14 April 2015

Sports Reporter will Speak on Thursday

Tim Graham
Communication major David DeLuca has announced that Buffalo State's student newspaper, The Record, will be hosting Tim Graham of The Buffalo News on Thursday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Bacon Hall 215. Graham, currently in his second stint as a sports reporter at TBN, covered the NFL for three years at ESPN, and also worked at the Las Vegas Sun and the Boston Herald. Graham also contributes to TSN 1050 in Toronto once a week.
 
Graham will speak to interested students about covering professional sports and the importance of enterprise reporting in the media today. In the past nine months alone, Graham broke the Darryl Talley story and led The News' coverage of the Buffalo Bills sale. 

 All students and instructors are invited.

Anita Hill Doc Caps Beyond Boundaries Series

"In an age when sexual harassment, whether at work, in the military or at school, is the stuff of almost daily headlines, "Anita" reminds us of what the world was like before society was ready to acknowledge how pervasive and devastating those circumstances are."                          - Kenneth Turan, LA Times

ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, a documentary by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Frieda Mock, will screen at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on Thursday April 16 at 7:00 p.m, as the final event in this year's Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Film Screening and Discussion Series.   The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Buffalo State Professor  and School Board member Theresa Harris Tigg and employment attorney Josephine Greco.

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. The film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.

Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.

Beyond Boundaries is curated and organized by Communication professors Ruth Goldman, Michael Niman and Meg Knowles, along with Jason Parker of the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse is Co-Sponsored by:

Buffalo State Communication Department
Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Grant Allocation Committee Grant

This event is FREE and Open to the Public
 

28 March 2015

Alumna, Former White House Chief of Staff to Speak

Evelyn Lieberman '66 giving commencement address in 2014

Evelyn Lieberman '66, Buffalo State graduate and former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, will speak on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center about her experience working with the biggest names in American politics.   Lieberman, who is currently the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., was also an Assistant to First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Press Secretary to then-Senator Joe Biden, and Adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

This 2015 Dr. Paul G. Bulger Lecture, titled "This American Life"  is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Lieberman was the first woman to be named White House deputy chief of staff, during which time she was a key adviser to both President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.  Lieberman's presentation will offer inspiring stories and recollections from a remarkable life in public service.

After earning her bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State, Lieberman taught high school English in Hicksville, New York for four years, but an unforeseen move to Washington, D.C. prompted a career change.  There, she worked in public relations positions at the Housing Opportunity Council, the National Urban Coalition, and the Children's Defense Fund, before accepting an invitation to serve as press secretary to then-Senator Biden, and launching her career in government.

Lieberman, who received an honorary doctorate from Buffalo State in 2014, says: "In truth, I've been incredibly lucky.  The life I've been given has been a huge gift. Here's this poor girl from Brooklyn who has had extraordinary opportunities and great encouragement from others.  And I believe it's my responsibility to provide the same encouragement to others."

Press Coverage of WBNY's Week of Warriors

Jessica Cassick '16


An article about WBNY's Week of Warriors, a weeklong effort to draw attention to domestic violence, appeared in the East Niagara Post this week.   It focuses on WBNY's Public Affairs Director, Jessica Cassick '16 (Public Communication), who programmed an impressive array of interviews scheduled all week at the top of each hour.  Guests include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Michael Weiner from the United Way. Week of Warriors continues through Sunday, March 30th.


Read the article here.

19 March 2015

WBNY Highlights Domestic Violence




Jessica Cassick '16 (Public Communication), the Director of Public Affairs at WBNY, has announced a week-long series of programming at Buffalo State's radio station called Week of the Warriors, occurring during the college's Spring Break, March 23 through the 27th. WBNY will be spreading awareness about Domestic Violence during an entire week of special programming.

Cassick released this statement:  

"The stigma associated with Domestic Violence is crippling. We need to learn to talk about it and be okay hearing about it! The rates of victimization are high, and if victims feel alone, ashamed, and embarrassed, it is our job to show them the light at the end of the tunnel. It can happen to ANYONE, but it doesn't have to take your life. Domestic Violence is a terrible crime. ZERO TOLERANCE ENDS THE VIOLENCE!"

WBNY will host live interviews from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, occuring every hour, at the top of the hour. Thursday there will be a 24 hour music rehearsal show put on by WBNY Music and News Directors. 
WBNY Staff



 WBNY is Buffalo's original alternative.  Since 1982, WBNY has brought a unique blend of all types of music, including local, that is not available anywhere else.   They also offer a wide variety of talk shows, and most Buffalo State sports, including football, hockey and basketball.   

