Robert Hernandez Announced as Keynote Speaker at 2014 Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop

31 Jul

PoynterImgs_HernandezRobert Hernandez, aka WebJournalist, has made a name for himself as a journalist of the Web, not just on the Web. His primary focus is exploring and developing the intersection of technology and journalism – to empower people, inform reporting and storytelling, engage community, improve distribution and, whenever possible, enhance revenue.

He is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, but he’s not an academic… he’s more of a “hackademic” and specializes in “MacGyvering” Web journalism solutions. He connects dots and people. (



The Workshop will be held in Franklin Hall on Septempber 18 and will address the topic of ethics and data mining. To learn more about the event, read about additional speakers or register to attend, go to

Five Classes Every College Student Should Take (No Matter What Your Major)

23 Jul

(From USA Today, June 26, 2014)


Sometimes in the midst of trying to complete all of our graduation and major requirements, we forget that there might be some breathing room for extracurricular courses. There are definitely some classes that should be required and that everyone should have under their belts as part of their college education.

Some of these classes are just interesting and should be taken for a different point of view or material base, but some teach useful life skills that everyone should know, but don’t always get a chance to learn.

1. Finance/Accounting/Business Management

These types of classes teach practical skills for managing businesses and finances (including paying taxes). These are skills that everyone should have, but people who are not majoring in these types of subjects or economics usually don’t think to sign up for these classes and therefore never learn important life skills.

2. Communication

In these kinds of classes, you learn how to better communicate your message and why people choose to communicate or advertise their messages in a certain way. Comm classes are interesting and relatable, especially if you plan to go into a job that requires constant interactions with others or even speaking to a large group.

3. History/Art History

History and art history are important topics because they explain how and why events happened in the past (duh) but they also help prevent certain events for the future. It is important to have a grasp on history because it is a constant topic of conversation, especially in current events and world news and can also give you an insight and understanding into cultures that are foreign to you. Art History is also useful because it lends a perspective into someone’s mind as well as the sociopolitical climate at the time an image was created, and therefore can be very informative.

4. Sociology

Learn about why people do certain things or behave in certain ways. Learn about the human mind and human interactions so that you are prepared and you understand certain mental disorders or behaviors as well as relationships between humans. It is not only an extremely captivating subject, it will help you understand the human mind as well as help you deal with problems that you may face yourself or when working with others.

5. Computer Science

This is one of the practical ones more than interest but it is definitely a good one to take in this day in age. This type of intro-level class will help you understand different types of computer technologies that will make you a skilled and valuable employee in your future. Understanding the ins and outs of the most recent technologies and applications on computers as well as learning simple web design will help you greatly as computers are such a large part of work in today’s society.


This article originally appeared on Surviving College, the ultimate source for all things college and entertainment, made for college students.

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Steve Sheinkin & Julie Cummins Headline Summer Symposium

18 Jul

Authors Steve Sheinkin and Julie Cummins are keynote speakers at this year’s Summer Symposium on Tuesday, Aug. 5,in the Kent Student Center. The symposium is sponsored by the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS).

Educational sessions include Common Core Apps, Weeding Non-Fiction and eBooks, Research as Detective Work (presented by Steve Sheinkin), and Emerging Technologies. Updates on the latest children’s and young adult titles will also be featured.

Sheinkin and Cummins will sign copies of their latest books during the lunch break. (The Kent State University Bookstore will have books for sale.) In addition to the keynote authors, symposium participants will have a chance to meet award-winning author Angela Johnson. She will sign copies of her latest book, All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, and immediately following the symposium, guests are invited to a reception to celebrate the book’s release.

The symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, with concurrent sessions held in the Kent Student Center Governance Chambers. Cost to attend is $75. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Register at today!

Opening Keynote

Steve Sheinkin’s 2012 title Bomb: The Race To Build and Steal The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, received a Newbery Honor Award, the Sibert Medal, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His book The Notorious Benedict Arnold won both the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction. His most recent titles are Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, a true-crime thriller, and El Iluminado, a graphic novel written with Ilan Stavans.



Morning Breakout Sessions

Children’s Literature Update
Presented by Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS, and Sue McCleaf Nespeca, KidLit Plus Consulting
An update on the latest and greatest K-6 literature that is available to school librarians.

Common Core Apps
Presented by Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
A brief talk about the Common Core and some helpful apps to support it. This session will include hands-on iPad activities. (iPads will be provided.)

Almost Everything Librarians Need to Know about INFOhio and Education in Ohio
Presented by Paula Deal, INFOhio
What do all types of librarians need to know about Ohio’s New Learning Standards and upcoming student assessments, early literacy and career and college readiness? INFOhio has the information and the resources.

Research as Detective Work
Presented by Steve Sheinkin
“Often during school visits, while I’m describing the labor intensive process of finding and researching stories for my books, a student will say, ‘So, you do homework for a living?’ I’ve learned to counter the charge by telling students that what I do is really more like detective work. In this workshop, I’ll go through the step-by-step process I use to research stories, and try to make the case that the process of researching a true story is very similar to that of following clues to solve a mystery.”

Lunch Break

Book signing with Steve Sheinkin, Julie Cummins and Angela Johnson

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Young Adult Literature Update
Presented by Christina Getrost, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, and Mary Anne Nichols, Kent State SLIS
An update on the latest and greatest young adult (grades 7-12) literature that is available to school librarians.

