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The Teen Appeal completed its 16th year, a grantfunded city-wide High School newspaper initiative that is a partnership with the Journalism Department, Scripps Howard Foundation, The Commercial Appeal and Memphis City Schools.

During the Southeastern Journalism Conference at UT-Martin in West Tennessee, The Daily Helmsman and student reporters received numerous awards.

Christopher Whitten won first place in newswriting and Michelle Corbet (BA ’13) placed third. Chelsea Boozer (BA ’12) won second place in the commentary/ editorial writer category. The Helmsman placed second in public service journalism for defending the First Amendment and keeping the campus safe through information.

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications met May ’13 in Phoenix and voted 25-0, with three members abstaining, that the undergraduate program receive reaccreditation.


Morgan McDaniel, junior advertising student, was named a finalist for the Vance & Betty Lee Stickell Student Internship Program. Selected students receive a 10-week internship at U.S. media organizations, ad agencies, client and supplier companies. She is the first finalist for the program from the U of M.

Senior Andrea Cranford was named one of the American Advertising Federation’s 50 Most Promising Minority Students during a ceremony in New York City. She also received a “Pepsi Campus to Corporate Award.”


Carrie Brown is one of four U of M professors to win the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.


Holly Cole’s (BA ’05) band, The Memphis Dawls, headlined in Hot Springs in Spring ’13. Holly is lead singer and guitarist.

Jimmie Covington (BA ’62) joined the DeSoto Times-Tribune staff as the new bureau chief for the new Olive Branch bureau.

Chelsea Boozer (BA ’12) received the Courage Award by Memphis Women of Achievement for “facing active opposition, backed an unpopular cause in which she deeply believed.” 

Megan Murdock (MA ’08) was featured in a Commercial Appeal Women to Watch article. Megan is client services manager with CBIZ MHM, formerly Thompson Dunavant PLC.

Kim Morrison (MA ’13) joined Obsidian Public Relations’ Memphis office as account assistant and internship coordinator. She previously completed level one and level two internships at Obsidian.

Evan Gregory Lewis (BA ’13) received the Department of Journalism Creative Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments.

Decobia Gray (MA ’10) was hired as the Regional Vice President of External Relations for the Arthritis Foundation South Central Region headquartered in Dallas.

Alisa Gardner-Seymoure (BA ’01) was featured in the April ’13 issues of The Gary Crusader, local newspaper for Gary, Ind. Alisa had a track scholarship to the U of M and is the head coach of the girls track team at South Wind High School in Cordova, Tenn.

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