WBNY's tower, broadcasting at 1000 watts, is located on top of Porter Hall on the Buffalo State campus.  The studio is located in Room 220 of the Campbell Student Union.



Professor Smith Hits 25 Years


Ron Smith

Public Communication Professor Ron Smith was honored at a ceremony last week for his 25 years of service on the Buffalo State faculty. President Katherine Conway-Turner hosted a luncheon for 32 employees who have served the college for a quarter century.

Smith joined the Communication department in 1990 after a 20-year career in journalism and public relations. He previously taught at Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in public relations.

During his time at Buffalo State, Smith has taught 16 different graduate and undergraduate courses and spearheaded the creation of Buffalo State's master’s program in public relations. He served as department chair for nearly eight years and was interim associate dean for the School of Arts and Humanities for more than two years. He also is the founding director of the department’s American Indian Policy and Media Initiative.

Smith has written three textbooks on public relations, coauthored one in media writing, and edited one on American Indian media issues. 

14 March 2015

Journalism Grad Speaks on Campus


Matthew Bove '13 (Journalism), a multi-media journalist on WKBW-TV's Eyewitness News, will make a presentation on campus about last November’s "Snowvember" storm.  He and Aaron Mentkowsi, a meteorologist at WKBW-TV, will speak about the challenges and issues with reporting during the storm. 

Matthew Bove '13
The two newsmen will take you back to the four days in November when our region was smothered by back-to-back lake effect snow events, resulting in up to seven feet of snow.  Professor Stephen Vermette (Dept. of Geography and Planning) will also give a brief presentation on the storm's meteorology.

Matt is a lifelong native of Western New York and a graduate of both Niagara Wheatfield High School and Buffalo State College, where he earned his degree with honors in journalism with an accreditation in sports journalism.  Matt interned at both WKBW and YNN before taking a job as editor and photographer at Channel 7.

This event, hosted by The Geography & Planning Department, is scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd, in room A209 of the Classroom Building.   

Sponsors include the Faculty-Student Association, the Arthur W. Gielow Meteorology Fund, and the Department of Geography and Planning .

07 March 2015

Professor Rera to Speak about 21st Century Publishing



Professor Lou Rera will take part in an open discussion of  Publishing in the 21st Century sponsored by Just Buffalo Writing Center on Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature authors Eric Gansworth, Brigid Hughes, and Janet McNally.   Just Buffalo is located at 468 Washington Street at Mohawk in downtown Buffalo. 

Rera, who is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department and the Television and Film Arts Program at Buffalo State, teaches media production for film, television and digital distribution. He is also a professional designer, media producer, writer and musician. His first novel, SIGN, a supernatural crime thriller, was published by Netherworld Books in June 2014. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), The Short Fiction Writers Guild and Just Buffalo Literary Center. In 2013, three of his stories appear in Queen City Flash, an anthology of Western New York Flash Fiction edited by Gary Earl Ross. His collection of flash fiction: There are no doors on a cocoon, was released in 2008. His work has been published in ArtVoice, online in The Writer’s Eye and in Twisted Dreams. Lou is writing his second novel titled, The Tin Mask, a story of a young man that makes an unusual discovery in his great grandfather's storage trunk.

Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) was born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. A writer and visual artist, Gansworth includes paintings in each of his books and often includes text in visual art shows. His tenth book, IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE, a Young Adult novel, was published in 2013, and he recorded the audiobook in 2014. He is Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  His books include EXTRA INDIANS (American Book Award, NAIBA Trade Book of the Year), and MENDING SKINS (PEN Oakland Award). His play, RE-CREATION STORY was selected for the Public Theater’s Native Theater Festival, in NYC. In addition to numerous group shows, he has had solo visual art exhibits at Colgate University, Niagara University, Bright Hill Center, SUNY Oneonta, among other art spaces. His work has appeared in KENYON REVIEW, BOSTON REVIEW, PROVINCETOWN ARTS, SHENANDOAH, among other periodicals and has been widely anthologized. 

Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of the magazine A Public Space and A Public Space Books, as well as a contributing editor for Graywolf Press. Previously, she was the executive editor of The Paris Review, where she succeeded George Plimpton. A recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, she has worked with such authors as John Haskell, Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Yiyun Li, and Jesmyn Ward. She lives in New York City.

