WSSU Professors Participate in National Broadcast Educators Conference

May 11, 2011
     Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Professors Dr. Lona D. Cobb and Dr. Soncerey L. Montgomery presented a paper at the recent 2011 Broadcast Education Association Conference in Las Vegas on how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been portrayed on television.

    Their presentation, “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby or Have You? Television’s Portrayal of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” focused on how HBCU’s unique educational experience has been seen on television over the past 25 years.  They used three popular television series for their pilot investigation, “The Cosby Show,” “It’s a Different World” and “College Hill.”  Their presentation was part of a session on television’s power to shape beliefs and perceptions.

    Cobb is a journalism professor in the Department of Mass Communications and faculty adviser for the WSSU student newspaper, The News Argus.  Montgomery is an assistant professor in the English and Foreign Languages Department and interim director of the university’s Honor’s Program.

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