Communication Department News

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.

Salmon Speaks to McNair Scholars

Posted August 6, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Lecturer Stacy Salmon, COMS, gave a presentation regarding organization and delivery techniques to the McNair Scholars students on June 15.

The McNair Scholars prepares qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study leading to a Ph.D. The program provides benefits to assist scholars in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.

Salmon often provides presentations on communication techniques for groups within the university and local community groups.

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

Jones Attends Poynter Institute's Teachapalooza

Posted July 5, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

Sr. Lecturer Kim Jones, JOUR, attended TEACHAPALOOZA sponsored by the Poynter Institute.

TEACHAPALOOZA is part conference, part tech mash-up and part tent revival that offers up to 100 college journalism educators an opportunity to learn new technology and new ways of teaching through “hands-on” learning.

Jones' attendance in June was sponsored by a grant to The Poynter Institute from the Headliners Foundation of Texas.

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.