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Dec
11
2015
Washington Post Editor Chris Jenkins spoke to students and faculty in the Baylor Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media on Oct. 26 about the importance of challenging the limited and misconstrued media portrayals of black men.
Dec
11
2015
The president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas told Baylor students how to be ethical in a world where “everybody’s a journalist.”

Deputy Metro Editor for the San Antonio Express-News Diana Fuentes talked to Baylor students on Nov. 10 about how much the journalism industry has changed because of the Internet and how that has made it easier for anyone to call themselves a journalist. Fuentes spoke to more than 300 students at this semester’s department exit exam.
Dec
6
2015
After facing rejection from multiple recognized publications, students from Macarena Hern ndez’ Fall 2014 Magazine and Feature Writing class were determined to not allow rejection to barricade their big dreams of getting published.

Following encouragement from Hern ndez, the students decided to create their very own publication with the conviction that they had voices and stories worth hearing. Baylor University’s Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media has a cause for celebration considering the November launch of the their newest publication The Bundle: a multimedia magazine created by students.
Dec
2
2015
Acclaimed novelist Reyna Grande and nationally-syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette participated in a panel discussion about Latinos in the United States at Baylor University on Oct. 19. The forum, which addressed topics such as immigration and Latinos in higher education, was sponsored by Baylor University’s Hispanic Student Association, Multicultural Department, and the Department of Journalism, Public relations & New Media.
Dec
1
2015
Baylor University gives students the opportunities of a lifetime through their study abroad trips. Programs offered by the Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media Department have enabled students to receive academic credit while experiencing another culture.

In recent years, journalism students have traveled to Florence, Italy, where they were able to take weekend trips to surrounding areas. This year, Professor Maxey Parrish decided to diversify program offerings by putting together a new trip to Budapest, Hungary.
Dec
1
2015
Looking back on the fall semester, there have been many new developments and achievements among our students and faculty that are worth celebrating.

First of all, we welcomed our new advertising professor Seul Lee. She joined our faculty from the University of Florida and previously worked for Cheil Worldwide and COEX in South Korea.

We are also excited to report that we are adding a Baylor in Budapest program this summer led by Professor Maxey Parrish. We believe this new study abroad program will be invaluable for our students.
Nov
30
2015
Baylor alumna Col. Robyn Chumley was honored for her outstanding service in the U.S. Air Force during a retirement ceremony on Oct. 27.

Maj. Melissa Milner, media operations officer in the United States Air Force, described Chumley as a “tremendous leader” and an “obvious mentor.”

Chumley graduated from Baylor University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of International Journalism in 1987. Following her graduation, Chumley enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
Nov
30
2015
Jeff Kyle, brother of American Sniper Chris Kyle, came to Baylor on Oct. 6 to share with students about the positive and negative impacts that news reporting can have on a family.

He was invited to visit Adjunct Lecturer Bethany Moore’s class to share about his family’s experiences with media coverage following the murder of his brother, the movie release and the trial.

Kyle discussed the correct and incorrect ways to approach a family dealing with a tragedy. He also gave some sound advice on how to be effective in the journalism field.
Nov
30
2015
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015) – Blurred boundaries between advertising and public relations professions due to new roles in social media raise the question of whether educators can adequately prepare their students for a career in those growing fields, according to a Baylor study.
Nov
23
2015
In response to the large number of students pursuing a public relations sequence, as well as the blending of the public relations and advertising industries, the Baylor University Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media (JPRNM) has hired a new faculty member, Seul Lee.

