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student film posters

More than 300 short films will be featured at this year’s Short. Sweet. Film Fest., which takes place Feb. 28-March 3 at Atlas Cinemas Shaker in Cleveland, Ohio. Among the submissions to be featured in this year’s festival will be two films from Kent State University digital media production students – “Heart & Sol,” directed by Cassid...

Headshots of Dan Gerbracht, Kristyn Hibbett, Steve Albert (left to right)

Behind the big moments in sports that bring cities, families and friends together are sports media professionals. We caught up with three Kent State alumni — three of many who have pursued this path — at various stages of their careers. They share their advice, favorite moments and how sports have enriched their lives and careers...

Students reading Student Media materials

Kent State Student Media’s advertising and marketing team earned numerous honors from the College Media Business and Advertising Managers’ (CMBAM) annual advertising awards, including distinction as the third-best “Media Company of the Year.” The advertising and marketing team raises revenue for all of Kent State Student Media by sellin...

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Sophie Young reports in East Palestine

A year ago, national media outlets descended on East Palestine, Ohio, after a freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed in the rural Columbiana County village on Feb. 3, 2023. The consequences are still unfolding, but as national media have moved onto covering other stories, a news gap has emerged. Four Kent State journalism seni...

Sophia Sainato sitting at desk

When students graduate from the digital media production major, they’re often expected to use industry-standard equipment immediately as they step into their first jobs. Thanks to the Student Resource Lab (SRL) in Franklin Hall, where students can check out more than 3,000 pieces of equipment, they’ll have had plenty of practice in the cla...

Photo of PR program

Kent State University's undergraduate public relations program has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence, receiving re-certification from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The re-certification, granted Nov. 1, 2023, affirms that Kent State’s public relations program not only meets, but surpasses national standa...

Sound production student

In a matter of mere weeks, the new Barbie movie has broken multiple records. With global box-office sales topping $1 billion, the movie is now the biggest film to be directed by one woman – Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the live-action film with screenwriter Noah Baumbach. According to media reports, the film also i...

A driver adjust the radio dial in his car.

For all the bells and whistles modern vehicles offer today, such as high-tech infotainment systems, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming services, there is one critical safety feature that today’s Teslas just can’t offer: AM radio. While AM radio may be seen as a seldom-used dinosaur in today’s world of multimedia enterta...

all winners 2023

Four Kent State students and alumni were recognized among the best in collegiate journalism for the 2022-23 academic year, placing in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition. The Hearst awards are known as the “Pulitzer Prize of Collegiate Journalism,” and recognize outstanding student work in categories spanning writing, multimedia, a...

Students reporting in North Hill

In the summer of 2021, as the Taliban took over Afghanistan, many Afghans fled the country. Some landed in Akron, which has one of the largest refugee resettlement programs in Ohio. A network of volunteers and government, nonprofit and educational organizations were waiting. They help new arrivals fleeing war or persecution find not just a...