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A graduate of Scripps College of Communication, Ken Klein shares student, alumni, and faculty news via social media. He is a volunteer assistant at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Here is Klein’s July 2022 recap:

The Bobcat connection

Scripps College of Communication alumni photographed intern students and other alumni “at work” connecting generations of Scripps students in July. The photos were posted by Klein on Twitter and generated significant social media traffic. Here are some examples:

Dan dry

Dan Dry (photojournalism, class of 1992) photographed Louisville Courier-Journal sportswriter JL Kirven (specialty studies, class of 1921) at the Louisville Dirt Bowl. The Dirt Bowl is a seven-week basketball tournament in Shawnee Park where the area’s best players come together to compete.

It was Kirven’s first time covering the event, and Dry, who had previously participated, followed him to photograph the experience.

“I had never met the guy and [it was] exciting to watch him work and see him do his thing,” says Dry. “He’s very impressive, and I’m not easily impressed.”

The Bobcats connect in multiple ways off-campus, coming together spontaneously. Earlier this summer, Kirven covered Parker Touma, a recent Louisville-area high school graduate who wrote in six varsity sports his senior year. As fate would have it, Touma is Dry’s nephew and when Dry received the item in a family group chat, he felt a sense of serendipity knowing he was going to be working with Kirven later that summer.

Dry is also the official Kentucky Derby photographer and hired a team of student photographers from OHIO a few years ago. Lauren Murray was one of the students who stood out from Dry, and she continues to visit him every year on race week, stay at his house, explore Louisville, and photograph the Derby with him.

“I had never met the guy and [it was] exciting to watch him work and see him do his thing,” Dan Dry said of JL Kirven. “He’s very impressive, and I’m not easily impressed.”

Sailor Cook

Marin Cook (Photojournalism, Class 22) photographed Nathan Wiseman (Journalism, Class 17) at the Columbus Blue Jackets game, and Scripps interns Reese Thompson and Clay Stark at the Columbus Clippers game. Cook works part-time at 10 Speed ​​Studios in Columbus and works freelance to gain more experience in the field.

Hailing from Ada, OH, Cook had never been to Clippers Stadium before and her first time around was a memorable experience. Cook was given a press pass and found himself on the pitch before the game, photographing Thompson and Stark. Cook has just graduated, and connecting with current students has facilitated this transition from college life to real-world journalism.

“Even being able to go to that Clippers game and see these interns who are sophomores, it was so cool to talk to them,” Cook says. “[It’s] kind of like living through them, and seeing these freshmen who just graduated was really cool too.

Clay Stark takes pictures at a Columbus Clippers game
Photo taken by Marin Cook of Clay Stark in action during the Columbus Clippers game.
John Kiesewetter

John Kiesewetter (Photojournalism, Class of 1975) photographed broadcast journalism students Tim Hanna Jr. and Sedric Granger as they prepared to call games for the Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball team against the Hamilton Joes in Hamilton, Ohio . Kiesewetter completed a reporting internship at the Cincinnati Enquirer, which turned into a 40-year career with the Southwestern Ohio news outlet.

In 2014, Kiesewetter joined Cincinnati Public Radio as a TV columnist. In this new role, Kiesewetter worked alongside other Scripps graduates and student interns, speaking to them about OHIO, journalism, and building a career after graduation.

“It’s always great to see Scripps students take advantage of internships and gain hands-on experience before they graduate, which improves their ability to find jobs after leaving OU,” says Kiesewetter. During the puck drop in Hamilton, Kiesewetter could see enthusiastic broadcast students taking advantage of the opportunities presented to them by Scripps.

“I’m sure following games is fun, but it’s not easy,” says Kiesewetter. “They travel with the team for distant games on the road, but they gain experience [of] broadcast sports before they even graduated.

“It’s always great to see Scripps students take advantage of internships and gain hands-on experience before they graduate, which enhances their ability to find jobs after leaving OU,” says John Kiesewetter.

Applause for alumnus Paula Shugart

A Linkedin dedication to 1981 alumnus Paula Shugart was brief and direct:

“Many thanks to Paula Shugart for her guidance and mentorship.” This thank you message was posted by Meg Omecene, senior manager of corporate communications at VISA in New York and a ’16 strategic communications graduate. In 2015, Omecene completed an internship at the Miss Universe Organization in New York, which provided her with real-world experience that helped launch her career.

On July 28, Ohio University and Scripps College of Communication honored Shugart for his support and mentorship of Scripps students pursuing internship opportunities. Shugart is the president of the Miss Universe organization, which dedicates internships in New York specifically to Scripps students. More than 60 students participated in the program.

Dean Scott Titsworth and Paula Shugart
Paula Shugart accepts a plaque of appreciation from Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth.

hidden gems

  • Paul Matson (public relations, class of 2009) from Boeing-Chicago was featured prominently on social media during a multi-day series about Scripps alumni working in the aerospace industry. He addressed the Scripps PRSSA Chapter on Feb. 15, 2021. Matson’s impressive resume includes this nugget: He was on the award-winning speech/debate team at Ohio University.
  • In the Akron newspaper, journalist Marshal Abbey (journalism, class of 20) worked long hours for the Beacon Journal. Emily Gayton (Journalism, Class of 21) posted a Linkedin message to Marshall: “Abbey is one of the hardest working journalists I know, covering the ups and downs of the community with dignity, curiosity and compassion.”

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