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Meet new PhD student Clay Carey

by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies

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)

Meet new PhD student Paul Jacoway

by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies

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)

Meet new PhD student Yizi Zhang

by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies

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)

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