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Seeing the world in a new (360 degree) way

Sometimes a new gadget comes along that helps us tell stories in a more engaging way. A 360-degree image is an example.

July 5, 2016 | comments (0)

Mike Sweeney address to AJHA upon receiving the Kobre Award

I was on the web a few days ago and stumbled upon the fact that DNA tests reveal that there are about 16 million men descended from Genghis Khan living in the world today. Thats about 1 in every 200 men. Maybe one of them is here.

October 9, 2015 | comments (0)

Scripps Howard Visiting Professionals visit J1010

Freshmen in the School of Journalism were treated to a guest appearance in their “Future of Media” course by a trio of high-powered “visiting professionals” currently teaching on the Athens campus.

September 9, 2015 | comments (0)

20 years of student radio, in Germany

Back in the early 1990s the school was invited to help shape journalism education in the former East Germany. The Berlin Wall had barely been down three years when I made my first trip to Leipzig, in December 1992.

June 29, 2015 | comments (0)

Remembering Don Lambert

When I first arrived on campus as a young assistant professor back in 1987, I was assigned an office just a couple doors down the hall from Don. He had been on the faculty for 20 years, and clearly had a seat at the table when it came to shaping the direction of the school. When Don spoke up at meetings, people listened — especially young assistant professors!

As Don’s neighbor and colleague, I learned very quickly that Don had some opinions.

January 9, 2015 | comments (0)

Handmade Scripps mugs now available!

Our brand new “Scripps Mug for Scholarship” is available to purchase online at the Bobcat Store. Here’s a video of Susie Abramovitz, a local potter, making one of the mugs.

December 19, 2014 | comments (0)

SPJ induction ceremony welcomes new members

The OU chapter of Society of Professional Journalists welcomed 10 new members Tuesday night with the official initiation ceremony. Other new members could not attend.

SPJ members and new initiates holding copies of SPJ’s new Code of Ethics.

November 21, 2014 | comments (0)

Jerry Sloan Visiting Professional program brings PR pros (back) to campus

As a Scripps professor from 1992 to 2001, Jerry Sloan was much loved by the public relations students. Now long since retired, his name once again is resonating with students who come in contact with the Jerry Sloan Visiting Professionals who talk non-stop about their mentor and former professor.

This semester, Troy Kirkpatrick (BSJ ’97), Heather Mitchell (BSJ ’97) and Lindsay Komlanc (BSJ ’02) returned as JSVPs to talk with students in classes and in one-on-one office hours. They also sat down with me to talk about their experiences as PR professionals, as students, and their fond memories about Jerry Sloan.

November 18, 2014 | comments (0)

Lewis receives Ron Culp Scholarship for mentorship

It’s been a couple weeks since this release came out, but it’s definitely worthy of being copied in this space!

Washington, D.C. (October 15) — The Public Relations Student Society of America announced Melaina Lewis as the 2014 recipient of the Ron Culp Scholarship at its National Conference in Washington, D.C.

L-R: Jessica Carnprobst, Melaina Lewis, and Ron Culp

October 27, 2014 | comments (0)

Lee and Martinez (BSJ ’13) to join Professional Advisory Board

Gregory Lee and Lauren Martinez have agreed to join the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism’s Professional Advisory Board, effective immediately.

October 16, 2014 | comments (0)

NSCAA coverage of OU/Miami game features nine JSchool students

At the Scripps School, we love soccer. More particularly, we love to cover soccer. And yesterday, students from the school who took part this past summer in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America World Cup program in Europe got to help cover the live broadcast of the OU/Miami game.

October 13, 2014 | comments (0)

HTC/Journo double-major elected to International Planned Parenthood Federation board

Bobby Walker, a JSchool sophomore double-majoring in Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (HTC), recently was elected to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Board of Directors.

October 13, 2014 | comments (0)

On tap this week in the JSchool

This week the school hosts (1) one of the world’s experts on media ethics, (2) the photographer who took the “Tank Man” photo back in 1989, (3) an alumna named 2011 PR Professional of the Year (Corporate), and (4) a group of students and scholars from our partner university in Leipzig, Germany.

  • Heather Mitchell, Head of Global PR & Social Media, Unileverworks and the 2011 PR Pro of the Year (Corporate), will speak in JOUR 1010 (Tuesday at noon, Walter Hall 135). Mitchell has worked in Chicago, New York, and now is based in London.

    October 4, 2014 | comments (0)
  • World expert on media ethics receives top research award

    A leading authority on media ethics received the Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research this past week.

    October 4, 2014 | comments (0)

    Payne, Tinker, Kirkpatrick speak on campus

    The JSchool and its SPJ chapter hosted Seattle Times Online Editor Bob Payne this past Wednesday evening (September 24) at 7 p.m. in the Glidden Recital Hall.

    The following evening (September 25), the JSchool hosted Mary Beth Tinker of Tinker v. Des Moines fame in the Baker Center Theater.

    PR professional and JSchool alumnus Troy Kirkpatrick also is on campus this week as the Jerry Sloan Visiting Professional in Public Relations.

    September 23, 2014 | comments (0)

    A week in Athens

    Today is our last day of hosting 14 graduate students from Leipzig University, our German partner in communication education for the past 20+ years. It’s been a terrific week, made possible by several Scripps students who have made extra beds and couches available for our guests.

    Watch for a more detailed story about the visit in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy some of the many photos from the week.

    View slideshow

    September 19, 2014 | comments (0)

    OU SPJ chapter named National Campus Chapter of the Year

    Congratulations to our SPJ chapter, which was named National Campus Chapter of the Year this past weekend at the national conference in Nashville.

    September 8, 2014 | comments (0)

    JSchool faculty votes to condemn arrests of journalists

    The faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism joins with the National Association of Black Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and other news organizations in condemning the arrest of journalists carrying out their constitutionally protected work in reporting about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. At the same time, we applaud Police Chief Thomas Jackson for quickly releasing the arrested journalists, including Wesley Lowery, who studied journalism here at Ohio University.

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    August 14, 2014 | comments (0)

    Burke, Lomonte address workshop attendees

    The 2014 High School Journalism Workshop finished up last Saturday with a talk by Deadspin’s Tim Burke (BSJ ’99), the journalist who broke the Mant’i Teo fake girlfriend story in January, 2013.

    Compilation of clips from the workshop (by Josh Lim).

    July 11, 2014 | comments (0)

    Clarence Page tells high school journalists to serve their audience

    More than 100 High School Journalism Workshop attendees were on campus last week to learn more about their craft and how to serve their readers and viewers.

    July 10, 2014 | comments (0)

    World Cup coverage by JSchool students

    The world has turned its attention to the games in Brazil, and so we turn our attention to, featuring the work being done by nearly 20 journalism students covering the games.

    June 13, 2014 | comments (0)

    How the School of Journalism helped with the 2014 public records audit

    Open record laws play a vital role in allowing journalists to serve the public by shedding light on government activities. But what happens if those laws aren’t always observed by the very government offices that journalists are trying to cover? Periodically, “audits” need to be done by independent organizations to make sure the laws are obeyed. The School of Journalism played a leading role in putting together the recently completed Ohio public records audit.

    June 11, 2014 | comments (0)

    Rogus wins Bliss Award

    Our colleague, Mary Rogus, is this year’s recipient of the 2014 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education.

    June 10, 2014 | comments (0)

    Lowery named 2014 Emerging Journalist of the Year by NABJ

    Congratulations to our very own Wes Lowery for this recognition:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014) The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces the selection of Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post as the association’s 2014 Emerging Journalist of the Year. The award recognizes an early career journalist who through their body of work displays a commitment to NABJ’s goal of outstanding achievement by black journalists and a commitment to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large.

    May 21, 2014 | comments (0) features travel writing from Grieves’ capstone course

    If you love to travel, you probably love to read about it, too. Or better yet, write about it! Either way, is for you.

    Journalism senior Tom Pernecker wrote in one of his entries:

    May 20, 2014 | comments (0)

    Commencement 2014

    May 7, 2014 | comments (0)

    Journalism Awards Banquet draws record number

    Giving out scholarships and top-graduating senior awards is an annual highlight for the faculty of the JSchool. But this year was different for several reasons.

    First, attendance was a record high, with nearly 250 students, family members, faculty and donors in attendance.

    April 28, 2014 | comments (0)

    Website “challenges”

    In case you haven’t noticed, this website is not functioning quite right. We are trying to restore it to full functionality, but in the meantime, please bear with us.

    Background: Last Friday we learned that our service provider had “gone out of business.” We had not been informed about this, so hadn’t had the chance to make other arrangements.

    April 1, 2014 | comments (0)

    50th Anniversary of LBJ speech on campus remembered

    On May 7, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson came to speak on the Athens campus as part of his War on Poverty campaign. JSchool alumnus Sid Davis (BSJ ’52) came along to cover it for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company.

    Barely a dozen years out of school, Davis already had covered the assassination of JFK in Dallas, serving as one of three pool reporters on Air Force One when Johnson was sworn into office.

    April 1, 2014 | comments (0)

    Senior Saturday brings alums, seniors together in common goal

    This past Saturday, Anderson Auditorium was full of students set to graduate this May, plus some alumni who want to help fellow Scripps Bobcats get a job.

    February 11, 2013 | comments (0)

    2013 Schuneman Symposium to focus on excellence

    Every year for the last five years we’ve been privileged to organize the Schuneman Symposium for Photojournalism and New Media. The theme of this year’s symposium, scheduled for Feb. 25-26, is “Excellence: Why it (still) matters.”

    Ifill’s speech is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s Emeriti Association, and will be used to mark the 90th anniversary of journalism education at Ohio University.

    January 29, 2013 | comments (0)

    Grad students return to campus with internship experience under their belt

    Masters students Lu Wu and Brendon Butler spent fall semester doing what they love: Covering news for media organizations. But their experiences could not have been more different.

    Brendon Butler spent two months reporting from the west African nation of Senegal. The internship with a radio station was funded in part by the school’s John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship Program.

    January 9, 2013 | comments (0)

    Statehouse News Bureau capstone projects shine light on Obamacare, Ohio prisons

    In case you missed them, the capstone projects produced by our three “fellows” taking part in the Statehouse News Bureau program this past fall are worthy of your attention.

    Two of the three public affairs projects focused on issues related to Ohio prisons. Michael Locklear, a senior broadcast journalism major, looked at the slow pace of efforts to reduce the prison population in the state as a cost-saving measure.

    January 8, 2013 | comments (0)

    Making the grade

    It’s December and classes are still in session. What’s up with that?

    One student organization has organized Christmas carols sung by candlelight in front of Scripps Hall this coming Sunday. That never happened on the quarter system. Change, change, change.

    December 5, 2012 | comments (0)

    Costanzo (BSJ ’77) discusses career, education, branding

    When Pete Costanzo Jr. graduated from the School of Journalism back in 1977, he wanted nothing more than to go to Madison Avenue and write advertising copy.

    November 29, 2012 | comments (0)

    Students’ report on Ohio voters featured on PBS website

    A video report by students in Professor Mary Rogus’ “TV and Digital Media Election Coverage” course is featured on Washington Week’s website starting today.

