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WRBL Internship Testimonial – Addison Webster

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WRBL Internship Testimonial – Addison Webster

During the Spring 2020 semester I enrolled in a Communication internship with WRBL, and it was one of the best decisions I've made for my future. I started out as a news intern following reporters and helping them pursue their stories. After a couple of weeks in the position, I had the opportunity to pitch a story. This experience was special because I was involved every step of the way: I pitched the story, conducted interviews, filmed b-roll, wrote the script, and edited it all together.

I made some great memories and connections in this role; however, I wanted to learn even more about how our local news runs. I expressed interest to the station's news director in learning how to be a news producer. Shortly after that, I started learning how to create a rundown and finding stories for the newscasts. This was really intriguing because I learned how to prioritize stories, how to add SOTs (sound on tape), and how to write scripts. My training grew even more; for the first hour of my shifts, I learned how to use various production equipment from teleprompter to camera to graphics, then I would write article for the website or shadow a reporter for the rest of the day.

About halfway through this internship, my news director told me that if I became proficient on production, at the completion of my internship hours, WRBL would consider hiring me when a producing role became available. I doubled my hours and had completed my internship on March 14th . and began new position at WRBL March 23rd!

My official title is production assistant. I will be running various production equipment during the newscasts. Additionally, When I will be producer training so that I am able to produce a show all by myself. My goal at WRBL is to be hired on as a news producer. Due to the coronavirus, we are in some really hard and confusing times. I am really blessed and honored that I have found a company that not only values me as a person but also sees a future with me. I am grateful to the Department of Communication for offering me experiential learning growth opportunities that have led me to a job in the television news industry.

Building Community Through Communication


In COMM 3148, Building Community Through Communication, students learn how to effectively listen, deliberate, and advocate for the people and causes that they believe in. Because we are all simultaneously members of communities at school, in the workplace, and at home with our friends, family, and neighbors, this makes studying how we build community through communication so valuable academically, professionally, and personally. As part of the course, students participate in a service learning project that allows them to apply the material covered in the classroom to a real world community organization. This semester, we are fortunate to be partnering with Feeding the Valley, a regional food bank headquartered in Columbus that serves 17 counties in Georgia and one in Alabama and is responsible for delivering close to 10 million pounds of food annually to clients in need. Students can be seen here assembling boxes of donated food that offers recipients multiple healthy meals for the week ahead.

Saving Souls: Gastronomic Gentrification, Performances of Whiteness, and the Cancellation of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods


Dr. Donofrio recently received a top paper award from the Intercultural Communication Interest Group of the Central States Communication Association. His paper explores how food shows on television and streaming services mediate our experiences of foodways, ethnicity, and race by constructing narratives that work to produce and reproduce our senses of authenticity, in-group belonging, and otherness. His work applies critical intercultural communication theory to analyze a 2018 controversy that ultimately led to the mid-season cancellation of the award-winning culinary explorer show Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.

An Integrated Media concentration student, Doria Lacey, became the recipient of GAB scholarship. 

Doria Lacey

Doria Lacey has been selected as a recipient of Georgia Association of Broadcaster's 2019 E. Lanier Finch Scholarship. Doria will attend annual Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Special Collections Library at UGA. GAB is now accepting 2020 Hall of Fame Nomination. read more.. 

A Communication Studies major student receives SRACE grant


Student Spotlight
Meet Communication Studies major, Sydney Shields, who was recently awarded one of university Student Research and Creative Endeavors (SRACE) Grants. Sydney plans to share her research with scholars in the discipline this spring at Central States Communication Association convention in Chicago.
Sydney is a senior majoring in Communication at Columbus State University. She is an online student, which has allowed her to travel the world while completing her degree. She has lived in England, Iceland, and Canada throughout her college career. She has simultaneously worked in the gaming industry as a developer of independent roleplaying games. Outside of work and school, Sydney enjoys writing and producing music. After graduation, she plans to continue her study of communication through graduate school.

WCUG's Management Team attended the Georgia Association of Broadcasters


WCUG's Management Team, (Left to Right) Britney Simpson, Matt Rorer, Doria Lacey, and Kelvin Clark (not in photograph), attended The Georgia Association of Broadcasters in Atlanta, Georgia where they networked with industry professionals, and attended seminars to learn more in the areas of sales, engineering, management, and journalism. The two-day long event provided our students with knowledge to help develop their professional skills for the job market after graduation. By attending this event, WCUG's management and training skills were improved. The student staff welcomes any and all students from any major to get involved and volunteer with the radio station. In addition to this, WCUG teamed up with Bo Bartlett to create ArtHaus Radio back in March. In just 7 months, the show has been met with great popularity even being nominated for a local award from The Local Columbus for favorite podcast. You can catch ArtHaus Radio Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am.

