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Awards banquet keynoter offers advice -- don't be afraid to take risks in your jobs. That's one of the ways to "make your own road."  (photo by John Bowen)

Awards banquet keynoter offers advice — don’t be afraid to take risks in your jobs. That’s one of the ways to “make your own road.” (photo by John Bowen)

Keynoter shares the value of risk in your job

Don’t jump out of a burning car or off a bridge, advised awards banquet keynoter Mandy Jenkins, but she told almost 400 high school student journalists and their advisers that they needed to take risks in today’s job market.

She told the group whether they’re going into journalism or another field, “it’s not your father’s job anymore.”  The alumna of Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication who earned a bachelor’s in magazine journalism and a master’s in media management with an emphasis on cyber media in 2004, admits she has taken jobs when she thought maybe she lacked the qualifications. She suggested sitting at the “big table,” expressing your views, not being a diva and knowing you always have something to learn. Those, she said, are ways to succeed and to be a leader, which doesn’t necessarily mean being the boss. “It’s attitude that will help you get a job,” she said.

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).

Ohio names its 2015 student journalist of the year, two honorable mentions

Ohio's 2015 Journalist of the Year Ivana Giang receives her award from OSMA vice president Kate Klonowski. (photo by John Bowen)

Ohio’s 2015 Journalist of the Year Ivana Giang receives her award from OSMA vice president Kate Klonowski. (photo by John Bowen)

Ivana Giang was named Ohio’s 2015 High School Journalist of the Year. The Lakota East senior, ranked  third in a class or 593, was editor-in-chief of the award-winning “Spark” news magazine for 2014-2015 and was last year’s Ohio representation to the Al Neuharth Free Spirit & Journalism Conference. Her digital portfolio has been submitted to the national Journalism Education Association competition.

Megan Ayscue and Samantha Piroska, both of R.B. Hayes High School, were both named honorable mention in the contest.

 

PLAN NOW FOR SPRING DELIVERY NEXT YEAR’S YEARBOOK CRITIQUES. Deadlines are June 30,  Sept. 30 and Nov. 30.

Applications will be available in May.

 

Questions? Contact Candace cbowen@kent.edu