Typically held each fall and spring semester, the School of Communication Studies hosts the Global Communication Issues Forum in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to address the global effect of a topic and how it is communicated to a world-wide audience by the media. Reporters from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting serve as keynote speakers and share their personal and professional perspectives on how a topic is covered. Forums are open to the public to encourage discussion and involvement.

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Emeritus Professor Gary Hanson

Gary Hanson, beloved emeritus professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University, died on May 18, almost seven years after being diagnosed with cancer. Calling hours will take place Wednesday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m., and on Thursday, May 25, from 10-11 a.m., with a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. All will take place at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Read more in his obituary. Gary retired from Kent State in 2016 and was a favorite of students and alumni during his 18-year tenure in JMC. He taught Broadcast Beat Reporting – a make-it-o...


Terell Wilson spent the Spring 2014 semester in Florence, Italy, with the CCI Florence program, and he was profoundly affected by the experience, writing:

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I first crossed paths with Terell Wilson when he emailed me in December 2012:

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“Hello Mrs. Davis, My name is Terell Wilson (applied communication major). I'm really interested in studying abroad in Florence. Is it possible for me to schedule an appointment with you…”

First Passport Fund: For many people, a passport is a well-worn travel document. But for a student who has never left the country, a passport is the portal to a future that includes global learning, travel, adventure and personal transformation. In a very real sense, a first passport is the first step on a student's global journey. Unfortunately, the cost of a passport can be a stumbling block or stopping point for some students.

Twelve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) will travel to Florence, Italy, for Kent State University’s inaugural Photography in Florence program this spring semester. Led by JMC Lecturer David LaBelle and VCD Assistant Professor Tim Bell, the seven photojournalism and five photography majors will take two new courses to add a global perspective to their portfolios. LaBelle will teach both “Faces of Florence” and “Human Influence on Landscape” and will collaborate with Bell on the latter. “For at least thr...