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Ads Club presents at NSAC

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

The MSU Ads Club participated in the 2019 National Student Advertising Competition operated by the American Advertising Federation. The competition sponsor, Weinerschnitzel, a hotdog restaurant company located mainly in the western U.S., asked AAF chapters to create an advertising campaign that raised the image of the hotdog. The Ads Club traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the district level round of the competition. MSU Ads Club Members, from left to right, Toby Guthrie, Sam Blalock, Samantha Powers, and Matthew Anderson rehearse their presentation.

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High school student media attend annual workshop

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

More than 250 high school students and their teachers attended the 2019 High School Student Media Workshop, Sept. 27.

The annual workshop offered a variety of sessions related to high school student media.
Sessions for the 2019 workshop included: Beyond Google: Finding and Evaluating Internet Sources; Bring Cash to Your Publication; Capturing the Game: Sports Still Photography; Design Trends: Inspiration from the World Around You; InDesign: Basics; Going Live in 3, 2, 1 (Facebook Live); Crafting an Effective News Story; From Multimedia to Social Media: Digital Trends and Tools You Need to Know; Crafting an effective ad; Finding, Evaluating, and Using Visuals in the Newsroom; Soaring into the online space: Graves County’s journey from print to online; Looking Good in Print; 5 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Social Media Brand; Go team! Rally your staff and communicate more effectively; and E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News: Fake News Detective Training via

Two extended length super sessions were offered.

Television students were able to attend a session in which the winners of the video competition were critiqued. TV production faculty and majors provided tips and insights for the high schoolers on how to strengthen their school’s news, sports and feature coverage.

Newspaper and multimedia students were able to tour The Murray State News, learn about the various sections of the paper, and learn how to use AP style. The high school students produced and recorded a segment of the “Murray State Minute” in the newsroom of The News.

A session was provided for the advisers to discuss best practices and talk about concerns related to high school media.

A high school media competition was provided in connection with the workshop. The winners were recognized in the opening assembly. A complete list of winners can be found at

The following JMC faculty and staff taught sessions in the workshop: Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Dr. Bella Ezumah, Chris Haynes, Orville Herndon, Gross Magee, Brent Norsworthy, Dr. Kevin Qualls, Elizabeth Thomas, Dr. Tim Vance, and Gill Welsch.

Several professionals outside the department led workshop sessions. Those session leaders included: Bailey Crossley, Murray State’s social media coordinator; Marci Crouch, adviser for the Graves County Eagle Eye online newspaper; Valerie Ezell, customer service manager at the Jostens Yearbook production plant in Clarksville, Tenn.; Amey Graybeal, Jostens; Jeremy McKeel, manager of MSU Digital Media Services; and Dana Thompson, research and instruction librarian for Murray State’s University Libraries.

Two students led workshop sessions. Elizabeth Erwin is a senior public relations major and the public relations director for The Murray State News. Dona Rains is a graduate student in mass communications at Murray State. She recently retired from a career in public relations with Baptist Health Systems in Paducah.

The workshop director was Leigh Landini Wright, associate professor of journalism and head of the department’s journalism major. Marion Hale, JMC administrative assistant, assisted Wright.

The 2020 High School Student Media Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 25.

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Media pros interact with seniors

Posted on 31 December 2019 by jmcjournal

Media professionals visited campus Oct. 17 as part of the department’s annual Meet the Pros event.

Students attended panel discussions which featured professionals working in positions related to their majors.

The professionals participating in the advertising session included: Jamie Futrell, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah, Ky.; Robert Norsworthy, Dept. of Journalism and Mass Communications’ executive in residence; Jamie Barnwell Phillips, Rust Media, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Karie Thornton, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah, Ky.

Austin Gordon, Hutson, Inc., met with graphic communications media students.

Journalism majors heard from John Wright, Murray Ledger & Times, Meghann Richardson, Owensboro Times, and Ed Rode.

Public relations students were able to hear insights from Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center, Paris, Tenn.; Dana Howard, CFSB; Tab Brockman, Hopkinsville, Ky., Parks & Recreation; and Shawn Touney, Murray State.

