Coca-Cola gives FREE admission to Civil Rights Museum for Black History Month


Now that I have your attention, drink company, Coca-Cola, announced last month that the company will pay for everyone to enjoy Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights for the entire month of February.

“A Raised Hand Demands to be Counted” is located in the Center’s main lobby.

The neighbor of Coke’s very own museum, the NCCHR gives visitors a look at the Jim Crow Era in the capital city and a reflects on the human rights — or the lack thereof — on a global scale. The interactive exhibits, like the Lunch Counter experience, give you the sense of emphasizing with the one who lived during these challenging conditions.

The Center’s rotating exhibit, Voices to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr Collection, is a gallery of the Civil Rights Activists’ work. There, you will see the personal papers, that is on loan from his beloved Alma Mater, of King’s speeches, notes, and personal items from the Atlanta native. This exhibit will be on display until March 15th, but you will get to experience it for FREE now until February 28th.

So if you plan to be in the Atlanta area, make sure you go to the NCCHR and make sure you bring a friend, and they bring a friend, and so-on and so-on.


Bennett College close to closure due to fundraiser falling short

With it now being one week until Bennett College’s emergency fundraiser of raising $5 Million or face shutdown — the illustrious Historically Black Women’s College is more than halfway from its goal with an estimated $2.7 Million after a half-million dollar donation from The Papa Johns Foundation Thursday.

The #StandWithBennett campaign started after the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges voted to take away its accreditation in December, due to financial struggles and declining enrollment.

Spreading the word is ongoing. BC President, Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, spent her Thursday holding interviews, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, and Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC, Sunday the 27th.

Lots of people have shown their support for the North Carolina private school. People from around the country have purchased the #StandWithBennett t-shirts to encourage others and bring awareness to this urgent matter.

The one-of-two women’s HBCUs is not giving up. Bennett College is still accepting donations on its website, texting BELLES to 444999 on your smartphone, and through CashApp app under $StandwithBennett. Click on the link below.



I put the “Allison Joyner” in Allison Joyner Enterprises

Now that we are in a few hours into 2019, 2018 prepared me for my next venture in life. After losing my dream job as a digital content producer and suffering major health problems that followed after that, I realized that life is too short for me to be living for someone else and not for myself.

As you may, or may not know, starting a new career in your late 30s is risky and you end up having to compete with others who are almost 10 years younger than you. I filled out so many applications for journalism jobs that I was afraid to count. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands and start my own freelance journalism company.

Hi! I’m Allison Joyner, and I am the founder and CEO of Allison Joyner Enterprises, LLC, and I welcome you to come to me for all your digital content needs. At AJE, I could help you with Internet-based elements to meet your marketing or journalistic needs for your company, non-profit organization, or publications.

As a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and a current grad student at Syracuse University, I have extensive training for creating content that is both literary and informative. Some of my services include (but are not limited to) content creation involving social media, writing and video & audio editing. My skills have been used for websites, small businesses, TV stations, and non-profit organizations that were able received enhanced engagement in their digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

So the next time you need focused-driven content to drive in more customers and readers, think of AJE for your media needs.

Feel free to connect with me to leave a message or give me a call at (601)951–3154 or email at





Something I will never experience: White Privilege

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith

I read this article in the Jackson Free Press having a little bit of justification for the racially motivated quotes said by U.S. Senator for Mississippi, Cindy Hyde-Smith, this month, addressing that she is a product of white privilege. That thought never passed my mind, probably because I am not white, because I wasn’t sure what that was. I looked it up.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “white privilege” as, the fact of people with white skin having advantages in society that other people do not have. This “privilege” goes back to medieval times and is still impacting the world today. The historical dominance achieved by European explorers on the six remaining continents started a permanent tear in humanity. What makes things worse is that this is still the case centuries later.

Bring this back to Hyde-Smith, she is a benefactor of this and may not know it, or even, does not care to change it. What is hard for me to understand is that I will NEVER know how this luxury feels.

Hyde-Smith with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

I will never know how it feels to be appointed to her position by Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant. I will never know how it feels to surround yourself with people who look like her and have the same privileges as her.

