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Paul D'Ambrosio presenting his top award winning paper at AEJMC.

Journalism and Strategic Media graduate student Paul D'Ambrosio presents his research paper at the 2018 AEJMC Southeast Colloquium at the University of Alabama on March 10. D'Ambrosio's research was awarded the top student paper in the newspaper and online news division at the conference.

Journalism grad student earns top regional research award

Journalism and Strategic Media graduate student Paul D'Ambrosio was awarded the "Top Student Paper" in the Newspaper and Online News Division on March 10 during the 43rd Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

D'Ambrosio's paper, "Growing the Audience: Does a Metrics-Driven Newsroom Lead to More Web Clicks but Fewer Watchdog Stories?" used a mixed-method of a national survey, reporter interviews and quantitative analysis of newsroom data to examine the impact of newsroom metrics pressure on watchdog reporting. Discussant Chris Roberts of the University of Alabama noted that D'Ambrosio used qualitative interviews to answer the "why" behind the data.

The research study found that despite the temptation to write "cat-in-tree" clickbait stories for viral hits, reporters are writing more and deeper watchdog stories because they are driven to expose wrongdoing – and the public is responding with higher page views.


Angus McEachran, former editor of 3 newspapers, has died

Angus McEachran, who began his newspaper career as a copy clerk at The Commercial Appeal in 1960, and retired in 2002 as editor and president of the newspaper, died Monday after a sudden illness. He was 78.

Mr. McEachran, who studied journalism at the University of Memphis from 1959 to 1961, and was a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 1988, also served as editor of the Birmingham Post-Herald and the Pittsburgh Press. All of his tenure was under the former Scripps-Howard chain.

McEachran was serving as metro editor of The Commercial Appeal when both Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968, and when Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

He was also in charge of the Pittsburgh Press when the paper won back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes in 1986 and 1987 for investigative journalism.

He would return to Memphis as editor of The Commercial Appeal in 1993 and remained in that position, adding president to his title, before retiring in 2002. Shortly after returning to the newspaper, editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez won a Pulitzer for his work, the third for a newspaper under Mr. McEachran's guidance.

The family asks that donations be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the International Center for Journalists.


At the River I Stand To Be Screened at the Orpheum

The College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA) presents a special screening of "At the River I Stand," on Saturday, March 31, at the Halloran Center at the Orpheum, 203 South Main St. The host for the event will be Cornell Brooks, former President and CEO of the NAACP.

"At the River I Stand" is an award-winning documentary created by University of Memphis Department of Communication professors David Appleby, Allison Graham and Steve Ross and chronicles the Sanitation Worker's Strike in Memphis and the two months leading to the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Admission is free, but an RSVP is required to reserve a seat. RSVP online or call 901.678.2565.

For more information about this event, please see the College of Communication and Fine Arts Events Schedule.


Pennington Abroad Awards help JRSM majors study abroad

The Department of Journalism and Strategic Media is now offering awards to study abroad through the Pennington Abroad Awards. Each recipient receives $1,000 toward a study abroad experience offered at the UofM (summer, semester or full academic year). These awards are reserved to Journalism and Strategic Media majors who have at least a 2.5 GPA. To complete the 2018 application, click here. For more information, contact Dr. David Arant or Dr. Roxane Coche.

Pennington Study Abroad Scholarships


UofM Advertising Student selected for MAIP program

Madison Iman    Madison R. Inman, an advertising senior, has been selected as a 4A's (American Association of Advertising Agencies) Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) for summer 2018. Inman will be working for DigitasLBi/Chicago for project management. The MAIP program offers multicultural students a paid, full-time summer internship at a 4A's participating agency blending work experience, networking opportunities and gaining valuable professional credentials. "MAIP is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am beyond blessed not only to receive this opportunity to intern with a prestigious advertising agency but also to relocate to a major city for the summer," Inman said.


Graduate Student and Faculty Research Colloquiums and Twitter Chats

The Department planned three Research Colloquiums for the 2018 Spring Semester in order to engage graduate students and faculty in research efforts.

  • Time: noon on Feb. 16, March 30 and April 20
  • Place: Room 202, Meeman Journalism Building

Graduate students must attend one of the Research Colloquiums as required by graduate courses. Those who cannot attend the Colloquium may watch it online via BlueJeans or Facebook Live.

The Department also planned two twitter chats for graduate students in the 2018 Spring Semester. One was on 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and the other is to be on 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 10 using the hashtag #meemangrad. The archived chat record is posted here https://storify.com/MemphisJRSM.


Part of the Black History Month and MLK50 Programs

Panel Discussion on Where Do I Stand: Lessons Today From the ’68 Sanitation Strike

The student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will sponsor an extraordinary event titled Where Do I stand: Lessons Today From the ’68 Sanitation Strike on February 7, 2018 (Wednesday). It will take place at 6 p.m. in the River Room in the University Center. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion will feature Rev. James L. Netters and Fred Davis, two original African-American members of the Memphis City Council who took office just six weeks before the sanitation strike. They will discuss their roles in trying to stand up for the striking workers and bring an end to the crisis. The program will also feature RaSean Jenkins, a senior U of M history major, discussing what the history-altering events of 50 years ago in Memphis mean for his generation. This informative event is part of the U of M’s Black History Month and MLK50 programs.


First Graduate Student and Faculty Research Colloquium in the Spring of 2018

What: Book "We Believed That We Were Immortal: 12 Reporters Who Covered the 1962 Integration Crisis at Ole Miss"
When: noon-1:00 p.m. Feb. 16
Where: Meeman 202
Who: Dr. Kathleen Wickham

Research Colloquium


Germany's Study-abroad program in the Summer of 2018

When: May 11 to June 2, 2018
Where: Mainz, Germany
What: Media, Fake News and Right-wing Movements
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact person: Dr. Thomas Hrach
Please click here for a flyer for more information. 

flyer for studying in Germany

China's Study-Abroad Program in the Summer of 2018

When:  May 8 to May 25, 2018
Where: Beijing, Wuhan, Xi'An, China
What:  Food and Culture Journey to China
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Contact person: Dr. Jin Yang
Please click here for a flyer that provides more details.

Highlights of the Study-abroad Program