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Susan Kirkman Zake

Assistant Professor

Susan serves as the newsroom adviser to the award-winning student newsroom, where she works with the Daily Kent Stater,, TV2 and an array of niche websites and mobile apps. She teaches all aspects of newsroom production and management, with particular emphasis on the integration of digital and mobile news platforms, multimedia and social media.

She also serves as a lecturer teaching photojournalism, multimedia storytelling and Web programming for multimedia journalists.

She is the former Managing Editor for Multimedia & Special Projects at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she began work as a staff photographer in 1986. Over a 20-year career, she worked as an assignment editor, picture editor, graphics editor, assistant metro editor and assistant managing editor.

The recipient of numerous awards for her photojournalist images, the photography, graphics and design staffs under her supervision have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for the quality of their work.

She also shares in three Pulitzer Prize team awards; for coverage of the attempted takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.; for A Question of Color, which examined local attitudes toward race; and for coverage of Hurricane Katrina as part of a Knight Ridder editing team working for the Biloxi Sun Herald.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • Interactivity
  • Millennia's
  • Campaigns
  • Online
Susan Kirkman Zake
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
101C Franklin Hall
Phone: 330-672-2616
Fax: 330-672-4064
Spring 2015
  • JMC 26005 - 005 Multimedia Storytelling
  • HONR 40096 - 006 Ind Proj - Mass Communic
  • JMC 46009 - 001 Reporting Public Affairs
Fall 2015
  • JMC 40010 - 007 Ethics And Issues - Mass Comm
  • JMC 40295 - 003 St : Web Programming For Multim
  • JMC 46009 - 001 Reporting Public Affairs
  • JMC 56009 - 001 Reporting Public Affairs
  • JMC 60195 - 003 St : Web Programming For Multi