CWUCommunication NewsCommunication Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/newsen-usCWU Journalism Prof: Cap Ban Won’t Pass Musterhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2513Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:44:58<p>Central Washington University Journalism Professor Cynthia Mitchell weighed in today on Ellensburg High School's ban on decorating graduation caps in a column in the Daily Record newspaper.</p><p>Mitchell says the EHS cap ban "violates the students’ right to free expression. And if the students were to take this to court, they’d easily win."</p><p>Mitchell, who advises the award-winning student newspaper, <a href="http://Mitchell, who advises the award-winning student newspaper, The Observer, organizes the university's annual weeklong First Amendment Festival. Her service and research passions revolve around the First Amendment." target="_blank">The Observer,</a> organizes the university's annual weeklong First Amendment Festival. Her service and research passions revolve around the First Amendment.</p><p>Read <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/opinion/guest_columns/guest-column-ehs-cap-ban-won-t-pass-muster/article_96dd3e0e-eb69-11e3-8328-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">Mitchell's column</a> in the Daily Record.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New Marijuana Beat Grabs Attention of National Blogger and Journalist Jim Romeneskohttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2512Thu, 29 May 2014 10:15:35<p>CWU journalism professor Cynthia Mitchell's revamped COM 308 class recently got the attention of famous journalist and media blogger Jim Romenesko, who published a story on his blog this week:</p><h3><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/Observer%20pot%20cover.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 287px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Central Washington University public affairs reporting class is all about pot legalization</h3><p>How do you get college students interested in public affairs reporting? Central Washington University (CWU) journalism professor Cynthia Mitchell did it by making her COM 308 course all about marijuana legalization.</p><p>“It really has seemed to capture the students’ attention,” she says. “I’m getting far better stories than I normally do, and they seem far more engaged. So it’s going great, and we plan to continue” after this quarter, which ends next Thursday.</p><p>Students cover city and county government, business and economic development, public safety and other beats – all with a focus on recreational pot.</p><p>Read the <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2014/05/28/central-washington-university-public-affairs-reporting-class-is-all-about-marijuana-legalization/" target="_blank">rest of the story</a> at<a href="http://jimromenesko.com" target="_blank"> jimromenesko.com</a>.</p><p>May 29, 2014</p>CWU Student Journalists Earn Top Honors in National, Regional Contestshttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2511Mon, 12 May 2014 08:28:42<p><img alt="The Observer cover" src="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/Observer_ink_cover.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 395px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Two Central Washington University students won a national Mark of Excellence award this week from the Society of Professional Journalists for the photo illustration "Think Before You Ink!" from a cover of CWU’s student-run newspaper, The Observer.</p><p>The award comes on the heels of five regional 2013 Mark of Excellence honors received by The Observer and online publication Pulse Magazine at SPJ's conference May 3 in Portland, Ore.</p><p>Topping the list, The Observer was a regional finalist for best all-around non-daily student newspaper among universities of all sizes in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.</p><p>“Just to be a finalist in a group that includes much larger universities is an incredible feat and shows how far we’ve come,” said Observer Editor-in-Chief Matthew Thompson.</p><p>“It’s really gratifying to see the students’ hard work pay off,” said faculty adviser Cynthia Mitchell. “We were the only finalist from Washington, and it was clear from the other awards that we were competing against several journalism programs in the state and against many more from the region.”</p><p>Thompson won top honors in Portland in the general news reporting category for his articles about CWU’s invalid charges to a student fund. Former student Zach Olney was a finalist for sports photography for his work on "College Rodeo 2013: Hooking the Horns."</p><p>Vicky Valdovinos and Seth Lonborg's photo illustration "<a href="http://issuu.com/cwuobserver/docs/w13-4" target="_blank">Think Before You Ink</a>!" shows a man from the neck to the waist wearing half a business suit and half a sleeveless shirt exposing a heavily tattooed arm. Valdovinos and Lonborg will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference in September in Nashville, Tenn.</p><p>Pulse Magazine's former Editor-in-Chief Nathaniel Iven-Diemer, reporter Connie Morgan and designer Lindsey Antilla were finalists in the online feature reporting category for their multimedia package offering a video tour of CWU President James Gaudino's home in "<a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/pulsemagazine_winter-issue2?e=0" target="_blank">CWU Cribs: Presidential Edition."</a></p><p>The Mark of Excellence awards honor the "best of collegiate journalism" from a calendar year in print, radio, television and online. The awards are judged by professional journalists. For more information about the contest or SPJ go to <a href="http://www.spj.org/a-moe.asp" target="_blank">www.spj.org/a-moe.asp</a>.