School of Journalism and Mass Communication

For the second year in a row, Kent State University’s TV2 has taken top honors in the College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards, earning the 2013 TV Station of the Year award at the CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans. TV2 is Kent State’s nationally award-winning, high-definition digital TV station.

The Agenda, TV2’s topical comedy-satire show, also won Best TV Entertainment Program.

Our work as journalists and professional communicators is to understand the power of words and to use them appropriately. As many of you may be aware, on Monday, a Fox 8 anchor used a culturally abhorrent word during a live broadcast on the morning show.

We understand the challenges of live TV, but we also recognize the greater imperative of being culturally competent communicators. We believe the following lessons must be drawn from Monday's unfortunate broadcast:

This week, a site team representing the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) recommended the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) for full accreditation after a three-day visit to evaluate the program.

“We are very thankful for a generous and supportive report by the site team,” said JMC Director Thor Wasbotten. “It demonstrates the commitment of our faculty, staff and students to create a stronger School.”

Our impressive standings in national and international competitions demonstrate JMC’s commitment to building media and communication leaders. Year after year, JMC students produce award-winning work and this year is no exception.

The highly competitive 55th Annual William R. Hearst Journalism Awards Program consists of 14 competitions in college writing, photojournalism, radio broadcast, television broadcast, and multimedia. JMC students already are off to a great start, placing in various categories. 


The structure for evaluating and accrediting journalism and mass communication programs was established in 1945, when the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) was formed. ACEJMC is the agency formally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for accrediting programs for professional education in journalism and mass communications in institutions of higher learning.

Photo of Michele EwingThe Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) inducted Kent State University’s Michele Ewing, APR, into its College of Fellows at the 2014 International Conference in Washington, D.C. Ewing is a public relations associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and a longtime resident of the Youngstown, Ohio, area.   

On the evening of Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, the inaugural class of JMC Promising Scholars and their donors had the opportunity to meet face-to-face for the first time at a special celebratory event in downtown Kent.  

The Promising Scholar Awards program was developed in an effort to attract and retain the strongest journalism and mass communication students in the nation, but the awards are much more than the traditional tuition scholarships. The program is designed to help facilitate a relationship between generous donors and recipients.