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Convergent Media 



 Dr. Samuel Osunde, Chair
MVSU is the only university that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 
communication in the Mississippi Delta. The Department also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and a minor in theater.
The mission of the Department of Mass Communication is to prepare students for
rewarding careers in the field of communication through its curricular offerings in the
areas of broadcasting, journalism, public relations and speech communication.  Upon graduation, students should be ready to assume effective roles in professional
communication careers, or proceed to graduate school for advanced degrees.

July 2020 

MVSU’s Bowden lands $24k research grant, participates in HBCU journalism academy at HU

July 16, 2020 (MVSU NEWS)

ITTA BENA, Miss.— A Mississippi Valley State University faculty member is the recent recipient of two distinguished honors.

​Shannon Bowden, an instructor of Speech Communication and vice president of the MVSU’s Faculty Senatewas recently awarded a $24,500 grant award from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA) to fund her research project, "Breaking Bread: Itta Bena, MS in the Civil Rights Movement."

On top of that, Bowden was selected to participate in the Solutions Journalism Historically Black Colleges and Universities Educators Academy from July 6-7, 2020, at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The HBCU Academy is designed for university journalism faculty members at historically black colleges and universities interested in learning how to teach solutions journalism in the classroom and how to incorporate it into student newsrooms at the collegiate level.

"I want to thank Dr. Samuel Osunde, my department chair, for his guidance and encouragement to apply to the Academy to incorporate solutions journalism into the curriculum, which will be another tool for meeting student- learning outcomes in our classes," she said.

Bowden is also excited about her research project and what it will mean for MVSU and the Itta Bena community.

"I am thrilled and appreciative to be selected as a Mississippi National Heritage Association grant recipient for the "Breaking Bread: Itta Bena in the Civil Rights Movement" project. When I first heard about Dr. Martin Luther King being jailed and marching through Itta Bena, I was amazed and wanted to document it," Bowden explained. 

Bowden said she believes that it is important to document the historical role the Mississippi Delta played in the Civil Rights Movement.

"It's a story that needs to be told and documented in Itta Bena. When I first heard about the grant opportunity, I immediately jumped on it, because I knew that this project would be a great opportunity for our students in the Department of Mass Communication to apply and sharpen their skills, and the city of Itta Bena."

Bowden said she learned about the MDNHA program from an MVSU colleague and was appreciative of all the support she received. 

"I am thankful to Dr. LaShon Brooks who first informed me about MDNHA in 2017 and all of the great things that they do," she said.

“I was personally touched by the support from the members of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Itta Bena, who was very inspirational and supportive of the project,” she added.





June 2020

Dr. Esin Turk

MVSU Family,

We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Dr. Esin Turk who served as an Associate Professor of Public Relations in the Department of Mass Communication.

Dr. Turk, 72, passed away yesterday. member of MVSU's faculty for more than 38 years, Dr. Turk served in various capacities and positions. At the time of her transition, she served as the coordinator of the Convergent Media Master’s program, the executive director of the Delta Devil’s Gazette, director of accreditation for ACEJMC accreditation for the Mass Communication Department and the department's staff/faculty liaison.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Turk came to MVSU in 1982 after completing her PH.D. in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She completed her B.S. degree in Public Relations from Ankara University in Turkey and her M.A. degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University, in New York. Her research interests included intercultural and international public relations, public relations ethics, gender, and crisis communication.

According to Dr. Samuel Osunde, Chair of the Mass Communication Department, Dr. Turk was well-liked and greatly respected by her students, colleagues, and associates. 

“As the chair, I have known Dr. Turk for 24 years as a colleague and a friend. She was very loyal and a hard worker," he said. "She always did her work and there was no job too small or too big for her to do. She was always a delight to work with.” 

Details regarding her funeral arrangments are forthcoming. 

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. 


January 2020

Alvin Chambliss visits the department