College of Communication & Information

Photos of the We the People display in downtown Cuyahoga Falls

Kent State University is merging research with global connections in the Global Understanding Research Initiative (GURI). The recently displayed “We the People” and the upcoming “Import/Export” exhibition provide cultural kaleidoscopes with local and international reflectors. GURI is led by Kent State Professor of French translation and Director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics Françoise Massardier-Kenney, Ph.D., from the department of Modern & Classical Languages and Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., interim director of the School of Communication Studies. The initiative is an interdiscip...

Kent State senior Gianna DaPra in the TV2 Studio

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. DaPra, a journalism major in the School of Media and Journalism, earned 10th place recognition for two stories she worked on from 2019-2020: Makeup Madhouse — a story about a local makeup guru — was created for her Advanced Broadcast Reporting class. Kent Car Care Clinic — which she shot, wrote and edited all in one day — was created for TV2, Kent State’s independent televi...

Honors students observe the instructor, as class is taught in the Honors College Library, which was converted to be used as additional classroom space for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This year’s Honors College incoming freshmen class totaled 516 students, representing 22 states and three countries (Egypt, India and the U.S.). Many of these students reside on campus in the Honors Living-Learning Community, composed of Stopher and Johnson Halls, as well as Centennial Court B. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students have also opted to participate in courses virtually this semester and have stayed at home for the Fall 2020 semester. This year’s freshmen class already promises to excel academically, boasting a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.87 and a composite ACT score...

Rachel Karas, an Honors College junior majoring in journalism with a minor in photojournalism, is looking forward to her internship in summer 2020 with the Columbus Dispatch. As a “metro” intern, she will be assigned to cover anything that happens in the downtown area or that is related to the community. Before she found out she had been selected for the internship, Rachel knew that this job would put her out in the field, conducting interviews and reporting on her own stories, and she says she is “really looking forward to getting some experiences out in the real world reporting [wh...

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Scholarship in Photography

The Wallace J. Hagedorn Photography Scholarship is a competitive scholarship supporting student costs and enriching, out-of-classroom experiences to help photography students develop strong portfolios.

The funds come from the largest single gift ($4.2 million) ever made to Kent State to support only scholarships. 

The applications for Incoming Students is open from November 1, 2022 until April 14, 2023.

Students work in the TV2 production area in Franklin Hall during a live broadcast of the news.

Gretchen Dworznik, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, shares her opinion on how the current age of politics is strengthening the study and practice of journalism. When the political atmosphere turns against the press, Dr. Dworznik expresses the importance of working in teams and following the buddy system even in an industry as competitive as journalism. "Journalists need to keep an eye on the temperature of the room, especially at a rally where the crowd mentality can kick in pretty quickly," Dworznik told the Daily Beast. Ms. Dworznik, spent ...

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies (COMM) hosted the annual Hyde Park Forum on Tuesday, April 24, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.  The top three student speakers from both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Introduction to Human Communication courses delivered their persuasive speeches to an audience of about 375 attendees. “The Hyde Park Forum is a long-standing tradition in the School of Communication Studies,” said Aaron Bacue, the interim basic course director and undergraduate coordinator. “Its namesake is Hyde Park London and its famous Speaker’s Co...

Dana Lawless-Andric (left) and Vice President Alfreda Brown (right) present Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information, with the 2018 Unity Award for Diversity. Dean Reynolds accepted the award on behalf of the college.

Kent State’s College of Communication and Information was recognized with the 2018 Unity Award for Diversity for implementing a variety of diversity courses as part of its curriculum, creating successful diversity programs, and dedicating faculty and staff to diversity initiatives within the college and the university. The College of Communication and Information was one of the first colleges to create a full-time academic diversity outreach position. It also was the first college to work collaboratively with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to use the University Diversity Ac...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. (The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) Students, faculty, staff and Kent community members came together on Oct. 3 to examine the state of the First Amendment with two renowned First Amendment scholars, David L. Hudson., Jr. of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and ombudsman of the Newseum Institute’s First A...

Kent State at Trumbull Teams up with State and County to Fight Opioid Addiction

According to the Ohio Department of Health statistics, Trumbull County had the second highest number of overdose deaths in Northeast Ohio in 2015. In March of 2016 alone, 26 people died from overdoses. To help fight the growing trend and save lives, Kent State University at Trumbull is working with the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board and Sen. Sean O’Brien’s office. WKBN-TV reported on the partnership that includes a new 15-week class with Kent State’s University’s College of Communication and Information. The seminar class will take what communications students are learnin...