Alumnus interviews Donald Trump during Hall of Fame stop

Jason Rentner interviws Donald Trump

Jason Rentner ’09, director of digital and social media for the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, interviews Donald Trump, who visited the HOF Wednesday. Rentner incorporated the interview into a short video he created of Trump’s visit to the sports museum. Photo provided.

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Kuhlin Center Ribbon Cutting

Kuhlin Center

Kuhlin Center

Bowling Green State University invites BGSU Media and Communication alumni and friends to the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center (formerly South Hall), new home of the BGSU School of Media & Communication.

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Get with the Program

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Almost 50 incoming students are joining BGSU’s Department of Journalism and Public Relations. “Get with the Program” gave students the chance to meet one another, see the new Kuhlin Center facilities and learn about student media and the Journalism and Public … Continue reading

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Broadcast professor gains knowledge about television news coverage abroad through German fellowship

Kathy Bradshaw

Kathy Bradshaw in Germany as part of the RIAS Berlin Kommission Fellow.

Kathy Bradshaw, associate professor, spent a small portion of her summer in Germany and Belgium as a RIAS Berlin Kommission Fellow learning about politics, economics and broadcast journalism in Germany and Europe. With 11 commercial and public, local and network, radio and television broadcast journalists from the United States, Bradshaw, was the only academic fellow.

The RIAS Fellows heard presentations from commercial and government-supported television stations about news coverage and constraints.

One of the biggest, on-going stories in Germany has been the more than 1 million refugees accepted into a country of 80 million citizens.

The 12 Fellows visited refugee centers and talked with refugees and people helping them through the process of becoming German citizens. The refugees said they were eager to learn the German language and become productive contributors. The head of a German think tank explained current approaches to integrating the mostly Moslem and mostly Middle Eastern refugees into German society.

“The extraordinary compassion that moved German Chancellor Angela Merkel to admit the refugees is all the more remarkable when you consider the cost, the backlash, and the possible political cost to her,” Bradshaw said.

The first step is teaching refugees a level of German language proficiency sufficient to go to work. That coincides with preparing sometimes entirely homogeneous communities to welcome the German-speaking refugees. Bradshaw explained that they are figuring out this process on the fly. It has become more practical and more effective as it has been fine-tuned and as the flow of refugees has slowed, she said.

The Fellows learned about the terrorist threat in Germany from Thomas Volk of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. He described the threat of terrorism in Germany and offered an agenda for countering that threat.

His research showed that more than 700 people have traveled to Islamic State-controlled territory. In Germany, the Islamic State recruits on the Internet, in some mosques, through sports organizations, and in prisons.

He suggested the need for a nationwide program to counter the recruiting. “A historical-critical exegesis of the Quran, an expansion of Islamic religious education in schools, increased use of German as the medium in which sermons are delivered in mosques, employment of more Muslim chaplains [in prisons], as well as websites aimed at young people that promote considered Islam can counter the alarming trend of increasing Islamist radicalization,” he wrote.

The RIAS fellows had off-the-record briefings from the U.S. ambassador to Germany, a German official with national security responsibilities, NATO experts, and European Union officials. “Those briefings gave me a visceral appreciation for the way in which the U.S. geographic isolation from military threat has formed public views and of the vital importance of the NATO alliance,” Bradshaw said.

About her two-week experience, Bradshaw said the RIAS fellow was incomparable. “I was fortunate to be invited to attend the RIAS Kommission Awards, and I am grateful to have shared the experiences with journalists from across the U.S.,” she said.

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School of Media and Communication seeking two Instructors

School of Media and Communication
Instructor, Social Media

The School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University invites applications for a full-time, renewable, non-tenure track faculty position. Primary teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate level with possibility of teaching selected courses in the graduate program. Teaching will be in the area of social media such as social media campaigns, interactive media and advertising, social media for journalism and public relations. The position may include supervision of student media groups as well as responsibility for the school’s social media presence.

Bowling Green State University is located in Northwest Ohio approximately 20 miles south of Toledo and the Michigan border. BGSU is just two hours from Cleveland and Columbus and one hour from Detroit. The university is strongly committed to teaching excellence, which extends to multiple sources of support for pedagogical growth, including optional faculty learning communities and opportunities for training in use of technology in teaching.

Minimum qualifications MA or MFA in Media and Communication or related fields (i.e., advertising, public relations, graphic design, and visual communication) is required. Expertise in teaching the creation, production, management and analysis of social media campaigns is required. Expertise and proficiency in current social media platforms and practices. Knowledge of advertising and publication theories or design principles or professional experience.

Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. Professional experience. The ability to teach other courses that align with the school’s needs.

Application:

A completed application must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and at least three current and original signed letters of recommendation. The application cover letter and CV (including references names and contact information) must be received by June 17, 2016. Recommendation letters must be on paper and received June 17, 2016. Finalists must provide transcript evidence of highest degree. Paper applications and reference letters should be addressed to: Carman Kinney, School of Media and Communication, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0233. Inquiries can be made of Dr. Laura Stafford, Chair of the Search Committee, at llstaff@bgsu.edu.

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.


 

School of Media and Communication
Instructor, Audio/Video Production

The School of Media and Communication invites applications for a full-time, renewable,
Non-tenure track faculty position to teach production courses for broadcast, interactive web and mobile environments. This will include a mix of classes in basic through advanced audio production as well as basic video production. Candidate will be responsible for training students in use of broadcast facilities and supporting Falcon Media production. Responsibilities also include developing collaborative media projects with other University units, local community and industry leaders.

Bowling Green State University is located in Northwest Ohio approximately 20 miles south of Toledo and the Michigan border. BGSU is just two hours from Cleveland and Columbus and one hour from Detroit. The university is strongly committed to teaching excellence, which extends to multiple sources of support for pedagogical growth, including optional faculty learning communities and opportunities for training in use of technology in teaching.

Minimum qualifications: MA, MM, or MFA in media production, recording technology or related field. Established record of successful teaching and a strong record of creative activity. Advanced practical skills are required; including tracking, mixing, mastering, and audio post production. Must be invested in mentoring students and enhancing the overall intellectual community through innovative interdisciplinary programming and collaborations.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects and in music production, streaming, sound design or live events. Familiarity with music publishing and entertainment business/marketing and/or FCC regulations. The ability to teach other courses that align with the school’s needs.

Application:

A completed application must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and at least three current and original signed letters of recommendation. The application cover letter and CV (including references names and contact information) must be received by June 17, 2016. Recommendation letters must be on paper and received June 17, 2016. Finalists must provide transcript evidence of highest degree and will be required to submit a portfolio of work. Paper applications and reference letters should be addressed to: Carman Kinney, School of Media and Communication, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0233. Inquiries can be made of Dr. Laura Stafford, Chair of the Search Committee, at llstaff@bgsu.edu.

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities regardless of age, gender identity, genetic information, religion, or sexual orientation.

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Nancy Brendlinger Retirement

Photos from Dr. Nancy Brendlinger’s retirement party, April 29, 2016. See story here.

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NFL players learn about journalism on campus at boot camp

NFL Boot Camp

NFL Boot Camp Participants

Thirteen NFL players participated in the BGSU NFL Journalism and Radio Boot Camp April 14-17. Faculty participants included Jim Foust, Terry Rentner and Kelly Taylor from the Department of Journalism and Public Relations; Lori Liggett and Stephen Merrill from the Department of Media Production and Studies; and Nancy Spencer from the Sport Management Department. The event is part of the NFL Player Engagement Program.

READ RELATED STORY by Bob Cunningham on the BGSU news site.

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Brendlinger to retire in May after 26 years at BGSU

Nancy Brendlinger

Nancy Brendlinger

By Tiffany Jackson
Reporting Student

During one of the student trips to Paris led by Associate Professors Catherine Cassara and Nancy Brendlinger a student mistakenly put a sharp letter opener that he had bought as a souvenir in his carry-on luggage instead of his checked luggage.

While most chaperones would have made the student throw the letter opener away, Brendlinger understood the importance of the souvenirs to the student. She walked all the way back to the beginning of the airport with the student so that he could put the swords in his checked luggage and have a memento of his trip.

This small incident is representative of her career here. Brendlinger always takes the extra step with students and brings a global aspect into her classrooms.

Brendlinger’s office, filled to the brim with books and artifacts from her travels, will soon be empty. After 26 years at Bowling Green State University she will retire in May.

“I’m trying really hard not to make a whole lot of plans,” she said about retiring. “I want to see how it will work out.”

She said when she retires she would like to read, knit and continue to travel.

Brendlinger started her career as a reporter in Muscatine, Iowa. After three years, she joined Peace Corps in order to travel. After, she returned for a master’s degree in environmental journalism, but switched to Third World development communication. When she went on for her doctorate, her assistantship had her teaching journalism skills courses and that is when she fell in love with teaching.

