Touchdown Alabama Magazine is looking for Junior and Senior journalism majors to cover the upcoming football season. Opportunities include beat writing for the Web site, writing articles and copy editing. Contact Mike Lacy, Mlacy@tdalabama.com, (205) 344-3312.
Friday, Oct. 23, Kelly B. Browning will speak on building and maintaining support for nonprofit healthcare organizations. The talk will be at 11 a.m. in 216 Phifer Hall. Browning is the chief operating officer of the American Institute for Cancer Research, a national health charity based in Washington, D.C. The Institute’s mission is to fund research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk; interpret the accumulated scientific literature in the field; and educate people about choices they can make to reduce their chances of developing cancer. Browning is responsible for all aspects of the Institute’s program activities; direct response and major gift fundraising programs; and all finance, accounting, government affairs, state regulatory affairs, and legal issues. During his 25 year tenure, the Institute’s revenues have grown from $9.6 million in 1984 to $33.4 million in 2008. Mr. Browning serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Direct Marketing Association.
CNN will broadcast a two-part documentary, “Latino in America,” on the nights of October 21 and 22, a program which will explore the impact Latinos have made on our communities, our culture and the meaning of being American.
Due to the efforts of Dr. George Daniels, CNN has selected our College to host a preview screening of the documentary on Monday, October 19, at 7 p.m. in 125 ten Hoor. The preview screening, a 45-minute condensed version of the two-part documentary, will be followed by a discussion. Dr. Michael Innis-Jimenez from the American Studies program will co-host the event which is open to the public. Additional co-sponsors include the College’s Diversity Forum, American Studies, Crossroads Community Center and the Capstone Association of Black Journalists.
Jennifer Greer, associate professor and department chair, had a book chapter published in Advertising and Society: Controversies and Consequences, and had two journal articles accepted for publication in summer 2009. Greer’s studies on gender and sports will appear in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and in Journal of Sport Behavior.
Crechale Stevens was hired this year as the account specialist for the Department of Journalism. She previously had worked at the University of Kentucky.
Wm. David Sloan, professor of journalism, was selected as a 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of his undergraduate alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce. He had three books published during 2008-2009. They included revised editions of The Media in America: A History (7th ed.) and The Age of Mass Communication (2nd ed.) and a new book, Research Methods in Communication, which he co-edited with UA faculty member Shuhua Zhou. Upon retiring as adviser of UA’s chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the mass communication honor society, the national organization recognized him for 35 years of service as an adviser. His tenure was the longest in the history of KTA, founded in 1910, and was among the 10 longest terms as an adviser of all honor societies in the United States. American Journalism, the journal of the American Journalism Historians Association, published an 11-page article, “An Interview with Wm. David Sloan,” the first in the AJHA’s Oral History Project, covering his background and his philosophy about historical study.
Chris Roberts joined the journalism faculty as an assistant professor. He teaches editing, introduction to mass communication and graduate classes. He is an officer in both the Media Ethics and Newspaper divisions of AEJMC. Roberts earned his B.A. and M.A. in journalism at Alabama and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Carolina. He worked for more than two decades in newspapers in Alabama and South Carolina. An article he wrote on journalistic credibility and transparency is scheduled to be published this year in American Behavioral Scientist. He received a UA research grant this summer and is working on two books about editing and ethics.