Journalism faculty members Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, Dr. Catherine Cassara, Dr. Jim Foust, Dr. Terry Rentner and Kelly Taylor were among those who taught sessions for the first-ever NFL Sports Journalism and Communications Boot Camp. The four-day workshop welcomed twenty former and current NFL players to learn more about post-football opportunities in Sports Journalism and Communications.
June 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Catherine Cassara, Events, Jim Foust, Kathy Bradshaw, Kelly Taylor, Slideshows, Terry Rentner
April 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Alumni, Catherine Cassara, Events, Faculty Achievements, Jim Foust, Kathy Bradshaw, Kelly Taylor, Terry Rentner
Journalism professors will be participating in the first-ever Sports Journalism and Communications Boot Camp for the National Football League. The program, designed to train players for post-NFL careers in sports journalism and communications, will be held on BGSU’s campus from May 13-16. Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, Dr. Catherine Cassara, Dr. Jim Foust, Dr. Terry Rentner and Kelly Taylor will oversee sessions on writing and media production.
The boot camp is part of the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project. Maxwell is a graduate of BGSU’s journalism program and retired as the NFL’s senior director of broadcasting in 2006. 24 current and retired NFL players are scheduled to attend the program.
April 19th, 2013 · No Comments · Faculty Achievements, Jim Foust
The 11th Edition of Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques has been released by Holcomb Hathaway Publishers. Dr. Jim Foust is now lead author on the text, along with Ed Fink and Lynne Gross of California State University, Fullerton. The book is one of the two most popular video production textbooks in the world, and has been published since the 1970s. Foust has been involved with the book since its 7th edition.
April 12th, 2013 · No Comments · Events, General News, Mike Horning, Student Media
Six members took a trip to the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press in March to visit the newsrooms and talk with reporters/editors about preparing for a job in journalism. Students got to see the Pulitzer that the Free Press recently won for its coverage of the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal, and they also talked with online editors about the way they are using mobile to cover breaking news. They also got a tour of the original library at the Detroit Press that once employed 20 librarians to help reporters with their research. The building is up for sale, and both papers will be moving out soon. I’ve included a few pics of the library.
Also, over the weekend 10 students took a trip to the SPJ region 4 conference in Dayton. The highlight of the event was listening to Ross Gallabrese, the executive editor of the Herald-Star in Steubenville, OH, talk about coverage of the Steubenville trial. Students also heard from several other interesting speakers. In another seminar Glenn Hartong of the Cincinnati Enquirer discussed how all the reporters were now using iPhones in their coverage to shoot video. The Dispatch also brought along copies of the newly resized paper that they have developed along with the Enquirer.
SPJ faculty adviser Mike Horning took some pictures of the events.
April 11th, 2013 · No Comments · Alumni
One of the first things Tim Sampson did when he found out he got a position at the Onion was call one of his best friends, Abbey Kindler.
“He called me when he got it and said, ‘I know it’s not as exciting as getting married, but I think it might be,’” Kindler said. “He was very excited and I was excited for him.”
March 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Events, Guest Speakers, Nancy Brendlinger
Rhonda Sewell spoke with JOUR 3200: Feature Writing on Feb. 21. She shared her history in journalism, including 18 years on the Toledo Blade, mostly as a feature writer, and 10 of those years as a fashion writer. She told stories of events she had covered both as a hard news reporter and feature writer. She also spoke about and gave examples of how her journalism experience is helping her now as she works as the director of media relations for the Toledo Lucas County Library system. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.
February 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Alumni, Guest Speakers, Nancy Brendlinger
Photojournalist Enoch Wu (BGSU 2011) talked to students in the Dr. Nancy Brendlinger’s feature writing class. He gave them advice about taking photographs with cell phones, and he described the differences between working alone and working with a reporter. He also critiqued student photographs. Danae King (BGSU 2014), a student in the class, took this photograph. Wu is a photojournalist with the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune.
February 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Faculty Achievements, Mike Horning
Assistant Professor Mike Horning put together a journalist’s “scavenger hunt” game for the BGSU Center for Teaching and Learning Fair. He used a mashup with Google Forms, Fusion Tables and Geolocation. The basic idea is that students complete a series of tasks over the semester using their phones and social media. The completed game puts their work on a Google Map. The demo is still in development, but you can see it here. Click geolocation and it should find out where you are. Copy paste those coordinates into Google maps to see if it works.
January 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Opportunities
It’s time to apply for scholarships in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. This process is for the scholarships awarded by the department itself; it is separate from other scholarships you may be applying for through BGSU or other sources.
