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Sharon Tinsley Named 2021 Dean’s Medal Recipient

C&IS Board of Visitors member Sharon Tinsley has been named the 2021 Dean’s Medal recipient by Dean Mark Nelson.

The Dean’s Medal is awarded to individuals who exemplify the qualities of sustaining friendship, unsurpassed loyalty and dedication to the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Since its inception in 2002, only twelve recipients have been honored with the award.

“This award celebrates and honors Sharon’s commitment to our college,” Nelson said. “She is valued by our faculty for her vast knowledge of the industry, and she is a trusted mentor for our students. We are incredibly thankful for her continued loyalty and support.”

Tinsley’s leadership and innovative ideas have been invaluable in developing the College’s national profile and strategic priorities. She has been a member of the C&IS Board of Visitors since 2005 and served as president from 2012-2013. An alumna of UA, Tinsley graduated from C&IS in 1986 with a degree in broadcast and film communication. Today, she currently works as the president of the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association.

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C&IS Hosts Virtual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

C&IS hosted its biennial Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, Feb. 19. The virtual ceremony honored Nancy Parker Boyd, E. Culpepper Clark, Jan Crawford and Bryan Stevenson. C&IS Board of Visitors member Barry Copeland, president of The Copeland Strategies Group, served as emcee. The video produced by the Center for Public Television to honor each of our inductees can be viewed here. Additional information about each inductee is available below.

Nancy Parker Boyd

Nancy Parker Boyd graduated from the College of Communication and Information Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1988 before beginning her television broadcast career with TV stations in Georgia and Alabama. After anchoring the news for several years at WAFB in Baton Rouge, she made New Orleans her home where she covered New Orleans and South Louisiana for three decades. A five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who served as a morning anchor for WVUE FOX 8 in New Orleans, Boyd was a legend in the community and an inspiration to young aspiring journalists. Boyd passed away in a plane crash while reporting a story on August 16, 2019.

E. Culpepper Clark

Culpepper “Cully” Clark is dean emeritus of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a position he held from 2006 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to the University of Georgia, Clark worked at The University of Alabama for 27 years, including serving as dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. His published works have focused on the New South Movement and his book, “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama,” was named a Notable Book by the New York Times Book Review.

Jan Crawford

Jan Crawford is the chief legal correspondent for CBS News and a recognized authority on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her 2007 book, “Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for the Control of the United States Supreme Court” gained critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Crawford is a 1987 graduate of The University of Alabama and a 1993 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. She has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the Court to universities, law schools, legal organizations and civic groups across the country.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated and condemned. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard’s School of Government and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy,” which was recently adapted as a major motion picture.

About the Hall of Fame:

Established by the College’s Board of Visitors in 1998, the Communication and Information Sciences Hall of Fame was created to honor, preserve and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of individuals who have brought lasting fame to the state of Alabama through the application of disciplines taught, researched and practiced in the College.

COVID-19 Alumni Interviews

In the fight against COVID-19, the accurate dissemination of information to a global audience is a key part of the battle. Many of our alums are in the fight and have seen so many aspects of their jobs change.

C&IS faculty members Dr. Chandra Clark and Shane Dorrill have spoken with a few C&IS alumni who have seen their worlds change in the past few weeks. Hear their experiences in “the new normal” by watching the videos below!

Jack Royer, News Anchor – CBS 42 Birmingham, AL: https://youtu.be/N3vCQFEVuZg

Sam Luther, Multimedia Journalist – WTVC Chattanooga, TN: https://youtu.be/3eouNyVbk6A

Kristen Fisher, Morning Show Producer – WCCB Charlotte, NC: https://youtu.be/5jguV1-LPI0

Eryn Cooper, Multimedia Journalist – WTVC Chattanooga, TN: https://youtu.be/AtsAhtXeEvw

Sydney Basden, Digital News Producer: WCTI New Bern, NC: https://youtu.be/rLuvV2jGq8Y

Spotlight on PRCA

The UA student chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama hosted an event to honor American veterans. The C&IS student organization collaborated with an established cause, A Million Thanks, to sign holiday cards expressing gratitude to men and women who have served in the U. S. Military.

This is one of two annual service projects that PRCA does to give back to the community. It began with a desire to find an organization or cause that is meaningful and has a wide appeal to a variety of students. With Veteran’s Day in the month of November, this was the perfect opportunity.