Joining at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, Lee brings with her an extensive background of work experience and academic accomplishments.
Nov
3
2015
The year was 1900. Baylor was just 55 years old; even its earliest graduates were still around to visit their alma mater. The university was still relatively new to Waco, and newer still to the increasingly popular sport of “foot ball.” As the university grew, students, faculty and alumni wanted reliable campus news. Thus, on Nov. 8, 1900, The …
Aug
28
2015
The Baylor Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media had an outstanding representation at the 2015 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference in San Francisco, California, on Aug. 5-9. Drs. Marlene Neill and Mia Moody-Ramirez presented six papers/poster sessions and participated in three panels.
May
11
2015
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2015) — Corporate communicators and marketing teams are often in direct competition to be in the “C-suite” — the coveted boardroom seats — according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
May
2
2015
We are pleased to report that the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) has recommended that our program accreditation be renewed. I attended the ACEJMC meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, and the decision was announced on Friday, May 1. The site team that visited last fall found our department in compliance for all nine standards for journalism education.
Apr
30
2015
A new study published in the May 2015 issue of the Journal of Communication Management examines the power and influence of public relations and marketing executives in corporations. The study is titled “Beyond the C-Suite: Corporate Communications’ Power & Influence” and involved 30 in-depth interviews with senior executives working in three Fortune 500 companies and a fourth multinational company, which has been featured among Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest-growing private companies.
Apr
30
2015
Dr. Clark Baker, associate professor of journalism, was awarded the Study Abroad Italy (SAI) Faculty Fellowship Award for 2014/2015.

SAI established the Faculty Fellows Program to recognize one faculty member each year from U.S. colleges and universities who are engaged in scholarship activities that promote global awareness and deepen the understanding of the arts and humanities. The Fellowship provides international travel and a one-month stay in a private apartment in either Rome or Florence.

Dr. Baker spent the month of March 2015 in Florence working on two bodies of documentary work that are to be exhibited in Florence during the 2015/2016 academic year.
Apr
28
2015
More than 200 people packed Baylor’s Armstrong-Browning Library March 17 to celebrate the anthology, “Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song,” which features 60 Texas women artists. The book was released in March, and BU bookstore employee Rick Busby said attendance and book sales were “some kind of record.”

“Her Texas” has work by 60 Texas women painters, photographers, songsters, poets, journalists and writers from other traditional literary genres, including the creative works of the co-editors.
Apr
28
2015
Drs. Cassy Burleson and Mia Moody-Ramirez published an article on their study of the James Byrd Jr. murder in the November 2014 Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas. The article is titled "Sixteen Ain’t So Sweet: Longitudinal Study of Jasper Texas."
Apr
27
2015
“Go forth and be awesome,” proclaimed Kim Patterson, Baylor alumna and associate director of the University Center at McLennan Community College, to students in attendance at the Baylor Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media annual award ceremony on April 17. The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize outstanding students and award scholarships to students for the 2015-2016 school year.
Apr
27
2015
Associate Professor Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D. and American Studies graduate student, Liz Fassih, garnered the honor of Top Paper Abstract for the Commission of the Status of Women at the 2015 Midwinter Conference held March 6-7, 2015, at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Oklahoma) in Norman, Oklahoma.
Apr
24
2015
Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, Macarena Hernandez, stood confidently before a lecture hall of nearly 100 students and faculty when she said Jayson Blair stole not only the words of journalists, but also their respect.

On Feb. 24, Baylor’s Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media hosted a plagiarism program, which provide the opportunity for Professor Hernandez to share her experience of being intertwined in the largest plagiarism scandal in The New York Times history.

During the program, the 75-minute documentary “A Fragile Trust” was shown. The film covers two journalists who both published a story about a Los Fresnos, Texas, soldier who was missing in action during the war in the Middle East. The story by Hernandez was published in the San Antonio Express-News while the story by reporter Blair was published in The New York Times. Hernandez was the victim; Blair had stolen her story.
Apr
22
2015
A Presentation on Music as Nonviolence Strategy

Civil Rights historian Tammy Kernodle’s voice boomed throughout Castellaw Room 101 as she sang and discussed the idea and impact of music as a means of nonviolent protest on Feb. 26.

Black History Month was in full swing when Dr. Tammy Kernodle, who is a musicology professor at Miami University in Ohio, returned to Baylor. Her first visit was in October 2014 when she spoke at the Pruit Symposium.
Apr
20
2015
It takes passion, perseverance, and sometimes a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to compete among hundreds of brand new college graduates in the real world.

After spending the last four years preparing, 2014 Baylor graduates Kellie Pearson, Parmida Schahhosseini and Briana Rojas have successfully made their mark in the fast-paced public relations field because of the skills they gained from Baylor University’s Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media department.
Dec
2
2014
If you’re looking for an example of transformational education, look no further than the Department of Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media. Undergraduate students in Dr. Marlene Neill’s Strategic Communication Research class are making their mark on a local Waco attraction for years to come.
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