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SMC Research Colloquium 10/3/2014, 3:00 PM @ 314 BTSU: Demystifying Academic Book Publishing

SMC Research Colloquium
October 3, 2014, Friday, 3:00-4:15 PM,314 BTSU*(room change this time only)

Demystifying Academic Book Publishing (3:00-4:00)

Panelists: Drs. Al Gonzalez & Thomas Mascaro

Dr. Gonzalez is Professor in the School of Media and Communication. His research is best located at the intersection of rhetorical criticism and intercultural communication. This Friday, he will speak primarily from his experiences writing these books:  Planting the Future: The Rhetorical Legacy of Wangari Maathai, (under contract with Troubador Publishing); Intercultural Communication For Everyday Life (2014), Wiley-Blackwell; Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts (2013), Lexington Books; Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication, 5th Edition, (2012), Oxford University Press.

Dr. Mascaro is Professor in the School of Media and Communication. He earned his MA from the University of Michigan (1990) and Ph.D. from Wayne State University (1994). His dissertation was on TV documentaries in the Reagan years. Most recently, he wrote Into the Fray: How NBC’s Washington Documentary Unit Reinvented the News (Washington, D.C., Potomac Books, 2012—now University of Nebraska Press) and was nationally recognized for the work.

Epilogue (4:00-4:20)

Presenter: Sasha Allgayer

Sasha Allgayer is first-year doctoral student and will be presenting his research at the Global Fusion conference to be held in UT-Austin, Oct. 24-26. Before going to the conference, he would like to share his research entitled, “#OGiganteAcordou (#TheGiantHasAwoken): Memes During the 2013 Brazilian Protests,” first with his professors and fellow graduate students. Your attention and feedback will be appreciated.

Panel discussion on freedom of speech, Friday, Sept. 26, 3:30-4:30, Union Theater, room 206.

How do we foster a climate of inclusion while respecting freedom of speech? Come to a panel discussion followed by Q&A.

The Office of Equity and Diversity will host a panel discussion followed by Q&A with representation from the BGSU Police, Office of General Counsel, Counseling Center, Department of Journalism, Not In Our Town, and The BG News.

Friday, Sept. 26, from 3:30-4:30 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater, room 206.

All BGSU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend and participate.


Dr. Louisa Ha, chair of the telecommunications department in the School of Media and Communication, will assume her position on Oct. 1 as editor-in-chief of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the flagship journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Her term runs for three years.

She has been an associate editor of the journal since 2007 and is a fellow with the AEJMC Leadership Institute for Diversity, created to provide training and mentoring for women and people of color interested in becoming academic administrators in journalism and mass communication.

At BGSU, she is the founder and chair of the Emerging Media Cluster in the school, and is leading a four-year study of northwest Ohio media use.

Dr. Park and Dr. Magsamen-Conrad in President Mazey’s State of the Union address

The School of Media and Communication made an appearance in President Mazey’s State of the Union address Tuesday, with Telecommunications professor Dr. Park mentioned (around 21 minutes) for her excellent Media and Communication International Summer Institute and Communication professor Dr. Magsamen-Conrad mentioned (around 24 minutes) for winning the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Award, and the SMC new South Hall building mentioned (around 28 minutes)!

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Franklin Yartey, 2012 graduate of SMC doctoral program, receives the Outstanding New Teacher Award for 2014 from the Iowa Communication Association

Franklin Yartey, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Dubuque, was selected by the Iowa Communication Association to receive the Outstanding New Teacher Award for 2014.  This award is presented to an exceptional speech communication teacher in the state of Iowa who has been teaching professionally for fewer than seven years.  The decision is based on teaching philosophy, teaching strategies, contributions to his/her institution and to the communication discipline, and recommendations by other faculty, administration, and students.

Yartey, originally from Ghana in West Africa, began teaching at the University of Dubuque in the fall of 2012.  Yartey teaches several courses which include Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Identity, Public Speaking, and Communication Careers. He has proposed a new course to advance the digital communication studies track within the major.  In addition, he advises undergraduate students in the department, is an advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, and serves as advisor for the Black Student Union and as a mentor for the University of Dubuque Wendt Center’s Character Scholars’ Program.  Yartey has authored numerous communication articles and book chapters and presented several conference presentations and professional lectures.  Yartey earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Northwestern College in Iowa, his Master’s in Communication from Indiana State University, and his Doctorate in Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Yartey will receive his award during the Awards Banquet of the Iowa Communication Association’s Annual Conference on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Conference Center on the Ankeny campus of Des Moines Area Community College.

