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Kent State finished among the top 20 programs in the nation and first in the state of Ohio in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program for 2016-2017. Students and alumni also earned several top individual honors. 

Known as “the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism,” the Hearst Awards Program presents scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism. Competitions take place throughout the year in college writing, photojournalism, radio broadcast, television broadcast and multimedia categories.

Twelve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) and the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) will travel to Florence, Italy, for Kent State University’s inaugural Photography in Florence program this spring semester.

Leah Klafczynski, '15, received third-place honors in the annual Hearst National Journalism Awards Championship.

Klafczynski was selected from more than 1,100 submitted entries and competed against five other finalists in the 55th annual Photojournalism Championship held in San Francisco, California, June 1 - 5, 2015. The judges and the winners were announced that evening at the final awards ceremony on Thursday, June 4. Klafczynski beat out her competitors to earn third-place status, a $3,000 scholarship and a $2 bill.

The largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships will transform the Photojournalism program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC).

Wallace (Wally) Hagedorn, took one photojournalism class at Kent State 73 years ago and was forever changed. He was so impressed with the class he took while still in high school he became an amateur photographer. 

Professor David LaBelle and a group of five photojournalism students traveled to Kingsport, Tenn., on Nov. 22 to capture images and record footage of the Santa Train, the world’s largest Santa parade.

The Santa Train runs a 110-mile route from Pikeville, Ky., to Kingsport, Tenn., each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in celebration of the holiday season. The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, distributing more than 15 tons and $300,000 worth of clothing, food, candy, toys and gifts to thousands of people.

The largest single gift ever made to Kent State University to fund only scholarships will transform the Photojournalism program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

A Cincinnati man who took a photojournalism class at Kent State in 1941 has left a $3 million bequest to the program. Wallace (Wally) Hagedorn, who passed away in 2013, was so impressed with the class he took while still in high school he became an amateur photographer. 

JMC’s photojournalism program welcomed students, faculty and staff to its annual Freshman Welcome and Photography Exhibit on Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014.

The exhibit, located in the third floor Franklin Exhibit Space, honors photojournalism students for their achievements from 2013 and 2014.

This year, photojournalism students were recognized in several collegiate and professional regional, national and international competitions.

JMC’s photojournalism program welcomed students, faculty and staff to its annual Freshman Welcome and Photography Exhibit on Wednesday Sept. 24, 2014.

The exhibit, located in the third floor Franklin Exhibit Space, honors photojournalism students for their achievements from 2013 and 2014.

This year, photojournalism students were recognized in several collegiate and professional regional, national and international competitions.

It was an evening of introductions, recognition and exhibition. The 2013 Freshman Welcome and Photography Awards brought undergraduate photojournalism students and faculty, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton, CCI DeanStan Wearden and JMC Director Thor Wasbotten to JMC’s third-floor exhibit space and FirstEnergy Auditorium on October 7. 

Above The Fold

The photographs of Dave LaBelle, director of photojournalism at JMC, will be featured in “Above the Fold: The Photographers of the The Chanute Tribune,” an exhibit at The Chanute Art Gallery in Chanute, 
Kansas. The exhibit runs from September 3 through September 28.

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