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The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University has hired Thor Wasbotten, M.S., as its new director. Wasbotten will join the university July 1 to replace Jeff Fruit, who steps down after 10 years as the school’s leader to teach full time.

Wasbotten most recently served as the assistant dean for student media and online operations at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also was a senior lecturer of journalism. 

Registration has been extended for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication first Kent Multimedia Workshop – a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop – to be held June 14-16 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 various techniques.

Six area college students were selected for scholarships in memory of longtime Akron Beacon Journal editor John S. Knight and public relations professional Ludel Sauvageot. A seventh student has received a scholarship from the Akron Press Club.

This year Kent State students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication earned four of the seven coveted $3,000 scholarships.

The Knight scholarships are awarded by the John S. Knight Memorial Journalism Fund, and the Sauvageot scholarship and Press Club award are presented by the Akron Press Club. 

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication has launched an internship database designed to streamline communication between students and intern employers.

Michele Ewing, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the public relations internship coordinator, helped create the database after recognizing an opportunity to use the Web to help better connect students to potential intern employers.

From Taylor Hall to the third floor of Franklin Hall, Fred Endres, Carl Schierhorn and Tim Smith have been professional neighbors for more than 20 years. These three cornerstones of the journalism sequence have counseled hundreds of young journalists as professors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This year, an era ends as they retire from teaching.

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host its first Kent Multimedia Workshop — a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop — June 14-16 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 various techniques.

Students from Kent State’s schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and Digital Sciences have created a data-driven website, www.opencampuskent.com that features a recent feed of what’s happening in the Kent area including Kent State campus buildings.

When the OpenCampus Kent website launches April 26, users will be able to get the latest crime updates, news, deals, events and restaurant reviews, all on one site. They can also check out the latest Kent photos and videos uploaded to Flickr and YouTube.

OpenCampus Kent

What's going on? OpenCampus Kent has the answer. This website features a recent feed of what's happening wherever you are in Kent, even at the campus building level—and it was created by students.

WKYC-TV anchor and reporter Eric Mansfield will become Kent State University’s new executive director for university media relations. The award-winning journalist and Akron native begins his new position with the university on June 1.

Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor Debra Adams Simmons, editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and 2012 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity, at an awards luncheon and lecture on Monday, March 26, on the Kent Campus. The award, from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.

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