Category Archives: Journalism

Instructor, Broadcast News Operations

Job Description

Instructor, Broadcast News Operations, in the School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Applicants for this position at the level of Instructor must hold a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, Telecommunications, or a cognate discipline. The candidate must have relevant professional experience, including a substantial period in broadcast journalism and, preferably, experience in newsroom management and digital media. University teaching experience preferred.  This position is a one year renewable appointment.

The position is a joint appointment in the Departments of Journalism and Public Relations and Telecommunications. The candidate will be expected to teach in both departments. As far as possible, classes will be selected that allow appropriate opportunities for students to participate in activities and projects related to media organizations. The remaining student contact hours will be spent supervising BG-24 News, the nightly student television newscast, radio stations WFAL and WBGU-FM, the Bowling Green Radio News Organization (BGRNO), and the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization (BGRSO). The Department Chairs, in consultation with the Director of the School of Media and Communication, will establish an advisory committee whose purpose will be to provide advice and support to the Instructor, Broadcast News Operations.

The instructor will be encouraged to explore possibilities of greater collaboration between the School of Media and Communication, the broadcast student media and WBGU-TV27, the university’s public television station.

An important component of the job is to effectively motivate as well as educate and train student volunteers. The instructor will supervise broadcast news content for BG-24 News and radio station programming. In addition, the instructor will be expected to actively participate in policy making and discussions at Departmental and/or School levels as these affect broadcast news operations.

The instructor will consult daily with the volunteer students who work for the broadcast media organizations with a view to ensuring the achievement of professional quality programming. The instructor should also work to ensure that students are provided the opportunity to acquire industry-level skills and standards of excellence.

The ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism and Public Relations has approximately 300 majors who currently have a choice among concentrations in print journalism, broadcast journalism, and public relations. The Department of Telecommunications has approximately 200 majors.

The School of Media and Communication comprises the departments of Journalism and Public Relations, Communication and Telecommunications, with approximately 1,000 majors. Together the School faculty supports masters and doctoral programs with 80 graduate students who choose between emphases in media studies or communication and culture.

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 by car. 841 full-time professors teach 20,000 students. The university is strongly committed to teaching excellence, which extends to multiple sources of support for pedagogical growth, including optional faculty learning communities and extensive opportunities for training in use of technology in teaching. The library is a participant in OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, a consortium of Ohio’s college and university libraries and the State Library of Ohio, which provides access to 40 million library items and more than 100 electronic databases.

A completed application must include a cover letter, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a current CV, and at least three current and original signed letters of recommendation (neither e-mail nor faxed letters are accepted). The application cover letter must be postmarked by May 16, 2011.  Finalists must provide transcript evidence of highest degree. Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Terry L. Rentner, director, School of Media and Communication, 302 West Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0233. Inquiries can be made via telephone at 419-372-2077 or via e-mail at

BGSU is an equal opportunity employer/educator. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations Hosting Two Lectures on March 17

The Department of Journalism and Public Relations and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program are excited to announce to important lectures on March 17.

In the afternoon Dr. Charles Kimball, director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, will present the second annual Hiroko Nakamoto Peace Lecture: “ Turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa: Things that Make for Peace-Building”  — the lecture will take place in Olscamp 11 from 2:30-3:45.

In the evening–at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater– for “Media Coverage of Terror in the Name of Religion” Dr. Charles Kimball will be joined by Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, and Jamie Tarabay, National Correspondent, and former Baghdad Bureau Chief, for NPR. The experts’ discussion will be followed by an opportunity for audience questions. And, there will be refreshments and book sales in the second floor lobby by the theater before and after the panel discussion.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please support these lectures and encourage your student to attend.

Your students can find more information on Facebook at: “Media Coverage of Terror in the Name of Religion”

The evening event is co-sponsored by the United Muslim Association of Toledo.

Other important event sponsors include: Hiroko Nakamoto, the BGSU College of Arts & Sciences, the Honors Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the departments of Sociology and Political Science, the American Culture Studies Program, the International Studies Program, and the School of Media & Communication.

