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



    Excellence in Action


  • Kent State University School of Journalism & Mass Communication 204 Franklin Hall, P.O. BOX 5190, Kent, OH 44242

    Phone: 330-672-2572 | Fax: 330-672-4064 | E-mail: thor@kent.edu JARGON is also available online at www.kent.edu/jmc.

    m a n a g i n g e d i t o r / STEPHANIE DANES SMITH

    a r t d i r e c t o r / LEAH PERRINO

    p h o t o e d i t o r / MARISSA DECKER

    p r o d u c t i o n m a n a g e r / KATIE BARNES


    photos/ Marissa Decker

    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.



    4 WINNING WORK Award season begins for JMC

    6 PROMISING SCHOLARS New program rewards strongest freshmen

    7 PAYING TRIBUTE Rememberimg Helen Westcott Dix

    8 PARTING THOUGHTS Q&A with Dean Stan Wearden

    10 DISTINGUISHED VOICES JMC speaker series flourishes

    11 MEDIA DIVERSITY ABC news anchor wins 2014 McGruder Award

    12 FOUR FOR THE FUTURE JMC freshmen share their stories

    16 OUT OF THE OFFICE First virtual advertising internships

    18 TWO TRAVELOGUES Students Study in Czech Republic and Costa Rica

    20 GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES National award for International Storytelling course

    21 ALUMNI PROFILES 2013 grads launch new careers


  • and how free blacks continued to be treated for 100 years was harsh.

    But nothing prepared me for the emotions I felt witnessing our students trying to cope with what they were seeing and hearing and feeling.

    Students sometimes cried, often stood in silence and consistently promised to make a positive difference. I could not have been more proud of them.

    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.

    And sometimes, our students have an even greater impact on us.

    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.

    Thor Wasbotten Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication



    Ilike to define any journey as having three parts: the destination, the purpose and the impact.

    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

    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.

    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.

    And they were doing it with respect and without judgment.

    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

    Their Journey is Our JourneyOur students are on a journey. We might be with

    them for about four years, but our purpose is to have an impact that will last much longer.

    photos/ Marissa Decker

    JARGON | SPRING 2014 | ISSUE 2


    JMC CONTINUED TO EARN national, international and regional acclaim in award programs. Early results from the 2013-2014 academic year include these impressive honors:

    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.

    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

    will investigate state gun control efforts and gun rights issues.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 & Features Competition, and JMC earned a matching grant. Watsons portfolio was selected from a record-setting 108 entries submitted from 59 schools nationwide.

    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.

    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.

    CHRISTINA BUCCIERES account of recovering from an almost-fatal case of meningitis earned the senior journalism major a sixth

    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.

    Kent State is currently in ninth place in the year-long Hearst writing competition. Final winners will be announced later this spring.


    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.

    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.

    WIN, PLACE, SHOW: Students Earn National, International and Regional Honors

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  • Kristin won the silver medal in this category last year.

    JENNA WATSON took home an award of excellence for her fifth-place finish in the sports action category.

    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.

    Giannellis work in Syria also garnered the Rick Mahan Best Student Portfolio award in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.

    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.


    JMC earned significant honors at the national convention of the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association (ACP/CMA), including:

    PINNACLE AWARDS: TV2 won 2013 TV Station of the Year for the second year in a row.

    The Agenda, TV2s topical comedy-satire show, won Best TV Entertainment Program.

    TV2 also was a finalist in four of five TV categories in the 2013 national competition, including Best Sportscast and Best Newscast.

    BEST OF SHOW AWARDS: The Daily Kent Stater and The Burr both placed in the top 10 in Best of Show.

    The Burr placed fourth overall in the feature magazine competition, and the Daily Kent Stater was ninth in the four-year daily broadsheet competition.

    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.

    The ACP/CMA national convention is the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world.