Welcome! Jargon is the digital alumni newsletter of the School of Media and Journalism (MDJ). 

This page will be updated each month to include the most recent issue's highlighted stories. Our News & Events page is updated continuously with the School's most recent news.


This Month's News Stories

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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  • Public relations professionals are time and time again the backbone of communications and community building within their industries. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent State alumni in healthcare fields have been put to the test to deliver important and timely responses to their network through both internal and external communications.

  • For recent journalism graduates, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped their entry into the news industry. Young MDJ alumni have focused much of their professional careers on the pandemic, mostly with a Northeast Ohio angle — not just on case numbers or other statistics, but also on the effects on the economy, businesses and the healthcare industry.

From the Field

We invite alumni and faculty to share insights on industry trends, world and national news and more, through a monthly column.

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Director's Note: March 2022

The argument for studying journalism has never been stronger. Just a quick glance at the news makes the case. We’re training students who will graduate equipped with strong writing skills – still the number one most important skill set according to all employers with whom I interact; technical skills to communicate using whatever equipment, software and tools are available; and the ethical decision-making skills necessary to function in a world where decisions are rarely cut and dry.

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KENT: Where a lifetime of passionate storytelling and advocacy for people with disabilities was born (and a soulmate was discovered)

When I walked into Taylor Hall as an 18-year-old freshman in 1983, I had no idea that the foundation for my professional and personal life would take place there.

While earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1987, I was a section editor at the Daily Kent Stater — in a newsroom packed with future journalism giants whose achievements are too numerous to mention.

I took an architecture survey class upstairs – cementing my life of writing about design and the built environment.

My wife of 33 years, Heidi Johnson-Wright (B.A. in English, Kent, 1982) lived next door at Prentice Hall.  My wife uses a wheelchair for mobility and did then. The seeds of my activism for people with disabilities and all marginalized folks were planted right there – in the sacred ground between Taylor and Prentice, where May 4th observances take place.

My first job was with the Columbus Dispatch (I zeroed in only on central Ohio where my wife was starting law school at Ohio State.) I figured I would work at a large daily newspaper as a reporter for 40-plus years.

I covered growth, planning, urban affairs and when I could get away with it – news, travel and lifestyle stories on people with disabilities, including the landmark passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

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