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Four BGSU journalism students attended the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention in early February, where they learned more about the industry and watchdog reporting.
The four students, William Channell, Danae King, Kathryne Rubright and Cassie Sullivan also had the opportunity to meet and talk about what other universities were doing with their own papers.
The convention, in Columbus, was bustling with journalists, new and seasoned. The keynote speaker and opening speaker brought energy and a buzz to the conference and its attendees.
Channell, a junior, enjoyed the keynote speaker’s emphasis on the need for change. “One of the biggest obstacles are people within our industry that are opposed to change,” he said. “They don’t understand that professions need to evolve in order to survive.”
Sarah Sladek, founder of XYZ University, discussed generations X and Y and how to work with them and get them to work for you.
She counseled attendees on how to improve the employee experience, fix branding problems and warned “if you’re not changing, guess what, you’re dying.”
The next part of the convention was when the students got to engage and connect with professionals.
“Going to the ONA conference gave us the ability to meet and talk to professionals and to other college students in the world of journalism,” Sullivan, a sophomore, said. “By going, we were able to talk about what journalism and media looks like right now and what it will look like in the future. I walked away with ways to improve my own writing, my university’s paper and an idea of what the future for both myself and journalism looks like.”
One of the sessions that was most enjoyable featured Mandy Jenkins from Digital First Media. Jenkins talked about covering beats in a new way.
“Make it shareable,” she said. “It’s about finding those things that are unique to your community and building off that.”
King, a senior, really appreciated Jenkins’ presentation and the information she gave. “She encouraged journalists to ‘create your own network,’” which was a really cool idea,” King said. “After watching Jenkins, I felt inspired to be more energetic about covering a beat and engaging readers.”
Jenkins presentation left a big impact on Channell as well. “The thing that left the largest impression with me was the emphasis on the changing nature of the journalism industry,” he said. “It’s increasingly becoming a digital field, and much of what I’m hearing these days is how journalists are going to have to adapt to that.”
For Rubright, a junior, the affirmation that she chose the right career was enough. ”It was great to hear from people who are out there doing the kinds of things that I want to do,” Rubright said. “The focus was on how to be successful going forward. The future will be online and on social media instead of on paper and that’s okay.”
Another session on watchdog reporting gave the students tips on what to expect in not just their professional careers, but during their university career.
For the senior in attendance, it provided more information about what she’s currently learning. “I learned more about how to get public records despite FERPA,” King said. “Jill Riepenhoff was really helpful in giving tips on how to get tips from universities.”
For the underclassmen, the tips gave a glimpse of what to expect later in college. ”I’ll be able to use what I saw in that presentation when I begin to do the more serious reporting later in college and eventually as a professional,” Channell said.
Faculty members Nancy Brendlinger and Catherine Cassara also attended with the students.
Journalism students and faculty members had an opportunity to participate in an intimate question and answer session with John Quiñones, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine “Primetime” and sole anchor of the “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” Quiñones met with an audience of roughly 60 students and faculty members the morning after his larger presentation to the community that took place on Jan. 29 in the Grand Ballroom. Steve Kendall, of WBGU, moderated the session in Olscamp. Quiñones’ visit was part of a slate of Black History Month events at the university.
Carli Evilsizer, ’13, has accepted a full-time position as a social media coordinator for WTWH Media, which creates B2B magazines, website, newsletters and more for design engineers and renewable energy industry leaders. As a social media coordinator, Evilsizer is responsible for managing multiple social media platforms for eight clients. She is also planning on taking advantage of her journalism background by blogging and creating webinars. Before landing her full-time job Evilsizer completed five internships gaining experience in public relations, event planning and digital marketing.
The Executive Board of PRSSA traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., to participate in the PRSSA National Conference from Oct. 25-27. The students were Dylan Fox, Caitlyn Flack and Jacob Amstel. PRSSA adviser Julie Hagenbuch accompanied them. While visiting the area, they also spent time with the marketing and public relations staff of Jefferson Memorial Hospital and the Urban Outfitters HQ. This is a movie montage of their trip and travels.
Bill Balderaz, a 1997 journalism graduate, was featured in the cover story of the November issue of Money Magazine, a feature story in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN.com in the month of November.
Balderaz is an entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is president of Fathom Healthcare, one of the nation’s most prominent healthcare marketing agencies. He also is co-founder of Lifting Hopes, a nonprofit group supporting pediatric cancer patients.