TV Production majors heard the thoughts of Jason Barnett, Jason Barnett Graphics, Louisville, Ky.; Jeremy McKeel, MSU Digital Media Services; and Dave Winder, MSU Athletics.

Students and professionals participated in speed interviews following the panel discussions. Professionals were seated at tables. Students were allotted a fixed amount of time to spend at a professional’s table. The students moved to another professional’s table when prompted by the time keeper.

Gill Welsch serves as the coordinator for the Meet the Pros event. He is the head of the department’s advertising major.

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Seniors meet the pros

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

JMC seniors had a chance to meet and learn from professionals in their field on Nov. 1. The department’s annual Meet the Pros events hosted professionals in advertising, graphic communications media, journalism, public relations and TV production.

Advertising students were able to listen to Jamie Futrell, general manager, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah; Areia Hathcock, general manager, Metropolis Planet, Metropolis, Ill. and the Mayfield Messenger, Mayfield, Ky.; Joshua Miller, vice president of digital, 5by5 Agency, Nashville, Tenn.; Karie Thornton, digital sales director, Bristol Broadcasting, Paducah; and Robert Norsworthy, executive-in-residence, Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Murray State University.

Austin Gordon, media specialist, Hutson, Inc., Murray, shared his insights with graphic communications media majors.

Journalism seniors heard from Will Brantley, hunting editor, Field & Stream, Murray; Shelly Byrne, reporter, The Mayfield Messenger, Mayfield; and Roger Seay, news director, KFVS-TV 12, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Five visiting professionals shared their experiences with public relations majors. Those speakers were: Tori Daughrity, director of marketing and public relations, Henry County Medical Center, Paris, Tenn.; Dana Howard, marketing communications coordinator, CFSB, Benton; Richard Patterson, deputy public affairs officer, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox; Heather Mix, account manager, Bayard Advertising, Nashville, Tenn.; Kallan Bubb, senior strategist, Canvas Worldwide, Los Angeles; and Kayla Speis, director of marketing and communications, Murray Convention & Visitors Bureau, Murray.

Television production majors listened to the insights of Jason Barnett, owner/creative director, Jason Barnett Graphics, Louisville; Kyle Hayden, local sales manager, WPSD-TV, Paducah; and Jeremy McKeel, director, Digital Media Services, Murray State University.

Following the one-hour roundtable sessions students participated in a speed interview session. Students spoke with a professional for a brief amount of time and moved to the next professional when time was called.

Gill Welsch, head of the advertising major, served as coordinator for this event.

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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

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

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Owens researches diversity options

Posted on 20 December 2018 by jmcjournal

Dr. Mary M. Meares, left, and Dr. George Daniels, right, of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, discussed their school’s diversity initiatives with Dr. Debbie Owens. Over the summer Owens was selected to head up diversity and inclusion initiatives in Murray State’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.

During fall break, Dr. Debbie Owens traveled to the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa where she met with representatives of the College of Communication and Information Sciences (CCIS) to discuss its diversity plan.

The meeting was hosted by members of the college’s Diversity Forum, Dr. George Daniels, assistant dean for administration, College of Communication and Information Sciences, and Dr. Mary M. Meares, associate professor, Department of Communication Studies and chair of the Human Resources Committee.

“I appreciate getting an opportunity to observe firsthand the initiatives that are in place at Alabama,” Owens said. “They’ve provided me with a broader perspective on ways to implement a sustainable diversity plan.”

The college’s diversity initiatives have been nationally recognized by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC) and used as a model for the International Mass Communication Training and Research Center. CCIS initiatives include the use of multiple instructors to teach diversity-focused courses and diversity advocacy training for faculty and staff.

Owens said she intends to highlight aspects of UA’s model as examples of “best practices” for innovations in diversity and inclusiveness both within the JMC department and at the collegiate level.

In November, she represented the A. J. Bauernfeind College of Business at the 2018 Diversity and Inclusiveness Summit sponsored by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in Phoenix.

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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

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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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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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