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OHIO Scripps Semester in D.C. student program announced

Claire Berlin | Feb 21, 2017

OHIO Scripps Semester in D.C. student program announced

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 21, 2017)—The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is proud to announce plans for a Scripps Semester in D.C. program, a collaboration between the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the School of Visual Communication and Washington, D.C., area professionals, that will create a student-focused experience in our nation’s capital.

“This is a significant step for the Scripps College of Communication to have a student program in Washington, D.C.,” said Scott Titsworth, dean of the Scripps College of Communication. “Bob Stewart, director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, and Tim Goheen, director of the School of Visual Communication, have provided excellent leadership and have demonstrated outstanding collaboration in bringing the two schools together in creating this distinctive program. The program illustrates the strong partnership between our faculty and the professional and alumni constituents in the D.C. area. We now have formal student programs in the East and West Coasts, making Scripps unique and one of the few universities to offer such robust and diverse student programs.”

The program will be designed to provide Scripps College of Communication students within the two schools the opportunity to learn from industry professionals working in the nation’s capital, focusing on journalism (print, broadcast, data and photojournalism), strategic communication, commercial photography, information graphics, data visualization, publication design for print and digital, scripting, and UX design.

Scripps Semester in D.C will consist of a four-week seminar followed by a ten-week practicum, both in the D.C. area. The seminar will focus on covering a range of weekly presentations on specific topics relating to the overall program. Students will then be immersed in the practicum, a for-credit internship in the D.C. area that is tailored to their areas of study. Ohio University alumni and friends will partner with the college to offer their knowledge as seminar presenters and as internship hosts within their organization. The first program cohort is planned for fall semester.

“It was clear from the conversations we had with alumni and friends that they are ready to help us and help our students, as we build this innovative program,” Bob Stewart, director of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. “It doesn’t surprise me in the least, but rather reminded me of how great it is to be part of the Bobcat network.”

A total of 20 students (up to 10 from each school) will be accepted and must be juniors, seniors and graduate students to be eligible. Students will receive course credit for completing the 15-week program.

“I received many a thank you from alumni at the event for starting this program with Bob and the School of Journalism,” said Tim Goheen, director of the School of Visual Communication. “Mostly they spoke of their excitement for what it will mean to students."

There will be an information session for journalism and visual communication students to learn more about the program and how to apply on Tues., Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Schoonover Center 380.

To view photos from the program launch event at The National Press Club on Feb. 10, click here.

About the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication
The Scripps College of Communication is home to five schools that cover every aspect of communication, as well as the WOUB Center for Public Media, the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, the Social Media Analytics Research Team (SMART) Lab and the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.

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