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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.

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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)

Students prepare for Zambia

Winter intersession is drawing near and the cold days and icy roads are almost upon us. But 18 Ohio University students from three schools in the Scripps College of Communication have a Plan B this winter intersession. They are preparing for their trip to Zambia, Southern Africa. They will escape the wintry blizzards, below freezing wind gusts, and the daily shoveling of 2-feet of snow, to enjoy some amazing African summer flora and fauna, outdoor swimming, and hiking in the jungles. Participants will depart for Zambia on November 25, a day after Thanksgiving and return on December 22, 2011.

Students going to Zambia pose in Baker Center

Students nominated for this competitive annual journalism study abroad program to Africa are: Lindsay Boyle (online journalism), Brenda Evans (online journalism) Heather Farr (public relations), Lauren Nolan (public relations), Bethany Scott (public relations), Danielle Parker (public relations), Sara M. Rice (public relations), Molly Nocheck (broadcast), Bradley Parks (broadcast), Jenna Miller (broadcast), Amber Skorpenske (broadcast), Adam C. Flango (magazine), Brooke Bunce (magazine), Tyler O. Deal (magazine), Rebecca Koch (advertising), Sarah DuBois (communication studies), Chelsea A. Molder (communication studies) and Alisha Estabrook (visual communication).

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.

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September 24, 2011 | comments (0)

Meet new PhD student Clay Carey

Clay Carey is a native of Tennessee who, before enrolling in Ohio University for his master’s degree, worked as a correspondent for USA Today and edited and wrote for newspapers including The Nashville Tennessean. His investigative and other reporting skills have earned him SPJ and and Tennessee Press awards. He places a premium on community and giving back to it, which he has done in his professional work and continues to do so even while working toward his doctoral degree.

As the assistant director for the E.W. Scripps High School Journalism Workshop, Carey is able to do something he enjoys the most: work with young people. Harnessing students’ enthusiasm for journalism projects was an interest even in his pre-graduate-school life, when as an editor he helped a school establish a student-run newspaper.

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September 21, 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)

Meet new PhD student Paul Jacoway

Paul Jacoway is an Akron, Ohio, native with degrees from the University of Akron and Kent State University. He also carries a certification from Diablo Valley College in California in television arts and visual communication. Jacoway describes himself as having been a non-traditional student from the start, but he can be more significantly characterized by the level of involvement and the pride he takes in his area of focus, documentary film production.

Jacoway’s film-making interests span all stages of the process, from writing and research to filming and editing the final piece. In fact, he prefers to individually create his projects from start to finish and maintain creative control of the results.

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September 19, 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:

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September 15, 2011 | comments (0)

Meet new PhD student Yizi Zhang

Yizi Zhang is a former journalist and media officer of Greenpeace China, with degrees from the University of Leeds and the Tianjin University of Technology. Zhang’s quest for answers to questions — both professionally and personally — is unhindered by the risk of discomfort.

While working as a journalist and editor (Morning Post and Tianjin Daily) in Tianjin, near Beijing, she posed as a patient at a drug rehab center as a way to gain an understanding of the patients’ state of mind during their treatment to uncover psychological elements of drug addiction.

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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

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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)

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