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Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Offers Observations on "Ongoing Wrestling Match" Over First Amendment

December 29, 2012

In the view of Jeff McCall, "The First Amendment remains one of the most confusing aspects of American society." Writing in the Indianapolis Star, the... Read More

"This is Not Journalism; It is Marketing": