Kent State Journalism School Kicks Off Big Data and Privacy Week on Sept. 15

Data breaches that compromise accounts and invade privacy occur almost daily. Universities are in a unique position to educate their students, faculty and staff about the importance of securing their own data and online identities. On Sept. 15-18, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will host Big Data and Privacy (BDP) Week to raise campus awareness of and engagement with concepts of big data, privacy and what those concepts mean individually and globally. This is the first commemorative week of its kind at Kent State.  

STUDENTS INVITED TO OPEN SESSION ON JMC ACCREDITATION ON NOV. 13

JMC students are encouraged to attend an information session with Dr. Trevor Brown, Professor Emeritus 
and retired Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism, who will visit JMC from Nov. 12-14, as part of JMC’s reaccreditation process. Dr. Brown is a member of the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The student session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall. Students may come late or leave early, as their schedules dictate.

STUDENT GALLERY FOCUSES ON HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

The culture of coal mining. The process of hydraulic fracturing. The impact  on a community.

These are the themes explored in “The Fracturing of Greene County,” a gallery showing by Jacob Byk, a junior visual journalism major, and Daniel Moore, a senior news major, that will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall. The gallery presentation is free and open to the public.

FREE SPEECH ICON MAKES STOP IN KENT ON NATIONWIDE TOUR

Mary Beth Tinker, who was at the center of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on student rights, will visit Kent State University as part of a nationwide civics education tour to American high schools and colleges on Tuesday, Oct. 1to share her personal story and the significance of the Court's decision with its declaration in 1969 that neither teachers or students "shed their Constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate."

NEW HONORS COURSE HELPS STUDENTS BE SMARTER THAN THEIR SMARTPHONES

Undergraduate students across campus can now learn about the technology that has made smart phones such a success in a new course titled “Be Smarter Than Your Phone.”

John West, trustees research professor in Kent State University’s Liquid Crystal Institute created the course based on his career in science and technology. West is teaching this course with JMC professor Gary Hanson and Marketing and Entrepreneurship Assistant Professor in the College of Business Administration Colin Campbell.

BRAZILIAN STUDENT JOURNALISTS VISIT KENT STATE, JMC

A group of Brazilian students from Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR) are visiting Kent State University this month to work on multimedia storytelling projects focused on American media and culture.  

JMC assistant professorMitch McKenney is helping Brazilian professors organize the trip. McKenney taught International Storytelling Spring 2013, and 16 Kent State students visited PUCPR in Brazil to work on their own multimedia stories. 

“This is an academic program,” McKenney said. “They’re doing our project - DatelineBrazil - in reverse.” 

FACULTY EXHIBITION CHRONICLES PUBLIC SCHOOL DESEGREGATION IN LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA

When journalism professor Ann Schierhorn was a high school student at Florida State University School in 1966, she knew she was witnessing a story that needed to be told. Her classmates Keith Neyland and
Mahlon C. Rhaney, Jr. were the first African American students to desegregate the formerly all-white university high school.

NATIONAL ETHICS CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM AT NINTH WORKSHOP HOSTED BY KENT STATE

Celebrities are followed by the paparazzi, have minimal privacy and are constantly in the public eye, yet they still want and need fans and attention. That attention, in the form of entertainment media ethics, is the focus of this year’s Poynter Kent State University Media Ethics Workshop, “That’s Entertainment?” The ninth annual event will take place at Kent State’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Kent State Student Project on Suicide Prevention Earns Innovator of the Year Award

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Students from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and School of Digital Sciences won the Associated Press Media Editors’ (APME) Innovator of the Year for College Students award for a class project that examines issues surrounding college suicide.

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