Shepard Smith, Fake News, Politics on Deck for Overby Center

Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics announces spring 2020 calendar

OXFORD, Miss. – The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics‘ spring lineup includes one of the first public appearances by Shepard Smith since he left his post as chief anchor at Fox News and managing editor of Fox’s breaking news division. His March 31 talk will be followed the next day by the presentationRead the story …

From ‘60 Minutes’ to an Alien Religion, Storytelling Drives Student

Journalism's Matthew Hendley's reporting earns Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative fellowship

OXFORD, Miss. – Matthew Hendley just can’t stop telling stories. The University of Mississippi student’s passion for storytelling has driven him as an anchor at NewsWatch Ole Miss and as a “60 Minutes” intern, and is taking him to Arizona State University for a summer as a Carnegie-Knight News21 Initiative fellow. The prestigious multimedia reporting fellowship isRead the story …

Shepard Smith to be Honored with 2020 Silver Em

Former Fox News anchor to receive university's highest award in journalism

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi journalism student who grew up in Holly Springs and became a leading network news anchor is the latest recipient of the school’s prestigious Silver Em award. Shepard Smith, who spent more than 20 years anchoring Fox News before leaving the network last year, will receive the award duringRead the story …

A Gift for Future Journalists

New scholarship memorializes UM journalism school graduate

OXFORD, Miss. – Colleagues of the late Trey Jordan, of New Orleans, describe the University of Mississippi alumnus as the consummate professional, an outstanding leader and great motivator who was honest, sincere and compassionate. He was well-rounded, they said, and fun – even at work for Northrup Grumman Corp., where he served as an informationRead the story …

Journalism Jobs Conference Aims to Put Students to Work

Recent graduates return to discuss careers, make connections and offer advice

OXFORD, Miss. – Journalism students interested in making industry connections and getting a jump-start on the post-graduation job search will want to mark their calendars for the School of Journalism and New Media‘s 2020 Jobs Conference at the University of Mississippi. The event, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) in Farley Hall andRead the story …

The Wide Wintersession of Sports

Students look at business side of athletics through integrated marketing communications course

OXFORD, Miss. – When Ryder Anderson takes the field most Saturdays in the fall at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – in front of more than 60,000 cheering fans – the Rebel defensive end is calm because he’s been preparing for that moment most of his life. What he never took into account – at least not untilRead the story …

League of Legends Communications Lead 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 …