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WFAA Media Coverage of UTA Radio's Vinyl Event

Posted April 25, 2018 by Brian Horton in category accomplishments

Saturday, April 21st, UTA Radio played vinyls over a 24 hour period in honor of National Record Store Day. 

WFAA, the local ABC affiliate for DFW was there to cover this inaugural event.

Faculty research on fake news published in communication journal

Posted December 7, 2018 by Brian Horton in category faculty

Shelley Wigley, communication associate professor, recently published a scholarly article in the The Electronic Journal of Communication titled “Fake News? An Exploration of Political Polarization, Selective Exposure and Political Misinformation on Facebook.”

In the article, Wigley proposes that for a democracy to function properly, “citizens must remain armed with factual and complete information when issuing a vote.”

Wigley iterates how fake news and false information can cause some voters to formulate beliefs, opinions and engage in actions based on misinformation.

Wigley, an Oklahoma native, began her education at Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She completed her education at OSU after obtaining a master’s degree in mass communication and a doctorate in communication philosophy.

UTA alumnus lands Dallas Morning News internship

Posted December 7, 2018 by Brian Horton in category alumni

Daniel Carde, 2018 journalism alumnus, began a photography internship with the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 1.

The 12-week paid internship entails working with staff photographers to take pictures for daily assignments.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity to continue to develop my skills,” Carde said. “This is a great opportunity to meet [with] them, learn from them, listen to them and be critiqued by them.”

Carde got the internship after meeting the Dallas Morning News director of photography, Marcia Allert, in October 2017 at an event in downtown Dallas. According to Carde, Allert contacted him in September 2018 via phone call, and a couple of days later was offered the internship.

“I just lucked out on getting this internship,” Carde said. “This is just a great blessing that I don’t know how I got.”

After the internship, Carde said he wants to focus on conflict photography as a career.

Public Relations Student Society attends international conference

Posted December 7, 2018 by Brian Horton in category newsbrief

Six of UTA’s Public Relations Students Society of America members and Public Relations specialist Jennifer Little attended the group’s national conference in Austin on Oct. 5.

“The networking part is incredibly interesting, because you get to be surrounded by different college students from different states, who are pursuing the same career,” said Sergio Tapia, UTA public relations junior and PRSSA National Liaison. “I got to come home with a bright perspective and new friendships.”

Tapia helps find scholarships for individuals majoring in Public Relations. He said he believes public relations is a beneficial major and minor students should be more aware about, because it helps them communicate on high levels.

The UTA PRSSA has meetings every third Tuesday of the month. If interested in joining, look for them on Twitter at @UTAPRSSA or Instagram at @uta.prssa for more details.

Department holds Comm Day to open doors for students

Posted December 7, 2018 by Brian Horton in category newsbrief

commday 2018 keynote speaker jim grimes speaks with broadcast junior julio vega after grimes’s speech oct. 23 in the university center. grimes’ advice to broadcast students was to be comfortable getting in front of a camera.
Commday 2018 Keynote Speaker Jim Grimes speaks with broadcast junior Julio Vega after Grimes’s speech Oct. 23 in the University Center. Grimes’ advice to broadcast students was to be comfortable getting in front of a camera.

The Communication Department hosted its 10th annual Comm Day Oct. on 23 in the University Center.

The department brought in professionals and alumni to give advice to the next generation of graduates, according to the department website.

Twenty-four organizations and companies attended the event, including Univision Dallas, American Advertising Federation, Dala Communications, idea Grove and PAVLOV Agency. Alumni Jim Grimes, television news anchor for KAKE-TV in Wichita, Kansas, gave the keynote address. The event also featured professional headshots, resume and professional image critiques.

The department brought in one alumnus from each major and set up a discussion with the students to share their experiences and answer questions, lecturer Carie Kapellusch said.

Public relations junior Chelsea Butler said sitting down, having a discussion and networking with someone in the field at Comm Day was how she landed an internship last year.

“That was one of the first networking experiences I’ve ever really had,” Butler said. “Last year it was required that [communication majors] come, and I’m actually really grateful for that because if I wouldn’t have come last year I wouldn’t have gotten this internship."

Kayla Roberts, public relations and advertising senior, said she transferred from Texas A&M-Texarkana to UTA after her freshman year and has noticed a difference.

“They’re definitely more hands on here,” she said.

The Communication Department and the professors at UTA are valuable resources that are available year round, Roberts said.

Despite already landing other internships, Roberts said she was curious to see what Comm Day offered this year.

