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Class of 2020: Renee Umsted

A photo of Renee Umsted, TCU Class of 2020.

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas My degree: B.A. in journalism My favorite class or professor in the Schieffer College: Dr. John Tisdale and Jean Marie Brown instilled in me a passion for solid, ethical journalism. They taught me how to think, how to ask good questions, how to write and how to rewrite. They gave me guidance, support… Read more »

Assistant Professor Awarded for Teaching Excellence

A photo of Schieffer College faculty member Jean Marie Brown dressed in academic regalia.

Jean Marie Brown, assistant professor of professional practice in the department of journalism and director of student media, was named one of three winners of the 2020 TCU Deans’ Award for Teaching. The announcement was made at fall convocation, which was celebrated virtually this year. In a letter, Brown’s nominator commends Brown for her “natural flair… Read more »

Journalism Majors Awarded 2020 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship

By Margaux Nersesian, Strategic Communication major, Class of 2021 TCU journalism majors Chloe Cloud ‘23 and Cristian Argueta Soto ‘21 have been chosen to participate in the 2020 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship. The two will be working as a fellowship team to report on Costa Rica’s silent leadership in the fight against climate change. They… Read more »

Annual Summer Journalism Camp Goes Virtual

The Department of Journalism hosted its first virtual summer high school journalism camp this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pivot to digital was an important lesson for students to learn, as it taught them how to adapt to changing situations and pivot at a moment’s notice — good skills for any journalist to know…. Read more »

Journalism Major Awarded Instagram Local News Fellowship

A headshot of TCU journalism major Olivia Wales.

By Margaux Nersesian, Strategic Communication major, Class of 2021 Rising senior Journalism major Olivia Wales reflects positively on her experience in the Instagram Local News Fellowship this summer, a collaboration between the Facebook Journalism Project and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The mission of the Instagram Local News Fellowship is to support local newsrooms in their… Read more »

Journalism Students Recognized With 2020 TAPME Awards

The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) has recognized TCU Student Media in a number of categories in their 2020 awards contest. The awards recognize outstanding journalism as practiced by the state’s daily newspapers. Journalism students Grace Amiss, Carolina Olivares, Drew Mitchell and Robbie Vaglio are among this year’s winners. Grace Amiss won 1st place for Video Shorter… Read more »

TCU Student Media Earns TIPA Awards

TCU Student Media was recognized in this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) contest. TCU entered in the electronic media category and placed in most categories. Multimedia Story, 3rd place: Drew Mitchell, Carolina Olivares – Students, faculty protest police brutality following death of Atatiana Jefferson Multimedia Story, Honorable Mention: Carolina Olivares – Overcoming obstacles: graduate… Read more »

TCU News Now Staff Produces Newscasts Remotely

By Jenni Royston, News and Media Studies major, Class of 2020 Since the coronavirus pandemic has caused Texas Christian University to move all classes online and students and professors are now working from home, everyone has had to take time to adjust. Staffers with TCU News Now, a student produced newscast, are learning how to… Read more »

Q & A with News Anchor and Reporter Kris Gutierrez ’99

A photo of Schieffer College alumnus Kris Gutierrez, Class of 1999.

  We caught up with Schieffer College alumnus Kris Gutierrez ’99, a news anchor and reporter for NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth. Gutierrez serves on the Schieffer College Board of Visitors and loves to give back to his alma mater whenever he can. He shares the ways he likes to mentor students, including hosting a… Read more »

Thomason Retiring After 35 Years at TCU

A headshot of Journalism Professor Tommy Thomason in 2012.

By Desaray Hickombottom, Communication Studies major, Class of 2020 Tommy Thomason, a Journalism professor and the director of the Texas Center for Community Journalism, is retiring after 35 years at TCU. During his time in the Schieffer College, Thomason has taught a number of courses including Media Writing & Editing; Public Affairs Reporting; and Issues… Read more »