School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Will Farley Hall be available for students to use as a study space this fall?

Farley Hall is not open for study space, but the library is. The J.D. Williams Library is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Is COVID-19 testing happening in Farley Hall?

No. Testing will not be conducted in Farley Hall. If you have any COVID-19-related questions, you may call the UM COVID-19 Info Line Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 662-915-3600 or you can email the line at C19@olemiss.edu.

Please click this link for the latest information from the school about COVID-19.

Will advising appointments be in person or continue to be virtual?

Advising appointments will take place virtually.  Although, there may be some advisors who will offer students the opportunity to meet in person. 

Will there be any faculty or staff members in Farley Hall on a daily basis?

There are personnel within Farley Monday through Friday. Though many who are here are available by appointment only.

Will students be able to check out equipment?

Students can check out camera equipment by reservation only. Reservations can be made by emailing Mykki Newton a request with the following information:

NAME:

STUDENT ID#:

COURSE OR INSTRUCTOR’S NAME:

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

PICK UP TIME AND DATE:

Equipment room hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Location: Room 002 Farley Hall basement.

Do I have to wear a mask if my class meets outdoors?

All students and faculty must wear a face mask or face covering during class, even when meeting outdoors. Please refer to the information provided at this link.

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Will students be able to do interviews in person for class assignments?

Please keep these three points in mind while Reporting During a Pandemic: 

  • No story assignment is worth sacrificing your health. 
  • You have options beyond face-to-face interviews. 
  • Be smart. 

As always, we encourage students to pursue their reporting with dedication and determination. We also expect our students to use best practices and do all they can to remain safe while reporting. 

While these guidelines are not exhaustive, they represent common-sense practices for asserting your rights as a journalist and staying safe while reporting. These guidelines are meant for students reporting for courses.


Reporting During a Pandemic: 

 

  • When possible, interviews should be conducted via phone, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime — pick your platform. Most journalists agree that email interviews are not a good idea, especially when dealing with public officials. But coordinate with your individual instructor, who may make exceptions, especially when conducting follow-ups.
  • If a situation arises where you need to conduct face-to-face interviews, please consult with your instructor about how to proceed. Students in broadcast, photojournalism, multimedia and sports journalism classes may feel the need to conduct face-to-face interviews. Here are some general guidelines to follow: 
  • All interviews MUST be conducted outdoors. Faculty will not accept interviews recorded indoors.
 Make sure to keep an eye on the weather and if needed, reschedule your interviews in the event of bad weather. 
  • All face-to-face interviews must be conducted AT LEAST six feet away from the interview subject (10 feet is better.) When possible keep face-to-face interviews short. Think in terms of getting your key questions answered. You can always follow up by phone. Make these guidelines clear to your interview subjects during the pre-interview so they understand that you’re not being rude.  
  • Stay away from crowded locations when conducting interviews (this will involve some planning). 
  • For video and broadcast: Use a shotgun mic mounted on camera or a boompole with mic to record audio. Wear a face covering (mask or face shield) at all times. Do not share objects with others (don’t let others touch any of your video equipment). Wash hands thoroughly after shooting video and gently clean equipment with sanitizing wipes (avoid touching/wiping lenses, SDHC cards and other sensitive electronic components). 
  • Photography students should follow the same basic rules as reporting students – work outdoors as much as possible, maintain at least six feet of distance and use telephoto lenses whenever possible.  
  • Masks. Wear masks to interviews and during interviews.  Practice speaking loudly and clearly when asking questions, so the interview subject can hear you.