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News Division

The News Division’s goals are to provide the scholar, the media practitioner and the citizen with a better understanding of the role and functions of the broadcast journalist in a free society. They seek to improve communication and understanding among working professionals, scholars and the public concerning broadcast journalism. These goals are achieved through sponsorship and encouragement of scholarly teaching and inquiry in the areas of radio and television journalism and through support of teaching and public service activities supporting free expression as stated by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


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Chair: Iveta Imre
University of Mississippi

Vice Chair, Panels: Carey Higgins-Dobney
University of Kentucky

Vice Chair, Papers: Keren Henderson 
Syracuse University 

Vice Chair, Communication: Chandra Clark
University of Alabama

Vice Chair, Communication: Vinicio Sinta
University of Texas at Arlington

Festival Leadership

News Competition
News Senior Chair:
Harrison Hove, University of Florida |

Faculty News Chair:
Brian Rackham, Northern Arizona University |

Student Radio Chair:
Tanya Ott, Mercer University |

Student Television Feature Chair (3:00 or under):
Semaj Robinson, Alabama A&M University |
Shawn Montano, University of Northern Colorado |

Student Television Feature Long Chair (over 3:00):
Kevin Curran, Loyola Marymount University |

Student Television Hard News Chair:
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Michigan State |


Student TV Anchor Chair:
Bob Gould, Michigan State |

Student TV Weathercaster Chair:
Allysa Adams, Arizona State University |

Student Newscast-3 Days or Less Chair:
Kirstin Pellizzaro, Arizona State University | l

Student Newscast-4 Days or More Chair:
Tony DeMars, Lamar University |
Ben Bogardus, Quinnipiac University |

Student Newsmagazine Chair:
Chalise Macklin, University of Memphis |

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