Janet McNally’s poetry and fiction has appeared in publications including Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-American Review, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, and Best New Poets 2012. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She won the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize, judged by Ellen Bass, and her book of poems Some Girls will be published in the fall of 2015. She teaches creative writing at Canisius College.




Communication Student Wins Grant

Joan Nobile '15
Communication major Joan Nobile '15 (Media Production) is the recipient of a 2015 grant from the Small Grants Program of the Office of Undergraduate Research supporting research, scholarly and creative activities at Buffalo State College.  The award will support her work on a documentary film titled "The Gender Glitch," that examines women in the video gaming community and inquires how they are treated in the subculture.  It will include an exploration of the harassment of female gamers.  The documentary will include an interview with Dr. Jennifer Jenson of York University, the co-editor of Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association, and a leading expert in the field of gender and gaming. The grant will support Joan's travel to Canada to conduct this important interview, as well as digital storage space for the project.

"The Gender Glitch" film project, mentored by Professor Meg Knowles, is an outgrowth of research conducted in Professor Michael Niman's Fall 2014 Race, Class and Gender in Media course (SPC 333), which culminated in a paper entitled "Gaming and Misogyny: Female Representation in Video Games."  

The Small Grants Program provides up to $400 to assist undergraduate students in carrying out research and creative activities during the academic year.   The award is designed to defray the costs of travel, supplies and other materials necessary to conduct a project.  Students can apply for a small grant in October and February each year.  See the Undergraduate Research website for more information.

05 March 2015

Words of Wisdom from Professional Achievement Awardees


Honorees Rose Ciotta, Jonathan Gill, Jeff Ventura and Mary Pasciak, with Chair Joseph Marren

