BGSU TO HOST FIRST SPORTS JOURNALISM NFL BOOT CAMP
The School of Media and Communication and the Sports Management Program will be hosting the NFL Sports Journalism and Communication Boot Camp from May 13-16. The NFL Boot Camp, organized by alumnus and NFL consultant Dick Maxwell, aims to help 24 current and recently retired NFL players transition to a career beyond football by focusing on improving each player’s writing skills for newspapers, radio and the expanding digital media industry. [READ MORE]
BUILDING PLANS INCLUDE A NEW HOME FOR THE DEPARTMENT
| by Elyette Yert ’13
By fall 2014, plans call for the School of Media and Communication, which is comprised of three departments – journalism and public relations, communication, and telecommunications – and a graduate program to move from West Hall to a renovated South Hall.
When the announcement of the project was made, School of Media and Communication Director Terry Rentner immediately christened the project “Dream Hall.”
“This new building…has been a dream of my colleagues and I for as long as I can remember,” Rentner said. “It has been my No. 1 goal and my top priority for the past five years.”
Professor Jim Foust, who serves on the building committee, said, “It is probably the most exciting thing happening in the 19 years I have been at Bowling Green State University. It will allow for greatly enhanced teaching and learning, as well as convergence and collaboration opportunities among students.”
South Hall was chosen as the new location by the BGSU administration.
“The gutting of South Hall is set to begin this summer, and the alumni will not even be able to recognize it once it is finished,” Rentner said.
Perkins Eastman Architects is overseeing the renovation of South Hall, as well as renovations on Moseley, Hanna and University halls, which are all part of the university’s larger building initiative.
“It’s exciting to work with the faculty and students to create environments that respond to changing technology and learning patterns,” Matthew Cotton, an architect with Perkins Eastman, said.
The new building will be designed to meet today’s demands of media and communication.
“The goal is to have a converged media center,” Rentner said. “This will help the students and the university to be competitive and leaders among the universities in the field.”
Cotton said, “There will be some types of spaces that will be used by students and faculty together to create media content for distribution by television, radio, Internet, and in the future, other ways that we may not fully understand yet.”
Rentner said something unique that is being discussed for the new building is the possibility of a first floor that would be glass-enclosed so people outside the building could see the students working.
The building will serve as a strong recruitment tool for the university, Rentner said. “It will encourage students from freshman year to get involved right away, which is so important,” she said. “The department and I are so passionate about student learning, and we want to give students the best possible experience and competitive edge in the job market. This new building will allow us to do so.”
PROGRAM CONNECTS ALUMNI AND STUDENTS
The mentor program is a way for alumni to help students get the most out of their college career. The program has been revitalized and six students have been assigned since the fall 2012. Junior Abby Welsh and her mentor, Kara Lopp, ’95, are one example of how both students and alumni benefit from the exchange. [READ MORE]
CAMERAS GET UPGRADE FOR USE IN BROADCAST CLASSES
| by Jacqueline Gedeon ’13
The School of Media and Communication upgraded the video cameras for telecommunications and journalism students and will fully integrate them into the curriculum in the fall.
Twelve new Panasonic ACCAM cameras replace the older mini DVD style. The new cameras have the same design as the older ones, but are more durable and efficient.
The new cameras will use SD cards and students will have to purchase their own for storage.
Telecommunications instructor Jose Cardenas said, as the industry is changing, tape is becoming obsolete and challenging.
The cost was roughly $3,000 for each camera, battery and tripod set.
Ken Garland, faculty adviser to BG-24 News, said he is enthusiastic about the upgrade. The new tripods are lighter and have an adjustable head to balance the frame. The new cameras have higher quality images, resolution, color and sharpness.
Jonathan Keilholz, a junior studying broadcast journalism, said: “I’m looking forward to getting some great material for my reel. Though capturing HD content won’t get me a job, it can definitely be the cherry on top.”
Cardenas said there were only a few cons to switching to the new cameras. Besides the learning curve, students will need their own SD cards, and files will be larger than mini DVD storage.
But with SD cards, Garland said, students should save time not having to search for video like they did with the mini DVD tapes.
Garland added that the new cameras are “better quality in terms of video, but not better quality on how things are shot.” He said students still need proper shooting techniques despite the advances in equipment.
BOB BORTEL JOINS TOLEDO PRESS CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD
| by Matthew Thacker ‘14
Bob Bortel, director of student media, was invited to serve on the executive board of the Toledo Press Club.
Bortel was asked to join the executive board last fall by Press Club member Tom Dawson, ’66, who Bortel has known for years from working with the alumni of The BG News, where he has been the faculty adviser since 1982.
Dawson also initially nominated Bortel in 2010, when he was awarded the Toledo Press Club’s Golden Touchstone Award, which is given annually for “lifetime achievement in the field of journalism in Northwest Ohio.”
“We like to have connections with BGSU, as well as the University of Toledo, and we hadn’t had that in some time,” Dawson said. He added that Bortel’s background working with students would help bring younger members to the Press Club.
Bortel said: “The Toledo Press Club represents the only professional networking in the Greater-Toledo area, and it combines a lot of people in media with public relations and corporate communications positions. I thought it was a good thing to be a part of.”
The Toledo Press Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Toledo Club in downtown Toledo.
FACULTY CELEBRATES SHARED MILESTONE
Prior to their November faculty meeting, journalism and public relations faculty members acknowledged the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 100th anniversary with a cake. The department is accredited by AEJMC. Front Row: Rick Busselle, Jim Foust. Second Row: Julie Hagenbuch, Kelly Taylor. Back Row: Nancy Brendlinger, Catherine Cassara, Freddie Falcon, Kathy Bradshaw, Dave Sennerud, Mike Horning.