Lectures, Workshops and Events

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts a variety of lectures, workshops, events and activities throughout the year. No matter what your affiliation with JMC, there's something for everyone!

You are probably most familiar with these signature JMC events:

HOMECOMING AND JMC ALUMNI RECEPTION

Gather with fellow School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni, family and staff for food, fellowship and fun during Homecoming weekend. 

ALUMNI AWARDS & RECEPTION AND FALL PAB MEETING

Honor fellow School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni as the school awards the coveted William Taylor Award, Fast Track Awards and the Sharon Marquis Friend of JMC award. This year, JMC has named Christine Plonsky, ‘79 as the 2015 William Taylor Award winner, David Lawson, ‘11 and Danielle Wiggins, ’04 and ‘09 as the 2015 Fast Track Award winners and Gary Harwood as the recipient of the Sharon Marquis Friend of JMC award. The 2015 winners will be honored at the Alumni Award Ceremony and Reception on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4:30-6 p.m in the First Energy Auditorium of Franklin Hall. Please R.S.V.P to Darlene Contrucci at (330)-672-2623 or dcontruc@kent.edu.

HOSPITALITY PARADE TENT

Enjoy coffee, cider and good conversation as you take in the annual Kent State Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 3. Join JMC at the College of Communication and Information's Hospitality Tent from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the corner of Licoln and Main Streets. All are welcome. No R.S.V.P. necessary.

HOMECOMING LUNCHEON AND AUCTION

Join us for our annual silent auction and lunch immediately following the Homecoming parade in Franklin Hall, First Floor Lobby.

THE POYNTER KENT STATE MEDIA ETHICS WORKSHOP

The Poynter Workshop is an annual daylong ethics training program hosted by The Poynter Institute and Kent State University's Media Law Center for Ethics and Access of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

High-profile industry leaders explain and debate current issues in media ethics. The workshop includes panel discussions, Q&As, debate and more. In addition to a live audience of more than 150 attendees, the workshop is streamed live on several websites to include a national audience. The workshop promotes participation in-person, online and via live-blogging.

This year's Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop, "Enduring Trauma" focused on significant topics including privacy, re-victimization and the trauma that journalists themselves often deny. Watch the archives here.

ROBERT G. MCGRUDER AWARDS AND LECTURE

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity lecture has become one of Kent State's most successful diversity events.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism. The event is co-sponsored each spring by Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The late Robert G. McGruder was a 1963 graduate of Kent State and a foundational local figure for diversity in journalism. He went on from Kent State to become the first black editor of the Daily Kent Stater and first black reporter at The Plain Dealer. He was also the first black president of the Associated Press Managing Editors group and the first black editor of the Detroit Free Press, in 1995 and 1996.

STUDENT SUCCESS WEEK

JMC launched a new tradition to recognize the hard work and achievements of our students. Be watching for the following Student Success Week events slated for the end of spring semester:

  • The Student Award Ceremony recognizes the prestigious, highly competitive awards, fellowships and internships our students won throughout the academic year.

  • Kappa Tau Alpha National induction ceremony honors the top ten percent of our juniors and seniors with admittance into the national college honor society that promotes academic excellence and scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

  • Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner celebrates students who are awarded academic year scholarships and pays special tribute to scholarship donors. 

  • Professional Advisory Board meeting enables Board members to meet with student media leaders and the individual students who won top awards and honors throughout the academic year.

Stayed tuned to the JMC home page and our Facebook page for updates on these noteworthy events and the many other events JMC hosts throughout the year.