NBC 5's Kristi Nelson Honored at University of North Texas Reception

Fri, Apr 22, 2016 - 11:32am

by Marc Fein

Thursday Night the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas held its 6th annual Celebrate Mayborn Awards Reception.

Every year the school acknowledges journalists who give back by speaking to students and being involved in the community.

Among this year's recipients was NBC 5's Kristi Nelson. Nelson is a UNT alum and has been at NBC 5 for 15 years.

The night also included round table sessions with industry...

The influence and limitations of Black Twitter

Wed, Mar 30, 2016 - 6:15am

Editor’s Note: This post was produced as part of a graduate course on media writing and storytelling taught by the editors of Columbia Journalism Review.

For certain journalists, the age-old combination of breakfast and a newspaper doesn’t cut it any more. “I don’t know any black reporter who, the first thing in the morning, doesn’t check Black Twitter,” Jamilah King, a senior writer at Mic, said at a February conference on the topic.

That term, as many by now know, unofficially refers to a sprawling network of African American Twitter users that has emerged as a serious media force in recent years. It has...

Hispanic millennials eager to vote in presidential election

Sun, Feb 21, 2016 - 2:54pm

By Dylan Bradley and Azia Branson

Bernie Sanders’ call for change struck a chord with Christopher Enriquez, the North Texas district director for the League of United Latin American Citizens.

“It’s been quite a movement he’s been able to create,” said Enriquez, 23, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. “He’s doing what [Barack] Obama did. Inspiring change, and a new way.”

The Hispanic community, especially millennials, need to get more involved, and quickly, he said. “We’re the future of this country, if we’re not already the people being directly affected.”

According to the Pew...

Lecturer now leading national society

Tue, Jan 19, 2016 - 10:36pm

The new president of the National Black Public Relations Society is Neil Foote, a principal lecturer at the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.Foote also leads a media consulting firm in Dallas — Foote Communications.The organization has chapters in major media markets and works to provide its members peer-to-peer support, networking and mentorship.

Investigation of Dallas-Area Dam Shows Serious Trouble

Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - 7:54pm

There is no doubt about it – America is in need of infrastructure repair. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest infrastructure report card, U.S. infrastructure was given a D+ and the country’s crumbling levee and dam system was noted in particular.

That danger is more apparent than ever for the over 400,000 people living downstream from the Lewisville Lake Dam in North Texas. Engineers are saying that dam is a ticking time bomb if nothing is to prevent its breach.

George Getschow, a ...