Jim Colton

Jim Colton, the nationally renowned and recently retired photography editor of Sports Illustrated, will visit Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium of Franklin Hall.

Principal of Holtz Communication and Technology Shel Holtz will discuss social visualization and gamification strategies and tactics as the keynote speaker at the Akron Area Public Relations Society of America’s YouToo Social Media Conference on Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent State University’s Franklin Hall.

The Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor with multimedia journalism skills, teaching experience and the ability to help lead curricular change as our school evolves to meet the media needs of the 21st Century.

Bruce Winges, editor of the Akron Beacon Journal and a member of the JMC Professional Advisory Board, spoke to a graduate-level media ethics class at Franklin Hall in early February. Winges is well-versed on the subject, after more than 30 years experience with paper, the last five as editor and vice president.

David Pilgrim, Ph.D., the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan, visited Kent State University on February 11 and 12 to engage students in a discussion about the effects of racist images embedded in popular culture throughout history. The museum, which contains the largest public collection of Segregation-era artifacts, uses objects of racism to teach tolerance and promote social justice.

The Kent State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three national awards at the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco.

PRSSA Kent won the Teahan Award, the most prestigious PRSSA award, for its website, and the Star Chapter Award for its achievement of Chapter and professional goals. PRSSA Kent was selected from more than 300 chapters across the country for the Star Chapter Award.

Three JMC women are among 54 KSU women recognized for making a significant difference in the lives of students or colleagues as part of the annual “Mothers, Mentors and Muses” recognition program sponsored by KSU’s Women’s Center.


Forty-seven students from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, visited JMC this week to learn more about undergraduate opportunities and our facility. The students, mostly seniors, and their instructor toured Franklin Hall, spending time in the newsroom, BSR, and TV2.

Prof. Fred Endres

More than 2,000 young men from Portage County served in the Civil War.

Prof. Fred Endres is telling the stories of seven of them.

Burr Spring 2012

The first time was the charm for The Burr magazine.