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Gov. Whitmer appoints Alicia Nails to Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council

Gov. Whitmer appoints Alicia Nails to Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council

Alicia Nails, director of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, has been appointed to the Arts, Culture and Communications Committee of the Michigan Black Leadership Advisory Council.

Recent MAS grad, Gus Navarro, living his dream at ESPN Films

Recent MAS grad, Gus Navarro, living his dream at ESPN Films

“I’m living my dream job right now,” said Navarro, who was promoted last year to associate producer at ESPN Films. “I’m getting to do things that my younger self, 10 to 20 years ago, couldn’t probably believe. I think about that a lot and it’s a great perspective to keep in mind. I’m at ESPN, living in New York City. It’s amazing.” 

Photo gallery from the Annual Allesee Reception

Photo gallery from the Annual Allesee Reception

Jennifer Reeder, an award-winning narrative filmmaker, mingles with students, parents and faculty during the 2021/2022 Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Chair in Media.

Faculty/Staff updates

Juanita Anderson Juanita Anderson  

Juanita Anderson’s short film "Sydney G. James: How We See Us" had its nationwide broadcast premiere on March 24 as part of the PBS American Masters series "In the Making" episode, which featured opera singer J'Nai Bridges and country music artist Rissi Palmer. The broadcast launched the second season of the Firelight Media/American Masters short film series In "The Making," hosted by Audra McDonald.

Michael Fuhlhage  

Michael Fuhlhage and his co-author, Lee Wilkins, received a book contract offer. Also, his panel on the topic of their book, news media apologies for complicity in systemic racism, has been selected in a competitive process to be on the program at AEJMC in Washington D.C. this summer.   

Michael Fuhlhage
Rosie Jahng Rosie Jahng  

Rosie Jahng received a 2023 Senior and Emerging Scholar grant. The grant was awarded to support her Senior Scholar project: “Exploring Twitter Bots Message Strategies to Encourage Social Media Upstanders against Anti-Asian Disinformation.”  

Rahul Mitra  

Rahul Mitra has been chosen as a recipient of a 2023-2024 Career Development Chair Award.

Rahul Mitra
Elizabeth Stoycheff Elizabeth Stoycheff  

In January, Elizabeth Stoycheff was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Caplan Foundation to create an online privacy intervention program for families. The intervention will use an animated video series to increase awareness of US privacy law, common threats to digital privacy, dataveillance practices of large technology firms, and recommendations for secure internet use. The intervention is intended to increase privacy knowledge and efficacy for family members who serve as digital caretakers for children or other dependents. She also received the Outstanding Mentor Award. 

Julia Yezbick  

Julia Yezbick was a recipient of the 2023 Flourish Fund for her collaboration on Flint Magazine. 

Julia Yezbick
Kelly Young Kelly Young  

Kelly Young received the Outstanding DGS Service Award. 


Publication news

Najma Akhther and Khairul Islam


Communicating Mental Health Coping Resources Among College Students of Color: A Resilience Approach to COVID-19 Response. Najma Akhther and Khairul Islam (2022), Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, 5 (2) 

Anna Lindner, Michael Fuhlhage, Darryl Frazier, and Keena Neal


Anna Lindner, Michael Fuhlhage, Darryl Frazier, and Keena Neal's article "'If Ever Saints Wept and Hell Rejoiced, It Must Have Been Over the Passage of That Law': The 1850 Fugitive Slave Act in Detroit River Borderland Newspapers, 1851-1852" was published.

Ariel Seay-Howard


Ariel Seay-Howard wrote a chapter for Democracies in America: Keywords for the 19th Century and Today. It was released in mid-March to US audiences and is currently available.

Kelly Young


Young, K. & Cram Helwich, D. (eds.). (2023). Reimagining the Future of Intercollegiate Debate: Pedagogy, Practice, and Sustainability. Chestnut Hill, MA: American Forensic Association. 

Muhammad Zakaria


Muhammad Zakaria, Tania Nachrin, Md. Abul Kalam Azad (2022), “Evaluating the effectiveness of utilization of health communicationinterventions on sexual and reproductive health of the Rohingya women living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp,” Heliyon, 8 (2022)   


Student Updates

Najma Akhther Najma Akhther  

Najma Akhther has received $5,000 through the Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health 2023 Research Stimulus Award. Her project will examine the effectiveness of social media-delivered mental health recovery narrative messages in anti-stigma communication, specifically targeting minority populations.   

Md Khadimul Islam  

Khadimul Islam’s extended abstract, "Communicating Type 2 Diabetes: Social Determinants of Health Cues in Print News Media," was accepted for presentation at AEJMC Midwinter conference 2023. In addition, a manuscript he co-authored, "Determinants of Bangladeshi patients' decision-making process and satisfaction towards medical tourism in India," was accepted for publication in Frontiers in Public Health journal.  Two of his student’s papers have been accepted at the AEJMC Midwinter conference 2023. Last semester, Khadimul taught a Research Method in Communication course, in which students were assigned to write a paper. He encouraged, guided and offered them extra credit to submit their extended abstracts at AEJMC Midwinter 2023 conference.  

Md Khadimul Islam
Ariel Seay-Howard Ariel Seay-Howard  

Ariel Seay-Howard accepted and signed an offer to be the communication, race and rhetoric professor at North Carolina State University!   

Shanae Pruitt


Shanae Pruitt was awarded first place in the Graduate Category for Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies at the BEA Festival of Media Arts. 

Shanae Pruitt
Sebastian Rivera-Mendoza

Sebastian Rivera-Mendoza


Sebastian Rivera-Mendoza received an Award of Excellence in the Narrative Category at the BEA Festival of Media Arts. 

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