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Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Student Seminar 

KAB sponsors annually a Student Seminar for high school and college students who have an interest in pursuing a broadcast education and career. The 2019 Student Seminar is set for April 2 at the University of Kansas Student Union. It will include a half day of panels and round table discussions to acquaint students with the future of broadcasting, career opportunities, and the real world of broadcasting. There will also be a job fair for graduating college seniors. To read more details and to download a registration form go to: kab.net/Programs/StudentServices/AnnualStudentSeminar/


Monica Diaz participates in NNAF News Fellows program

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois—Seven college students traveled to Washington in mid-March to participate in the National Newspaper Association Foundation's News Fellows Program. This is the sixth year the foundation has offered the program.

Monica DiazMonica Diaz, K-State sophomore in journalism and mass communications, was among students selected from across the country. She was sponsored by the Kansas Press Association, and her mentors were Steve Haynes, president and publisher, Nor'West Newspapers, The Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Kansas and Cynthia Haynes, publisher, The Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Kansas.

Journalism students can apply for the program through their state newspaper association. Those selected travel to the Washington area, funded by the state association or their association's foundation, to report on a topic of national importance.

The program ran during NNA's Community Newspaper Leadership Summit, March 14-15.

This year, the topic was how do the major political parties find ways to work together — "Red State, Blue State; What a State of Affairs!" The students were given the opportunity to meet with policymakers and policy influencers during their time in the city. Some of them also met with their states' congressional representatives in Washington and from their home states. Part of the assignment is to determine the facts of a story from the "spin" the sides of the issue present to the public.

"Representing Kansas State University and the NNA was an experience of a lifetime. I learned about the political divide throughout the United States and specifically throughout the state of Kansas. Alongside six other fellows and phenomenal mentors, I was able to learn how to use journalism to bridge the political divide." — Monica Diaz

The students are also required to write at least one article for publication on the topic. These articles may be placed in their school papers or published locally through their state newspaper associations. They're also printed in Publishers' Auxiliary, NNA's trade publication.

Their first day, the students had a news briefing with Diane Randall, executive secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation at the group's headquarters. After that, they met with Donna Murphy from Better Angles, a citizen's group focused on facilitating communication across political differences. The next day, the students travelled to the Newseum for a briefing by Jan Neuharth, chair and chief executive officer of the Freedom Forum, and for a tour of the Newseum by Shelby Coffey III, vice chair of the Newseum.

After the tour, the students went to Capitol Hill for their scheduled visits with their representatives or their staffs. Later in the day, they attended a briefing by Reps. David Trott, R-MI and Debbie Dingell, D-MI, at The Capitol Club. That evening, the students gathered at the National Press Club for dinner and to hear the summit's keynote speaker — Lally Weymouth, senior associate editor of the Washington Post, and the daughter of former Washington Post publishers Donald Graham and Katherine Graham.

NNAF photo

The 2018 National Newspaper Association Foundation News Fellows and their mentors pause for a photo on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building during NNA’s Leadership Summit. From left to right are Liz Parker, with the News Jersey Hills Media Group; Merle Baranczyk, with Arkansas Valley Publishing in Salida, CO; Elissa Kedziorek, Western Michigan University; Cynthia Haynes with Haynes Publishing Co. in Oberlin, KS; Monica Diaz, Kansas State University; Lauryn Higgins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Hunter Andes, Bismarck State College; Mady Johnston, Alvernia University-Madelyn; John Hammel, University of Georgia; Cassie Buchman, Eastern Illinois University; Chris Eddings, retired publisher from Baltimore, MD; and Steve Haynes with Haynes Publishing Co. in Oberlin, KS.


JMC students participate in the 18th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium

Monica Diaz and Rafael Garcia, students in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, participated in the 18th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium on April 15.

The Developing Scholars Program (DSP) is within Kansas State University's Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. It offers high-achieving, serious-minded, historically-underrepresented students research projects in their field of study with faculty mentors. Scholars receive academic, social, and financial support while becoming integrated into the intellectual climate of the university.

Diaz is conducting research about whether there is gender bias in the media. Using coding, her research analyzes genders of television
anchors, reporters and people interviewed in order to better understand if gender bias is evident. Her mentor is journalism and mass communications professor Tom Hallaq.

Diaz Developing Scholars

Garcia's research, in partnership with journalism and mass communications professor Gloria Freeland, examines a Spanish-language
newspaper in Kansas and how well it interacts with its Hispanic community. This case study is accomplished through qualitative interviews and analysis of the paper, as well as quantitative surveys and demographic data. Garcia received the "Above and Beyond" award at this year's poster symposium.

Garcia Developing Scholars


Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media: “Saving community journalism from the rising threat of news deserts”

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, delivered the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on April 11. Her lecture — "Saving community journalism from the rising threat of news deserts" — was April 11 at the Kansas State University Alumni Center. 


Abernathy also participated in a panel discussion, "Silent 'Signal': Baldwin City adjusts to life without a newspaper” with Jeannette Blackmar, executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, Scott Stanford of the Lawrence Journal-World, Ogden Newspapers; and Jay Wachs, founder of Briar Cliff Media in Lawrence and entrepreneur behind Baldwin City Radio. Steve Smethers, associate professor of journalism and mass communications, moderated the panel. To access video of the panel discussion, please click here


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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