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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), 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.


Communication Week 2017 will take place March 27-31, 2017.

Scripps College of Communication students listen to Schuneman Symposium speaker Amos Chapple's presentation, “The Short-Lived Golden Age of Drone Photography,” on March 16, 2016, at Baker University Center Theatre during Communication Week.


Check back soon for a 2017 schedule of events!

Communication Week 2016 Schedule


All week

"Graphics That Explain: Lots of Research and Fun: A retrospective of the infographic work of legendary Nigel Holmes"

          VisCom Gallery, Schoonover Center, First Floor

Eighteen panels showing the broad range of graphic work by legendary information visualizer Nigel Holmes will be on display in the VisCom Gallery throughout Communication Week.

The images were part of a 30-panel exhibit shown this past February at the International Editorial Design Conference (QVED) in Munich, Germany, sponsored by Adobe, Inc. and the Augsburg (Germany) University of Applied Sciences. 

The massive three-foot-by-five-foot posters were sent to coincide with Nigel Holmes’ Schuneman Symposium lecture titled, “Is Humor Allowed in Information Graphics?” on March 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Baker Center Theatre.


Monday, March 14

Scripps College of Communication


  • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day

          Walter Hall Rotunda, West Green

          1:45 - 2:00 - First 100 students will receive an innovation door prize

          2:00 - 4:00 - Pitch Day presentations, light refreshments will be served

          4:00 - 4:30 - "How to Launch your Innovation Career" with Ryan Prestel, BSC '07, CEO of


          4:30 - Winners announced, reception to follow, light refreshments will be served


  • 7:30 p.m. – Ohio Communication Hall of Fame Induction, Address & Reception

          Baker University Center, Theatre, 2nd Floor

          Ken Ehrlich, BSJ '64, will be inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame. A dessert

         reception will follow.


Tuesday, March 15

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


  • Schuneman Symposium

          Baker University Center, Theatre, 2nd Floor


       9:00 a.m. "Different Ways to Tell Stories with Video"

           Speakers include Allison Wichie, BSJ ’12, WHIO-TV & Cox Media Group Ohio multimedia reporter; Nadine
           Ajaka, BSJ, BSS ’12, curator and associate producer for video at The Atlantic; and Tim Minton, co-founder
           and CEO of Zazoom Media Group.


       10:30 a.m. – "Virtual Reality Storytelling: Opportunities and Challenges"

           Robert Padavick, Gannett's lead producer for virtual reality, 360-degree video and other emerging forms of


       1:30 p.m. – "Is Humor Allowed in Information Graphics?"

           Nigel Holmes, founded Explanation Graphics in 1994 (Clients include American Express, The Smithsonian
           Institution and United Healthcare).


      3:05 p.m. – "Photojournalism: Agent for Change"

           Tim Matsui, Emmy nominated visual journalism; most recent project is the award-winning
          documentary "The Long Night."


          Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St, Athens, OH

      7:00 p.m. – Free Screening of "The Long Night"

           Tim Matsui, Emmy nominated visual journalism; most recent project is the award-winning
          documentary "The Long Night."


School of Media Arts & Studies

          Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St, Athens, OH

      5:00 p.m. – SKYPE with MDIA Alumnus and The Force Awakens Co-Producer
      John Swartz

        John Swartz, OU alum and Co-Producer of The Force Awakens, will speak as part of MDIA Day.

        John, who works at Lucasfilm in London and will speak via Skype, will talk about his career, the
        experience of working on The Force Awakens, and answer questions. John, who is currently
        producing Rogue One, the first Star Wars off-shoot film, has worked closely with JJ Abrams,
        Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg. His insights will be valuable for anyone interested
        in Star Wars or a career in the creative industries.

        This opportunity is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, March 16


          Schoonover Center for Communication, Lobby, First Floor

      1:00 p.m. – First Amendment author James Madison's Birthday Celebration

        Join the Ohio University chapter of Society of Professional Journalists who will celebrate First   
        Amendment author James Madison's birthday with free cake in the Schoonover Center lobby.


School of Communication Studies

          Scripps Hall, Room 111

      10:00 - 11:00 a.m. – Lecture: "The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load: 

      Implications for Personal and Relational Health," Dr. Tamara Afifi, University

      of Iowa

          Scripps Hall, Room 111

      11:00 - 11:30 a.m. – Reception


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


  • Schuneman Symposium

          Baker University Center, Theatre, 2nd Floor


      2:00 p.m. – "The Short-Lived Golden Age of Drone Photography"

        Amos Chapple, early drone adapter and freelance photographer who has traveled through 67


      3:05 p.m. – "Look. Up In The Sky -- It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Drone!"

