Good Evening from Kent, Ohio

On my second trip to Northeast Ohio, I am learning lots of new things as I attend a Center for Scholastic Journalism Board Meeting this week at Kent State University.

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KENT, Ohio– My second visit to Northeast Ohio started this morning with visions of snow on the ground as our plane flew into Cleveland-Hopkins Airport.

Hey, the renovations that were going on at the airport when I visited in September 2009 are done and the airport looks great, though not as busy as I expected.

After spending much of the day touring the Cleveland area, including the area known as Ohio City and  the Beachwood Community with a former faculty colleague,  I am enjoying the small college town of Kent, an hour’s drive from Cleveland.

This marker on U.S. Highway 43 tells you're just about at Kent State University.

We’re in town for a meeting of the Center for Scholastic Journalism Board, which had a kick-off dinner tonight at the Pufferbelly, Ltd., an old railway depot in the heart of Kent.

The Center for Scholastic Journalism is one of the leading College efforts to focus on outreach and research involving middle and high school journalism.

It’s great to gather with colleagues from around the country who are advocates for getting students turned on to journalism at an early age.  Many of these same individuals are teaching in journalism programs at colleges and universities from as far away as California.  Other members represent key journalism organizations such as the Radio-TV Digital News Foundation or the Newspaper Association of America Foundation.

The Center for Scholastic Journalism Board posed for a dinner shot after our great meal at Pufferbelly, Ltd. in downtown Kent, Ohio.

I learned tonight that there is a bit of history of Kent as a stop on the underground railroad.  A sign outside of the Pufferbelly helped me understand this interesting fact about Kent.

I’m told a new hotel is being built here in downtown Kent that will have a conference center attached to it.   So, I bet this will not be my last time to visit Kent State University.

Even as I write this post, I am watching an old co-worker from my days in Cincinnati, Dave Summers, who is now working at WKYC-TV Channel 3 in the Cleveland market.   Dave hasn’t changed a bit since we worked together at WLWT in the 1990s.

Looking forward to seeing more tomorrow on the Kent State University campus in Franklin Hall, home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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