ArtHaus Billboard


Keep your eye out for ArtHaus Radio's billboard around Columbus! ArtHaus Radio is created by Bo Bartlett in partnership with CSU Communication Student Matt Rorer and airs on 88.5 WCUG-FM Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. ArtHaus promotes an artistic, out-of-the-box way of thinking, while also playing music that all people can enjoy. The show motto is, the purpose of art is to wake us up, the purpose of ArtHaus Radio is to wake us up, gently.

The Saber & WCUG Collaboration


88.5 WCUG-FM, CSU's student-run radio station, and The Saber, CSU's award winning student news source, are collaborating on a year-long project for 2019-2020. Students from both staffs attended a seminar sponsored by an Interdisciplinary Initiative Grant from CSU's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Committee. Lead by faculty members Joe Lewis and Bruce Getz, as well as the students themselves, staff members learned about newsgathering and radio production techniques and implemented a plan to create a new student-centered news broadcast which will air on 88.5 WCUG-FM.

Matt Rorer named the recipient of "GAB Radio Talent Institute Scholarship"


A COMM student Matt Rorer is accepted into the GAB Radio Institute and received a scholarship to attend from May 13-22 at University of Georgia.

"The GAB Radio Talent Institute is a talent incubator in Grady College, University of Georgia, in Athens and is one of the inaugural institute members of the National Radio Talent System. The Institute brings in broadcast professionals from around the state and country to be the Guest Professional Faculty and to teach all the sessions during this intensive 10-day summer program"

Javaris Harris, One of the youngest public announcers in CSU history


...... Harris announced he was offered the Public Announcer position for CSU Baseball on Jan. 30, 2019. Harris was possibly the youngest person to hold this position and had, quite literally, made CSU history.  ....

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Timothy Pitts named first recipient of "Business of Film Rising Star Student Scholarship"


"2018 inaugural winner - Timothy Pitts, a student at Columbus State University (CSU), is the inaugural recipient of the Business of Film Rising Star Student Scholarship. A non-traditional student and Navy veteran, Pitts has overcome many obstacles on his path to pursuing a career in the film industry. His passion for photography led him to studying film at CSU and, ultimately, excelling in both his screenwriting and film production classes.

Pitts has been completing his degree under a Post 9/11 GI Bill scholarship, which will soon expire. The $5,000 Business of Film Rising Star Student Scholarship will go towards helping him complete his final three semesters and graduate in the summer of 2020.

"Because of Georgia Power, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and this scholarship, I'm not only able to complete my degree but also show my children that no matter where you start in life, you can find your purpose and pursue your passion," said Pitts.

He was chosen from nominations submitted by Columbus State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia State University."

Georgia Power. "Georgia Power and the Atlanta Business Chronicle Present New Scholarship for Outstanding Film Student." PR Newswire: News Distribution, Targeting and Monitoring, 6 Dec. 2018,

CSPN visited Communication Department

cspn bus

The C-SPAN bus will stop at CSU's Department of Communication as part of its national tour on December 6th, 2018 from 12pm - 2pm. The bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN's public affairs programming and resources. The all new, state-of-the-art customized motor coach stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN's comprehensive educational and political resources.

CSU Nightmare on 9th Ghost Tour


Please join the Department of Communication for the Nightmare on 9th event! Admission is free.
The Feeding the Valley Food Truck will be there collecting canned goods, so donations are appreciated.
When: Thursday, November 8th
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: The Carpenter Building, 49th Street, Columbus, Ga. 31901

The Department of Communication hosts the Columbus movie premiere of STILL


The Department of Communication would love for you to join us at 7:00 PM, August 23rd in the auditorium of the Rainey McCullers School of the Arts for the Columbus movie premiere of STILL. This production, filmed on location in Harris County, launched our department's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy and its success represents community-wide support for bringing the film industry to our area. In fact, 13 CSU students enrolled in the GFA partnership served as production assistants on the set of this film. Since the release of STILL, both the movie and its writer have won numerous awards - including the prestigious GEORGIA Film Award at the Atlanta Film Festival. We are proud of this product that represents only the tip of what our students can do in the CSU Department of Communication. Immediately following the screening, Takashi Doscher (writer / director), Craig Miller (Producer) and some of our own students who served as PAs on this production, will assemble on-stage for a Q&A session with audience members. I would like to receive your emailed RSVP (accept or regret) by August 20. Upon receipt of your acceptance, I will email directions to the event and to your designated parking area.