Brendlinger has taught undergraduate courses in journalism that range from reporting and feature writing to global journalism and diversity in journalism. Her graduate teaching has included courses on development communication research methods and mass communication theory. For the past 15 years, she has also been involved with undergraduate International Studies Program, teaching both their course and their senior capstone seminar, as well as advising.

Brendlinger made many contributions during her time here at the university. She was the first woman tenured in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. She was also the first woman chair, a position that she held for nine years.

Brendlinger said one of her biggest contributions was advising students. Beginning in 2005 she was the adviser for all the pre BSJ students.

“One of my real joys was advising,” she said. “I just really like interacting with the students, I like being with the students over a period of years.”

Department Chair Katherine Bradshaw said, “Year after year students tell me that Nancy helped them make important life and career decisions.”

Her advising of students was a huge time commitment and contribution, Bradshaw said.

“In faculty meetings she can be counted on to bring up concerns about how our decisions affect a range of students,” Bradshaw said.

Brendlinger has received two Fulbright Scholar awards and to date has visited 40 countries.

She obtained her first Fulbright for her work at Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia, in 1992. There she taught three graduate and undergraduate courses concerning mass communication research and development communication.

While in Southeast Asia, Brendlinger also gave guest lectures, presented week-long workshops and consulted on development communication graduate programs in several other Indonesia cities, Thailand and Malaysia.

She was awarded her second Fulbright fellowship to work in Slovakia in 1998-99. Here she worked for the Center for Independent Journalism in Bratislava.

She taught journalism courses at Comenius University in Bratislava and the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava. Brendlinger also helped run seminars and discussion groups with professional journalists at the center and worked with high school students.

Brendlinger said that because of her travels and living abroad she was able to bring on a global aspect to her teaching.

Abby Welsh, a 2014 alumna who took Brendlinger’s Public Affairs class her senior year, said that each year Brendlinger would pick a different topic for the senior class. Her senior year it was environmental science.

Welsh said Brendlinger would always bring in books and articles from different countries about issues concerning whatever they were doing in class. She would also bring in speakers that were really passionate about environmental science.

“She made sure she brought in stuff about her experiences that she did in the past,” Welsh said.

Welsh also recounted her experiences with Brendlinger as an adviser.

“She was always honest,” Welsh said, “One of the best advisers I ever had.”

Welsh said she would often go to Brendlinger just to talk and get advice. Brendlinger gave her advice on how to learn and how to grow, Welsh said.

Brendlinger’s experience with traveling and students also came into play when she assisted Cassara a few times overseas. They worked together on an environmental communication project in Tunisia and Algeria in 2008-2010 as well as for USAID in Croatia in 2004.

Brendlinger even helped Cassara in taking students to Paris for a study abroad opportunity every two years since 2004. Cassara really appreciated having Brendlinger’s traveling experience.

“I needed somebody that I could count on to help that wouldn’t go off on their own,” Cassara said.

Most of their trips involved working with students and Brendlinger understood that one person has to be the tail and one has to be the head when leading them, Cassara said.

Cassara said one of the things she will miss most is not having Brendlinger right down the hall after working together for 24 years

As Brendlinger’s time at the university comes to a close it becomes clear that she leaves behind a position that will be hard to fill.

“Dr. Brendlinger is the heartbeat of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations,” Bradshaw said. “It’s the combination of her kindness, her generosity and her knowledge that I will so desperately miss.”

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Hurrell wins Collins Scholarship

Collins scholarship winner, Leslie Hurrell, junior public relations major. Award presented by Richard A. Maxwell, 1970 graduate of the department, and retired director of broadcasting for the NFL.

Maxwell-winner

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German broadcaster shares his perspective on the refugee crisis in Europe

German broadcast journalist Christian Schlegel gave a presentation about “Refugee crisis in Europe with a focus on the situation in Germany” to journalism students on the afternoon of April 5.

German broadcast journalist Christian Schlegel gave a presentation about "Refugee crisis in Europe with a focus on the situation in Germany" to students.

German broadcast journalist Christian Schlegel is introduced to students before his talk on the refugee crisis in Europe. Photo by Jessica Snyder.

He briefly reviewed the development of the story before answering questions.

Students from Advanced Broadcast News, Public Affairs Reporting, and Visual Editing had a wide range of questions for the RIAS Commission fellow.

Students, faculty, and community members were interested in the ways in which German citizens were responding to the rapid introduction of one-million people. Schlegel said most Germans wanted to help the refugees and the government was working to provide housing, however, 10 to 20 percent of the people objected to taking in the refugees.

