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KSDB brings two awards back from the BIG APPLE

The NYC IBS Conference 2018 awarded Kansas State University's college radio station Best Artist/Band Interview and Best Campus News Coverage on March 3. 

91.9 KSDB Manhattan were finalist for six Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) awards for the 2017-2018 year: 

KSDB IBS Award 1

IBS Delegates pictured L to R: Zachary St. Clair, David Dougherty, Bridget Lynch,
(Promotions); LeAndre Carthen (Station Manager); James Copeland (Programs
Director); Lucas Peterson (News Director)

KSDB Award 2Categories KSDB were Finalist for:

Best Station Promo
Best Sports Talk Program (Brandon Fabac Show)
Best Use of Facebook
Best Phone App
Best Sports Director
Best College Radio Station w/ 10,000+ population

 The IBS Trophy Awards honor excellence in programming, air personalities, public service efforts, and outstanding stations. The 2017-2018 IBS Conference is the largest of the year and featured over 150 speakers, over 100 sessions and tours, and 1,400 attendees from all over the world! 

For more information, please contact:
LeAndre Carthen, Station Manager

Lucas Peterson and David Dougherty 
pictured with Best Campus News Coverage & 
Best Artist/Band Interview Awards (Not
pictured Dylan Swoyer)

Students at KSDB-FM, K-State's student-run radio station, won first place in the 2017-2018 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts.

KSDBSteven Asper, Dylan Swoyer, and James Copeland won first place in the Sound Engineering and Production category for work on the "KSDB Classroom Series" with a recording of the band Gekko from Kansas City.

BEA received over 1,540 entries this year. KSDB's submission ranks in the top 20% of the category entered.

"The Classroom Series" is a recurring production on KSDB, featuring bands from across Kansas and the United States who come to Manhattan to perform live on the air from KSDB's McCain Auditorium studios.

KSDB Operates 24/7/365 from McCain Auditorium and broadcasts live on 91.9 FM, online at ksdbfm.org, on iOS and Android, TuneIn, Amazon Echo and campus cable 42.1.

Videos from past episodes of the classroom series can be found here:

For more information, please contact:
James Copeland, program director

K-State students will have a chance to attend a special screening of the film "From the Ashes," a groundbreaking new documentary that goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal." 

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host a free, public screening of the film on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Wildcat Chamber in the K-State Union. Audience discussion will follow the screening.

Presented by the National Geographic Channel, the film takes a compelling and often heartbreaking look at what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for our future. The film, produced by RadicalMedia and in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, was a 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection.

Anyone interested in the film can check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/user21699071/review/212647120/507d57d428

Questions about the screening should be directed to Nick Homburg at nhomburg@ksu.edu.

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host alumnus Terry Schroff as part of their "How I Landed My Job" series on Tues. Feb. 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Kedzie Library.

Schroff is founder and CEO of Quiet Light Communications, Inc. (QLC). Headquartered in Rockford, IL, QLC is a full-service integrated marketing communications agency specializing in the food and nutrition industry. With a focus on business-to-business marketing for food and nutritional ingredients, food service and food processing equipment, QLC is one of the largest specialty agencies of its kind in the country. QLC's client base is largely in North America but does include a handful of clients in countries such as Great Britain, France, Malaysia, Belgium, Japan and the Netherlands.

With an advertising and marketing career spanning nearly 40 years, including 30 years specializing in food and allied industries, Schroff's path to the CEO-suite didn't follow the straightest of lines. After switching majors five times, Schroff finally earned a BA degree in journalism from K-State. Prior to starting his own advertising agency, Schroff worked in radio and newspaper sales and was a Partner and Vice President Client Services at Cummings
Advertising. A native of Topeka, KS, Schroff currently resides in Rockford, IL.

Students, faculty and staff from all departments are encouraged to attend the event.

