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Communication Week

The roots of Communication Week in the Scripps College of Communication date back to 1968, when the School of Journalism held its first Journalism Week in early May and awarded the first Carr Van Anda Awards "for enduring contributions to journalism" to Turner Catledge, Edward W. Barrett and Walter Cronkite.

In 1970, Journalism Week was changed to Communication Week to incorporate the entire college. The annual event included events, speakers and panel discussions designed to encourage student interaction with prominent leaders in the communication field and draw alumni to campus.

Over the years, the Scripps College has hosted such notable professionals as Rev. Jesse Jackson(1998), Peter Arnett (1992), Roger Ailes (1989), Ted Turner and Hugh Downs (1982). After 37 years of annual Communication Week activities, in 2006, events were no longer held during a concentrated five-day period, but spread throughout Ohio University's ten-week spring quarter. In 2013, Communication Week was reinstated to celebrate the college and its alumni. The event usually falls on the last full week of March. 


Communication Week 2015 will take place March 23-27.
A full schedule of events is available below.



Scripps College of Communication


  • 2 - 5 p.m., Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day, Baker Center Ballroom

  • 6:30 p.m., Ohio Communication Hall of Fame Dinner, Induction & Address, Walter Hall Rotunda


Inductees are Scripps Howard Foundation President and CEO Mike Philipps & the late Michel du Cille, MS '94, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, who is being posthumously inducted.

The dinner requires advance reservations by emailing by March 18.



E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and School of Visual Communication

Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media, "Communication Action Heroes," Baker Center Theatre


9 a.m. Craig Silverman, founder of "Building a better debunker: Using data, reporting, design and social science research to attack online misinformation"

10:30 a.m. Eric Mayville, founding partner of Wondersauce: "Break it to make it"

1:30 p.m. Jim Spencer, president and founder of Newsy

3:05 p.m. Latoya Peterson, deputy editor of Voice for Fusion


School of Media Arts & Sciences

"Getting Out/Breaking In," recent MDIA grads share personal stories about breaking into the business, 4 - 6 p.m., Schoonover Lobby


Panelists include:

  • Alexis Caldwell, BSC '12, producer, Good Day Columbus, WSYX & Fox 28, Columbus

  • Brian Grady, BSC '12, co-founder, Sway the Crowd Productions, Columbus

  • Dave Polster, BSC '13, vinyl mastering engineer, Well Made Music & staff recording engineer, Lava Room Recording, Cleveland

  • Karl Henkel, BSC '11, founder & developer, Parabox Studios, Athens 


Pizza & refreshments to follow, from 6 - 7 p.m. Stay to chat with the panelists!



E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and School of Visual Communication

Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media, "Communication Action Heroes," Baker Center Theatre


9:40 a.m. Bo Hee Kim, product manager at Storify: "How a journalist ended up as a project manager, or How I survived when everyone else said journalism was dying"

10:45 a.m. Tom Kennedy, executive director of American Society of Media Photographers: "Facing the future: The challenges and opportunities for visual storytellers"

2 p.m. David Wright Jr., digital product designer for Twitter
3:05 p.m. Closing Panel (all speakers)

Scripps College of Communication

Celebration, 6:30 p.m., Baker Center Ballroom



School of Communication Studies


"Rags to Rivers," A Conversation & Performance by Dr. Donna Coleman, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4th Floor, Baker Center


COMS public lecture: “Cooperatives, Communication, and the New Solidarity Economy: Lessons from Case Studies and Best Practices in the U.S. and Abroad” George Cheney, 6 -7 p.m. (with reception at 5:30), Galbreath Chapel


George Cheney has affiliations with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the University of Utah, the University of Waikateo (New Zealand), Mondragon University (Spain), and Kent State University.


J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems



9:30 a.m., Continental Breakfast, Baker 240

10 a.m., Alumni Panel, Baker 240 

11 a.m., Chris Helten, Director of Strategy and Innovation Signature Client Group, AT&T Services, Baker 240

12 p.m., Strowger Award Luncheon, Baker Center Ballroom         

Presentation by Jonathan Rosenberg, VP and CTO for Collaboration at Cisco
Rosenberg will be honored with the School's Strowger Award, given to distinguished innovators in the field to recognize their contribution to technological process. 

The luncheon requires advance reservations by emailing by March 20. 

1:30 p.m., Sean Davidson, Senior Client Executive for Kroger, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Baker 240 

2:15 p.m., Matthew Dalton, Director, Information Security, Ohio University, Baker 240

3 p.m., Jeffrey Watson, Head of Encryption/Applied Cryption, JPMorgan Chase, Baker 240 

3:45 p.m., Accenture Challenge, Baker 240



COMS Workshop: "The Global Transparency Movement, Insights from Communication, and Problems of Democracy,” George Cheney, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Baker University Center 230


George Cheney has affiliations with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, the University of Utah, the University of Waikateo (New Zealand), Mondragon University (Spain), and Kent State University. This workshop is open to any Scripps College of Communication faculty or graduate students. 


COMS 1030 Speech Contest, 1 p.m., Morton Hall 20


Join us for speeches, raffle prizes and a special performance by the men's a cappella group, The Leading Tones.


COMS Awards Ceremony, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., with reception at 5:00, Stocker 103