COMM hosts High School Media Conference

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Westerville, Ohio – Hundreds of high school students converging in one area might seem to some a frightening phenomenon, but on Otterbein’s campus Oct. 14, a gathering of high school media students pointed toward a hopeful future.

For the tenth year, Otterbein’s Department of Communication hosted the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Region 5 Workshop, a day-long program giving teenagers a closer look at Otterbein’s state-of-the-art facilities through hands-on media production sessions.

The more than 300 students from 15 central and southwestern Ohio high schools were not just taking selfies and misspelling the King’s English in texts.  Instead they were learning how to take better news photographs, discussing investigative story ideas, and willingly improving their grammar.

“For a decade this workshop has been a unique opportunity for bright high school media students to experience a bit of Otterbein’s strong communication programs,” said Jean Kelly, associate professor of communication. “They attend sessions taught by our faculty and talk to current students who volunteer to help as facilitators of the event.”

Several students who have attended the event over the years have eventually enrolled in Otterbein’s communication majors, Kelly added. “We look forward to hosting this event for years to come because these teens have what it takes to become successful communicators.”

Otterbein PRSSA launches fall semester theme

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By: Adam Piccin ‘16

Otterbein PRSSA President


Otterbein PRSSA’s fall semester theme is consumer and lifestyle public relations.  Three public relations and marketing professionals are visiting to discuss how they go about gaining publicity for the product or service they represent.

Megumi Robinson of Experience Columbus visited Otterbein PRSSA on Sept. 15 (pictured above).  Robinson, associate director of public relations, was the first of three speakers to come this fall.

On Oct. 27, Tom Santor, executive director of brand marketing for Donatos Pizza, will come to speak in lieu of National Pizza Month.

The final speaker of the semester will be Nov. 10; Angela Krumpelman Sedivy, the Polaris Fashion Place’s marketing director, will round out the speaker events for the semester.

Otterbein PRSSA executive board members said they hope students appreciate this semester’s speaker theme.  After all, “Customer service is public relations,” David Fleet of Edelman said.

Additional information is available here.

Keep COMM- Awards Edition

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Check out the latest edition of our dept. newsletter Keep COMM! This issue is a “year in review” to recognize the hard work and achievements of both students and faculty for the 2013-14 school year. Thanks for a great school year and remember to be on the lookout for Keep COMM publications next fall!

Keep COMM- May Edition

Featured Practicum: Tan & Cardinal Magazine Practicum

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Sophomore PR major Heidi Olander browses through the latest edition of the Tan and Cardinal Magazine

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Get hands on experience working for Otterbein’s own magazine publication with the Tan & Cardinal magazine practicum.

The process of creating the magazine first begins with practicum students and staff brainstorming newsworthy story ideas. The stories are then divided into two groups to determine their deadline based on length and subject matter.

Next comes the process of writing, interviewing, and editing articles. Students follow the schedule which the editor has laid out for each issue and report back each week on the progress of their stories. They also inform the designer and photographer on what graphics or pictures they would like to accompany their story before finally seeing their work fresh from the press.

For senior creative writing and psychology double major and editor of the T&C magazine Josh Park, the opportunity to engage in real-world responsibilities is a key asset of the practicum.

“Students are more independent in working on articles and have a more applied sense of responsibility,” said Park. “For example, missing a magazine story deadline means there’s a hole in the magazine. There’s a strong emphasis on student responsibility, which is why I think it’s so important to be available for students to take. Students can even hold positions of leadership which can apply outside of college and be great for resumes.”

The T&C magazine practicum meets Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and is worth one credit hour.

Featured Practicum: Television and Video Practicum

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Otterbein students work behind the scenes and on camera on This Week at Otterbein

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Ever thought about a career in television? The television and video practicum allows students to gain experience both in front of and behind the camera. The Otterbein TV staff, along with Dr. Jeff Demas, leads the students in shooting, writing, editing, and producing footage for the station. With opportunities to work on This Week at Otterbein, Campus Refresh, and cardinal sports broadcasts, students are immersed into the art of television production.

Operations Manager and sophomore JAMC major Jon Bozeka finds the practicum beneficial for both the students on staff as well as the ones taking the course.

“The practicum is overall a great experience. It gives you a firsthand look at TV, a chance to work with individuals at all skill levels, and puts you ahead of the game compared to other college kids in your situation,” said Bozeka. “Only at Otterbein is it possible for a program to give freshmen experience like that from the first time you see the equipment.”

The Otterbein TV practicum meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and is worth one credit hour.