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School of Communication welcomes Captain Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis to campus during the week of March 11-15.

Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis visit the School of Communication March 11-13.

During the week of March 11 – 15, the School of Communication welcomes Joel Banjo-Johnson and Ashley Lewis to campus.


Banjo-Johnson is a captain in the United States Air Force and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in German from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland University City, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from George Mason University. She has served in a variety of public affairs and engagement roles for the United States Air Force since 2009.


Lewis is completing her PhD in Communication and Culture from the Cathy Hughes School of Communication at Howard University. Lewis’ research focuses on marginalized populations, particularly Black youth. Her dissertation focuses on the Grime subculture in South London. She will be on campus as part of ECU’s Emerging Scholars program. Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University.


On Monday, March 11, Banjo-Johnson will visit Dr. Charles Meadows’ PR Theory class and Dr. Cui Meadows’ PR Campaigns classes. On Tuesday, March 12, she will present on Careers with Foreign Languages and Communication from 3-4 p.m. in Mendenhall Great Room 1. All are welcomed to the presentation on March 12 that is sponsored by ECU School of Communication and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of International Studies and Foreign Languages and Literatures.


On Wednesday, March 13, Lewis will visit Brittany Thompson’s Intercultural class and then be the School of Communication Research Mingle series’ guest speaker.


The School of Communication is proud to welcome these visitors to the campus of ECU.

School of Communication Career and Internship Fair February 28 from 2-3:30 p.m.

SOC Career/Internship Fair is Feb. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. in Main Campus Student Center

The School of Communication Career Panel and Career/Internship Fair is Thursday, February 28 in the Main Campus Student Center. Join us to learn more about communication career paths and find your future career. This year’s panel and fair is sponsored by WNCT 9 on your side!

Career Panel:
1-2 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Center Room 125
Learn more specifics about careers in TV news and promotions, recruiting , digital marketing and more!

Career/Internship Opportunities Fair:
2-3:30 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Center Ball Room
Meet local and regional employers who have full/part-time positions or internship opportunities.

Employers inlcude:

WNCT 9 On Your Side
The Hammock Source
Greenville Utilities
Red Ventures
City of Greenville
ECU Student Media
Summit Roofing of NC
Waffle House
ENC Stop Human Trafficking​
Eastern Radiologists
News Channel 12
Fayetteville Swamp Dogs
Washington Daily News


Bring polished resumes and dress to impress. Professional attire strongly recommended.

Please register to attend.

Register Here:…/store_main.jsp…

Thank you WNCT for your support.

For information contact the SOC main office: 252-328-4227

School of Communication Welcomes Dr. E. Patrick Johnson on February 11 by Kaitlyn Longest

Dr. E. Patrick Johnson to perform at East Carolina University February 11. Co-sponsored by the School of Communication

On February 11, 2019, Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will be visiting East Carolina University. During his visit, he will be speaking as a guest lecturer in Brittany Thompson’s Intercultural Communication class from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m in Joyner East 202. He will also be giving a longer presentation in Hendrix Theatre called “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at 7 p.m. on February 11. Anyone is welcome at either performance, sponsored by the School of Communication and the Department of History in celebration of Black History Month.


Dr. E. Patrick Johnson is the chair of African American studies and professor of performance studies and African American studies at Northwestern University. He has done extensive research in African American studies, Performance studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies that has had a large impact on each topic. He is also the author of four books Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, Black. Queer. Southern. Women, and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Johnson decided to take interviews from his books and turn them into a performance.


‘Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” is an award-winning solo performance about the stories of two of Dr. E. Patrick Johnson’s books. The stories are about southern, black, LGBT people between the ages of 18 to 93 and what it is like growing up and continuing to live in the south. Johnson has performed his one man show “Put a Little Honey in my Sweet Tea” at over 100 college campuses since 2006. The performance won the Black Theater Alliance Bert Williams Award for Best Solo Performance in 2010.


If you have any questions about the Intercultural Communication class please contact Brittany Thompson with the School of Communication at:

Phone: (252) 737-4707


For more information about the evening performance, contact Mark Rasdorf, Interim Senior Associate Director of ECU LGBTQ Center.


Phone: (252) 737-4451

School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony is Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Fall 2017 Graduating Class School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The School of Communication Graduation Recognition Ceremony is December 14 at 4 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

For the day of the ceremony, graduates please arrive at 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Bate building to check-in and start lining up before the ceremony. Family members and friends do not need tickets for the graduation.

