CO Connection: Dr. Pete Smith
Mississippi State University Department of Communication Head, Dr. Terry Likes, interviews associate professor, Dr. Pete Smith. Smith discusses his new book, “Birddogs and Tough Old Broads: Women Journalists of Mississippi and a Century of State Politics, 1880s-1980s (Women in American Political History).” The evolution of the modern-day political journalist can be seen in the struggles and accomplishments of these women. Smith is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association. He was named MSU’s 2023 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year and was a 2021 recipient of MSU’s inaugural Humanities Fellowship Award from the Institute for the Humanities.
CO Connection: David Hintz
Mississippi State University Broadcast & Digital Journalism Instructor Victoria Bailey interviews Junior Theatre Major David Hintz. Hintz discusses his experiences as co-director of Pants on Fire, the Theatre Department Children's Show, and serving as stage manager on the production Puffs. Hintz talks about his time in MSU’s comedy improv group, Lab Rats, the inspiration behind his comedic style, and the importance of learning the craft of improv. Hintz talks about what we can expect from the Theatre Department in the Spring and the hard work it takes to get these various shows up and running.
CO Connection: Marcus Hunter
Mississippi State University Department of Communication Head, Dr. Terry Likes, interviews associate professor of practice, Marcus Hunter. Hunter discusses his career in television news and sports that has spanned nearly 20 years working professionally in Columbus, Memphis, and Jackson. Hunter talks about his transition from the newsroom to the classroom and offers advice for students seeking a media career.
CO Connection: Victoria Bailey
Mississippi State University Department of Communication Head, Dr. Terry Likes, interviews instructor of Communication, Victoria Bailey. Bailey discusses her career in television news, why she transitioned to higher education, and how she strives to keep up with industry trends and technology. Bailey is working on her doctorate, offers advice for students, and shares a story about a pending program on A&E for which she was recently interviewed.
CO Connection: Chris Misun
Instructor Chris Misun talks with CO Department Head, Dr. Terry Likes, about his career in media, how he moved into teaching, later developing unique course offerings such as Creative Services Production where emphases include client-based work. Misun has maintained strong professional ties via his work with Hail State Productions/SEC Network, where two of his video clips have aired on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Ten Countdown. Finally, Misun addresses his work as Director of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival.
CO Connection: Bethany Shipp
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Bethany Shipp, Marketing and Communication Coordinator for MSU’s Office of Public Affairs. Shipp discusses her varied career path from her days from MSU as an undergraduate student, to working at Disney in Orlando, to the world of Public Relations. Shipp also discusses her love of dance to her leadership role with the PR Association of MS-Starkville chapter.
CO Connection: Jessica Collier
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Dr. Jessica Collier, an assistant professor in Communication and Media Studies. Collier discusses her recent publications on the topic of fake news. Collier also specializes in political communication and has conducted research on the impact of news trust, scandal, and political efficacy. Her publication in the Center for Media Engagement is entitled, “Even in “news deserts,” people still get news.” Finally, Collier, who teaches courses in Communication Leadership, Elements of Persuasion, and Political Communication, offers advice for students.
CO Connection: Anna Wilkinson
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews PRISM advisor and instructor, Anna Wilkinson. Anna talks about the student PR agency, how students get involved with PRISM, the real-world opportunities of working with actual clients, and the results and awards students have earned.
CO Connection: Corin Davis, Communication Student (Theatre)
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Theatre MSU senior, Corin Davis. The discussion includes February’s production of MacBeth, for which he plays the lead. Also, his award-winning work as a designer, theatre conferences, Lab Rats (the improv comedy group), how one gets involved with the Theatre Honor Society (Alpha Psi Omega) along with theatre’s emphasis on plays involving social injustice and theatre’s mission in serving youth audiences.
CO Connection: Carrie McCormick
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Carrie McCormick. Carrie graduated from State, went on to earn a graduate degree, law degree and teach internationally. She is an Instructor in the Communication and Media Studies concentration teaching Communication Theory, Elements of Persuasion, Intro to Communication, Media Law and more.
CO Connection: Hannah Coleman
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Hannah Coleman, the Recruitment Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State. If you have ever wondered how State attracts so many bright students, learn about Hannah’s experiences as a student (and now alumnus), lecturer, and recruiter, plus advice she has for students.
CO Connection: Lynn Oldshue
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Lynn Oldshue ’91, (PR concentration) the gulf coast correspondent for Alabama Public Radio. She also reports for an independent newspaper in Mobile and tells stories of those in the south and around the world via Our Southern Souls. Learn more about Lynn’s experiences and advice she has for students.
CO Connection: Cameron Mayer, Communication Student (Theatre)
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Cameron Mayer, a senior with a theatre concentration, talks about all things theatre for the 2022-2023 season. The discussion includes the children’s production The Light Princess, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, the spring production of MacBeth and more. Cameron is also reprising his role in “Anne and Emmett,” which TheatreMSU will take on the road and perform in Birmingham in November.
CO Connection: Neil Price
The MSU football and basketball radio play-by-play announcer joins host, Dr. Terry Likes, for a discussion of Neil’s announcing career, a preview of the 2022 football season and what advice he has for students who aspire for careers as sports announcers.
CO Connection: Victoria Bailey
Mississippi State University's Department of Communication Head Dr. Terry Likes interviews Victoria Bailey, an instructor who teaches News Writing and serves as the faculty advisor for Take 30, the student tv newscast. Bailey discusses her career in television, her efforts to remain active in the media, her MAB faculty fellowship and more.