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SPRING 2014 | VOLUME LXXIV | ISSUE 2 Jargon, Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni Magazine.


<ul><li><p>SPRING 2014 | VOLUME LXXIV | ISSUE 2</p><p>Excellence in Action</p><p>PROMISING STARTS:FOUR FRESHMEN, FOUR STORIES</p></li><li><p>Kent State University School of Journalism &amp; Mass Communication 204 Franklin Hall, P.O. BOX 5190, Kent, OH 44242</p><p>Phone: 330-672-2572 | Fax: 330-672-4064 | E-mail: thor@kent.edu JARGON is also available online at www.kent.edu/jmc.</p><p>m a n a g i n g e d i t o r / STEPHANIE DANES SMITH</p><p>a r t d i r e c t o r / LEAH PERRINO</p><p>p h o t o e d i t o r / MARISSA DECKER </p><p>p r o d u c t i o n m a n a g e r / KATIE BARNES</p><p>CONTENTSSPRING 2014</p><p>photos/ Marissa Decker</p><p>ON THE COVER: The cover photograph of Olivia Rohde, Cedric Simmons, Hanna Moore and Molly Ying, as well as center fold, inside front cover and back cover photos, are the work of Marissa Decker, 13.</p><p>12</p><p>3 DIRECTORS NOTE</p><p>4 WINNING WORK Award season begins for JMC</p><p>6 PROMISING SCHOLARS New program rewards strongest freshmen</p><p>7 PAYING TRIBUTE Rememberimg Helen Westcott Dix</p><p>8 PARTING THOUGHTS Q&amp;A with Dean Stan Wearden</p><p>10 DISTINGUISHED VOICES JMC speaker series flourishes </p><p>11 MEDIA DIVERSITY ABC news anchor wins 2014 McGruder Award</p><p>12 FOUR FOR THE FUTURE JMC freshmen share their stories</p><p>16 OUT OF THE OFFICE First virtual advertising internships</p><p>18 TWO TRAVELOGUES Students Study in Czech Republic and Costa Rica</p><p>20 GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES National award for International Storytelling course</p><p>21 ALUMNI PROFILES 2013 grads launch new careers</p><p>23 FACULTY AND ALUMNI NEWS</p></li><li><p>and how free blacks continued to be treated for 100 years was harsh.</p><p>But nothing prepared me for the emotions I felt witnessing our students trying to cope with what they were seeing and hearing and feeling.</p><p>Students sometimes cried, often stood in silence and consistently promised to make a positive difference. I could not have been more proud of them.</p><p>So as we look at all of our students, we must realize they, too, are on a journey. We might be with them physically for about four years, but our purpose is to have an impact that will last much longer.</p><p>And sometimes, our students have an even greater impact on us.</p><p>This issue of JARGON is dedicated to our students: to those who are just beginning their journeys, those whose journeys have taken them in unexpected directions and those whose journeys have come to a successful destination. And always, this magazine is dedicated to you JMC family members who make a difference to our current and future students.</p><p>Thor Wasbotten Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication</p><p>DIRECTORS NOTE</p><p>03</p><p>Ilike to define any journey as having three parts: the destination, the purpose and the impact.</p><p>In late February, I experienced all three parts in dramatic fashion. I traveled via bus with a group of students to Big Rapids and Detroit, Mich. The destination of our trip was the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University </p><p>and then the African-American History Museum and Motown in Detroit. The purpose was to better understand the history of African-Americans in our country and their important place in the fabric of our society. Ill get to the impact in a moment.</p><p>It was a long bus ride, the final hour through a blinding snowstorm. As I sat and listened, the conversations began. These were not conversations about the students homework or midterms, and they certainly werent about the next party. These students, made up of JMC and Pan-African Studies students, black and white, domestic and international, were talking about race, ethnicity and culture.</p><p>And they were doing it with respect and without judgment.</p><p>The impact of seeing the racist images that have permeated so many levels of our country was unsettling. The brutality in how slaves were treated </p><p>Their Journey is Our JourneyOur students are on a journey. We might be with </p><p>them for about four years, but our purpose is to have an impact that will last much longer.</p><p>photos/ Marissa Decker</p><p>JARGON | SPRING 2014 | ISSUE 2</p></li><li><p>4JMC NEWS</p><p>JMC CONTINUED TO EARN national, international and regional acclaim in award programs. Early results from the 2013-2014 academic year include these impressive honors:</p><p>NEWS21 FELLOWSHIPJACOB BYK, a junior visual journalism major, has been awarded a prestigious 2014 Carnegie-Knight News21 Fellowship. Byk is one of only 19 student journalists from 16 universities across the country selected for this paid summer fellowship. </p><p>Students selected as News21 fellows conduct in-depth reporting on critical national issues, travel throughout the country and use innovative digital reporting techniques. The 2014 participants </p><p>will investigate state gun control efforts and gun rights issues. </p><p>This is the second year in a row that a JMC student has been selected for a News21 fellowship. Last year, JMC news major DANIEL MOORE, the first JMC student to be awarded a News21 Fellowship, was part of a team of 24 student journalists who examined the significant re-entry challenges facing post-9/11 veterans. </p><p>News21 was established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. </p><p>WILLIAM R. HEARST FOUNDATION JOURNALISM AWARDSOverall, JMC finished fourth in the nation in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism competition of the William R. Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards. This is Kent States highest intercollegiate finish ever. In the 2012-2013 academic year, Kent State finished seventh in the nation in this photojournalism competition. </p><p>JENNA WATSON, a junior visual journalism major, earned a fifth-place finish and a $1,000 award in the William Randolph Hearst Foundations annual Photojournalism News &amp; Features Competition, and JMC earned a matching grant. Watsons portfolio was selected from a record-setting 108 entries submitted from 59 schools nationwide. </p><p>KAITLYNN LEBEAU, a senior journalism major, placed eighth in the Television Features Competition and earned a certificate of merit. LeBeaus work was selected from 79 entries in this competition. LeBeau profiled JMC professor GARY HANSONS struggle with a rare form of cancer.</p><p>MARK HAYMOND, a senior news major, won ninth place in the feature-writing competition for The G Word, a profile of Cantons skill game parlors, which appeared in the April 2013 edition of The Burr. This year, the contest received a record 148 entries.</p><p>CHRISTINA BUCCIERES account of recovering from an almost-fatal case of meningitis earned the senior journalism major a sixth </p><p>place finish in the Intercollegiate Personality/Profile Writing competition. Her story, which was featured on the cover of the December 2013 issue of The Burr, was selected from 105 writing entries submitted by 55 schools.</p><p>Kent State is currently in ninth place in the year-long Hearst writing competition. Final winners will be announced later this spring.</p><p>COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR</p><p>JMC student photojournalists distinguished themselves from hundreds of student photographers by again earning awards in the 68th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) competition at the University of Missouri. More than 600 students from 115 colleges and universities in 19 countries competed in this years CPOY awards, making for a crowded and highly competitive field.</p><p>KRISTIN BAUER, 12, captured a gold medal in the domestic picture story category for Her Own Two Feet, which depicts the struggle of a single mother of three living in the projects in Northeast Ohio. </p><p>WIN, PLACE, SHOW: Students Earn National, International and Regional Honors</p><p>photo/ Jenna Watson ph</p><p>oto/</p><p> Jen</p><p>na W</p><p>atso</p><p>n</p></li><li><p>Kristin won the silver medal in this category last year.</p><p>JENNA WATSON took home an award of excellence for her fifth-place finish in the sports action category.</p><p>COTY GIANNELLI, 13, took home two awards of excellence. The first was a fourth-place finish in the portfolio category for photos he shot last summer in Syria; the second was a fifth-place finish in the international picture story category, also for his work in Syria. </p><p>Giannellis work in Syria also garnered the Rick Mahan Best Student Portfolio award in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. </p><p>BROADCAST EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL OF MEDIA ARTSGraduate student KATHRYN CODUTO and senior news majors ALLIE JOHNSON and DAVID HRVATIN won third place in the multi-camera live-to-tape category for TV2 Election 2012 film.</p><p>ASSOCIATED COLLEGIATE PRESS/COLLEGE MEDIA ASSOCIATION</p><p>JMC earned significant honors at the national convention of the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association (ACP/CMA), including:</p><p>PINNACLE AWARDS: TV2 won 2013 TV Station of the Year for the second year in a row.</p><p> The Agenda, TV2s topical comedy-satire show, won Best TV Entertainment Program.</p><p> TV2 also was a finalist in four of five TV categories in the 2013 national competition, including Best Sportscast and Best Newscast. </p><p>BEST OF SHOW AWARDS: The Daily Kent Stater and The Burr both placed in the top 10 in Best of Show.</p><p> The Burr placed fourth overall in the feature magazine competition, and the Daily Kent Stater was ninth in the four-year daily broadsheet competition.</p><p>BEST OF COLLEGE DESIGN AWARDS: The Daily Kent Stater also won third place for Newspaper Editorials/Opinions in CMAs Best of College Design competition for its post-presidential election opinion page.</p><p>The ACP/CMA national convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world.</p><p>OHIO NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION COLLEGIATE AWARDSThe Daily Kent Stater (DKS) won several awards in this years Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) Collegiate Newspaper and Best Website Competition:</p><p> First place for news coverage and sports coverage.</p><p> First place for editorial writing for the work of former DKS opinion editor JODY MICHAEL, 12. </p><p> Second place for headline writing. </p><p> Third place for design. </p><p>DKS has a history of winning major honors in ONAs state-wide competition. In 2009, the year ONA and the Ohio Newspapers Foundation established the competition, DKS was the inaugural general excellence winner. Last year, DKS won first place for headline and editorial writing.