    The story, produced by Sandhya Kambhampati, Keara Vickers and Seaira Christian-Daniels, looks at some voters in southeast Ohio feel left out of the process.

    November 2, 2012 | comments (0)

    The real meaning of Homecoming

    This week we’re enjoying a series of “homecomings” that make me appreciate the full meaning of the word.

    Friday afternoon (Oct. 11), recent alums Ryan Lytle (BSJ ’08) and Evan Millward (BSJ ’11) return to campus to talk to freshmen about their careers. And Saturday’s reception at 11 a.m. in the Scripps Atrium no doubt will bring many alumni back into our midst.

    October 11, 2012 | comments (0)

    Celebrating 20 years of togetherness, Ohio/Leipzig style

    This week we are celebrating a generation’s worth of working with our friends across the ocean in Leipzig, Germany — home of Leipzig University.

    Where to begin?

    September 25, 2012 | comments (0)

    Schonhardt (BSJ ’03) discusses freelancing for New York Times

    When she started at Scripps in the late 1990s, Sara Schonhardt never pictured she’d be freelancing for the New York Times in Jakarta, Indonesia. This week Schonhardt returned to campus to talk with students about her experiences.

    September 7, 2012 | comments (0)

    What’s new for 2012? Thanks for asking!

    Ever since I started teaching here in 1987, fall has meant the beginning of something new. But this fall seems like an entirely new chapter in the history of the school. In this video, I outline the challenges and opportunities that are in store for us.

    Topics discussed:

    July 30, 2012 | comments (0)

    Scripps students head to London to cover Olympics

    Sixteen JSchool students will accompany Prof. Hans Meyer to London this summer to cover the 2012 Olympics.

    In this video, Meyer discusses how the program came about, and describes the type of stories the team will cover.

    July 20, 2012 | comments (0)

    Grammar test to be offered online

    Please note: You can take the exam up to three times, but only an exam taken in the Scripps 006 lab counts toward meeting the prerequisite for JOUR 2310/2311.

    For questions, please contact Ellen Gerl at or Hans Meyer at

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    July 12, 2012 | comments (0)

    Scripps students in Leipzig take a punch (at radio)

    Listeners to Leipzig University’s student radio station were in for a surprise this morning when they heard more than a dozen Scripps students providing content on “Faustschlag,” the morning magazine program.

    [Listen to the entire two-hour program]

    July 11, 2012 | comments (0)

    Reflecting on an outspoken network star

    If learning his version of the back story on these and other Dan Rather stories interests you, look no further than Rather Outspoken, My Life in the News. As the title promises, these 250+ pages provide Rather the opportunity to reflect on his career in the news business, while also delving into the many publicized instances when Rather became the news.

    Which became a bigger story than the fact that the sitting president may have gone AWOL during the Vietnam War. Only Rather could generate that kind of firestorm.

    July 5, 2012 | comments (0)

    High school students come from 12 states for workshop

    This year’s High School Journalism Workshop is providing 90 students the opportunity to learn multimedia reporting. The students are from twelve states, with students from as far away as Florida, Alabama, and Oregon.

    June 29, 2012 | comments (0)

    20-year partnership celebrated in Leipzig

    I just returned from Leipzig, Germany, site of the first of two Ohio-Leipzig 20th anniversary parties scheduled for this year. Part two takes place in Athens this September, but first, more about the party that just took place in Leipzig.

    June 26, 2012 | comments (0)

    Ajaka recommends speech team as a confidence booster

    Broadcast journalism senior Nadine Ajaka will graduate this month with some unique awards under her belt: Champion in duo interpretation, third place in poetry interpretation, semifinalist in rhetorical criticism, quarter-finalist in dramatic interpretation and duo interpretation, and sixth overall among students who competed in five or more events.

    Ajaka earned these awards as a member of Ohio University’s award-winning speech and debate team at this past year’s National Forensic Association national tournament, hosted by OU this year. About 800 students from around the U.S. participated in this year’s NFA event.

    June 6, 2012 | comments (0)

    Top 2012 seniors share Scripps experience

    We asked this year’s top graduating seniors to share their advice and experiences before leaving campus.

    June 5, 2012 | comments (0)

    Get some Soul launched last week. This is the sixth SoA project produced by the School of Visual Communication. That’s one per year since 2007. What’s different this year is the level of involvement by journalism students.

    Out of 100 students involved, about 20% were from the School of Journalism. One of those, doctoral student Sally Ann Cruikshank, was a senior producer. In this video she describes the project, as well as her role.

    June 4, 2012 | comments (0)

    MidDay signs off

    When I interviewed for my job at Ohio University back in 1987, ACTV-7 News was one of the “classes” I observed. It was televised from Studio C in the RTV building, but moved to a studio in Scripps Hall shortly after I arrived on campus to teach.

    A few years ago we renamed the program “Athens MidDay,” and moved it to Studio B in the RTV building, home of WOUB’s “Newswatch” program. Regardless of the studio, ACTV-7 News and MidDay were very important parts of the educational experience for broadcast journalism majors here at OU.

    June 1, 2012 | comments (0)

    SEO story appears on NCAA website

    Pentz’ story about Francis first appeared in the school’s student-produced magazine, Southeast Ohio.

    Earlier this year a Pentz article about the Zambian soccer team’s win in the Africa Cup of Nations was published on the New York Times soccer blog, Goal.

    May 22, 2012 | comments (0)

    Julia Keller to join faculty

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller will be leaving The Chicago Tribune to join us this coming fall as the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional. Keller won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

    May 15, 2012 | comments (0)

    Journalist in Residence returns to campus to teach CAR

    Sometimes you turn a negative into a positive. That’s what we did last week when Greg Korte’s bosses at USA Today required him to take a one-week furlough because of a budget crunch.

    We hired Greg to spend a week with our students teaching them his computer-assisted reporting skills. On Friday, he sat down with me at the end of his J-in-R week to discuss his classroom (and outside of the class) experiences:

    May 7, 2012 | comments (0)

    Scholarships announced at 2012 banquet

    Every year at our banquet we hand out journalism scholarships to outstanding students. This year we awarded more than $130,000. We also recognize our top graduating seniors. Here’s the list of this year’s awardees. Congratulations!

    Listen to the banquet awards program.

    May 7, 2012 | comments (0)

    Sports trip to Chicago results in ‘perfect day’

    Last week I took a group of twelve sports journalism students to Chicago to meet up with professionals, alumni, and take in a couple of games (Cubs lost, Bulls won).

    OU alumnus and Voice of the Bulls Chuck Swirsky (left), with the #ScrippsSports “team” in front of the Scotty Pippen statue at the United Center.

    April 24, 2012 | comments (0)

    Ad Club wins regionals, headed to nationals (again!)

    OU’s Advertising Association (aka Ad Club) took first place in last Saturday’s National Student Advertising Competition (District Five).

    The competition, run by the American Advertising Association, includes advertising students in 18 districts across the nation. Ad Club’s team will travel to Austin, Texas in June to face the winners from the other districts.

    April 24, 2012 | comments (0)

    Ganim speaks about reporting Penn State scandal

    The School of Journalism joined a number of groups on campus in hosting Sara Ganim, the reporter who broke the story about Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. [note: Ganim won a Pulitzer Prize today for her reporting]

    Molly Yanity, one of our doctoral student and a former sports reporter, organized this event. On her blog she wrote:

    April 13, 2012 | comments (0)

    Welcome back, Posties!

    This weekend, The Post is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and to that we say hurrah! And we welcome back to campus the legions of Post alumni.

    The JSchool will host a modest reception on Saturday, April 14 (11-12:30 p.m.) in Scripps Hall, just to make sure our alumni can come back and see the building. But because The Post is an independent newspaper, the main event happens everywhere BUT Scripps Hall. As it should be.

    April 13, 2012 | comments (0)

    Replay of Schuneman Symposium highlights

    Photos and video from the 2012 Schuneman Symposium are now available.

    April 10, 2012 | comments (0)

    Words and pictures that matter

    This year’s Schuneman Symposium is about what matters most to us: Making an impact. The central question we will examine is, how are social movements changed by the coverage they receive, through pictures and words?

    It all starts with the 3:10 p.m. (Baker Center Theater) showing of “One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey,” a film featuring the images of photographer Paul Fusco, a 1957 graduate of Ohio University. Fusco’s photographs document the New York-to-Washington train that carried the body of Robert Kennedy from funeral to burial. More important, Fusco captured the respect and sadness of thousands of Americans who stood vigil as the train somberly crept to its destination.

    Listen to a preview of this year’s symposium on WOUB’s Conversations from Studio B, featuring Smitty Schuneman. Read speaker bios at symposium schedule.
    Wednesday morning, Fusco’s pictures will be discussed beginning at 9:30 (Baker Center Theater) in a format that will feature a conversation between the photographer and long-time magazine designer Will Hopkins.

    April 10, 2012 | comments (0)

    Fannin (BSJ ’77) speaks on Asian tech

    The JSchool and several other campus organizations will be hosting Scripps graduate Rebecca Fannin, columnist for Forbes Magazine and author of the books Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia, at Ohio University’s Baker Theater Monday April 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Fannin has travelled all corners of Asia, from China to Indonesia to India, visiting various tech hotspots and meeting the most successful Asian entrepreneurs. Fannin is founder of Silicon Asia. She will speak and respond to questions about her international reporting/entrepreneurial experiences.

    April 7, 2012 | comments (0)

    Reflecting on PRSSA trip to Chicago

    Back in early March, 40+ students headed to Chicago to visit some of the big communication agencies in the Windy City, including Ogilvy, GolinHarris, Weber Shandwick, Ketchum, Burson Marsteller and more. They also hosted a networking dinner with some of the pros they met. The video above was sent to me and I thought others might enjoy watching it.

    Check out the PRSSA blog:

    April 5, 2012 | comments (0)

    Statehouse News Bureau doubles, adds new media partners

    I’m very happy to report that the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau is going gangbusters. In case you missed it, winter quarter fellows Pat Holmes and Deanna Pan had major stories on the front of Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch (see the entire list of bureau stories).

    For spring quarter we’ve been able to increase the size of the Statehouse News Bureau staff from two (in fall and winter quarters) to four, while also adding The Cleveland Plain Dealer and WBNS/ONN as media partners.

    April 3, 2012 | comments (0)

    Russ Baird (1922-2012)

    Professor emeritus Russ Baird passed away this past Thursday at the age of 89.

    A few fortunate students who were editors of their high school newspapers have received the Baird scholarship, which took a healthy bite out of their tuition bill.

    April 2, 2012 | comments (0)

    JSchool students recognized with SPJ Mark of Excellence awards

    Congratulations to Alex Stuckey and John Nero for snagging first place awards in Region 4 of SPJ’s Mark of Excellence competition. Stuckey’s Columbus Dispatch series on domestic violence won for In-Depth Reporting. Nero won for Editorial Writing.

    Also recognized with second place in Sports Writing was Will Frasure for “Fighting back: Patience a necessary headache for safety.” Placing third in the Television General News Reporting category was Taylor Mirfendereski for her piece, “Athens County residents survive on assistance.”

    March 27, 2012 | comments (0)

    Where do we stack up?

    Some recent shout-outs tell us what we already know: Yes, we’re a top-ten j-school.

