Mass Communications  
Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 8

      Mass Communications majors won Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 8, which covers Oklahoma and Texas.

      Madi Alexander and Hailey Holloway won first place with one entry and were finalists with another in the Television In-Depth Reporting category. The two were also finalists in the In-Depth Reporting category, and OCU-TV was a finalist for Best All-Around Television Newscast.

      Regional winners automatically advance to the national SBJ competition.

      Overall, OCU broadcast students have won a total of 21 awards for the 2012-2013 school year; 12 were in multi-state competitions, and nine were in a statewide competition.

      Of those awards, 10 were for News on the Twos and its content, and 11 were for other creative products such as commercials and music videos.

Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Awards

Congratulations to our students! They brought home some big-time awards from the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association's annual competition!

First place wins includeed News on the Twos for TV Newscast, Farris Willingham for TV Sports Story and Princess Mangiliman for TV PSA.

Second place finishers were Hailey Holloway for TV Series/Documentary, Madi Alexander and Lindey Boatman for TV Entertainment/Talk Program and Mangiliman for Music Video.

Third place finishers were Alexander for TV Feature News Story, O'Shaka Robinson for Directing and Rachel Morse for TV Commercial.

Alumnus Helped to Coordinate President Obama's Visit to Moore, OK

Read about our Mass Communications alumnus, Armand McCoy, and his involvement with the Joint Information Center for the City of Moore:
How to Cope with Tragedy by Kenna Griffin

Some tips to help cope with the recent tragedy of the tornadoes: . This is by Kenna Griffin, one of our Mass Communications professors.
Mass Communications Luncheon

It was bittersweet to celebrate our graduating seniors. Congratulations to these "Mass Commies"!

OCU's graduating seniors in Mass Communications pose for a group picture at a lunch.

Pictured above: William Tygert, Anita Nguyen, Jack Malone, Nathan Hatcher, Allison Gappa, Magean De La Torre, Rachel Morse and Brittany Bisel.

Student Wins State Award

Congratulations to Nathan Hatcher (senior Mass Communications major) who won a state award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Student Success

Caleb Howard won a $2,000 scholarship from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Howard will be recognized at the OAB Student Day luncheon next month.

Students Noted for Accomplishments

Oklahoma City University Mass Communications students won eight awards at the 2012-13 Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association awards Saturday. 

The Press Watch 2012 TV series on ethical political journalism won first place in the TV Magazine/Talk Show category. The series was made possible through a grant from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. It examined  political journalism in the presidential election.

Rachel Morse won first place for her Hard News category entry titled “OKC Human Trafficking.”

Second place awards went to Allison Gappa for her story “Caffeine Toxicity” in the Hard News category, and Nathan Hatcher for “Teenage Dream” in the Music Video category. Third place awards included Sonya Barrett and Brittany Jo Bisel for their corporate video “This is Mass Comm”; Rachel Morse  for the TV promotional spot “Four Points”; Steven Leahy for his TV PSA “Pie the Campus”; and Hailey Holloway for directing on “Studio 22.”

Current Students Find Success

Congratulations to Mass communications juniors Madi Alexander and Farris Willingham! They were hired for the Journal Record Legislative Report for the 2013 legislative session.
Student Awarded Scholarship

Nathan Hatcher, a mass communications senior, was awarded a $2,000 Journalism Art Communication scholarship by the AAF Oklahoma City Ad Club at the club’s Career Day event Nov. 14. The club awards three $2,000 awards to undergraduate or graduate students based on application, supporting materials and an interview process. Scholarships are for students engaged in a communications-related study track.