Three senior visual journalism students in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication earned top honors during the 67th College Photographer of the Year Competition at the University of Missouri.

Brooke DiDonato took home a gold medal for Photo Illustration, Kristin Bauer won a silver medal in the Domestic Picture Story category andPhilip Botta won a bronze medal in the Spot News category.

Hannah Potes, a senior pursuing dual degrees in photojournalism and Spanish, has become the first JMC student selected for a paid 10-week paid summer internship at the Orange County Register.

After completing internships at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky (2011) and Jackson City Patriot in Michigan (2012), Potes sought the West Coast internship “to break the Midwestern trend.” She was also attracted by internal changes now occurring at the Register and its new focus on community journalism, which she considers her specialty.

The apparent online hoax involving standout Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o has dominated news coverage this week, and local news outlets WKYC-TV, WJW-TV FOX-8 and WAKR-AM news radio interviewed JMC’s Stefanie Moore, an assistant professor in the PR sequence who focuses on digital PR trends and tactics, about some of the troubling social digital implications of this story.

Multimedia Storytelling, new to JMC this spring, provides students with a deeper understanding of the best ways to tell stories in different media. The course builds on skills learned in other JMC courses and helps students develop a multimedia mindset in their approach to storytelling and reporting.

Students will learn and practice storytelling, reporting and editing techniques using writing, audio, video, and photography. They will also practice online content management by posting their stories to a class website and will promote their content using social media tools.

Why are Americans fixated on sports? And how does our national fixation influence our understanding of American history, the American way of life, and the American dream?

Candace Perkins Bowen, associate professor and director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, has been named the 2013 Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award winner by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). The award recognizes a journalism teacher who “through excellent instruction inspired others to pursue scholastic journalism teaching and/or advising.”

Four JMC faculty and staff members were on the move in December, changing office spaces in time for the start of spring semester. Among those with new Franklin Hall addresses:

For some students graduating from Kent State University on Saturday, Dec. 15, their walk across the stage at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will be their first time actually stepping foot on campus. On that day, 16 students from around the country graduate from Kent State’s online master’s degree concentration in public relations. Many of them are traveling to Kent to celebrate their achievement as inaugural graduates of the two-year, completely online degree program.

It is unusual to find someone who does not have a cell phone these days. It is even more unusual to find a cell phone without a camera. Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication has a photojournalism program, as well as photography classes. So, why not create a class about cell phone photography?

Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer for ESPN, will visit Kent State University in November to share insight into how ESPN manages to balance its journalistic duties and its business relationships with the top sports leagues and conferences whose games it broadcasts.

Bray, who oversees reporters for ESPN's well-respected "Outside the Lines" and “SportsCenter” programs, will share some of his team's work and "give the 30,000-foot view of ESPN, including newsgathering, production and competing in today's media world."