Communication Department News

Rodriquez Comments on the Murder of Local Journalist Jay Torres

Posted July 20, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Lecturer Julian Rodriguez was quoted in a La Estrella story, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Spanish publication, about the June murder of local journalist Jay Torres' in Garland, Texas.

Rodriguez met Torres in 2010 and said they shared the same interests - to improve Spanish media and to cultivate interest in news for a new generation of journalists.

Rodriguez said Torres stood out for his efforts to organize events that sought to help local journalists understand and use new technologies for the gathering and presentation of news.

Javier Giribet-Vargas - A KERA Intern's Trial by (Gun) Fire

Posted July 20, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category students

Javier Giribet-Vargas, BCMN 2017, began his day on July 7 as an intern for KERA, the National Public Radio affiliate station for North Texas. By the end of the day, he was trapped at the scene of the police shootings in Dallas and later recovered his 2008 Corolla with a bullet hole piercing the front grill.

Here is a link to the story he wrote for

Alum Hassanali Pics San Antonio

Posted July 5, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category alumni

Congratulations to Zoheb Hassanali, BCMN 2010, on the new job. Hassanali joined WOAI-TV in San Antonio in April as a photojournalist. Look for his work next time you're visiting the Alamo City.

SPJ and NAHJ co-sponsor Google News Lab

Posted June 23, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category newsbrief

society of professional journalists receiving google news lab graining About 70 students, faculty and journalism professionals attended Google News Lab on June 4. The workshop, conducted by SPJ/Google trainer Sammaruddin Stewart, introduced innovative ways to for journalists to access information such as public data, trends and surveys.

Lecturers Kim Jones, JOUR, and Julian Rodriquez, BCMN, hosted the event and The Society of Professional Journalists Fort Worth chapter and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ local chapter, Hispanic Communicators of DFW, co-sponsored it.

Google created the News Lab to support the creation and distribution of information that informs people about what's happening in the world and to make it universally accessible.

Lecturer Lael Morgan Cooks Up Comfort

Posted June 21, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Lecturer Lael Morgan, JOUR, celebrated the release of her 17th book, “Kitchen Stories Cookbook: Comfort Cookin’ Made Fascinating and Easy.” Co-authored with journalist Linda Altoonian of Texas, this book is a throwback to her very first publication on cooking at sea.

In “Kitchen Stories,” Morgan and Altoonian focus is on the culinary benefits of America’s geographic and ethnic variety. They tell the stories of their comfort food discoveries which require only six ingredients or less.

Morgan, whose forebearers landed in America with the Mayflower, brings her traditional rural New England favorites and a love of Alaska legend to her latest book.  

Communication Studies Student now Senior Director in Student Affairs

Posted June 21, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category students

Seth Ressl, COMS 2000 graduate pictured on the left

Seth Ressl, COMS 2000, was recently promoted to Senior Director of Involvement and Engagement for The Division of Student Affairs. Within his new position, he will oversee departments including Fraternity and Sorority Life, The Leadership Center, Student Activities and Organizations and University Events.

Ressl has worked at UTA for 16 years, serving in various leadership roles in the Involvement and Engagement department.

Dr. Dustin Harp on Media Coverage of Hillary Clinton

Posted June 21, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Media and gender studies expert Assistant Professor Dustin Harp, JOUR, examined the issue in “Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Hearing Coverage: Political Competence, Authenticity, and the Persistence of the Double Bind,” which appears online in the June issue of Women’s Studies in Communication. In her timely paper, Harp investigated the ways in which gender played a role in the more recent discourse.

Harp’s research suggests recent media coverage has improved in regard to gender equality in the political area, but the conversations still employ stereotypical feminine frames, including questioning Clinton’s proficiency as a leader.

Harp undertook the new study with Ingrid Bachmann, assistant professor of communications at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and Jaime Loke, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

UTA Broadcasters Awarded Scholarships

Posted June 7, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category students

The Texas Broadcast Education Foundation awarded scholarships for the 2016 - 2017 academic year to UTA students Grayson Stidham, BCMN '19, and Richard Martinez, BCMN '21. Stidham was awarded the BELO scholarship worth $2,000, and Martinez received the TBEF Freshman/Sophomore scholarship, also in the amount of $2,000. The students were selected from a pool of 19 applicants from 12 different colleges or universities in Texas.

The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University in Commerce led the field in