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Hall School’s planned graduate class schedule

The Hall School plans to offer the following classes in the Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree program:

T4/2014

  • COM 6635  Strategic Organizational Communication
  • COM 6620  Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communication
  • COM 6630  Strategic Communication and Emerging Media
  • JRN 6615  Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • COM 6699  Strategic Communication Capstone

T5/2014

  • COM 6600  Communication and Influence
  • COM 6635  Strategic Organizational Communication
  • COM 6699  Strategic Communication Capstone
  • JRN 6615  Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • JRN 6640  Communication Law and Ethics

T1/2014

  • COM 6600  Communication and Influence
  • COM 6605  Strategic Communication Theories
  • COM 6630  Strategic Communication and Emerging Media
  • COM 6691  Strategic Communication Inquiry and Research
  • JRN 6640  Communication Law and Ethics

T2/2014

  • COM 6610  Leadership and Media Strategies
  • COM 6620  Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communication
  • COM 6635  Strategic Organizational Communication
  • COM 6699  Strategic Communication Capstone
  • JRN 6615  Public Relations and Strategic Communication

(NOTE: The Hall School reserves the right to alter this proposed schedule to meet the needs of the students in the program.)

Congratulations to the HSJC’s inaugural graduate class

Congratulations to the Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s inaugural graduate class. These students earned their Master of Science in Strategic Communication degrees and participated in the Summer 2013 commencement ceremony on the Troy campus.

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Front row: Katy Tunks, Laura Leslie, Maegan Faulk Marshall, Maggie Casey and Maegan Hart Dorsey.
Back row: Robbyn Brooks Taylor, Aaron Taylor, Dr. Padgett, Jerrid Olmstead and Steven Stiefel.

HSJC Student and Alumni Award Winners

The following Hall School of Journalism and Communication students were named Outstanding in their majors this year:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student – Robbyn Brooks Taylor
  • Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student – Danielle Percival
  • Outstanding Communication Studies Student – Aaron Wine
  • Outstanding Multimedia Journalism Student – Tyler Spivey

HSJC/JAA Outstanding Alumni Awards were given to:

  • Print Journalism – Robbyn Brooks Taylor
  • Broadcast Journalism – Tom Foreman
  • Public Relations – Gerrianne Plant Miller
  • Outstanding Service – Faith West Ward

These awards were given on April 6, 2013, at the HSJC/JAA Awards Banquet on the Troy campus.

Hall School doubles the number of graduate classes offered in T4/2013

Starting T4/2013, the Hall School of Journalism and Communication will double the number of graduate classes offered each term. This addition is in response to the strong growth in students enrolling in the Hall School’s new Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree program being offered through eTROY.

The graduate classes scheduled during the T4/2013 term are:

  • COM 6605 – Strategic Communication Theories (Professor: Dr. Hoppin)
  • COM 6620 – Contemporary Issues in Strategic Communication (Professor: Dr. Sarapin)
  • COM 6630 – Strategic Communication and Emerging Media (Professor: Dr. Padgett)
  • COM 6691 – Strategic Communication Inquiry and Research (Professor: Dr. Colaco)

“The Hall School is known for offering an innovative and state-of-the-art curriculum plus having an outstanding faculty,” said HSJC Director Dr. Steven Padgett. “The School’s Strategic Communication graduate degree program is an exciting, challenging and cutting-edge program enjoying a period of dynamic growth.” There are currently more than nine times as many students in this program than projected.

This exciting and cutting-edge graduate degree program can be completed in one year and all classes are taught via the World Wide Web. That means you can continue building your career while earning the graduate degree needed for advancement.

Contact Dr. Bridgette Colaco, the Hall School’s Graduate Program Officer, for more information about the Master of Science in Strategic Communication program.

Happy 41st Anniversary to the Hall School

On December 16, 1971, Gov. George Wallace and TSU President Ralph Adams announced the formation of the Hall School of Journalism.  The school was named for the Hall family of Alabama journalists.  The family is unique in the number of distinguished Alabama journalists it produced.

Speaking of journalism education, Dr. Adams said”

I believe in the importance of journalism and the need for excellent  instruction in that area just as I believe in the future of our state — and I believe very strongly in that.

We look upon journalism as more than just another academic discipline.  We feel that it is powerful educational force in Alabama and that proper and adequate preparation of some of our best students for a career in journalism is an obligation we can and are willing to accept.

The Hall School continues to grow and build on its strong reputation of being a leader in journalism and communication education by including the traditional foundations of our fields with the digital technologies, which are our future.

