WPBDr. Clint C. Wilson II’s latest book, “Whither the Black Press?: Glorious Past, Uncertain Future,” has been published by Xlibris. According to the press release, Dr. Wilson’s book “brings to life interesting historical facts”:

* The early development of literary and publishing endeavors among blacka in colonial America and what Thomas Jefferson wrote about them
* The ironic consequences for white publications following the U.S. Supreme Court’s racial segregation decision in Plessy v. Ferguson
* The roles played by aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright in the launch of a black newspaper published by Paul Laurence Dunbar
* Why the Black Press found itself at a disadvantage in reporting the Civil Rights Movement for which it had been largely responsible.

Excerpts from “Wither the Black Press” are available on its website. Dr. Wilson, Graduate Professor Emeritus in the Howard University School of Communications, is a seminal scholar in the field of media sociology and race.

Drs. Mia Moody-Ramirez, Federico Subervi, and Hayg Oshaganhad’s assessment of diversity in Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) leadership was published in the September issue of JMC Educator.

“Ethnic/Racial Minorities’ Participation in AEJMC: How Much and What Type of Progress?” analyzed the diversity of AEJMC leadership positions from 2007 to 2011. While AEJMC’s membership demographics, gender, and scholarship production had previously been scrutinized, few had investigated diversity in leadership positions. Their findings indicate little progress for people of color in the past five years.

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AEJMC1 AEJMC President Paula Poindexter, center, surrounded by Minorities and Communication officers: from left, Felecia Ross (2012-2013 head), Yuki Fujioka (current head), Frances Ward-Johnson (vice head), and Mia Moody-Ramirez (Mid-Winter coordinator).

This article is reprinted from Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez’s blog

Graduate students, alums, faculty and friends celebrated Dr. Paula Poindexter’s installation as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) at an Aug. 10 reception during the 2013 AEJMC Conference in Washington.

At the event, held at the National Press Club, Poindexter discussed her vision for her term in office, which includes three new initiatives. She also highlighted the McCombs Graduate Student Research Publishing Award at the University of Texas School of Journalism as well as recognizing students and colleagues.

“I look forward to continuing the great efforts that are already in place and introducing some of my own signature programs,” she said.

The Texas-Austin School of Journalism, where Poindexter is an associate professor, sponsored the reception. Glenn Frankel, the department’s director, praised Poindexter for her mentoring abilities, and called her an inspiration to both students and faculty.

“She has even been my mentor at times,” Frankel said.

Students reflected on Poindexter’s high expectations for herself and her students. Kathleen McElroy, a UT doctoral candidate, said Poindexter has the distinct ability to mold students and to motivate them to excel. Many of her former students and mentees are successful professors, award-winning scholars and/or authors.

“She really makes you strive to do your best,” said McElroy who published three articles last year. “She sets the bar high, and she doesn’t settle for less.”

AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. Poindexter has been active in AEJMC for several decades. She was awarded the Inaugural Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education. She also received a First Place Award in the Excellence in Teaching Paper Competition, sponsored by AEJMC’s Teaching Standards Committee. She has served on various committees while participating in the organization.

Poindexter will pursue three initiatives during her tenure as president:

1. Journalism and Communication Graduate Student Info Expo. This pilot initiative for graduate student recruitment connects journalism and communication graduate programs with prospective graduate students.

2. International regional conference pilot to be held in Santiago, Chile. After leading a delegation to Santiago in March, the AEJMC Board of Directors approved Poindexter’s request to hold a pilot international regional conference in Santiago in October 2015. After AEJMC establishes its presence on the international regional conference stage, Poindexter’s goal is to have AEJMC international regional conferences in Asia, Europe, Africa, etc.

3. Future News Audience Initiative to Encourage News Engagement. This initiative will include a national campaign and event to raise awareness about the importance of being informed, the future of the news media, the future of journalism education, the future of an informed democratic society, and the mission of AEJMC.

Poindexter said she believes this initiative is very important in light of data from her National Survey of News Engagement highlighted in her book, Millennials, News, and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past? (Peter Lang), The book helps readers understand the generation that came of age as the importance of news waned and social media emerged.