JMC Dept.

More than $150,000 raised for McGaughey Fund

To date, approximately $154,000 has been raised for phase 1 of the Robert H. McGaughey III Fund for Excellence. The goal is $250,000. Teaching today’s journalists starts from scratch. News has to be explained and then shown, and then explained again. It takes time, resources and dedication. More than teaching the rules of grammar and […]

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JMC Dept.

New classes include DEI, podcasting

Three new JMC classes will be offered during the 2022-23 academic year.  First, JMC 168, the introduction course for all journalism and mass communication students, received an update with a new name and inclusion as a University Studies elective. The course is now known as Media Literacy & Society.  A team of faculty worked on […]

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News & Notes Students

Wilcox competes at Hearst national championships

Dustin Wilcox, a senior journalism major and media production minor, won a $1,500 award as a finalist at the national championships of the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards May 20-26 in San Francisco.  Wilcox of Hopkinsville qualified for the national championship by winning fourth place in the audio competition of the Hearst Awards. During the national […]

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Alumni accomplishments

Col. Robert Whitton, ‘66 Business, is retired from the U.S. Army * Dr. Nancy Strow Sheley, ‘68 English, is retired from California State University. Sheley received two Fulbright Awards: 2004 to study genocide in Rwanda and 2008 to teach university students in Cyprus. * Callie Smith, ‘20 Public Relations, is the director of community relations […]

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Featured JMC Dept.

Hail to the Chief

We remember L.J. Hortin as a pioneer of today’s JMC department By Bob Valentine L. J. Hortin played a large part in bringing Kentucky Dam and the boon it has been for west Kentucky.  He led the effort to have Nathan B. Stubblefield recognized as an important inventor. In his spare time, he was an […]

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Faculty/Staff News & Notes

University honors JMC faculty for service

Four JMC faculty members received service awards during the Faculty Recognition Banquet.  They were: Gill Welsch, senior instructor of advertising, 30 years Gross Magee, senior instructor of GCM, 25 years Debbie Owens, associate professor of JMC, 20 years Tim Vance, assistant professor of JMC, 10 years

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Faculty/Staff Students

Capstone projects showcase JMC students’ talents

Students enrolled in capstone courses across the JMC department have received real-world training and experiences this semester, ranging from developing a campaign for Alumni Affairs to covering the aftermath of the EF4 tornado that ripped through far western Kentucky.  Below are highlights from the capstone experiences: Advertising students present campaign Advertising students presented their campaign […]

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Faculty/Staff JMC Dept. Students

PR students launch travel website

JMC students in Dr. Marcie Hinton’s Content Creation class have partnered with the Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau in launching a travel website for all that Western Kentucky has to offer.  The website, dubbed “Postcards From the Brink,” provides information to the public about everything from attractions and events to traditions and dine-ins located in […]

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McKeel’s photos spotlighted in Wrather exhibit

The new Centennial Exhibit at Wrather Museum features photography from alumnus Jeremy McKeel, ’98 & ’02, Digital Media Services Manager at Murray State. The campus scenes curated by Dr. Jeff McLaughlin and others will be on display until Dec. 9, 2022.

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Faculty/Staff Featured

Kendall: My Doc Story

By Tony Kendall There are so many, but my first memory of Doc came during my sophomore year of high school when my then high school journalism teacher, Ann Landini, took the newspaper staff to a workshop at Murray State.  Doc and Bob Valentine put on their Dr. Trey and Dr. Vee show for us. […]

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