    Several years ago the Associated Press Managing Editors came out with such a ranking, and we were, indeed, in the top-ten. Some recent online magazines have updated the listing, and we show up in both publications.

    March 13, 2012 | comments (0)

    Schuneman Symposium to look at coverage of social movements

    How are social movements shaped by the news coverage they receive? That’s the central question of the 2012 Schuneman Symposium, scheduled for April 10-11.

    Before going into detail about the program, I want to extend my gratitude to Smith and Pat Schuneman, who generously share with us the means to make this event possible. Both are alums of Ohio University, and both share a deep love for the institution. The symposium series, which started in 2009, reflects their keen desire to be active learners, and to foster ongoing discussion about the importance of words and pictures.

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    March 13, 2012 | comments (0)

    Three bites of the Big Apple

    Last week I received news from three recent alumni who are making their mark on New York City-based media.

    Meghan Louttit (BSJ ’08) has just been promoted to multimedia producer for the New York Times’ Investigations unit. Louttit joined the Times in 2010 after working at the Washington Post, her first job out of school.

    March 12, 2012 | comments (0)

    JSchool, The Post show up big at ONA

    This year’s Ohio Newspaper Association provided JSchool faculty and students the chance to engage with newspaper editors and publishers from across the state.

    2012 was our year to staff ONA’s “newsroom.”

    The team, which included Stephanie Gort, Brandon Carte, Sara Jerde, Brooke Bunce, Jim Ryan, and Viscom student Erin Corneliussen, provided coverage of Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks, the remarks of Jack Hanna from the Columbus Zoo, as well as all of the other presenters at the convention [see PDF of coverage].

    February 17, 2012 | comments (0)

    Recent grad covering news in Cairo

    Within days of graduating from the JSchool at the end of the summer, Heather Moore was on a plane to Cairo. Her goal was to freelance stories about Egyptian women.

    Moore caught the international reporting bug during her days on campus.
    Against the advice of concerned friends and family members, she set off on her path for Egypt at the peak of the Arab Spring movement.

    Since her arrival in Cairo nearly six months ago, she has traveled throughout the region, studied Arabic, and yes, begun covering stories about issues facing Egyptian women.

    February 16, 2012 | comments (0)

    NY Times publishes blog post by senior j-student

    Jschool senior Matt Pentz’ article about Zambia’s national soccer team is in today’s New York Times soccer blog (After Tragedy, Zambia Triumphs).

    In the article, Pentz writes about how the team’s victory over favored Ivory Coast in the recent Africa Cup of Nations has helped the nation recover from the loss of the nation’s team in a 1993 airplane crash.

    February 15, 2012 | comments (0)

    Walsh (BSJ ’08) included in 30 under 30 Young Professional Twitter list

    Congratulations to our very own Lynn Walsh, included in a recently-released “30 under 30” list as The All-Around Journalist. Walsh works as a reporter at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Included in her profile is her Twitter handle (@LWalsh) and website (

    Her Advice: Loving what you do is more important than anything. Seek out positions and companies you are passionate about and if it doesn’t exist do not be afraid to create it.

    February 14, 2012 | comments (0) gets top-to-bottom makeover

    A long-time portal site for news and information related to Athens, Ohio has just gotten a major face-lift, thanks to online journalism student Lauren Hutchison.

    More than a decade ago we launched (pronounced “Athens-eye-dot-com”) to gather up onto one web platform news and information from various local media outlets. In the early years, this process involved a lot of cut-and-paste, but all of that changed when RSS technology made it possible for us to subscribe to various feeds. The automation of RSS meant that could work 24-7, but it also meant that we didn’t have much control over the look and feel of the site. Until now.

    February 14, 2012 | comments (0)

    Senior Saturday podcasts and slideshow

    For those of you who couldn’t make it to Senior Saturday, or weren’t invited because you aren’t a senior yet, I’ve posted the podcasts from all of the sessions.

    >> Keynote (Meghan Louttit and Ryan Lytle>
    >> Andy Alexander
    >> New graduates panel
    >> Advertising/PR panel
    >> Broadcast panel
    >> Magazine panel
    >> News panel

    February 8, 2012 | comments (0)

    Alum returns to Athens to discuss covering Olympics

    Since joining AP Radio in 1978, Jack Briggs has covered almost every major world-wide sporting event for AP.

    [Editor’s note added 2/8/12: a podcast of Briggs’ talk is now available.]

    January 25, 2012 | comments (0)

    Study abroad info sessions coming up

    Over the next few days, faculty in the JSchool will be hosting information sessions to discuss two upcoming summer study abroad programs.

    Information for the London (Olympics) program will be held Jan. 26 (5 p.m. in Singtao 101) and Feb. 13 (7-8 p.m. in Singtao 101).

    January 25, 2012 | comments (0)

    Zambia trip featured on WOUB radio program

    This afternoon, WOUB’s Tom Hodson hosted journalism student Rebecca Koch and Prof. Yusuf Kalyango, director of our Institute for International Journalism, for an in-studio interview to discuss a recent trip to Zambia.

    Listen to the 30 minute program.

    January 20, 2012 | comments (0)

    Seniors, don’t miss your (free!) ‘Senior Saturday’

    If you are a senior in the JSchool, by now you should (1) have heard (a LOT) about Senior Saturday, and (2) registered to attend.

    This (free!) annual event is sponsored by our Society of Alumni & Friends. Its purpose is simple and direct: help graduating journalism students get a job! What could be better than that? (Did I mention that it is free?)

    January 18, 2012 | comments (0)

    Faculty advisers prepare for transition advising

    This snowy morning, the faculty took a Big Step toward preparing for the Big Switch to semesters.

    Prof. Ellen Gerl, designated by the JSchool as the “leader of the pack” on Q2S, led us through an advising workshop to get us all ready to complete so-called “TDCP”* forms with our students over the course of the next few weeks.

    January 13, 2012 | comments (0)

    JSchool alum’s documentary airs on PBS tonight

    PBS’ Frontline program will air Tom Jennings’ (MSJ ’93) documentary “A Perfect Terrorist” tonight at 10 p.m.

    The documentary, produced in cooperation with ProPublica, details the plot by an American (David Coleman Headley) who confessed to helping plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

    January 10, 2012 | comments (0)

    Hell on Wheels, and more

    Last quarter’s issue of Southeast Ohio Magazine featured a story about “A Sisterhood of Skaters,” otherwise known as roller derby.

    The story, written by Audrey Rabalais, caught my attention because my daughter, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, took up roller derby last year and very much delights in telling me of this recent “bout” or that. For Christmas this year she gave me a T-shirt with her number (594) and derby nickname (“Maul’s Dolls”) on the back.

    January 10, 2012 | comments (0)

    Looking back on an amazing 2011

    ‘Tis the season of reflection, which for me means thinking about some of the events this past year that made it special for the School of Journalism. This list is not meant to be complete, and is in no particular order.

    DC media tour: at Andy's

    >> Trips with our students to New York City and Washington DC to visit top media companies such as the New York Times, NPR, C-SPAN, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

    December 29, 2011 | comments (0)

    Fulfilling the new Cross-Cultural Perspective requirement

    Students who graduate under our new semesters-based curriculum will have a new General Requirement to fulfill: an Cross-Cultural Perspectives course.

    Courses meeting this requirement (see list) are all Tier II “CP” courses as well as some additional courses identified by the journalism faculty as meeting the intent.

    posted in: q2s
    December 14, 2011 | comments (0)

    Journalism in DC field trip (see slideshow)

    Last week I took a group of ten journalism students to Washington DC to visit half a dozen media outlets that cover the nation’s capital.

    Media stops included Cox, the Washington Post, C-SPAN, Bloomberg, NPR, and Scripps Howard News Service. We also met up with our alum, Clarence Page (BSJ ’69), two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

    November 23, 2011 | comments (0)

    November 23, 2011 | comments (0)

    Ferchak discusses research in Morocco

    Most students use scholarships to pay for tuition and books. Rachel Ferchak got scholarship funding earmarked for international travel and research.

    Ferchak is a journalism student in the Honors Tutorial College. She used the “Maxine Stewart Foreign Correspondence Scholarship for Reporting on Culture and Religion” to fund a research trip to Morocco.

    November 21, 2011 | comments (0)

    Students (and parents) get set for Zambia trip over the break

    This past Saturday our Institute for International Journalism hosted the parents of our students heading to Zambia for winter break.

    Prof. Yusuf Kalyango and his sister prepared African food for the group of 18 students and their parents. The day also included a program with OU’s Study Abroad office, giving parents a chance to ask questions about the program.

    November 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    First-year student wins iPad2 by writing, writing, writing (about sports)

    Even before arriving on campus for his first journalism class, George Peck was using our Twitter feed to find opportunities to get ahead.

    November 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    Bush Seminar 2011 photos

    Today the JSchool faculty met together with members of our professional advisory board as well as students in our annual Bush Seminar.

    Members of the JSchool’s social media “SWAT” team presented research about their work on behalf of the school. Alex Stuckey also talked about her work as part of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau.

    The Bush Seminar provides the faculty the chance to discuss broad issues and challenges facing the school. Today’s agenda including a discussion about raising the program’s national visibility, revisiting the school’s mission statement, and working out details regarding the new portfolio option.

    November 15, 2011 | comments (0)

    Grad student wins Emmy

    First-year masters student Allison Hunter (BSJ ’89) has won an Emmy Award as Executive Producer for the WYCC/PBS Chicago interview program, “Off 63rd.” The category was Outstanding Achievement for Interview/Discussion Programming.

    Hunter currently teaches broadcast journalism courses for the school. She received her BSJ from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1989. She has worked as a producer and executive producer in commercial and public stations across the country, including in Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. She is originally from New York.

    November 10, 2011 | comments (0)

    Free Press’ president gives press conference about net neutrality

    Craig Aaron, CEO and president of Free Press, gave a press conference this morning in Scripps Hall, calling on citizens to contact their members of Congress to defend current Internet regulations that preserve network neutrality.

    The press conference was attended by journalism students in the JFreshmen Newsroom.

    November 4, 2011 | comments (0)

    Media reform discussed in public lecture

    In a public lecture last evening, the head of the major media reform organization in the United States discussed the need for public participation in how media-related policies are created.

    The School of Journalism and the Scripps College of Communication co-sponsored the presentation by Craig Aaron, president & CEO of Free Press, held at in the Baker Center Theatre.

    October 25, 2011 | comments (1)

    Scripps PRSSA gains national recognition for outstanding newsletter

    Congratulations to our PRSSA chapter for winning the “Outstanding Chapter Newsletter” award.

    To be eligible for a Teahan Award, chapters must follow precise guidelines and be in good standing with national PRSSA. The chapter received $200 along with a plaque.

    October 18, 2011 | comments (0)

    Advising week: It’s here

    If you haven’t already done so, sign up for an appointment with your adviser. Semesters are coming.

    Thanks to Prof. Jatin Srivastava and his graphics students for creating the poster. Here are some other posters created for our advising-for-semesters campaign.

    October 18, 2011 | comments (0)

    Lee Camp appearing tonight in Baker Center Theatre

    At 7 p.m. we will have the inaugural Mel Helitzer Humor in Communication Lecture, featuring comedian and commentator Lee Camp ( Read more about this event at this Facebook event page.

