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Assistant professor adds to her University duties

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Melony Shemberger will be serving as the interim Faculty Development Center director, which is now a part of the University Libraries.

Dr. Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, began her fourth year of teaching at Murray State in August.

Shemberger has published in the peer-reviewed publications of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and the Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication Journal.

She has four book chapters forthcoming and has professional articles in several guidebooks published by the PR News Press, as well as the Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society.

She has presented at several academic and professional conferences. Her primary research interests include journalism history, sunshine laws and journalism pedagogy.

On campus, Shemberger is chair of the Committee on Institutional Studies and Research. She will serve as vice president of the Faculty Senate for 2016-17. She also is a member of the President’s Commission on Sustainability.

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Shemberger, Wright contribute to social media classroom book

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Two journalism faculty members have chapters published in a new book, Social Media in the Classroom.

Dr. Melony Shemberger and Leigh Landini Wright, assistant professors in the journalism and mass communications department, had their scholarly work to appear in the collection edited by Hana S. Noor al-Deen and published by Peter Lang Media.

The book is designed for instructors in advertising, public relations and journalism. Shemberger’s and Wright’s chapters appeared in the book’s journalism section.

Shemberger’s chapter is titled “Going on a News Consumption Diet: Engaging Students in Meaningful Current Events Discussions Through Social Media.” In it, she provides ideas on how to structure current news assignments using digital, interactive approaches.

Wright’s chapter, “Storytelling 2.0: Using Social Media Tools to Craft Multimedia Stories,” examines a variety of social media tools to enhance the multimedia storytelling experiences for journalism students.

Shemberger and Wright also provided assignments that readers could use in their classes.

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Thomas edits journal special issue

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Elizabeth Thomas, public relations sequence head and senior lecturer in the JMC Department, served as editor of a special issue covering the state of the advertising and marketing industries today for the November 2016 edition of the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism, an open-access online peer-reviewed international journal. 

Her article, The State of Advertising and Mass Media: Where Are We Headed?, can be read online at http://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/the-state-of-advertising-and-mass-media-where-are-we-headed-2165-7912-S2-003.pdf.

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Ezumah excels with fellowship

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business Notable Accomplishment Award recognizes faculty that excels in the area of external grant, patent, fellowship, or any other notable recognition. Ezumah’s Carnegie Foundation Fellowship qualified her for this award.

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McGaughey named Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal


Dr. Bob McGaughey, retired professor and chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, was named one of 20 Volunteers of the Year (2015-16) at the national Pi Kappa Alpha convention Aug. 6 in New Orleans. Seated is Dr. Bob McGaughey, Pike and Murray State alumni from left, Bobby Workman, Bobby Martin, Buford Anderson, George Oakley, Dan Miller, Jerry Penner and John Weatherly.


Dr. Bob McGaughey, retired chairman and professor of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, was named one of 20 Volunteers of the Year (2015-16) at the national Pi Kappa Alpha convention Aug. 6 in New Orleans.

Nominated by the MSU Pike chapter adviser and the Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO, Jerry Penner, McGaughey was the only fraternity alumnus from Kentucky named to the list.

The fraternity headquarters noted that this was the first year for the award. It recognizes “those alumni volunteers who serve in advisory board roles mentoring chapter leadership and members in ethical decision making, chapter operations, risk management, and strategic planning.”

McGaughey, a member of the “Fabulous Forty” pledge class of spring of 1962, has served on the alumni advisory board, on the house corporation and on the committee to raise funds and build the house on 16th street. The new house, built after the Pike Lodge north of campus burned in 2004, is named for the late Dr. Hal Houston.

In addition, McGaughey has helped sponsor Rush activities and been a major donor for building the current Pike house. He also has spoken to the Epsilon Lambda chapter on its history, communications, public relations and the roles of officers.

In 1977 he was named as second person to be the Pi Kappa Alpha Distinguished Alumnus. The first one was Dr. Houston.

McGaughey joined the MSU faculty in 1969 as the adviser to The Murray State News and journalism instructor. He became department chairman in 1974.

