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Events

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts a variety of lectures, workshops, events and activities throughout the year. No matter what your affiliation with JMC, there's something for everyone!

You are probably most familiar with these signature JMC events:

The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop

The Poynter Workshop is an annual daylong ethics training program hosted by The Poynter Institute and Kent State University's Media Law Center for Ethics and Access of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

This year marked the tenth anniversary for the workshop, and "Data Minefields?" was the topic of discussion. High-profile industry leaders explained and debated current issues in media ethics. The workshop included panel discussions, Q&As, debate and more. If you missed the Poynter Media Ethics Workshop, you can watch video archives of the sessions.

Homecoming and JMC Alumni Reception

Gather with fellow School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni, family and staff for food, fellowship and fun during Homecoming weekend.

Mark your calendars now for our annual Homecoming celebration slated for Oct. 18, 2014.

Here's the lineup of events:

Alumni Awards & Reception and Fall PAB meeting, Oct. 17

Honor fellow School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni as the school awards the coveted William Taylor Award, Fast Track Awards and Friends of JMC award. In 2014, JMC honors alumnus Wayne Dawson, and Fast Trackers Kyle Michael Miller and Christina Stowers. Learn more about the 2014 recipients.

Hospitality Parade Tent

Enjoy coffee, cider and good conversation as you take in the annual Kent State Homecoming Parade. The tent is sponsored by the College of Communication and Information. All are welcome. No R.S.V.P. necessary.

Homecoming Luncheon and Auction

Join us for our annual silent auction and lunch between the Homecoming parade and the Homecoming game at Dix Stadium.

For a general schedule of events, visit the Alumni Association's website.

Robert G. McGruder Awards and Lecture

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity lecture has become one of Kent State's most successful diversity events.

The 2014 event marked 11 years of honoring diversity excellence. The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism. The event is co-sponsored each spring by Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The late Robert G. McGruder was a 1963 graduate of Kent State and a foundational local figure for diversity in journalism. He went on from Kent State to become the first black editor of the Daily Kent Stater and first black reporter at The Plain Dealer. He was also the first black president of the Associated Press Managing Editors group and the first black editor of the Detroit Free Press, in 1995 and 1996.

2014 Winners

Byron Pitts, ABC News Anchor & Chief National Correspondent, was named the 2014 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity.

Constance D. Harper, associate publisher and editor of the Cleveland based Call & Post newspaper, which has editions serving the African-American communities throughout Ohio, was recognized as the 2014 Diversity in Media Distinguished Leadership Award winner.

Learn more about the 2014 award recipients.

Student Success Week

JMC launched a new tradition to recognize the hard work and achievements of our students. Be watching for the following Student Success Week events slated for the end of spring semester:

  • CareerExpo2014, the Kent State career fair exclusively focuses on graduating seniors with media, communication and visual design majors. Students meet with the region's top employers to review their portfolios and conduct interviews.

  • The Student Award Ceremony recognizes the prestigious, highly competitive awards, fellowships and internships our students won throughout the academic year.

  • Kappa Tau Alpha National induction ceremony honors the top ten percent of our juniors and seniors with admittance into the national college honor society that promotes academic excellence and scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

  • Annual Scholarship and Awards Dinner celebrates students who are awarded academic year scholarships and pays special tribute to scholarship donors. More than $60,000 in endowed scholarships and monetary awards were given to more than 50 students for the 2013-2014 year.

  • Professional Advisory Board meeting enables Board members to meet with student media leaders and the individual students who won top awards and honors throughout the academic year.

Stayed tuned to the JMC home page and our Facebook page for updates on these noteworthy events and the many other events JMC hosts throughout the year.