Cheryl Jenkins

Assistant Professor of Journalism, Associate Director of the Center for Black Studies

Dr. Cheryl D. Jenkins is an assistant professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism and associate director of the Center for Black Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. She holds a doctorate in mass communication from Howard University and a master’s in mass communication and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before entering academia, she worked as a newspaper reporter at the Hattiesburg American and as a media buyer with a political consulting firm on Capitol Hill. She was a 2004 Mellon Fellow for the Salzburg (Austria) Seminar session on Ethics in News Reporting and Editing and received the National Association of Black Journalists Region VII Cheryl Smith (leadership) Award in 2004. She has served as advisor to an award-winning collegiate newspaper and to student chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is co-author and co-editor of the text Race and Media: Critical Perspectives and has presented research on popular culture issues, minority representation in the media and cultural diversity at national and regional conferences that focus on mass and human communication.