The application materials, including general information about available scholarships and instructions for submitting application materials can be found here.
The application deadline for current students is February 15, 2013.
The application deadline for incoming or transfer students is February 22, 2013.
Please feel free to Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, chair of the department, if you have any questions.
December 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Events, Guest Speakers
December 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Events, Guest Speakers
Award-winning reporter Brian Bull captivated students and community members in the Bowen Thompson Student Union in November. Bull is a public radio reporter and producer with Cleveland’s ideastream® public media company.
He talked about covering Native American issues, and described his commitment to teaching others about Native American culture. Bull is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. He described how important it is to earn the trust and respect of people who are different from you so that you can accurately report about their concerns. Bull appreciates the integrity and balance of public radio and its kinship with the oral tradition so important in the Nez Perce culture.
His stories about the Hmong community helped Wisconsin Public Radio win its first UNITY award from The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). He also spoke to introductory, reporting, and feature writing students in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.
His work on public radio has been honored with awards from the Associated Press, the Milwaukee Press Club and the Native American Journalists Association. RTDNA has honored Bull with multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. His stories have aired on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “The World,” “Marketplace,” and “National Native News.”
December 5th, 2012 · No Comments · General News
From College Media Matters, sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press.
May 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faculty Achievements, Terry Rentner
Journalism and Public Relations faculty member, former chair and current Director of the School of Media and Communication Terry Rentner has been promoted to therank of Professor. She is the first woman in the history of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations to receive this promotion. Here, she is shown with Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Simon Morgan-Russell after the Board of Trustees meeting approving her promotion.
May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Alumni, Events, General News, Guest Speakers, Slideshows
Alumnus Chris Hawley has joined a select group of journalists that can call themselves Pulitzer Prize-winners. Hawley, who graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1995 with a journalism degree, along with three other reporters at The Associated Press, was awarded the prize for investigative reporting on April 16. The group worked on a months-long series outlining the New York Police Department’s surveillance of minority and Muslim neighborhoods since the 9/11 terror attacks.
According to the AP, the “NYPD stories revealed that the department had become one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, sending undercover officers into minority neighborhoods, student groups and houses of worship, though there was no indication they harbored criminals or terrorists.
“In documenting the extent of the NYPD’s undercover operations, conducted with the advice and guidance of the CIA, the AP team’s stories ignited ongoing debate in the halls of government, in the ethnic communities, on editorial pages and across the Web,” the AP said.
The stories can be read here.
The series was also awarded the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting earlier this year. The prize is given out by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
“With Chris it’s no surprise at all,” said Dr. Catherine Cassara, journalism. “He was just special. I taught the basic reporting class, but from the very first exercise he was doing exceptional work. He was just a joy.”
Hawley joins a growing list of alumni who have won the prestigious award. Composer Jennifer Higdon won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2010. In 2005, Mizell Stewart was the acting managing editor of The (Biloxi) Sun-Herald, supervising coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Sun Herald was recognized in 2006 with the Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service. And alumna Marcy Nighswander was part of the team that took home the 1993 Pulitzer for Feature Photography.
April 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Alumni
Dan Spehler, an alumni of the Broadcast Sequence in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, was one of two hosts for the inaugural BGSU Leadership Circle Gala. The Gala, held in BGSU’s new Stroh Center, recognized donors of $1000 or more to the university.
Spehler is currently a reporter at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. Previously, he worked in Toledo, Dayton and Indianapolis. While he was at BGSU, he was a producer, reporter and anchor for BG-24 News, the university’s student-run television newscast.
April 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Events, Guest Speakers, Slideshows, Student Achievements
March 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Events, Guest Speakers, Student Media
Taking Local News Live: How to succeed in print and online media, post graduation
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31
121 West Hall
The event will feature:
Galion Live publisher and owner
Jan Larson from the Sentinel Tribune
BGSU Career Center
Not sure what online and print media companies are looking for? Come to “Taking Local News Live” to learn more about the skills you need to be successful in the news media. Presenters will address interviewing skills, how to report for the Web and how reporting local news is changing.
For more information contact Danae King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association are sponsoring this event.
January 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Alumni
1994 BGSU journalism graduate Mizell Stewart has been named vice president of content for the Scripps newspaper group. He will oversee the creation and production of news, information and entertainment for print and digital platforms in the 13 Scripps newspaper markets. Stewart was most recently editor of the Evansville (In.) Courier-Press.
January 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Alumni
BGSU Broadcast Journalism alum Dan Spehler covers preparations for the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Spehler is currently a reporter/anchor at WKRC in Cincinnati.