ACHE approves Multimedia Journalism degree program

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved renaming the Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s print journalism program to multimedia journalism. This change recognizes the dramatic changes taking place in the field and the Hall School’s aggressive efforts to teach the cognitive and technical skills needed to succeed as vital communication leaders in journalism’s digital and multimedia future.

Dr. Padgett

Hall School director Dr. Steven Padgett said, “New and developing technologies are transforming how people interact with the mass media and how the media inform the public. Troy University has a rich tradition of providing journalism and communication students with the skills needed to have distinguished careers. The Hall School’s degree programs have moved beyond simply teaching the traditional skills and are adding how to tell compelling and interactive stories that engage the global audience via the Internet through text, audio, photos, illustrations, video plus digital, mobile and social media. We are multiplatform and multimedia.”

The Hall School’s students continue to learn how to be ethical, critical thinkers and excellent writers. The multimedia aspect weaves together the strong traditions of journalism’s past with its exciting and digital future.

“We are thrilled about our print program’s new name and our plans for the future,” said Dr. Padgett. “This is an amazing time to be a Hall School student as we stretch the traditional boundaries of communications and prepare the industry’s future leaders.”

Prof. Stewart

Professor Steve Stewart said, “Print journalism remains vital, as does broadcasting. But the Internet is constantly introducing new ways of producing and consuming news, and there are few sharp lines anymore among publishing companies. On the Internet, newspaper companies provide sound and video, broadcast companies provide text, and radio broadcasters provide visual media. Some companies and individuals publish only on the Internet. Publishers collaborate with other publishers and with readers to produce content. Our goal is to prepare students to do journalism on all platforms, and to teach them to innovate and adapt fast. We want our students and graduates to offer employers, including newspaper companies, the skills, flexibility, vision and sound judgment necessary to publish outstanding journalism, today and in the future.”

Contact the Hall School of Journalism and Communication to learn how to become a Troy University student or to enroll as an undergraduate degree-seeking student in Multimedia Journalism.

J-Day’s successful traditions continue

The Hall School of Journalism and Communication’s recent J-Day event was another great success. Feedback from both students and faculty members attending this year was very positive.

J-Day was attended by 399 students and teachers this year. Some of the well-attended sessions included:

  • Using social media
  • Digital photography
  • Television news and production
  • Student press law
  • Yearbooks
  • Sports reporting
  • Layout and design
  • Digital media

Comments from J-Day are being evaluated and will be used to improve next year’s J-Day.

Hall School welcomes two new faculty members this fall

The Hall School of Journalism and Communication welcomes Dr. Susan Sarapin and Professor Ava Tabb as faculty members.

Dr. Susan Sarapin

Dr. Susan Sarapin earn both her master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. Her advanced degrees are in Media Technology and Society.

Some of the classes Dr. Sarapin will be teaching are JRN 4425 Media Law and  JRN 2220 Advertising. Dr. Sarapin will also be teaching in the Hall School new Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree program.


Professor Ava Tabb

Professor Ava Tabb comes to Troy University from Miles College in Birmingham where she taught journalism and public relations courses. Professor Tabb also advised The Milean, the student newspaper at Miles College.

Professor Tabb earned her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Some of the classes Professor Tabb will be teaching this fall are JRN 1100 Technologies in Journalism, JRN 1102 Media Writing Style and JRN 3300 Digital News Photography.

Former HSJC Associate Dean John Hamner dies

John T. Hamner, former Hall School of Journalism and Communication associate dean, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Hamner was 89.

Hamner served as the Hall School’s associate dean when the school was first formed in 1972.

Hamner’s career included serving as the managing editor at The Tuscaloosa News. He also worked at the Bradenton Herald, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Alabama Journal in Montgomery.

The News and the Journal each won the Pulitzer Prize during Hamner’s tenure.

“John was the quintessential newsman,” Diane McFarlin, publisher of the Herald-Tribune, said in a story in the Sarasota paper. “He was feisty and dogged and had a writer’s soul. He was also a teacher at heart and, as an editor, raised so many fine journalists.”

Please join our Hall School faculty members in extending condolences to the family, friends, students, and colleagues of Associate Dean John T. Hamner.

Kate Rowinsky earns Troy’s McKinley Award

Kate Rowinsky

Hall School of Journalism and Communication secretary Kate Rowinsky recently received the Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award, the highest honor that Troy University gives to a non-faculty member.

Rowinsky, who has been a member of the University’s staff since 2006, received the award June 29 during a ceremony in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented the award to Ms. Kate.

The McKinley Award is presented quarterly to an employee who has demonstrated outstanding attitude, innovation and work ethic.

The Hall School congratulates Kate Rowinsky for earning this great honor.