Balderaz also works on additional projects to raise awareness for other causes.
“There’s a buzz you can feel just walking around,” said Jim Foust about San Francisco.
Foust, a professor of journalism and public relations, recently spent time in the West Coast city as part of a Faculty Improvement Leave. Through a fellowship from the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), he observed media convergence efforts at KQED, one of the leading public broadcasting stations in the country.
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Instead of asking questions of the mayor, this 1985 alumna finds herself on the other side, answering questions as the mayor.
Kathy Sheehan, who graduated from the broadcast sequence, was recently elected mayor of Albany, N. Y.
Sheehan replaces incumbent Mayor Jerry Jennings, who had served in the post nearly 20 years. She collected more than 83 percent of the votes.
With her victory, Sheehan also becomes the first female mayor in the capital city of New York state, which according to census figures has a population of nearly 98,000.
Prior to her election, Sheehan was Albany’s treasurer. She earned a law degree from Albany Law School in 1994.
Music critic and assistant professor Devon Powers spoke to journalism and public relations students in October about the early years of the growth of rock criticism.
Powers discussed her new book, Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism that documents how music critics in the 1960s helped establish popular music as a genre worthy of intellectual attention. Over the course of her two-day visit, she met with students in several journalism classes to discuss her own experiences working in the music industry.
Powers is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Drexel University. Her research explores popular music and consumer culture, with specific interest in promotional culture, cultural intermediation, and cultural circulation. With Melissa Aronczyk, she is the editor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (Peter Lang, 2010), and is the author of Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in Popular Music and Society, Journalism History, International Journal of Communication, and Journal of Consumer Culture.
Beth Thomas Hertz posted to the BG News Alumni Facebook page news of the death of former BG News humor columnist Mike Doherty, who went by “Mick” in recent years. Doherty, a Bowling Green native, wrote for the paper from 1986-88. He was 47. Read the obituary at http://www.sent-trib.com/obituaries/michael-mick-doherty-jr.
The Tampa Bay [Fla.] Chapter of the American Marketing Association has named BGSU alumnus Kim Fatica as the AMA Volunteer of the Year. The group’s newsletter stated: “Since joining AMA Tampa Bay Chapter, Kim Fatica, who recently became director of marketing and business development at SEAS Asset Services in Tampa, has been a remarkable volunteer. He helped to significantly improve our email marketing efforts and has already taken the Membership team by storm, jumping in to help improve services to our members.”
Alumni Matt Schroeder, Kristin Brochetti Wells and DeAnna Starn, all with Owens Corning, spoke to members of PRSSA at their Oct. 15 meeting. The trio of public relations practitioners discussed interviewing tips, along with the best way to present yourself in a job interview. Tips included having or creating an “elevator speech” that allows a potential employer to know you in two minutes or less.
Homecoming (October 5) news!
The School of Media and Communication/BGNews will host a homecoming tent from Noon to 3:30 in the “tent city” area.
We hope to see you there!
Some journalism students used the summer to seek professional experience while working at an internship and even got paid to do so.
At the fall Public Relations Student Society of America meeting, four student panelists shared “How I Spent My Summer,” based on their internship experience.
Nate Lowe, a public relations senior, interned with MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas.
“It definitely was a ton of professional experience,” he shared. “I was able to write for the internal company newsletter and in fact, one of my stories was even picked up as a national news story.”
While spending the summer in a work environment may not sound appealing, many on the panel agreed it was worthwhile.
“I learned so much from my internship experience,” said Kelsey Rentner, who interned with R-P Marketing in Toledo, Ohio. “It was a great group of people, and I liked it so much I stayed on this semester, even while taking classes.”
Simone Jackson, a public relations senior, interned at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio, during a time when the company was in the process of a corporate buyout.
“My project involved the company’s 100-year anniversary, which will occur in 2014. They wanted to share their employees’ stories, so I interviewed many employees to have their stories told,” she explained.
The company plans to put into a book to commemorate the anniversary milestone.
Lisa Wendel, a public relations senior, interned with retailer Hickory Farms, in Maumee, Ohio.
“I did a ton of social media for the company, everything from monitoring competitor’s websites to suggesting posts for the company’s Facebook and Twitter sites,” she said. “It’s a good experience for someone who is self-guided and able to work independently.”
BGSU’s Public Relations sequence requires two internships – one on-campus and one off-campus – once the student has completed J2000, Introduction to Journalistic Writing. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in journalism classes is also required in order to gain credit for the internship experience.