The following is the text of honoree Mary Pasciak's keynote address to Communication Students at the Honors Convocation on Friday, February 27, 2015.  She offered advice from each of the four professional honorees recognized at the ceremony.   In addition to Mary Pasciak '97, the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism was conferred upon Rose Ciotta, and the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Relations was conferred upon Jonathan Gill '95, and Jeff Ventura '99
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Thank you, Joe! It’s such an honor to be here today. 
Buffalo State has done so much to shape me as a person and as a journalist, both during my time as a student here and then as an adjunct instructor. When Jan Ramsey asked me to teach my first class here many years ago, I focused so much on what I would teach the students. At the time, I had no idea how incredibly much the students were going to teach me. It was such a gift to work here. This department is blessed with so many very smart, talented, creative, energetic and inspirational young people.
Congratulations to all of the students being recognized here today! You have worked hard to get here. I hope that you take some time to breathe and feel good about that. If you choose to, you will shape the future of communications – and with it, the world. 
At this point, I am the only thing standing between you and the refreshments in the room. As a working journalist, I share your appreciation of free food, so I’m going to try to keep this pretty brief.
I’m humbled to be here today in the company of Rose, Jeff and Jonathan. In the small world that’s Buffalo, I actually have a connection to each of them. I knew Jonathan many years ago, when we were both students at Kenmore East High School; he was a year ahead of me – much cooler than I was, and a three-sport athlete and captain of the soccer team.
When I attended Buff State, Rose was my instructor for computer-assisted reporting. She taught me one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned in journalism: beyond whatever quotes you get, there is a greater truth to be learned, and very often it lies in the data. Thanks to her, I acquired many of the skills that have helped me get that much closer to the truth in my reporting.
And although I don’t think I’ve ever met Jeff, for a long time, I was within two degrees of separation from him here at Buff State. For many semesters, I taught the reporting class here. Countless students of mine found their way to Jeff, looking for information for their stories. He always made time for them, and he treated them with patience and respect.
Joe and Nan asked the four of us to offer our thoughts about what will help you succeed, once you leave this campus and start your journey in the professional world.
We can distill that advice into five simple lessons.
Lesson #1: Work hard.
Jeff told me that in his class, he stresses the importance of developing skills that can be used in many different jobs.  He said: “Although many students taking my course don’t intend to follow a career path in sports PR, I try to show them that the skills they will practice and develop in my course – writing, promotion, crisis management, public speaking, and so on – will be useful skills in a variety of career paths. 
“I think it’s important to understand that the academic experience is designed to develop and reinforce skill sets.  Then, starting your career and establishing yourself in the field has to do with continuing that strong work ethic, gaining and excelling in hands-on work experiences, presenting yourself and your abilities well, and establishing and maintaining relationships.“
Lesson #2: Be humble.
Grads need to pay their dues.
Jonathan said: “There’s a sense of entitlement that our generation didn’t have. Today’s grads need to respect the learning that can go on in a low-paying, non-profit job. They need to act like professional employees before their skills and abilities can be appreciated and rewarded. They need to understand that a great work ethic still goes a long way, because most business owners are a generation older than they are.”
Jeff added: “Developing a successful career is often a process that takes time and hard work and a willingness to do things that others may not be willing to do.”
Lesson #3: Dive in.
Don’t go on to grad school right away, Jonathan said.
He said: “I feel very strongly that if you enter grad school right away, much of the learning is repetitive and you come out with a degree and no experience – overpricing you as an entry-level employee. One more benefit of not attending grad school right away is the opportunity to dip your toes into career waters to make sure you like it and want to do it long-term.”
Lesson #4: Keep learning.
Rose said: “My best advice is to arm yourself with technical skills. Yes, you need to know how to write, report, interview. But, the most successful person in this new media landscape is the one who has other tools in their tool box.
“The first one is social media. You will be expected to use all of it, especially on breaking stories.
“But you also need to venture into computer skills:  Excel and Access for analysis, mapping if you can get it. And, web skills. Journalists who can do data analysis and put up an interactive database on the web site are very rare.
“Those with advanced web skills, even if their journalism experience is slim, are shooting up to the major companies like the NY Times, Washington Post, and so on.
“For insight, students should get themselves to a NICAR conference (that’s the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting).  That's where media is at and you need to be able to play in that sandbox.
“So, my bottom line advice for students is to make room in your schedule to take web design and coding; learn data analysis on top of all of your journalism. Those may be the skills that get you not only in the door but give you a valued place at the table.”
Lesson #5: Be fearless.
I’d like to take what Rose said and build on it. Having a place at the table is great – but why stop there? One day, you can be the one sending out the dinner invitations.
I agree completely with everything that Jeff, Jonathan and Rose said. You need to work hard and pay your dues and demonstrate that you know how to apply the excellent skills that you have and will continue to develop.
To that, I would add, you need to prove to the people you work for and the people you work with that you understand the rules, and you’re smart enough and good enough to play by those rules effectively. You need to earn their respect.
But that’s not enough.
Whatever aspect of communications you are thinking about pursuing, I guarantee you that the landscape is in flux. People don’t get or share information the same way they used to. I remember when I was a student here, logging onto those monochrome computers in Butler Library to get on this thing called the Internet. At the time, all I knew about it was that you could find all of Ani DiFranco’s lyrics there. Things are so much different now. My son, Max, is eight years old. He will tell you that you can find the answer to anything in the world on Google. And you can learn how to do anything at all by watching a YouTube video. 
This is either a very scary time to work in communications, or a very exciting time. It’s up to you how you want to view it.
Be one of the people shaping the landscape. The existing rules have served us well for a long time, but some of those rules are being broken every day as the field continues to evolve. The old farts you will work for won’t have all the answers. Sometimes, they won’t even be sure what the right questions are. 
Find your voice and use it. Break the rules. Innovate. 
So there you have it. Work hard. Be humble. Dive in. Keep learning. Be fearless.
Thanks for bearing with me tonight. I wish you all a very exciting and fulfilling career. Go do something awesome!

03 March 2015

GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook to Speak


Fred Cook
Fred Cook, CEO of the international communications firm Golin, will speak to pre-registered attendees on “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO” on Thursday, March 5 at Buffalo State.
His presentation is set for 12:15 p.m. in Bulger Communication Center, West 2 (second floor), followed by refreshments.
Golin, recently rebranded from GolinHarris, is headquartered in Chicago and has 34 offices. Cook recently received the Public Relations Society of America’s most prestigious award, the Golden Anvil Award, at the 2014 PRSA International Conference in Washington, DC.
Cook, a self-proclaimed “unlikely CEO,” has been employed at Golin for more than 25 years. The author of a new book, “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO, he will share his experiences as CEO of a major public relations firm and offer career advice to public relations students and professionals.
"Improvise" is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office. "Improvise" combines Cook's lifetime of uncommon experiences with his insights from a successful corporate career, as a means to help recent graduates and young entrepreneurs uncover the professional skills that exist outside any traditional office.

