League of Legends Communications Director to Speak with Students

Ole Miss graduate Ryan Rigney will discuss pursing his dreams in the gaming world

OXFORD, Miss. – Ryan Rigney, global communications lead for the League of Legends franchise, will be the first speaker of the spring semester at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media.  Rigney will address an audience at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Overby Center auditorium. He also will be one ofRead the story …

From POW to Peace Advocate, Professor Shines on International Stage

Zenebe Beyene speaks at Nobel event, plans international partnership for reconciliation in Ethiopia

OXFORD, Miss. – When University of Mississippi journalism professor Zenebe Beyene was a student at Ethiopia’s naval academy in 1990, he found himself captured by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front and became a prisoner of war.  From his office in Farley Hall, Beyene said the terrifying experience decades ago shaped his life. Zenebe, an assistant professorRead the story …

Alumnus, Public Relations Veteran Harold Burson Leaves Lasting Legacy

Burson, 98, described as 20th century's 'most influential PR figure'

OXFORD, Miss. – Harold Burson, a 1940 University of Mississippi graduate often heralded as the “Father of Public Relations,” has died at the age of 98. The Burson family made the announcement today (Jan. 10) in Memphis. A Memphis native, Burson was an exceptional student, so much so that he entered Ole Miss at ageRead the story …

Veteran Religion Journalist Named Senior Fellow at Overby Center

Terry Mattingly has earned national reputation for observing how religion affects daily life

OXFORD, Miss. – Veteran journalist Terry Mattingly, known for his 31 years of work as a national religion columnist, has been named a senior fellow at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. His appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2020, was announced by Charles Overby, chairman of the center. “IRead the story …

Graduate Student a Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ Scholar

IMC master's student Ro Rhodes shares lessons on working in athletics and pursuing one's chosen path

OXFORD, Miss. – Ro Rhodes talks about her future with an inspiring brand of confidence that makes you believe she will succeed no matter what life throws at her.  The University of Mississippi master’s student in integrated marketing communications recently was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 scholar and invited to the Forbes Under 30Read the story …

Q&A with Ole Miss Students Interning for ’60 Minutes,’ Fortune Magazine

OXFORD, Miss. – Two students from the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media are in New York this semester, taking classes and interning through the Semester in Journalism program operated by a journalism institute at The King’s College.  “60 Minutes” intern Matthew Hendley is a junior broadcast journalism major from Madison. He has workedRead the story …

National Sea Grant Law Center Launches Shellfish Aquaculture Podcast

Series produced at UM School of Law tackles 'who, what, where and why' of industry

OXFORD, Miss. – The National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law has launched a shellfish aquaculture podcast. The eight-episode “Law on the Half Shell” podcast is part of a National Sea Grant College Program-funded collaboration to examine impediments to shellfish aquaculture across the United States. Kerrigan Herret, a studentRead the story …

‘The Velvet Ditch’ Gets Velvet Magazine

Ole Miss senior Alexi Alonso launches new fashion magazine

OXFORD, Miss. – Many students need all four years of their college experience to find their true passion.  But University of Mississippi senior Alexi Alonso has already found her calling and is knee-deep in turning her dreams into reality. The integrated marketing communications major from West Palm Beach, Florida, has started the university’s first-ever fashionRead the story …

Award-winning ESPN Producer Teaching Sports Workshop

Dwayne Bray will lead students in long-form storytelling exercises

OXFORD, Miss. – An award-winning ESPN producer will teach a one-week workshop at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media in November. Dwayne Bray will offer a select group of sports-minded students an opportunity to work with him Nov. 4-9 on local enterprise stories about college athletics and local sports. “Students will alsoRead the story …

Outstanding Outreach to Invest in Young Talent

Mississippi Scholastic Press Association establishes endowment to ensure programming

OXFORD, Miss. – More than 500 aspiring teenage writers, publishers and journalists from all corners of the state shared their work and learned from high-profile communicators last spring at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association‘s 72nd Statewide Spring Convention at the University of Mississippi. MSPA Director R.J. Morgan hopes that the association’s recent $60,000 gift establishingRead the story …