Weeding Non-Fiction and eBooks: Yes, You Can, and Yes, You SHOULD!
Presented by Belinda Boon, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
We all know weeding is necessary to maintain up-to-date and useful collections, but how much is “too much,” especially when budgets are tight (or non-existent)? And how does one even begin to weed e-materials? This session offers practical tips for weeding specific Dewey categories and highlights the issues involved with weeding e-books.

Common Core Apps
Presented by Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Marianne Martens, Ph.D., Kent State SLIS
A brief talk about the Common Core and some helpful apps to support it. This session will include hands-on iPad activities. (iPads will be provided.)

Closing Session

Emerging Technologies
Presented by Holly Klingler, Emerging Technologies Librarian, NEO-RLS
Looking for info on the latest techno-trends for teachers, schools, students, and patrons, but don’t want to be overwhelmed by too many techie details? Join Holly Klingler for a discussion and a friendly show and tell program where you can learn about what’s in and what’s out in the world of technology.

Closing Keynote

Julie Cummins is a published author of children’s books, including The Inside-outside Book of Libraries, Country Kid, City Kid, Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott, and more recently, Women Explorers and Flying Solo.


Celebrate the launch of Angela Johnson’s new book, All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom, with cake and punch in the Marantz Picturebook Collection room in the School of Library and Information Science.

Visit for more information about the symposium and to register.

Student Media Followed President Warren on First Day

9 Jul


(from left to right) Vivian Feke (TV2 general manager), Matt Merchant (Stater editor), Abu Zhafar (TV2), President Warren, Alison Riley (TV2 news manager), Jacqueline DeMate (Stater managing editor), MaKayla Brown (Stater photographer), Emily Mills (Stater principle reporter)

July 1 marked the first day of Kent State University’s new president, Beverly Warren. President Warren’s day was packed full of activities which were covered by select members of Kent State Student Media. About 12 CCI students who work for Student Media were chosen to follow President Warren on her first day, recording interviews, posting to social media and taking photograhps. These students represented the Summer Kent Stater, TV2 and summer Print Beat courses.

These students began the day by meeting with President Warren to personally meet and interview her. They then followed her as she met with her Board of Trustees and walked down the Esplanade to the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, where she ate breakfast with the students and Trustees, as well as city government officials.

Pictured above are some of the students who got to meet President Warren on her first day.

Spring CCI Florence Students Create Documentaries

25 Jun

CCI students studying abroad in Florence can choose to take a course called “Practicum in European Media” taught by Tommaso Bernabei. In this course, students work in teams to create short documentary films about a chosen topic. They write, produce, film and edit the documentary on their own, using their collaborative skills — as well as those of professors and other students — to create the finished product. This past spring, eleven CCI students took the course and created a total of four documentaries. Check out three of the documentaries by clicking the links below to see what our awesome CCI students created in Florence this past spring!

Congratulations to Alicia Balog, Abby Bradford, Kelsey Fischer, Alyssa Flynn, Brianna Hedley, Anna Hoffman, Aislinn Janek, Andres Kishimoto, Kaitlynn LeBeau, Alex Speidel and Terell Wilson on jobs well done!

Spring 2014 Documentaries:
Culturally Speaking

Memory Triggers
Personal Baggage


Spring 2014 Practicum students

Nine CCI Students Shine as Flash Guides

19 Jun

Kent State University’s summer orientation for new students – Destination Kent State – is led and facilitated by 24 students called Flash Guides. Students interested in becoming a Flash Guide must apply through the Office of Student Success Programs and are required to have taken the Destination Kent State Student Leader Training course offered through Undergraduate Studies.

This summer, there are nine students from the College of Communication and Information who were chosen to be Flash Guides for Destination Kent State, making up 38 percent of the Flash Guide group. This is a great opportunity for these students to put their knowledge of communications to use by interacting with parents and students during the program. These students are Katie Boyle, Taylor Hurley, Reggie Jones, Nathan LaChance, Alyssa Mazey, Corey Patterson and Taylor Winter – Communications Studies majors – and Kim Anderson and Ian Klein – Journalism majors.

Congratulations to these outstanding students for being chosen to represent Kent State University to our incoming freshmen at Destination Kent State!

2014 Flash Guides
(Used with permission from DKS Twitter)

CCI Offers Wide Array of Summer Courses

11 Jun

Summer sessions at Kent State give students the opportunity to get some classes out of the way and to catch up, get ahead or stay on track to graduate.  While some students might cringe at the thought of taking summer classes, others take advantage of the chance to complete a few courses in six or eight weeks as opposed to the fifteen-week semester during the school year.

This summer, the College of Communication and Information is offering over 30 courses that span across all four schools: Communication Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication, Library & Information Science and Visual Communication Design. Courses are offered both in-person and online, giving students the option to choose the best learning environment for their needs. CCI is offering courses at all levels, from 10000-level introductory classes to 40000-level senior seminars. Don’t think these courses are all work and no play; JMC is offering summer film courses about Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and zombie movies.

There are three summer sessions with courses offered during each session. Summer I runs June 9 – July 12, lasting six weeks; Summer II runs June 9 – August 2, lasting eight weeks; and Summer III runs July 14 – August 16, lasting six weeks. The last day to add courses for Summer I is tomorrow, Thursday, June 12, so be sure to sign up now if you are interested in taking a CCI course this summer!


Students taking notes in Professor Jan Leach’s Ethics and Issues in Mass Communication summer class


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