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Column on 40th Anniversary of Jaws Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 28, 2015

"Jeff McCall, professor of media studies at DePauw University in Indiana, believes Jaws succeeded in ’75 because it appealed to a wide cross-section of... Read More

Today is 'Melissa Long '80 Day' in Fort Wayne

June 25, 2015

"It was very touching, and I loved it to pieces," Melissa Long said today after the mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, declared today "Melissa Long Day" in... Read More

Writing the Wilderness

June 24, 2015

Isle Royale is a remote island cluster in Lake Superior and the destination of a recent May Term trip for nine students led by Steven “Steve” R. Timm,... Read More

Amanda Miller Luciano '03 on Transitioning from Journalist to Realtor

June 19, 2015

"Colorado Springs native Amanda Miller Luciano worked in journalism for nearly a decade before deciding last year to become a Realtor -- a career that... Read More

Erin O'Brien '15 Competes for Title of Miss Indiana This Week

June 15, 2015

Erin O'Brien, a May 2015 graduate of DePauw University, is among "64 young women from all over Indiana (who) are set to gather in Zionsville to begin competition... Read More

Advertisers, Not "Curiosity Seekers," Hold Key to Future of 19 Kids and Counting: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 3, 2015

"As Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents on the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, prepare on Wednesday to address allegations that their oldest... Read More

"Vacuous Ethics" of Major Journalists are Nothing to Shrug Off: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 29, 2015

"The real damage done by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos’s vacuous ethics -- as shown by the revelation of his gifts to the Clinton Foundation -- won’t be... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Weighs In on 19 Kids and Counting Controversy

May 27, 2015

"Four advertisers pulled out of TLC's reality show 19 Kids and Counting, putting pressure on the U.S. cable network to decide the fate of the top-rated... Read More

Tusha Mittal '06 Receives Foreign Press Association Scholarship

May 25, 2015

Tusha Mittal, a 2006 graduate of DePauw University and currently enrolled in the master's program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism... Read More

Erin Flynn '96 to Present at 2015 Women in Technology Summit

May 18, 2015

Erin N. Flynn, investment banker at Ackrell Capital and 1996 graduate of DePauw University, will be among the presenters at the 2015 Women in Technology... Read More

Article on Network TV's "Great Comedy Rollback" Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 16, 2015

"The TV networks unleashed their 2015-16 evening lineups in New York this week, leaving industry insiders buzzing about the Great Comedy Rollback," writes... Read More

Lauren Bohlander '04 and Tony Kanaan Bring New "Cheerleader" to Indy 500

May 8, 2015

"It is always worth saying how much we love being here," says Lauren Bohlander. The 2004 DePauw University graduate and her husband, IndyCar driver Tony... Read More

Newspaper Recaps Congressional Testimony of Stacy Lightfoot '99

May 7, 2015

"A lot of our low income, under represented students don't plan financially for their education and they rely on federal and state funds to do that," Stacy... Read More

Stacy Lightfoot '99 to Testify Before US Senate Committee Tomorrow

May 5, 2015

Stacy C. Lightfoot, vice president of college & career success at PEF (Public Education Foundation) Chattanooga and 1999 graduate of DePauw University... Read More

FCC Fine for TV Indecency is Warranted: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 5, 2015

"The Federal Communications Commission shocked the broadcast world this spring by finally deciding to enforce a federal law that prohibits indecent content... Read More

Society of Professional Journalists Honors 14 from DePauw, Including a Dozen Students

May 4, 2015

Twelve DePauw University student journalists and two DePauw alumni were honored for their work in the Society of Professional Journalists' "Best of the... Read More

Newspaper Talks with Prof. Steve Timm About His Award-Winning Collaboration with Kyle Ham '94

May 2, 2015

"What began for Steve Timm as a play would culminate with a premiere at (Julien Dubuque International Film Festival), and it only took 20 years," writes... Read More

Sarah Grover '87 Named Chief Brand & Strategy Officer at Barfresh Food Group

May 1, 2015

Sarah A. Grover, a 1987 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed chief brand and strategy officer at Barfresh Food Group, Inc. (BRFH). She comes... Read More

