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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.

JSchool students on set of CNBC's

NOTE: These trips were organized with tremendous help from our alumni.

>> Hosting (through our Institute for International Journalism) 17 journalism educators from around the world this summer.

AEJMC 2011

>> Reading Tweets and blog posts written by our students in Zambia this winter break (see photos).

OU students in Zambia

>> Observing faculty and graduate students presenting their research at this year’s AEJMC in St. Louis.

AEJMC 2011

>> Hosting Brandt Ayers, recipient of our top award for lifetime achievement, the Carr Van Anda. Ayers is publisher of the Anniston Star (in my hometown of Anniston, Alabama).

Brandt Ayers speaking after the presentation of the Carr Van Anda

>> Hosting our first (and I hope, not last!) Mel Helitzer Humor in Communication Lecture, featuring comedian and commentator Lee Camp.

Lee Camp, giving the Mel Helitzer Humor in Communication Lecture

>> Attending the Creating the Future: Managing Media in the Digital Age at the outset of the Fall quarter. Check out the video interview I did with Scripps CEO Rich Boehne, a featured speaker at the conference.

>> Interviewing alumni and current students about their on-campus (and beyond) experiences that shape their careers.

>> Our opening event for the E.W. Scripps Statehouse News Bureau. Read stories by fellows in the program.

>> Hosting my classmate from grad school, Bob McChesney, as well as Craig Aaron from Freepress.

>> Hosting alumnus Jonathan Peters for our inaugural Kappa Tau Alpha Lecture.

KTA inductees, with Jonathan Peters (right)

>> Attending the inaugural Ohio Sunshine Summit, organized by students in our SPJ and RTDNA chapters.


>> Listening (and watching) long-time National Geographic photographer William Allard speak at the Schuneman Symposium.

NOTE: The introduction by Smitty Schuneman is not to be missed.

>> Seeing our social media “Swat” team realize our goal of becoming more interactive on Facebook and Twitter.

>> Hosting Brian Stelter of the New York Times shortly after the release of Page One, a documentary that features media writers at the venerable newspaper are featured. Listen to the podcast of his presentation in my JOUR 101 class.

Brian Stelter (New York Times), and Mr. Scripps

December 29, 2011

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