Jones, is an associate professor of journalism in the Gaylord College, receives the award named after NPPA’s founder. The Joseph Costa Award is given for outstanding initiative, leadership, and service in advancing NPPA’s goals in Costa’s tradition. Jones is an associate professor at the Gaylord College and is the national chairperson of the News Video Workshop.
A former television photojournalist and producer, Jones was one of ten professors nationwide named as Kappa Alpha Theta’s Outstanding Faculty in 2012. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Minnesota, and she holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University. She assumed the chair of the News Video Workshop in 2013. The NPPA workshop has been hosted on OU’s Norman campus since film professor Ned Hockman brought it there in 1964.