FAMU Division of Journalism Earns Reaccreditation

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- April 30, 2012 --

The Accrediting Council on Journalism and Mass Communications approved reaccreditation for Florida A&M University’s Division of Journalism on April 27 in Arlington, Va.

“This vote of reaccreditation signals the high quality work produced in our Division of Journalism, said the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean James Hawkins. “Kudos to Professor (Dorothy) Bland, the journalism faculty, staff and students.”

A team of journalists and media professionals visited the university in February. Phillip Dixon, a veteran journalist and former chair of the Journalism Department at Howard University, was the team chair. The site team report praised the division for engaged and enthusiastic students as well as “dedicated faculty committed to their own development and holding students to high standards of achievement.”

The team report said Bland, the journalism division director, has “strong leadership and management skills and a huge appetite for hard work.” The team report also gave the division high praise for “strong relationships with local media and mass communication professionals.”

The team report stated that PRodigy, the student-run public relations firm, has a “strong reputation for serving clients on campus and in the community.”

At the committee meeting in March, Dixon praised student media outlets – including the award-winning Famuan newspaper, Journey magazine, FAMU TV20, WANM 90.5 and related websites – for covering stories related to the death of drum major Robert Champion Jr. “without fear or favor.”

FAMU journalism students have won about 20 journalism-related state, regional and national awards this semester. For example, Wandoo Makurdi took first place in the National Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Contest for her documentary on South Africa. Journey Magazine earned first place in both the “Best of the South” Contest from the Southeast Journalism Conference and the SPJ Region 3 Mark of Excellence Contest. Broadcast journalism students earned four first place awards in the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Contest.

The FAMU Division of Journalism was the first journalism program at a historically black college or university to be nationally accredited by ACEJMC.


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  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on May 1, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    GREAT JOB Dean Hawkins, staff & students. It goes without saying that FAMU's Journalism Program is the best in the country. Keep up the great work guys!
  • by Total on May 1, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    Good Job PR Firm!
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    So glad they axed for this back !!
  • by Kendra Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
    Those of you who are hatin' on this news have some serious problems. Nothing positive that FAMU does will ever be met with accolades from you constant complainers and whiners. All of you, whether you know it or not, either read or engage the online expertise of a FAMU journalism student. My advice: Don't read the papers, bec there are articles written by FAMU graduates. Don't listen to the news, bec there are FAMU graduates who are working behind the scenes to bring you the news up close and personal. In other works, quit being so ignorant. What you see here, in the physical, doesn't always transfer to what has transpired academically behind closed, professional doors.
  • by News Maven Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    I spent decades having to work with this so-called school's "finest." Occasionally, a graduate would be legit, but the vast majority are ill-prepared even to work in a sorry place like the local rag. Graduates are mostly clueless, with a race-based liberal agenda.
  • by Hacks Location: TDO on Apr 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    I guess The Democrat will be happy.
  • by Wilhem Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    Please give it a rest hater. This article is about reaccreditation. Give the program its props. You just want to start BS.
  • by Alice on Apr 30, 2012 at 05:08 PM
    Agree with Really Now 100%. I guess they can get their writing experience on hazing and death.
  • by Really now on Apr 30, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    Really now, considering the coverage they have given the still unresolved - or even charged - Robert Champion case, I would have expected this accreditation to have come from Disney World and been certified by Mickey Mouse himself.
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