I will never know how I can change political parties with a drop of a hat and have no repercussions from it [Hyde-Smith moved from Democratic Party to Republican Party in 2010 as a state Senator, causing the Capitol to have 26 members on each side].

Image of Hyde-Smith visiting a Civil War Museum in 2014 from her Facebook page. The caption read “Mississippi at its best.”

Most of all, I will not know how it feels to be white like her, and forget she is a woman as well.

That may be one of t

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) greets Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in her office on Capitol Hill, on July 25, 2018, in Washington, DC.

he reasons why she voted to confirm Justice Bret Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court ignoring the fact that he potentially sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in his high school glory days.

I pray that Hyde-Smith realizes her privilege and allow other cultures, like feminism and racial harmony, into her heart one day. If not, the state of Mississippi will be in a lot of trouble for the next two years.

#shure EMPJ MOTIV MV88

RESULTS: To use a smartphone microphone or not to use a smartphone microphone, that is the question

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said last month that no more than 250,000 Americans are in ‘extreme poverty,’ denouncing a United Nations report saying 18.5 million Americans suffer extreme impoverishment.” That was what Washington Post Policy reporter Jeff Stein and Economics reporter Tracy Jan both wrote and tweeted in mid-July which later had to be retracted because Haley said she never gave that statistic.

Although neither journalists lost their jobs, misquoting a source can be a career-ending foot with a little-to-no possibility of regaining credibility. One way of preventing this from happening is by making sure you have a recording device that catches every syllable.

Watching continuing coverage of the Mueller investigation and the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, I noticed that most are relying on their iPhone or

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other smartphone devices to record reactions from Senators in the echoing halls of the capitol. But camera shuttering and fellow journalists mumbling in the background can compromise their sound bite.

So is there a better way? I try to answer that question in my latest field test project for my Emerging Media Platforms class I am taking during my matriculation at the Communications@Syracuse graduate program of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

As I previously mentioned in my proposal, I found the Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone online when I was preparing to conduct several interviews on a cruise ship earlier this year. As you may, or may not know, cruise ships do not have the best acoustics on any of its decks. A constant “humming,” from the engine room, is resonating throughout the ship which sometimes makes it hard to listen to a person that is right beside you more or less in the same cabin with you. The MV88 seemed like the perfect investment for me because it was small enough to fit in my pocket and easy to calibrate with their free Shure Plus MOTIV Mobile Recording app.


As you continue to read this study, you will find out about a field test that can improve reporting to lessen the inaccuracies of quotes and helping journalists work smart instead of working hard in reporting the news.

A clear hypothesis will be addressed to give the instruction of the field test. This test will also determine a target audience of what the findings will benefit them in their work for years to come.

This study starts with the background behind the MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone from Shure Industries. Project Manager for the MV88 of the MOTIV product line, Soren Pedersen, will give us an in-depth look into the microphone and also some of the reasons why Shure decided to make this product.

The execution of the field test will be determined from an independent survey supplied with samples that compliment the research’s data.  The results from the test, including comments from surveyors and vivid analytics of the results, will confirm or not confirm the hypothesis stated. Lastly, a brief conclusion, including my recommendations to the target audience, will be shared at the end of the report. Enjoy.


Using the Shure MV88, does the smartphone microphone work better or worse in quite of loud environments and will it help journalists have more accurate quotes. This will benefit journalists (the target audience) who use recording devices for professional purposes.

SO WHAT IS THE MV88? shure mic 6

Shure Industries created the MV88 to offer content creators unraveled convenience and professional quality audio on the go. Reasonably priced at $149.00 the microphone connects to the lightning connector port of all current Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod products and enhances audio quality to its camera and voice memo apps or by using the free Shure Plus MOTIV Mobile Recording App which offers recording editing and sharing enhancements to your content.

Product Specialists, Soren Pedersen, has been working for Shure for over 10 years. Pedersen and his team developed the MOTIV and PG ALTA products like the MV 88.

I was happy that he was willing to answer a few of my questions in a phone interview at the Shure World Headquarters in Chicago:

How did the MOTIV product line begin?

