It’s time to plan for the annual Ohio Scholastic Media Association State Convention


Mark your calendars for Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. We hope you can join us on the Kent State campus both days for the annual OSMA state convention. Friday will have sessions starting EARLIER than in the past — noon registration and 1 p.m. sessions — for those who can make it, giving students more session options and more time to fit in both learning and the Day-of contests. Both will be options from 1 – 5 p.m., all Franklin Hall. The Awards Banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Center, with keynoter Mandy Jenkins, one of the top experts in social media (see below). Ratings from all pre-entered individual categories and overall publications will be announced and All-Ohio plaques will be awarded. The Ohio high school Journalist of the Year and the OSMA Scholarship winner will also be honored.

If you can’t join us for all that, do come Saturday when hands-on sessions in Franklin Hall run from 9 until 12:30 with a small awards ceremony after lunch that will honor all those who placed in the Day-of competition. More details will be available in February.



Be sure to register for the convention by completing the OSMA Registration form and emailing it to Maddie at mbensing@kent.edu. If you’ve already completed the form with your contest entries, just be sure to update Maddie with numbers attending as the convention nears.



A block of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels at a reduced rate for OSMA convention guests.

Comfort Inn

4423 State Route 43 – Kent, OH 44240

*Double rooms & King rooms = $99/night (includes breakfast)

– To book, call (330) 673-1888 and mention the OSMA convention rate

– Must be booked by March 20 to receive discounted rate


Hampton Inn

4406 State Route 43 – Kent, OH 44240

*Double rooms & King rooms = $109/night (includes breakfast)

– To book, call (330) 673-8555 and mention the OSMA convention rate

– Must be booked by March 13 to receive discounted rate


Jenkins to share expert views

on citizen journalism, media future

Mandy Jenkins

Mandy Jenkins

Mandy Jenkins heads up the newsroom at Storyful, a 24/7 social news agency that specializes in surfacing, verifying and sharing eyewitness journalism from around the world. Mandy was previously the managing editor for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, overseeing daily operations for the national newsroom, which published to more than 200 local outlets across the U.S. prior to its closure in the spring of 2014.

Prior to that, Mandy was the Social News Editor for politics at The Huffington Post, where she coordinated the company’s citizen journalism program, OfftheBus, and the social media editor for Washington, D.C. local news startup TBD. Mandy has also served in several roles in digital news for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Mandy is the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and teaches social/digital media skills on a consulting basis. A native of Ohio and a graduate of Kent State University, Mandy lives in New York City with her husband, Ben (also a Kent State grad).


More than 700 advisers and students participated in fall 2014 workshops

Mitch McKenney, Daily Kent Stater and KentWired adviser, leads a session about how to find good story topics. (2014 – photo by John Bowen)

OSMA’s fall workshops took place in October and were located at Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, and Otterbein University. Thirty-five Ohio high schools were represented at the workshops by over 700 adviser and student participants.  Each workshop offered sessions that focused on different topics to strengthen student media, from photography and social media to interviewing tips and legal issues.

The next opportunity for students and advisers to collaborate and learn more about student media will be Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015 at the OSMA state convention. Registration information coming soon! Be on the look-out next September for information about our fall 2015 regional workshops.



Applications will be available in May.


Questions? Contact Candace cbowen@kent.edu