Schlegel works as an editor and producer for the TV station Phoenix in Bonn. It’s a news- and documentary channel run by the two main public German TV channels, ARD and ZDF.

He is a duty editor responsible for covering news and live events. The focus is on national and international news and political events.

He also works as a duty editor for the political talk show “Phoenix Runde” at the same TV station. The show is aired three times a week in the evening.

Additionally, he has worked as a radio presenter for radio stations.

He earned his doctorate in political science and has published articles in several professional journals.

Schlegel spent a week in Washington, D.C., before coming to Toledo and Bowling Green. He will spend the rest of the week at WTOL-TV in Toledo and next week in New York City.

There he will join the delegation of German broadcast journalist to visit the United Nations, other government offices, and many broadcast journalism organizations.

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Alumnus chronicles history of Buckeye CableSystem in book

by Lariel Turner
Reporting Student

Imagine your entire career becomes the story for a book.  That is the case for Tom Dawson, ’66. Well, sort of.  Dawson is the author of “Building Blocks,” which chronicles the history of Buckeye CableSystem in Toledo, a place where he had a decades-long career.

dawson book cover from pubIn 2012 Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications, Inc., asked Dawson if he would be interested in writing a book on the history of Buckeye CableSystem, which would celebrate its 50th year in business in 2015.

“My biggest challenge after boldly saying I would do it was wondering if, indeed, I really could do it,” Dawson said.

“The next challenge was getting my arms around 50 years of history,” Dawson said. “Very little was written down and few of those who were involved in the early years were still around to talk to.”

Dawson said the book began to come together as sources became available and new information in one area lent itself to something he was writing in another area.

Dawson sought out University Press of America, in Lanham, Maryland, to publish what would be a 232-page book.

“The next thing I received from them was a contract accepting the book at their entire publication and marketing cost and a royalty to be paid on all sales,” he said.

University Press of America treated “Building Blocks” as a business textbook and according to Dawson it helped his ego that a professional publishing house felt his book was worth taking a chance on.

From there the book began its journey to publication, but Dawson is no stranger to publication.

Getting some of his first experiences as a journalist at the Dayton Daily News as a high school student, he became a writer and photo editor for the BGNews when he came to college.

During his sophomore year, Dawson took his first full-time job working as a reporter for the Findlay Courier.

“I have worked every day since, weekends and vacations notwithstanding,” Dawson said.

Dawson’s strong work ethic continued to open doors for him.

The Blade became the next stop in his writing career, and in 1986, he moved to the cable side of the company.

“When I got into news I just wanted to have the most impact for the most amount of people,” he said.

He continued to work at the company for over 25 years, retiring in 2009 from full-time work, but signing back on as a consultant.

Bob Bortel, director of student media, has known Dawson for over 30 years.

When the two first met Dawson was a member of the Student Media Advisory Board and Bortel was the newly hired Director of Student Publications

“He was well into his career and I was just starting out,” Bortel said. “He was someone who I respected and looked up to. He had a certain level of expertise that makes you think ‘oh I want to be like that guy.’”

Bortel admires Dawson passion toward serving BGSU. “He was passionate about connecting, serving and giving back to Bowling Green,” Bortel said.

Bortel said Dawson always took opportunities when they were presented to him. “He saw an opportunity [with “Building Blocks”], and it may have been out of his comfort zone, but he took it,” Bortel said.

Bortel said Dawson’s decision to write the book was an act of discipline. “Good writing can’t be undersold,” he said.

Now retired, Dawson continues to work as a freelance writer.

He hopes to undertake a coast-to-coast motorcycle trip and invest in flying lessons, but more importantly, he said, he hopes to say “I had fun” at the end of his career.

To receive a 30% discount, use Dawson_book_order form.

 

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2016 Journalism and Public Relations Awards

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations held its annual awards ceremony April 8, 2016, in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. It was an opportunity to honor outstanding current students as well as successful alumni.

A crowd of awardees, friends and family was on hand.

Awardees, as well as family, friends, faculty and donors were in attendance.

Betsy Kling, a 1997 Broadcast Journalism graduate, was inducted into the Journalism and Public Relations Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame. Betsy is chief meteorologist at WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

Betsy Kling, a 1997 Broadcast Journalism graduate, was inducted into the Journalism and Public Relations Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame. Betsy is chief meteorologist at WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

Lily Bartell, Hannah Benson and Gary Malveaux were inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society. Jeanette Benson (not pictured) was also inducted.

