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Dr. Melony Shemberger

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Dr. Melony Shemberger

121B Wilson Hall
270.809.6874
mshemberger@murraystate.edu

Education:

B.A., double major in Mass Communication, History and Government, Western Kentucky University M.S., Mass Communication, Murray State University (Outstanding Graduate Student Award)
M.S., Management, Austin Peay State University
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration and Supervision, Tennessee State University, Dissertation: "The Presence of Sunshine Laws in Journalism Curriculum: Qualitative Insights"

Biography:
Dr. Melony Shemberger is assistant professor of journalism at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. From 2005-13, she was the assistant director of communication in the public relations and marketing office at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where she handled external and internal communication for the university, wrote press releases, worked with the news media, edited publications and coordinated other publicity efforts designed to advance APSU in recruitment, retention and fundraising. She also was an adjunct faculty member in the APSU Department of Communication, APSU College of Business and Murray State Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling. Before entering academia, Shemberger had successful, award-winning reporting careers. She was a journalist and copy editor at the Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville, Ky., and before that, she was the assistant news director at WHOP radio station in Hopkinsville. At both news organizations, she covered the local education and court beats. She also worked as an advertising consultant at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn., in the mid-1990s. She continues to write and work on special projects as a freelance writer and graphic designer for area newspapers.

Research Interests:
Historical research on the newspaper work of female pioneer journalist Dorothy Dix
Use of open government laws
Development and improvement of journalism curriculum

Courses:
News Writing
Copy Editing
Feature Writing

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