“It’s something that everybody can connect to in some kind of way,” said Justin Washington, vice president of projects for PRCA UA. “Whether it’s a family member, or a friend—everyone knows somebody who has served in our military.”

While only one dollar was being asked to be able to sign a card, many students offered more. In addition to raising money for their cause, they were able to collect over fifty cards.

“Our veterans have done so much for us,” said Mary Catherine Molay, President of PRCA UA, “it’s the least we can do to give something back.”

Collaboration and unity are celebrated in the College of Information and Communication Sciences as core values. PRCA demonstrated these values through their work with A Million Thanks and their peers to proactively treat others with dignity and respect.

A Million Thanks began as a short-term, community service project to send a million cards and letters of appreciation. This has now grown into a full organization that grants the wishes of injured veterans, funds the education of fallen veteran’s children and continues to collect letters and cards of appreciation.

PRCA UA is an organization that give students an inside look into public relations as a career and a field of study. They are associated with a larger organization, PRCA of West Alabama.

Electionland at UA

The College of Communication and Information Sciences’ Department of Journalism and Creative Media is partnering with a coalition of organizations to create a virtual newsroom that will produce stories on voting problems as they happen. The initiative, termed Electionland, is one of the first of its kind.

By creating a virtual newsroom to produce stories on voting problems in real time, and by distributing leads about voting problems to local journalists who can follow up on them, the project aims to help those who might have been turned away to cast their ballots. It’s an issue ProPublica believes is particularly urgent this election cycle because of new legislation that could affect citizens’ access to the ballot box, and because of the doubt cast on the validity of the system by one of the presidential candidates.

“There is no more essential act in a democracy than voting,” ProPublica stated in a news release announcing Electionland. “But making sure that the balloting is open to all and efficiently administered has been, at best, a low priority for many state legislatures, a victim of misplaced priorities and, at times, political gamesmanship.”

Chip Brantley, senior lecturer of emerging media, and his team of C&IS faculty and students will aid the organization in its initiative this Election Day from their own newsroom on The University of Alabama’s campus. Using a variety of social networking sites, data software and reporting systems, the team of approximately 30 students will monitor polling sites across the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

By viewing users’ posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the “feeders” will report voting problems to a team of professional journalists assigned to specific regions of the country. From there, the national Electionland desk – also staffed by professional journalists – will liveblog pertinent election happenings and appear on national media to discuss these issues as needed.

The University of Alabama’s Department of Journalism and Creative Media is one of only 14 journalism programs in the nation selected to participate in this year’s Electionland. Other programs include: Columbia University, CUNY, the University of North Carolina and the University of Missouri. Corporate and organizational sponsors include: ProPublica, Google News Lab, Univision, First Draft, and USA Today Network.

C&IS professors Dr. Kim Bissell, Dr. Scott Parrott, Dr. Jen Hoewe and Meredith Cummings have also contributed to the UA Electionland project.

An Advocate for the Deaf: Dr. Darrin Griffin

Dr. Darrin Griffin, assistant professor of communication studies, is an advocate for Deaf* culture and has conducted research on nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, lies and deception. As a child of deaf adults (CODA) Griffin’s experiences have shaped his interests and scholarly work on nonverbal communication since the beginning of his academic career.

Griffin’s understanding and exploration of Deaf culture has led to several Deaf culture initiatives in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Most recently, he hosted a training session for local law enforcement officers on best practices when working with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Officers also learned basic sign language to use during traffic stops and key components of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to his work with public officials, Griffin has piloted an interim course on Deaf culture. This summer, students spent two weeks immersed in Deaf culture studies on campus before traveling to Washington, D.C. where they visited Gallaudet University – a private university for the education of the Deaf. Griffin has plans to expand the curriculum to include a winter interim course with a travel component. This time, the group will head to Austin, Texas – Griffin’s home town and one of the hubs for Deaf culture in America.

*in reference to the culture surrounding individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, the “d” in deaf is capitalized.

Dr. Darrin Griffin received his undergraduate degree in Deaf studies and deaf education from the University of Texas at Austin. He then moved to Buffalo, New York where he earned his PhD. His dissertation focused on deaf schemas. For more on Griffin’s work, visit this site.

 

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