Communication Department News

Liguez Tapped for College Radio Days Event

Posted October 2, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category faculty

The College Radio Foundation snagged Lecturer Lance Liguez, BCMN, to serve on its College Radio Days Task Force.

The CRF tapped Liguez for his experience in radio and his ability to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.

College Radio Days’ theme, Ignite the Spirit of Radio, plans to shine a light on what college radio stations do every day – promote the art of radio.

The event takes place Nov. 4, where the CRF will “celebrate the past, the present, and the future of college radio by uniting with people” to highlight the importance of college radio in the lives of students and to show the importance of radio as a communication medium.

The day features a special one-hour College Radio Day simulcast, exclusive interviews with Sean Lennon, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Nikki Silva from NPR’s Kitchen Sisters, Lee Loughnane from the band Chicago and much more. A special documentary called “The Soul of College Radio” by Paul Crutcher, GM of XLR Lander Radio at Lander University will be aired.

The event is known internationally as World College Radio Day and is celebrated in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Torralva Awarded for Caller-Times' Series

Posted October 2, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category alumni

Krista Torralva, JOUR 2016, received the Crime Victims' Rights Outstanding Service Award-Community Partner award earlier this year for her efforts co-leading the Caller-Times’s newsroom series, Behind Broken Doors.


Behind Broken Doors explores the correlation between homicides and domestic violence including how law enforcement investigates the attacks, how prosecutors pursue offenders in court, how advocates help victims heal and what the community must do to reverse the deadly trend.


Previously, Texas Associated Press Managing Editors honored Torralva the Star Investigative Reporter of the Year for a series of stories about state-supported living centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Torralva formerly worked for the Mansfield News Mirror, interned for the Dallas Morning News and served as news editor for UTA’s award-winning newspaper, The Shorthorn.


Check out her latest piece at


Written by Neetish Basnet (JOUR 3345)

ANKR Prez speaks to PR students

Posted October 2, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category alumni

Brandon Hurtado, PREL '11 Alum Speaking to Dr. Mark Treymayne's class
Brian Hurtado, PREL 2011, shares his knowledge of social media with Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne's class.

Brandon Hurtado, PRLN 2011, president and owner of ANKR digital marketing agency spoke to Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne's Strategic Social Media Class, PREL3320, on Aug. 31. The presentation was live-tweeted using the hashtag #PREL3320.

Hurtado shared his knowledge of advanced social media strategies and how to use them for marketing and public relations. He also gave students advice on networking tips along with the importance of taking chances and putting people first.

Hurtado is a seasoned digital marketer with previous experience spanning various roles including president at More Cabbage and marketing analyst at Exeter Finance Corp. He's also done pro bono consulting at World Vision, a humanitarian disaster relief organization.

Written by Pablo Arauz (JOUR 3345)

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