Category Archives: Alumni

Dr. Tom Mascaro wins the 2012 AEJMC Tankard Book Award

The Standing Committee on Research of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC), selected Into the Fray: How NBC’s Washington Documentary Unit Reinvented the News for this year’s Tankard Award from a group of three finalists that also included Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence, by Maurine H. Beasley, and Can Journalism Survive? An Inside Look at American Newsrooms, by David M. Ryfe. AEJMC Executive Director Jennifer McGill administers the book award competition, which recognizes the best book relevant to journalism and mass communication.

Dr. Tori Ekstrand (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), chaired the August 8 Tankard Book Award presentation at AEJMC’s annual convention of journalism scholars and media professionals at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ekstrand praised Into the Fray for its originality and extensive research in covering an overlooked part of journalism history.

Into the Fray, published by Potomac Books of Washington, D.C., is a band-of-brothers story of documentary journalism. As a biography of filmmaker Ted Yates and also the men and women that formed his unique documentary crew, Into the Fray traces how World War II values shaped the television documentary at the NBC News Washington Bureau from 1961 through 1967, when Ted Yates was killed during the outbreak of the Six-Day War. It also covers Washington, D.C. history as it relates to the formation of the NBC unit, including experiences of military veterans, minorities, and women in journalism.

A Journalism History review explains, “Mascaro provides a thorough perspective of the social and political context for each of the events the [NBC documentary] unit investigated.” Gateway Journalism Review characterizes Into the Fray as “a significant contribution to the history of broadcast journalism and the long-form documentary.” And American Journalism credits “the author’s ability to take us inside the process of documentary work, showing the complicated interplay between the people involved in the projects as well as the challenges and obstacles.”

Dr. Paula Poindexter, acting AEJMC president, explains the award honors the memory of her esteemed colleague, James William Tankard, Jr., Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Tankard was a popular, innovative professor and mentor who died in 2005. The Tankard Book Award has been issued annually since 2007.

Dr. Tom Mascaro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at the School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He is co-founder of the Broadcast Education Association Documentary Division. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Popular Film and Television, Journalism History, and American Journalism. Into the Fray is his first book and was based on numerous interviews with network documentary producers and filmmakers and extensive research at presidential and other national archives.

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Dr. Gajjala was invited to develop a featured panel for “The World Social Science Forum”

Dr. Radhika Gajjala (Professor, School of Media and Communication, joint-appointed with American Culture Studies program) was invited to develop a featured panel for “The World Social Science Forum” convention of 2013 (see She, along with several others including a BGSU School of Media Communication Phd graduate Dr. Yeonju Oh (employed at Nanyang Technological University) are featured speakers on a panel that examines issues around “Care Technologies and the Labor of Caring” through critical feminist and political economy frameworks. Gajjala’s paper is entitled, “Automating Subaltern Labour: Circuits of Care and Capital” and Oh’s paper is entitled, “My Nanny is a Robot”.

2013 AEJMC in D.C.: Welcomes, Division Winners, Award Winner, Expo, & Reception

School of Media and Communication: A Tradition of Excellence for more than 35 years
Welcomes New Director Dr. Laura Stafford

Newspaper and Online News Division, 2013 American Copy Editors Society’s Research Competition Winners: Drs. Louisa Ha and Xiaoqun Zhang
Top-three finalist in the 2013 AEJMC Tankard Book Award: Dr. Tom Mascaro

Grad Student Info Expo: Meet representatives from 18 universities offering doctorate and master’s programs in journalism and communication to get your questions answered about the right graduate program for you. See more info here

Please join us at our reception in the Renaissance Hotel, Saturday, August 10, at 9 p.m.

2013 TCOM student production award winners announced on April 26’s TCOM Award Ceremony

The 3rd annual TCOM student production award ceremony was held on April 26.  See the award-winners’ pictures at the TCOM student association Facebook page and watch and listen to the winning entries at   The virtual special alumni guest is Andy Nwoye, ’01, broadcast designer at Sinclair Broadcast Group, who addressed the winners with his thoughtful comments and suggestions in a video commentary.

TCOM Career Day March 22 with President of Ohio Cable & Telecom. Asso as keynote speaker

TCOM Career Day Friday, March 22nd

The TCOM Student Association, the Department of Telecommunications, and the BGSU Career Center are jointly organizing the 2nd TCOM Career Day on March 22 Friday with alumni career panel, company presentations, luncheon, and on-site interviews.  The alumni career panel and company presentations are open to the public.  Students sign up for on-site interviews via WorkNet.

Alumni Career Panel- 10:30 BTSU Room 315

Faculty Moderator:  Dr. Ewart Skinner

Annamarie Iannetta- marketing associate, MedCity Media, Cleveland, providing support for the company’s events, marketing and business development.

Jeffrey Warnement- Director of Photography of Bartha, an events production company in Columbus, OH

Jon Sinton- Co-Founder and the President, Progressive Voices, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization whose initial product is the Progressive Voices App for smartphones and tablets, Atlanta, Georgia.

Anthony Bellino- Co-Host/Producer of “Drive Time” on CBS Sports Radio 106.5 The Ticket, Radio PxP Broadcaster, & Public Address Announcer, Toledo, OH

Gil Gonzalez – Director, Conference and Meetings, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), Washington DC

Andree Kinnee –  Assignment Desk Manager, WJW-TV, Cleveland

Company Presentation 11:30 BTSU Room 315

Faculty Moderator:  Mr. Stephen Merrill

Sinclair Broadcasting WKEF 22 ABC, WRGT Dayton: Wes Finley, News Director

Toledo 05  CW- Cheryl Lightfoot, Fulfillment Coordinator, Local Stations

WKFM/WLKR (Radio) Milan, Ohio – Bill Forthofer, General Manager

WMNT-TV Toledo – Melyssa Knight, General Manager

Time Warner Cable: Cheryl Ridgway , Time Warner Cable

Luncheon 12:30 BTSU room 228 (prior registration required)

Menu- Served Lunch: Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Greens and Herb Salad, Soup of the day, Fresh Fruit, Mini cookies and brownies, Lemonade and water. Vegetarian menu available.

Keynote speaker- Ed Kozelek,  President of the Ohio Cable and Telecommunications Association

On-site interviews for jobs and internships

WTOL, Toledo (BTSU307)

CW/WT05, Toledo (BTSU309)

WKFM/WKLM, Milan, OH (WH200)

WKEF-TV, 22 ABC, WRGT Fox45,  Sinclair Broadcasting, Dayton, OH (BTSU318)

WMNT- TV Toledo (BTSU407)

Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Washington DC (WH023)

Two guest lectures in TCOM from WQRN and alumni Joe Philport and Ryan Zangrilli

1.  Dan McClintok of WQRN who will speak to the TCOM4610 Audience Research THIS WEDNESDAY, September 26, 2012 at the TCOM 4610 Audience Research class, in room 226 Olscamp Hall from 6pm-9pm.

Mr. McClintok will talk about current radio research, how it is gathered and applied on a local basis.

A question and answer session will immediately follow his talk.

2.  TCOM alum Ryan Zangrilli (National Sales Director,blip.TV) and University Distinguished Alum Joe Philport (President and CEO of Traffic Audit Bureau, NY)will speak to the TCOM1030 class on Friday 9/28 from 9:30-10:20 at West Hall 121.