One measure of the strength of a school – and its student body – is competitive evaluation by practitioners and peers in award competitions.
By this measure, JMC’s performance is outstanding, as demonstrated by the 2012-2013 academic year, the most successful in the School’s 75-year history. JMC students and Student Media set new records in the most prestigious and highly competitive national, international and regional competitions.
The skill and work ethic of JMC students are well-matched by the commitment, coaching and competitive spirit of JMC faculty advisors and alumni practitioners, who help students achieve the winning edge in competitions like these:
- William R. Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. In 2013, JMC students had their best year ever in this annual competition, often called the “Pulitzers of college journalism.” JMC finished in the top 10 of Hearst competitions a record five times; tied for fifth in the Intercollegiate Multimedia News Competition, our highest ranking ever; and finished seventh in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition. The Hearst competition draw more than 1,000 student entries from the country’s 106 nationally accredited undergraduate journalism and mass communication programs.
- Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Awards. JMC public relations students achieved the highest echelons of PRSSA national recognition, with their second-place finish in the national 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition. The Kent State Blue Team (“KSU Blue”), which consisted of five JMC seniors, topped 66 college teams from across the country that submitted entries. Each year, the Bateman Case Study Competition calls for PRSSA college chapter teams to research, plan, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign; this year’s case study involved childhood bullying.
- JMC’s PRSSA chapter, PRKent, won the national Teahan Award, the most prestigious PRSSA award, and was honored as one of only 12 PRSSA “Star Chapters” in the nation. Best of all, one of our graduating seniors won the highest individual PRSSA award.
“Being at JMC is an incredible opportunity. We have talented professors who guide us in the classroom and professionally. I am thrilled beyond belief to be a Dow Jones intern.” – Emily Inverso, senior magazine journalism major.
- Society of Professional Journalists. JMC earned 24 top placements in 19 categories of the region 4 “Mark of Excellence” awards – the highest number of winners among entrants in our region, which consists of Michigan, Ohio, parts of Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh.
- Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Awards. In the BEA Festival of Arts, an international exhibition of student and faculty work, JMC students won first place in the TV sports talent category, third place in student video and honorable mention in feature/TV hour student scriptwriting.
- College Photographer of the Year. In our first year of entry in the world’s largest college photography contest, JMC students won a gold medal in photo illustration, a silver medal in the domestic picture category and a bronze medal in the spot news category.
- Collegiate Effie Awards. A team of JMC advertising students finished in the top 10 for MINI (Cooper) USA Brand Challenge of the Collegiate Effie Awards in our first year of entry in this national competition. The Collegiate Effie competition gives undergraduate students a chance to create comprehensive marketing communication cases that address real world challenges for real world marketers.
“I couldn’t have done this without JMC faculty, who spend a lot of hours critiquing our portfolios and making us better journalists.” — Coty Giannelli, senior visual journalism major and Hearst Award nominee.
- College Media Advisors Pinnacle Award. JMC’s TV2 won “Station of the Year,” and a graduating senior won best sportscast.
- College Broadcasters, Inc. A JMC senior won best comedy and general entertainment show for TV2’s The Agenda, and a JMC senior won best sportscast.
- Ohio News Photographers Association. JMC student photojournalists and photojournalism instructors won 12 awards, including “best of show,” first place in “feature” and “pictorial” categories, and second and third place in “student photographer of the year” awards.
- News21 Fellowship. In 2013, a JMC junior newspaper journalism was selected as one of only 24 student journalists across the nation selected for this prestigious paid fellowship.
- Dow Jones Internships. Two JMC students will be paid interns at two the Denver Post and the Indianapolis Star during summer 2013 as the result of earning Dow Jones News Fund fellowships.
- American Society of Magazine Editors 2013 Magazine Internship Program. A JMC senior news major was selected for a summer internship at Reader’s Digest magazine in New York City; only 10 percent of applicants to this highly competitive program are selected.