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Communication Mattered on January 6. It Always Matters.

This reflection is by Stephanie Danes Smith, an Associate Professor in the College of Communication and Information. Before she began sharing her passion and vast knowledge of communication with Kent State students, she spent 27 years working for the U.S. Federal government, 25 o...
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Kent State Public Relations Student Organization and Alumni Win National Awards

Kent State’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA Kent) Chapter, along with two School of Media and Journalism (MDJ) alumnae, earned national recognition at the 2020 PRSSA Annual International Conference. Public relations alumna Jill Golden, won the highest individu...

Bobby Makar Remembered as "The Cheerful Glue" That Helped Grow Digital Media Productions

The School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University is saddened at the unexpected death of our alumnus, adjunct instructor and friend Bobby Makar.
Brenna Parker interacts with a child while working for When We All Vote

Connecting With Millions of Voters: Kent State Graduate Shapes Digital Messages for Biden Campaign

Kent State alumna Brenna Parker grew up in a household that talked about important issues of the day, so it’s no surprise that her young career has been rooted in politics and civic engagement. As the nation votes leading up to the historic 2020 election on Nov. 3, Parker has tak...
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Public Relations Alumna Continues to Succeed

Public relations graduate Gabrielle Woodard, '17, has been selected as a Principal Communications Representative for the Cyber and Intelligence business at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
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Duncan Visiting Hsinbyume Pagoda, Sagaing Region, Myanmar

Kent State Alumna Strives to Make a Global Impact

Kiana Duncan, ‘18, developed a passion for traveling during her time at Kent State University, always taking advantage of every opportunity she had to study abroad and get new experiences. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 2018, Duncan has been able to tur...
Sarah Matthews poses outside of Air Force One. She sometimes travels with the president in her role as Deputy Press Secretary.

First Stop, Washington, D.C. Kent State Graduate Ascends Quickly to White House Communications Role

From Kent State to the White House, Sarah Matthews has been in the middle of the country's political scene since earning her degree in Public Relations in 2017. What she's learned along the way can help today's students better prepare for the careers that await.
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Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism

Mark Goodman has been supporting high school journalism in America through his role as the Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism at Kent State since 2008. Goodman joined the faculty of Kent State's School of Media and Journalism as the school's first Knight Chair after serving 22...
Sue Zake at Graduation ceremony with students

Sue Zake Earns National Recognition for Student Media Advising

Susan Kirkman Zake, an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University, was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Adviser Award, Four-Year Multimedia, from the College Media Association (CMA). 
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Media and Journalism Faculty Member Delivers Honors Lecture

John Bowen, assistant director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University in Ohio, was selected to deliver the 2020 Honors Lecture by the Scholastic Journalism Divis...