Tag Archives: Agricultural Communications & Journalism

Researchers develop curriculum to improve communication skills of science majors

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University are developing curriculum designed to strengthen the communication skills of agricultural, natural resource and food science graduates. Holli Leggette and Theresa Murphrey, faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, are developing seven modules of instruction to enhance the communication skills of Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M students as they prepare to become career-ready. “Every student who graduates from a college of agriculture across the country needs to have a basic understanding of communication… Read More →

Texas A&M’s radio broadcasting program places 90 percent of graduates with industry jobs

Students interested in landing a job in radio broadcasting immediately after college should look no further than right here in Aggieland. Since 2010, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications’ radio broadcasting program has been steadily building, and in the last four years, approximately 90 percent of students who are actively seeking jobs in the radio and records industry find them prior to graduating – at some of the hottest companies from the East Coast to the West Coast. Billy McKim, associate professor of agricultural communications and… Read More →

Experts say eye-tracking technology will revolutionize how communicators design messages for consumers

As society becomes increasingly visual, researchers at Texas A&M are testing how eye-tracking technology can change the way advertisers and communicators tailor messages to their consumers and audiences. Tobin Redwine and Billy McKim, professors in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, say that the goal of visual communicators is to direct their audience to the most important point in everyday items, whether that is advertisements, surveys or social media applications. “Understanding how people process images, from emojis to infographics, helps us better understand how to craft… Read More →

AGCJ Students Learn Journalism, Teamwork and Leadership in Editor Positions

By: Mollie Lastovica Three students in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications are proving the practicality of their degree by taking what they have learned in the classroom and applying that knowledge to part-time jobs in the journalism field. Working as Editor for the Aggieland yearbook, Managing Editor for The Battalion and Copy Editor for the Eagle, respectively, Kalee Bumguardner, Jake Walker and Christen Wilson, are committed to gaining journalism experience outside of the classroom. Second Time’s a Charm Kalee Bumguardner, a graduate student in the… Read More →

AGCJ Student Named 2013 American Horse Publications Travel Award Winner

By: Mollie Lastovica Senior agricultural communications and journalism student Misty Vidrine has been selected as one of three recipients of the 2013 American Horse Publications Travel Award Winners. Vidrine will receive a $750 travel stipend to attend the 2013 American Horse Publications Meet at the Peak Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 20-22. For Vidrine, the decision to apply for this award is one that has led to the opportunity of a lifetime.  She heard about the contest only days before the application was due and decided it… Read More →

Gonzales, Rogers Recognized as Winners of Facebook Photo Contest

By: Mollie Lastovica After accumulating 25 likes on her album of five photos, Hannah Rogers, senior agricultural communications and journalism major, was named as the winner of the 2012 AGCJ 308 Facebook Photography Contest. “Winning the photo contest was very exciting,” Rogers said. “It means that my peers also enjoyed my photos as much as I had hoped them to. It personally gave me the confidence I needed to pursue photography.” A total of 16 students participated in the social media contest as a culmination of their semester… Read More →

Agricultural Communications and Journalism Students Submit Photos for Facebook Contest

Sixteen agricultural communications and journalism students who were enrolled in AGCJ 308, Agricultural Photography, during the fall semester are now displaying their work via social media as part of the 2012 AGCJ 308 Photography contest. The contest, which is taking place on the ALEC Department’s Facebook page, features an album of five photos from each student’s collection. The student whose album receives the most likes will be recognized as a winner and the student whose individual photo receives the most likes will also be awarded. Students who participated… Read More →

Student Leaders Unite at MSC Fall Leadership Conference

By: Mollie Lastovica The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications had strong representation at the 60th Annual MSC Fall Leadership Conference, held August 21-23 at Camp Allen in Navasota. Agricultural communications and journalism senior Travis Burks served on the executive team for FLC as the Director of Delegates and Associate Professor Barry Boyd, Ph.D., attended as a Focus Group Leader for the conference goers. Agricultural communications and journalism students Kalee Bumguardener and Mollie Lastovica and ALEC graduate student Kevin Andrews attended the conference as student leaders representing… Read More →