Lily Bartell, Hannah Benson and Gary Malveaux were inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha national journalism honor society. Jeanette Benson (not pictured) was also inducted.

2015-2016 officers of the Public Relations Student Society of America were recognized. From left: Julie Hagenbuch, PRSSA adviser; Hannah Tempel, vice president; Anna Crabill, president; Emily Johnson, social media coordinator; and Kristen Tomins, treasurer.

2015-2016 officers of the Public Relations Student Society of America were recognized. From left: Julie Hagenbuch, PRSSA adviser; Hannah Tempel, vice president; Anna Crabill, president; Emily Johnson, social media coordinator; and Kristen Tomins, treasurer.

Jessica Dill, a 2008 Broadcast Journalism graduate, was given the Currier Young Professional Award. Jessica is morning show reporter for WJW-TV in Cleveland.

Jessica Dill, a 2008 Broadcast Journalism graduate, was given the Currier Young Professional Award. Jessica is morning show reporter for WJW-TV in Cleveland.

Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, who is retiring at the end of spring semester, handed out the awards. Travis Thornton won the F. Dennis Hale Memorial Scholarship.

Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, who is retiring at the end of spring semester, handed out the awards. Travis Thornton won the F. Dennis Hale Memorial Scholarship.

The Alumni Advisory Board scholarship was given to Audra Delaney.

The Alumni Advisory Board scholarship was given to Audra Delaney.

Leslie Hurrell received the Robert F. Collins Scholarship.

Leslie Hurrell received the Robert F. Collins Scholarship.

John H. Walker scholarships were awarded to Cherise Thomas and Alexandrya Pearson.

John H. Walker scholarships were awarded to Cherise Thomas and Alexandrya Pearson.

Cherise Thomas also received the Harold and Elaine Fisher Scholarship.

Cherise Thomas also received the Harold and Elaine Fisher Scholarship.

Holly Shively won the Gerald D. Murray and Bev Murray Scholarships.

Holly Shively won the Gerald D. Murray and Bev Murray Scholarships.

Rebecca Erwin, who received the Larry and Fran Weiss Journalism Scholarship, poses with Larry and Fran Weiss.

Rebecca Erwin, who received the Larry and Fran Weiss Journalism Scholarship, poses with Larry and Fran Weiss.

The Florence and Jesse Currier Scholarships were awarded to Annie Furia (senior) and Amy Steigerwald (junior).

The Florence and Jesse Currier Scholarships were awarded to Annie Furia (senior) and Amy Steigerwald (junior).

Gary Malveaux, shown with department chair Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, received the Broadcast Sequence Award.

Gary Malveaux, shown with department chair Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, received the Broadcast Sequence Award.

Lily Bartell, shown with multiplatform sequence head Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, won the Multiplatform Sequence Award.

Lily Bartell, shown with multiplatform sequence head Dr. Nancy Brendlinger, won the Multiplatform Sequence Award.

Anna Crabill won the Public Relations Sequence Award.

Anna Crabill won the Public Relations Sequence Award. She is congratulated by Julie Hagenbuch.

The Waugh Award was presented to two outstanding seniors: Terry Lash (Broadcast Sequence) . . .

The Waugh Award was presented to two outstanding seniors: Terry Lash (Broadcast Sequence) . . .

and Kristen Tomins (Public Relations sequence). Kristin is seen here with PR sequence head DR. Terry Rentner.

and Kristen Tomins (Public Relations sequence). Kristin is seen here with PR sequence head DR. Terry Rentner.

Also receiving awards but unable to attend were Paul Garbarino (School of Media and Communication Fund for Excellence Scholarship) and Terrin Bates (Spencer Canary Scholarship).

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Journalism and PR students hear from New York City publicist

Jeffrey Bradford and Norah Lawlor

Jeffrey Bradford and Norah Lawlor
of Lawlor Media Group, a public relations firm in New York City. Lawlor was the 2016 Currier lecturer. Both she and Bradford talked earlier in the day with public relations students in the PR case studies class. Their visit was organized by instructor Julie Hagenbuch. Photo by Kelly Taylor.

by Kayla Shadler
Reporting Student

Networking and working connections are key to good public relations, Norah Lawlor, a New York City public relations practitioner, told a mostly student audience on April 4 during her talk in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union theater.

Lawlor, who studied journalism at Carlton University in Canada where she also had her first job doing PR for fashion shows, was the 2016 Currier lecturer. The Currier lecture is made possible through the Florence and Jesse Currier Foundation in the department of journalism and public relations.

