M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (Florida State University)
Ranata M. Hughes, a Florida native, works as an internship director and educator at Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Prior to joining SJGC as a full-time faculty in 2017, Hughes worked as a public relations practitioner for over 10 years, specializing in the areas of marketing and travel tourism PR, event planning, media relations, strategic communications and nonprofit work.
Hughes has such passion for the work she does as a PR practitioner but enjoys the rewarding work of higher education. She has a love for helping students reach their academic and professional goals. Today, Hughes has former students working at companies such as Bloomberg, Edelman, M Booth New York and Disney.
When Hughes is not busy teaching classes or helping a student with professional development, she is planning a career event, collaborating with employers, advising a student chapter or working on a creative or research project. Hughes has been recognized on an international level and quoted in more than 250 publications across the globe, including Yahoo Finance, MarketWatch and the Associated Press.
Hughes’ professional organizations include membership in the Public Relations Society of America, North Florida Public Relations Society of America and the National Association of Professional Women. As for honor societies, Hughes was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha (the journalism honor society) and Golden Key International Honour Society.
Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Florida A&M University and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication from Florida State University.