Department of Communications

Upcoming Events

The Black Press: Soliders Without Swords

Monday; September 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Thursday; September 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

In a segregated society, the Black Press served as the nation's strongest voice for African-Americans.  Join the Department of Communications in recognizing the importance of the First Amendment and a free press to provide a voice for citizens. 

This documentary screening is sponsored by the UNA Department of Communications for students enrolled in COM 205 Communications in a Global Age and available for free for students and community members.

Submission Now Open for the 2014 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival

The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival will begin taking submissions for next year's event, scheduled for March 6-8, 2014, starting May 1, 2013.

For more information about the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival or to submit for next year's event, visit the festival website or facebook.

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Highlights from July 2013

UNA Summer Theatre performed HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY

July 12-14, 2013

UNA Summer Theatre’s production of Lost Highway was directed by two-time Tony-nominated director and co-author Randal Myler. This toe-tapping musical tribute showcased what Williams did best: performing. Lost Highway featured over 20 of Williams’ best loved songs.

For more information, visit the UNA Summer Theatre.

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Highlights from May 2013

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2013

While the First Amendment protects the rights of journalists in the United States to cover the news, this protection doesn't exist everywhere across the globe.  To date, 17 journalists have been killed worldwide covering the news.  The Communications Department led the UNA campus community in celebrating World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2012.

To read more about press freedom around the world, visit:
Reporters Without Borders
Freedom House

Communications Students Participate in UNA Storytelling Festival

May 17-18, 2013

Students enrolled in COM 480: Topics in Communications-Storytelling Seminar participated along with Dr. Bill Huddleston in the UNA Storytelling Festival.  For event details, visit the festival webpage.

Department of Communications Study Abroad in Tianjin, China

May Intersession: May 12-June 2, 2013


The UNA Department of Communications sponsored its first study-abroad course in China. A dozen communications students and two faculty members traveled to Tianjin, China, located 60 miles southeast of Beijing, during the May intersession.

Students participated in a wide range of activities while studying in China.  For more information about the homestays, banquets, classes and sightseeing click here.

Note: The Tianjin UNA study-abroad group also included 10 theatre and 12 business students and their instructors.

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Highlights from April 2013

UNA Communications Department Celebrates First Amendment Awareness Month

The Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama celebrated First Amendment Awareness Month during the entire month of April. There were activities throughout the month to build awareness of the First Amendment and recognize the importance of the five rights that it guarantees.

One out of five college students cannot name the five rights that the First Amendment guarantees. Because the First Amendment often gets taken for granted, the Department of Communications wants to use First Amendment Awareness Month to remind people of the five freedoms that guide a person’s everyday life.

On April 11, 2013 students and faculty had a First Amendment party to celebrate and raise awareness for the First Amendment on campus.

As a part of First Amendment Awareness Month, the department also hosted Mr. Kenneth Boone on April 25, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. in room 131 in the Communications Building. 

Mr. Boone is an award-winning third-generation journalist and the chairman of Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., in Alexander City, Alabama.  He is the Parker-Qualls Distinguished Lecturer in Communications.

Mr. Boone spoke about the important of the First Amendment and the role of local news and newspapers in our changing world.  

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Highlights from February/March 2013

George S. Lindsey Film Festival

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The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival is hosted each year by the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.  Since 1998, The Lindsey Film Festival has contributed to that effort through the exhibition of independent films from across the world and the appearances of many special guests, including Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton and Ernest Borgnine; "Sling Blade" co-stars Lucas Black and Natalie Canerday; character actors Rance Howard (“Cool Hand Luke”) and Stephen Root ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?"); renowned film critic and Florence native Jonathan Rosenbaum; makeup-effects artist Robert Hall (“Angel” and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), actors Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer),  James Tolkan ("Back to the Future" and "Top Gun"), Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) and Cedric Pendleton (“The Shield"); screenwriter and producer Bob Gale; radio personality Mark Thompson (of "Mark & Brian" fame), and many more.

2013 Film Festival Winners include:
“Best of Show”
“Best Student Documentary”
“Best Story”
“Best Cinematography”
“Best Editing”

Favorite Thing:
“Best Professional Narrative”
“Best Actor”
“Best Actress”
“Best Sound Design”

“Best Professional Documentary”
“Best Score”

My Friend Erhan:
“Best Student Narrative”
“Best Directing”

In Her Blacksmith Eye:
“Best Vanguard”

Alone Together:
“Best Young Filmmaker”

William, Will You Dance:
“Best Feature Screenplay”

“Best Short Screenplay”

Eating Alabama:
“Best of State”

Day of Silence:
“Audience Choice”

For more information and to keep up to date with the latest festival news, visit the Lindsey Film Festival website or find them on facebook.

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