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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Ohio University graduate Clarence Page will be inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame during Communication Week.

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Communication Week 2014 planned for March 24-28

Hall of Fame ceremony, Schuneman Symposium among highlights

The Scripps College of Communication will celebrate Communication Week 2014 March 24-28. Events kick off Monday afternoon with Visual Communication Day speakers and continue in the evening with the induction of 1969 alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence E. Page into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame. Events are free and open to the public.

Page has been a Chicago Tribune columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and also was part of the Chicago Tribune team that won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for public service for a vote fraud investigation. He has returned to campus many times, notably as Ohio University Foundation Board Trustee, the 2001 commencement speaker and a 2012 Schuneman Symposium speaker.

“When deciding who to induct into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame this year, I was surprised to learn Clarence was not yet among its members,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “His career has been remarkable, both as a newspaper feature writer and columnist and as a frequent political commentator on a number of television shows. Clarence has also been an exemplary alumnus in giving of his time and talent to his alma mater many times over the years. It gives us great pleasure to finally welcome him into the Hall of Fame.”

The Scripps Celebration, during which this year's staff and employee, faculty mentor and student organization awards will be presented, is set for Wednesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. In addition, the seven finalists for the Scripps Innovation Challenge will be announced. These teams will move on to the Pitch Day event April 21, where they will compete for $25,000 in prizes.

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 of Communication has hosted such notable professionals as the Rev. Jesse Jackson (1998), Peter Arnett (1992), Roger Ailes (1989), Ted Turner and Hugh Downs (1982). In 2006, events were no longer held during a concentrated five-day period, but spread throughout Ohio University's 10-week spring quarter. This year marks the return of Communication Week.

Numerous activities, all free and open to the public, are planned to celebrate the individual units of the Scripps College throughout the week. For a full list of events, visit www.ohio.edu/communicationweek.

Schuneman Symposium brings top data visualization producers to campus

Nationally recognized industry leaders are coming to Athens to show students and faculty how a picture is worth a thousand words.

Among those speaking at Ohio University’s sixth annual Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media will be top-level people from such media outlets as Bloomberg and National Geographic.
The Internet allows organizations to gather so-called Big Data, but finding a way for readers and viewers to comprehend those large numbers is the role of data visualization. The Athens community will see how international experts accomplish that goal during presentations March 25 in the Baker University Center Theatre.

"We want journalism students to be thoroughly familiar with data visualization principles,” said Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. “The Schuneman Symposium provides us the perfect opportunity to bring thought leaders to campus to make our students aware of what's happening in our industry. Each of our speakers brings an important perspective for our students and faculty to hear."

Bloomberg’s Lisa Strausfeld will deliver the keynote address at 10:30 a.m. As global head of data visualization, Strausfeld works with a team to develop interactive news data projects. Formerly with Pentagram, she won the 2010 National Design Award for Interactive Design.

National Geographic magazine’s Juan Velasco will start the day’s presentations at 9 a.m. As senior editor for art and graphics, he helps the magazine’s staff combine art, journalism and design in a way that makes complex issues easy to understand. Velasco worked at El Mundo in Spain and The New York Times before joining the magazine.

2006 Ohio University alum Zach Wise returns to Athens as interactive producer and associate professor at The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He received his master’s degree in photojournalism from the School of Visual Communication. As a visiting professor in the school, he created the Soul of Athens project.

“My presentation will focus on the importance of data visualization as context in narratives,” Wise said. “Knowing how a story or a piece of a story fits into the bigger picture can make it more meaningful to the viewer. That context can also create a more dynamic experience of a story that allows the viewer to follow their own curiosity through the narrative.”

Wise holds Peabody, Emmy and best of photojournalism awards. While multimedia producer at the Las Vegas Sun, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize, the Sun’s first.

The symposium is made possible through a gift from R. Smith and Patricia Schuneman, both graduates of Ohio University and now residents of Okoboji, Iowa.

"Pat and Smitty Schuneman deserve all the credit in the world for envisioning what this symposium series could mean for the Scripps College of Communication and its various schools,” Stewart said.

Other presenters include The Poynter Institute’s Sara Quinn at 4:30 p.m. She travels the world teaching others how to tell the best stories. At Poynter, Quinn conducts eyetracking research that journalists use to develop their website and tablet platforms. She previously worked at Florida’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Kansas’ The Wichita Eagle.

John Sale will add the human touch to data in his presentation “Data R People 2” at 1:30 p.m. He is the assistant managing editor for visuals at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. During nearly three decades as a photojournalist, Sale has worked for The Pittsburgh Press and The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. He is a 1980 graduate of Ohio University.