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Journalism Schools of JSU, UM Form Partnership

Dr. Will Norton and
Dr. Will Norton and Dr. Elayne Anthony

The Jackson State University School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi have entered into a partnership that will allow the two schools to exchange faculty, collaborate on research projects and enhance student learning in journalism and multimedia.

Dr. Elayne Anthony, Dean of the JSU School of Journalism and Media Studies and Dr. Will Norton Jr., Dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss, announced the memorandum of agreement at a press conference on Thursday, at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.

The collaboration includes Jackson State and Ole Miss faculty teaching undergraduate courses for students at both universities, students from both schools participating in international travel and research, and joint participation in annual media conferences sponsored by each university.


“We are pleased with the partnership between the JSU School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss. This partnership will assist students at both schools with writing projects, digital packages, international programs and faculty exchanges,”said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. “This is the first time in the history of both schools that we have had this type of collaboration which in the long run will benefit both programs and breathe new life into the future media practitioners of the 21st century.”

During agreed upon academic terms, courses in a common classroom or other setting with a common instructor or instructors may be offered by both institutions in Jackson or in Oxford that will be open to enrollment by students of Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi. Specific courses will include students covering the Mississippi Legislature.

JSU 2“This important partnership will benefit students in both schools and enrich collaborative efforts in media throughout the state,” said Norton.

Anthony agreed: “This is an historic partnership that will propel both institutions into the media digital world. I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to work together to make our collective students ready for the media of the 21st century.”

Both Anthony and Norton have long and distinguished careers as media professionals and mass communication educators.

Anthony, a full tenured professor, was named Dean of the JSU School of Journalism and Media Studies in Fall 2015 after returning to JSU where she was the former head of the Department of Mass Communication. Anthony also was head of the Department of Communication at Belhaven University in Jackson. She also served as Assistant Superintendent of Public Information and Staff Development for the Jackson Public School District and spokesperson for the Board of Trustees.


Anthony, a graduate of Jackson State University who received her Ph.D. degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, was the first female African American anchor, producer and reporter for WJTV-TV 12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson.

Norton was interim chair and chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Mississippi and also was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a partner in ownership of The South Reporter, Inc., Holly Springs, Mississippi, a corporation that publishes two newspapers and a total market publication. He was publisher of The Daily Iowan. He previously was on the staff of the Chicago Tribune and was sports editor of The Daily Journal, Wheaton, Illinois. Norton is a trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Diversity Instituteand theNewseum.

Norton is a graduate of Wheaton College and Indiana University, and received a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Iowa.

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