School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

A Message from the Dean of the School of Journalism and New Media about COVID-19

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by ldrucker

Dear students,

We sincerely hope that this email finds all of you and your families doing as well as can be expected. This is an unprecedented time for our campus, our country and, in fact, the world. We have heard from many of you and we know that for some, anxiety is high.

Dean Will Norton, Jr.

Dean Will Norton, Jr.

Whether first-year or senior, our students are grieving some part of their expected college experience. Some of you may feel relieved to be home and others may feel anxious about what you will do at home for the next several weeks or more.

No matter how you’re feeling, it’s perfectly valid. The next several weeks are going to be difficult. We want you to know that we are committed to working through this together.

Here are some things you should be aware of:


  • In general, you should be checking your UM email address frequently. We are also providing updates on the School’s website: and through our Facebook account: and LinkedIn account:
  • Many of your instructors have been emailing you to ask for information from you regarding your access to technology and other issues, please check your UM email now. Your responses will help your faculty plan to make the next few weeks as painless as possible.

Advising for summer/fall
Your faculty are working on a plan to make sure advising for the summer and fall can be completed effectively and remotely. Priority registration opens on March 30, and you should expect to hear from your advisor no later than March 23 regarding the system that he/she will use for the process. Be sure to check your UM email frequently.

Returning school equipment
Students are expected to stay away from campus and participate in classes from home. However, if you have School of Journalism equipment and cannot get to campus before Friday, March 20 to return that gear, please contact the School’s front office at 662-915-7146 to make other arrangements.

We do want you to know that the School of Journalism & New Media is not closed! We will still be here to assist you as you navigate these upcoming weeks. The university has a webpage with helpful information:, but if you need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are grateful for the amazing students we have as we navigate these uncharted waters. We are confident that our school will emerge from this stronger than ever.




Dean Will Norton