Tag Archives: Journalism

Ag Media Summit

By: Amantha Hons The temperature in the Arizona desert was nearing 90 degrees on Friday morning and the dry breeze felt like someone had pointed a hair dryer in your face. My group and I stepped off the charter bus into the sandy soil of a jalapeño pepper farm, the rows of bright green plants a stark contrast to the reds and browns of the desert landscape behind them. We gathered around the farm owner, Rob Knorr, as he talked about the new processes and technologies he had… Read More →

Namibia Study Abroad 2015

Africa is more than thundering herds of wildlife and safari trucks. The continent boasts more than one billion people over 50 diverse countries. This summer 14 students were immersed in the culture of Namibia. Situated on the southwest coast of the continent, Namibia has a surface area similar to Texas and an environment just as diverse. The ALEC department offers the Namibia Study Abroad to any student, regardless of major, interested in the program. While traveling thousands of kilometers across the country, the students take two courses; Agriculture… Read More →

New Assistant Professor, Tobin Redwine, Ph.D.

By: Emily Foreman When a compelling story about agriculture is being told you can almost be certain Tobin Redwine, Ph.D., will be nearby. As the ALEC department’s new agricultural communications and journalism assistant professor, Redwine will teach and research about how the agriculture industry can tell captivating stories and extend that knowledge through service. Redwine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural leadership and development from Texas A&M University in 2008. He continued his education at Texas Tech University. After graduating with a Master of Science in… Read More →

Helping New Agricultural Leaders Hit the Bull’s-eye

May 20, 2015 Today’s agricultural leaders, educators and communicators have a moving target to hit in their industries. Information that once would have taken weeks and months to generate can now be found in a few minutes. Today’s communication and education professionals have instant access to nearly unlimited amounts of information which they can disseminate to the world in just seconds. It’s an exciting time, but keeping up with the latest tools and techniques can feel like aiming an arrow at a moving target while running on a… Read More →

ALEC Lecturer Attends Poynter Institute

By: Meagan Brown Teachers are constantly learning how to effectively educate students. Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Senior Lecturer Deborah Dunsford, Ph.D., exhibited this when she traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla. to attend two journalism classes at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies from June 19-25, 2014. Dunsford had to apply to be accepted into the courses at the institute. After being accepted, she received a Neuhaus-Shepardson Faculty Development Grant to help cover travel and tuition costs. Dunsford said that others taking the classes she took were very… Read More →

ACT Annual Meeting and Agricultural Media Summit

By Meagan Brown ALEC Graduate Student, Hannah Miller was elected National President of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the organization’s national meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana in July. Agricultural Communications and Journalism major, Sidney Holland was also elected to a national office and will serve as ACT Communications Coordinator. The National ACT organization holds their annual meeting in conjunction with the Agricultural Media Summit to encourage students who have an interest in a professional agriculture communications field to network with experts and improve their skills. Four of Texas A&M… Read More →

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Becomes the Classroom for ALEC Students

By Caitlin Powers The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo served as the classroom for over 100 Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications students during the duration of the Show, March 4 – 23, 2014. Offering a number of internships, the Show provides students with educational experiences in a real-world setting. “Interning with the Houston Livestock Show really allowed us students to gain hands on experience,” Mary Hannah Winstead, senior agricultural leadership development major, said. With a history of showing livestock at the Show, Winstead wanted to participate in the… Read More →

Award-Winning Journalist Skip Hollandsworth

  Are you interested in writing for a magazine, film, column, or books? If so, we have an amazing opportunity for you! Skip Hollandsworth is an executive editor for Texas Monthly who will be on-campus April 23-24. He will be giving an open lecture on Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. about his 2011 movie Bernie at Rudder Tower room 501. A lecture exclusively for agricultural communications and journalism students will be given by Hollansworth at 9:35 a.m. on April 24. Hollandsworth will also be facilitating a VIP workshop for 8-10 students on April… Read More →

ALEC Student Recognized for Essay

  ALEC Student Wins Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Essay Contest   By: Patricia Ward Sophomore agricultural communications and journalism major, Leslie Morrow, took home first place with her essay on the reliance of the consumer on social media in the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s essay contest. The essay topic for the contest was, “What do communication majors face in the future and how do you plan on dealing with it?” “I figured it would be a fairly easy thing to… Read More →

AGCJ Students Learn Journalism, Teamwork and Leadership in Editor Positions

By: Mollie Lastovica Three students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications are proving the practicality of their degree by taking what they have learned in the classroom and applying that knowledge to part-time jobs in the journalism field. Working as Editor for the Aggieland yearbook, Managing Editor for The Battalion and Copy Editor for the Eagle, respectively, Kalee Bumguardner, Jake Walker and Christen Wilson, are committed to gaining journalism experience outside of the classroom. Second Time’s a Charm Kalee Bumguardner, a graduate student in the… Read More →