    Encourage your friends and family NOT in Athens to tune in online to either or both.

    October 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    Monday events include ombudsmen panel

    3:10-4:30 we will have Andy Alexander (formerly of the Washington Post), Alicia Shepard (formerly of NPR) and Mark Prendergast (Stars and Stripes) on a panel about their experiences as ombudsmen. The title of the panel: “Helping A Frustrated Public Talk Back: Media Ombudsmen in an Age of Mistrust” (Scripps 111). This event is open to all faculty, students, and the general public. [listen to podcast]

    Replay of panel on YouTube:

    October 13, 2011 | comments (0)

    Linda Negro talks with feature writing class as part of 2011 Scripps Day

    Every year news managers and other key decision makers from the E.W. Scripps Company come to Athens to speak to students in the Scripps College of Communication.

    Linda Negro speaking to students in feature writing class

    October 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    Drop by for our Homecoming reception

    Journalism alumni back in Athens for Homecoming should drop by Scripps Hall immediately after the parade to meet up with former (and new!) professors, classmates, staff and JSchool Ambassadors.

    Former director Ralph Izard is back in town and plans to attend, which probably will be a highlight for many alums from the “Riz” generation. Many Posties will remember fondly Ralph’s work as adviser to The Post.

    posted in: alumni
    October 11, 2011 | comments (0)

    Brian Stelter from nytimes drops in on scrippsjschool’s JOUR101

    Because my JOUR 101 students subscribe to the Times this quarter, we were able to host their media reporter, Brian Stelter, for a couple of days.

    October 4, 2011 | comments (0)

    Widow of JSchool’s first African American grad discusses new book

    Widow of first African American graduate of the JSchool interviewed by WOUB. Discusses life in Southest Ohio, as well as her husband’s experiences as a journalist.

    posted in: alumni
    October 3, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 Ohio Journalist available as PDF

    The current edition of our alumni magazine, the Ohio Journalist, is now available. Click on the magazine cover to download the PDF.

    Table of Contents:

    posted in: alumni, oj, oj2011, oj2011index, ojindex
    September 30, 2011 | comments (0)

    Documentary maker visits JSchool classes

    This week we’re hosting Phil Rees, a London-based documentary maker who has produced programs for BBC, Al Jazeera, and a number of other outlets.

    He currently works for, which offers journalism students around the world the opportunity to publish work with the help of one of the company’s mentors. Students in my JFreshmen class last fall were some of the first to upload video stories to Rees is working with this year’s JFreshmen as well, but also will mentor any student interested in producing a video story for

    September 29, 2011 | comments (0)

    Scripps company exec discusses skill set needed in journalism

    The Scripps company’s CEO and President Rich Boehne recently sat down with me to discuss the “toolkit” needed by today’s journalists.

    In the following interview, Boehne discusses how Scripps is going about providing retraining workshops for the company’s journalists.

    September 28, 2011 | comments (0)

    Brandt Ayers: The news stops here

    Tonight we host Brandt Ayers, publisher of my hometown newspaper, the Anniston Star. You could call him “Mr. Local” if it weren’t for his profound appreciation of the impact of global events on small town America.

    In his column in yesterday’s Star, Brandt writes:

    September 26, 2011 | comments (0)

    SAF Board for 2014-15 includes recent grads

    Alumni, if you are interested in getting involved with SAF activities, email one of the board members. Or connect through Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn. You’re all part of the ecosystem called the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Don’t be shy.

    posted in: alumni
    September 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    Opening event for Statehouse News Bureau draws attention to public affairs reporting

    Event marks opening of Statehouse News Bureau in Columbus. Listen to remarks and watch slideshow.

    September 21, 2011 | comments (0)

    Sweeney book featured on Colbert Report

    Prof. Michael Sweeney’s new book, “Brainworks,” was featured on the Colbert Report last Thursday (September 15, 2011).

    Magician David Copperfield, who wrote the foreword to the book, appeared on the late-night program to discuss the National Geographic publication.

    September 19, 2011 | comments (1)

    Mirfendereski reflects on 2010 tornado

    In a column appearing on, HTC journalism student Taylor Mirfendereski reflected on the tornado that ripped through The Plains, Ohio one year ago.

    Read “Memories Still Fresh One Year After Tornado.”

    September 16, 2011 | comments (0)

    WaPo notes alum’s videos going viral (in China)

    Under the headline, “VOA’s video startlet is hugh in China,” the Washington Post recently featured Jessica Beinecke (BSJ ’08) and her Voice of America program.

    View Tara Bahrampour’s profile of Beinecke:

    posted in: alumni
    September 15, 2011 | comments (0)

    Benoit recognizes JSchool student innovation

    At yesterday’s “Creating the Future: Managing the Media in a Digital Age” conference, Provost Pam Benoit gave in her opening remarks a major shout out to two journalism students who have taken a deep-dive in the world of media innovation.

    The conference, organized in large part by the JSchool’s Hugh Martin, brought together academics and media moguls from the region, including keynoter Rich Boehne, CEO of the Scripps Company. Here’s the key part of Provost Benoit’s remarks, following the usual greetings and salutations:

    Now I will move from my ceremonial role of Executive Vice President and Provost to my true identity as a student of communication.

    September 9, 2011 | comments (0)

    School to partner with media organizations to offer public affairs reporting opportunities to students

    read more

    For bureau articles, see:

    September 5, 2011 | comments (0)

    Welcome back, JSchool students and faculty

    This quarter marks the beginning of the end: September 6, 2011 is the last first-day-of-fall-quarter ever at Ohio University. That is, unless a provost in 2050 decides to revert to the quarter system.

    What does it all mean? For us, it means the launch of a wonderful new curriculum. We officially put it in place a year from now, but we like it so much that we’ve already started advising students to follow the “semester” plan (see checksheet).

    September 5, 2011 | comments (0)

    Rosenweig (BSJ ’71) reflects on 9/11 coverage

    JSchool alum Marc Rosenweig’s recent column takes a look at how three journalists covered 9/11.

    posted in: alumni
    August 23, 2011 | comments (0)

    Hitchens (BSJ ’81) receives alum award during reunion for The Post

    When a group of Posties who graduated in the late 1970s and early ’80s gather in Athens, they meet at the Union.

    That’s where I first met Theresa Hitchens, who was voted alum of the year a couple years ago but had yet to pick up the ward. That’s because she lives in Switzerland, where she directs the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.

    posted in: alumni
    August 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    Q2S advising information

    This post offers details about special academic advising designed to help students transition from quarters to semesters. Included is an FAQ section, in which we have tried to anticipate student questions about the switch to semesters. Check back here as we update the info throughout the school year.

    posted in: q2s
    August 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    JSchool’s faculty, students thrive at AEJMC 2011

    Our school’s faculty, graduate and undergraduate students were recognized for their research and journalistic work at the recently concluded Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

    AEJMC 2011
    Professors Yusuf Kalyango (Ohio), Peddiboyina Vijayalakshmi (India), Syed Ashraf (Pakistan), Hans Meyer (Ohio), and Bob Stewart (Ohio), standing in front of Vijayalakshmi’s poster about her research on Indian teens’ use of social media.

    Professor Michael Sweeney, the JSchool’s graduate director, wrote in a recent blog post about our graduate students who presented at the conference. In addition to the graduate students, several faculty presented their research on topics ranging from citizen journalists to libel issues surrounding the Civil Rights movement. Two undergraduates, Yang Chu and Alexandra Stuckey, were recognized for their international reporting.

    posted in: faculty, graduate, research
    August 16, 2011 | comments (0)

    Wiater (BSJ ’70) remembered by family, scholarship

    Linda Wiater didn’t attend Ohio University, but her late husband, John — a journalism major at OU in the late 1960’s — had such deep affection for the program that she has honored him with a scholarship.

    In this interview, Wiater discusses her husband’s career in public relations, as well as his experiences as a journalism student at Ohio University.

    August 1, 2011 | comments (1)

    2011 Grammar/Social Media ‘bootcamp’

    Our first-ever Society of Alumni and Friends “bootcamp” brought more than two dozen alumni back to campus last weekend to hone their grammar chops and update their social media skills.

    None other than Prof. Emeritus Dru Evarts conducted the grammar session, and 2010 alumnus Ryan Lytle of U.S. News & World Report presented the branding workshop that he gave to our seniors at the most recent Senior Saturday.

    posted in: alumni, bootcamp, scrippsjschool
    July 16, 2011 | comments (0)

    Cheng returns from visiting professorship in Japan

    The timing of Prof. Hong Cheng’s visiting professorship to Chubu, Japan couldn’t have been more remarkable.

    Even before the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the island nation earlier this year, Prof. Cheng was making plans to head to Japan for spring quarter to do research and give guest lectures.

    July 15, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 SUSI scholars come from far and wide

    This year’s 17 “Study of the U.S. Institute” scholars hail from nearly every continent on the globe.

    This is the second year of what we hope will be (at least) a three-summer program of hosting journalism educators from around the world.

    July 14, 2011 | comments (0)

    Interns get bylines in major pubs

    So far this summer we’ve had two JSchool students getting bylines in major publications.

    A story about flooding in Colombia, written by Adam Liebendorfer, recently was published in the Washington Post. Liebendorfer is one of this year’s John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Program interns.

    July 6, 2011 | comments (0)

    Workshop newscast a collaboration with WOUB

    Check out this newscast, produced by students in our recent High School Journalism Workshop.

    posted in: alumni
    June 29, 2011 | comments (0)

    Day 3 (of 3) of the 2011 High School Journalism Workshop

    Today we wrap up the 2011 edition of our High School Journalism Workshop.

    The morning started with recording (live to tape) a newscast, finishing up work on the newspaper and website projects, and then skyping with Peter Shaplen from California.

    June 25, 2011 | comments (0)

    Day 2 of the High School Journalism Workshop

    This is the day that 60 high school journalism students spread out through the campus and town to cover their stories.

    Robert Werner, from Indiana, PA, volunteered to be interviewed for my demonstration of shooting on Lumix TS-1 cameras and editing with Final Cut.

    June 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 High School Journalism Workshop gets started

    Today is Day 1 of a three-day workshop with more than 60 high school students from Ohio and beyond.

    Students are divided into three groups — online journalism, print and broadcast — but they work together across the media platforms in a converged newsroom.

    June 23, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 Graduation Photos

    Here are pictures from the @scrippsjschool 2011 graduation. Enjoy!

    posted in: alumni
    June 13, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 top graduating JSchool seniors

    Today I have posted a photo of the 2011 top graduating JSchool seniors — complete with caps and gowns — on the front of our website.

    Every year the faculty select top graduating seniors for our sequences, plus an overall top graduating senior. We announce them at our awards banquet. Here’s the script I read at this year’s program.

    June 8, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 KTA Lecture by Jonathan Peters

    Our inaugural KTA Lecture, “How protected is WikiLeaks?” is available in podcast form for those who missed it.

    The lecture was part of this year’s Kappa Tau Alpha induction ceremony. KTA is an honorary society for graduating students in the top-10% of their class.

