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Insight News.  The Department of Journalism.  The University of Memphis.

The Department of Journalism averages 360 undergraduates and 50 graduate students. We have a full time faculty of 15 professors and lecturers, along with an average of 20 part-time instructors from major market media outlets. Our program focuses on applied journalism to help students learn the concepts and skills to be effective working professionals.

Department of Journalism
University of Memphis
3711 Veterans
Memphis, TN 38152


Lauren Novella Bacon


Lauren Novella Bacon has lived in Memphis for all of her life. Growing up, she competed in figure skating competitions around the country for several years. She also danced on pointe in ballet and she did Russian ballet as well as American ballet. She loves writing. It has always been her passion, perhaps because her middle name is Novella. Lauren's dream is to work in a newsroom as a producer or anchor one day. Every long journey must begin with the first steps and she's taking those steps now in her education. Everyday is an adventure, and she's looking forward to finding out what God has in store for her tomorrow.

Kamiya Bailey


Kamiya Bailey came the to University of Memphis in the Fall of 2005 in which through changing her major 3 times she found a love for Broadcast Journalism. Kamiya has produced shows for the student newscast, Insight, wrote articles that have been submitted to the Independent school newspaper "The Daily Helmsman", and Interned at Fox 13 News where she gained hands-on experience. Kamiya graduated from the University of Memphis May 2010 CUM LAUDE with my degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Sarah Bleau


Sarah Bleau came to the University of Memphis from Ohio after attending Kent State University for a year. While at the University of Memphis, Sarah reported, anchored and produced for the university's campus television station, Insight News. She was also a reporter for the campus newspaper, The Daily Helmsman. She interned at WMC-TV Action News 5 in Memphis during her senior year and was also a Reporter/Anchor for live weeknight newscasts at WEIU-TV NewsWatch in Charleston, Illinois. Sarah graduated from the University of Memphis on May 8, 2010.

Curtis Boyland


Curtis Boyland is a Memphis native. He was a contributing writer for the Helmsman and he currently writes for as a campus writer for the U of M, where he graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He also currently works as an assistant for "The Lady Joy Show" on He was also a member of Tiger Task Force as well as the Blue Crew 2007-2009.

Blake Brooks

Blake Brooks has only recently discovered his growing passion for photography. After taking a journalism course that first allowed him to pick up a camera and record video, he was hooked. Completely self taught, Blake has continued to practice and explore the mediums of film, photography, and television production through both volunteer and work opportunities. He recently spent the last 12 months in Los Angeles, California where he worked for television productions such as America's Next Top Model and Big Brother. His complete list of credits include working on productions with major Networks and companies such as BET, MTV, CW, CBS, CMT, Animal Planet, NBC, OXYGEN, and the O Network. Furthermore, he has been fortunate enough to work with successful professional photographers such as Lauren Greenfield and Jeff Slater. Blake bought his first DSLR camera in late 2009 and has already had the opportunity to work with some really talented people in front of the lens. Currently, living back in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and with graduation on the horizon, Blake is excited to see what the future has in store. 

Nikki Bussey


Nikki Bussey graduated from the University of Memphis this past May. In her time as an undergraduate at The University of Memphis she worked as a reporter for The Daily Helmsman for two and a half years. She also served as an intern for The Commercial Appeal and WMC-TV Channel 5. One day she hopes to become a producer for a daily newscast.

Fabiola Cervantes


Fabiola Cervantes graduated with honors from Ridgeway High School in 2006, and is currently pursuing a double major at the University of Memphis. She plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a concentration in Broadcast News as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish in the May 2011.   Fabiola works as a local reporter for El Gráfico, a Spanish weekly newspaper.  She has a passion for reporting, has accepted an offer to intern with WHBQ FOX 13 during fall 2010, and aspires to be an anchor for a national broadcast station. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society chapter at the U of M, as well as a volunteer for St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Sedondra Ellis


Sedondra Ellis  is a senior at the University of Memphis, with a major  in Journalism and a concentration in Broadcast  News . Sedondra is dedicated to her Insight News family were she serves as a reporter, producer, and anchor. In the fall of 2010 she plans to intern with WHBQ FOX 13, after graduating in December 2010 she hopes to work as a reporter and weekend anchor.

