Mayborn School of Journalism

Activists tread fine line after arrests at protests

Sun, Jul 10, 2016 - 8:00pm

Protest groups aiming to highlight police brutality are coming under a harsh spotlight themselves as peaceful demonstrations turned to clashes over the weekend.

But leaders of Black Lives Matter and other groups say despite arrests at several protests around the country, they will continue to press their cause.

“It is an expression in real time of how dire the situation is,” said Charlene A. Carruthers, national director of the Chicago-based Black Youth Project 100, one of many organizations protesting police brutality. “There will be many forms of response to the injustices felt in our community.”

On Sunday...

Two Hour Special: Dallas Shooting

Fri, Jul 8, 2016

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Meredith Clark: Fisher case reveals entitlement and superficial perspective

Tue, Jun 28, 2016 - 4:36pm

If you can control the narrative, I tell my journalism students, you can control reality.

Repeat certain phrases long enough, use words and images well, and you have the ability to take advantage of the limited attention span of the average American, spinning a story that appeals to emotion rather than fact.

Fisher v. University of Texas is a prime example.

At the root of Fisher's story are two issues that trouble me every day as a college professor: a sense of entitlement and superficial understanding of any perspective outside one's own.

From the outset, we were told that this case was...

Kingwood student to attend UNT Mayborn School’s Multimedia High School Workshop

Sun, Jun 26, 2016 - 2:25pm

Sydney Woodward, an incoming senior at Kingwood Park High School, is among 11 Texas high school juniors and seniors and recent graduates selected to attend this summer’s Multimedia High School Workshop at the University of North Texas.

UNT’s Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism is hosting the workshop July 22-28 (Friday-Thursday) in collaboration with the annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, which will be held July 22-24 (Friday-Sunday) at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Grapevine.

Led by Mayborn School faculty members, the workshop gives students who are juniors and seniors in...

Sisters train storytellers, artists in Archer City

Sun, Jun 12, 2016

By Lana Sweeten-Shults

ARCHER CITY — Sarah Junek never thought she would be baking kolaches.

In Archer City.

The one-stoplight Texas town, an anomaly among one-stoplight Texas towns, has chiseled generations of hardscrabble ranchers, unbroken cowboys and steely-eyed oilmen. But also, as the hometown of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and his Booked Up Bookstore, Archer City has made headlines as a literary haven.

"People say all the time there's something magical in Archer City," said Junek, who manages the town's only hotel, the restored 1928 Spur, and is the co-founder of a new nonprofit...