    June 3, 2011 | comments (0)

    NYC business journalism trip opens doors to major media companies

    This past week, JSchool students visiting New York met with business journalists at Bloomberg, the New York Times, Fox Business News, CNBC, and the Dow Jones Newswire/Wall Street Journal. And just for kicks they spent Friday afternoon on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The “Journalism on Wall Street” trip, also available for course credit, was organized with the help of alumnus Marc Rosenweig (BSJ ’71), one of the creators of CNBC.

    posted in: alumni
    May 30, 2011 | comments (0)

    Lecture on WikiLeaks open to the public

    JSchool alumnus Jonathan Peters’ Kappa Tau Alpha Lecture will examine the strength of legal protections afforded Wikileaks.

    Peters’ talk will be part of the KTA induction ceremony, during which new initiates join the honorary society associated with journalism education. Only students in the top ten percent of their graduating class are invited to join KTA. The program will be held on June 2 at 5 p.m. (Scripps 111). The ceremony is open to the public.

    May 23, 2011 | comments (0)

    Lowery discusses plans for The Post

    A recent interview with Wes Lowery, incoming editor of The Post, sheds some insight into his plans for the upcoming year.

    He also gave his “pitch” for why journalism students should work at The Post, and discussed plans for celebrating a major milestone in the newspaper’s history.

    May 22, 2011 | comments (0)

    Undergrads win first and third place in AEJMC international journalism contest

    Two JSchool students have won international journalism awards for stories written in Prof. Yusuf Kalyango’s Foreign Correspondence course.

    Chu Yang‘s story, “Rap in the Name of Buddha,” took first place in the 2011 student international multimedia news story contest organized by the International Communication Division of the AEJMC.

    May 20, 2011 | comments (0)

    Advising promotion materials created by JOUR338 students

    Students in Prof. Jatin Srivastava’s JOUR 338 courses helped us out this quarter by producing promotional material for our “get out the vote” (uh, show up for advising) campaign.

    Here are the posters they created, which we’ll display in the Scripps Hall Atrium before the end of the quarter. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the poster.

    May 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    Freshmen JSchool students reflect on year one

    A recent conversation with one of our first-year students made me realize just how active journalism students can become in their freshman year.

    That prompted me to do what I always seem to do: Make a video and post it to YouTube. This video is a compilation of several students’ reflections on their first three quarters here at Ohio University.

    May 17, 2011 | comments (0)

    JSchool’s alumni society wins top honors

    From Stephanie Pavol, president of SAF:

    And a big thank you to Stephanie for her leadership this year!

    posted in: alumni
    May 16, 2011 | comments (0)

    @FlareCode getting fired up

    A digital company started by JSchool students Ian Bowman-Henderson and Niklos Salontay has been selected by 10X accelerator for $20K of start-up funding. But they could get 10 times that amount if they have a good summer.

    Here’s the news from Nik:

    May 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    Alumni ‘givers’ featured in banquet video

    Last night at the Journalism Banquet we gave out more than $100K in scholarships for the coming year. A number of those scholarships were the result of financial gifts from alumni.

    In this video, which was shown last evening, several of our generous alumni discuss why they’ve given money to help current students.

    posted in: alumni
    May 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    The difference one year can make

    This has been a banner year for “sunshine” efforts here at Ohio University, culminating in the Ohio Sunshine Summit hosted on campus earlier this year.

    Just one year ago, the same SPJ chapter awarded Ohio University its Brick Wall Award, which was noted in an INC article by JSchool student Rebecca McKinsey, currently a reporter for The Post.

    May 10, 2011 | comments (1)

    Ad Club team headed to nationals

    In case you missed the news, OU’s advertising students are celebrating their third win in four years at the 5th District National Student Advertising Competition.

    In this interview, Hilary Johnson and Prof. Craig Davis talk about this year’s campaign and the competition.

    May 9, 2011 | comments (0)

    Linke (BSJ ’41) still making his mark on the JSchool

    This week the Richard O. Linke Scholarship will be awarded at the Journalism Banquet. Learn more about Linke in an interview posted on YouTube by Director Robert Stewart.

    May 9, 2011 | comments (0)

    Join INC pub ‘spilling’ about journalism

    Every other Thursday evening at 9 p.m. local time, SPJ INC-ers and anyone else can chime in on Twitter (#INCspills) for conversation about current topics in journalism.

    Last Thursday they “spilled” on such topics as how the breaking news of Osama bin Laden’s death was covered. According to INC’s Sarah Grothjan, they also focused “on the multiple news outlets that broke news of the death before Obama confirmed it in his speech.”

    May 9, 2011 | comments (0)

    Alexander (BSJ ’72) inducted into Scripps College Hall of Fame

    Last week, esteemed alumnus Andy Alexander was recognized for his many career accomplishments as well as his service to the JSchool, the Scripps College and Ohio University.

    read more

    posted in: alumni
    May 8, 2011 | comments (0)

    JSchool ambassadors play big role

    Last Friday afternoon we hosted eleven prospective students, each with an entourage of family members. Prof. Mike Sweeney was our “faculty” presenter and four JSchool Ambassadors provided building tours. Bear in mind that this was on a Friday afternoon, and our Ambassadors receive no compensation.

    JSchool Ambassadors (2010-11)

    April 25, 2011 | comments (2)

    Clarence Page (BSJ ’69) appears on Diane Rehm Show

    In case you missed the show, our double-Pulitzer winner Clarence Page was on the Diane Rehm Show this past week, taking part in the program’s news roundup.

    Here’s the YouTube video of the program:

    April 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    Heilbrunn (BSJ ’73) reflects on college, career, creativity

    OU trustee Henry Heilbrunn graduated from the School of Journalism with a “print” education and loads of hands-on “broadcast” experience.

    In this interview, Heilbrunn told me that what he’s now known for — creativity and innovation — only became exciting to him about ten years into his career.

    posted in: alumni
    April 24, 2011 | comments (1)

    Gasland filmmaker to speak

    Josh Fox will speak in Memorial Auditorium tonight (8 p.m.) about his film, ‘Gasland.’ I encourage students to attend this talk (The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism is co-sponsoring this event).

    I spent some time this morning watching interviews and stories about the film. Here are the ones I’ve watched so far:

    April 20, 2011 | comments (0)

    Millward receives state-level First Amendment Award

    Senior journalism major Evan Millward has been named this year’s recipient of Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists Pro Chapter’s First Amendment Award.

    [NOTE: revised April 20, 2011]

    April 18, 2011 | comments (0)

    German student radio station invites Bobcats to work at ‘mephisto 97.6’

    For the last two weeks, University of Leipzig’s Robert Ritzow has been on campus, urging students to visit the former East German city to take part in an international hands-on journalism experience.

    In this video, Ritzow describes the background for his trip, as well as the opportunities in Leipzig for OU students who want to have an international journalism experience.

    April 18, 2011 | comments (0)

    WOUB interviews with symposium speakers available

    Last week, WOUB interim GM Tom Hodson interviewed several speakers participating in the 2011 Schuneman Symposium before and between sessions.

    The interviews, part of WOUB’s “Conversations from Studio B,” are available on the JSchool’s iTunes/podcast site. Those interviewed:

    April 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    Watch slideshow of Schuneman Symposium

    Students in my JOUR 437 Newsletter Journalism course began editing photos from this week’s Schuneman Symposium. We’re in the process of uploading those to our flickr account, where you can see them as a slideshow.

    Here’s the slideshow with the images we’ve uploaded so far.

    April 8, 2011 | comments (0)

    Symposium panels to feature documentary makers, recent alums

    The two panels included in the 2011 Schuneman Symposium feature (respectively) documentary makers who focus on cancer issues and recent alumni who have followed creative career paths.

    In the April 6, 10:10 a.m. panel, moderated by Scripps College of Communication dean, Greg Shepherd, John Kaplan (“Not As I Pictured”) and Casey Hayward (“The Art of the Possible”) will discuss their documentaries, each of which focuses on an aspect of cancer. Kaplan’s film is autobiographical, while Hayward’s examines treatment of cancer in children.

    April 5, 2011 | comments (0)

    Two Schuneman Symposium sessions available for replay

    Recordings of two Schuneman Symposium presentations available as live streams on the Internet.

    William Albert Allard’s talk was titled “WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD: Five Decades,”

    April 5, 2011 | comments (0)

    Photography featured at Schuneman Symposium

    The 2011 Schuneman Symposium will put photography front and center, featuring PhotoShelter founder Grover Sanschagrin and National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard. Sanschagrin received his degree in visual communication from OU in 1990.

    Feedback from the 2009 and 2010 symposia sponsored by R. Smith and Patricia Schuneman indicated that the “Photography” part of the program was swamped by the “New Media” portion.

    posted in: smitty11
    April 2, 2011 | comments (0)

    Pulitzer Prize winning alum returns to show film

    This year’s Schuneman Symposium features the showing of an award-winning film about beating cancer.

    The patient-as-producer, John Kaplan, received his BSJ in 1982 and his masters degree in 1998. Between those degrees he won the 1992 Feature Photography Pulitzer Prize for “Age 21 in America,” a photo essay of the lives of young adults.

    posted in: smitty11
    March 30, 2011 | comments (0)

    JSchool offers first Social Media Summit

    This just in: Student leaders from a wide range of publications and journalism organizations here at OU want to use social media to reach bigger audiences, as well as interact with those audiences.

    That’s not a particularly startling announcement. But the fact that so many representatives showed up to take part in our first-ever Social Media Summit indicates to me that they’re not only interested in learning more about new communication tools, they’re also willing to learn from each other. Even though in many cases they compete for stories — just like in the “real world.”

    March 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    Congrats to our SPJ Mark of Excellence finalists

    Every year the Society of Professional Journalists honors top student journalism with Mark of Excellence Awards.

    From SPJ’s website:

    March 12, 2011 | comments (0)

    Former Post editor recalls student days, career path with the AP

    During my interview with him, Sewell talked about opportunities for internships at the AP, suggestions for getting the most out of a journalism education, as well as changes in journalism since he started in the late 1970s.

    March 8, 2011 | comments (0)

    WaPo correspondent talks about Sudan (updated)

    The JSchool’s Institute for International Journalism recently co-hosted Rebecca Hamilton of the Washington Post and author of ’Fighting for Darfur.’

    The following video clips are from an interview I did with Hamilton during her visit to Ohio University.

    March 1, 2011 | comments (0)

    CNN’s Steve Perry to discuss educational disparity in schools

    In case you missed this announcement, CNN contributor Dr. Steve Perry will speak tonight (Thursday, Feb. 24) on the topic of disparities in America’s schools.

    The following was copied from OU’s website:

    February 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    Ad fest highlights creative work (updated)

    For several years now, our advertising students have tied an in-house creative contest to the Superbowl event. This year was no different.

    Two of this year’s contestants, Mitch Barley and Abby Grimm, decided to submit their entry to the 2010 SofA (“Students of Advertising”) contest in Cleveland. This entry, an ad for Dockers pants, was selected as a finalist:

    February 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    Let the sun shine (summit) in (updated)

    This weekend the JSchool’s SPJ and RTDNA chapters hosted the Ohio Sunshine Summit, bringing together student journalists and professionals from across the state to discuss challenges facing student journalists on college campuses.

