We’ll see you April 22!

OSMA state convention:

Lots happening at Kent State April 22 & 23

If you’re an Ohio high school journalist or adviser, you may already be registered for the Friday and Saturday convention and awards banquet on the Kent State campus.  A draft program, maps with directions to campus and where we will be ON campus will arrive by email Monday, April 18 to those registered. (Still interested in registering? There just MIGHT be room. See below*)

  • Learning sessions cover everything from writing to photography, design to broadcast, print to social media, journalism to public relations to broadcast. That’s Friday afternoon, April 22. Registration starts at noon in the lower lobby of Franklin Hall. Fifty-minute sessions run at 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Then, Friday evening we’ll host the banquet in the Ballroom of Kent State’s Student Center. We’ll enjoy a good meal and hear from keynoter Chic Canfora, who will inspire you to use your voice to make a difference. Then you will have a chance to receive kudos for what went well and suggestions on how to keep improving. Your publication’s name — and YOURS — can be up on the screen at the awards banquet.
  • Those who live nearby and can come back or those who want to stay overnight in the area will have personalized sessions Saturday, April 23. Information about that will come to you Monday, too.  Beginning advisers should like the roundtable with seasoned advisers who will provide insight and resources.

  • At this time, THE UNIVERSITY REQUIRES MASKS in classrooms for everyone who doesn’t have a verifiable exemption. Please do not come to the event if you are not feeling well.


Chic Canfora – KSU file photo

Chic Canfora has a unique connection to Kent State University and also to a number of local high schools, where she taught journalism for 28 years. Those schools include Hudson, Streetsboro, Aurora, Kenston and Twinsburg, where she founded its high school newspaper, Tiger Prints, in 1984.

Canfora was an eyewitness and survivor of the historic shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970, and, for the last 52 years, has been a regular contributor to May 4 Commemoration events at the university. 

At Kent State today where she is a professional in residence, students in her Media Ethics & Movements class are inspired to recognize the power they have to achieve social, political and cultural change through the tools of media.

* If you want to attend and have not registered, email OSMA director Candace Bowen to see if there is still room.

QUESTIONS? email Candace Bowen cbowen@kent.edu

Here are your 2022 winners.

Questions? Contact Candace Bowen at cbowen@kent.edu.

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