Following college, Cook was initiated into the business world through a dozen lackluster yet enlightening jobs, including pool hustler, chauffeur for drunks, cabin boy, doorman, and Italian leather salesman. Now he provides counsel to blue-chip companies like Nintendo, McDonald's, Wal-Mart, BP, and Toyota.s worked personally with Jeff Bezos, Michael Eisner, and Steve Jobs. Filled with colorful anecdotes and hilarious yet poignant moments, Improvise delivers practical tips on how people can change their perspectives, using unique life experiences as means to an end.
His Buffalo appearance is co-hosted by the Buffalo State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. All attendees will receive a copy of “Improvise.” 

Pre-registration was necessary for this event -- walk ins cannot be accommodated.

27 February 2015

Local Communication Professionals and Students in Awards Ceremony


Two journalists and two public relations professionals will receive Professional Achievement Awards from Buffalo State College’s Communication Department, and more than 35 students will be inducted into its student honor society in a combined ceremony held at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the television studio of the Donald Savage Theater Arts Building on the campus at 1300 Elmwood Ave.

The ceremony will also see the induction of more than 35 communication students into the Rho Psi Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the student honor society of the National Communication Association. Since it was chartered in 2005 as the 400th active chapter worldwide, the campus chapter has inducted nearly 300 juniors and seniors.

Students inducted into the honor society must have an overall GPA of 3.0 with at least 60 credits completed. They also must have a major GPA of 3.25 and must have completed at least 12 communication department credits taken at Buffalo State.
  
           
Jonathan Gill
Jonathan Gill, vice president for marketing communication at Marketing Technologies of Western New York and a 1995 graduate of the department in public communication, will receive the award for excellence in public relations.

A 1995 public communication graduate, Gill is the vice president for marketing communications at Marketing Technologies of Western New York. He has more than 17 years of professional marketing experience, with specialized agency and corporate experience in the health care, higher education and commercial real estate industries, specializing in new and existing product marketing, B2B marketing, public, media and community relations, print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, and strategic planning.

He has served as an adjunct communication professor at Buffalo State College and Medaille College, is a member of the Medaille Alumni Board and a past member of the Buffalo State College Presidential Advisory Committee.

Gill earned his bachelor’s degree in public communication from Buffalo State in 1995 and his MBA from Medaille College in 2007. He is the owner of ManCave Outfitters of Buffalo, a Clarence store specializing in beer and bar collectors.         

Rose Ciotta
            Rose Ciotta, WIVB News 4 investigative producer and a long-time adjunct professor of journalism at Buffalo State, will receive the award for excellence in journalism.

The investigative producer for News 4 WIVB-TV Buffalo, Ciotta joined the CBS affiliate last year from The Philadelphia Inquirer where she co-edited an investigation into violence in the Philadelphia Schools that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for public service. 
She has been a journalism adjunct at Buffalo State College and colleges in the Philadelphia area.
            A Buffalo native, she formerly worked at The Buffalo News, where she was an investigative reporter and computer-assisted reporting editor. She attended Stanford University as a John S. Knight fellow and served as a director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She's also the author of Cruel Games, a true crime murder mystery.

Jeff Ventura
Jeff Ventura, assistant director of athletics and sports information director of the college, as well as a 1999 graduate, will also be honored for excellence in public relations. 

Ventura was promoted to assistant director of athletics at Buffalo State in 2009 and has served as the sports information director since 2001 and the college’s NCAA compliance officer since 2005.  Among his roles, he oversees the publicity and public relations of Buffalo State's 19 athletic programs, including maintaining and designing the athletics web site, home event management, coordinating social media efforts, co-producing and hosting Bengal Magazine, and editing and producing all departmental publications, including the bi-annual “Orange & Black” newsletter.

He is also charged with certifying student-athlete eligibility and the education and enforcement of all NCAA rules within the athletics department. His additional responsibilities include supervising four varsity athletic programs (men's and women's ice hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving). He also oversees all full-time employment searches within athletics and is responsible for student-athlete assessment.

A member of SUNY’s athletics governing body, he has participated in numerous workshops and has attended several NCAA Regional Rules Seminars. His media guide covers were honored as "Best in the Nation" on three occasions by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is an active member of the college's Judicial Review Board and Student Affairs Assessment Team and serves as an adjunct professor for the Communication Department and an internship supervisor.

Ventura is a 1999 cum laude graduate of Buffalo State with a bachelor's degree in public communication and was the recipient of the Outstanding Public Communication Student Award upon graduation. He went on to complete his master's in higher education administration from the college in 2001.

Mary Pasciak
Mary Pasciak, a Buffalo News education and investigative journalist and a 1997 journalism graduate, will also receive the award for excellence in journalism. 

