Mississippi College

Douglas Starr

If necessary, telephone me on any day, at any hour 7 a.m.-10 p.m. 



About Me

My teaching is based in large measure upon two careers: one of reporting and writing for newspapers, broadcast, public relations … and one of studying about and teaching those techniques. I understand the pressure of news deadlines and demanding editors … the pressures of public relations to maintain favorable publicity for the organization and for the boss.

I hold two ranks: Adjunct Professor of Journalism, Mississippi College … Professor Emeritus of Journalism, Texas A&M University–College Station.

Professional Experience News

Newsman for The Associated Press: covered government, politics, and civil rights and other news in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida for print and broadcast … worked briefly, full time and part time, as reporter, copy editor, and columnist for several newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas.

Upon request by The Associated Press: contributed to and helped copyedit, the AP Stylebook.

Part of the team of journalists whose reporting of the effects and aftermath of a tornado that ravaged the business district of Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1953 helped the Vicksburg Post–Herald win the 1954 Pulitzer Prize. 

Professional Experience Public Relations

Public relations professional: wrote news releases and speeches for the Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner … for the Lieutenant Governor in the Florida State Department of Commerce.

Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) … elected to the PRSA College of Fellows.

Teaching Experience

Professor: taught reporting, writing, copyediting, public relations at Florida State University–Tallahassee … University of North Texas–Denton … Texas A&M University.

Three coveted teaching awards: Distinguished Achievement in Teaching, Texas A&M University … Dintinguished Achievement in Teaching, Texas A&M University … Best Instructor, University of North Texas.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism, Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge … Master of Arts (M.A.) in Rhetoric and Public Address, Florida State University… Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Communication Theory, Florida State University.


Class Schedule

Fall 2012

  • JOU 453 - Writing for Periodicals
    Mon-Wed, 130-245pm, 311 Aven Hall

Fall 2013

  • JOU 333 - Journalism I
    Tue-Thu, 12m-130pm, 114 Aven Hall


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