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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.

Monday, April 9

  • 3 - 4:30 p.m. – Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day

Location TBD

Light refreshments will be served.


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

          Tent on Howard Hall Site (on the corner of College & Union Streets)

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


  • Schuneman Symposium "Covering Trump"

All day (Titles & times TBD)

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Errin Whack, The Associated Press
  • Carol Guzy, freelance
  • Nicole Antonuccio, Onion, Inc.
  • Libby Schreiner, Clickhole
  • Stephen Crowley, former New York Times photographer
  • Leo Mirani, The Economist
  • Bonnie Joe Mount, The Washington Post
  • Karly Domb Sadof, The Washington Post


Wednesday, April 11

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


  • Schuneman Symposium "Covering Trump"

All day (Titles & times TBD)


Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee
  • Katie Hinman, CNN
  • Greggory Korte, USA Today
  • Tolu Olorunnipa, Bloomberg LP


Thursday, April 12

J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • ITS Day: "Recognizing Innovators"


  • 10 a.m. – Continental Breakfast*

Baker 240

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

Baker 240

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


  • 11:30 a.m. – ITS Day Luncheon*

Baker 242

  • 12:30 p.m. – ITS Alumni Panel

Baker 240

  • Kim Rometo, BSC '04, MITS '14, VP of digital and information systesms, 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 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

  • RTVC 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 Artists 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 Reading Room

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

  • Taylor Rohrig
  • Cody Pomeroy
  • Lexie Pritchard
  • 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 for Communication 145

Moderated by Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Panelists include:

  • Jill Mapes, Pitchfork Media
  • Chris Deville, Stereogum
  • Kate Rife, The AV Club
  • Rob Harvilla, Billboard


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

Schoonover Center for Communication 450


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

Schoonover Center for Communication 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