Lawlor said Canada was cliquey, which made her want to branch out, so she moved to New York despite not knowing anyone in the city. She eventually started her own public relations company, Lawlor Media Group.

Lawlor said she has the personality and the drive to seek out contacts and this has lead to her success.“You’re either great and you stand out or you’re just a publicist who no one remembers the next day,” she said.

Networking is what got her a short-term job as Michael Jackson’s publicist and her way into the Oscars.

Lawlor provided many real world stories and examples throughout the lecture and said she pushes to get what she wants.

“You’re constantly growing in this industry,” she said. “And, I really don’t take no for an answer.”

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Recent graduate returns with some sage advice

Cameron Teague Robinson

Cameron Teague Robinson, ‘15, talks with students in the reporting class .

Former BG News editor Cameron Teague, who is now working at Coshocton Tribune as a sports reporter, spoke with journalism students in the reporting class about his life after graduation.

Teague,’15, shared stories of the good and bad of working for the small daily that is part of USA Today Network.  He talked about having to the write roughly nine stories in one day as part of the paper’s election coverage as well finding stories about student athletes that go beyond the game coverage story.

He took questions from the students who are enrolled in one of two sections of the reporting course taught by Kelly Taylor and Julie Hagenbuch. The visit from Teague took place on March 21 during the 10:30 a.m. class time.

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Opportunities in college with student and professional media launched the career of Emmy-award winning journalist

by Brody Sell
Reporting Student

Thanks to involvement in student media in college and the opportunity to work in the professional world simultaneously, 1998 alumnus and Emmy-award winning journalist Jeff Cook gained much success after graduation.

The moment Cook stepped foot on campus freshman year he joined several student activities. He got involved in musical theatre but developed a love for journalism after joining BG24 News.

“It’s a great organization and it’s a great way to learn about broadcasting,” Cook said. “I think it’s what makes BG one of the best schools for broadcast journalism in the country.”

Cook served BG24 News in many roles, trying everything from prompter to anchor. He even served one semester as the weathercaster.

Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook, 1998

Former BG24 News faculty adviser Jim Foust said at a time when the broadcast news organization was still new, it was this group of students that attributed to its success.

“He was among my first group of students,” Foust said. “Jeff was always an energetic person. He really always cared about journalism and about the news, and he’s always been aggressive in that way where he wants the organization to cover the news in the best possible way it can.”

During his freshman year Cook also began working at Channel 13, an ABC affiliate in Toledo, first as a floor director and live truck driver, then a producer during his sophomore year.

“I was kind of way ahead of my time,” Cook said. “A lot of the classes I took I was kind of already doing.”

Cook worked at WTVG-13 for the rest of his college career, simultaneously taking on the roles of a student and a professional journalist. He was there during the station’s format change to 13 ABC Action News.

“He was one of the people that was trying to bring the things Channel 13 was doing to our newscast,” Foust said.

Cook said he had to sacrifice many typical college experiences, but the professional experience he gained made it worthwhile.

After graduating, Cook continued at Channel 13 then jumped to multiple stages across Ohio. This included WLIO in Lima, NBC24 in Toledo, WTOL in Toledo, and WOIO in Cleveland. He eventually landed at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he is today.

Cook won an Emmy Award for his work as a producer at WTOL and was nominated for an Emmy at WOIO. For Cook, this meant he achieved a lifelong goal.

Cook said it was his time in Cleveland where he gained one of the best experiences in his career.  Working in Cleveland showed him the fast-paced market that comes with living in a bigger city.

Moving to a smaller area like Fort Wayne with less competition meant having to adapt to a different audience and market.

Cook said learning to adjust his expectations to the people he works with at a station has been pivotal to his success in journalism.

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Photo alumnus is big league photographer

by Paul Duncan
Reporting Student

John Grieshop has taken pictures at some of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Working for well-known companies such as Sports Illustrated, Getty Images, Major League Baseball and baseball card company Upper Deck, Grieshop, ’90, has photographed events like the Olympics, the World Series, the NBA Finals and the NHL Finals.

John Grieshop

John Grieshop, ’90

Grieshop started his career by studying photojournalism under the late James “Jim” Gordon.

“John was always one of Jim’s favorite students,” Bob Bortel, director of student media, said. Bortel advised Grieshop during his days working with the BG News in the late 80s and early 90s. “He was very involved with us, had a good eye and was very responsible,” Bortel said.