J.C. Pankratz '12 is 2015 National Playwrights Conference Finalist

April 30, 2015

Joan Catherine "J.C." Pankratz, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, is among the 60 finalists of the 2015 National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Bemoans "Lowest Common Denominator Approach" to Newsgathering

April 25, 2015

"NBC’s high-profile anchor, Brian Williams, has been suspended for telling tall tales," notes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Susan Dinkel '95 and WTHI Celebrate 'Outstanding News Operation' Award

April 24, 2015

"WTHI-TV has a long tradition of Leading the Way in quality, local journalism," says Susan Dinkel, the station's news director and 1995 graduate of DePauw... Read More

Market for Superhero Movies is "Oversaturated," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells California Newspaper

April 22, 2015

"The Hollywood dam is about to burst and send a flood of bright, masked and caped figures into a multiplex near you for at least the next four years and... Read More

27 Members of DePauw Student Media Honored with Statewide Awards

April 22, 2015

Twenty-seven members of DePauw University's student media were presented with awards at two recent ceremonies.  Fifteen staff members of Indiana's oldest... Read More

DePauw & Local School Students Collaborate on Annual 'Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare', May 2

April 21, 2015

DePauw Theatre’s 2014-15 season closes with the annual Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare on Saturday, May 2 in Moore Theatre, located within the Green Center... Read More

Ben Solomon '10 and New York Times Colleagues Win Pulitzer Prize

April 20, 2015

Ben C. Solomon, a video journalist for the New York Times and 2010 graduate of  DePauw University, is among a team of Times staffers to be honored today... Read More

TV News Anchor Tiffany O'Donnell '91 Named COO of Iowa Women Lead Change

April 16, 2015

Tiffany O'Donnell, a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, has been named the first chief operating officer of Iowa Women Lead Change. O'Donnell, who begins... Read More

John Herrick '10 Honored by Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

April 9, 2015

John Herrick, sports director of Chisholm Trail Broadcasting and 2010 graduate of DePauw University, has been named "Non-Metro Radio Personality of the... Read More

DePauw Theatre Stages Antigone, April 16 - 19

April 7, 2015

DePauw Theatre presents Antigone, a high-stakes drama which has been entertaining audiences for more than 2,500 years after being written by Sophocles... Read More

Disinterest of Young Americans in News "A Disturbing and Ongoing Trend," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 4, 2015

Young people often "stumble into" news while browsing social media sites, with Facebook being the primary outlet where "accidental news absorption" takes... Read More

Mitch Brown '16, a.k.a. Kid Quill, to Perform at NCAA March Madness Music Festival

March 29, 2015

"Shelbyville native and DePauw University junior Mitch Brown, also known as Kid Quill, will perform at 3:15 p.m. Saturday on the Side Stage at the NCAA... Read More

Story on Actors' Union Includes Comments from Prof. Amy Hayes

March 29, 2015

An Indianapolis Business Journal article on the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional stage actors union, is headlined "Deciding whether to join... Read More

Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Meg Kissinger '79 Returning to DePauw as Pulliam Visiting Professor of Journalism

March 26, 2015

Meg Kissinger, investigative health reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, will return to her alma mater... Read More

Beth Falls '09 Joins Assurance as Employee Benefits Advisor

March 24, 2015

Beth Falls, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage.  Based in the firm's Chicago office, Falls... Read More

Season One Success of Empire May Be Hard to Top: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 20, 2015

"Empire just wrapped its first season Wednesday night with its best ratings so far," writes Scott Collins in the Los Angeles Times. "Now comes the hard... Read More

Obama Administration's "Overall Lack of Transparency" is Troubling to Prof. Jeff McCall '76  

March 18, 2015

"This administration came into office with high expectations for the free flow of information needed in a democracy," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication... Read More

AP Story on Role of Journalists in Investigating Crimes Quotes Retired Prof. Bob Steele '69

March 17, 2015

"Robert Durst was a rich man living free despite police efforts to link him to murder. Adnan Syed was a young man imprisoned for life for killing an ex-girlfriend... Read More

Media Obsession with Young Demographic "Misguided," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells California Paper  

March 10, 2015

When it comes to television ratings, demographics trump overall audience numbers, so a show that draws large numbers of younger viewers is more attractive... Read More

Column on Social Media Comments and Free Speech Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 9, 2015

