March 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Division of Journalism at Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been recommended for re-accreditation by the Accrediting Committee for the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
“This is a huge plus for the Division of Journalism,” said the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean James Hawkins. “It signals to all our stakeholders that we can be proud. I commend Director Bland and the faculty for their work.”
A team of journalists and media professionals visited the university in February. Phillip Dixon, a veteran journalist and former chair of the Journalism Department at Howard University, was the team chair. The site team report praised the division for engaged and enthusiastic students as well as “dedicated faculty committed to their own development and holding students to high standards of achievement.”
The team report acknowledges Bland, the journalism division director, for possessing “strong leadership and management skills and a huge appetite for hard work.” The team report also gave the division high praise for “strong relationships with local media and mass communication professionals.”
PRodigy, the student-run public relations firm, was also mentioned in the team report for its “strong reputation for serving clients on campus and in the community.”
At the committee meeting in Chicago, Dixon also praised campus media outlets – including the award-winning Famuan newspaper, Journey magazine, FAMU TV20, WANM 90.5 and related websites – for covering stories related to the death of drum major Robert Champion Jr. “without fear or favor.”
The committee’s recommendation moves forward to the accrediting council for a final vote when the council meets April 27 and April 28 in Arlington, Va.
The School of Journalism and Graphic Communication was founded in 1982. Its Division of Journalism was the first journalism program at a historically black university to be nationally accredited by the ACEJMC.