The Office of Student Media supports nearly 400 students working in 10 different media. Five full-time professional employees, in addition to faculty advisers, assist students in their award-winning endeavors.
Kent JMC students gain valuable experience and sharpen their marketable skills. Many of the positions are paid, enabling the students to focus on their classes and student media experience. In addition to building resumes, Student Media forges student friendships into lifelong professional contacts.
Student Media Units
Artemis magazine addresses women’s issues each academic year. The magazine began publishing in Fall 2001 and now prints 2,000 copies each year. Its current Web site, artemismag.com contains exclusive stories not available in the print edition and a blog to encourage audience participation.
Black Squirrel Radio, formerly WKSR, is the student-run radio station. It is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 16 in most of Portage County, on channels 2, 4 and 6 in the residence halls. Its website, www.blacksquirrelradio.com is one the most progressive Student Media sites and features streaming audio, podcasts, and a studio Webcam. The site logs over 7,000 hits per month.
The Burr, formerly Kent State’s yearbook, the Chestnut Burr, is now a college-interest magazine for students. With a circulation of 8,000 each semester, The Burr continually receives regional and national awards. Its award-winning website, theburr.com, has stories exclusive to the site.
College Summit, formed in 2007, is the most recent addition to Student Media and is composed primarily of minority students who produce television programming to air on TV2.
The Daily Kent Stater, Kent State’s national award-winning, independent student newspaper, is the primary source of news and information for the university community and circulates 10,000 copies daily, Monday through Friday. The Stater was recognized as one of the top six college newspapers in the country in 2009 by the Associated Collegiate Press and is a consistent winner in Society of Professional Journalism competitions.
Fusion, with a circulation of 5,000 copies each semester, is a national award-winning magazine that focuses on sexual minority and civil rights issues. Fusion began publishing in Fall 2003 and won Second Place for Best Student Magazine from the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists in 2009. Fusion has also been awarded multiple grants from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. Its website, thatgaymagazine.com, features LGBT daily news item discussions, exclusive Web content and blogs.
KentWired.com (formerly KentNewsNet.com), is Kent State’s award-winning news and entertainment website. KentWired features multimedia content from the Daily Kent Stater, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio, and The Burr and represents the an ongoing commitment to teaching students 21st century skillsets and mindsets. In 2009, the site was among the top ten college websites in the country, winning an Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker award.
Luna Negra, Kent State’s literary publication, is celebrating its 54th year in print. The magazine has a circulation of 1,500 per academic year. Luna Negra’s website, Luna Negra KSU, offers podcast readings of the poetry in its print issue.
TV-2, Kent State’s student-run television station, offers live 5:30 pm newscasts Monday through Friday, the weekly sports show, SportsCorner, live KSU basketball coverage (as part of the Kent State Sports Network), live election coverage twice per year, and more. TV2 is available on campus cable, Time Warner Cable Channel 16 in most of Portage County, and on channels 2, 4 and 6 in the residence halls. TV-2 is an active partner in KentWired.com.
Uhuru, Kent State’s minority publication, has been publishing for more than 30 years. Its website, uhurumag.com, offers stories from its print edition, but also the ability for the audience to submit content to increase student participation in the publication.
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