    February 2, 2011 | comments (0)

    Hodson takes interim position as head of WOUB

    We’ve anticipated this announcement for some time, and now it’s official: Tom Hodson has replaced Carolyn Lewis as general manager of WOUB.

    Tom will continue to do some teaching and advising in our program, but we know that his challenges at WOUB are such that we won’t see him around Scripps Hall very often. We’ll miss him. But we also are confident that his leadership in the RTV building will be vital to JSchool students, and we wish him the very best of luck during the next 18 months.

    January 26, 2011 | comments (0)

    Yahoo! news exec speaks to JSchool classes

    Yahoo!’s senior editorial director, Chris Barr, spent all of Tuesday talking with journalism students about the company’s recently released style guide for online journalism.

    January 26, 2011 | comments (0)

    2011 High School Journalism Workshop registration open

    This year’s workshop (June 23-25) — which will feature a converged newsroom experience — expands on the 2010 program that included web and print media by offering broadcast journalism. Long-time broadcast journalism and JSchool alum Brian McIntyre (BSJ ’91) will be part of the 2011 instructional staff.

    January 24, 2011 | comments (0)

    Millward: how to register for Senior Saturday

    In this video, senior JSchool student Evan Millward demonstrates how to register for Senior Saturday (Jan. 29).

    January 19, 2011 | comments (0)

    Homecoming 2010: WOUB, JSchool reception, and alumni panel

    The 2010 edition of Homecoming packs a wallop. It starts with WOUB’s alumni reunion &mdash featuring the likes of Scripps College alumni Martin Savidge (freelance reporter, CNN) and Chris Guarino (senior producer, Washington Week with Gwen Iffel).

    posted in: alumni, homecoming, martin savidge
    October 18, 2010 | comments (0)

    During my recent trip to DC I interviewed NPR’s Erica Ryan, one of eight alums I met with who work in various journalism positions in the Washington area.

    As a journalism student, Erica was in the News Writing and Editing sequence, but she now works for one of the main broadcast news organizations in the country. In this video she explains how she came to be “Editor” for digital news at NPR.

    posted in: alumni, broadcast, newswriting
    September 7, 2010 | comments (0)

    On my recent trip to Washington DC I was bound and determined to talk with 1969 JSchool graduate Clarence Page. The hour-long interview touched on a wide range of topics, from his first journalism experiences in high school to making sense of Marshall McLuhan.

    Because of youtube’s limitations on how long a video can be, I broke up the interview into five parts. In part 1, Page shares his views on how to balance the academic demands of college with the need to gain hands-on experience.

    September 1, 2010 | comments (0)

    I’ve known Andy for many years, and had heard several legendary tales about his time as a student. I was determined to track him down on my recent trip to DC to ask him about some of these stories. What I learned about his experiences while a student at OU was far more compelling than even the legends. In the first video, Andy explains why he didn’t spend as much time in the classroom as he should have (hint: The Post). He also describes his three international “internship” experiences, starting with the summer between his first and second year.

    posted in: alumni
    August 28, 2010 | comments (0)

    DC profile: Phil Ewing (BSJ ’05)

    I recently returned from Washington DC, where I interviewed eight JSchool alums. Today I’m featuring the first of those eight, Phil Ewing (BSJ ’05), a reporter for Navy Times.

    August 27, 2010 | comments (0)

    Garrett Downing graduated from the JSchool this past June. He already had landed a position with WEWS in Cleveland. I recently received this email, which he has given me permission to republish.

    A recent photo [added 9/14/10] of Garrett on set during a WEWS sports program.

    posted in: alumni
    August 26, 2010 | comments (0)

    Scholars convene at AEJMC in Denver

    Back in May, grad director Mike Sweeney wrote a blog post about the faculty and grad students who were headed to AEJMC in Denver to present their research.

    We’re all safely back from Denver now, and I’m happy to say that OU, the Scripps College, and the JSchool in particular, showed up in impressive form. In addition to the participants noted in Mike’s blog, I was struck by the number of alums from our program who not only attend but present their research. In addition to all of those folks I’ve been privileged to meet and know in the past 20+ years, former director Ralph Izard pointed out a number of key individuals in the AEJMC organization who got their doctorates from the JSchool before my arrival in 1987. Made me very proud.

    posted in: research
    August 14, 2010 | comments (0)

    Good advice from an organizer


    July 24, 2010 | comments (0)

    I just received the following “report” from our top graduating senior, Chelsea Toy. She gave me permission to share it with you.

    With our company also owning lots of related publications, our group publisher asked me this week to help him expand the barrel racing coverage on one of our sister magazines, Spin To Win Rodeo. This is going to be great, as Spin To Win is pretty much the top roping/rodeo magazine in the industry, and I used this magazine for part of my market review in my HTC scholarly essay that accompanied my professional project. (And that was just one year ago that Cary Frith and I were putting that analysis together… Funny how things change in a year.)

    posted in: alumni
    July 8, 2010 | comments (0)

    Vote for Ryan Lytle!


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    July 5, 2010 | comments (0)

    Lytle to appear on the Today Show

    In his quest to be MTV’s first “Twitter Jockey,” Ryan Lytle just got a huge boost: an invitation to sell his brand on the Today Show! You can read more about it on Ryan’s blog.

    If you haven’t been following the Ryan Lytle adventure, you may not know about his famous chest-bump with Today Show host and fellow Bobcat Matt Lauer. The “incident,” seen far and wide on youtube and other online video services, took place at the tail end of Ryan’s internship.

    June 23, 2010 | comments (0)

    The 2010 High School Journalism Workshop

    This past Saturday I had the privilege of meeting with the participants in the 2010 edition of our High School Journalism Workshop. In the 9:45 a.m. session, independent TV producer Peter Shaplen spoke with the students via Skype about lessons he learned while working as Walter Cronkite’s desk assistant.

    Peter challenged the students to think beyond the important tools they had learned during the workshop, to consider what kind of editors they want to be when they return to their high schools in the fall. An edited version of Peter’s talk is available below:

    posted in: high school journalism workshop
    June 21, 2010 | comments (0)

    I received this email today from Prof. Sandra Haggerty, who is retiring after more than three decades of service to the JSchool. I thought the email was worth sharing with you, and thankfully, Prof. Haggerty agreed to let me post it here.

    My 37 years (31 of them at Ohio University) in journalism education have been an adventure. I have worked with hundreds of students and scores of faculty members.

    May 24, 2010 | comments (0)

    JSchool students part of winning innovation team

    [video by Brian Grady]

    May 16, 2010 | comments (0)

    Spots remain open for High School Workshop

    The Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop is celebrating 65 years this June, when scholastic editors from Ohio, New York, West Virginia and all points in between converge on Athens to immerse themselves in the world of digital news as well as soak in the traditions that formed and maintained journalism.

    Over the decades, thousands of aspiring scholastic newshounds bulked up their reporting, honed their writing, shined up their pages, sharpened their photos and, perhaps most important of all, made friends and contacts that lasted through their professional and college careers.

    May 9, 2010 | comments (0)

    When students create media

    Today I added links to our “navbar” for two new student publications. Thread and The Essay are just the most recent examples of student publications we’ve seen leap across the great-idea-become-reality gap.

    I couldn’t begin to estimate how many hours have been invested in the creation of Thread and The Essay, or into Backdrop, the InterActivist, College Green and Speakeasy that came before and continue to be refined and reenergized with “student power.” I celebrate all of these efforts, because they represent hope for our industry. They also bring readers meaningful content in the here-and-now.

    May 5, 2010 | comments (0)

    Freedom of Information: the Right to Know

    May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day, when various media organizations call attention to issues related to press freedom issues.

    The U.S. State Department’s website ( is hosting a webchat with journalists:

    May 3, 2010 | comments (0)

    Courage: A self-portrait

    This past week I had the privilege of interviewing John Kaplan, a Pulitzer Prize winning JSchool alum who’s film “Pulitzer Pride” was shown at the 2010 Athens International Film+Video Festival. (watch the interview)

    Robert Stewart will become director of the JSchool when Tom Hodson steps down at the end of June.

    May 1, 2010 | comments (0)

    Internships that Rock

    Every student in the JSchool knows that one of their graduation requirements is completion of an internship. They also figure out that each internship offers an invaluable network of job contacts, not to mention the real-world work place experience that employers demand.

    Students featured in these interviews have figured out how to make that real-world internship experience be with an organization that either is a house-hold name — be it The Today Show, Billboard, or the Associated Press — or a global experience that broadens the students’ world view.

    posted in: freshmen
    February 8, 2010 | comments (0)

    Stay connected

    Social media have created a buzz in our field because they help people stay connected. But my gut tells me that social media only work when users want to stay connected — be it to people or organizations.

    Part of my job in the JSchool is to utilize social media tools to help our students and alumni stay connected — to us and to each other. But unless we provide good reasons for folks to want to stay connected, no amount of tweeting or podcasting will bring us closer together.

    posted in: alumni
    December 18, 2009 | comments (0)

    What can journalism freshmen do?

    One of the great opportunities presented to journalism freshmen at Ohio University is the chance to get involved. Right away.

    In the following story, JFreshmen Newsroom reporters Heather Bartman and Sienna Tomko talk with freshmen journalism student Lauren Martinez, who explains how her out-of-the-classroom experiences influence her sequence choice.

    posted in: freshmen
    October 23, 2009 | comments (0)

    Shaplen to work with JFreshmen Newsroom

    The man who was once news assistant to Walter Cronkite will be working with Ohio University first year journalism students taking part in the experimental “JFreshmen Newsroom.”

    Freelance producer Peter Shaplen, along with JSchool Prof. Bob Stewart, will work with students in the special section of JOUR101. Students in the course will create online content about the topic of one of their first courses: “Journalism & Society.” Their target audience will be the 200-plus JSchool freshmen enrolled in the regular JOUR101, and anyone else interested in the changes going on in the media sector.

    posted in: freshmen
    August 25, 2009 | comments (0)

    Schuneman Symposium podcasts, slideshow

    The recent Schuneman Symposium is available in the form of podcasts, slide show (flickr) and a replay of the live tweeting (via twitter) done during the symposium.

    posted in: future, podcasts, schuneman
    April 16, 2009 | comments (0)

    Your tech fee$ at work

    During the winter break technology elves gave JSchool classrooms a much needed technology upgrade.

    Using tech fee dollars that students pay each quarter, the school hired a university classroom technology crew to make Scripps Hall much “smarter.” Here’s a list of what they did:

    December 31, 2008 | comments (0)

    Alumni return to speak to freshmen

    The freshmen class in the JSchool recently heard four alums speak about their careers. What they heard was simple: You are part of a tradition. Don’t blow it.

    OK, their message was a little more nuanced, but in essence Cooper Jones (’00), Stephanie Busack (’05), Dan Farkas (’98) and Chelsea Hamilton (’06) told students in my J101 class that they have a responsibility to work hard, achieve and then give back. That’s the formula for making the JSchool a quality program.

    posted in: alumni, freshmen, j101
    October 14, 2008 | comments (0)

    When a student dies

    Today the JSchool mourns the death of Lianne Vernell, a journalism student from Athens, Ohio. Lianne died on Monday in a Columbus hospital.

