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Dr. Brent Smith. Photo credit: Twitter

Brent Smith appointed as School of Communication’s permanent dean

By Bailey Allen, Former news editor
April 12, 2023

Brent Smith will become the dean of Emerson’s School of Communication starting this summer, according to a community-wide announcement from Interim President William Gilligan on Wednesday. Smith served...

Cheryl Owsley Jackson speaking to the staff of The Harvard Crimson in 2019.

Cheryl Owsley-Jackson to leave Emerson after “less rewarding” experiences

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
July 26, 2021

Senior Journalist-in-Residence Cheryl Owsley-Jackson will not be returning to Emerson in the fall, and will instead take up a position at Indiana University, her alma mater. Her departure, announced...

Former SGA Executive President Will Palauskas at an academic town hall in 2018.

SGA academic town hall tackles diversity, burnout

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 12, 2020

The Student Government Association’s third annual academic town hall Oct. 27 played host to discussions about diversity within several academic departments at the college.  The town hall, meant to...

Moses Shumow was loved by his students and colleagues, a former student of his said. Courtesy of Florida International University

Former students recall professor’s kindness

By Parker Purifoy, Emerson '21
October 23, 2019

Updated 10/24/19: This article was updated to include information about a memorial service for Shumow Florida International University senior Bianca Marcof remembered sitting in her Intro to Digital...

Janet Kolodzy appointed two new faculty advisers for WEBN after removing Marsha Della-Giustina. Matt Barrett / Beacon Staff

College removes long-time WEBN faculty advisor

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 1, 2019

The Journalism Department removed the faculty advisor for WEBN, Marsha Della-Giustina, after receiving student feedback from students in the program, according to a college official. Chair of the Journalism...

Alumus David Wade 95, winner of 23 Emmy awards, is back at Emerson as a professor. Shiyu Pan / Beacon Correspondent

Award winning journalist and alum returns to Emerson as professor

By Sydney Havens
September 25, 2019

When working for local TV station WBZ in 2013, David Wade ‘95 received a call in the middle of the night telling him to go straight to Watertown—the police were searching for the suspects who detonated...

Administrative Associate to the Chair of Journalism Christopher Wilson said the updated badge system will improve consistency among the department. Sam Hwang / Beacon Correspondent

Journalism department advances current badge program

By Elena Naze
September 11, 2019

The Journalism Department plans to hand out badges identifying each student in the program and their experience with certain journalistic equipment by the end of this week. The department rolled out...

Panelist speak at Emersons Perspectives on Race and the Boston Media on March 26. Hannah Ebanks / Beacon Correspondent

Panel highlights diverse Boston voices in media

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 29, 2019

The School of Communication hosted a panel featuring four Boston media professionals on Tuesday, March 26 as part of its new Diverse Voices in Communication initiative. The public event was held in...

Journalism faculty released a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni Wednesday.

Journalism students leave major at higher rate than other departments

By Belen Dumont, News Editor
February 21, 2019

Approximately five percent of journalism students switched out of the department during the 2018-19 academic year—a rate around four times higher than other major programs, according to data the Journalism...

Evening Operations Manager Jake Nadeau works at the EDC distributing equipment to students. Cullen Granzen / Beacon Staff

Journalism Department introduces new prerequisites for EDC

By Katie Redefer, Staff Writer
October 4, 2018

The journalism department created a new series of quizzes journalism students must pass before checking out equipment from the Equipment Distribution Center. The department designed the quizzes, also...

Chair Janet Kolodzy created a bridge to visually represent the new steps in the program.

Journalism curriculum refocuses on student skills

By Allison Hagan
December 7, 2017

The journalism department tested out a new curriculum focused on student needs and industry expectations this semester. This year’s freshman follow different steps to receive a Bachelor of Science...

Freshman journalism majors lack tech resources

By Maya Gacina
December 7, 2017

While first-year journalism enrollment increased by 27 percent this year, most of the department budget went toward salaries for new teachers in the 100-level classes. According to the Journalism Department...

Journalism department expands alongside VMA downsize

By Kaitlyn Bryson
September 21, 2017

Emerson journalism department enrollment increased by 6 percent since last year. Of 687 applicants accepted into the journalism department, 128 enrolled in the college, said Director of Admissions Michael...

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