</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong> Cynthia Mitchell, Faculty Adviser, The Observer, <a href="mailto:mitchelc@cwu.edu">mitchelc@cwu.edu</a>, 509-607-0124</p><p>May 12, 2014</p>CWU Alumni Brandon Wasserburgerhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2510Wed, 07 May 2014 10:50:51<p>Brandon Wasserburger, one of the earliest graduates of the<br>Interdisciplinary Film &amp; Video Studies Program at Central Washington<br>University and present Owner, Producer and Editor at Fire Tribe, inc.<br>with a résumé of over 200 television episodes and many international<br>humanitarian documentaries in 10 countries will be the guest of FVS &amp;<br>the Communication Department for the College of Arts &amp; Humanities Alumni<br>day.</p><p>The following are open to faculty and students:</p><p>1) <a href="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/DOC000-Coffee.pdf" target="_blank">"Coffee With..."</a> will be in the COM Dept. Lobby from 10-11am. Come<br>enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry and meet Brandon!</p><p>2) <a href="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/DOC-Lunch.pdf" target="_blank">"Brown Bag Seminar"</a> will be in SURC 140 from 11:15am to 12pm. Bring<br>your lunch and have a discussion with Brandon about launching your<br>film/television career!</p><p>Also, from 2:00-3:30pm Brandon will participate in the CAH Alumni Panel<br>in the Grupe Center.</p><p>So, take advantage of this opportunity to meet a great guy and "pick<br>his brain" about working in the film &amp; television industry!</p>Mary Beth Tinker, of the historic Tinker v. Des Moines case, to speak at CWUhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2509Wed, 07 May 2014 10:15:02<p><img alt="" src="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/images/Mary%20Beth%20Tinker.jpg" style="width: 256px; height: 172px;"></p><p>In 1965, a teenage Mary Beth Tinker made a stand for her First Amendment right to free speech by wearing a simple black armband. She was 13 years old.</p><p>Tinker, her older brother, and a group of students came together in silent protest of the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands on their arms. According to Tinker, the images shown about the war going on in Vietnam were terrible: children running from burning huts and fallen soldiers. Boys from Tinker's neighborhood were being drafted to join the war effort.</p><p>"We thought we were doing a small thing," Tinker said. "We were upset about the war."</p><p>Read more of this story in the Observer.</p><p><a href="http://cwuobserver.com/mary-beth-tinker-historic-tinker-v-des-moines-case-will-speak-cwu-kristi-young/">http://cwuobserver.com/mary-beth-tinker-historic-tinker-v-des-moines-case-will-speak-cwu-kristi-young/</a></p><p>Tinker will speak at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, in the SURC Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.</p>CWU Students are Finalists in International Documentary Challengehttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2508Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:00:43<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Group photo of students and Dave and Evelyn Jones" src="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/SotW%20GroupPic_LDL.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 279px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Five film and video students at Central Washington University in Ellensburg are headed to Toronto this week for the world premiere of their seven-minute documentary. The short film, “Spirit of the West,” was produced over five days and is one of 12 that made the final cut in the <a href="http://www.docchallenge.com/" target="_blank">International Documentary Challenge</a>. At least 120 films from all over the world were entered in the contest.</p><p>The crew, made up of Johnathan Benson, Dylan Hubber, Seth Lonborg, Emily Meyer and Kevin O’Donnell, was sponsored by Jon Ward, a film and video studies lecturer at CWU and owner of <a href="http://www.clearwaterstudios.net" target="_blank">Clearwater Studios</a> in Ellensburg. Ward has been a finalist in the International Documentary Challenge, or Doc Challenge, twice before and has won the contest once.</p><p>“I was there to offer support,” Ward said. He provided equipment, helped the crew brainstorm, and offered editing advice.</p><p>In the Doc Challenge filmmakers have five days to make a nonfiction film between four and seven minutes long. This year’s challenge was from February 26-March 2. The content is dictated by genres and a theme that aren’t revealed to the filmmakers until the challenge begins. The top 12 films, picked by a panel made up of experienced directors, producers, filmmakers, professors, and other industry professionals, premiere at the <a href="http://www.hotdocs.ca/" target="_blank">Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival</a> in Toronto on May 1. The winners are announced after the premiere.</p><p>The CWU team’s short documentary takes place at the <a href="http://www.spirittrc.com/index2.php#!/HOME" target="_blank">Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center</a> southeast of Ellensburg. Each student was assigned a position. Meyer was producer and interviewer, Seth Lonborg was the director, Kevin O’Donnell was director of photography, and Johnathan Benson and Dylan Hubber were editors. And every member of the team shared roles, such as operating the camera and audio equipment.</p><p>The team uploaded the final product with one hour to spare. Two weeks passed before the crew was notified of its finalist status. They’ve all booked airfare to Toronto and rented an apartment two blocks from the theater where their film will premiere.</p><p>More than 20 awards will be handed out at Hot Docs. The grand-prize winner receives $1,000 and free registration in next year’s Doc Challenge. The final films also are considered for national broadcast on PBS and will be screened on a festival circuit.