The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Recognition for 2014
Graduation time at the Murrow College marks the perfect time for us to pause and recognize the hard work, dedication and perseverance of the incredible faculty and staff that make all of our students’ accomplishments possible. With the close of this academic calendar, let us look back at what made this school year so successful.
Year in Review
The fall of 2013 began with the dedication of the Murrow Communication Addition in memory of one of our most cherished alumna – Kathi Goertzen, an event that honored her legacy as a broadcast professional as well as her dedication to the Murrow College
Our 39th Murrow Symposium tackled The Global Face of Journalism - Transformative changes that are immediate, digital and international. An expert panel that included former NBC anchor John Seigenthaler and former CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis who spoke about their new roles in heading up the cable news channel Al Jazeera America. Our symposium wrapped up with a keynote address by Eric Newton of the Knight Foundation.
We inducted four new alumni into our Murrow Hall of Achievement – Beth Tuura, Kerry Brock, Bertha Lynne and John Ibsen. More than 500-students took part in “Meet the Pros” giving them an inside glimpse into the world that awaits them after college.
This year’s Murrow Interview series also featured Shereen El-Feki – author of Sex and the Citadel, Intimate life in a changing Arab world – and Dan Fletcher, on our Vancouver campus on the Changing ways we get news. And McGinnis and Seigenthaler also sat down with us for an in-depth look at how Al Jazeera America is working to attract viewers by offering a more traditional form of news
On the academic side, we have launched a new online Master’s degree in Strategic Communication. Across the state, we are getting set to launch ICE - Integrated Communication Everett - that will expand our communication program into the new WSU North Puget Sound Campus.
The academic year ends with a new beginning, as I am pleased to announce we have made 14 new faculty hires for 2014; Eight tenured research faculty and six professional faculty members that will build on the advanced research and training we offer at Murrow.
Northwest Public Radio
Northwest Public Radio enjoyed a banner year highlighted by launching a new station, KJEM 89.9 bringing Jazz radio to the Palouse, while offering Murrow students a teaching model for learning.
(Read about NWPR’s 2014 accomplishments here)
Northwest Public Television
Northwest Public Television continues to produce quality programming for KWSU, KTNW in the Tri-Cities and beyond.
Among the highlights, our team developed a public conversation in the Tri-Cities hosted by our own Glenn Johnson following the release of a documentary entitled “Sex Trafficking in our Community.” It was a show that was promoted in the schools within the Tri-Cities. One technical achievement of note; this was the first program we have sent using our IP encoder. It went from the Richland studio directly to TV’s operation center in Spokane.
(Read more about NWPTV’s 2014 Accomplishments here)
All of our broadcast accomplishments would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our engineering team. Putting KJEM-FM on the air was no easy feat, involving a novel installation of an FM transmitter on an active AM tower. Our crew also Increased KWSU TV power from 6.2 kW to 23kW to provide greater signal density.
(Read more on our Engineering department’s 2014 accomplishments here)
Our student services team is now advising all students interested in communication majors and minors. That adds up to over 1,200 students they now serve. The team now has three new staff members, and boasts being the “office that is the most fun” in all of Murrow.
(Learn why and read more on Student Services’ accomplishments for 2014 here)
One of the hardest working areas in the Murrow College is the business office.
The Murrow Business Office has two new faces – in Erin Cox and Doug Krehbiel, and our first undergraduate intern, Courtney Reister. (their stories here)
Thanks to the hard work of Lyndsay Read McCall, the office launched the new Murrow College Academic Equipment Center. The team was able to continue to run smoothly and effectively while tackling an increase in purchasing and travel requests.
(Read more on the Business Office’s accomplishments for 2014 here)
What helps make the Murrow College so great, are our students. Six student journalists were honored by the Society of Professional journalists – winning in their categories and now advancing on to the national SPJ competition. While over one-third of all student nominations for excellence in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter belong to Murrow Students. From Guatemala to the Galapagos Islands, the work of our Murrow Students has left a lasting impression on the world
(Click here for more about our Student accomplishments for 2014)
Getting involved in student activities has long served as a hallmark for the Murrow College. This past year saw our students learning more about their professions while learning how to give back.
WSU Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications
The club raised more than $1,000 at our annual Silent Auction. Those funds enabled the club to support a free WSU Valentine’s Day Candy Gram event in the CUB, as well as sponsor a child through Christmas for Kids.
(Click here for more about WSU’s Women in Communications accomplishments )
Honored for helping to raise money for Frankie – who at just 2 years of age needs support to diagnose his delayed development
KUGR Radio raised over $1,100 towards a new audio board
A busy year for PRSSA – Celebrating their profession with several outreach events – and launching their own Murrow Collection of logo wear
Murrow College Achievements for the 2013-14 year
The Associated Students of WSU have awarded our own Daniel Petek their Exceptional Professor Award and to Marvin Marcelo their Best Advisor Award for Cable 8 productions. To them we say congratulations.
In recognition of the Murrow student experience we asked students a simple question; who would you like to thank?
Here are the Faculty Mentor Awards for 2014.
(Click here to read their story)
Here are the Outstanding Staff Mentor Awards for 2014
Murrow Awards in Journalism
The awards committee looks at more than just in-class performance when selecting a winner, they also evaluate each student’s out-of-class experiences. While traditionally these plaques were designed for print students, broadcast students were included in evaluations for the first time.
(Click here for a full listing of the Murrow Awards in Journalism for 2014)
Murrow College Graduate Awards
Our graduate students select the top teaching and research award winners.
For Graduate Teaching - The winners are Salah Al-Ghaithi, Jared Brickman, Amanda Miller, Rachael Sauerbier and Natalie Greco
For Research – the winner is Weina Ran
While the award for Graduate Faculty Member of the year is Erica Austin. Congratulations!
(Click here for a full listing of this year’s Graduate Scholarship Award Winner’s for 2014)
Special Murrow Awards
It has been a Murrow tradition to give out a Rossy… a special award given for outstanding individual employee performance. The Rossy is named after our college’s namesake Edward Roscoe Murrow.
This year’s WIZARD OF OZ “Behind the curtain” AWARD goes to Sarah McDaniel. Sarah is the person “behind the curtain” who gets so much done without anyone ever realizing how that work got done.
(Click here to read more about her award)
While our second Rossy, the SMOKE AND MIRRORS AWARD goes to - Gillian Coldsnow. Gillian shows an enormous amount of dedication to her work for NWPR. Her attention to detail and her commitment to making NWPR a valuable resource, her ability to coach both young and experienced air talent and her insights to programming help make her a highly valuable part of the operation.
(Click here to read more about her award)
Thank you to all of our Student Volunteers of which this year’s Hall of Achievement ceremony and Murrow Symposium could not have been possible
(Click here to see all of our honored Student volunteers for 2014)
We honor those employees who have reached a milestone here at WSU.
(Click here to see a list of the Milestone Award winners for 2014)
And finally, we end the year by saying goodbye to a mainstay of the Murrow College. Professor Glenn Johnson has officially retired from WSU after 35 years of service to hundreds of students who have trained under his care.
As we say goodbye to another great class of students, preparations are already underway for a new class in the fall. To all of you, let me say how truly honored I have been to serve as your Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
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