News and Events

The Department Newsletter Meeman Matters 


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The Department planned three Research Colloquiums for the 2017 Fall Semester in order to engage graduate students and faculty in research efforts.

  • Time: noon on September 22, October 20 and November 17
  • 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 2017 Fall Semester. One was on 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and the archived chat record is posted here The other is to be on 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 using the hashtag #meemangrad.

2017 Journalism Alumni Club Awards for Three Journalism Professors

Dr. Sandy Utt received the Herbert Lee Williams Award, and Tori Stiff and Pam Denny received D. Mike Pennington Award for outstanding mentoring at the 2017 Journalism Alumni Club Award Banquet on Oct. 12, 2017. 

Dr. Sandy Utt received Herbert Lee Williams Award

Tori Cliff and Pam Denny received D. Mike Pennington Award

Fall Break Trip to Atlanta in Partnership with UofM Alumni 

The Department of Journalism and Strategic Media is committed to exposing students to life in major media markets. Besides our efforts in Memphis, we are organizing a trip to Atlanta during Fall break in partnership with the UofM Alumni Association and University Development. Drs. Roxane Coche and Matt Haught have selected 16 students who will have the chance to network with media and communication professionals living in one of the largest cities in the country. Dr. Coche is serving as the trip's faculty leader, chairman Dr. David Arant will join the group for part of the trip. Activities in Atlanta will include tours and meets & greets with journalism, strategic media and communication professionals at CNN, Coca-Cola, Atlanta Journal Constitution and the College Football Hall of Fame. A reception with UofM alumni living and working in Atlanta will also offer students a unique opportunity to make personal and professional connections. The group will leave Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. and return Tuesday, Oct. 17 early in the morning.

Tanjev Schultz, German Journalim professor talks about ku klux klan in Germany

The Department is hosting Tanjev Schultz, Professor of Journalism at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, for his presentation on The  Ku Klux Klan and Right-wing Terrorism in Germany at 6 p.m. , Tuesday,  September 12, 2018 at the Universtity Center River Room. 


University of Memphis Announces Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship

Simon Family
Attending an event celebrating the Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship were (from left): Donna Nathan, Trish Morris, Fay Jason, Linda Simon, Brenda Gordon, Carolyn Berkowitz, Marcia Nathan and Carolyn Kusper.

June 15, 2017 - The University of Memphis has announced the Linda and Steve Simon Family Fellowship. A strategic investment to advance the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media, this gift creates a signature professional faculty position for outstanding early career faculty in public relations.

Endowments for faculty positions provide support and recognition to those who have earned distinction in the field, the classroom and the community. Investing in faculty to ensure the integrity and quality of academic programs is of the highest importance to the UofM.

"Gifts such as this help us to attract and retain nationally and internationally renowned scholars from diverse backgrounds to the University of Memphis," said President M. David Rudd. "I sincerely appreciate the vision of the Simon Family to strengthen our ability to support young, dynamic faculty."

Linda Simon earned her bachelor of science in elementary education from the University in 1970. Steve was highly regarded as a public relations pioneer and visionary who earned his journalism degree from the UofM in 1969. Steve used his experience as press secretary for the mayor of Memphis and at several executive positions at PR agencies in Chicago to launch S&S Public Relations Inc. in 1978. The firm specialized in franchise PR and evolved to support the booming technology industry at the birth of the Internet. With multiple offices across the U.S., the newly incorporated SSPR, LLC is a nod to his namesake and thrives on his legacy. The company has grown its client base by adding numerous prominent brands across many successful and contemporary industries.

The Department of Journalism and Strategic Media has approximately 325 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate students. Its programs focus on applied journalism to help students learn the concepts and skills to be effective news, public relations and advertising professionals.

For more information, contact Katherine Goliver, director of development for the College of Communication and Fine Arts, at or 901.678.4372. 

Professor Otis Sanford and Dr. Tom Hrach Books
Books published by Professor Otis Sanford and Dr. Tom Hrach. Details are below. 

Professor Otis Sanford Newly Published Book "From Boss Crump to King Willie"

This book From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics, published by the University of Tennessee Press, chronicles the political history of Memphis from the 45-year reign of Edward H. Crump as the boss of Memphis to the election of Dr. Willie W. Herenton as the city’s first black mayor. The book explains in vivid detail how African Americans in Memphis fought for nearly a century for political acceptance and inclusion. From Ida B. Wells’ crusade against lynchings to the civil rights movement, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the rise of black political leader Harold Ford and finally the election of Dr. Herenton, this book tells the story of Memphians and the people they entrusted with political power throughout the 20th century. The book has been the University of Tennesses Press' No. 3 best seller in the fiscal year of 2017. 

Dr. TOM HRACH Book "Riot Report" Released 

Journalism faculty member Tom Hrach released his first book, The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America this past September. The book is an examination of the 1968 Kerner Commission developed its media criticism, which is considered a milestone in the history of journalism. The book offers a critical look at the report and offers some praise for the late Otto Kerner, governor of Illinois, who was the commission's namesake. The book was published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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

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

When: July 15 to July 30, 2018
Where: London, Frankfurt
What: Reporting on American Sport Abroad
Application Deadline: February 5, 2018
Contact person: Dr. Roxane Coche
Please click here for a flyer for more information.

reporting sports in Europe


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