Communication Alumna is selected as the August Member Spotlight of the New Professionals chapter of PRSA


Name: Rachel Brown
Position/Company: Public Relations Specialist, Albany State University
Location: Albany, Ga
Education: Public Relations and Integrated Media double major, Columbus State University
Social Media Handle: @rachelbrownpr

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Dr. Chris McCollough wins Wilcox Award for the Top Teaching Paper in PR competition conducted by the AEJMC Public Relations Division


Congratulations are again in order for Dr. Chris McCollough on winning his second consecutive Wilcox Award for the Top Teaching Paper in PR competition conducted by the AEJMC Public Relations Division for his piece chronicling the economic development in the 30 months since his students' work with Pasaquan, the Art Department at Columbus State University, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
His work continues to showcase the impact and value of our service-learning curriculum on teaching, learning, service, and scholarship!

Dr. Chris McCollough has been named Rising Star in the community


Congratulations are again in order for a member of our faculty!
Dr. Chris McCollough has been named a Rising Star in the Community by the local Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals, and Columbus and the Valley Magazine.
He is being recognized among a group of 10 community leaders across a wide field of academic, economic, and civil service fields.
Dr. McCollough will be profiled along with his fellow Rising Stars in the October issue of Columbus and the Valley Magazine.

Democratic Gubernatorial Debate in CSU: COMM major, Kelvin Clark (WCUG), joined reporters from WRBL


Columbus State University hosted a Democratic gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in University Hall. The debate, which was televised live and open to the public, is part of an ongoing series of political forums hosted by Columbus State in partnership with WRBL-TV and PMB Broadcasting.

Jacob Holt , an assistant professor from CSU's political science department, and Kelvin Clark, a communications student from CSU's WCUG radio station, joined reporters from WRBL on a panel questioning the two candidates, Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans, both former members of the Georgia House of Representatives. CSU communication students also assisted in the production of the telecasts.

The first forum, featuring six Republican gubernatorial candidates, was held on Tuesday, March 6. A Columbus Mayoral Debate is scheduled for May 1. Events featuring any candidates involved in a run-off will be scheduled between the primary and run-off elections and the nominees of each party will be invited back for a Gubernatorial Debate in October.

COMM Alumna gave keynote speech at Georgia Communication Association (GCA) Annual Conference


Our CSU Communication Program alumna gave impressive speech of how student service learning opportunities not only opened their eyes to ways communication makes a difference in the community, but also how those opportunities opened jobs for them after they graduated.

Ms. Anna Simms (CSU c/o 2014) Grants and Communication, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
Ms. Cassie Myers (CSU c/o 2012) Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Pezold Company


Georgia Communication Association (GCA) Annual Conference

The 2018 GCA conference, hosted by the Department of Communication, CSU, will be located at CSU's RiverPark Campus at the Yancey Center, One Arsenal Place on Front Avenue. Conference sessions will be at the North Shed Complex and at the adjacent Riverside Theatre. Our Communication Alumna Ms. Anna Sims and Ms. Cassie Meyers will deliver keynote speech. The Full program guide is available here.

GCA Annual conference includes

  • 2018 GCA Student Film Festival
  • Panel presentations
  • Research presentations
  • Keynote Speech

Dr. Scott Sellnow-Richmond published a book chapter


Dr. Scott Sellnow-Richmond published his study on paternity leave and male identity in "Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act"

Book: Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Across Identities, Genders and Cultures.
Chapter is titled: Paternity leave, identity and fatherhood
Publisher: Roman & Littlefield
Editor: Elizabeth Hatfield (University of Houston - Downtown)

Dr. Ramesh Rao joined on the Center for Global Engagement's Workshop


Dr. Ramesh Rao joined six other CSU faculty members on a one-week visit to Oxford and London, England as part of the Center for Global Engagement's workshop at the Spencer House in Oxford during the first week of September.

CSU faculty submitted applications during spring 2017; the following were selected to participate:

Seon Jeon, English
Eduardo Leon, Modern and Classical Languages
Joe Miller, English
Clayton O'Dell, English
Ramesh Rao, Communication

Dr. Becky Becker and Dr. Dan Ross led the team on many excursions in Oxford, as well as two day trips to London. Each faculty member was asked to reflect on the three-year ILC theme, "Migration: Movement(s) Around the Globe," and give a brief presentation with connections to their discipline during the trip abroad. These presentations will be expanded in the upcoming "Lunch & Learn" series, with Dr. Rao's presentation scheduled for October 26, 2017. His talk is titled "Religion of the Book vs. 'Religion' of the Library", and will be presented in Room 130 at the Schuster Center for Student Engagement.

