Data breaches that compromise accounts and invade privacy occur almost daily.  Universities are in a unique position to educate their students, faculty and staff about the importance of securing their own data and online identities.  The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will host Big Data & Privacy (BDP) Week Sept. 15-18, 2014, to raise campus awareness of and engagement with concepts of big data, privacy and what those concepts mean individually and globally. This is the first commemorative week of its kind at Kent State.

JMC professors Wendy Wardell, Stephanie Smith, Jan Leach and Joe Murray will offer their perspectives and examine the moral, ethical and business implications on advertising, public relations, digital media and journalism, as well as what it means for students entering the workforce.

JMC Director Thor Wasbotten will moderate the discussion and encourages students to attend and contribute their ideas and opinions.

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host its third Kent Multimedia Workshop — a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop — May 29-31 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus.

Media professionals, faculty members, students and others interested in polishing their multimedia skills will work closely with five photography and multimedia educators to learn the skills they need to tell narrative stories using multimedia techniques.

Senior public relations major Endya Watson presented a research project focused on Hofstede’s Cultural Dimension and Global Public Relations Practice as part of the Kent State’s McNair Scholars Program.

The Daily Kent Stater (DKS) received first place among college daily newspapers in the 2014 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition.

The Burr won first and second place in the first-person category of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Magazine Division’s student magazine contest.

Senior magazine journalism major Christina Bucciere received the first-place award for her article “My Upright Life,” which was featured in the December 2013 issue.

Professor Ann Schierhorn, Lecturer David LaBelle and Althemese Barnes received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in the 2014 Leadership in History Awards for their exhibit “They Led the Way."

Three JMC students took top honors in the student media section at The Press Club of Cleveland’s Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, with four first-place awards in print and TV news.

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In the Best Print Feature Story category: Grant Engle received first place for “Behind Those Haze

Kent State University Independent Films (KSUIF) received its first Bronze Telly Award for an original JMC student-produced music video, “Freaky Love” at the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

Fox 8 Cleveland News Co-anchor Wayne D. Dawson, ’79, and JMC’s Coordinator for Career ServicesJohn Butte will be recognized as broadcast pioneers when they are inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Region this Saturday.