For family and friends not able to attend the ceremony, it will be live-streamed via the link below. To view graduation live go to

The link will go live 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. You do not need a password at that time.

If you have questions, please call the School of Communication main office at 252-328-4227.

Dr. Ian Brodie speaks October 12 about Fake News and Real Funny: Navigating Political Stance in The Onion, John Oliver, and George Carlin.

Dr. Ian Brodie

The English Department, the School of Communication, and the Harriet College of Arts and Sciences are co-sponsoring visiting International Scholar Dr. Ian Brodie on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Bate 1028. His presentation is on Fake News and Real Funny: Navigating Political Stance in The Onion, John Oliver, and George Carlin. Dr. Brodie is a professor of folklore at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

International Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Schulz visits the School of Communication

Visiting Scholar Dr. Peter Schulz from the University of Lugano in Switzerland.

We welcome visiting scholar Dr. Peter Schulz to ECU and the School of Communication October 2 through October 6.

Schulz is a Professor of Communication at the University of Lugano (USI) in Switzerland. During his visit to ECU, Dr. Schulz will lecture to multiple classes including Public Relations Campaigns, Public Relations Strategies, Media Effects and Health Communication.

Dr. Schulz’ visit is part of the School of Communication’s efforts to continuously build international relationships and create a globally diverse learning environment for our students and our faculty.

Face Your Fear: Public Speaking Workshop

Speech Communication Center host Face Your Fear public speaking workshop on 10/3

The Speech Communication Center is hosting a Face Your Fear public speaking workshop Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 10 am until 12 pm in Joyner Library 2409.

The Face Your Fear event includes a panel on using public speaking professionally and special guest speakers include:

Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs;

Coach Heather Macy, Head Basketball Coach, Women’s Basketball;

Jordan Koonts, SGA President ECU Student Government Association.

This event, like all SCC events, is FREE! Contact today at 252-328-2790 or

Event schedule:

10:00 am
Welcome! Mix and Mingle with students and staff. Light refreshments will be offered.

10:15-10:45 am
Panel presentation; Using Public Speaking Professionally. Speakers include:

Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs;
Coach Heather Macy, Head Basketball Coach, Women’s Basketball;
Jordan Koonts, SGA President ECU Student Government Association.

10:45 -11:15 am
Speaking anxiety tips presented by Kelsey Rhodes, SCC Assistant Director ECU Speech Communication Center; Caroline Umphlett, Academic Advisor ECU Academic Advising & Support Center.

11:15 -12:00 pm
Impromptu Speaking Contest with prizes

Students in Vegas: A story not of luck, but hard work. By: Hannah Taylor

Dr. Glenn Hubbard with SOC students at BEA conference in Las Vegas

Third time’s a charm for East Carolina University journalism professor Glenn Hubbard.  Since 2016 he has been taking a group of School of Communication students to the annual Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The four day festival awards both students and faculty for their work in areas such as audio, news and non-fiction documentary. Each year Hubbard’s students have produced the festival and intro videos for the winners, but Hubbard said this year was their last.


“They (BEA) do three year terms, and I just finished the three year term, “ Hubbard said. “They have asked a faculty member, like me, to head it up and the perk is that you get your students involved and it gives them a good experience to work on the show.”


Hubbard said this year there were 18 winners at the festival and his students intro video topics  ranged from newscasts to documentaries. The students also produced the opening video for the festival and once they arrived in Vegas they helped produce the live show. “On show day we had a booth crew,” Hubbard said. “Someone running lights, sound, headsets, lots of crew things.” He said the students got to meet and work alongside crew members who produce shows like Celine Dion, but that wasn’t the only time the students got to network.


“The networking when they are out there is incredible,” Hubbard said. “In addition to the BEA Conference the association is a big organization itself, but it is also attached to the National Association of Broadcasters so every company you could ever imagine in broadcasting goes out there.” He said during their time there students got to attend multiple networking events, such as a career fair where one student gained a summer internship.


Before leaving for Vegas, Kathryn Dawson had interviewed with CBS News only to find out she would not receive a place in their New York internship program. When Hubbard told her that someone from CBS News would be in attendance at the career fair Dawson decided to take a gamble on speaking with them about an internship again, and she hit jackpot.


“I was like this is my last chance, so I went in there and introduced myself again,” Dawson said. She said after missing an interview question twice before she made sure she knew it in Vegas when she spoke to Katie Curico. She did and Curcio was impressed. “She stood up right there and offered me the internship,” Dawson said.


