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High school student media visits campus

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications welcomed more than 250 high school students and media advisers to campus on Sept. 28 for the annual High School Media Workshop.

This event provided learning opportunities for students working in a variety of high school media.

Sessions included: evaluating news, advertising sales, sports still photography, latest trends in memory books, InDesign basics, Facebook Live, careers in the media, social media, crafting an effective ad, looking good in print, asking better questions, and crafting a solid news story.

Two super sessions were offered. One featured Murray State television production students and faculty. The session looked at the winners of this year’s video category. Tips and in¬sights for strengthening news, sports and features were provided in the session.

Newspaper and multimedia students could participate in a super session in the newsroom of The Murray State News. Attendees learned about the sections of a college newspaper and how to use AP style. The students recorded a segment of the “Murray State Minute” webcast. The session was taught by the adviser and students of The Murray State News.

High school media advisers were able to participate in a curriculum swapshop, best practices, and group discussion sessions.

An AP style competition was offered as part of the Workshop.

JMC faculty/staff teaching sessions included: Robert Valentine, Wm. Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Chris Haynes, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Dr. Debbie Owens, Elizabeth Thomas, Gill Welsch, Dr. Tim Vance, Orville Herndon, Dr. Marcie Hinton, Leigh Wright.

Sessions led by professionals outside the JMC department included: Dana Statton, University Libraries; Jeremy McKeel, MSU Digital Media Services; Valerie Ezell and Amey Graybeal, Jostens; and Shelley Street Byrne, The Mayfield Messenger.

Leigh Wright served as the director of the High School Workshop. She was assisted by Marion Hale.

Winners of the High School Media Competition were announced prior to the beginning of the workshop. A complete list of winners can be found on JMCJournal.org.

The 2019 High School Media Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 27.

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‘The News’ launches online newscast

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

Students in Dr. Stephanie Anderson’s JMC 398 Advanced Multimedia Reporting, launched an online newscast in the Fall 2018 semester called ‘”The College News.”

The name was the original name of The Murray State News.

As part of the class and the student media organization, student journalists are provided an experiential learning opportunity by creating an online newscast, which airs on Mondays each week during the semester. The students are responsible for all aspects of the show under Anderson’s guidance.

The course brought back the “Murray State Minute,” a one-minute news update that airs on Fridays. Both can be found at Facebook.com/themurraystatenews.

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JMC Journal online edition

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

The JMC Journal can be downloaded as a pdf document. Click the image to open the file.

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The News celebrates 90 years

Posted on 06 January 2018 by jmcjournal


Doc McGaughey, left, Ryan Brooks and Ann Landini share memories at The Murray State News reunion in October.


The first issue of The College News can be seen here.


John Mark Roberts, left, and David Ramey look through some of the old issues of The Murray State News they helped produce in the 1985-86 school year. The paper celebrated its 90th anniversary with a newsroom reunion prior to the Homecoming football game.


Issues of The News from August 2012 to present can be found online on the paper’s Issuu channel at this link.

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Class gains real world sales experience

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal


Students in the fall semester JMC 426 class sold over $14,000 in advertising to support the 2018 edition of Gateway Magazine, a product of The Murray State News. From the left they are: Row 1 – Mary Katelyn Hayden and Mary Kathrine Curtis; Row 2 – Instructor Robert Valentine, Savanna Hatfield, Jessica Wellington, Katelyn Suitor; Row 3 – Morgan Rutledge, Laura Miller, Brittany McClain; Row 4 – Ali Alajmi, Austin Carner, Rachel Solomon; Row 5: Mohammed Alshatti, Chandler Cochran, Patrick Wadlinton, Aziz Liu, and John Bivins. (Not shown: Joe McMahon, Sydney Cline)

The spring semester class will sell ads to make possible the use of a smartphone app to provide directions, schedules and enrollment information for the 2018 Summer Orientation program. JMC 426 students regularly bring in more than $30,000 each year to support MSU print products used in enrollment and recruitment activities.


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Outstanding students recognized at annual honors banquet

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal


The top graduating seniors were recognized at the department’s annual honors banquet. From left: Kyara Roberson, advertising; Abby Siegel, public relations; Shelby Smithson, journalism; Dr. Debbie Owens, chair; Adam Loehr, TV production; Alissa Sommerfeldt, public relations; and Brandi Gooch, graphic communications media. Allie Douglass, outstanding graduate student, is not pictured.