With the relationship with the app and the microphone itself, how did that get developed?

With the microphone in the iOS already, why did Apple think it was a good idea to have a microphone company build a better microphone?

The MOTIV app is very technical. How would a novice approach going through the app?

I’m a journalists and a content creator, and like you said journalists are going to be using the microphone more than for musical purposes. As you may or may not know with the news there has been inaccuracies and misinformation when reporting. How would the clarity of what the microphone is picking up help prevent that?

With the field test that I’m conducting now, I’m trying to see if people can hear a difference in clarity and quality of sound. What should I expect my results to be?



In making the comparison of the built-in mic on my Apple iPhone 8 and the MV88 I recorded myself singing the same song into 3 different environments: a dark closet, the Rockefeller Center subway platform and the center of Times Square during New York rush hour traffic. After creating the samples I drafted a Google Forms survey to conduct test sitesan A/B test for my target audience of professional journalists and journalism students who would be interested in a device like the MV88. When listening to 2 of the samples from each environment, questions were given on the criteria of quality, clarity, and overall enjoyment of sound.

Below are the samples that you can listen for yourself:






A total of 80 individuals responded to my request to take the survey. Each person was helpful in retrieving vital data to determine if the MV88 improves sound quality for Apple products.

When it came to the indoor samples:

  • More people (68.8%) enjoyed the sound coming from the standard iPhone microphone made the lyrics seem clearer than the MV88
  • 56% said that the clarity of the sound coming from the iPhone was their main reason for making their choice
  • Over 61% responded that they would buy the device that recorded the sound which in this case was the iPhone 8

  Count of What did you like about your choice the most_Count of If you knew which device recorded your choice, would you buy it_ (1)

When it came to the subway samples:

  • The majority (83.5%) preferred the MV88 over the iPhone
  • Clarity was also a factor when making their decision with 61%
  • In a close margin (57% to 42%) were not interested in buying the MV88

Count of Which sample did you hear the lyric clearer_

Count of What did you like about your choice the most_ (1)

Count of If you knew which device recorded your choice, would you buy it_ (2)

When it came to the Times Square samples:

  • The MV88 narrowly won (53% over 46%) over the iPhone
  • Clarity was also appreciated the most with 50% of surveyors but 38% liked the quality of the sound the most in this sample instead of the other 2 samples
  • Once again, the No’s were the majority of purchasing the MV88 by 53%

Count of Which sample did yo hear the lyrics clearer_

Count of What did you like about your choice the most_ (2)


Count of If you knew which device recorded your choice, would you buy it_ (3)


“They [both samples] were very clean and understanding.”

“Audio recording devices are a purchase I make based on what the end user is.”

“Despite the noise floor being loud, I thought sample A (MV88) provided the most audible difference in sound.”

Neither sample was a ‘quality’ recording. 1A (MV88) was better at drowning out the background noise while 1B (iPhone) picked up everything and drowned out the vocals.”

“Clarity and quality make a difference when it is being recorded.”

“I like how clear you can hear the first one with all the noise of the subway and the volume doesn’t have to be all the way up to be able to hear clearly.”

“When it comes to purchasing the recording device, there are several other factors I would consider in addition to sound quality, including portability, size, etc. That’s why I answered ‘NO.’ However, the ones selected would be my choices to consider.” 

“1B (iPhone 8) brings out the vocals more but, in turn, brings out the background noise. A simple noise filter would make it very usable.”

“I like how clear it is throughout even with all the noise in the background.”

“I might buy it would depend on price.”


In my opinion, I think my field test was a success in finding out if there are ways of improving accuracy in quoting sources. Microphone attachments like the MV88 will in fact help assist with that problem and also enhance the content for their stories. shure mic 3

Out all of the data accumulated, I would recommend the Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone to my fellow journalists to take with them to use for interviews that will be in loud, outdoor, or chaotic environments.

I would love to hear your thoughts about my field test and the results that were determined. Please leave a comment below and I would greatly appreciate it.


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Pedersen, S. (n.d.). Soren Pedersen Interview [Interview by A. N. Joyner].

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