Dawson produced two videos for the festival. “One was for a student audio and it was a thrilled themed movie and he won an award for audio,” Dawson said. “The other one was about Cronkite News, that one won for best newscast.” She said her favorite thing about the festival was getting the internship and seeing all of their hard work pay off at the award show.


Kathryn Dawson story:


“My favorite thing about the trip was definitely the networking aspect,” Blair Berry said. “I learned a lot just by being emerged in such a professional atmosphere and it has definitely prepared me for when I get out and start working in the real world.”


Berry produced a video about Larry Foley’s documentary on Frank Broyles, the old football coach for the University of Arkansas. “He did a lot of things to help their football program and he recently died, so the documentary was based around that,” she said. “So my goal was to talk about why Larry did the documentary and what he was trying to accomplish with his story.”


Blair Berry story:


Berry reached her goal and said after the show Foley came to her and told her he loved her video and was impressed by her work. Foley wasn’t the only one impressed that night though.  Hubbard was extremely proud of the hard work his students had put in.


“There was a great group this year and with this being my last year doing it, it was a great group to end with,” he said. “When I retire I’m going to look back at this like a career highlight and say… I did that and hopefully stay in touch with the students and say we did that.”

Show opener:

ECU alum and WITN co-anchor Lynette Taylor is the SOC Graduation Recognition Ceremony Keynote Speaker on May 4th at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium by Mariah Smith

ECU alum and WITN co-anchor will address SOC Spring 2018 graduating class on May 4 at 3 p.m. in Wright Auditorium

Lynette Taylor calls herself a “drama queen.” Her love for acting and theater throughout her high school years in Durham, led her eventually to broadcast journalism at East Carolina University. She graduated from ECU with a degree in electronic journalism and immediately started working with WITN as an associate producer. Later that year, she accepted a position at WITN as a reporter and later was promoted to weekend morning anchor.

After four years at WITN, she moved to Florida to become the morning and noon anchor for WCJB-TV 20 in Gainesville, Florida. During her time at WCJB-TV 20, she featured local adoptable children in the foster care system and many were successfully adopted. While there, she mentored aspiring University of Florida journalism students and became an honorary Mistress of Ceremony for the Ronald E. McNair Program at the University of Florida.

Taylor eventually returned to her beloved Carolina roots as a weekday reporter for WITN and in 2008 teamed up with Dave Jordan as co-anchor for WITN News at six.  At home, Taylor is married to an East Carolina University Professor and has two dogs, Henri and Murphy. She enjoys spending time with her family, who still live in Eastern North Carolina. She is an award-winning Associated Press Journalist and has received several awards for her work in the community. She is a Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Member, ECU Alumni Board member, Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics and Executive Director of her Godmother’s up and coming foundation.

We are pleased to have Ms. Taylor as our keynote speaker at the School of Communication Recognition Ceremony which will be held at three o’clock May 4th at Wright Auditorium. Graduating seniors should report to the 1st floor of the Bates building at two o’clock to prepare for the ceremony which will be streamed via a link on the School of Communication webpage. To view graduation live go to

The link will go live 10 minutes before the ceremony starts. You do not need a password at that time.


Broadening Horizons with International Exchange Programs

American University of Sharjah. Dr. Linda Kean visited the UAE in March to promote the College of Fine Arts and Communication Summer Exchange Program.

Dr. Linda Kean, Director of the School of Communication, traveled throughout the United Arab Emirates in March promoting the College of Fine Arts and Communication Summer Program during Summer Session II 2018.


Kean visited Abu Dhabi University, the University of Sharjah, the American University of Sharjah, and Higher Colleges of Technology to recruit students to ECU for the summer. This unique opportunity is part of the CFAC and SOC’s global initiative to build relationships with universities around the world and create exchange programs for both faculty and students. Visiting students can take numerous classes in the School of Communication and the School of Art and Design, such as Video News Performance, Public Speaking, Web Design, Foundation and Intermediate Drawing, Printmaking Survey, and Typography and Letterpress. Other general electives include Introduction to Theatre, World Geography, General Biology, General Chemistry I, and Introduction to Film Studies. Additionally, faculty and students in the exchange programs get to explore cultural opportunities beyond the university.


During Summer Session II of 2016, the School of Communication hosted students and a faculty member from the University of Sharjah in the UAE. Kean’s efforts abroad this past month support continued efforts to build educational and opportunity bridges for the College of Fine Arts and Communication.


To read about the 2016 visit, go to

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