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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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A.Q. Miller School Recruiting New Director

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University is searching for a new director. The current interim director will not be a candidate for the permanent position. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 10, 2017.

The interim director, Jean Folkerts, says “I believe this administrative position is an exciting possibility for someone interested in building on a well-established program.”

K-State’s program is one of the oldest accredited programs in the nation and one of the largest majors in the College of Arts & Sciences. The School adopted a new curriculum this year that will go into effect in Fall 2018. It combines public relations and advertising into a strategic communications focus and it emphasizes cross-platform journalism. This progressive curriculum is designed to have great results both in recruiting students and in placing students in jobs. The School also is instituting a new Honors Program and has successfully raised funding for the program.  This fall the School is revamping the master’s degree curriculum.

This position will provide a great opportunity for someone who wants to build a record of accomplishment at Kansas State University over the next few years. The School has more than 400 majors and 25 faculty. It also serves about 50 agricultural communications majors and 50 minors. This is a program that has undergone a major shift, with several faculty leaving or retiring. The School welcomed four new faculty this year, including a new director for the Journalism Education Association, a national organization of high school journalists and teachers housed at K-State. The new director of the School will have an opportunity to hire more new faculty.

The link to the full advertisement and application materials:  http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/501565/assoc-profprofdirector

Kansas State University President Visits Military Public Relations Class

Gen. (Ret.) Richard Myers, Kansas State University president, spoke to Deb Skidmore's Military Public Relations class on Oct. 25.  He talked to the students about the importance of building relationships with news media and always treating the media with respect and honesty.  Additionally, he stressed being prGo-active with messages is always the best action. A great `take-away' for the class was this quote: "A lie can go around the world four times before truth can get its boots on."



Alum visits Public Relations Writing Class 


Briana Hawkins, one of our students who recently graduated in PR, visited Deb Skidmore's PR Writing class Sept. 22 to talk about Zoom.  She is the office manager for Zoom located in Overland Park, Kansas. 

JMC Students Chosen to Attend IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop

JMC students Rafael Garcia and Braxton Jones were selected to attend the 2017 International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Multicultural Career Workshop in New York City. The conference, which is in its 33rd year, presents an opportunity for multicultural students to network with representatives of major media companies.

 Recruiters who have attended the workshop have come from some of the industry's most popular media companies, including BET, CBS HBO, MTV and Time Inc. In addition to networking, the conference provides students with greater insight on how they can embark on a career in advertising, digital media, marketing, production or sales.

 "The IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop is a two-day conference that continues to be singled out by human resource professionals as one of the best places to find skilled students and recent graduates of color for job and internship opportunities," the organization's website states.

 Garcia, a junior from Emporia, Kansas, and the current editor-in-chief of the Kansas State Collegian, seeks to become a feature writer, while Jones, a senior from Wichita, Kansas, desires to launch a career in sports broadcasting. Both students are majors in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. 

 This is Jones' second time attending the IRTS workshop and Garcia's first. They are scheduled to fly to New York in October.

Former A.Q. Miller School Director Everette Dennis Gives Lecture as part of Distinguished Lecturer Series


Former director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Dr. Everette Dennis, was selected as a Kansas State University Distinguished Lecturer. The Department of Communication Studies co-sponsored the lecture.

Dennis spoke on "Global Media in the Digital Age" at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, in the McVay Family Town Hall, (Room 114) in the Leadership Studies Building.

Dennis is Dean and Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern University in Qatar. He recently was named to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and will be inducted this fall. Dennis is professor of journalism and media management in the Medill School of Journalism and holds a joint appointment in Communication Studies.

JMC Students Partner with National Science Foundation (NSF)

JMC students recently produced films that highlight National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded Research being conducted on the Kansas State University Campus for the second year.

The objective is to train students to produce excellent materials while promoting the work of the university's NSF-supported researchers. The videos will also help NSF communicate the value of basic research.

"This collaboration gives our students a chance to get some solid real-world experience," said Dr. Tom Hallaq, assistant professor of digital media. "Along the way they will also get their work noticed by one of the nation's most prestigious agencies with the possibility of national distribution."

 You can check them out at the NSF’s Science360.gov web site or at the Journalism and Mass Communications K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) page.

Or, enjoy them here!

Cell Migration

Created by Rayvin White and Tom Hallaq

A Grassland Bird's Changing World

Created by Callie Ogborn and Tom Hallaq


How do Fish Adapt to Extreme Environments? 

Created by Sam Hennigh and Tom Hallaq


Created by Andrew Shores and Tom Hallaq


Created by Katherine Curtis and Tom Hallaq
Video too large for this web site - check it out here: 

Journalism and Mass Communications K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) page.


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