Journalism and Mass Communication

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 Kent State electronic media major Katy Coduto, working this summer as a publicity intern at renowned record label company Warner Brothers Records is a dream come true.

Coduto, who also is the program director at Kent State’s TV2, has always wanted to work in publicity and public relations.

“I realize how lucky I am to be working at Warner Brothers. I love publicity and public relations, and this is only solidifying in my mind that I’ve chosen a career I am going to love,” Coduto says.

Working at Warner Brothers Records

Blistering sound bites, attack ads and pack journalism are all parts of “dirty politics.” The focus of this year’s Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop will reflect upon the significance of fact-checking, polling and anti-gender bias in political reporting at the eighth annual event at Kent State University’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Media professionals, educators and college students will attend panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions and debates led by nationally recognized media and political experts.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University has hired Thor Wasbotten 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. 

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. 

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.

The College of Communication and Information (CCI) family can be found many places in Kent, from campus to downtown. CCI faculty members are bringing their entrepreneurial skills to Acorn Alley II, a new hot spot for small business owners.

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Debra Adams Simmons, editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, has been named the 2012 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity from Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.

Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor Adams Simmons at an awards luncheon and lecture on Monday, March 26, on the Kent Campus.

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