    When we lose a student so suddenly we can’t help but realize that life is both precious and fragile. Lianne was known for her music, which will help us remember her. I will remember her lively performances in “Pippin” and “Little Women,” performed here in Athens in 2006 and 2007.

    posted in: online
    October 7, 2008 | comments (0)

    While you were away…

    We start the 2008 academic year with much to celebrate: two new faculty members (Assist. Profs. Aimee Edmondson and Yusuf Kalyango), an incoming class of 250 bright freshmen as well as a stellar class of new graduate students, new technology in classrooms (Anderson Auditorium, Scripps 108 and Sing Tao 101), and a Web site that helps keep everyone informed about accomplishments and programs in the JSchool.

    At the same time, we face the very real challenge of keeping up with the pace of change in our industry. This is a challenge facing the faculty as well as the students in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.

    posted in: j101
    September 8, 2008 | comments (0)

    More, more, more content

    The JSchool’s Web site features much more content as of today. New topic-specific sections have been added, making it easier to find exactly the information you seek, and some you might not even expect.

    Sequence-specific pages feature interviews with the top graduating senior for that area of study. These interviews give prospective students and students still enrolled a chance to learn from top students some important life lessons.

    posted in: alumni
    August 6, 2008 | comments (0)

    Top graduating senior for 2008 talks about her experiences as a student in the JSchool

    Great students have something to teach all of us, whether we are their classmates, their professors, or perhaps a prospective student considering studying journalism at Ohio University.

    Kirsten Brownrigg was voted the top 2008 graduating senior by the faculty of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. In this podcast, Brownrigg discusses the experiences she had as a journalism student at OU as well as her decision to select the Carr Van Anda program rather than one of the conventional sequences.

    posted in: cva, etc
    July 30, 2008 | comments (0)

    re: the Ad Club win

    To provide some perspective on the Ad Club’s win in the National Student Advertising Competition I asked its founder, Prof. Tom Peters (Emeritus), for his thoughts.

    I was a judge during the first year of the American Advertising Federation National Student

    posted in: ad club, advertising
    June 9, 2008 | comments (0)

    Media Reform conference

    The student members of Athens Free Press hosted the second annual media reform conference, “We STILL Want Better Media.” The conference opened with the viewing of a Scripps grad student documentary, “A Soldier’s Peace.”

    The conference ran May 9-10, 2008. For more information, visit the AFP Web site.

    posted in: media news
    May 9, 2008 | comments (0)

    Amy Wright will be this year’s Pre-College student adviser for incoming freshmen. In this interview Amy talks about her own Pre-College experience as well as how she’s preparing to advise next year’s freshmen.

    April 25, 2008 | comments (0)

    OU Ad Club wins District 5 competition

    April 19 — Ohio University’s Advertising Association team won first place at the American Advertising Federation District 5 National Student Advertising Competition held in Lexington, KY.

    Front (L to R): Michelle Haidet, Megan Kosicki, Ellen Cox, Liz Follet and Katelyn Mooney; Back (L to R): Laura Marczika, Prof. Hong Cheng, Ryan Dease, Laurel Wiencek, Lauren Miller, Prof. Craig Davis and Victor Rasgaitis.

    posted in: ad club, advertising
    April 20, 2008 | comments (0)

    JSchool’s scholarship given top 10 designation by CIOS

    A few weeks ago we received the following notice from the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS). Its taken us a little while, but weve finally figured out that its really good news!

    Your department has been identified as a “Top Ten” department for research in one or more areas of disciplinary research focus. The CIOSs ComVista/ComAnalytics system tracks article publication by faculty at more than 700 programs in the US and Canada, ranking them on the basis of research article productivity in the fields journal literature. A “Top Ten” designation occurs for a department (1) with faculty who have collectively published a minimum of 3 articles on a tracked subject and (2) when the departments collective record of publication places the department in the fields top ten, allowing for tied ranks. Congratulations. We hope youll be able to make use of this distinction in support of your departments mission.

    posted in: research
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    Amazing internship experiences

    In this post I want to tell you about three students’ internship experiences. Each of these student’s has a remarkable story to tell — the story of how an internship shaped his or her journalism education.

    Julia Marino (BSJ ’07) recently completed an internship in Africa with the Common Language Project. Her internship was funded with a John R. Wilhelm internship program scholarship through the journalism school.

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    JStudents head east, west

    One of the great things about teaching journalism at Ohio University is seeing our students venture out beyond their comfort zone. Learning about lands and peoples beyond their immediate horizon, our students are preparing themselves for careers that span the globe.

    The John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship program provides several students each year the chance to do an internship overseas. Eric Hornbeck is interning with in London this summer. Justin Thompson will join the banking publication this fall. You can read Eric’s blog to keep up with his UK-based internship. Meanwhile, Maria Gallucci is headed to the AP bureau in Mexico City this fall for her John R. Wilhelm internship. I’ll post more information about other Wilhelm internships as they develop in the fall.

    posted in: international
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    Memo to high school seniors

    Next fall’s JSchool freshmen will differ from previous generations of first-year journalism students in one important respect: They’ll be “journalism” majors.

    Let me explain.

    posted in: future
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    Can’t decide? Take this advice

    So, youre interested in journalism but you dont quite know where you want to focus.

    How about paying attention to our most recent group of top graduating seniors? After all, great students have something to teach all of us, whether we are their classmates, their professors, or perhaps a prospective student considering studying journalism at Ohio University.

    posted in: future
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    Saying thank you, one ode at a time

    Last Friday the faculty gathered in the Scripps 107 conference room for a potluck send off celebrating the careers of three faculty members. Sandra Haggerty, Anne Cooper-Chen and Patricia Westfall are transitioning to the next stage of their lives. Long-time JSchool “Oder” Dru Evarts helped make the event educational and entertaining with the performance of her ode in honor of the three.

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    The next three years…

    Today is the first day of my three-year term as director of the JSchool.

    I want to start my first “director” post by stating that I’m humbled to have been asked by the faculty to serve in this role during such a crucial time in the life of our program. During the three years ahead we will transition to semesters, move into a new building, and face the next accreditation cycle. Any one of these “tasks” is a full plate of demands.

    posted in: semesters
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    Top jschool graduates for 2010

    Selecting top graduates has never been an easy job, yet every year since I’ve been on the faculty we’ve collectively rolled up our sleeves to select students from each of our sequences, a top “overall” senior, as well as top masters and doctoral graduates.

    I’ve sometimes wondered over the years if this was such a good idea, given how many outstanding graduating seniors and grad students we have each year. Sure, there’s always a “top” GPA, but rarely does that translate into who wins top graduate awards. After all, a journalism education is more than just about grades.

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    Journalism educators from around the world gather in Athens

    This summer we are excited to be hosting more than a dozen journalism educators from around the world.

    They (and we) are taking part in the 2010 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Journalism and Media scholars, sponsored by the U.S. State Department. You can read more about it on the jschool’s “SUSI2010” website, as well as watch a “welcome” video by Prof. Yusuf Kalyango, head of our Institute for International Journalism.

    posted in: IIJ, international
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    Come to OU and create media

    In this blog post I want to call attention to how incoming students can get hands-on experience from the “get go.”

    In case you haven’t noticed, the very top line of the JSchool website is a list of links to student-produced media. This past year I got to add several new publications to the list, requiring me to shrink the font size down to an almost unreadable size. Here’s an easy-to-read version of the list, with a brief description of each outlet:

    posted in: advising, freshmen
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    This summer students from the Scripps College have been producing documentaries in Germany, mostly in and around the former East German city of Leipzig (aka “The ’Zig,” according to one student).

    posted in: documentary, international
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    Two journalism students receive Gilman Scholarships for study abroad

    Just saw in OU’s Compass online news service that two of our students received significant scholarships to study abroad. Congrats to Alexandra Motz and Crystalyn Thomas-Davis, who will use the Gilman Scholarships for specialized language study, according to the article.

    “Motz, a senior journalism major from Cincinnati, hopes that studying abroad will give her the opportunity to enter into travel reporting. She will study documentary production and photography in addition to Spanish in Costa Rica and is currently sending samples of her work to travel websites.”

    posted in: international
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    Read the (QR) code to learn more

    This year we’re embracing QR codes “linked” to videos to help our incoming students better grasp our new curriculum as well as the transition from quarters to semesters.

    “Q2S,” as it’s referred to here at OU, involves not only creating a new semesters-based curriculum (which we’ve done), but explaining that new curriculum to students who will be transitioning from the one academic calendar (quarters) to the other (semesters). Most important is this “bottom line” question: Will students graduate on time when they start on one calendar and finish on the other?

    posted in: advising
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    On my recent trip to Washington DC, I interviewed two relatively new graduates who share the distinction of landing first jobs out of JSchool at the Washington Post.

    Matt Zapotosky and Meghan Louttit (twitter: @mlouttit) have been full-timers at the Washington newspaper for a little more than two years. Yet, as these interviews indicate, they already have first-hand experience when it comes to the organization changing how it operates.

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    Not long after she graduated in 2008, Jessica Beinecke landed a job at the Voice of America’s Mandarin language service. Within a week of starting her job as a researcher, she was invited to audition as host of a television program.

    In the first two videos below, Beinecke describes studying Chinese at Ohio University, studying abroad, as well as working at the VOA’s Mandarin service.

    posted in: broadcast, international, pr
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    Bootcamp offered by JSchool’s Society of Alumni and Friends

    This summer we’re conducting our first refresher course for alumni, organized by our Society of Alumni and Friends.


    posted in: alumni
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    When Michael Carpel entered the job market in 1995, Fox News barely was an idea on the drawing board.

    Now fifteen years into his career, Carpel can say he was one of those who got in on the ground floor with the highly-rated cable news channel. In the following videos, he describes his responsibilities as assignment editor for Fox NewsEdge, a service that provides Fox News affiliates the big story of the day.

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    If you don’t follow the JSchool on Twitter (@scrippsjschool) you might have missed the news about our SPJ chapter’s recent win (read INC’s article).

    The chapter, which also received this award in 2005, has long had a reputation for embracing serious journalism. But from what I can tell, the members have a very good time in the process. And no, I don’t mean in the “party school” way.

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    When the OU Ad Club’s anti-binge drinking campaign failed to win top-billing at the 2009 National Student Advertising Competition, our student team members figured those were the breaks. End of story.

    About one year later, Ad Club co-adviser Professor Craig Davis received a letter from the Century Council with Very Good News. The OU team’s campaign had been selected as one of four in the nation to be funded to the tune of $75K for a trial run. The student-produced “Drink Too Much and You Can Miss a Lot” campaign was re-born.

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    This Scripps Day culminates in a 3-5 p.m. screening of video documentaries produced in Germany by teams of students from across the Scripps College of Communication.

    Two of the five documentaries produced during the summer Ohio Leipzig European Center program will be shown to an audience of Scripps students, faculty, as well as visiting Scripps professionals.

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    Semester in Washington: A testimonial, plus a visit from the director

    As part of Scripps Day this year we’ve had the good fortune to host Jody Beck, director of the Scripps Foundation Wire’s Semester in Washington. program.

