Mayborn School of Journalism

Panelists discuss state of 1st Amendment

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 - 11:14pm

By Matt Payne

University of North Texas political science professor Kimi King seemed to regard the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a double-edged sword.

She warned of isolating one’s views and the polarization of one’s perspective, calling it the most unnerving thing to witness in the classroom. King posed that an individual’s views cannot be reaffirmed without the benefit of civic discourse, be it in agreement or disagreement.

“My concern about free speech is how it gets bandied on campus,” she said. “We drag it out when it’s effective for us as a tool, but if we don’t like it or disagree with it...

Panelists to discuss freedom of the press

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 - 10:48pm

Five panelists will discuss the role of the First Amendment during the tenure of President Donald Trump in a free event hosted by the Mayborn School of Journalism on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Moderated by freelance reporter Rebecca Aguilar, the two-hour session titled “First Amendment: Under Siege?” will have panelists discuss the amendment’s current role in democracy.

Panelists are Aman Batheja, political editor of The Texas Tribune; Michael Lindenberger, editorial writer for The Dallas Morning News; Matt Mackowiak, president of Potomac Strategy Group, a conservative consulting company; Paul Walter, a First...

Passion to profit: Mechanic trades college for hands-on career

Tue, Dec 20, 2016 - 11:32pm

Jon Miller looks over the shoulder of “Tom, the new guy” fiddling under the hood of a BMW sedan. On a leisurely fall morning, Miller trains Tom in between greeting and assisting clients at the front desk. Drew, the customer service manager, is out on jury duty. The clatter of equipment blends with the pop-punk music echoing from the shop’s radio.

“Tom and I were actually neighbors growing up,” Miller remarks, his close-shaven beard framing a welcoming smile and his name embroidered on his quintessential, deep cerulean mechanic’s shirt. “I’m running out of people I know to hire.”

Anyone driving by Pioneer Automotive...

UNT Students Working to Diversify Advertising and TV

Wed, Nov 16, 2016 - 5:03pm

By Alice Barr

All this week, NBC 5 is sharing stories about diversity in North Texas, in our series Different Shades of Texas. In this piece, we take a look at how that diversity is represented in media and advertising.

At the University of North Texas, multicultural students are bringing their voices to the table, to turn out content that looks and feels like them.

It starts with an idea – 30 seconds to capture a feeling...

Journalism schools earn diversity award

Tue, Aug 9, 2016 - 9:38pm

The Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication awarded UNT’s undergraduate and graduate journalism schools with the 2016 Equity & Diversity Award.

The award acknowledges one academic program a year for measurable success and innovation in equity and diversity of genders, ethnicity and races. Both the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism were recognized with the award.

Last academic year, 22 percent of Mayborn students were Hispanic and 18 percent were African-American. Additionally, the schools enroll more women than men in...