From the Grove to 30 Rock

Journey to Commencement: Ole Miss senior seeks career in sketch comedy

Mack Hubbell likes to make people laugh.  The University of Mississippi senior grew up a bit of a class clown, used his humor as a campaign strategy while running for Mr. Ole Miss and kept things lighthearted during his time as chaplain for the Kappa Alpha fraternity, a technique that allowed him to break downRead the story …

Magazine Innovation Center’s ACT 9 Experience All About the Students

Annual conference draws all-star list of industry leaders to UM

OXFORD, Miss. – A who’s who of the international magazine industry will be at the University of Mississippi  from April 23 to 25, but it won’t be the movers and shakers of publishing who will be in the spotlight. The real stars of the show, according to ACT 9 Experience founder and coordinator Samir Husni, are theRead the story …

Journalism Student Wins Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award

Grace Marion selected for fighting censorship in high school newspaper

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi student has been selected for a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in the journalism category. Grace Marion, a freshman journalism major from Levittown, Pennsylvania, was chosen for fighting against years of school censorship and for publishing her final investigative article about sexual misconduct records. She wrote andRead the story …

Ten Seniors Inducted into UM Hall of Fame

Recipients honored for service, achievement and potential for success

OXFORD, Miss. – Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2018-19 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded students at UM. The inductees were honored Friday (April 5) in a ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Chosen by a committee in accordance with policyRead the story …

Seeking Students with a Passion for Publication

University to host annual MSPA convention for student publishers

OXFORD, Miss. – Hundreds of Mississippi’s aspiring writers, publishers and journalists will head to Oxford next week for the 72nd Mississippi Scholastic Press Association Convention hosted by the University of Mississippi. Students from high schools across the state will come for the one-day event Monday (April 1) to hear speakers, participate in seminars and immerse themselves in theRead the story …

UM Celebrates M Partner Pilot Year, Sets Ambitious Goals

Community, university partners build momentum to advance projects across state

OXFORD, Miss. – With more than a dozen ongoing community-engaged courses and service projects, University of Mississippi faculty, staff, students and community partners are leading a groundbreaking spring semester. The pilot phase of M Partner will address priority projects centered around community health and well-being, economic development, educational initiatives and beautification. All these projects haveRead the story …

A Winter Week in Puerto Rico

Journalism students visit island to produce multimedia reports on hurricane recovery

OXFORD, Miss. – For a week during winter break, University of Mississippi journalism students Brittany Brown and Devna Bose traded the comforts of home for waking up each morning at the first sign of light on an island they had never visited. They were struck by the juxtaposition between the beauty provided by Puerto Rico’s mountains, beachesRead the story …

Emily Wagster Pettus to be Honored with 2019 Silver Em

Longtime legislative reporter to receive university's highest award in journalism

OXFORD, Miss. – Between 2003 and 2014, U.S. newspapers lost 35 percent of their statehouse reporters, a percentage slightly higher than newspaper staffing nationwide, the Pew Research Center reports. As news staffs shrink across the country, state government reporters have become an endangered species. Those who remain in the role understand the importance of theirRead the story …

International Graduate Student Makes Mark with Massive Fundraiser

Iranian native Mina Esfahani raised $700K to save child in home country

OXFORD, Miss. – Mina Ghofrani Esfahani was pursuing a master’s degree in the University of Mississippi’s integrated marketing communication program in fall 2017 when her compassion for a critically ill child in her home country prompted her to put to practical use the theories she was learning. Esfahani was born and raised in Iran. She took toRead the story …

Journalism Professor Speaks at National Magazine Conference

 'Mr. Magazine' Samir Husni presents national award, celebrates MPA centennial

OXFORD – The University of Mississippi‘s “Mr. Magazine” played a prominent role in MPA-The Association of Magazine Media’s centennial celebration earlier this month in New York City. Samir Husni, professor of journalism, Hederman Lecturer and director of the university’s Magazine Innovation Center, presented, for the second year in a row, the Launch of the Year award atRead the story …