With two students earning spots in the top 20 of the personality/profile writing competition, JMC now ranks 10th overall in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Senior magazine journalism major Anthony Dominic earned seventh place for his winning article, “Who is Lester Lefton?” the cover story of the December 2012 edition of The Burr, and senior magazine journalism major Rebecca Reis took 17th place for her article “Are You There, Donor 117? It’s Me, Your Daughter,” the cover story of the November 2012 edition of The Burr.

Hannah Potes, a JMC senior photojournalism major, won fifth place in the recent photojournalism competition II of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

With this ranking, Potes becomes the first JMC photojournalism student to place three times in the top 10 of the Hearst photography competition. In 2010 and 2011, Potes placed seventh in the Hearst news/feature/portrait competition.

Shanice Dunning, a graduate student in broadcast journalism, was one of 11 student journalists from across the country selected to participate in the first paid fellowship program sponsored by the Capitol Broadcasting Company (CBC) WRAL-TV and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The goal of the fellowship program is to increase diversity in the broadcast news industry.

Jeff Fruit KTA

Jeff Fruit, professor and former JMC director, has been named the 2013 chapter adviser of the year for Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national college honor society for journalism and mass communications.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients.

Sixteen students will travel to Brazil with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s International Storytelling class from March 15 to March 31 to develop multimedia news stories about the country.

Kent State University’s 29th Annual Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 4, 2013, and all day on Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Kent Student Center. The conference provides a forum for discussion of multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults.

“Dreams and Promises: Multicultural Literature and the Common Core” is the theme for this year’s conference, which features the remarkable Angela Johnson, the talented Gary Schmidt and the amazing illustrator Yuyi Morales.

“For a photo to be effective, it has to be affective. A picture has to move you in some way. It must evoke a visceral reaction in the viewer – crying, laughing, thinking.”

Students from the Advanced Producing class, accompanied by JMC professor Gary Hanson and practitioner-in-residence John Butte, spent four days last week in New York City, meeting with a host of national producers, anchors and correspondents. Their goal was to learn production techniques and styles at the national network level.

KSU student becomes American citizen

Kent State University attracts students from all over the world, but one student decided to make his life here official. Andrés Solano officially became an American citizen last month.