FALL 2014: TCOM 3000 America’s Documentary Story To 1968

FALL 2014: TCOM 3000 America’s Documentary Story To 1968

Dr. Tom Mascaro, M/W 4:30-­‐5:45 p.m.(

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“What we are talking about is nonfiction as opposed to fiction, in no more or less than the way the terms are understood by book writers and periodical writers as far back as we can remember. To say that a documentary means to inform rather than to entertain, which is one distinction sometimes made, is meaningless and useless because if it does not entertain it will not attract attention, and if nobody watches it, it will not inform anybody.”                                                                                    —Reuven Frank

NBC Documentary Pioneer

Program Viewings/Subjects:

  • Robert Flaherty & In the Year of the Hunter
  • John Grierson’s British Social Documentary
  • Newsreels: March of Time
  • Depression Era Documentary Photos
  • Depression Era Documentaries
  • The River, The Plow That Broke the Plains
  • WWII documentaries, Why We Fight
  • 1950s, See It Now & McCarthyism
  • ABC Close-­‐Up, CBS Reports, NBC White Paper
  • Cinéma vérité and Observational Forms
  • Documentaries in the Kennedy Years
  • David Brinkley’s Journal and magazine shows
  • The Journals of Lewis and Clark reenactment
  • Vietnam: It’s a Mad War and other Vietnam docs
  • The Undeclared War in Central America
  • Women Covering War, Judy Bird in Indonesia
  • The Documentaries of Ted Yates
  • 1968—the change year

Synopsis: America’s Documentary Story chronicles the relationship between the documentary form and American history.   Students interested in media and documentary production will find this course provides a solid foundation for understanding how directors and producers have used the documentary to serve audiences— through subject selection, artistic interpretation, writing excellence, and by tackling popular and unpopular themes.


New Documentary Minor

History, Research, Theory, Criticism, Writing, Production

Classes begin Fall Semester 2014. REGISTER NOW:
TCOM 2900: Documentary Proposal Research & Writing
TCOM 3000: America’s Documentary Story Before 1968
No pre-requisites required for either TCOM 2900 or TCOM 3000.
For more information, contact Dr. Tom Mascaro:

Click here for the flyer.

Click here for the program details.

Click here to see the BG news story about documentary minor

2014 TCOM Career Day (April 4th, 2014)

TCOM Career Day April 4 Friday 9-5 p.m.

All sessions will take place in Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU)

9:00-10:15              Interviewing, Demo Preparation and Job Search Tips Panels BTSU308
10:15-10:45            Coffee Break and Networking BTSU308
10:45-12:00            TCOM Alumni Panel from 5 focus areas BTSU308
12:00-1:00               Luncheon for Speakers and Employers BTSU228
1:00-3:00                 TCOM Employer Mixer (BTSU 306, 307, 308, 408 to be assigned)
3:00-5:00                 Individual Interviews (BTSU 306, 307, 308, 408,  West Hall rooms 018, 200
and 310 to be assigned)

Interviews, Demo Reel Preparation  and Job Search Tips Panel (9-10:15 a.m.) BTSU308

Faculty Moderator:  Dr. Gi Woong Yun

·         Debbie Alderman, Associate Producer, EWTN Cable TV Network
·         Jerry Brown, CEO, Madison Avenue Group, Toledo
·         Susie Isophording, Technical Recruiter, Dedicated Technologies Inc.
·         Kristin Pierce, MyTV 20, multimedia journalist, Detroit
·       Joshua Surgeon, President, SixCreative

TCOM Alumni Career Panel from Five Focus Areas (10:45-12) BTSU308

Faculty Moderator:  Dr. Ewart Skinner
·         Media Business:  Mark Seidel, Regional Sales Manager, North Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, Government and Education, Time Warner Cable
Media Culture: Marie Dunn-Harris, Writer/Social media specialist, BGSU
·         Interactive Media: Jim Filbert, Chief Operating Officer, BizNet
·         Radio: Chad McNeal, Production Director/DJ for Childers Media Group, a 5 station radio cluster in Lima, Ohio
·         Video/Television: Dave Dobson, Associate Producer, ESPN

Organizing Committee:
Dr. Louisa Ha, Chair, Department of Telecommunications and Faculty Advisor, TCOM Student Association
Jeffery L. Jackson, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director, BGSU Career Center
Student Co-Chairs:  Melissa Belcher, Andy Wiltsie
Student Committee members: Tim Crnko, Evan Gragston, Cieara Little, Angelica Mormile, Brittany Shank, Ally Tharrett, Morgan Tucker