Head, Department of Journalism & Associate Professor
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Brian is the co-author of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple University Press, 2013) and A Matter of Discretion: The Political Behavior of Catholic Priests in the U.S. and Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles in numerous journals including Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and PS: Political Science and Politics.
Brian's experience in applied politics includes serving as policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. He is also a political reporter and producer for Nexstar Broadcasting Group.
Educator Assistant Professor of Journalism, Photojournalism and Design Coordinator
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Prior to that, Hughes was the Art Director for both CityBeat newspaper and The Sondheim Review national magazine. While at CityBeat he won over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Press Club, Association of Alternative Newspapers (AAN) and AWN, including two-time Ohio SPJ's Designer of the Year (2004 and 2006).
His photojournalism and documentary work runs the gamut: from NCAA basketball finals to extensive documentary studies in Cuba and India; coverage of medical teams in Oaxaca, Mexico; an official photographer for the Bunbury Music Festival; and numerous magazine features. He also served as the director of photography for the first-ever U.S.-held World Choir Games in 2012. Hughes was also one of six photographers chosen state-wide to create a “re-photographic” survey of Ohio sites documented as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The project was organized by the Ohio Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The photo survey is now a touring exhibit, with a featured exhibit as part of the FotoFocus Biennial in 2012: Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010.
Recently, his cinematography, editing and co-directing role in the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water led to ten film festival awards including Best Documentary and Best Overall Film awards at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.
He serves on several university committees that involve curricular development, including the steering committee of the Digital Media Collaborative.
In addition, he's the adviser to the business staff (sales, marketing and design) of The News Record, UC's student-run news organization, and UC's student chapter of the Online News Association.
He is the recipient of a 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute fellowship, granted to college professors who are interested in teaching the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial journalism.
His background includes more than three decades of experience in professional journalism. For a decade he was a leader in digital media at The Indianapolis Star. He directed The Star’s Online Services department, managing content, sales, production and design teams and leading the strategic development of digital media initiatives. During this time The Star achieved tremendous growth in digital traffic and revenue and won many local, state and national awards for its digital efforts, including a national award for community service. For six consecutive years The Star's news website, IndyStar.com, was named the top news site in Indiana by the Hoosier State Press Association. Jonason also was an editor for 12 years at Philadelphia Newspapers, first in the newsroom of The Philadelphia Inquirer and then as a founding editor of Philadelphia Online, now Philly.com. Early in his career he was on The (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel staff that was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting.
He has taught journalism classes as an adjunct professor at Indiana University and as an instructor at Ball State University. He is a member of the Online News Association, College Media Business and Advertising Managers and the Associated Collegiate Press.
Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He deliveed a speech about three years ago for approximately 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, and last year returned to Austin to lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Educator Associate Professor
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Jenny Wohlfarth has been a magazine journalist since 1993 and has taught at UC since 2000; she currently serves as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies and Magazine Track Coordinator. She is the faculty adviser for UC's online student magazine, Verge, and the UC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Before coming to UC full-time, Jenny worked for numerous award-winning national magazines; she is a former executive editor of I.D. (International Design) Magazine and a former managing editor of HOW Magazine. She has published articles in a wide variety of national consumer and trade magazines, covering art, architecture, animals/agriculture, business, conservation/environment, design, travel and urban/social issues. She is a contributing editor at Cincinnati Magazine and continues to write for several national magazines. She has co-presented at numerous teaching conferences, including the Lilly International Conference on College Teaching and the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, and has been honored with teaching and writing awards, including the 2012 David Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, a national award given by the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a juror for the Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism sponsored by SPJ and several national magazine journalism and graphic-design competitions, including contests managed by Writer’s Digest, HOW Magazine, The Thoroughbred Times and The American Horse Publications. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Professor - Adj
Peter Bhatia, a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning editor who has spearheaded meaningful journalism and digital advances at numerous news sites across the country, is editor and vice president of audience engagement at Enquirer Media. He joined The Enquirer in August 2015.
Bhatia was director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State's Cronkite School of Journalism. He joined the university in June 2014, as visiting professor in journalism ethics after a long and successful career at The Oregonian in Portland, where he was editor.
His resume includes helping lead newsrooms that won nine Pulitzer Prizes, including six in Portland. He is a six-time Pulitzer juror. He is the first journalist of South Asian descent to lead a major daily newspaper in the U.S., running The Oregonian from 2010 to 2014. He previously was the paper's managing editor and executive editor, teaming with then-editor Sandra Mims Rowe. Rowe and Bhatia were named editors of the year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2008. He served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2003-04 and is a regular speaker on contemporary journalism issues.
Bhatia was executive editor of The Fresno Bee, managing editor of The Sacramento Bee, editor of the York (Pennsylvania) Dispatch and Sunday News, managing editor of the Dallas Times Herald, deputy managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner and a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington.
He also is a leader in journalism education, having served for seven years as president of the national organization that accredits college schools of journalism and mass communication from 2007-14. He has led or served on more than 20 Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications accrediting teams in the U.S., Middle East and New Zealand. He has just returned to the presidency of the accrediting agency, elected to a new term in May 2016.
Peter and his wife, Liz Dahl, have two grown children who live in Portland and New York City, and one grandchild.
At Stanford, Peter has served on the board of directors of the Stanford Alumni Association and Stanford Associates. He also serves on an advisory board for Stanford magazine. He co-chaired his 40th class reunion in 2015. His son, Jay, is a 2012 graduate.
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director, and Director of the Children's Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab
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Photojournalism published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Village Voice, Sun Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Boulevard, New Letters, Worth Magazine, Tributary, Cincinnati Enquirer.
Photojournalism Exhibits: Taft Museum, Fototeca de Cuba (Havana), Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, United State Air Force Academy, College of Mount St. Joseph, ArtWorks, Pittsburg State University.