An award-winning journalist with over 30 years of experience, Melita Garza serves as an assistant journalism professor at Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Alongside her work as a journalist and professor, Melita Garza maintains memberships in a number of professional groups, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
As part of its efforts to improve and promote journalism and mass communication education, the AEJMC oversees various programs and events throughout the year. In 2017, the organization will hold its 100th AEJMC Annual Conference August 9-12 in Chicago.
Over 2,000 educators, administrators, researchers, and other professionals in the communication field are expected to attend the four-day conference to take part in an education program comprised of learning sessions, panel discussions, and workshops exploring the theme of “Closing the Gap: Media, Research, and the Profession.” The event will cover everything from media ethics and management issues to curriculum building and instruction in visual communications.
Outside of the educational program, conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with their peers during luncheons, receptions, and other social activities. The event will also feature an exhibit expo and a keynote address from Craig Silverman, a BuzzFeed media editor who specializes in new-media ecosystems.
To learn more about the 100th AEJMC Annual Conference, visit www.aejmc.org.
Before entering the field of education, Melita Garza attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Chicago, Illinois, where she earned a master of business administration in 2007. Melita Garza also attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a PhD in journalism and mass communication in 2012.
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The Reese News Lab looks for students who are passionate about a journalism career and have a high degree of curiosity. The Reese Lab also wants students who are not looking for a typical internship, but want to think about media in new ways and create cutting-edge journalistic styles. The Reese News Lab is seen as a popular training program for interns who want to make a difference.v
An experienced journalism author, mentor, and teacher, Dr. Melita Garza has been an assistant professor of 20th century journalism at Texas Christian University for more than three years. As a recognized expert in her field, Dr. Melita Garza has served as a judge for and received an award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).
Created in 1964, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers was founded with the goal of improving business journalism education and promoting business news in general. Located in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, the society has more than 3,400 members across the globe. With two major conferences every year, the SABEW offers four different awards, including the Larry Birger Young Business Journalist of the Year Award (LBYBJ) and a Distinguished Achievement Award.
Sponsored by Miami’s RBB Agency, the LBYBJ is open to journalists under 30 years of age who submit five written or video work samples and two professional references. The winner is given the award at the SABEW’s fall conference and receives a $1,500 honorarium. Another award, the Distinguished Achievement Award, which has been granted every year since 1993, not only recognizes an individual’s impact through their work, but also recognizes their efforts to nurture others in the field.
Melita Garza started her career as a reporter and now teaches business journalism and media history at the Texas Christian University Bob Schieffer College of Communication. Outside of work, Melita Garza exercises her passion for golf with the Executive Women’s Golf Association, a golfing community for businesswomen. The organization hosts several tournaments annually, including the EWGA Cup Match Play series.
The EWGA Cup is a two-stage golfing competition. In the first stage, the Regional Cup Qualifier, teams compete in four-ball and singles play. During the four-ball match, one team comprises two players, each with a ball to play, and the lowest score is declared the team score. Singles play is an individual competition, in which golfers are scored hole by hole.
Winners of the qualifier stage will advance to the Cup Finals, a two-day event to be held in November 2016 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.