Communication Department News

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

North Joshua Elementary students tour Department of Communication

Posted May 16, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category newsbrief

Associate Professor Chunke Su welcomed a group of 20 video production students and four teachers from North Joshua Elementary School to the department of communication on Monday, May 16. The students toured UTA News/UTA News en Espanol and UTA Radio and formed groups to participate in a tower-building collaboration activity.


Posted May 16, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category accomplishments

The Communication Department held its graduation ceremonies Friday, May 13. Master's degree students were "hooded" at 1 p.m., and the full commencement ceremony took place at 7 p.m.
reginald adetula receiving his diploma
Reginald Adetula receiving his diploma. Photo credit Austin Nguyen.
broadcasting graduates. from left to right: landon hearne, reginald adetula, lori ayala.
Broadcasting graduates. From left to right: Landon Hearne, Reginald Adetula, Lori Ayala. Photo credit Lance Liguez.
bailey has been fighting cancer and is now cancer free.
Bailey has been fighting cancer and is now cancer free. Photo credit Lance Liguez.
bailey has been fighting cancer and is now cancer free.
Bailey's mortar board expresses her delight. Photo credit Lance Liguez.
congratulations masters of communication graduates! top row, left to right: dr. thomas christie, dr. mark tremayne, dr. dustin harp, kami vinton, dr. jang, shannon zenner-davis; middle row, left to right: dr. rachel stohr, elise athans, feifan wu; botton row, left to right: rosy perez, karen mcalister, dr. chunke su
Congratulations Masters of Communication graduates and their professors! Top row, left to right: Dr. Thomas Christie, Dr. Mark Tremayne, Dr. Dustin Harp, Kami Vinton, Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang, Shannon Zenner-Davis; Middle row, left to right: Dr. Rachel Stohr, Elise Athans, Feifan Wu; Bottom row, left to right: Rosy Perez, Karen McAlister, Dr. Chunke Su.

Julian Rodriguez honored with 2016 NAHJ Presidential Dale Award

Posted May 16, 2016 by Marti Harvey in category awards

broadcast lecturer julian rodriguezThe National Association of Hispanic Journalists will bestow the 2016 NAHJ
 Presidential Dale Award to Lecturer Julian Rodriguez, news director of UTA News
en Español and research chair of BEA news division.

“Julian has been an inspiration to hundreds of journalism students under his mentorship, but most importantly he has been an impassioned advocate for Spanish language journalism,” Mekahlo Medina, NAHJ president said. “Julian is making a tremendous impact on the next generation of Latino journalists, and I’m pleased to recognize his work, passion and dedication at this year’s conference.”

The “dale” award is given to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond to ensure fair and accurate representation of Latinos in the media.

NAHJ will present the award to Rodriguez at its national conference August 3-7, 2016, in Washington, DC.