-August 2021-

Celebrating Mayborn Momentum
As summer comes to and end and the Fall semester fast approaches, it's time to take a brief look back at some of the notable achievements of the past several months. We're gearing up for a full-on, on-campus learning experience with many events and activities, so we'll have much more to share with you in the months ahead. Here's a quick five-minute update.

Inaugural Scripps Howard Foundation Emerging Journalists workshop inspires the next generation

The Mayborn School of Journalism - selected earlier this as one of only two universities nationwide to participate in the Scripps Howard Foundation's Emerging Journalists program - recently completed the first summer workshop for high school students. Led by Mayborn alumna Leah Waters, the team workshopped with noted journalists, learned about reporting, writing and editing, and practiced pitching stories to editors.

"That was the most revealing part of the entire week," Mayborn Alumna Brianna Adams, who assisted with the instruction, said. "To see them learn about what makes a story newsworthy and how to convince others that you've got something."

Check out the pitch session

17th Annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference set for October 15 - all for $99

The nation's premier gathering of journalists, writers, authors and storytellers is set for October 15-16, partly in-person and partly virtual. This year's theme? "To Your Health: Healing the Nation, Healing the News, Healing Yourself." With keynotes like CBS News' Major Garrett and retired Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, we'll do a deep dive into how storytelling survived and thrived during one of the most challenging years in recent history.

Plan now for our Friday evening event to be held in-person at Interabang Books in Dallas. Then sit back for a full day of excellent panelists and moderators all day online on Saturday. As always, we'll have our prestigious writing contests.

Learn more and register now

Alumna Dustee Jenkins makes the #MaybornProud

Congratulations to Dustee Jenkins ('01) for being named one of the "Power List 50" public relations practitioners by PR Week. The magazine reports that "Modern communication now resembles a complex ongoing political campaign on behalf of a brand or corporation, played out through paid, earned, social and owned media" - skills Jenkins first learned at the Mayborn School.

Jenkins, the head of PR and global communications for Spotify, is a strong Mayborn supporter and has participated in our ongoing Mayborn Mentors program.

Check out the PR Week article

New student-run agency "AGenZ PR" focuses on communications from a Gen Z perspective

It started a decade ago with SWOOP, the Mayborn School's student-run advertising agency, an intense training ground where eager students do "real work for real clients for real money." It continued with HATCH Visuals, a student-led photography agency that has produced stellar imagery for many clients. Now it continues with AGenZ PR, the Mayborn's new student-operated public relations that views communications challenges through a data-driven Generation Z lens.

Now in its second year, AGenZ PR provides consulting and services - including data, digital, content and social media - to several institutions and agencies who want to better understand how today's generation thinks, feels and acts.

They're ready to work for you. Want to learn more?

Congratulations to Mayborn Senior Lecturer Brittany McElroy

Mayborn Broadcast Senior Lecturer Brittany McElroy has been named a UNT North Star - one of a select group of faculty nominated each year by students and alumni. Stay tuned for the write-up in this Fall's North Texan magazine. In the meantime, check out 26:41 on the North Stars podcast: https://anchor.fm/.../Episode-29----North-Stars-e13ovtk.

Mayborn Alumni Network provides a student pathway to industry

A big Mayborn shout-out to Scott White ('77) of BizComPR in Dallas for recruiting recent Mayborn public relations graduates - Jordan Wheeler and Clarissa Rios. "Thanks for sending the right people my way," White said. The Mayborn School's strong professional network ensures that our students enjoy promising career opportunities in dozens of industries - right out of school.

Do you need the best and brightest new graduates in journalism and communication? Let us help put Mayborn talent to work for you. Contact us at journalism@unt.edu or 940-565-2205.