Our students produce work that matters, starting Day One of freshman year. From covering public policy issues like state prisons and the opioid epidemic, to working production of the World Series and crafting creative campaigns for national brands and nonprofits, School of Media and Journalism students engage in real issues and with real clients through classwork, student media, professional organizations and internships.
By working on issues that matter, rather than more typical classroom assignments, our students graduate with portfolios that resemble those of professionals with several years of experience, giving them a competitive edge in the job search.
Read about some of the national campaigns, stories and events our students have worked on below. Or, visit the Kent State Student Media website to browse student work produced for our 10 student media outlets.
Inmates and Education
Two students reported on inmates in north central Ohio who are earning associate’s degrees at Ashland University. One of them, Ben Orner, ’18, was recognized nationally for this story through the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s competition for broadcast journalism.
“I can put the Hearst award on my resume and say my work was nationally recognized,” Orner said. “When I start applying for jobs at TV news stations, it’s going to separate me from everyone else.”
The Opioid Epidemic
Public relations student Emelia Sherin, ‘20, combined writing, performance and advocacy to write the play “(In)Dependent: Heroin Project.” The play tells the stories of two people as they struggle over heroin addictions. As the nation works to solve the heroin problem, Sherin’s play explores heavy issues relating the physical, emotional and mental impact of heroin on users and their families. Sherin’s work was featured in the New York Times.
Mental Health Awareness
Two teams of students spent Spring 2017 developing comprehensive plans to change the way mental health is discussed in America. Both teams earned honorable mentions in the Public Relations Student Society of America’s Bateman Case Study Competition for their work. The teams researched, planned, implemented and evaluated comprehensive public relations campaigns for The Campaign to Change Direction, a coalition with a mission to change the culture surrounding mental health in the United States. One team focused on mental health within the elderly community and the other team worked with mental health in the black community.
Women Politicians Abroad
In the course International Storytelling, students in the College of Communication and Information craft multimedia stories and communication projects while spending two weeks abroad. In 2016, Kiana Duncan, ‘18, reported on women politicians in Cyprus, and her work was recognized in the multimedia category by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
“I got to talk to a lot of politicians and amazing young women who are changing politics in Nicosia,” Duncan said.
Bruno Beidacki, ‘18, interned in the investigative unit of CBS News in Washington D.C. and was able to write his own in-depth stories, in addition to providing research support for breaking news. He pitched and covered a story about the impact of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
“Due to its proximity to dozens of organizations, I (got) to talk to government officials, lobbyists and other journalists from the area, which certainly makes the experience more interesting,” said Beidacki.
World Series 2016
One of the biggest moments in sports made its way to Cleveland in 2016, and our students were part of the action. Journalism major Nicholas Cammett, ‘20, stood along the third base line during Game 1 of the World Series as a professional photographer. Cammett attended the game to take photos for Baseball America magazine. Meanwhile, digital media productions major, Lilliane Peters, controlled the live graphics of the scoreboard and interacted with the crowd through elements like stat pillars, line scores, player headshots and crowd prompts.
V8 + Energy Advertising Campaign
Kent State University's advertising students placed second nationwide in the 2016 Collegiate Effie® Awards for their integrated marketing communications campaign for V8 + Energy, "The Energy Drink for Grown-Ups." Watch the team's creative reel, which showcases the plan's creative elements.