He retired in 1997 after 27 years and 23 as chairman. He then taught part time and worked with the BIS program in MSU’s Continuing Education unit until December 2010.

McGaughey has received several awards/honors for his work at Murray State. He won the Max Carman Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1984 and was named the Distinguished Professor by the Alumni Association in 1990. In 2015 he received the Golden Horseshoe Award for continued outstanding service and support of the university.

Selected eight times to attend the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) faculty-industry seminar in New York City, he was named the Frank Stanton Fellow as the distinguished broadcast educator in the U. S. by IRTS in 1987.

His other honors include being named to “Personalities of the South,” “International Men of the Year,” “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest,” “Who’s Who Among American Teachers,” “Who’s Who in the Media and Communications,” “Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders” and “Men of Achievement.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

McGaughey may be best known for his presentations with his close friend, Bob Valentine. The two have done communications workshops/speeches and their comedy act of Dr. Trey and Dr. Vee since 1978.

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Shemberger elected to Phi Kappa Phi national board of directors

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Melony Shemberger, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, was elected to the national board of directors for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during the organization’s 2016 biennial convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta.

Shemberger, who is vice president of Murray State’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, is the first Murray State chapter member to serve on the Society’s national board. Her two-year term will expire in August 2018 when the biennial convention is held in Minneapolis, Minn.

She was among eight candidates from chapters across the United States to vie for one of five slots on the board.

In addition to serving as a candidate for a national office, Shemberger represented Chapter 302 as its convention delegate.

Shemberger was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi in April 2010 when she was a doctoral student at Tennessee State University. Before coming to Murray State in 2013, she was the public relations officer for Chapter 191 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

At Murray State, Shemberger has served the chapter as secretary and vice president. She also has been a member of the advisory council for the Society’s national magazine, Forum.

She received a national Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi in 2014 for her research in journalism history and was named the Society’s Volunteer of the Month for December 2015. She is a life member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Chapter 302 was chartered on Nov. 28, 2007, and has inducted several hundred outstanding MSU students into membership since then. The chapter seeks to recognize and encourage excellence in all academic disciplines and promote discussion of important issues across disciplinary lines. The chapter has been recognized by national headquarters as a Chapter of Excellence and a Chapter of Merit in the past three years.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

The Society’s motto is “Let the love of learning rule humanity.”

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Ezumah presents at Scripps Howard Leadership Academy

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Bella Ezumah was among 15 professors, administrators and communication professional selected for the Ninth Annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy held at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in June 2016.

The academy, co-sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Manship School, brings together academics and professionals to learn administrative strategies and gain insight into academic leadership.

During their time in the academy, mid-career academics and professionals met with seasoned administrators to learn about management, discuss the future of media education and consider issues critical to those interested in or new to leadership roles.

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Magee releases collection of Mammoth Cave photos

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

A project five years in the making is surfacing as a Murray State University faculty member prepares to release his collection of subterranean 3D photos, paying homage to the first images of its kind in America and the groundbreaking photographer who created them. William Gross Magee, Graphic Communications lecturer within the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, decided to publish a book filled with re-photographed images of Mammoth Cave that were originally taken in 1866 by photographer Charles Waldack.

“That’s a really tough question. There’s no simple ‘why’,” said Magee. “I really fell in love with the collodion wet plate process that Waldack used to develop his images, but I think what drove me to pursue the actual book was the opportunity to promote historical Kentucky photography and within a natural Kentucky park.”

After being granted access to the cave in 2011, Magee began a one-year process of shooting the 3D images. From July 2011 to July 2012, Magee would visit the national park approximately 150 miles away from Murray, a total of eight times, eventually amounting to 23 hours spent re-photographing Waldack’s historic images. The 43 photographs Magee worked to re-create showcase the cave’s key locations and the seemingly unchanged views of the more than 400 miles of Mammoth Cave.

