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MELINDA SHELTON, M.J.
Director, Student Publications
M.J. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Journalism
B.A. Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM), Monroe, La. - Print Journalism
COURSES TAUGHT AT XAVIER
- Writing for the Print Media (MSCM 2222)
- News Reporting (MSCM 3250)
- News Editing (MSCM 3150)
- Feature Writing (MSCM 4000)
- Fundamentals of Public Speaking (CMST 1010)
Associated Collegiate Press; College Media Advisers; Louisiana Ethnic Media Association; Louisiana Press Association; National Association for Black Journalists; New Orleans Neighborhood Partnership Network, editorial board of directors, 2011-12; New America Media; Press Club of New Orleans, board of directors 2010-2012; Society of Professional Journalists; Southeast Journalism Conference.
Shelton brings 30+ years in journalism and higher education to the Mass Communication program. She worked as a newspaper reporter, photographer, and editor for several daily newspapers and currently writes "Mid-City & More," a weekly column for the Times-Picayune. Shelton also worked in public relations as press secretary for two Washington, D.C.-based national organizations and director of a Louisiana political action non-profit. Her photography was included in the New Orleans Museum of Art's "Katrina Exposed" exhibition, two of her photos are featured in the exhibition's publication of selected works, and Shelton donated the photographs to NOMA's permanent Katrina exhibit.
Shelton is the faculty adviser to Xavier's award-winning student newspaper, The Xavier Herald, and mentors students as they prepare for careers in journalism, be it print, broadcast, or public relations. A panel of her peers selected Shelton as the "2009 Southeast Journalism Conference Journalism Educator of the Year." In May 2010, the administration named Shelton as director of student publications and moved the university's yearbook, The Xavierite, into the Department of Communications and under Shelton's guidance.