Jasmine Hockett

Jasmine Hockett is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of Memphis.  She has plans of being a renown reporter and humanitarian one day.  This plan came from a long term goal of Jasmine's to be an effective leader in life.  For the past 8 years she has studied leadership and involvement in the community.  She has attended well known conferences such as Volunteer Girls State and Leadershape.  Jasmine has worked for WBBP radio, Channel 3, ReadyU, Ugly Mug, and Java Cabana. She is more than ready to go out and research the world for great news!  Jasmine most recently received an internship with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.  She will be working with Media outlets on Capitol Hill.  

Mitch Holmes


Mitch Holmes graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a degree in broadcast journalism this past spring. After attending Auburn University, Mitch came to The University of Memphis in 2007, where he worked as both a staff and sports reporter for the Daily Helmsman. He also worked for U92, the campus radio station, hosting and commentating a morning sports show every week. During this time, Mitch also did color commentary for both the University of Memphis basketball and football teams. He plans to continue his work in radio when he moves to Nashville this summer.

Natreia Littleton


Natreia Littleton graduated from the University of Memphis on May 8, 2010 with her degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was an intern at WREG News Channel 3 in Memphis, TN for the Spring semester. She's studied Broadcast News since she was a Sophmore in High School. She was a student of Memphis City Schools' Telecommunication Center, where she was the News Director for the Student-ran Cable-19 TV. She was the President of her high school's Student Government Association and she was a member of Future Broadcasters of America for 3 years. She was a recipient of the 2005 Harry S. Gibson Scholarship for excellent Broadcasting Skills.

Ben Rainwater

Ben is a junior broadcast journalism major at the University of Memphis. He is a member of the sports team for WUMR's Sports Desk radio program. Through WUMR, he also does commentary for University of Memphis football and men's basketball games. On campus, Ben is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a part of the Helen Hardin Honors Program. He aspires to one day become a national sportscaster or play-by-play announcer.

Brooke Sellers

Brooke Sellers grew up in the Mid-south. She graduated from Independence High School in 2003, before earning her associates degree in Journalism and Communications at Northwest Mississippi Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News and Journalism at the University of Memphis. Brooke was a photographer and journalist for the Ranger Rocket and a member of the Rocketeer. There she aired an on-air advertisement commercial for the public relations department called, “That’s What I’m Talkin About." Brooke interned at ESPN radio station and WMC-TV in Memphis, TN. She says her internships allowed her to build self-confidence, improved her reporting skills, and gave her the opportunity to build lifelong friendships.Brooke enjoys meeting new people, painting, and making an impact on her community and the world. She says she knew her life would be about telling stories since she was young. She was very interested in everything that was going on and felt like she had to discover the truth in all that seemed a mystery. She has been a part of three different mission teams. They traveled to Honduras and Nicaragua to give those who are in need help and share the gospel to all who haven’t been reached. It’s her dream to make a difference and see the beauty that God has created.She is deeply committed to Mississippi and Tennessee and believes its people are what make it so special.

Frank Hanlon

  Frank Hanlon is a senior advertising major at the University of Memphis.  After graduation in May 201, he plans to pursue a job in Memphis's growing advertising community.  He served as head of media for the NSAC competition in Mobile, AL and is currently in an internship for Ford Motor Company.  

Shunitra L. Ingram

Shunitra Lashay Ingram was born in Memphis Tn. Ingram always had a passion for writing. Although she started only writing poetry and short stories at first, she found a love for journalism her sophomore year of high school when she joined the Teen Appeal city wide high school newspaper. Ingram wrote for the Teen Appeal throughout the rest of her high school career and earned recognition for several news stories like: “The N Word” and “My Self Esteem”. Ingram went on to win several awards and scholarships her senior year including, the Judith G. Clabes Outstanding High School Journalism Award and the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship Award. In addition Ingram is a recipient of the Teen Appeal Scripps Howard scholarship as well. Ingram is currently a sophomore Journalism, news-editorial major and an African and African American studies minor. After graduation, she plans to publish a few of her books and start a non-profit organization for inner city youth

Andrew Vandeventer


Andrew Vandeventer is a senior Broadcast-journalism major @ the University of Memphis. He wants to pursue a career in broadcast news or sports. He's currently the sports director for WUMR Radio in memphis. He provides play-by-play sportscasting for memphis tigers basketball, football, and baseball.