Pasciak has been lucky enough to work at her hometown paper, The Buffalo News, for more than 16 years, most recently covering the Buffalo schools. A dynamic beat blog, lots of data-driven analysis, and plenty of fearless human sources enable her reporting to highlight problems and bring about changes in the city’s schools. The New York State Associated Press Association recognized her blog and her beat coverage as among the best in the state.

For 13 years, she taught reporting and computer-assisted reporting in the department’s journalism program, from which she graduated in 1997. She also designed and taught the department's first online journalism course. Two years ago, she was selected to participate in Kiplinger’s digital journalism fellowship at Ohio State University.

            Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications since 2008, the Communication Department is the only SUNY school and one of only five in New York state to be accredited for journalism, public relations, media production and related areas.

25 February 2015

Screening & Workshop with Director Lisa F. Jackson

Still from It Happened Here
On Thursday March 12 at 7:00 p.m., documentary filmmaker and director, Lisa F. Jackson, will appear in person at Buffalo State College  to present her newest film, IT HAPPENED HERE.  The film is part of the Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Screening and Discussion series, and will screen at the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.  It Happened Here, which will be followed by a discussion with Ms. Jackson,  is a compelling documentary that explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.

In raw and intimate interviews, these students describe surviving sexual assault only to be met with apathy, disbelief, blame and retaliation from the authorities when they tried to report the crime. When they tried to get justice, they were ignored, belittled and shamed, while their attackers remained on campus with impunity. But instead of hiding away in shame, they chose to speak out, and found a way to force institutional change.


Lisa F. Jackson has been making documentary films for over 35 years. Sex Crimes Unit, her most recent film, is an unprecedented verite portrait of prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo won a Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and earned 2 Emmy nominations. She produced and directed Meeting with a Killer: One Family’s Journey (2001 Emmy Award nominee) for Court TV; The Secret Life of Barbie (1999 Emmy Award winner) for ABC News; Addicted and Why Am I Gay? for HBO’s “America Undercover” series; Smart Sex for the MTV series “True Life”. She studied filmmaking at MIT with Rickey Leacock.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Screening and Discussion Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, the Communication Department,  The Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Grant Allocation Committee.   The Lisa F. Jackson Screening is also sponsored by the Women & Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Unit, and Just Buffalo Literary Center.

On Friday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m., Ms. Jackson will also conduct a workshop on documentaries and social justice in Ketchum Hall.

29 January 2015

Journalism Grad one of the Working Buffalo Millennials





Porsha "Ari" Coaxam '11 (Journalism) was featured in a Buffalo News article entitled "Where Buffalo's Millennials Work" on  January 25, 2015.   http://www.buffalonews.com/business/prospectus/where-buffalos-millennials-work-20150125  Porsha is a weekend announcer hosting a news program at WBFO in Buffalo, and is an account executive at WBLK.  She has also worked as a Promotional Director for WUFO, after completing an internship there while at Buffalo State.

26 January 2015

Tom Calderone To Speak at BBA Luncheon


Buffalo State and Communication Department graduate Tom Calderone is scheduled to speak at the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Speaker Series on March 6, 2015 at noon at the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo.  Calderone is the President of VH1 and a 2012 Inductee to the BBA.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is a non profit organization formed in 1996 with membership including media professionals and the general public, dedicated to preserving and promoting WNY's rich local broadcasting history, and promoting broadcasting quality.  The annual Hall of Fame event is hosted by WNED TV each Septermber.  To register for the upcoming Luncheon Speaker Series, visit www.buffalobroadcasters.com.   The cost is $25 and the deadline to register is February 25, 2015.

22 January 2015

Censored 2015 Features Chapter by Dr. Niman

Communication Professor Dr. Michael Niman recently authored a chapter entitled "Service Learned: The SUNY Buffalo State and Project Censorship Partnership" which is published by Seven Stories Press in the new book Censored 2015

The book has a forward written by Ralph Nader, in which he states, " Project Censored, founded thirty-eight years ago,...has evolved into a deep, wide and utterly engrossing exercise to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in the mass media."

Niman's chapter discusses the experiences of students in his Alternative Media course, related to their work on a service learning project with Project Censored.  The students worked to verify censored stories in the alternative press, and as Niman relates: "by the end of the semester students in this class had validated and published over a dozen censored stories, including one that was ranked by Project Censored judges as the #4 top censored story of the year."