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Seventh annual Scripps Day at Ohio University to focus on innovation

Erin Roberts | Sep 28, 2012

Seventh annual Scripps Day at Ohio University to focus on innovation

Features include campus-wide contest announcement, new website, Schoonover Center preview

By Erin Roberts

ScrippsInnovationChallengeATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 28, 2012)—The seventh annual Scripps Day, hosted by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Scripps College of Communication, will take place on the Ohio University campus Tues., Oct. 2, 2012. Highlights of the day, in relation to the theme “Challenges and Innovation: The Future of Scripps,” include the announcement of the Scripps Innovation Challenge, a campus-wide student contest featuring $20,000 in prizes; the unveiling of a new website for the Scripps College of Communication; and a look at the future of the Scripps College as it prepares to move into the Schoonover Center for Communication and focus on innovation and international reach.

“As a college we are committed to having a vibrant relationship with the communication industry, and our relationship with colleagues from the Scripps Howard family of organizations serves as a cornerstone of that commitment,” Scripps Interim Dean Scott Titsworth said. “Having professionals from Scripps Howard on campus give our students and faculty an unparalleled opportunity to hear from insiders about critical trends emerging in the field. Likewise, those professionals are able to learn about cutting-edge approaches that we are using in our courses, student organizations, and other activities in the College.  Scripps Day is truly a time to celebrate relationships and build for an exciting future.”

During Scripps Day, professionals from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the E.W. Scripps Company will visit classes from each of the five schools, conduct résumé reviews for students in the College and participate in an innovation panel during the last session of the day. Scripps Day celebrates the partnership between the College and the Scripps Howard Foundation, a longtime supporter of the college.

“An important focus for this year's Scripps Day is how our College will evolve to meet the needs of students about to enter the communication profession,” said Titsworth. “Our new building is clearly an important part of that evolution, but our commitments to innovation and international programming are also critical facets of our future as a College.”

All are welcome to attend afternoon Scripps Day sessions. During “The Future of the Scripps College of Communication” session, Titsworth will highlight college programming, the new Schoonover Center for Communication and a new website for the College. In the final session, Scripps Visiting Professional Andy Alexander will announce a campus-wide student innovation contest that will culminate in student teams winning up to $20,000 in prize money in March 2013.

“The Scripps Innovation Challenge will provide a vehicle for showcasing the incredible creativity and ingenuity of today's students,” said Alexander, who chairs an innovation committee comprised of both college representatives and representatives from the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company. “During this period of disruptive change in media, smart companies are looking to students to provide cutting edge solutions to industry needs.”