Associated Press Sports Editors workshop in Knoxville on Friday before UA-Tenn. game open to student journalists

For anyone who is going to be in Knoxville the day before the Alabama-UT game, there is an APSE event that’s open to all student sports journalists, as well as all journalists in general:

Associated Press Sports Editors will hold a drive-in workshop on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of Tennessee.

The event is hosted by the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee and will take place at 1345 Circle Park Drive Knoxville, Tenn. The workshops are geared to college students looking for a career in sports journalism.

Three one-hour workshops are planned during the day and are open all students, UT faculty/staff and media professionals. Space is limited in the Scripps Lab, so please RSVP to Phil Kaplan at Phil can provide directions and parking information.

Kaplan, a former president of APSE and sports editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, will moderate the first panel at 10 a.m. He will be joined by Tennessee football beat writer Rhiannon Potkey of the News Sentinel, Tennessee men’s basketball beat writer Grant Ramey of the News Sentinel, and Alabama football beat writer Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News. The panel will discuss the role of the beat writer and the many challenges they face in today’s print and digital world.

The second panel will start at 11:30 a.m. with UT associate professor Amber Roessner as moderator. She will be joined by Terrin Waack, a student at the University of Alabama and intern for The Tuscaloosa News; Tyler Waldrep, a student at Alabama and sports editor for The Crimson White, who is also interning at The Tuscaloosa News; and Troy Provost-Heron, a recent UT graduate and sports writer for The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn. The three will talk about their roles and how they balance college life and internships, working for school publications, and future jobs in media companies.

The day will conclude at 2 p.m. with News Sentinel high school editor Chris Thomas. Kaplan, who also is a guest lecturer at Tennessee, will be joined by Tuscaloosa News executive sports editor and current APSE president Tommy Deas. Kaplan and Deas will share their experience as newsroom leaders and offer best practices for students looking for a career in sports journalism.

J-Day 2016: Full Schedule

All events in Reese Phifer Hall, Room 338, unless otherwise noted.

10-10:55 a.m.
Roy Johnson from Birmingham Magazine and Alabama Media Group
Moderator: Lars Anderson

Roy Johnson is the Editor of Birmingham Magazine and the Director of Content Development at the Alabama Media Group. His team focuses on developing statewide, interactive, multi-platform journalism that showcases the best of Alabama and creates new revenue opportunities. He previously served as editor-in-chief at Men’s Fitness, History Channel and Savoy magazines. He also was editor at large at Fortune and assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated. He also co-executive produced a sports documentary for ESPN’s award-winning “30-for-30” series. Mr. Johnson will give tips on breaking into the print journalism field and discuss what it takes to succeed.

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
David Mattingly, Retired CNN national correspondent
Moderator: George Daniels

David Mattingly, a UA graduate, is a retired CNN national correspondent. Mattingly worked at CNN for 23 years, covering some of the most influential stories of the past two decades. He also spent 10 years anchoring and reporting on local TV in Birmingham. Mr. Mattingly will discuss his experiences as a journalist and offer advice for current journalism students.

12:15-1:30 p.m. – Lunch

2-2:55 p.m.
Jonathan Hardison, Fox 6
Moderator: Lars Anderson

Jonathan Hardison anchors WBRC FOX6 News at 5, 5:30 and 10 p.m. He’s worked at television stations in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana, before joining WBRC FOX6 in October 2007. Since he joined WBRC, Hardison has been nominated for an Emmy and won an Alabama Broadcasters Association Award for a 30-minute special on the Affordable Care Act and an Associated Press Award for his work on the coverage of former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford’s federal fraud trial and conviction. Mr. Hardison will give tips on breaking into the broadcast news business and discuss what it takes to succeed.

3-5 p.m.
Portfolio critiques

6:30-8 p.m.
Keynote:Dr. Harvey Jackson III, 2016 Cason winner
Room 216

Dr. Harvey Jackson III, a 1966 alumnus of UA, is the author, co-author or co-editor of 15 books on Southern history, including “The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera: An Insiders History of the Florida-Alabama Coast” and “Inside Alabama: A Personal History of My State.” He served on the editorial board of the Anniston Star, was the past president of the Alabama Association of Historians and the Alabama Historical Association, and retired from teaching at Jacksonville State University in 2013. The University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences, along with the Journalism Department, has named Mr. Jackson the winner of the 2016 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing. He will discuss his work as a journalist and non-fiction writer.