Seven graduating students were recognized as the top students in their majors at the JMC department’s spring honors banquet April 26. Those receiving this recognition were Kyara Roberson, Shelby Smithson, Abby Siegel, Alissa Sommerfeldt, Adam Loehr, Brandi Gooch, and Allie Douglass.

Roberson was named the outstanding senior in advertising. She was a graphic communications technology minor. She had served as a social media intern for Bundles for Queens. Roberson was a member of Ads Club.

Smithson was the top student in journalism. She was a TV production major and journalism minor.

She had an internship with WPSD Local 6. On campus she worked as a reporter and co-host of “Roundabout U” and as a co-host and co-producer for “MSU 2Nite.”

She was a member of TV Club, Alpha Gamma Delta, Campus Activities Board and The Winner’s Circle.

Siegel was one of two outstanding seniors in public relations. She also majored in nonprofit leadership studies. She was an organizational communications minor.

She worked as news editor for The Murray State News and as a writer for Gateway Magazine. She was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Honors Student Council, Baptist Campus Ministry, Racer Rowing, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, president of Wave with Living Waters for the World, and a Peace Corps ambassador.

Sommerfeldt was one of two outstanding seniors in public relations. She was an advertising minor. She had public relations internships with Murray State’s Alumni Association and the University’s Office of Development.

Her off-campus internships included Caterpillar Inc., VoiceBox Media and Owensboro’s RiverPark Center.

She was a residential advisor in Elizabeth Hall and a Summer O counselor. She served as president and vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, participated in the University’s Student Ambassador program, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Loehr was the outstanding student in TV production. He was a theatre technical/design minor.

He was active in the TV Club.

Gooch was the outstanding student in graphic communications media. She was an art/graphic and web design minor.

She was a freelance graphic and web designer.

Douglass was named the outstanding mass communications graduate student. She had received her bachelor’s degree in graphic communications management/photography from Murray State in 2012.

She had worked as a photographer for the Paducah Sun, a public relations specialist for Murray State, and was the University’s visual communications coordinator.

She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Leadership Women, MSU Residential College Task Force, and the Elizabeth College advisory council.

In addition to the top seniors, the departmental clubs and organizations recognized the achievements within their groups. Kappa Tau Alpha inductees were named during the banquet.

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Anderson named adviser for The Murray State News

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal


Stephanie Anderson defended her dissertation in June. Her committee included, from left, Melony Shemberger, Teresa Clark, Anderson, and Robert McGaughey. She completed her doctorate in August.


Dr. Stephanie Anderson has joined the JMC department as an assistant professor in the journalism sequence and advisor for The Murray State News.

Anderson received all three of her degrees from Murray State. She earned her bachelor’s in electronic journalism in 2004 and her master’s in mass communications in 2008. She recently completed her doctorate of education in August 2017.


Anderson at her hooding ceremony


Anderson was a member of the inaugural cohort of the College of Education and Services’ P20 and community leadership doctoral program. This is the second doctoral program offered at Murray State.

Anderson specializes in the area of trauma journalism. Her dissertation topic, How to educate collegiate journalists to cover and cope with traumatic events, has already been integrated into her JMC 398 Reporting for Broadcast and Online Media course. She will present her findings at the Kentucky Press Association conference as well as the Broadcast Education Association’s national conference in 2018.

After working in television news in Paducah and Albuquerque as a producer and assignment editor, she transitioned to public relations in the casino entertainment and non-profit industries. Before beginning her career in academia, she worked in advertising sales for newspapers and magazines in Illinois and Kentucky.

Anderson began teaching as an adjunct in the JMC department in 2010, teaching at the Paducah campus as well as the main campus.

She is a lifelong member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and currently serves as the communications advisor. She was the recipient of the L.J. Horton Journalism Scholarship, which is what originally brought her to Murray State in 2000. In 2015, she was awarded the Vincent T. Wasilewski Award from the Broadcast Education Association.

She is married to Robert Anderson and has two stepchildren.

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Workshop draws high school student media to campus

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal


MSU President Dr. Bob Davies welcomed the students and faculty attending the High School Media Workshop. Students were able to choose from a number of workshop topics related to student media.


The department’s annual High School Media Workshop attracted 284 students and advisers from 10 high schools to campus Sept. 22.

Students and their advisers were able to choose from a variety of sessions of interest to those working with their school’s yearbook, newspaper, TV station or website.

