Office: PAC 105
Phone: (615) 963-5804
Ph.D. University of Kentucky
MA Western Kentucky University
BA Maryville University-St. Louis
Terry Likes, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Communications and tenured full-Professor teaching multi-media Journalism at Tennessee State University in Nashville. In 2013, the Southeast Journalism Conference named Likes, “Journalism Educator of the Year.” Likes has won 41 awards in his career and, in 2012, he won four Tennessee Associated Press awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a national first place from the Broadcast Education Association. During his five years as Chair at TSU, he was won 25 national, regional and state journalism awards, while his students have won 32 Society of Professional Journalists, Southeast Journalism Conference, National Broadcasting Society, Tennessee Associated Press awards. Likes oversees the areas of Mass Communication, Communication Studies and Theatre. In addition to raising the program to award-winning stature, other major initiatives during his term as chair include the creation of the Center for Media Arts and Production, collaborating with Art and Music departments on a $1.5 million grant for digital media and entrepreneurship, creating a black-box theatre, and a complete overhaul of the curriculum.
In his television career, his documentary on “The State of American TV News,” won a National Press Club award. His video on media internships was featured in the Bonus Books catalog. He has worked professionally as a reporter for WFIE-TV (NBC) Evansville, IN., provided weekly commentary for WSMV-TV (NBC) Nashville, TN., did occasional play-by-play for WKYU-TV (PBS) Bowling Green, KY., and was a reporter for WVJS-TV and radio in Owensboro, KY.
In radio, he has produced many documentaries that have won 9 national Broadcast Education Association, 6 regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 13 Kentucky/Tennessee Associated Press awards. His reports have aired on the Tennessee Radio Network, Kentucky News Network and stations in Washington D.C., Tampa, St. Louis and Detroit among others.
Likes has six published essays in the Journal of Electronic News and written fifteen articles for professional media magazines. He has conducted twenty presentations at conferences such as Society of Professional Journalists, Radio/TV Digital News Association and the Broadcast Education Association.
Likes is on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. He has had many fellowships including in 2013 when he was awarded a National Association of Television Program Executives Fellowship. He also attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies “New curriculum for a new Journalism” seminar. In 2012 he attended American Council on Education Leadership Academy for Department Chairs at Miami University (Ohio). In 2008 and 2009 he was awarded Scripps Howard Fellowships to attend the Academic Leadership Academy at LSU. In 2007 he attended the Poynter workshop for multimedia trainers. In 2001 he participated in the Radio/TV News Directors Foundation “Excellence in Journalism Education” program via a faculty fellowship at WTHR-TV Indianapolis, IN.
Likes has helped turn two college programs into award winners. Prior to TSU, Likes taught at Western Kentucky University for twenty years. During a ten year span overseeing student newscasts at WKU, his pupils won more than 200 KY Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Hearst awards.
Likes earned his doctorate at the University of Kentucky, has a Masters Degree from Western Kentucky University, and BA from Maryville University-St. Louis. Likes also attended Southern Methodist University as an undergraduate and took graduate courses at SIU-Carbondale.
Recent documentary topics and links:
Title: “Headache to Heartache” The call to action to reduce the estimated four million sports concussions each year. This report comes in the wake of the biggest lawsuit filed in sports history.
Title: On-air or on life support: The demise of local TV sports.
Title: The Future of TV News: Is technology outpacing journalistic standards?
Title: Walter Cronkite: History, Wisdom and Guidance for the Future of Journalism.
Title: Violence, vulgarity and the v-chip: Whether violent television content should have the same standards as language and sexual content.
Title: Music and War: Lyrics, Love and Loss" How music has played an important role in shaping public opinion about the United States' role, pro or con, in military conflicts.
Title: "No Laughing Matter: The comedy of politics” Do jokes from comedians about
political candidates harm the democratic process or help it by creating greater awareness of the candidates and the issues.
Title: The Changing Faces of the Evening News The television industry has seen historic changes at the network evening news anchor desk. This report addresses the vitality of the evening news genre after years of declining audiences.
Title: Media coverage of 9/11: One year after the event: What have we learned?