“Cave time moves on a geological scale. The locations Waldack and I photographed will probably remain unaltered for thousands of years. It’s when man intervenes that things become subject to change,” explained Magee.

These same views, originally captured by Belgium-born Waldack in 1866, utilized burning magnesium ribbon to record the first known photographs taken under the Earth’s surface in the United States.

“My goal was to contrast and compare the changes in photography and in the cave in the last 150 years,” said Magee.

After capturing the images, Magee continued to edit and composite them alongside Waldack’s, while gathering research on Waldack included in the limited edition fine arts book. Mammoth Cave Photographic Company, Then & Now will be offered in two different formats, a printed and autographed version including electronic media, 3D stereo glasses and a free online e-book version.

Since the start of his creative project, Magee has gained support and notable respect from the campus community.

“This is a really exciting project. It’s the type of creative work that deserves a lot of credit from members of our faculty,” said Dr. Bob Lochte, Journalism and Mass Communications Department Chair. “What Gross is doing is every bit as important as major peer-reviewed publications, and we applaud him for his dedication to his work.”

Being made available on the same day Waldack photographed his first image in the cave, June 14, the book’s release also coincides with several anniversaries important to both Magee and the national park. The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of guided tours at Mammoth Cave, 150th anniversary of Charles Waldack’s capturing of the first subterranean image in America, 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service and the 75th anniversary of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Now that Magee’s work is complete and his book being published, he has no plans to cut ties with the cave or his fascination with it and Waldack.

“Honestly I feel a little sad that it’s all done,” said Magee, explaining that he plans to revisit his cave work in two or three years. “Work like this is like taking a photograph with a really long shutter speed; things tend to move and be blurry. As things inside of the cave change, I can’t imagine not being there to capture it.”

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Ezumah garners Carnegie Fellowship

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Bellarmine (Bella) Ezumah is a recipient of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, part of the Scholar Exchanges Division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

She will spend 90 days at the Uganda Martyrs University in Kampala, Uganda, developing a new communication program that focuses on pastoral communication, as well as the more traditional sequences of journalism, advertising, public relations and broadcast. Ezumah will equally assist in recruiting and mentoring faculty for this new program.

Ezumah is an associate professor of communication and media studies with the JMC department.

The selection was based on several criteria including the academic qualification and field experiences of the applicant/scholar, quality of the proposed project and its feasibility and appropriateness to the host institution’s needs. Also considered was local, regional and international impact of the proposed project and potential for collaboration between the host institution and the scholar’s institution. Additionally, the applicant is required to be an African-born scholar working at an accredited higher institution in the United States or Canada.

A Frederick Douglass Scholar and a recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement grant at Howard University, Ezumah joined Murray State in 2011 and has published over 22 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings.

She has shared her work at more than 23 conferences in Greece, Nigeria, Jamaica, the United States and Canada and was also selected last summer to participate in the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

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Owens brings experience to leadership position

Posted on 30 December 2016 by jmcjournal

Dr. Debbie Owens has been appointed interim chair in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Owens has more than 20 years of experience in academe. She joined the Murray State University faculty in 2002.

Professor Owens recently served as graduate program coordinator for the department and had been instrumental in development and assessment of the master’s degree program since she took on that role in 2011.

Owens has held numerous leadership positions throughout her tenure in JMC, including JMC Electronic Media sequence head, and ad-hoc curriculum development committees.

Owens has represented the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business as a Writing across the Curriculum Ambassador, which involved collaborating with JMC faculty on departmental writing assessments and contribution to the Senate Bill-1 Faculty Online Writing Handbook. She has served on numerous committees at Murray State, including the president’s and provost’s searches, faculty development, graduate programs, college and university tenure committees, and the Jesse Stuart Fellowship selection committee.

Dr. Owens previously served as graduate program director, internship coordinator, sequence head for the electronic media majors, coordinator of the student editorial advisory board for MSU-TV 11, and as co-advisor for MSU’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho.

She belongs to several academic honor societies, including Alpha Epsilon Rho, Kappa Tau Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi.

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