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Date: 4/11/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jonathan Goolsby
Contact: Jeff Blevins
Phone: (513) 556 - 0788
Photos provided by UC Photojournalism Student, Gretchen Semancik
UC’s Department of Journalism may be just 5 years old. But, department head Dr. Jeff Blevins noted, the University has been shaping impactful, mindful journalism for the majority of its existence — ever since the 1880 founding of the Belatrasco student newspaper, which in 1936 became the News Record.
“They’ve been offering journalism classes here for a long time,” he said, but those classes were offered as English or Communications courses.
In part due to advocacy from Blevins’s indirect predecessor, Professor Jon Hughes, the University began offering Journalism certificates; this, in turn, led to UC’s first offering of Journalism as a distinct major in the mid-2000s. In short order, enrollment had grown enough to warrant the formation of a full-fledged Journalism department.
Connecting Students to Successful Alumni
Since its founding, the Department of Journalism has sought to inspire its current students by connecting them with UC alumni who have significantly contributed to the profession. Under Blevins’ leadership, the department started the UC Journalism Hall of Fame and now annually invites notables to campus for induction into same.