“COVID-19: From the Newsroom to the Classroom” Twitter Chat on Wed. April 29

WASHINGTON - Four journalism professors in the Media, Journalism, Film Department of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications will host a Bison In the Know Twitter Chat, titled "COVID-19: From the Newsroom to the Classroom," on Wednesday, April 29 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Recently, the Journalism Sequence was awarded a news grant to support student reporting of the coronavirus pandemic by the Solutions Journalism Network.

This chat will offer insight from former full-time award-winning journalists, now acclaimed faculty, who have been in the trenches of crisis journalism, including reporting during 9/11 and in natural disasters. There will be discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on their students and how they’ve adapted their teaching styles for the current environment, as well as career strategies for students who will emerge into the job market this year and beyond.

The chat is open to the public and for future and current journalism professionals. To follow the conversation, use the hashtag #BisonintheKnow.

Panelists include:

The chat is moderated by Jennifer Thomas, the journalism sequence coordinator and associate professor of broadcast journalism. She is a former CNN executive producer. She also advises the Howard University Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and speaks globally on World Press Freedom issues. Follow her at  @jtmediaready

Yanick Rice Lamb is the former chair of the department and professor of multimedia reporting, interactive editing and magazine writing. She is the co-founder of, and the former editor in chief of Heart & Soul Magazine. She is also adviser to 101 Magazine and the Howard University News Service. Follow her at @yrlamb

Ingrid Sturgis is the assistant chair of the department and an associate professor of social media and digital journalism. She is formerly an editor-in-chief for, and web strategist for She also worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer, BET Weekend and Savoy. Follow her at @isturgis

Mark Beckford is an assistant professor teaching online journalism and an advisor for, Howard’s news service of student journalist content distributed to Black media outlets nationally. He is formerly a web producer for Kaiser Health News and multimedia web producer for the Washington Post. Follow him at @markbeckford



About the Cathy Hughes School of Communications

The Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC) has a legacy of excellence demonstrated by its track record of graduating the most African-American communications professionals; a growing reputation as the place for the best students who wish to study communications; and an active and engaged Board of Visitors (BOV), that which assists the school with fundraising efforts. The CHSOC grooms students in an environment that promotes high expectations, demands rigorous study, introduces innovative learning experiences, exposes students to outstanding media professionals, and offers them opportunities to participate in programs that illustrate the profound impact true leadership in communications can have on society. A large percentage of our alumni are distinguished journalists and broadcast professionals.

Critical to the School’s culture of excellence is its success at maintaining a cadre of outstanding full-time and adjunct professors who are renowned for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright recipients, prominent researchers, renowned authors, award-winning journalists and other media professionals.

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 70 Fulbright Scholars. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit

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