SMC alum Dr. John Parrish-Sprowl’s guest lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 30th

“Reducing Global Health Disparities through Collaborative Health Communication Partnerships”
Tuesday, November 30 at 7 pm, 107 in Hayes Hall.

Dr. John Parrish-Sprowl received his Ph.D. in Communication from BGSU in 1983. He is Co-Director of the Global Health Communication Center in the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis School of Liberal Arts. Prior to this position he was Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. He is internationally-known for his applied communication research and project consultancies in Belarus, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Macedonia, Poland, Russia, and Thailand. He has been honored with awards from universities in Macedonia and Poland for his work. Currently he is contributing to the Community Health Engagement Program of the Clinical Translational Sciences Institute of Indiana and collaborating with World Health Organization to work with Ministries of Health in developing countries to create better health communication to improve health care access and indices.

Congratulations to Christy Mesaros-Winckles, a doctoral student who has a paper accepted for publication!

The paper I written by Doctoral Student Christy Mesaros-Winckles for COM 6400, “TLC and the Fundamentalist Family: A Quiverfull of Babies” was accepted by the Journal of Religion and Popular culture for publication. It’s an interdisciplinary/international journal published in Canada, and the journal is published online

Harvard’s Lawrence Lessig here on Dec. 2

Harvard Law professor, Creative Commons founder and free culture activist Lawrence Lessig will be on campus Dec. 2.

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link to the lecture:

Lessig has spent his career battling overly restrictive copyright regulation in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and in the U.S. Congress. He’ll address his role in the copyright wars and his new role as head of Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics. There, he is focusing on questions of governance, corruption and the growing use of private money in public institutions.

Thanks to Tech Trends, the Dept. of Journalism and Public Relations, the School of Media and Communication, the College of Technology, the Dept. of American Cultural Studies, BGeXperience, the Dept. of Telecommunications and the Dept. of English for supporting his visit.

His lecture, titled “From Copyright to Corruption and Back Again,” will be at 7 p.m. in the BTSU theatre. All are welcome.

Dr. Ekstrand ICS Lecture, November 10th at 1:00

Revealing John Doe: The Origins and Culture of Anonymous Speech in U.S. Law

Victoria Ekstrand
Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00
Room 207 (Mylander) BTSU

Is there a disjunction between how the law recognizes anonymous speech and how the public perceives it?

Professor Ekstrand’s talk provides a discussion of anonymous speech in U.S. historical and cultural traditions. Central to her talk is the examination of arguments by parties that have appeared before courts to defend its protection, while also drawing on interviews with those who have used anonymous speech in these cases to advance some political or social cause.

For more information, click here.

Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett’s recent publications and invitations

Oliver Boyd-Barrett: Publications

Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett published the following articles towards the close of 2008:

Boyd-Barrett, O. (2008) News agency majors: Ownership, Control and Influence Revisited, Journal of Global Mass Communication, Vol. 1, No.1, pp. 57-71

Boyd-Barrett, O. (2008) News agencies, history of, in Wolfgang Donsback (Ed), Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Communication, Wiley-Blackwell

Boyd-Barrett, O. (2008) Jeremy Tunstall: The media were American: US mass media in decline, Global Media and Communication, Volume 4(2): 201-207

Rantanen, T. and Boyd-Barrett, O. (2008) Global and national news agencies , in A. De Beer and J. Merrill (eds) Global Journalism: Topical Issues and Media Systems, 5th Edition, pp. 33-47

Oliver Boyd-Barrett: Invitations

Oliver Boyd-Barrett is invited by the News Agency of Catalonia (ACN), Spain, to publish an edited volume on the future of national and regional news agencies, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of this predominantly internet news agency, covering the most prosperous region of Spain. The book will be published by EADOP (Generalitat de Catalunya).

Oliver Boyd-Barrett is invited Keynote Speaker at the Conference on Communication Technologies and Social Change, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett is invited to offer a video-conference presentation to graduate students of the International Communication program at UNITEC, in Auckland, New Zealand in April.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett and Srinivas Melkote are invited by the Assistant Direct General of Communication and Information, UNESCO, to proceed with a suitable collaborative arrangement with an African partner to be identified among UNESCO-designated Potential Centres of Excellence in Journalism.