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May 22, 2013
College of Communications students grabbed several top finishes in a statewide competition conducted by the Pennsylvania Assciated Press Broadcasters Association.
The annual competition allows students to compete both against other college broadcasters and by radio market size, pitting students against professional broadcasters from across the state. Penn State competed in the Medium Market Division, against stations from Allentown and Harrisburg, among others.
A list of Penn State’s finishes follows:
MEDIUM AND SMALL MARKET RADIO
-- Jon Blauvelt, “Paterno Catholic Center,” ComRadio, first place
-- Torri Singer, “Hurricane Sandy,” ComRadio, third place
-- Miranda McCormick, “Cheerleading Injuries,” ComRadio, first place
MEDIUM AND SMALL MARKET TV
News or Sports Talk Program
-- “In the Game” (Episode 103), ComMedia, first place
-- Casie Tennin, “Scandal Recovery Efforts,” first place
-- Liz Derita, Katie Bassett, Carolyn Cohen and Lucy Ukwa, “Service Dogs,” first place
-- Erica Brecher, “Comfort Zone Camp,” second place
-- James Swanson, Aaron Dunlevy, Bill Hood and Kofi Appiah, “Hockey Lockout Puts NHL Cities and Businesses in the Penalty Box,” third place
May 13, 2013
An independent study assignment by a College of Communications student was recently published by “Lens,” the photography blog of The New York Times.
With "Letting Go of a Baby, But Not the Emotions" the Times focused on work by Jill Knight.
Knight, a senior, had previously published “Special Delivery” on ComMedia as she followed the experiences of Kristen Broome, who served as a surrogate mother for her cousin, Jamie Pursley. Knight chronicled much of what led up to the April 3, 2013, birth of Pursley's child.
Knight completed the independent study under the direction of senior lecturer John Beale. Knight expects to complete her degree this summer with an internship at the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. She previously completed an internship with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has worked as a freelance photographer for Polaris Images, the Centre Daily Times, the York (Pa.) Dispatch and the Fayetteville Observer.
Her photo story, “A Navy Officer in Training,” recently placed fourth in the picture story category of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
In 2012, Knight traveled to Rio de Janeiro with a team of students for a short-term international reporting project. Her multimedia piece from the trip won first place in a National Press Photographers Association quarterly student clip contest and was published in various McClatchy News Service publications.
Knight’s work may be found at www.jillianknight.com online.
"Lens" presents the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting -- photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies.
May 6, 2013
A team of students an alumnus earned first-place finishes in monthly contests for May conducted by the National Press Photographers Association.
- Multimedia Project -- "Bear'd Up," by Katherine Rodriguez, Dave Cole and Steven Osborn.
- Video -- "Smiling and Laughing Through Dementia's Darkness," by Andrew Colwell ('11 Journ, A&A).
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has been the voice of visual journalists since 1946.
May 6, 2013
"Rhythm Between the Tracks," a short film created by Xavier Jordan, was featured as part of the NewFilmmakers Series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on April 24.
Jordan, from Doylestwon, Pa., created the eight-minute film for COMM 437 Advanced Documentary Production. He graduated with his classmates in the College of Communications on May 4.
The film features the musical talents of several subway performers in New York City and examines the relationships between performers and their audiences. The piece offers a unique perspective on the work of artistic performers, the attractions to this lifestyle, and the tensions that arise from the pressures to please a diverse audience.
The NewFilmmakers Series began in 1998 through the efforts of New York University film students hoping to promote their work. The goal of the series still stands to provide opportunities for young filmmakers.
NewFilmmakers has achieve international recognition and has screened more than 600 feature and 2,000 short films during the past 14 years. The series screens more 1,000 films a year, including animation, documentaries, shorts and features.
May 5, 2013
For many of the 777 people who became College of Communications graduates during commencement exercises May 4, the ceremony was the end of a passionate pursuit -- one made possible with the support of family and friends, thousands of whom were in attendance at the Byrce Jordan Center for the special occasion.
Appropriately, speaker George Bodenheimer, the executive chairman of ESPN, focused on two points when addressing members of the Class of 2013. He said passion was the most important thing in any career pursuit, and that family should come first in whatever they do.
Bodenheimer, who took a job in the mailroom of ESPN to start his career, told class members that his passion for sports inspired him to write every Major League Baseball team when he graduated from college and assure them that they needed him in their front office. Only one of 28 teams even responded to his letter. Still, he was undeterred and when the entry level job at then-fledgling ESPN opened in 1981, he was happy to open mail, make deliveries and shovel snow -- whatever was necessary.
In addition, he told them that busy careers might mean tough choices about balancing time with their careers and families. He encouraged them to lean toward family whenever possible.
The graduating class was the fourth-largest in the history of the College of Communications and class members were repsresented by six student marshals. They were: Eric Feinstein, Ellicott City, Md., overall marshal; Blaire Kelly, Jenkintown, Pa., advertising/public relations; Ernie Lehman, Navarre, Ohio, film-video; Anita Oh, Wales, Pa., journalism; Alyssa Bender, York, Pa., media studies; and Sara Battikh, Panama, telecommunications.
Apr 23, 2013
Some 3,500 runners converged outside Beaver Stadium on Sunday, April 21, for the annual Beaver Stadium Run/Family Fun Walk and their participation helped Special Olympics PA raise a record amount -- more than $350,000.
A group of Penn State public relations students played an important role in that success.
The students in COMM 473 Public Relations Campaigns organized a working group, known as Willard Communications, and worked closely with race organizers, law enforcement officials, other student groups and volunteers to help grow the race.
Their primary focus was Penn State alumni involvement, and the race attracted 563 alumni.
In addition, the students helped share the story of first-time runner Greg Focht, a 47-year-old Special Olympian who was inspired by the stadium run last year and decided this year to run his first 5K and finish at the 50-yard line of Beaver Stadium. With help from volunteer trainers and shoe donation from Rapid Transit Sports in State College, Focht completed his transformation from a self-described "couch potato" to a race finisher. He had hoped to run the route in 40 minutes, but actually did so in 38:22.
As part of their PR efforts, the students chronicled Focht training and raceday in a video.
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Leah Gally Krenn (2006, Advertising/Public Relations),
was promoted to marketing director at Pittsburgh Magazine in January. In her new role, she oversees and executes all marketing activities for the Magazine which include strategic planning, events, sponsorships, e-newsletters, social media, branding, PR and advertising support.
Alissa J. Cruz (2004, Broadcast Journalism),
earned an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in December 2012. She is a management consultant/communications strategist for the Center for Organizational Excellence, which is located in the Washington, D.C., area.
Ann Marie Yurish-Surovy (1999, Broadcast/Cable),
is the recipient of the Penn State Lehigh Valley's Featured Alumni Award 2012-2013. This award recognizes Penn State alumni in the local community and celebrates their accomplishments in the Lehigh Valley. This honor offers alumni the opportunity to engage with the campus on multiple levels as well as act as an ambassador for Penn State Lehigh Valley. Ann Marie was recognized in the fall edition of “Tradition” magazine as well as in other Penn State articles and web media. Ann Marie will be formally recognized at both the Honors Convocation in April 2013 and commencement in May 2013. Ann Marie is the development director for LifePath in Bethlehem, Pa. She resides in Whitehall, Pa., with her husband and son.