Sessions included: how to tell what’s CRAAP and what’s not, asking the hard questions: how to get anyone to talk to you, crafting an effective ad, capturing the game: sports still photography, latest trends in memory books, InDesign basics, designing a mass media website, a celebration of media arts: video awards and celebration, advertising sales, leadership and group communication, you can get paid for writing (careers in the media), feature writing, “going social” (media that is), looking good in print, broadcast announcing, and curating content with Storify–a trend in news story creation.

Students were able to tour The Murray State News and participate in a number of breakout meetings related to different sections of a newspaper.

Prior to the sessions an awards ceremony recognized the top entries in a variety of fields.

First place winners in the newspaper contest were: news writing, Calloway County; feature writing, Evansville Mater Dei; reviews, McCracken County; personality profiles, Calloway County; editorial and opinion, Calloway County; sports writing, Calloway County; photography, Calloway County; illustrations and graphics, McCracken County; column, Calloway County; page one design, McCracken County; feature design, Calloway County; sports design, Evansville Mater Dei; and overall design, Calloway County.

First place winners in the video contest were: news/feature package, Calloway County; sports package, Graves County; news/feature program, Calloway County; sports show, Murray; and digital shorts, Ft. Campbell.

First place winners in the yearbook competition were: best feature, McCracken County; best sports feature, Mater Dei; best sports section, Ft. Campbell; best school life section, Ft. Campbell; best cover, Mater Dei; and best overall, McCracken County.

Click here for newspaper winners, video winners,, and yearbook winners.

High schools attending the workshop were Ballard Memorial, Calloway County, Christian Fellowship, Fort Campbell, Graves County, Mater Dei, McCracken County, Murray, St. Mary, and Trigg County.


Andrew Buhler, Jostens publishing manager and JMC alum, told students about the latest trends in yearbooks.


Departmental faculty/staff conducting sessions for the workshop included: Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Chris Haynes, Orville Herndon, Dr. Marcie Hinton, Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Debbie Owens, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Dr. Melony Shemberger, Elizabeth Thomas, Robert Valentine, and Gill Welsch.

Outside professionals assisting in the workshop included: Debbie Battinger, The Paris Post-Intelligencer, Andrew Buhler, Jostens; Shelley Street Byrne, The Mayfield Messenger; Jeremy McKeel, MSU Digital Media Services; and Dana Statton, MSU Libraries.

According to Workshop Director Leigh Wright, the 2018 High School Media Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 28.

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The News excels in annual Ky. Press Association contest

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal

The Murray State News received 17 awards at the Kentucky Press Association Convention in January. The paper’s 2016 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards were:

Best General News Story, first place–Abby Siegel;
Best Ongoing Extended Coverage Story, second place;
Best General News Picture, third place–McKenna Dosier;
Best Sports Picture, second Place–Jenny Rohl;
Best Sports Picture Essay, third place–Chalice Keith;
Best Special Section, first place;
Best Graphic, second place–Austin Gordon and Gisselle Hernandez;
Best Graphic, third place – Austin Gordon;
Best Lifestyle Page, second place–Gisselle Hernandez;
Best Front Page, first place–Connor Jaschen;
Food and Alcohol Ad, first place–Spencer Price;
Furniture Ad, certificate of merit–Austin Gordon;
Group Promotion, certificate of merit–Alex Hilkey;
Best Use of Color, first place–Spencer Price;
Best Ad Series, first place;
Holiday Greeting Ads/Misc., certificate of merit–Austin Gordon; and
Creative Use of the Newspaper, second place–Austin Gordon.

Ryan Alessi and Joe Hedges were co-advisers of the paper for the spring 2016 semester. Stephanie Elder Anderson became The News’ adviser in the fall 2016 semester.

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Students attend storytelling workshop

Posted on 05 January 2018 by jmcjournal

Three JMC students attended a storytelling workshop featuring Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute at the spring meeting of the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters.

During the workshop, Tompkins showed students how to create videos on their phones, how to create easy social media graphics from their phones and how to craft effective broadcast news stories.

Tompkins, a Fredonia native, attended Murray State University before transferring to Western Kentucky University. His career as a reporter and news director extended from Paducah to Nashville, Tenn. He is now the senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Participating students were Emily Hancock, a sophomore television production major from Bumpous Mills, Tenn.; Allison Laski, a senior television production major from Lexington, Ky., and Ashley Traylor, a sophomore television production major from Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Melony Shemberger and Leigh Wright, assistant professors of journalism, accompanied the students.

Additionally, Wright began her term as a board member for the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters during the meeting.

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