Terry Likes

Mass Communications

Dr. Likes

E-mail: tlikes@tnstate.edu

Office: PAC 282

Phone: (615) 963-2521




Ph.D. University of Kentucky

MA Western Kentucky University

BA Maryville University-St. Louis



Terry Likes, Ph.D., is an award-winning educator and journalist. Likes is a tenured
full Professor in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State
University in Nashville where he served as Chair from 2008-2016.  Likes
was honored in 2017 by the Library of American Broadcasting with its Broadcast
Historian award. Also in 2017, he was also honored by TSU with a Pioneer award for
"dedicated service." In 2013, the Southeast Journalism Conference
named Likes, “Journalism Educator of the Year.”  He also served (in 2017-2018) as a graduate adjunct professor at Austin Peay State University. 


Summary of Experience

Ÿ 8 Years academic administrative experience as Department Chair

Ÿ 30 Years in higher education

Ÿ 96 Awards/Honors from media and academic work during 1987-present

            *14 national BEA, 9 regional Murrows, 42 Associated Press awards

Ÿ 2017 Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s Broadcast History Award

Ÿ 2017 Pioneer Award in "recognition for dedicated service to the TSU Dep't of Communication."

Ÿ 2013 Journalism Educator of the Year award – Southeast Journalism Conference

Ÿ 36 Conference presentations

Ÿ 11 Academic journal articles/essays

Ÿ 15 Professional Publications

Ÿ 4 Fellowships

Ÿ 3 Years full-time media experience, 20 years freelance

Ÿ 2 Number of broadcast journalism programs turned into award winners

Ÿ 313 Student awards to students from projects developed in my advanced journalism courses

Ÿ 1 Student broadcast journalism national championship


Likes has won 96 awards and honors in his career. During his eight years as Chair at TSU, his students won 61 Society of Professional Journalists, Southeast Journalism Conference, National Broadcasting Society and Tennessee Associated Press awards.  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 the Art and Music departments on a $1.4 million grant for digital media entrepreneurship, creating a black-box theatre, a complete overhaul of the curriculum and seeking TSU’s first accreditation in mass communication (ACEJMC). 

            In television, Likes has worked 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.  His documentary on “Traditional vs. Tabloid: The State of American TV News,” won a National Press Club award while his video on media internships was featured in the Bonus Books catalog. 

            In radio, his reports have aired on the Tennessee Radio Network, Kentucky News Network and stations in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis and Detroit.  These reports have won 14 national Broadcast Education Association, 9 regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 42 Kentucky/Tennessee Associated Press awards.

            Likes has six published essays in the Journal of Electronic News, five articles in the Journal of Media Education and written fifteen articles for professional media magazines.  He has conducted thirty-six presentations at conferences such as Society of Professional Journalists, Radio/TV Digital News Association and the Broadcast Education Association.

            Likes had many fellowships including in 2013 when he was awarded a National Association of Television Program Executives Fellowship. 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.  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). 

            Likes has helped turn two college programs into award winners.  In addition to the TSU student awards noted above, 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 254 awards including 35 national Hearst awards, 74 regional Society of Professional Journalists awards, 145 Kentucky Associated Press awards along with two mid-South regional Emmy nominations and six Radio-TV News Directors Foundation scholarships. 

            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. 

 A sample of recent documentary topics and links:

 Audio:   Title:  “Truth, tabloids and trust:  Declining confidence in the news media.”  Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/Kw7YZEqzxv8

 Audio:  Title: “Pay for play:  Unionization and Paying College Athletes.”  Aired by: Tennessee Radio Network.    http://youtu.be/YLsFINS-1_Q

 Audio:  Title:  “TV Catch Phrases, popular culture to mainstream America.” Audio documentary.  Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/oLYugN5Nkpw

 Audio:   Title: “$ports + Money = Recession Proof.”   Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.              http://youtu.be/82AgW0R7Ihk

 Audio:  Title:  “Copy and Paste: The Perils of Plagiarism in Higher Education.” Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network.  http://youtu.be/U_8mWb244yg

 Audio:   Title:  “The Alarm Clock For Your Favorite TV Show:  TV Theme Songs.”  Aired by:  Tennessee Radio Network. http://youtu.be/1PPZN1_SteE



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