OC communication students excel in their fields

Oklahoma Christian’s communication students continue to excel in and out of the classroom.

April broadcast journalism graduate Jose Cruz was hired by the Oklahoma City affiliate of Telemundo, the second largest Spanish language network in the world. Cruz started work just three days after graduation. During his time at Oklahoma Christian, he excelled helping lead Eagle Media productions on campus, including the weekly TV news program that is broadcast live across the state of Oklahoma.

Graduating with Cruz was theater major Valerie Compton, who was hired as an instructor at the Broomfield Children’s Dance Theater in Colorado. 

Another current student excelled in multiple endeavors this spring and summer. Public relations major Joshua Richardson won first place for writing in the Zenith Awards, a national PR college student competition hosted by the University of Oklahoma. Richardson was one of only eight students to place. One aspect of his reward was getting to spend 30 minutes networking with Ron Culp, an accomplished PR professional at Ketchum Public Relations in Chicago, one of the top PR operations in the world.

While Richardson took pride in his award, he was even more honored to land two top PR internships in Oklahoma City, including a position with the largest PR firm in the state, Schnake Turnbo and Frank. He also served as an officer in Oklahoma Christian’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and attended the national conference. Next year he will be the chapter’s president.

Another PR major, senior Qiao Kong, landed an internship with a public relations agency in China. 

In addition, two communication students were chosen as interns with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s office for the summer. Journalism major Thessali Teague, a senior, was chosen along with Richardson, also a senior, marking the first time Oklahoma Christian has had two students chosen simultaneously as interns in the governor’s office. Teague also served as the Opinions Editor for the campus newspaper, The Talon. 

Finally, one of Oklahoma Christian’s top broadcast journalism students, junior Jay Wiles, was chosen as an intern with TV station KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas. Wiles is one Oklahoma Christian’s top leaders and producers for Eagle Media productions.

“These students reflect the level of excellence and faith we seek to inspire our students to achieve,” said Larry Jurney, professor and chair of the communication department. “We are proud of the hard-earned recognitions they have received, and we enjoy seeing them be successful in a large market with a capitol city.”