Dr. Melita Marie Garza is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a PhD in journalism and mass communication. Since 2013, she has served as an associate professor at Texas Christian University, where she has taught courses on business journalism, diversity and the media, and media history. As part of her work as a professor, Dr. Melita M. Garza maintains memberships in organizations including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Alongside its education programs for students, teachers, and administrators, AEJMC oversees public initiatives as part of its efforts to promote journalism and freedom of communication. In 2014, the organization launched National News Engagement Day, which takes place every year on the first Tuesday in October.
Former AEJMC president Paula Poindexter proposed the national initiative to encourage more people to consume and discuss the news. The initiative also highlights the importance of a free press and why it’s critical for citizens in a democratic society to stay informed.
Since its launch on US college campuses, News Engagement Day has grown into a global event celebrated in classrooms and by news organizations around the world. In 2018, the event falls on Oct. 2. To learn more about how to get involved, visit newsengagement.org.