Media and Communications Meet-Up to be March 8

The Media and Communications Meet-Up, formerly called JMC Professionals Day, will be Thursday, March 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Berney Family Welcome Center great room.

Employers from news organizations, strategic communications firms, advertising and public relations agencies, non-profit organizations and others will be at the meet-up to network with students.

Freshmen through seniors are encouraged to attend this event.

Employers will have the opportunity to set up interviews throughout the day, prior to the Meet-Up, with students seeking internships and full-time positions.

To locate the on-campus interviews for that day, students should log in to their Handshake account, using their eID, from the page www.k-state.edu/careercenter. Next, click on Jobs > On-Campus Interviews. Students can use the Date filter to searching for the interviews happening on March 8. All interviews for the Meet-Up will be marked "Media and Communications Interviews" after the employer name.

The event is hosted by the K-State Career Center and the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It is open to all students and alumni in the K-State community in the advertising, journalism, public relations and other communications fields.

The event is free, and snacks will be provided.

Penny Abernathy to deliver 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media


Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, will deliver the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on April 11.

Her lecture — “Saving community journalism from the rising threat of news deserts” — will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

At 10:30, she also will participate in a panel discussion, “Silent ‘Signal’: Baldwin City adjusts to life without a newspaper.” Other panelists will be Jay Wachs, founder of Briar Cliff Media in Lawrence and entrepreneur behind Baldwin City Radio, and Jeannette Blackmar, executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. Steve Smethers, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, will moderate. The panel is also free and open to the public.

Kyle Bauer, owner and general manager of KCLY FM and KFRM AM in Clay Center, and Chris Walker, publisher of The Emporia Gazette, will be honored as Huck Boyd Community Journalists of the Year at the luncheon following the panel discussion. This award is given by the Huck Boyd Center and the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development.

Abernathy’s lecture, the panel discussion and the luncheon are sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

            “McDill ‘Huck’ Boyd was a great believer in preserving small towns and small-town media, and this lecture series in his name helps highlight the importance of community journalism in Kansas and across the nation,” said Gloria Freeland, director of the center and assistant professor in journalism and mass communications.

Abernathy, a journalism professional with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and senior media business executive, specializes in preserving quality journalism by helping the news business succeed economically in the digital environment. Her book, “Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability,” published in 2014, is based on five years of research, involving more than two dozen newspapers around the country. This research became the foundation for UNC’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, which works with news organizations to investigate and develop new business models and tools.

            Jean Folkerts, interim director of the A.Q. Miller School, said she is familiar with Abernathy’s work and with the effective way that she has connected with publishers in North Carolina.

“Abernathy has involved students in studying audiences and in helping publishers address real concerns,” Folkerts said. “We are looking forward to her presentation and expect we will learn new ways of implementing initiatives with the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.”

Most recently, Abernathy was the author of a major report, “The Rise of a New Media Baron and the Emerging Threat of News Deserts.”

As a senior executive, Abernathy was responsible for creating and implementing strategies at some of the nation’s most prominent news organizations and publishing companies, including the Harvard Business Review, as well as The Journal and The Times. She oversaw the successful launch of new multimedia enterprises that increased both revenue and profit at all three organizations. She also served as vice president and executive director of industry programs at the Paley Center for Media, which counts as its members some of the world’s leading media companies and executives. Before moving to the business side of the industry, Abernathy was a newspaper reporter and editor at several daily newspapers, including The Charlotte Observer, The Dallas Times-Herald and The Wichita Eagle-Beacon. She was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 1998. She has MBA and M.S. degrees from Columbia University and a B.A. from UNC at Greensboro.

To become a patron of the Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media series or for information about luncheon tickets, please contact Gloria Freeland: gfreela@ksu.edu.

Three Director Candidates to give Presentations

Please join us as we welcome three candidates for the position of the director of the A.Q. Miller School. The candidates' presentations will detail their visions for the A.Q. Miller School.

Jan. 22, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Jan. 24, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Jan. 29, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library


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