Department of Communication Speaker Series


Georgia's film and entertainment industry takes center stage at Department of Communication Speaker Series

The economic impact of Georgia's film industry was $9.5 billion last year, and the state is the No. 1 feature film production location in the world. Where does Georgia's film and entertainment industry go from here?

Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment for Georgia, answers this question and more as the keynote speaker at the Department of Communication's speaker series program Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. It is free to CSU students and the community.

Last year, Georgia was the site of 320 film and television productions, according to and Productions included Marvel movies, Netflix's "Stranger Things" and AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Thomas is a native of Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film and earned a master's degree in film studies from Georgia State University. She also studied cinema at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Thomas returned to Atlanta in 1992 and joined what is now the office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The speaker series began in September 2014. The Department of Communication brings topics of interest and leading public relations, business and media professionals to Columbus to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the community. Past speakers include Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO; former WSB-TV anchor Monica Kaufman; CNN anchor/reporter Martin Savidge; and Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors this fall's program. WRBL TV 3 and WTVM News Leader 9 are media partners. PMB Broadcasting provides a $1,000 scholarship to a communication student as part of the speaker series.

More information is available by calling 706-507-8614.

Communications Graduate Accepts WJBF Job Offer


Ashlee “Samantha” Williams graduated with a Public Relations concentration in December 2016. She accepted a job as a news reporter at WJBF NewsChannel 6 in Augusta, Ga. shortly after. Ashlee contributes her success in the news industry to the writing and video production classes as well as the hands-on experience gained in her two internships at WRBL and WTVM. You can see her recent work on her business Facebook page “Samantha Williams WJBF.”

Communication Junior Accepted to Radio Talent Institute


Congratulations to Alan (Thrift) Barringer, a junior in the Department of Communication. He has been accepted to attend the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Radio Talent Institute May 8-17 at the University of Georgia. Thrift is a student in the Integrated Media concentration and an on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Institute sessions cover various aspects of broadcasting. These include entertainment, production, sales, digital, marketing, and promotion.

Communication Junior Awarded Georgia Association of Broadcasters Scholarship


Congratulations to Taylor Ann Yaughn, who recently received a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). Taylor Ann is a junior in the Department of Communication. She is a student in the Public Relations concentration and on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Taylor Ann was one of six scholarship recipients from across the states who were recognized at the GAB Hall of Fame and Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 24 at the University of Georgia. She is the first recipient from CSU to receive the scholarship. Since 2006, the GAB has awarded 40 scholarships totaling more than $60,000.

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Doru Pop

Dr. Doru Pop

Dr.Pop is a Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. He is a very well known and respected film and communication scholar from one of our partner universities, Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Dr. Pop is a professor and lecturer in the Faculty of Theater and Television, the Cinema and Media Department at Babes Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Pop received his Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD in Visual Culture and Philosophy from UBB. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at Bard College, New York (2013), where he taught a course on Romanian New Wave cinema.Dr Pop has published numerous works including, Media and Democracy (2001), Modern and Postmodern Visual Culture in Philosophy (2005) and Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (2014). He is also editor in chief of Ekphrasis academic journal and director of the Ekphrasis Research Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, at UBB.

Dr. Pop will only be offering these classes during his one semester appointment at CSU.

Media, Society and Culture
COMM 3125I (CRN 22766)
6 - 7:15 PM MW
(Prerequisites: COMM 2105, 2110, 2136 or 2137)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of contemporary media in shaping culture and society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course enables students to be critical media consumers, making them aware of the interrelationships between media and society. Students will learn to evaluate and discuss the cultural and social impact of media, analyze media contents, and develop their own critical perspectives.

European Film: From National Identity to Transnational Cultures
COMM 4555U (CRN 22767)
6 - 7:15 PM TR
(No prerequisites)

This course is examines the evolution of national cinemas in Europe, from early national identity to the contemporary transnational film industry culture. The course provides the students with an understanding of the most influential film schools, including German Expressionism, early Soviet cinema, French poetic realism, Italian neo-realism, Free British Cinema (the British "Kitchen Sink" school), French New Wave, Romanian New Waves and others. The course will use historical and theoretical approaches to cinema styles and film philosophies. Throughout the course students will be viewing classic films from great filmmakers of the 20th century such as Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodóvar, Federico Fellini, Cristi Puiu and others.