Mayborn School of Journalism

Instead of running for president, here's what Oprah should do, says UNT journalism professor

During this year's Golden Globe Awards, the legendary Oprah Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award that spurred a buzz about her potential to run for president of the United States. That idea would seem far-fetched if another billion-dollar TV star didn't make a bid and win the presidency. How's that working out for us? Just because an individual has extremely high brand recognition – and popularity in some circles – does not mean that they should run for political office.

Don't get me wrong. Oprah's success is phenomenal. Her message at the Golden Globes was vastly more powerful than...

Four years after life-threatening car accident, UNT student will graduate

This Saturday, Amber Lacy will walk across the stage and graduate from the University of North Texas, just a few years after she nearly lost her life.

"I did it!" Lacy told WFAA.

In May 2013, four days after her high school graduation, Lacy was injured in a car accident in her hometown in Louisiana. She was riding with friends, sitting in the backseat behind the driver, when her life changed in an instant.

"It ended up t-boning us, and I got the most impact because it hit right where I was sitting," Lacy recalled.

It took the jaws of life to get her out of the vehicle. She was eventually transported to...

UNT professor weighs in on inappropriate behavior at work

People who live in glass houses need not cast stones. Well, that’s the phrase that’s echoing in my head as we see yet another journalist fired for “inappropriate behavior in the workplace.” Add to the list NBC’s Matt Lauer joining CBS’ Charlie Rose, not to mention Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and the late Roger Ailes. It’s an understatement to say that this is all too troubling. These allegations cut right at the core at the role of the journalist and the character of a workplace environment. Transparency and credibility are just two of the tenets that are supposed to separate trained journalists from citizen journalists and random...

‘Hackers’ turn to user-centered products at J-School Hackathon at North Texas

When Tracy Kirk registered for the MediaShift J-School Hackathon at UNT, she was hoping to collaborate on solutions to some of the issues facing small-town news organizations. However, Kirk’s original goal took a sharp turn when she shared a recent experience she had while searching for schools with her college-bound daughter.

The two-day competition, which was hosted by UNT’s Mayborn School of Journalism, included about 50 student participants and faculty facilitators from journalism schools across the country. Students were placed on one of eight teams — ranging from three to five members — and tasked with developing...

Student lands prestigious journalism internship

Tue, Mar 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

By Jenna Duncan

Alexis Reese, a senior broadcast and digital journalism major, will spend her summer at Arizona State University for the Carnegie-Knight News21 multimedia investigative reporting initiative. 

She is one of 20 students chosen for the paid summer internship program, and the second student from the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism in two years to get the offer.

The topic for summer's investigation is already set: Examining contamination and pollution of drinking water, and how that impacts communities nationwide. This semester, she's doing an online seminar to prepare for the...