Valerie White, Ph.D.

Valerie D White

Division Of Journalism


Office Hours

SJGC Bldg. Room #4003

Virtual Office Hours upon request

Current Semester Schedule

JOU 1040E Language Skills for Media Professionals Online
JOU 3101CE Reporting and Writing II Online 

About Me

Valerie D. White is an associate professor in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University and is chair of Black College Communication Association. The Fort Valley, Georgia, native has advised three college newspapers and has worked in all areas of the media. She has been a public relations practitioner, a television news producer, a newspaper general assignment reporter, sports writer and photographer, a magazine editor and a copy editor. Her hobbies include reading, watching movies, traveling and crafts, particularly cross-stitch and jewelry making.

Areas of Interest

  • News Writing and Editing
  • Media Criticism
  • Traveling
  • South African History


  • University of Georgia • Summer 2000
    Ph.D. in Mass Communication
  • University of Missouri-Columbia • Fall 1988
    M.A. in Broadcast Journalism
  • Hampton Institute • Spring 1981 
    B.A. in Mass Media Arts (summa cum laude)

Work History

  • Associate Professor • August 2006-present
    Interim Director, Journalism Division • May 2017-May 2018
    Director, Journalism Division • September 2012-June 2013
    Director, Journalism Graduate Program • February 2010-December 2013
    Assistant Professor and Member of Graduate Faculty • August 2000-May 2006
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Adjunct Professor and Adviser to The Peachite • August 2008-May 2010
    Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

  • Co-Adviser to The Famuan • November 2006 -June 2007
    Editorial Adviser to The Famuan • October 2005-October 2006
    Adviser to The Famuan • August 2000-August 2003, 2013-2014
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Adviser to Journey Magazine • August 2003-December 2003
    Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Instructor and Research Assistant August 1995-June 2000
    Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens

  • Visiting Assistant Editor • October 1996-June 1997
    Ebony South Africa magazine, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Instructor, Journalism (tenured) and Adviser to The Campus Voice • August 1989-June 1995
    Florida Community College at Jacksonville

  • Editor, Center for Independent Study • June 1987-May 1989
    University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Research Assistant, College of General Studies • January. 1985-July 1987
    University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Producer and Teaching Assistant, KOMU-TV • January 1985-July 1987
    Columbia, MO

  • Reporter/Photographer, KOMU-TV News • August 1983 - August 1984
    State Capitol Reporter, Missouri Radio News
    Reporter, KBIA-FM Public Radio, Columbia, MO

  • Administrative Assistant, College and Community Relations • October 1981 - August 1983
    Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

  • Sports Editor/Reporter/Photographer • 1981
    The Leader-Tribune, Fort Valley, GA

Academic Accomplishments

  • Peer Reviewer, Kendall Hunt Publishing journalism textbook, 2019
  • Writer, E-Quest Newsletter, Office of Sponsored Programs, Fort Valley State University, 2019
  • Associate Producer, “Donald L. Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice,” documentary on the Georgia civil rights attorney, who was also the attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Documentary is featured on Georgia Public Television, 2010
  • Editor and designer, Singles: Strengthened, Secured and Spirit-Filled, published by the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, 2007
  • Author, “Starting a Singles Ministry” in Singles: Strengthened, Secured and Spirit-Filled, 2007
  • Producer, documentary on civil rights attorney Donald L. Hollowell, Foot Soldier Project, 2006
  • Producer, documentary on Hamilton Holmes: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice, 2003
  • Reviewer/Judge, Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication research symposium, 2001
  • Dissertation¬ ¬– “Ebony South Africa Magazine: A Case Study in Organizational Structure,” 2000
  • Researcher, Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Study and Research at the University of Georgia, 1998-2008
  • Script Development, “Foot Soldier for Equal Justice,” a two-part documentary about the desegregation of the University of Georgia, which premiered on Georgia Public Television February 28, 2000, 1996-1998
  • Paper, The Relationship Between Roy V. Harris and Ralph McGill, 1996-1997
  • Thesis¬ – “The Kerner Commission Report As It Relates to Newspaper Coverage of Blacks in a Small City with Competing Newspapers,” 1988



  • Fellow, Solutions Journalism HBCU/Black Press Academy + Lede, inaugural cohort (grant $7,500), 2023
  • Fellow, Dow Jones News Fund Multimedia Training Academy, 2022
  • Recipient, Pacesetter Award from Center for Disability Access and Resources, Florida A&M University, 2021
  • Finalist, FAMU Advanced Teacher of the Year, 2019
  • Fellow, IRTS Faculty Seminar, “Freedom of the Press & Journalism in Changing Times,” 2017
  • Fellow, IRTS Faculty/Industry Seminar, Media Insiders: Today's Opportunities & Tomorrow's Challenges, 2016
  • Fellow, Dow Jones Multimedia Workshop for HBCU Faculty held at Western Kentucky University, 2009
  • Distinguished Adviser Award (College Media Advisers), 2007
  • Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship (National Conference of Editorial Writers) for faculty members who have shown great initiative in mentoring minority college students, 2007
  • FAMU Teacher of the Year, 2007
  • Fellow, Society of American Business Editors and Writers, 2006
  • Recipient, Cox Center Scholarship for International Study - $10,000 awarded to one student annually, 1997
  • Invited Participant, 25 Years Since Kerner, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 1994
  • Teaching Fellow, College Newspaper Advisers, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 1992
  • December Employee of the Month, Downtown Campus, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 1990

Courses Taught At FAMU

  • JOU 1040E Language Skills for Media Professionals
  • JOU 3101CE Reporting and Writing II