‘MTSU On the Record’ explores crisis communication...

‘MTSU On the Record’ explores crisis communication

A new MTSU course focused on techniques for dispensing information in times of crisis will be the topic on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Cary Greenwood, assistant professor of journalism, aired on WMOT-FM (89.5 and You can listen to their conversation here.

Dr. Cary Greenwood

Beginning this fall, Greenwood will teach a course in crisis communication from 12:40 to 2:05 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The course will help students learn how to deal with crises as both manager and public relations practitioners.

Greenwood’s first experience in crisis communication occurred shortly after she graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the 1970s.

She was reading news at KOMA-AM in Moore, Okla., when tornadoes struck. The basement of the radio station was the tornado shelter for the entire community.

“My job became, as the tornado approached, really, to warn residents and broadcast ‘take cover,’ and they did,” Greenwood said. “They were coming into the station while the engineer and I monitored the news.”

Another tornado swept through the area on May 30, 2013, damaging nearly 2,400 homes in both Moore and Oklahoma City, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to the “Audio Clips” archives here and here.

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.