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Happy Mayborn Summer!

Many have heard me say that I feel like this year has been my third, “first” year because each year in my three-year-tenure at the Mayborn School has been so different.  So, as another school year ends, we are already looking ahead to what comes next.  

This year started with masks and hesitancy and ended with a joyous, in-person Celebrate Mayborn awards and scholarships gala. For those who could not attend, the theme was “Mission Mayborn.” We chose a space theme because we believe it is once again time to look to the stars and beyond with courage, innovativeness and excitement. 

This year, we wrote and approved a new five-year strategic plan to guide us into that future. The plan will focus on developing an innovative and dynamic curriculum, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, executing leading-edge research and supporting student success in and out of the classroom.

All these areas support our Mission: We educate and train the next generation of diverse communication professionals. We serve and provide the North Texas industries and communities with accurate information, leading-edge research and well-trained communication graduates. We educate, we train, and we serve – that is what we do. And that has remained steady in these last three years. 

As we prepare for reaccreditation by our outside mass communication governing body, we will soon post the entire strategic plan to our website. In it, we hope you will find ways to engage with us. Join us as we continue to serve our students and move the Mayborn forward.   

I am looking forward to year four of my tenure. Until then, have a wonderful summer!

Andrea Miller

A Parting Celebration Mayborn-Style

12th Annual Celebrate Mayborn Awards and Scholarships Gala

On April 29, we traveled to Infinity and Beyond to award more than $300,000 in scholarships to Mayborn students and to present industry professionals with our annual recognition awards. Themed “Mission Mayborn,” the event, hosted by Principal Lecturer Neil Foote, was the first in-person Celebrate Mayborn event in three years and was well attended by students, parents, friends, faculty and staff.

Learn more about this festive evening.

Mayborn Students Score Big During Spring Awards Season

Mayborn Students teamed up with students from UNT’s Media Arts Department to place well in this year’s Region Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists:
  1. Best All-Around Television Newscast-Winner: Staff, University of North Texas, ntTV Nightly News.
  2. Television In-Depth Reporting-Winner: Andrew Fancher, Chinese scholar controversy.
  3. In-Depth Reporting Finalist (print)- Sean Riedel, Recovery in the Time of COVID.
  4. In-Depth Reporting Finalist (print)- Staff, University of North Texas, The Corona Chronicles.
  5. Broadcast/Online Feature Videography - Meredith Holser, “Say it With Your Chest.”

Congratulations to Alexis Reece

The Mayborn’s Alexis Reece is one of a select few nationwide to receive a national Scripps Howard Foundation Internship. This is the ninth consecutive year that Mayborn students have placed in this prestigious competition. Reece is serving her internship at the Denton Record-Chronicle. She is pictured here with DRC Editor Sean McCrory.

Mayborn Students Win at TIPA

Mayborn students received outstanding recognition this year from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) at the annual convention on March 23-26 in Fort Worth. In the photo above, L-R: Kevin Diaz; Hannah Johnson, honorable mention; critical review; John Fields, second place, print sports writing; Rhema Joy Bell, second place, copy editing; Maddie Moore, third place, live video news; Ileana Garnand, first place, print news writing; John Anderson. Not pictured: Maria Lawson, first place, print feature writing.

A Huge Thank You to Mayborn Alum George Esquivel

The Mayborn School was pleased to welcome Mayborn alum and co-founder of Four Corners Brewing Company George Esquivel (’90) to campus in May for a “signing” of his endowed scholarship, which will help to encourage and support Hispanic students aiming for careers in Advertising.

From the Archives: David Klement

Mayborn alum and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Klement is shown here in a select group of photos provided to the Mayborn archives by his wife Joanne Klement with legendary Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. Klement, who passed away in 2021, authored a book, “Conscience of the Community: Memoir of a Small Town Editor, that chronicles his life reporting big stories for major news dailies including the Chicago Sun-Times and Detroit Free Press.

2022 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference Scheduled for October 28/29

Plans are underway for this year’s Mayborn Conference, themed: “Diary of a Storyteller: Crafting Words That Matter,” to be held in Downtown Dallas (also virtually) on October 28/29.

Over the past few years, our worlds have been turned topsy-turvy. One fact has remained consistent: Quality storytelling is alive and well, capturing the voices, the scenes and characters in captivating, descriptive and powerful ways.

This year’s conference goes back to the basics, showing how a focus on writing craft fuels greater creativity, the passionate exploration of people and places and drives the pervasive journey of all writers to tell great stories.

For more information, follow updates at

GRAVITAS Ad Competition Team Scores Big for “Bold Idea”

The Mayborn School’s GRAVITAS advertising competition team returned from Houston after presentation against other major regional advertising programs on April 29 with a prestigious award for the best “Bold Idea.” The team worked for many months under the supervision of advisor and Senior Lecturer Brice Campbell to pull together all campaign elements for Meta’s new Oculus product. Congratulations to all!

Scholarship Supporter Eric Nadel Named to Texas Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel, shown here with two recipients of the Eric Nadel Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Scholarship, was recently honored with admission to the Texas Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Nadel has long been a supporter of UNT sports broadcasting students, giving generously of his time, mentorship and financial backing.

To learn more about setting up your own scholarship program, visit

Congratulations, Eric!

Mayborn Senior Lecturer Randy Loftis Honored with 50th ‘Fessor Graham Award

The honor, awarded annually by the UNT Student Government Association, recognizes one professor each year for outstanding performance in the classroom. When not working to instruct the next generation of journalists, Loftis also serves as advisor to UNT’s North Texas Daily.

Read all about it here.

So Much More Excitement This Spring at the Mayborn School!

We can’t fit it all into a simple newsletter, but to check out all the other major accomplishments at the Mayborn School, visit our social media platforms. Be sure to Like and Share!

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