JMC Spotlight - April 2016
Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications and director of the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, received the 2015 Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award at the annual Kansas Press Association Convention in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 22, 2016. The Gaston award was established in 2000 to honor Karl and Dorothy Gaston, the late publishers of the Ellsworth Reporter. Freeland has been a journalism professor in the Miller School for 33 years. She adds a historical dimension to her News and Feature Writing classes by requiring her students to do research and write stories about various topics. She has advised more than 1,000 students in her role as internship coordinator for the School. She writes a weekly blog, Kansas Snapshots, for which she has won numerous awards.
On April 18, 2016, JMC undergraduate Anthony Williams (right) was awarded the Best of Festival award from the Broadcast Education Association for his video production “Maize Mosaic Virus.” The video was produced in Dr. Thomas Hallaq’s (left) MC 471 – Audio Video Production class and was based on the NSF funded research of Dr. Anna Whitfield (Plant Pathology).
JMC Graduate Assistant Nick Homburg presented his paper, An Aerial Eyewitness, in a poster session and later contributed to the panel presentation about drones titled, “Drones Among Us: The Use of UAVs as a Storytelling Too,” at the Broadcast Education Association Conference on April 19, 2016, in Las Vegas.