"People who feel they have been wronged through social media can take strategic action to confront those who make incendiary comments," Jeff McCall, professor... Read More

"Online Threats are Still Threats," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76 as SCOTUS Examines Issue

March 5, 2015

There exists, writes Jeffrey M. McCall, "a dark and demented corner of social media where posters threaten and scare individuals. This leaves law enforcement... Read More

Zombies Meet Shakespeare in DePauw Theatre's Living Dead in Denmark, March 12-15

March 3, 2015

DePauw Theatre continues its 2014-15 season with an invitation for audiences to visit a zombie-infested Shakespearean world in Living Dead in Denmark.... Read More

"Media's Sense For the Dramatic" Drives Coverage of Las Vegas Killing, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 23, 2015

"The shooting in Las Vegas is sad and tragic, of course, but frankly, it doesn’t need to be on the national news agenda," says Jeff McCall, professor of... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Changes in the Cable TV Industry

February 17, 2015

"Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, is looking to expand with its proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable," begins an Indianapolis... Read More

Ben Solomon '10 of the New York Times Wins Prestigious Polk Award

February 16, 2015

Ben C. Solomon, a video journalist for the New York Times and 2010 graduate of  DePauw University, is among the winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards... Read More

"NBC's Loss of Principles" an Even Bigger Story than Brian Williams, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 13, 2015

"Once a television news anchor's credibility is lost, nothing else matters," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Departure of Jon Stewart Leaves a Big Void at Comedy Central, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 12, 2015

Jon Stewart, who on Tuesday announced he will be stepping down as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show at the end of the year, "was clearly the tentpole... Read More

Questions About "Agenda Setter" Brian Williams are Important, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 10, 2015

"NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams may have temporarily exited his seat on the evening newscast, but the debate over what he has done to the credibility... Read More

Credibility is Key When it Comes to Brian Williams and Other News Anchors: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 10, 2015

"Other than a news anchor’s appearance, credibility is the only thing that would make a viewer choose which newscast to watch," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Examines America's "Oversized Obsession" with Sports

January 30, 2015

"Let’s remember a key fact as we prepare snacks and grab the remote to watch the Super Bowl," begins an opinion column authored by Jeffrey M. McCall, professor... Read More

Longtime Fort Wayne TV News Anchor Melissa Long '80 to Retire

January 29, 2015

Melissa Long, a 1980 DePauw University graduate who has been a television news anchor in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for more than three decades, will retire... Read More

Art Exhibition Opening in Indy to Include Talk by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 29, 2015

Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, will speak at the opening reception at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in Indianapolis... Read More

TV's Changing Distribution Model May Leave Local Stations Scrambling: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 23, 2015

The switch of CBS television affiliates in Indianapolis could have a ripple effect and will be watched closely by broadcasters around the nation, according... Read More

Wisconsin Baseball Team Names Parker Schwartz '15 Announcer & Media Relations Director

January 20, 2015

The Green Bay Bullfrogs, a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, has named Parker Schwartz, a DePauw University senior, to serve as play-by-play... Read More

Darryl Neher '88 Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Bloomington, Ind.

January 17, 2015

Darryl R. Neher, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, is a candidate for mayor of Bloomington, Indiana.  The Thursday announcement by Neher, a Democrat... Read More

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful President David Forsell '89 "Wants to Keep Making a Difference"

January 11, 2015

"My job provides me so much overlap with my personal values," says David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  Profiled in the Indianapolis... Read More

Michele Lorbieski Anderson '99 Appointed Member of Frost Brown Todd LLC

January 7, 2015

Michele Lorbieski Anderson, a 1999 graduate of DePauw University, has been named a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and is practicing in the litigation department... Read More

Allison Dull '12 is Marketing Manager for Convention and Visitors Bureau

January 6, 2015

Allison Dull, a 2012 graduate of DePauw University, is the new marketing manager and festival assistant at the Greater St. Charles (Illinois) Convention... Read More

NBA Player Agent Austin Brown '07 Among "Sports World's Brightest Young Stars" in Forbes

January 6, 2015

Austin D. Brown, an agent with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Sports and a 2007 graduate of DePauw University, is listed among Forbes magazine's "30 Under... Read More