    JSchool students have been participating in Beck’s program since its inception in 1998. Our current “representative” on Beck’s staff is Adam Liebendorfer, who sent me this update just today.

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    Business journalism: Your ticket to NYC, Wall Street

    Next Tuesday (Oct. 5) Professor Mark Tatge and I will host an informational meeting (with free pizza!) for students interested in a New York City business journalism trip scheduled for later this academic year.

    The three-day visit is being organized by Professor Tatge, who formerly worked for Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Tatge teaches two courses in business writing – J439 (winter quarter) and J 440 (spring quarter).

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    Their days, their media

    JFreshmen Newsroom students spent last week producing stories about how they use media on any given day.

    Here’s a sample of stories:

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    Wilhelm interns covering major news events

    This quarter we have students on the John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship program covering events in Ecuador and the Middle East.

    Gail Burkhardt, a double-major in journalism and Spanish, recently wrote the story “Police Riots in Ecuadore,” filed on the IIJ’s blog.

    posted in: international
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    College named Center of Excellence in Ohio

    Today we learned that Ohio’s Board of Regents has named the academic “home” of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism a “Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation” for the state of Ohio.

    Just what does that mean?

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    Freshmen profiles: J101 on J101

    Last Friday, students in the JFreshmen Newsroom section of JOUR101 produced video profiles of a number of freshmen journalism students. The goal: find out what kind of hands-on journalism activities our students are involved in right from the get-go.

    Here are the profiles, arranged as a youtube playlist:

    posted in: freshmen
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    Murray Scholar discusses sportswriting, benefits of winning award

    HTC Journalism student Michael Stainbrook is only a second-year student at Ohio University, but the sports columnist for The Post already is receiving national recognition.

    Stainbrook is one of this year’s five Murray Scholars, awarded by the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation in memory of the late Pulitzer Prize winning sports columnist.

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    This year we took advantage of our Homecoming reception to interview alumni who were back in town for the weekend. This interview features Brittany Kress, who was editor of The Post during the 2006-07 academic year.

    Kress, who was in the magazine sequence here at OU, recently took a job as copy-writer for Victoria Secret. In this interview, Kress discussed how her journalism skills factor in to her new position.

    posted in: magazine
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    The changing media landscape (WOUB)

    This past week, WOUB featured several JSchool alumni in special programs, including an hour-long panel discussion focusing on changes in the media industry.

    The program, which included alumni from the JSchool and School of Media Arts and Studies, is available online. Also featured on the program: Carolyn Lewis, director of WOUB, host Tim Sharp, news director for WOUB, and JSchool Associate Director Hugh Martin.

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    JSchool alumni featured on Alumni Newswatch

    One of the highlights of Homecoming 2010 was WOUB’s Alumni Newswatch, featuring several JSchool alumni as well as alums from the School of Media Arts and Studies.

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    Pulitzer Center director tells students about alternative model for covering international news

    Jon Sawyer founded the Pulitzer Center in 2006 to help news organizations cover international news during difficult economic times.

    Sawyer was on campus this week to share with students how they can tap in to the center’s resources if they want to cover international news.

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    Wilhelm intern discusses experiences with AP Jerusalem

    This is a re-post of a video interview of grad student Aisha Mohammed, who returned last month from an internship in the AP Jerusalem bureau. Below the YouTube video is a list of links to articles she wrote for the AP.

    Mohammed received the Shirley and William Fleischer Foreign Correspondence Internship scholarship.

    posted in: international
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    ImPRessions takes on JSchool social media campaign

    Last night the JSchool’s social media campaign took a Big Step forward when an ImPRessions team lead by Samantha Bartlett explained how smarter use of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube could advance our program.

    Bartlett presents the social media proposalSocial media are the rage. We all know it, but we don’t necessarily know what to do with it. Social media are an illusive target, especially for those of us who didn’t grow up using Facebook. Still, we know we need to use it if we want to reach our target audience, which includes 17-year old high school students, as well as our current students and alumni.

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    The second in our Homecoming Profiles series is recent grad Garrett Downing, who landed his first job out of school at WEWS in Cleveland.

    In this interview, Downing discussed how his various journalism activities on campus helped prepare him for his position.

    posted in: broadcast, newswriting, online
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    The next profile in our Homecoming series is 1982 grad Jeff Worden, owner of the Pittsburgh-based worden/PR.

    In this interview, Worden discussed how he changed from a news career to a PR career, and how Ohio University’s journalism school helped prepare him for both careers.

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    Two of our Society of Alumni and Friends officers joined us for the recent Homecoming reception. Stephanie Pavol currently serves as president, while Chelsea Hamilton is secretary.

    Interviews by Hallie Gebel (Hamilton) and Kate Irby (Pavol)

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    Ryan Dease works in New York City in advertising. In an interview given during Homecoming 2010, Ryan discussed his position, his career goals, and gives tips to journalism students about preparing for the real world.

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    When Steven Newman appeared at our homecoming reception, someone whispered, “Isn’t that the guy who walked around the world?”

    The answer was yes, that was the guy who walked around the world, then wrote books about it and spoke to untold numbers of people and groups about it. And because students in my JFreshmen Newsroom already had a camera set up to do interviews, we jumped at the chance to ask Steven to tell us his story.

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    Suddes featured on Talk of the Nation

    I’m not surprised at all to find out that our very own Tom Suddes was a guest expert on Talk of the Nation this past week.

    Anyone who knows Tom will tell you that he is unrivaled when it comes to understanding Ohio politics. Listen to him (fast-forward to the 20:40 mark) as he analyzes the 2010 mid-term election in Ohio.

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    Bush Seminar 2010

    The JSchool’s faculty (as well as some of our students) has just descended from a great hill-top (aka Inn at Cedar Falls “Gathering Place”) experience that was the 2010 edition of our annual Bush Seminar.

    The seminar, first held in 1968, is made possible by a generous donation from the Gordon K. Bush Memorial Fund. The one rule of the event is that we’re not allowed to vote on any “action” items. Instead, we’re simply supposed to think deep thoughts about important topics that are too big to fit into the normal faculty meeting timeframe.

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    Multimedia stories by JFreshmen Newsroom students to be featured on

    Last year I was contacted by Harumi Gondo at UPI to see if our students would be interested in producing stories for, a college outreach program run by the news wire agency started by Mr. E.W. Scripps in 1907.

    I immediately thought of the multimedia stories that students in my second JFreshmen Newsroom class would produce during the Fall 2010 quarter. The JFreshmen Newsroom is an alternative, hands-on version of our traditional JOUR101 introductory course. The main difference is that instead of a lecture format, the course is a “how to” workshop. Students are still responsible for the reading material covered in the large JOUR101 course, but class time is spent working on multimedia story-telling skills.

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    During Homecoming 2010 festivities back in October, freelance journalist Martin Savidge sat for a one-hour interview with students in the JFreshmen Newsroom.

    The interview covers career advice, ethical dilemmas he’s faced when covering complex stories, and the moral challenges of covering 9/11 and Katrina.

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    JSchool’s Wall Street Tour set for May

    Students interested in business reporting are invited to apply for the JSchools inaugural Wall Street Tour (May 25-28), organized by Scripps Howard Visiting Professional Prof. Mark Tatge.

    Download information about the trip and an application, which must be sent to Prof. Tatge by Friday, Jan. 28th. Contact Tatge for additional information.

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    JSchool after dark, on Facebook

    Last Friday we launched the official E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Facebook page, created and run by students on our ImPRessions “Swat” team. The theme: What goes on in Scripps Hall after dark, once professors head home.

    Bush Seminar 2010
    Members of the ImPRessions team, meeting with the faculty at the Bush Seminar retreat.

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    Study abroad program focuses on environmental communication in Europe

    This summer, faculty in the Scripps College will take students to Leipzig, Germany to study environmental communication.

    Prof. Bernhard Debatin (see below) from the JSchool is organizing the program, which focuses on the communication of environmental issues primarily in the former East Germany.

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    Get some Soul (of Athens)

    If you don’t know about the award-winning project called Soul of Athens, then you don’t know about an amazing opportunity here on campus to tell multimedia stories to a global audience.

    Here’s the official blurb from Prof. Stan Alost in the School of Visual Communication:

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    Earn credit during business journalism trip to NYC

    JOUR 492 requires permission of instructor. Students need to have at least sophomore status. Completion of one or more news-related internship or JOUR 439 / JOUR 440 is also strongly encouraged. Please see Prof. Tatge for more details, e-mail:

    Some travel stipends are available to help defray costs to students. Please indicate to Prof. Tatge if funding support is needed.

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    Meghan Louttit’s first job following graduation from the JSchool in 2008 was with the Washington Post. Less than three years later and a few months shy of her 25th birthday, she accepted a position with the New York Times.

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    A decade of

    Tomorrow (Feb. 5) marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of, a portal site featuring more than 150 Athens bloggers, local news, community news from non-profits, photographs posted on Flickr, and lots more.

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    Martinez wins scholarship

    JSchool student Lauren Martinez has turned an online video into a $1000 scholarship to study in Spain.

    Competing with 800 applicants, Lauren used the following YouTube video to bolster her chances of winning the scholarship:

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    This is an announcement I’ve been looking forward to making. Former Washington Post ombudsman and JSchool alum Andy Alexander will return to campus as the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional.

    As noted in the announcement released today (see below), Andy will teach for us as well as work with WOUB and the Voinovich School on various initiatives.

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    ImPRessions granted national affiliation status

    This just in: the JSchool’s student-run PR firm has been selected by the national PRSSA organization as an “affiliate.” What does that mean?

    It means that the work of public relations students on ImPRessions accounts (such as the JSchool team) is recognized as significant. It means that the journalism education available to those students here in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, along with the hustle they demonstrate by going the extra mile in joining ImPRessions, is a winning combination.

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    Doc student returns from Guyana enriched by teaching experience

    It isn’t every day that doctoral students get the chance to teach in another country, much less spend an entire quarter doing so.

    I recently sat down with Sally Ann Cruikshank, a second-year doctoral student in our program, to hear about her recent experience in Guyana. I also asked her to write up a blog entry about her experiences, as well as let me include some photos of her trip. All of those media are included in this post.

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    Congrats on new website at The Post

    If you missed it, The Post launched its re-designed website, to go along with its re-designed print edition.

    Even though lots of folks assume that we run The Post, the fact is we don’t. Just like everyone else, we find out what’s in the newspaper when we read it in print or online. In other words, we can’t — and don’t try to — tell the editor or the staff what to write in The Post.

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    RTDNA announces endorsement of summit resolution

    Earlier this quarter student journalists from across the state gathered here in Athens to compare notes on difficulties they’ve faced when trying to do their job on Ohio college campuses. Part of the day was spent drafting a resolution calling on university administrators to comply with Ohio laws requiring transparency.

    Today, the national RTDNA board endorsed that same resolution. Here’s the press release:

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    The alum who discovered the shrinking Jared (hint: with Subway)

    Dan Dahlen (@rddahlen) graduated from the JSchool in 1976 with a focus on advertising. Thirty-five years later, he still has “ketchup in his veins.”

    In this interview, which was done this past Homecoming, Dahlen told students in the JFreshmen Newsroom about his education, his career, as well as the state of the advertising industry.

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