Kim Cross to host The Alberta School of Performing Arts fundraiser this Thursday

Kim Cross, author of What Stands in a Storm, is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday evening for the Alberta School of Fine Arts at their new campus auditorium, built on the grounds of the old Alberta Elementary School that was destroyed in the April 27, 2011 tornado that her book chronicles.


Her goal is to raise $5,000 to pay for instruments, supplies and other necessities for students at the school, many of whom survived the tornado. Kim writes:

 The message I am trying to convey is that this will be a night of healing stories. It will be uplifting, not a downer. Instead of a day of moruning, this is an acknowledgement of how far we have come, and the good things that have happened as a result of the bad.

The event is from 6-8 P.M. at the school and is free to the public. Donations are accepted on the GoFundMe page.

SPJ celebrates ‘Mark of Excellence’ winners at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23

The Society of Professional Journalists’ University of Alabama chapter will celebrate UA’s regional ‘Mark of Excellence’ award winners at 6 p.m. Thursday in Phifer 222.

Alabama students, in classes or for The Crimson White and other media, won 15 regional awards in Region 3, which includes student media in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

These six regional winners will compete for national prizes, to be awarded later this summer:

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: On the road again – by Pete Pajor, The University of Alabama

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper
Winner: The Crimson White – by The Crimson White staff, The University of Alabama

Editorial Writing
Winner: Our View – by The Crimson White Editorial Board, The University of Alabama

Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner: The person I was born to be – by Francie Johnson and Hannah Widener, The University of Alabama

Online Feature Reporting
Winner: 91 minutes in April – by Staff, Dateline Alabama, The University of Alabama

Online Sports Reporting
Winner: All about the ‘G’ – by Zac Al-Khateeb, The University of Alabama


These nine entries were finalists in the regional competition:

Editorial Cartooning
Finalist: Editorial cartoons – by Kevin Pabst, The University of Alabama

Feature Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: 24 Hours in Tuscaloosa – by Joseph Bodenbach, The University of Alabama

Photo Illustration (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Revenge – by Pete Pajor and Sloane Arogeti, The University of Alabama

Sports Photography (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: Seniors leave Alabama perfect – by Jonathan Norris, The University of Alabama

Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist: University restricts club sports uniforms – by Mary-Catherine Hodges and Reed O’Mara, The University of Alabama

Best Use of Multimedia
Finalist: UA professors read their own reviews on ‘Rate My Professor’ – by Holly Jackson, The University of Alabama

Online In-Depth Reporting

Finalist: Oversupply – by Taylor Manning, The University of Alabama

Online News Reporting
Finalist: Sorority Bid Day Includes 190 minority women – by Andy McWhorter, The University of Alabama

Online Sports Reporting
Finalist: Deontay Wilder and Skyy Boxing present: Young Guns – by Joseph Bodenbach, Collin Ciepiela and Kirsten Fiscus, The University of Alabama

Photos from Southern Courier in Phifer rotunda

peppler_exhibitJim Peppler was a staff photographer of the weekly paper, The Southern Courier, from May 1965 to mid-1968. Founded by staff members of The Harvard Crimson, the Courier recruited a biracial staff of both students and professional journalists from many parts of the country, with the goal of providing objective reporting on civil rights and social issues.

In 2010, Peppler donated his more than 11,000 photos from the Courier era to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, which has digitized the remarkable collection.

To coincide with Peppler’s visit in late February for J-Day and with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Courier, the department of journalism and the College of Communication & Information Sciences are exhibiting a small collection of Peppler’s photos in the rotunda of Reese Phifer.

C&IS Welcomes 52 From Northwest on Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Charles Mauldin, who participated in the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, recounted the experience at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Tuscaloosa Saturday evening.
Charles Mauldin, who participated in the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, recounted the experience at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Tuscaloosa Saturday evening.

The College of Communication and Information Sciences joined several UA units  Saturday night in welcoming 52 visitors from states of Washington and Utah as they began a weeklong Civil Rights pilgrimage through the South with a stop in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center on Greensboro Avenue was the venue for an evening of civil rights stories, sustained dialogue and singing that brought together Alabama students, faculty and staff with those from University of Washington, Bellevue College and Utah State University.

A highlight of the evening was the keynote address by Charles Mauldin, who recounted in detail what it was like facing Alabama State Troopers at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma 50 years ago next Sunday.

“Many of those people who were doing things during that times don’t talk about it,” Mauldin said.  “That was a very traumatizing experience. ”

Mauldin, who today serves on the board for the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma,  recalled the context for the march and results from it that affected his own family.

