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Julie Jones receives award from NPPA

NPPACostaAwardProfessor Julie Jones received the Joseph Costa Award from the National Press Photographers Association during the annual News Video Workshop held on campus March 15-20.

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.

Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote to return to teaching

Joe FooteJoe Foote, Dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, will rejoin the faculty in August, resigning his administrative post as Dean after a decade as the college’s leader.   Foote’s leadership tenure spans two-thirds of the lifetime of the young college that was elevated from school status in 2000 after a $22-million gift from the Edward L. Gaylord family.

In making the announcement, Foote, a 1971 broadcasting graduate, said, “Returning to OU during the magic of the Boren era has been a wonderful experience.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this great college during a decade of impressive improvement and upward mobility and am fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional group of students, faculty and staff.  I’m now looking forward to taking some of the sideshows in my professional life and moving them into the main tent.”

OU President David L. Boren said, “It would be impossible for me to adequately express the appreciation of the entire OU family for Joe Foote’s outstanding service as Dean. He has unified the Gaylord College faculty, staff and students to pursue the highest possible standards. His goal has always been to bring the greatest possible educational experience to our students. I am grateful he has agreed to remain as a teacher in the college and as a leader of its international program.”

Since its founding, Gaylord College achieved triple-digit growth, raised its admission standards, began a Ph.D. program, created multiple opportunities for students, and increased its national standing.  In March 2015, the Radio-Television Digital News Association ranked OU among the top 10 journalism and mass communication programs in the nation.

Known as a student-centered dean, Foote has been passionate about increasing professional opportunities for students on and off-campus.  Foote founded the Gaylord Ambassadors program, an undergraduate leadership group that has become a model on campus.  Foote led the college to create Lindsey+Asp, one of the nation’s premier student-led advertising and public relations agencies and “Sooner Sports Pad,” a live, weekly television broadcast to 10 million television households on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox Sports Southwest.

A national leader in journalism and education, Foote has been a key player in the university’s “digital initiative” and was an early advocate for innovation in courseware and alternative teaching modes.  Under his leadership, Gaylord College was one of the first university programs in the nation to be designated as an “Apple Distinguished Program” for its innovation in the use of technology in education.  Gaylord College has now received the Apple distinction in three consecutive competitions and is still the only major mass communication program in the nation to achieve that feat.

In his own teaching, Foote was the first professor on campus to develop an iBook and one of the first to launch a complete course on iTunesU.  A priority of Foote’s when he returns to the faculty will be the development of new opportunities for digital student engagement.

Foote led Gaylord College on an ambitious program to provide students with the best facilities and technologies in the nation.  Within three months of becoming dean and less than a year after the dedication of Phase I of Gaylord Hall in 2004, Foote initiated an effort to build Phase II.  Within six months, President Boren raised $19 million for the new project.  When Phase II opened in 2009, Gaylord Hall with its innovative “live, work, play” computer labs and its state-of-the-art broadcast technology was unsurpassed in higher education.  The university complemented its investment in 2014 with a complete high-definition upgrade of broadcasting facilities.

As an OU graduate, Foote is passionate about creating stronger ties with alumni.  He worked closely with key alumni to reconstitute, expand and diversify the college’s advisory board, now the Gaylord Board of Visitors, which is widely recognized as a campus leader for alumni engagement. Foote expanded alumni publications, both digital and print, and began a series of successful alumni gatherings around the nation.

A strong international advocate who has worked in South Asia for the past 30 years, Foote initiated a series of projects with the U.S. Department of State totaling more than $4 million in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Foote will now concentrate on several of these international projects—the largest being in Pakistan training Urdu-speaking journalists and expanding a mass communication department at the University of Gujrat.  Foote also will continue to teach his British Media study abroad course, now in its 29th year, that has provided a unique cultural experience for more than 400 students.

Another major responsibility of Foote’s will be his chairmanship of the World Journalism Education Congress that was founded under his leadership in 2001 when he was President of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  The World Journalism Education Congress has now grown to 32 national and regional journalism education associations that gather for a global conference every three years.  Their next meeting will be in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2016.

Foote returned to OU in 2004 after serving as Director of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and founding dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  He also taught at Cornell University and for a brief time (1979-80) was manager of KGOU.

Before entering university teaching and administration, Foote served as a broadcast journalist in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.,; Press Secretary to Speaker of the House Carl Albert; and Chief of Staff to Congressman Dave McCurdy.

Students and Faculty Win Seven Telly Awards for Video Productions

Telly AwardsGaylord College students and faculty received seven Bronze Telly Awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, & cable TV commercials and programs.

