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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.

Former chief official White House photographer for President Obama and School of Visual Communication faculty members Pete Souza addresses students at the Schuneman Symposium during Communication Week at Baker University Center Theatre on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Communication Week 2018 Schedule

April 9-13, 2018 - College's 50th Anniversary


Check back often as additional details and events will continue to be added to the schedule.

All Week


  • Chalkroom

Presented at the GRID Lab, E.W. Scripps Hall, Rooms 216-230
FREE and open to the public

Chalkroom is a virtual reality work by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang in which the reader flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories. Once you enter you are free to roam and fly. Words sail through the air as emails. They fall into dust. They form and reform.

Monday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m
Tuesday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Thursday, April 12 – Closed
Friday, April 13, 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 12 - 7 p.m. 
Sunday, April 15, 12 - 4 p.m.

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

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Monday, April 9

  • 2 - 3 p.m. – Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day

Baker University Center 230


  • 6 p.m. – Scripps College 50th Anniversary Celebration

          *Please note that due to possible weather conditions the event location has changed from the tent on Howard Hall Site (on the corner of College & Union Streets) to Schoonover Center 450

Honoring the college's 50th anniversary, as well as its faculty, staff, students and alumni.

*This event will be open to the public. RSVP required. Please RSVP by Mon., April 2 to


Tuesday, April 10

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


All day

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • 9 a.m.

Errin Whack (Associated Press) // Coverage: How Minorities are Faring in the Era of President Donald Trump

  • 10:30 a.m.

Carol Guzy (photojournalist) // Bearing Witness

  • 1:30 p.m.

Nicole Antonuccio (The Onion/Clickhole) and Libby Schreiner (The Onion) // Creating Comedy In a Media Hellscape: How The Onion and ClickHole Have Adapted to a Trump Presidency

  • 3 p.m.

Stephen Crowley (former NYTs photographer) // If I Were Your King

  • 4:30 p.m.

Leo Mirani (The Economist), The U.S.-European Economic Trade Situation under the Donald Trump Presidency
Jan Bösche (ARD/Germany), Explaining Trumpism to a German Audience - Differences, Similarities, and Cultural Context
Dr. Marcus Pindur (Deutchlanderadio/Germany), Reporting on Trump: How to Explain U.S. Politics to a German Audience

  • 7 p.m.

Bonnie Joe Mount and Karly Domb Sadof (The Washington Post) // What Unites Us?


Wednesday, April 11

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


All day


Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • 9:40 a.m.

Jack Ohman (Sacramento Bee) // A Very Fine Line: Jack Ohman and American Editorial Cartooning

  • 10:45 a.m.

Katie Hinman (CNN) // The Art of the Interview

  • 2 p.m.

Gregory Korte (USA Today) // Obama to Trump: A White House Correspondent's Perspective

  • 3:05 p.m.

Toluse Olorunnipa (Bloomberg) // What It’s Like: A Week of Fire and Fury Covering Trump

  • 4:10 p.m.

Panel discussion with all speakers


Thursday, April 12

J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • ITS Day: "Recognizing Innovators"


  • 10 a.m. – Continental Breakfast*

Baker University Center 240

  • 10:30 a.m. – Internet of Things Meets Data and Analytics

Baker University Center 240

  • Todd Anello, director, IT Architecture, Nationwide
  • Alex Smith, data engineer/scientist, Nationwide


  • 11:30 a.m. – ITS Day Luncheon*

Baker University Center 242

  • 12:30 p.m. – ITS Alumni Panel

Baker University Center 240

  • Kim Rometo, BSC '04, MITS '14, VP of digital and information systems, AmericasMart
  • Andrew Simmons, BSC '07, principal consultant, Clarity Insights
  • Ken Maglosky, BSC '16, consultant, Sogeti
  • Adam Luck, BSC '08, MITS '15, senior manager, IGS Energy
  • Trey Fleming, BSC '07, MITS '08, senior network engineer, Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Tyler Claudepierre, BSC '09, IT application development leader, Nationwide Insurance
  • David Blum, BSC '00, chief information and marketing office, W.W. Williams


  • 1:30 p.m. – Building Network Interfaces to Cloud Providers

Baker University Center 240

  • Matt Leggett, director of IT architcture, Nationwide Insurance
  • Frank Macioce, senior consultant of IT architecture, Nationwide Insurance


  • 3 p.m. – Keynote Speaker & Presentation of Strowger Award for Innovation in Communication: Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, Internet pioneer
    "The Internet: Almost Done or Just Beginning?"

Schoonover Center 145

The ARPANET project was inititated fifty years ago and quickly changed the landscape of computing and networks. ARPANET demonstrated that networking was feasible, affordable and desirable, and it created insatiable desire for connection encompassing all segments of society and all regions of the globe. The ARPANET was the seedling for today's Internet. In this talk, Dr. Crocker will illustrate what the creators of the early Internet saw at the beginning and will discuss the challenges facing us now and in the future. 

  • 6 p.m. – Student Awards Banquet*

Ohio University Inn Ballroom

*RSVP to



School of Media Arts & Studies


  • 5-7 p.m. – Video Production Workshop

Schoonover Center 346

Bryan Olinger, IHeartMedia


5-9 p.m. – Music Production Workshop

RTVC 329

Brandon Bankes, Earthworks Studio


Friday, April 13

School of Media Arts & Studies


  • 10:30 a.m. – Scripps Visiting Artist Series

Glidden Recital Hall

with Bob Boilen, NPR Music & special musical guests Valerie June & Julie Byrne


  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – Media Arts & Studies (MDIA) Luncheon with MDIA Student Panel: "Getting Your Internship"

Lasher Learning Center, Schoonover Center 130

A panel of MDIA juniors and seniors will discuss their success strategies in obtaining internships.

  • Gracie Huffman
  • Cody Pomeroy
  • Lexie Pritchard
  • Taylor Rohrig
  • Emma Schultz


  • 2 - 3 p.m. – Breaking Out/Breaking In: Music Industry Journalism forum - Co-Hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism 

Schoonover Center 145

Moderated by Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Panelists include:

  • Jillian Mapes, Pitchfork Media
  • Chris Deville, Stereogum
  • Kate Rife, The AV Club
  • Rob Harvilla, The Ringer


  • 3 - 4 p.m. – "Video Production for the Modern Marketplace," Brian Olinger, iHeart Media

Schoonover Center 450


  • 4 - 5 p.m. – "Engaging the World with Social Media," Izzy Knazek, Tumblr

Schoonover Center 450


  • 8 p.m. – Scripps Showcase with Bob Boilen, NPR Music

(with Valerie June, Julie Byrne and River Whyless)

Stuart's Opera House, Nelsonville, Ohio

Bus service provided for students. Pickup will be at 7 p.m. outside Schoonover Center.