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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.


Communication Week 2016 will take place March 14-18.

A complete schedule of events will be available here at a later date, but tentative events are listed below.

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Communication Week 2016

Monday, March 14

Scripps College of Communication


  • 2 - 5 p.m. – Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day, Walter Hall Rotunda

  • Evening – Ohio Communication Hall of Fame Dinner, Induction & Address

        Ken Ehrlich, BSJ '64, Ohio Communication Hall of Fame inductee


Tuesday, March 15

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


  • Schuneman Symposium


Wednesday, March 16

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


  • Schuneman Symposium


Scripps College of Communication


  • Evening – College Celebration


Thursday, March 17

J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • ITS Day


  • 7:30 p.m. – Guest Speaker Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Baker Center Ballroom

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