“It’s really intimidating to walk-in to somebody sitting behind a desk that has, like, this job that you want, and I think that [Comm Day] has broken that barrier,” she said.

Broadcast Major Scores Big At Conference

Posted December 7, 2018 by Brian Horton in category newsbrief

Sports broadcasting senior Cory Mose won Best Sports Package for his profile piece, The Phil Childs Story, on Oct. 19 from South Central Broadcasting Society.

Mose’s piece focuses on Childs, a sophomore walk-on for UTA’s Men’s Baseball and his journey that led to the outfield.

“We had a deadline for UTA News, and so it just took me a week to get everything all situated,” Mose said.

Inspiration for broadcasting started early for Mose, from watching Texas football and wanting to be the person sitting at the desk for SportsCenter. A weekly newscast gig as a high school sports reporter eventually led him to his current position with UTA News.

“That kind of got me my first start in what it looks like to be a sports reporter, and I loved it,” Mose said. “So, ever since then I’ve just been trying to perfect my craft, making stories like the one I had an award on.”

There is no time for Mose to dwell on this award as he looks to gain further experience in his field. When starting off, taking criticism and allowing others to look at your work helps to see errors anyone can be blind to. It is most important, Mose said. For more information on his award and featured profile visit, https://scbroadcasting.wordpress.com/conference-information/2018-video-semi-finalists-alt/ .

UTA students produce the news

Posted October 26, 2018 by Brian Horton in category newsbrief

uta news 2: broadcast senior isla altramirano smiles in between takes for this weeks uta news spotlight while broadcast senior maria cancino watches the camera oct. 1 outside the fine arts building. the student produced news segment is featured on the city of arlington's website and local television.
UTA News 2: Broadcast Senior Isla Altramirano smiles in between takes for this weeks UTA News Spotlight while broadcast senior Maria Cancino watches the camera Oct. 1 outside the Fine Arts Building. The student produced news segment is featured on the City of Arlington's website and local television. - Picture Credit Anna Geyer

Specialist Julian Rodriguez, founder of Proyecto U and UTA News en Español, selected four students to produce the Sept. 22 show on Proyecto U. They are producer, J.R. Azucena; technical director, Juan Correa; technical audio, Nathalie Palacios and anchor, Juanita Palmieri.

Proyecto U is an internship program in which UTA partners with Univision 23 and the University of North Texas. Univision 23 professionals mentor the students while they present and produce four newscasts throughout the fall semester.

Palmieri said the internship provides students with real-world preparation opportunities.

“It shows that our community at UTA News en Español continues to grow,” Palmieri said. “It’s exciting to see that people are watching us.”

hyoyong chang, broadcast senior and uta news spotlight producer, left, watches footage of broadcast senior isla altramirano while filming the next spotlight clips oct. 1 inside the college of architecture, planning and public affairs building. uta news partners with arlington to broadcast the week's three best stories on local television and the city's website.
Hyoyong Chang, broadcast senior and UTA News Spotlight producer, left, watches footage of broadcast senior Isla Altramirano while filming the next Spotlight clips Oct. 1 inside the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs Building. UTA News partners with Arlington to broadcast the week's three best stories on local television and the city's website. Picture Credit Anna Geyer
uta broadcast students film the outro of a news segment for uta news spotlight on oct. 1 outside the fine arts building. uta news partners with arlington to broadcast the week's three best stories on local television and the city's website.
UTA broadcast students film the outro of a news segment for UTA News Spotlight on Oct. 1 outside the Fine Arts Building. UTA News partners with Arlington to broadcast the week's three best stories on local television and the city's website. Picture Credit Anna Geyer

Correa said the internship is special and will give them a preview of what they want to go into as they build relationships and add diversity in the work force.

“It’s one of those moments that words can’t describe because you’re so amazed with all that’s happening and you’re nervous because you’re trying to show what you’re made of,” Correa said. “I feel blessed being a part of this team.”

The internship will continue through December.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Campbell attends Dow Jones media conference

Posted October 26, 2018 by Brian Horton in category faculty

Professor Geoffrey Campbell attended the Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy in June at the University of Texas at El Paso with 12 communication professors chosen from across the nation.

The conference teaches multimedia and editing skills for online storytelling journalism professors teaching at Hispanic-serving institutions, according to the academy website.

The media platform is changing, and Campbell said he realizes he must now learn the new methods that are being utilized to better prepare his students for their careers.

“It was eye opening because it gave me empathy for students learning new things, because I was learning all new things too,” Campbell said

Learn more about the project at http://borderzine.com/special-project-djnfmta/