Kent State has won two finalist placements in the national Society of Professional Journalists 
(SPJ) 2013 Mark of Excellence Awards:  the Burr’s “The KSU Bucket List” issue (November 2013) for Best Student Ma

The Burr's "The KSU Bucket List" Issue

First impressions. First classes. First days of independence.

Freshmen in JMC’s class of 2017, like college freshmen of every era, started college filled with apprehensions and aspirations.

With its latest fifth-place finish in the national Hearst Multimedia News Competition, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University is tied for fifth place in the overall multimedia rankings to date, with final intercollegiate winners to be named in April. This is the highest ranking that JMC has achieved in the six years that Hearst has offered the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition.

For the second year in a row, Kent State University’s TV2 has taken top honors in the College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards, earning the 2013 TV Station of the Year award at the CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans. TV2 is Kent State’s nationally award-winning, high-definition digital TV station.

The Agenda, TV2’s topical comedy-satire show, also won Best TV Entertainment Program.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is back at Kent State and quickly gaining new ground. 

NABJ Kent is an organization of journalists, students and media professionals that encourages students of color to work in student media. NABJ membership is open to all JMC students and majors, and to all Kent State students who are interested in student media. Kent’s chapter was originally established at JMC by the late Dr. Evonne Whitmore, but went inactive in 2009.

Applications Accepted from Dec. 1 to February 1.

JMC students are encouraged to attend an information session with Dr. Trevor Brown, Professor Emeritus 
and retired Dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism, who will visit JMC from Nov. 12-14, as part of JMC’s reaccreditation process. Dr. Brown is a member of the Accrediting Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The student session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall. Students may come late or leave early, as their schedules dictate.

The culture of coal mining. The process of hydraulic fracturing. The impact  on a community.

These are the themes explored in “The Fracturing of Greene County,” a gallery showing by Jacob Byk, a junior visual journalism major, and Daniel Moore, a senior news major, that will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium, 340 Franklin Hall. The gallery presentation is free and open to the public.

For the second year in a row, TV2 has taken top honors in the College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards, earning the 2013 “TV Station of the Year” award at the CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans.

“The Agenda,” TV2’s topical comedy-satire show, also won “Best TV Entertainment Program.” 

Overall, TV2 was a finalist in four of five TV categories in the 2013 national competition, including Best Sportscast and Best Newscast.  In 2012, TV2 also won Station of the Year and Best Sportscast.

JMC student journalists can be tenacious when it comes to getting their stories. Visual journalism senior Coty Giannelli is no exception. Instead of spending his summer relaxing, he traveled to Syria to get a first-hand account of the ongoing conflict there. Photo credit: Coty Giannelli