If you have a project and could consider hosting a BGSU intern, please email a job description to Public Relations Lecturer Julie Hagenbuch at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many students who could be a good match for your needs.
A native of Painesville, Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from BGSU. She was managing editor of The BG News as a senior. At BGSU Honors Day ceremonies, she was honored as the Outstanding Journalism Graduate of 1957. She married Jim Gordon that summer, and they celebrated 56 years of marriage in August.
After living in Elyria and Columbus, the Gordons returned to Bowling Green, where Joan taught English and journalism at the senior high school and advised the Scarlet Parrot student newspaper from 1959-1961.
From the high school she moved on to work first part time as radio-TV editor and then full time as county editor at the Sentinel-Tribune. She enjoyed working with the late editor Paul W. Jones, who hired her, and the other staff members like society editor Minniebelle Conley, sports editor Dean Roach, and reporter Gene Welty.
In 1972, Dr. Duane Tucker hired her as public information director for WBGU-TV, the campus public television station. She was named woman of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1975. Recognizing her affection for the city and her love of and talent for organization, in 1984 the Chamber of Commerce lured her away to serve as its executive director, a position she held until she retired in 2000.
In 1983 she chaired the city’s 150th anniversary. That event went so well she was invited back to organize the city’s 175th in 2008. A native of Painesville, she was the Outstanding Female Citizen of the Year in 1975. In 1986, Wood County Commissioners asked her to organize a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Wood County Courthouse.
She served terms on the Wood County Hospital Board, the board of the Wood County District Public Library and many others. She was president of the Bowling Green Woman’s Club and later served as president of the Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs. She was president of the Bowling Green League of Women Voters. She used her journalism background to produce newsletters for the Bowling Green and state women’s clubs, Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, and League of Women Voters.
A member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, Gordon served at its president and was its current secretary. Increasing club membership was one of her passions, and during her time with the club, its membership surged to more than 100.
When she was chair of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Gordon worked closely with the Wood County Commissioners, state Rep. Randy Gardner and BGSU to arrange the $500,000 necessary to fund construction of the WCCOA’s kitchen on East Gypsy Lane Road. Dedicated in 2006, the kitchen now prepares meals for seniors at home and at sites in Bowling Green, Rossford, Pemberville, Wayne and North Baltimore. She was on the board for more than 30 years
She was named the BG Chamber’s Woman of the year in 1975 and in 2010 she was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in Columbus.
Gordon had a passion for scholarships, badgering the members of her clubs and organizations to fund new scholarships or enhance current ones. With camera in hand, she attended the annual scholarship ceremony at Bowling Green Senior High School to photograph the recipients of awards from her clubs and their parents. She ran the photos in the newsletters she produced.
In addition to all the other scholarships she worked for, Jim and Joan Gordon have supported BGSU journalism students for years via the Gordon Scholarship Fund.
Joan is survived by her husband Jim; son Kevin, assistant sports editor at the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune; her daughter Melissa Gordon Johnson, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., an accountant with a private firm; her grandchildren Nicholas, Myles, and Zachary; and a brother Richard, of Painesville.
Jim Gordon retired in 1991 after 25 years as head of the BGSU Photojournalism Sequence, preceded by seven years as director of BGSU’s News and Photo Service, and adviser to the KEY yearbook from 1959 to 1981.
After graduation from BGSU’s journalism department in 1957, he worked at The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, OH), and The Star (Columbus), and was a staff photographer at The Blade (Toledo), for seven summers. During the Korean War, he was a photographer’s mate in the U.S. Navy Seabees. From 1978 to 2003, Gordon edited News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Assn.
The music of local bands performing live in concert is providing more than entertainment for students. It also is creating an opportunity to learn. Instructors Stephen Merrill and Ken Garland were awarded a $3,000 Service Learning Course Development grant for the 2014-2015 semester.
The course will be a production of a television series of programs documenting the local community music scene. Students will produce, videotape, record and mix audio and edit the performances of local bands on location at the Clazel Theatre. Students will learn video and audio production techniques, program distribution skills, marketing techniques for the program and for the local venue and how to produce a program from an external environment. The production will air on WBGU-TV. The Service Learning project will be an extension of the ‘Live Wire’ program currently being produced by WBGU-FM.
The development of this course will create community relationships and will feature arts as the focal point for media content.
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.
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.