Morgan State and Fayetteville State Launch New Academic Journals


Two historically Black universities launched new journals this month, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Morgan State University and Fayetteville State University will publish academic journals that explore issues in global journalism and education, respectively.

Morgan State’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (MGJC) has debuted the Morgan Global Journalism Review(MGJR) a quarterly electronic journal that will provide reporting and analysis on media and communications trends, issues and events from an international perspective.

In its premiere issue, award-winning American journalists Les Payne and Tonyaa Weathersbee, along with other writers throughout the Black Diaspora, share stories about the use of digital and social media among African journalists, storytelling in South Sudan and why foreign reporting needs a global perspective.

Future editions will examine Civil Rights Movement victories such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964—the 50th anniversary of which will be observed in 2014—and how it influenced other liberation and human rights movements around the world.

The project will be led by Jackie Jones, chairwoman of MGJC’s Department of Multimedia Journalism and a former editor at The Washington Post, and edited and produced by staff and faculty at the school.

“Columbia Journalism Review and American Journalism Review both do a great job of looking at the media here in the United States. MGJR will fill a much needed niche, one that has often been overlooked by mainstream media,” DeWayne Wickham, the school’s dean, said in a statement. “We will provide journalism and journalism education with a worldwide view.”

In North Carolina, Fayetteville State University’s School of Education published its first issue of the Journal of Research Initiatives (JRI) earlier this month. The peer-reviewed, open-source publication will print quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research articles, best practice papers, book reviews, and commentaries on issues across the K-12 and higher education landscapes.

The school hopes that the journal will help “further accelerate progress in the field of education.”

“By highlighting our long-standing commitment to educational research, JRI will serve as a link between making data-driven decisions and everyday teaching and learning,” the publication’s staff said in a statement.

The journal will be led by editor-in-chief Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones and editor Dr. Gail Thompson along with 25 editorial review board members from educational institutions at the state, national, and international levels. The rest of the editorial team comes from the university’s School of Education.

Morgan State and Fayetteville State Launch New Academic Journals

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