“What I remembered the most about the March to Montgomery was the end of it,” Mauldin said.  “There were thousands and thousands coming up to the (Alabama State)  Capitol.  It was Blacks, Whites, Jews, Gentiles.  Everybody who reflected America was there.  It was at that point that I knew we had won.”

Mauldin’s parents ended up being the first and second persons in the nation who were able to register to vote as a result of Voting Rights Act of 1965, which Congress passed after the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March.

UA Sustained Dialogue Leader Tyler Merriweather facilitated one of seven  group discussions at Saturday's event.
UA Sustained Dialogue Leader Tyler Merriweather facilitated one of seven group discussions at Saturday’s event.

Following Mauldin’s address,  those in the audience worked in one of seven discussion groups organized by UA’s Sustained Dialogue organization.   The dialogue sessions allowed participants to process and discuss what they were learning from Mauldin.

Dr. Meredith Bagley, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, coordinated the Saturday event, which was co-sponsored by the School of Social Work,  Capstone Association of Black Journalists,  and UA’s Housing and Residential Communities.

UA Communication Studies Professor Meredith Bagley moderated Saturday's event.
UA Communication Studies Professor Meredith Bagley moderated Saturday’s event.

Under the direction of University of Washington Communication Chair David Domke, the Civil Rights pilgrimage made the front page of Friday’s Seattle Times.  The interracial, intergenerational group of learners will travel to at least 12 different cities in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  Next weekend, they will join more than 20,000 expected to converge on Selma for the events marking the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.”

Schedule for J-Day 2015

Sponsored by the Department of Journalism in the University of Alabama’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, the annual J-Day program highlights the careers available to young journalists by bringing in guest speakers to discuss their work and the industry in general.

This year’s J-Day will take place Thursday, February 26 in Reese Phifer Hall. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Continue reading Schedule for J-Day 2015

UA Masters Students Sweep AJHA Southeast Symposium

On January 31, 2015, six journalism masters students presented their research papers at the American Journalism Historians Association Southeast Symposium in Panama City, Florida. These papers were the result of the students’ work in Dr. Dianne Bragg’s JN 563 History of Journalism course this past fall. A picture and a link to the press release about the Symposium can be found on the AJHA website.


Three of the UA students at the Symposium captured the top three MA paper awards for their presentations:

(First) Elizabeth Bonner, University of Alabama:
“Future of Print Magazines Found in the Past: Audience Engagement with the First 18th Century American Magazines.”

(Second) Anna Waters, University of Alabama:
“The Crimson White Coverage of the Machine’s Intimidation Tactics at The University of Alabama from 1976-1993.”

(Third) Alexis Barton, University of Alabama:
“Turning Insult into Gold: The ‘Dangerous Selling’ of Ebony Magazine (1960-1980).”

The other three UA journalism student presenters at the conference were:

Kirsten Fiscus, University of Alabama:
“Big Ears to Big Noses: A Comparison of Political Cartoon Stereotypes at the End of World War II and the Iraq War”

Mark Mayfield, University of Alabama:
“Gimme Shelter: House Beautiful and the Rise of American Home Design Magazines”

Alexandra Woolbright, University of Alabama:
“Respectful Radicals or Misguided Misses: Newspaper Coverage of Women’s Suffrage in Mississippi from 1900-1920”

Saint Luke’s Claypool Lecture Series Presents David Brooks on Jan. 13

Tuesday, January 13 2015 6:30pm 
$25.00 General Admission
Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center

Presented by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church


David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. As a frequent speaker at commencements as well as a bi-weekly Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered, many of his talks can spark lively conversations and debates.

Click on the link below for specific information. There is a student discount: simply use the word “student” as a promotional code.


Photographer Rebecca Webb Wilson to speak at SPJ event

Join The University of Alabama’s student SPJ chapter in welcoming Rebecca Webb Wilson as she discusses her latest book Well Seasoned: Savoring Life’s Lessons.

Wilson has traveled around the world taking photographs of nature and locales such as Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro. “Well Seasoned” offers an escape from hectic everyday life through its beautiful and inspiring images, giving readers an opportunity to “Rethink. Remember. Renew.”

A donation of $5 from every book sold at the event will go to UA’s SPJ chapter.

When: Wednesday, November 19 (meet-and-greet at 5 p.m., talk at 6 p.m.)

Where: The University of Alabama Art Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (600 Greensboro Ave.)