Interviews & Media
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.
Matt Webb collaborates with Playhouse on the Square
In his first collaboration with Playhouse on the Square, Memphis' professional regional theatre, MSU Assistant Clinical Professor Matt Webb has created the lighting for The Scottsboro Boys, a vaudeville-style musical retelling of the landmark trial of nine falsely accused black teenagers that gave way for the Civil Rights movement.
Matt Webb creates lighting design for The Nutcracker
Assistant Clinical Professor Matt Webb recently created a new lighting design for an established production of The Nutcracker, seen by over 2000 patrons over a two-day period and featuring soloists from Houston Ballet and New York City Ballet. Midland Festival Ballet and the West Texas Symphony partner each year to present their unique version of The Nutcracker, a holiday family favorite for countless American ballet companies and produced yearly by MFB since 1993. For this season's production, Matt joined an existing creative team and developed a new lighting design over a one-week residency, culminating in two public performances that the Midland Reporter-Telegram called "a classic must-see story."
Matt Webb designs lighting for Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Assistant Clinical Professor Matt Webb created the lighting for Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new production of Broadway and regional staple Guys and Dolls, which reviewers at broadwayworld.com called "Broadway level entertainment" and the Arkansas Democract-Gazette called "a sure bet."
Webb designs lighting for Jackson-based production
Matt Webb, an assistant clinical professor in theatre, designed the lighting for New Stage Theatre's (Jackson, Mississippi) production of I JUST STOPPED BY TO SEE THE MAN by Stephen Jeffreys, directed by Artistic Director Francine Reynolds.
Dr. Uyanga Bazaa presents "Conceptual Definition, Operationalization, and Factors of Value Perspective"
Assistant Communication Professor Dr. Bazaa presented her paper titled "Conceptual Definition, Operationalization, and Factors of Value Perspective" at the 73rd International Communication Association's Annual Conference that will be held between May 25 and 29, 2023. Her presentation explores value congruence, as an antecedent of the organization-public relationships, benefits from a valid measurement scale to predict quality relationships between organizations and the public.
Dr. Melody Fisher presents at 2023 PRAM conference
Associate Communication Professor Dr. Melody Fisher presented "Blurred Lines: Public Relations Ethics" at the 2023 annual PRAM conference. This interactive presentation took a case study approach to address public relations ethical dilemmas. Attendees learned best practices to maintain the integrity of the public relations profession and become responsible advocates for their organization and clients.
Dr. Holli Seitz presents at 2023 Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators Conference
Dr. Seitz and colleagues from the HappyHealthy project (Dr. Laura Downey, Dr. Sylvia Byrd, and Drew Cole) presented results from an evaluation of the HappyHealthy social marketing campaign at the 2023 Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) Conference. This virtual oral presentation, "Effects of a social marketing campaign (SMC) on campaign awareness, fruit and vegetable consumption, and physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic," highlighted self-reported effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and nutrition among Mississippians eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Dr. Uyanga Bazaa & co-authors publish article in Health Communication
Assistant Communication Professor Dr. Uyanga Bazaa and co-authors published #EndtheSTIgma: An Exploratory Analysis of the 2019 HPV Awareness Day Conversation on Twitter & Instagram in the April Health Communication journal. The current study explores the risk communication conversations on Twitter and Instagram in the context of the 2019 HPV Awareness Day, through the theoretical lenses of the stigma associated with HPV, HPV-related cancer, and the HPV vaccine.
Communication faculty member’s newest ‘Hidden History’ publication spotlights the Mississippi Delta
Josh Foreman, an instructor in Mississippi State’s communication department and advisor to The Reflector, has released a new book in his “Hidden History” series, the fifth in a series of works detailing the mysteries and unseen aspects of the Deep South.
Dr. Holli Seitz & co-authors publish article in Health Promotion Practice
Associate Professor Holli Seitz and colleagues Antonio Gardner and Leah Pylate recently published a scholarly article on formative research they conducted with MSU students and parents to inform COVID-19 health communication efforts. The article, "Formative Research to Inform College Health Communication Campaigns About COVID-19 Prevention Behaviors," was published in Health Promotion Practice.
Sarah Rendon presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium
Communication and Media Studies student Sarah Rendon presented research at the MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium on community-engaged learning. Her work, "Examining Student Perceptions of Community Engaged Learning through Reflection," was supervised by Dr. Holli Seitz and was recognized as the Social Sciences Category Winner in the Community-Engaged Research Track.
Take 30 Student Newscast
November 18, 2022, Take 30 Newscast--News Team: Anchor 1 Olivia Beck, Anchor 2 Heather Harrison, Weather Anchor Barrett Vinson, Sports Anchor Ben Shannon. Reporters: Jake Moore, Ben Shannon, Jacquez Terrell, Jenny Huff, Teirrah Tidwell, Olivia Beck. Production Team: Director Zachary Calhoun, Technical Director Jacquez Terrell, Audio Jenny Huff, Prompter Eli Thurman, Video playback Jackson Smith Floor Director Ben Shannon, Brooklyn Burgess.
Public Relations student Marisa Laudadio defends senior thesis
Marisa Laudadio successfully defended her senior honors thesis, “Examining the Intentional Use of Rhetoric in Legal Argumentation to Advocate for F
MSU Student wins 2019-20 International Public Debate Association Debate Champion
Freshman Mia C. Robertson, a political science major from Starkville, was named overall-long national champion in her International Public Debate Association division out of 305 qualified debaters from 84 schools.