</p><p>JMC NEWS</p><p>05JARGON | SPRING 2014 | ISSUE 2</p><p>photo/ Jenna Watson</p><p>News of student and team awards is regularly updated on www.kent.edu/jmc.</p><p>phot</p><p>o/ J</p><p>enna</p><p> Wat</p><p>son</p><p>A photo from Jenna Watson's award-winning portfolio.</p></li><li><p>6JMC NEWS</p><p>THE JMC ENDOWMENT HAS REACHED A HISTORIC HIGH of $4.6 million, which represents a $1.2 million increase in funds in a single academic year. This total includes more than $1.8 million in Endowment Scholarship funds.</p><p>In real terms, these funds translate into a 35-percent increase in the overall endowment and a 118-percent increase in endowment scholarship funds.</p><p>These funds have come to the School either as direct donations or bequests.</p><p>The generous support we have received this past year will allow us to support more students in our School and at a higher financial level, said THOR WASBOTTEN, JMCs director. The increased scholarship funds will have a direct impact on the </p><p>opportunity for our students to afford going to college.</p><p>Strong endowment and spendable scholarship funds also help JMC attract and retain some of the strongest communication students in the nation. This year, for the first time, JMC launched a new financial award program for the 10 strongest incoming freshmen (above). </p><p>"I am deeply gratified that alumni and friends of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication have contributed to our students in such an unprecedented way. They clearly understand the need and the importance of the mission, said GENE FINN, vice president of Institutional Advancement at Kent State.</p><p>There are many ways for alumni and friends to donate to JMC. To find out more, contact Christine Isenberg at cisenber@kent.edu or 330-672-2767.</p><p>JMC Endowment at All-Time High</p><p>Recognizing Promise:JMC launches new Promising Scholar Awards for incoming freshmen</p><p>TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN THE STRONGEST STUDENTS IN THE NATION, JMC is introducing a financial award program specifically designed for first-time freshmen entering school in fall semester 2014.</p><p>The Promising Scholar Awards will provide $2,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, to the eight highest-achieving incoming freshmen in each of JMCs undergraduate degree programs: advertising, digital media, journalism and public relations. </p><p>The top two incoming freshmen will be awarded $3,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, as Ralph C. Darrow Promising Scholars. Darrow was a founding figure in JMCs public relations program. </p><p>Our School has made a commitment to provide scholarships to the highest-achieving incoming freshmen who are committed to an education at JMC, said THOR WASBOTTEN, JMCs director. This scholarship is intended to help throughout their four years in our School. Attracting top students has become more competitive than ever, and the Promising Scholar program will help us and our students tremendously.</p><p>The 10 Promising Scholars were selected this spring by JMCs Recruitment and Retention Committee and approved by Wasbotten.</p><p>To be eligible for a Promising Scholar Award, a student must be a first-time freshman and must have completed the application </p><p>process, which required them to write an essay, submit original work samples and letters of recommendation, in addition to providing high school transcripts and college aptitude test scores. </p><p>The Promising Scholar Award is renewable if students remain in good standing in JMC.</p><p>These awards are funded through the generosity of private donors, including alumni, media and communication industry leaders and members of JMCs Professional Advisory Board. Matching gifts from the College of Communication and Information also help fund the program.</p><p>A reception in September will bring donors and scholars together for the first time.</p><p>Donors will continue to serve as active mentors to the promising scholars during their four years at JMC, and students and donors will communicate at least once a semester. </p><p>THE PROMISING SCHOLAR AWARDS PROVIDE </p><p>SIGNIFICANT, RENEWABLE SUPPORT TO THE 10 HIGHEST-ACHIEVING INCOMING FRESHMEN.</p></li><li><p>JMC NEWS</p><p>07JARGON | SPRING 2014 | ISSUE 2</p><p>The life story of HELEN WESTCOTT DIX, a 1938 graduate of Kent State University, had many narrative threads. Woven together, the threads create the portrait of a vibrant woman, a natural leader and a long life, fully lived. </p><p>When Dix died in October 2013 at the age of 96, she was honored by family and friends and by a community that knew Westcott Dix and her husband, Robert, for their work as publishers of the Kent-Ravenna Record Courier and from an impressive array of charitable causes and community service.</p><p>Westcott Dix was honored as well in the corridors of JMC, where her photograph was displayed on office doors; on JMCs social media sites, where tribute messages were posted; and during the annual William D. Taylor Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony at homecoming, where a moment of silence was shared in her memory.</p><p>At JMC, we knew and remember Dix...</p></li></ul>


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