After getting his photojournalism degree, Grieshop made the decision to move to New York City to work as a lighting and traveling assistant at Sports Illustrated. It was a difficult move for him he said because he “didn’t know a soul” in New York City, but the prestige of SI made it an easy decision. With Sports Illustrated he traveled to many events and learned from Walter Iooss and some of the best sports photographers in the world.

“The opportunity to learn from the best in the business it really allowed me to get where I am now,” Grieshop said.

When thinking back to his time at BGSU the one thing he truly misses is Myles’ pizza. He told a story about a time when he and his office mates at Sports Illustrated argued over which city or place had the best pizza. Grieshop told them that Myles had the best pizza he’s ever tasted, and to prove it to them he ordered Myles’ pizza all the way from New York City. The pizza was delivered in a Fedex truck and when it arrived he said he felt like “the hero of the office,” and his co-workers agreed that Myles’ Pizza really is the best.

After five years honing his skills and gaining experience, Grieshop moved on from Sports Illustrated.

Grieshop moved to his hometown in Dayton and took jobs traveling the Midwest taking pictures for the MLB, baseball card company Upper Deck and occasionally for Sports Illustrated.

Grieshop said he really enjoyed that period of his life because he loves to travel. “I enjoyed the work so much it didn’t feel like work,” Grieshop said.

His favorite time to shoot pictures for was spring training for baseball. He said he thoroughly enjoyed the greater access to the players and the “ability to take really creative pictures.”

Grieshop’s favorite shot was one he took at the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. Reds player and fan favorite Todd Frazier was competing. Grieshop said he “timed his picture perfectly” with a remote-controlled camera placed between the pitcher’s mound and the batter’s box.

After more than 15 years travelling for work, Grieshop took a government job because it allowed him to spend time off the road and with family. “The skills I developed in a private sector transitioned well to the public sector,” he said.

He still takes pictures of big events for the MLB and Getty images but in a smaller more manageable role.

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Alumnus promoted to chief of public relations

By India Duke
Reporting Student

From a photojournalism major to the chief of marketing and communications officer, David Kielmeyer, 1988, discusses just how he transitioned to such an important role at the university.

Dave Kielmeyer

Dave Kielmeyer, ’88

“When I was a student I don’t think I ever imagined that I would be involved with the university 28 years later, in this role,” Kielmeyer said.

Kielmeyer, a Marion, Ohio, native, began his college career at the university in 1984. He worked at BG News as a photographer, and for one summer as the managing editor. He was also editor of the Key yearbook his senior year.

After graduating he worked as a photographer for the Sentinel Tribune for three years. Missing the writing portion of journalism, Kielmeyer returned to the university to earn his master’s degree in mass communications.

“A challenge for me was going to be convincing folks that a photographer could write,” Kielmeyer said.

Writing lead to jobs in public relations in Toledo and then back to the university.

The chief of marketing and communications officer is responsible for the advertising and marketing for the university. “The nice thing about my job and PR and marketing in general is that there’s a lot of variety,” Kielmeyer said. The position can range from speaking with the media on behalf of the university, discussing strategies for advertising or making decisions for the campus public television station, WBGU-TV.

Because BGSU is a large university allocation of resources always comes into play when communicating among the various constituent groups, and he said, “can always be a challenge.”

Kielmeyer and his team assist with retention efforts through communications and helping to attract new students to the university all while being cognizant of the impact their decisions will have on students.

Facing resource issues isn’t the only challenge Kielmeyer encounters. “We’re a fairly large organization so things come up and its trying to keep up with the day to day and still manage the occasional challenge or crises,” Kielmeyer said.

The public relations aspect of this position includes crisis communication. “A crisis can be anything from a weather cancellation to a student death,” Kielmeyer said. Then there are some day to day challenges that can be described as a crisis that simply require the need to communicate quickly and effectively.

Being a “lifetime Ohioan” and involved with the university for almost 30 years serves Kielmeyer well when handling situations and interacting with the public. “I understand the area, I understand the institution and I understand the people,” Kielmeyer said.

Robert Bortel, director of student media, said: “I think its an advantage. I like having a guy who came from our side of the fence working in that position because sometimes chief information officers and student media operations cannot see eye to eye and bump heads.”

Kielmeyer spoke highly of the people from the journalism department who helped him along the way including, Jim Gordon, Jim Bissland and Bortel.

Bortel served as Kielmeyer’s adviser while he worked on the yearbook. “He’s an easy person to work with, very responsible and a good sense of humor,” Bortel said. “He was always well liked because he was easy going, available and down to earth.”

