Communication Department News

UTA, UNT, Univision Dallas and KUVN Team Up

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category accomplishments

Students join Univision staff at their Dallas studio.
Students join Univision staff at their Dallas studio.

UTA News in Español, BCMN 4191, will participate in the third consecutive news partnership with Univision Dallas, KUVN and UNT.

The partnership, called “Projecto U will produce and air four Spanish-language television newscasts at the Univision Dallas studios in Downtown Dallas.

The program runs throughout the 2016 fall semester. UTA and UNT broadcast communication students will produce all newscasts and every student will have a professional mentor to train and advise them throughout the production process.

The newscasts will air on Univision, channel 23 on the following tentative dates: Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19 at 5 p.m.

UTA’s participating students are Viridiana Martinez, BCMN 2016; MaritzaEsquivel, BCMN 2020; Alejandro Jimenez, BCMN 2020; Lariza Moreno, BCMN 2020; and Flor Valdes, BCMN 2016.

Here is a link to last year’s newscast

Written by Diamon Garza (JOUR 3347)

UTA News en Espanol Partners with Telemundo-Dallas

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category accomplishments

Lecturer Julian Rodriguez tours Telemundo offices with UTA students.
Lecturer Julian Rodriguez tours Telemundo offices with UTA students.

For the first time, UTA News en Español, BCMN 4191, will partner with Telemundo-Dallas in a program called “Reportero Joven” or “The Young Reporter.”

Ten students will produce and air a weekly broadcast on Telemundo-Dallas, reporting news of interest to young generations until the end of the fall semester. All news reports will be produced by UTA students, supervised and revised by faculty and Telemundo producers and aired on Telemundo-Dallas on Fridays.

Participating students include Cristina García, BCMN 2017; Javier Giribet-Vargas, BCMN 2017; Selena Torres, BCMN 2019; Jedidiah Cabrera, BCMN 2017; Daniela Ruiz, BCMN 2017; Janet Ramírez, BMCN 2017; Alvina lvarez, BCMN 2019; Virginia Canizlez, BCMN 2020; Christian Guardado, BCMN 2020; and Andres Noyola, BCMN 2020.

Freedom Of Information Award for Montes

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category alumni

Bianca Montes, JOUR 2013, recently won the Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award for a body of work relating to law enforcement officers’ unlawful actions and police department hiring practices.


The award, sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press

Association, recognizes journalists and/or newspapers for outstanding efforts that uphold First

Amendment principles, increase public access to government and improve awareness of state

open government statutes.


Montes joined Amarillo Globe-News as its City Hall reporter in May having previously worked

as local government reporter at Victoria Advocate and as a freelance photographer at Dallas



Earlier this year, Montes was awarded first prize for feature writing by the Texas Press Association and team reporting by Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

written by Neetish Basnet (JOUR 3345)

Kapellusch on Elevator Speeches

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Lecturer Carie Kapellusch, COMS, presented “How to construct an elevator speech” to Arlington's Small Business Network Group on Aug. 5.

The Arlington Public Library Small Business Network Group sponsored the event held at Arlington Parks Administration Building for approximately 30 small business owners.

Arlington’s Small Business Network Group is a free program open to the public that helps small businesses connect, share ideas and it provides information on local resources.

Juarez Promoted to Editor in Frisco

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category alumni

Lindsey Juarez, JOUR 2014, former editor-in-chief of UTA’s award-winning student newspaper, The Shorthorn, was promoted to editor of Community Impact Newspaper’s Frisco edition in August.

Community Impact newspapers distribute hyperlocal news throughout the state of Texas. Its 22 editions serve the Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth metro areas.


The Frisco edition can be found at

Journalism Profs Attend AEJMC Conference

Posted September 14, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Associate Professor Erika Pribanic-Smith, JOUR, Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, JOUR, and Lecturer Marti Harvey, JOUR, attended the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference held in Minneapolis in early August.

Harp presented her research titled “Rape, storytelling and social media: How Twitter interrupted the news media’s ability to construct collective memory.” Louisiana State University’s Josh Grimm and University of Oklahoma’s Jaime Loke co-authored the research. This study investigates the concept of how social media, coupled with citizen’s voices, interacts with mainstream media in the telling of a story and the construction of collective memory.


Harvey served on the Strategic Planning Committee. The committee proposed a sixth direction for the organization’s strategic plan and the new direction was approved by the board on Aug. 7. The new direction states that one of the goals of the organization is to “Transform teaching, scholarship and service to promote storytelling, innovation and engagement across platforms.”

AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The Association’s mission is to promote the highest possible standards for journalism and mass communication education, to cultivate the widest possible range of communication research, to encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum and to defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better informed public.

UTA NAACP Chapter Awarded at National Convention

Posted September 1, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category students

NAACP Award Recipients
UTA-NAACP receives the National College Chapter of The Year and the Economic Empowerment Game Changer Award at the 80th Anniversary Juanita Jackson Mitchell Freedom Gala during the National Convention. From left to right: Stephen A. Green, National Director, NAACP Youth & College Division , Jeremy Thigpen, Yoel Zehaie, Brandy Fields, Demetriah Woods and Jasmine McDonald .

Student Jasmine McDonald, PRLN 2017, attended the 80th annual NAACP convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, this summer to accept the National College Chapter of the Year award for UTA.

The College Chapter of the Year award is given to the chapter that exemplifies dedicated and selfless service in the categories of health, education, economic empowerment, criminal justice and voter empowerment.

Throughout the year the chapter was very active. They hosted and conducted many programs in these categories.

One of them, Know Your Score, educated members about their credit score, building wealth and how to buy a house. In collaboration with the UTA Health Center, the chapter educated students on how to prevent HIV. They also held an event called Not Another Hashtag, where the Arlington Police Chief discussed police violence in the local community. The chapter conducted a College Tour with the Arlington NAACP Youth Council . We created a fundraising campaign for the victims in Flint, Michigan, and held voter registration drives in the community.

The chapter also received the Economic Empowerment Game Changer Award presented to the unit that best advocated/implemented financial literacy programs for young people of color and created programs/initiatives to address youth and young adult credit debt.

Finally, the UTA chapter received an award for having the Largest NAACP Youth and College Unit in the Nation with over 135 members.

Other UTA students attending included Brandy Fields, Nursing 2018; Demetriah Woods, Psychology 2017; Yoel Zehaie, Political Science 2017; and Jeremy Thigpen, Pre-Med 2017.

Faculty Chosen for Service Learning Fellowship

Posted August 6, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee, COMS, and Lecturer LaDonna Aiken, BCMN, were named faculty fellows in service learning for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Faculty Fellows for Service Learning program provides faculty with a year-long service-learning mentoring experience and tools and resources needed to successfully integrate service into their curriculum. Faculty Fellows learn theories, implementation, and assessment associated with academic service learning as they integrate this methodology into one of their courses.