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Media experts available for your classes.

Professors from the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication can talk with your students about a wide array of communication topics. We are experts in media & public affairs, digital advertising, multi-platform journalism, political communication, public relations and strategic communication.

Our professors will travel to your school to share their research and professional experience with your students. We would also be glad to host your students for a half-day field trip. Students will tour our student media newsrooms, state-of-the-art broadcast studios, and trio of research labs, including the Social Media Analysis & Creation (SMAC) Lab.

Call 225-578-1899 to request a guest speaker. 

Department heads

photo: Yongick Jeong

Digital Advertising

Dr. Yongick Jeong researches all forms of advertising, particularly the effectiveness of Super Bowl ads. He is an expert on social media advertisements and the wording of product warning labels. Jeong worked in the advertising industry as a copy writer before starting his academic career.

Suggested courses: Newspaper, TV Production, AP English, Journey to Careers 

photo: Roxanne Dill


Instructor Roxanne Dill prepares students to report the news in a constantly evolving media landscape. Previously, she was a photographer, reporter and managing editor at Louisiana newspapers, and covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dill is a rector at the LSU Mass Communication Residential College.

Suggested courses: Newspaper, TV Production, AP English, Yearbook

photo: Martin Johnson

Political Communication

Dr. Martin Johnson is the Kevin P. Reilly Sr. Chair in Political Communication. He studies cable news, political polling and voter turnout. Johnson helped develop Manship's statehouse reporting program, in which our students cover the Louisiana legislature from an office on "press row" in the state capitol. A dozen newspapers across Louisiana carry stories by our Manship School News Service Statehouse Bureau.

Suggested courses: Newspaper, Civics, AP Government, American History, AP English

photo: Hyojung Park

Public Relations

Dr. Hyojung Park studies how businesses use social media and other digital communications to build relationships with their publics. Her areas of expertise include health communication, crisis communication, and blogging. Park is the faculty adviser for LSU's student public relations firm, ImPRint Communications.

Suggested courses: Newspaper, AP English, Business, Journey to Careers







Political communication


photo: Joushua Darr

Dr. Josh Darr studies how campaign coverage in local newspapers affects voter learning and political awareness, as well as how campaigns influence sentiment and quantity of stories in local media. Darr can share his current research on the 2016 presidential race with students.

Suggested courses: Civics, AP Government, American History, Newspaper


photo: PPRL Director Mike Henderson

With a Ph.D. in government and social policy from Harvard University, Dr. Mike Henderson's specialties include polling in Louisiana politics. He is available to lecture on U.S. Senate races, and the accuracy of election polls. Henderson is the director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL).

Suggested courses: Civics, AP Government, American History, Math


photo: Kathleen Searles

Dr. Kathleen Searles teaches in both the Manship School of Mass Communication and the Department of Political Science. Her research examines the content of partisan news and the influence of emotional appeals in campaign ads. Searles serves on the editorial board of #WomenAlsoKnowStuff.

Suggested courses: Civics, AP Government, American History, Journalism