The winning student productions included two promotional videos, “This is my classroom” and “Empowering Storytellers,” produced for the Gaylord College Centennial and a special edition of the student-produced TV news magazine, Routes TV, focused on the aftermath of the May 20 Moore tornado. In addition, three projects from broadcasting and electronic media professor Scott Hodgson which also included student crew and production talent.

Click on the title for each winner to watch the full videos.

Title Category Credits Client
This Is Our Classroom:
Centennial Edition
Non-broadcast productions-education Producer-Janelle Barrick; Editor-Zack Strauss; Animation: Joshua Shockley; Associate Producers: Mark Burnett, Hunter Clausen, Molly Mohr, Trauvello Stevenson, Sarah Fullerton, Cameron Masingale; Ex. Producer-Scott Hodgson
Gaylord College
Empowering Storytellers:
Gaylord College Centennial
Non-Broadcast Productions-Recruitment Producer/Director-Cameron Masingale Talent-Janelle Barrick Ex. Producer-Scott Hodgson
Gaylord College
Routes TV: Spring 2013 TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces-Education Producers: Hannah Bacher, Nick Dyer Ex. Producer-Kathleen Johnson
It’s the Music TV Programs, Segments or Promotional Pieces-Education Ex. Producer/Director/Co-Writer-Scott Hodgson Producer/Co-Writer/Editor-Janelle Barrick
OU School of Music
Tornado Emergency:
Moore, OK
Non-Broadcast Productions – Public Relations Producer/Director-Scott Hodgson; Producer-Janelle Barrick; Editor-Joshua Shockley; Crew-Nick Dyer, Sara Groover, Lauren Hines, Daryl King, Zack Strauss
National Association of Broadcasters/Broadcast Education Association
Surviving the Storm Non-Broadcast Productions-Safety and Non-Broadcast Productions-How To Producer/Director/Writer-Scott Hodgson; Producer-Janelle Barrick; Crew-Pablo Fernandez, Max Bevan, Lauren Hines, Camille Krehbiel, Nick Szabo, Alissa Horn, Mary-Blair Dickinson, Ashley Crawford, Olivia McKennon

Debbie Yount to lead Lindsey and Asp in new direction

Debbie YountLindsey and Asp, the student-run advertising and public relations agency at the Gaylord College, has selected noted advertising professional and professor Debbie Yount as advertising agency adviser.

Yount joined the Gaylord College faculty in 2013 after serving on the college’s advisory board for six years. An OU advertising graduate, she has more than three decades of experience in branding and digital strategy, working in executive leadership positions at some of the world’s largest advertising firms, including Grey Global Group, Publicis Worldwide and McCann Worldgroup.

Yount will teach as well as lead the agency alongside Robert Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA, who is the public relations agency adviser. Yount is stepping into a position previously held by veteran Oklahoma advertising agency owner, David Tarpenning, who will continue to teach.

In her role at Lindsey and Asp, Yount will lead the new generation of advertising and public relations professionals to provide services in the areas of social media ideation, implementation and monitoring, as well as the strategic and creative services the agency already provides clients.

Now in its fifth year, Lindsey and Asp is emerging as a leader in generational marketing intelligence.

“The last of the Millennials entered college in 2014, and over the next few years, we will see the first members of the next generation – those aged 17 and under, known as the Plurals – enter college,” Yount said. “This new generation is more diverse than previous generations and does not necessarily buy into the concept of the ‘American Dream.’ The big questions for brands are: how will this generation approach buying decisions, and how will they use media?”

As a student-run agency, Lindsey and Asp is uniquely positioned to help marketers capture information about this next generation. Its students are on the cusp of the Millennial/Plural transition and can provide firsthand insights into the buying and media habits of their peers and their younger siblings.

“Insights from generational research can be of value to companies across the board,” Yount said. “Lindsey and Asp can be a resource for organizations that might not have the extra staff or budget for a large agency to conduct the research. We can meet that need.”

Lindsey and Asp was founded in 2009 as one of the first student-run agencies of its kind. Its clients have included international organizations like American Airlines, the Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Army at Fort Sill and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, as well as campus and local organizations like Healthy Sooners, the Norman Performing Arts Center and the Oklahoma Insurance Commission.

The Gaylord College celebrated 100 years of excellence in journalism education in 2013. The college confers bachelor of arts, master of arts, master of professional writing and doctoral degrees. The Gaylord College is the fifth-largest academic unit at the University of Oklahoma. Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, OU is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation.