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  • Kent State junior Anthony Scilla was on his way across campus Dec. 2, 2022, when he followed a cloud of smoke downtown to capture photos of a massive fire that had broken out at Star of the West Milling Co. building on N. Water Street in Kent. The Society of Professional Journalists recently recognized one of his photos from the historic mill fire as the best in the nation for 2022

  • As television news professionals from the region gathered for the Central Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards gala over the summer, Kent State Media and Journalism (MDJ) students “ran the show” behind the scenes. MDJ adjunct instructor Sam Angello, who teaches Production Fundamentals and Digital Video Editing, has been involved with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (which produces the Emmys) for many years, and in 2023, trained Kent State students to run the backstage stream of the regional awards gala.

  • As a new academic year begins, the School of Media and Journalism is pleased to welcome two new faculty members. Meet Peter Bobkowski and Andrea Lorenz! Bobkowski joins the faculty as the new Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism and Professor. He is an expert on scholastic journalism and most recently was professor at the University of Kansas. He will be teaching Media, Power and Culture during Fall 2023. Lorenz joins as Assistant Professor. She researches interactions between media and democracy.

  • Kent State student journalists will continue to report on the aftermath of the Feb. 3 East Palestine train derailment disaster, with support from a grant from Grist and the Center for Rural Strategies. The organizations recently awarded $100,000 to newsrooms and freelance journalists around the country to carry out rural reporting projects, and Kent State’s Collaborative NewsLab was one of 15 recipients.

Student Perspective: Experiencing the Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Students in Monte Carlo

Thanks to a connection made by journalism alumnus Tom Jennings, ’85, media and journalism students attended the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in June while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Jennings, an award-winning documentarian and CEO of 1895 Films, taught a storytelling class in Florence and served as the head judge for nonfiction films at the Monte Carlo festival this summer. One student who attended the trip wrote a first-person account of the experience.


Alumni Spotlight

The School of Media and Journalism prepares its students with professional experiences, setting them up for successful futures. Here's how some alumni have taken that experience and made it their own after graduation.

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  • More than 40 years after her college graduation, alumna Delores Jones, ’76, has never wavered in her support of Kent State School of Media and Journalism students.

    As a student, she was a journalism major with a concentration in public relations and became very involved in the public relations curriculum, serving as vice president of Kent State’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

  • Laura Gordon, '87, had such a fulfilling experience as a Kent State University student, that she now gives back so that others may find their way to the types of relationships and encounters that helped set her on her path. “I think it’s really important to give back when you’ve experienced such valuable support so it’s always been really important to me to be part of that,” she said.

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