Al Neuharth Award-2022 Freedom of Expression Awards

“Al Neuharth was a sharp businessman with an entrepreneurial spirit, whose appetite for risk was only exceeded by his drive to succeed. He was also a great newsman. He believed in free expression and he practiced it, even to the point of giving people he wrote about in his weekly column the space to reply.”

U. S. Senator Roger Wicker roasted by the Mississippi Press Association

The Honorable U. S. Senator Roger Wicker was roasted last week by the Mississippi Press Association.  Charlie Mitchell, Associate Professor of Journalism was master of ceremonies.  Left to right: Mrs. Gayle Wicker, Associate Professor Charlie Mitchell and the Honorable Senator Roger Wicker.

Separate and Sometimes Equal: Photos from Possum Town

From 1920 to 1960, O.N. Pruitt photographed his fellow citizens (both Black and white) in Columbus, Mississippi, surrounding northeast Mississippi and Alabama. He documented floods and fires, tornado aftermath and carnival sideshows, sublime studio portraits and riverside baptisms, executions at the Lowndes County Courthouse, and a 1935 lynching.

75 Years of High School Journalism

Many future professionals – journalist and otherwise – got their first taste of storytelling on their high school newspaper, yearbook, broadcast or magazine.

Crisis in Communication: Afghanistan and Beyond

Melissa Charbonneau graduated from the University of Mississippi in the 1980s and shared her experiences working with the people of Afghanistan for three years as communications advisor to the Afghan Women’s Project and for a NATO-led security mission.

Jim Weatherly to be awarded University of Mississippi Medal for the Arts

Alumnus to be recognized for his songwriting contributions April 21 at Ford Center OXFORD, Miss. – The late renowned songwriter and University of Mississippi alumnus Jim Weatherly will be honored with the university’s inaugural Medal for the Arts in an April 21 presentation on campus. In partnership with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the College of Liberal Arts, the UM Department of Music will recognize Weatherly’s legacy of songwriting and contributions to many genres of music. The ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford […]

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    The Overby Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings which examine the complex relationships between the media and politicians - past, present and future. We pay special attention to Southern perspectives.

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