Bonnie Blankinship, manager of internal communications, has worked with Kielmeyer for about eight years. Though he took on this new position, Blankinship said, “He’s still exactly the same.” She added that being the chief has given him an even broader perspective now that he is continually dealing with upper administration and needs to have more awareness of everything that happens on campus.

“His skill at evaluating things and using his judgement has maybe gotten deeper,” she said. She said even as the boss Kielmeyer continues to create a positive working environment for his staff.  “He’s always been great about not blaming us if we make a mistake,” she said.

Kielmeyer said, “I don’t think that’s where I envisioned myself being but its worked out very well and I enjoy it.”

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PR graduate stays involved with student media

by Molly Duraney
Reporting Student

We’ve all heard the age-old advice to get involved on campus, but 2000 graduate Sarah Bednarski-Hartigan is proof that campus involvement truly can lay the groundwork for future success and professional involvement.

Sarah Bednarski-Hartigan

Sarah Bednarski-Hartigan, 2000 graduate

As the most recent professional media appointee to the Student Media Advisory Board, a university standing committee, Bednarksi will be working to ensure students in student media have many opportunities.

She said it is extremely important for all journalism students to be involved in some media. “I got involved,” Bednarski said. “BG has so many opportunities to get involved. If it wasn’t for those opportunities, I wouldn’t be where I am. My experience at the BG News was invaluable.”

Bednarski was appointed to the advisory board by President Mary Ellen Mazey on the recommendation of the Director of Student Media, Bob Bortel. Bortel worked with Bednarski as an undergraduate on the BG News.

Bortel said the board chose Bednarski because of her involvement in student media, the surrounding area and in the public relations field. Even though she graduated in 2000, he said she has remained involved at BG and always comes to the BG News tent at Homecoming.

“[Bednarski] had passion for journalism and writing and she pursued that vigorously,” Bortel said.

Bednarski also contributes to the professional public relations community as a whole, specifically as the Chair of East Central District Board for the Public Relations Society of America. She has been part of the board for four years, working her way from secretary to treasurer, to chair-elect, and now chair.

When Bednarski came to BG, she started in the print journalism sequence but changed to public relations at the end of her junior year.

She joined the BG News her first year on campus, but during her junior year she said she had a revelation. “Not that I didn’t love newspapers,” she said, “but when I saw myself post-grad I didn’t want to do news reporting.”

She continued her involvement with the BG News and added the Public Relations Student Society of America to make connections in the field.

The summer before senior year, Bednarski landed an internship with the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority. The PR internship continued as a part-time job throughout her senior year and led to full-time employment after graduation. Though she only stayed two years, this position helped solidify her passion for public relations, and internal and external communications.

She then moved to public relations for Mercy Health, where she is now Director of Community Relations as of this past January. Originally she worked on the internal communications team, and about three to four months in, she became the media relations specialist.

Bednarski said there is no typical day in her role as Director of Community Relations. “You never know what to expect from the external world in media relations,” she said.

She said the biggest challenge she faces is trying to represent the organization in the best way possible to each public. There are over 8,500 people to communicate with internally at Mercy Health; some are nurses, doctors, secretaries, janitors, etc. They all need the same message in different ways.

While communicating with so many different groups can be a challenge, Bednarski said she enjoys it because it allows her to be creative every day.

Another aspect of her role includes checking local and national news as well as following health trends in order to prepare for questions or proactively pitch ideas to media.

To this day, Bednarski still looks back on her time at BG fondly. “I made lifelong friends,” she said. “My friends who I was on the BG news with are my closest friends today and they continue to be my support system.”

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Two recent alumni hired by the Columbus Dispatch

Alissa Widman Neese has accepted a job as a general metro reporter. She had been with the Sandusky Register since January 2013 following her graduation in December 2012. Widman was the winner of the department’s Waugh trophy that year.

Eric Lagatta, who graduated in 2014, has been hired by the Columbus Dispatch as a features writer. He had been working for Gannett in Coshocton and Zanesville since his graduation.

Both had done summer internships at the Dispatch as undergraduates.

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New additions increase Falcon presence on Findlay Courier staff

Kathryn Rubright ’15, has joined the Findlay Courier as a copy editor and Danae King, ’14, has moved from the Lima, Ohio, paper to take a job in Findlay as education reporter.

Rubright and King join former Falcons Bobby Waddle, copyeditor; Brian Szabelski, multimedia editor; Max Filby, city reporter; and Allison (Dunn) Reamer, police and courts reporter.

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