</p><p>A separate component of the Doc Challenge is “the making of” contest where Doc Challenge participants upload a separate short film that is a behind-the-scenes cut of the five-day filmmaking process. To get a sense of what it was like for the CWU team to compete in the Doc Challenge, watch their <a href="http://theaudienceawards.com/films/242/Spirit-of-the-West-Behind-the-Scenes.html" target="_blank">behind-the-scenes video</a> at <a href="http://theaudienceawards.com/" target="_blank">theaudienceawards.com</a>. Search for Spirit of the West.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>Dave and Evelyn Jones, sitting center, pose for a photo with Central Washington University film and video students (from left) Kevin O'Donnell, Dylan Hubber, Seth Lonborg, Emily Meyer, and Johnathan Benson at the Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center in Ellensburg. Dave and Evelyn Jones own and operate the riding center, which was the subject of the students' short documentary, "Spirit of the West," which is a finalist in the International Documentary Challenge and will premiere Thursday in Toronto.</em></p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, barnott@cwu.edu</p><p>April 29, 2014</p>Observer Wins Advertising Awardhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2507Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:42:25<p>Student Media Business Adviser Kristin Gaskill along with 4 Observer staff members recently returned from the yearly College Newspaper Business and Advertising Management conference in Austin, TX over spring break.&nbsp; The 4 staff members sold advertising and met their goals to earn the funds which financed their portions of the trip. The students who attended were:</p><p>**<strong>Jessie Fisher</strong>, a senior, who is currently our student ad manager for The Observer, and who interviewed with several large firms at the conference, and was offered a job which she turned down due to its location.</p><p>**<strong>Daniel Soltero</strong>, a junior, who is one of my top ad sales reps for the Observer, and with the exception of one quarter during which he will be studying abroad, will return to help sell &amp; train new sales reps next year.</p><p>**<strong>Taylor Simental</strong>, a sophomore, who has been our Ad Coordinator for Pulse, and who will add the duties of Ad Management for Observer and event planning/coordination to her position next year. (Watch for a housing fair!)</p><p>**<strong>Nina Black</strong>, who is a phenomenal freshman this year, participates in CWU's ROTC program, and has plans to maintain her position in advertising sales throughout the rest of her college career here at CWU.</p><p>We also won an award! We were competing against more than 50 schools, some of them quite well funded and much larger than our own! Kristin learned that she was in competition against schools who employ full time professional designers for their advertising production. This was pretty gratifying for her, because so often the Observer has last minute ads come in and their designer is in class and unable to build the last minute ad, so Kristin throws it together to make sure we can get the revenue for the week--but this is just a tiny portion of her responsibilities for CWU student media, which makes this so much more meaningful to her. Graphic design has always been of interest to Kristin as a hobby, and it's very rewarding to have this honor for an ad she built.&nbsp; The Observer's particular award was for:</p><p><strong>Best Professionally Designed Display Ad</strong></p><p><strong>4th place) Central Washington Observer, Central Washington University.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p>48-Hour Film Slamhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2506Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:58:21<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/communication/sites/cts.cwu.edu.communication/files/documents/48%20Hour%20Film%20Slam.pdf" target="_blank">CWU 48 Hour Film Slam</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Mandatory Meeting</strong>:&nbsp; Friday February 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm</p><p style="text-align: center;">in the COM Dept. Lobby, BOUI 232</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Teams of 5</strong>:&nbsp; 1 FVS &amp; 1 Theatre Student required per team</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Free Public Screening</strong>:&nbsp; Monday March 3, 2014 @ 8:00 pm</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>McIntyre Music Recital Hall</strong></p>Central Communication Agency's recent Car Smash event Videohttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2502Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:33:13<p>CAT TV at Central Washington University created the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHGpdL5vpS8&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">video</a> for Central Communication Agency's recent Car Smash event. The car smash was one of several events completed in Fall of 2013 to promote our new CWU Student Media App. Jessie Fisher, who headed up the Agency team, also serves as The Observer's Student Ad Manager, under the direction of Kristin Gaskill, CWU's Student Media Business and Advertising Manager. You can download CWU Communication Department's Student Media App for iPhone or Android here: <a href="http://filedir.com/download/CWU%20Student%20Media/" target="_blank">http://filedir.com/download/CWU%20Student%20Media/</a> or search for CWU Student Media at the Apple App Store or Google Play.</p>PR Major Tyler Belan Travels the Worldhttp://www.cwu.edu/communication/node/2501Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:34:19<p>Check out the article in the Daily Record regarding Tyler's mission.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/cwu-graduate-travels-the-world/article_a07efa9c-7706-11e3-b40d-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/cwu-graduate-travels-the-world/article_a07efa9c-7706-11e3-b40d-001a4bcf887a.html</a></p><p>You can also follow Tyler Belan's journey online at <a href="http://belanthropy.org/" target="_blank">belanthropy.org</a>.</p>