        Mickey Osterreicher, lawyer and award-winning photojournalist with more than 40 years'
        experience in print and broadcast.


      4:10 p.m. – "Panel discussion with all speakers"


Scripps College of Communication


  • 6:00 p.m. – Scripps College Celebration

          Schoonover Center for Communication, Room 450


Thursday, March 17

C-SPAN Campaign 2016 Bus Visit


  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

          Parked in front of the Schoonover Center for Communication on E. Union Street

          The bus will be available for all faculty, staff and students to:

  •           Learn about web resources for class assignments and presentations

  •           Receive C-SPAN goodies such as pocket Constitutions, pens, etc.

  •           Learn about internship opportunities

          Click here to read more.


J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • 10:30 a.m. – Targeted Attacks and the Future of Cyber Security

          Baker University Center, Room 240

          Light refreshments served         

          BRIAN MINICK, CEO and Co-founder, Morphik


  • 11:15 a.m. – Successfully Driving Telecom Business Strategy

          Baker University Center, Room 240

          BRIAN RUDY, Director Business Intelligence, Verizon Enterprise Solutions


  • 12:15 p.m. – Innovation, Data Analytics and the Internet of Things Forum

          Baker University Center, Ballroom B, 4th Floor

          Lunch served

          BILL BAUMEL, Managing Director of the Ohio Innovation Fund

          JOHN OSBORNE, Chairman, ZigBee Alliance

          CARLOS MONTESINOS, Start-up Initiatives Lead, Intel

          STACY STRAUSS, Moderator, Innovation Center, Ohio University


  • 1:30 p.m. – Creating and Prototyping for the Internet of Things

          Baker University Center, Room 240

          CARLOS MONTESINOS, Start-up Initiatives Lead, Intel


  • 2:15 p.m. – Alumni Panel

          Baker University Center, Room 240

          HALEY BAKER, OIT Security Officer

          LORI MEIERDIERCKS, Sr. Financial Relationship Manager, Century Link

          MIKE DELUCA, Regional Director, VMWare

          BRIAN RUDY, Director Business, Intelligence Verizon Enterprise Solutions

          ZACHARY MILLER, J.P. Morgan Chase Security


  • 3:00 p.m. – Effectively Using Data Analytics and Machine Learning In Business

          Baker University Center, Room 240

          PALA KUPPUSAMY, CEO and Founder, Shoplylabs


  • 3:45 p.m. – Accenture Challenge Results Announcement

          Baker University Center, Room 240



School of Media Arts & Studies


  • 4:30 p.m. – GETTING OUT/BREAKING IN: Recent MDIA Grads Share Their Personal Stories About Breaking into the Business

          Schoonover Center for Communication, Room 145

          Five recent MDIA grads will share their personal stories about breaking into the business.
          They'll talk about their initial job search, their OU experience, things they did right, and wrong
          and they'll take your questions. After the panel, there'll be free pizza and a chance for you to
          visit with the panelists.
          This is a great opportunity for you to see how folks have gotten that first job after OU and
          begin charting your own course. You should be there.

          Participants will include:
          Joe Battaglia, MDIA 2013
          Freelance Film Producer/Screenwriter/Director
          Brandon Dohner, MDIA 2013
          Video Editing & Motion Graphics
          OSV Studios
          Babe Finley, MDIA 2013/2014
          Freelance Production Assistant

          David Jeffries, MDIA 2011
          Director of Photography
          Ohio HD
          Tom Lynch, MDIA 2011


Diversity Committee Event


  • 7:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker Dr. Khalil Muhammad

          Baker University Center, Ballroom, 4th Floor

         Race remains a controversial topic, one Americas seem reticent to discuss. But on a college
         campus, nobody should be afraid to speak about it, which is why an intellectual like Dr. Khalil
         Muhammad, executive director of The Schomburg Center for the Research in Black Culture in
         Harlem, is worth hearing. Come listen as he addresses issues about race and its importance.
         Sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication Diversity Committee.


Friday, March 18

School of Communication Studies


  • 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. – Professional Development Workshop with John Cassese, BSC '76, MA '79

          Schoonover Center for Communication, Room 450

This is a professional development workshop for COMS undergraduates. Student will learn to develop and market their communication skills.