketing and public relations.
  • The School has three labs: video, design, and journalism plus the remote equipment that will allow students to complete multimedia projects.
  • Students write, edit and produce content for the closed circuit and commercial television stations as well as participate in practicum experiences at the radio stations and student publications.
  • The School consists of professional media managers, full-time faculty members with expertise in sequence areas of multimedia journalism, media production and integrated marketing, adjunct faculty who are current or former media practitioners, and 22 advisory board members.

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