Mapp, a Hattiesburg American news and sports writer for the past
three years, has joined The University of Southern Mississippi's
Department of Marketing and Public Relations as assistant director
for news and marketing.
A native of
Hattiesburg, Mapp assumed his new position Jan. 2. He will be in
charge of news coverage for a wide cross section of academic and
staff areas across the university, including the colleges of Science
and Technology and Business Administration.
loves Southern Miss and is an excellent writer," said Lisa
Mader, director of Marketing and Public Relations. "The combination
of those attributes will be an asset to our university when it comes
to finding great stories to tell and knowing what news directors
are looking for in those stories. We're glad to have Chris on our
two bachelor's degrees from Southern Miss one in journalism
and another in political science and plans to begin work
on a master's degree in public relations later this year. He formerly
worked part-time as a student writer in the university's PR department.
Mapp has spent
the past three years writing news and sports for the Hattiesburg
American, where he won a Mississippi Press Association award for
Best Sports News Story and Best Column, as well as a Best of Gannett
Well Done Award for an investigative piece in 2001. As prep sports
editor, he also handled page layout and design, and coordinated
fan of Golden Eagle athletics, Mapp has a 3-year-old son, Michael.
"He is already showing early signs of Eagle Fever," Mapp
said of his son