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Shaping Town-Gown Relations: PR Students’ Work Has Real Impact for University, City

Kent State public relations seniors helped lay the groundwork for future partnerships between the university and the city of Kent. And today, many of their ideas are coming to life.  Students in the Media and Journalism capstone course Public Relations Campaigns (taught by Profes...
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Seasoned Marketing Communications Executive Joins Media and Journalism Faculty

Kent State alumnus Mike Jackson, innovator and seasoned marketing communications executive, is joining Kent State’s School of Media and Journalism as a professional-in-residence this spring. Jackson will be teaching Advertising Strategy Development and Messaging and Communication...
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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 news...
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NewsLab Provides Important Community Reporting Experiences for Students, While Helping Local Newsrooms in Crucial Times

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced students and faculty at Kent State to learn and work remotely in spring of 2020, students in the School of Media and Journalism were at risk of losing internships. As a response to the developing situation, the School organized a project called t...
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Making Her Mark Halfway Across the Globe

A degree from Kent State’s School of Media and Journalism can lead to opportunities to work across fields and businesses — and all over the world. Alumna Mary Jo Spletzer, ’10, has used what she learned as a public relations major to make her mark at Atlantis Resorts in Dubai, Un...
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Students Imagine a 'Better World' in Media and Movements Seminar

The CCI course Media and Movements explores social movements of our time through storytelling, strategy and advocacy. Fall 2021's seminar, themed “Building a Better World,” required students to select a specific human rights or human dignity issue that impacts their Kent State pe...
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Fostering Mentorship and Professional Connections

Alumnus Tom Jennings never forgot about his starting moments at Kent State, and when he began thinking about how he wanted to give back, he thought to  himself: "The best thing I can do for Kent State is find those most deserving who would like a shot in this type of industry.” ...
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WKSU Relationship with MDJ Expected to Remain Strong, Following Ideastream Merger

The School of Media and Journalism has long fostered a close connection with 89.7 WKSU. That relationship is expected to remain strong as WKSU merged and combined operations with Ideastream Public Media, October 1, 2021.
Roseann “Chic” Canfora, Professional-in-Residence

10 Questions With Roseann ‘Chic’ Canfora, Professional-in-Residence, May 4 Survivor

Roseann "Chic" Canfora, Ph.D., joined the School of Media and Journalism as a Professional-in-Residence this fall. She was also a student at Kent State, starting in 1968, and is a survivor of the May 4, 1970, shootings. 
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Student Media Was a Stepping Stone to Alumnus's Success at MSNBC

The opportunity given to Kent State Media and Journalism students to use real, up-to-date production technology leaves them with a great amount of knowledge and experience upon graduation. Jeff Johnson, ‘09, now a senior producer at MSNBC, saw Kent State Student Media, specifical...