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Kent State’s School of Media and Journalism and the Akron Area PRSA Win 2020 Diamond Award from PRSA East Central District

The Kent State University School of Media and Journalism (MDJ) and the Akron Area Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) received a joint Diamond Award from the PRSA East Central District’s 43rd annual Diamond Awards program for public relations campaigns and tacti...
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Media and Journalism Students, Alumni Recognized with Diversity Award

Each year, the School of Media and Journalism’s  Diversity and Globalization Committee recognizes select students with the Robert G. McGruder Student Award for Diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a trail-blazing Kent State journalist, the first black editor of the...
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10 Questions About the First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants us five freedoms: the freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and assembly. Each of these freedoms collectively gives us the right to be ourselves – expressing ourselves and enriching the nation through the free exchange of...
Kent State senior Gianna DaPra in the TV2 Studio

Journalism Student Ranks in Nation's Top 10 for 'Pulitzer Prize of Collegiate Journalism' Contest

The Hearst Journalism Awards — widely known as the Pulitzer Prizes of Collegiate Journalism — recently recognized Kent State senior Gianna DaPra in the nation’s top 10 for television features.
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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...