Public Relations

The Public Relations Student Society of America named Kent State University’s Blue Team as the second place finisher in the national Bateman case study competition May 10.

KSU Blue had been named one of three national finalists – out of 68 teams from across the country that submitted entries – in the competition April 15. Eighty teams originally entered the competition.


For the first time, a team of Kent State University students will compete as finalists in the  Public Relations Student Society of America's annual Bateman case study competition.

Two teams of Kent State University public relations students are competing in this year’s 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition where they have been presented with the challenge to develop a campaign to increase awareness and inform key audiences about the effects of bullying.

“This class is different from PR Campaigns, the senior capstone class, because the students have to implement and evaluate their plan,” said Tim Roberts, School of Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer and Bateman class advisor.


The Kent State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) won three national awards at the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco.

PRSSA Kent won the Teahan Award, the most prestigious PRSSA award, for its website, and the Star Chapter Award for its achievement of Chapter and professional goals. PRSSA Kent was selected from more than 300 chapters across the country for the Star Chapter Award.

For some students graduating from Kent State University on Saturday, Dec. 15, their walk across the stage at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center will be their first time actually stepping foot on campus. On that day, 16 students from around the country graduate from Kent State’s online master’s degree concentration in public relations. Many of them are traveling to Kent to celebrate their achievement as inaugural graduates of the two-year, completely online degree program.

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

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.