Sierra Middle School students visit the Department of Journalism and Media Studies

January 18, 2019

NMSU College Assistant Professor Darren Phillips talks to Sierra Middle School media magnet students Friday, Jan. 18, in Milton Hall. (Photo by Racheal Tovar)

Approximately 75 eighth-graders from Sierra Middle School’s media magnet program visited the NMSU journalism department Friday,
Jan. 18. Two groups of 35-40 students each stopped by Milton Hall to learn about journalism and related media careers, learn about the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at NMSU, and also engage in a hands-on activity designed to help students discover whether they have what it takes to be real-life news reporters. Some of the topics covered in the presentations included the role and importance of the free press in a democracy, the First Amendment, media ethics, media bias and writing news leads. 


Dr. Mellen retires

December 18, 2018

Roger Mellen retired in December 2018 after teaching for more than ten years in the NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies. Mellen taught courses in video production, reporting, scriptwriting, mass media history, media ethics and media law.

His industry experience includes award-winning work in commercial television news and online journalism as a writer and producer in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Charlotte, North Carolina. He also worked as an assignment editor and video journalist at local television stations around the country and at CNN and SNC.

Mellen’s scholarly research explores the Virginia colonial origins of the free press clause of the First Amendment. He was recently invited to present his media history research on national gazettes at the 2019 Research Centre for the Study of Population, Economy and Society (CEPESE) international conference in Porto, Portugal.

Mellen holds a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Hampshire College, an M.A. in mass communications from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in American history from George Mason University. NMSU has granted Dr. Mellen emeritus faculty status. 

Giving Tuesday event Nov. 27

November 20, 2018


Don’t forget Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, marks our annual Giving Tuesday event at NMSU! Last year’s event brought in more than $2.5 million in gifts to the university including the establishment of 65 new scholarships! 

The following dollar-for-dollar matching opportunities will be available on Giving Tuesday this year:

Get matched up to $500 per household when you make your gift in person at the Giving Tuesday Headquarters in Corbett Center Aggie Lounge on the Las Cruces campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Giving Tuesday. A total of $95,000 is available for matching!

Get matched up to $500 per household when you make your gift online at between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Giving Tuesday. A total of $100,000 is available for matching!

Dow Jones internship deadline extended

November 4, 2018

The Dow Jones News Fund has extended its deadline to Nov. 12 for students to apply and test for 2019 paid, summer internships in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and multiplatform editing. Application forms are available online.


Journalism professor releases new book

October 20, 2018

NMSU Associate Professor Bruce Berman’s new book titled “Cutting the Wire” was released earlier this month by University of New Mexico Press. Berman collaborated with local poets Ray Gonzalez and Lawrence Welsh to create a collection of photographs and poetry from the US-Mexico border. The title will be featured at the 10th annual El Paso Community College Literary Festival in El Paso, Texas, Oct. 20, 2018.


Teri Schultz to visit NMSU journalism department

October 3, 2018

Internationally recognized reporter and NMSU alumna Teri Schultz will be on campus visiting journalism classes and speaking with NMSU journalism students Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Schultz, who received her B.A. in journalism from NMSU in 1988, is a veteran reporter who has worked with numerous national and international news outlets including NPR, CBS Radio, Reuters, Fox News and CNN, among others. Schultz, now based in Brussels, is currently covering the EU and NATO for NPR, Deutsche Welle and other news outlets. Schultz received the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni award in 2002. She will be visiting several classrooms Thursday morning and talking with students about her career as an international journalist. Welcome, Ms. Schultz!


Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist to lecture at Milton Hall

September 21, 2018

The NMSU Department of Journalism and Media Studies, with generous help from the New Mexico Humanities Council, is honored to present Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti. Mr. Bartletti will be in our building, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, to talk about a photography project he produced on Mexican farmworkers titled, “Product of Mexico.”

The project earned Mr. Barletti a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nomination and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Bartlett, who worked for the Los Angeles Times from 1983 to 2015, was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his photographic work documenting young Central American migrants’ dangerous journey riding freight trains across Mexico en route to the United States.

Mr. Bartletti will give a lecture and slide presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in Milton Hall RM #171. The event is free and open to the public.


Journalism professor selected to attend Dow Jones academy

May 15, 2018

NMSU College Assistant Professor Darren Phillips was one of 12 journalism educators selected from a nationwide applicant pool to attend the 2018 Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy this summer.

The academy provides hands-on digital multimedia training for college instructors from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund and hosted by the University of Texas at El Paso, the training is designed to better equip college instructors to help aspiring student journalists develop modern, competitive skills.

During the intensive one-week workshop, professors will go out on assignments to create multimedia news packages including mobile news apps, podcasts, videos and photography. The goal is for professors to update their curricula and transfer their newly-acquired skills to their students, making them more competitive for journalism internships, fellowships and jobs.

Don’t get duped: How to spot ‘fake news’

April 6, 2018

Here’s a handy cheat sheet for checking news source credibility.


Professor gives TED talk

September 18, 2017

NMSU Associate Professor Bruce Berman

NMSU Associate Professor Bruce Berman gave a TEDxEl Paso talk at the El Paso Museum of Art on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

The talk, titled “Walking Between The Lines: The Nature Of Documentary Photography,” discussed the photographer’s role in the process of documenting socially sensitive issues. The talk was accompanied by 12 images from Professor Berman’s career, and is now available on YouTube.

Berman was one of ten speakers on the agenda. He talked about his recent book, “Walking Juárez,” and discussed the way documentary photographers gain access to subjects, how they work, and how they distribute their work. The theme for this year’s TED talk was “Your city. Your design,” and featured outstanding thinkers and doers. The ten speakers were each limited to 18 minutes.


Is social media killing journalism?

You might be surprised by the answer.

August 15, 2017


Smartphone journalism, the changing face of news

Students: Don’t put away your smartphones! There may be a Pulitzer waiting for you (and everyone else)!

July 19, 2017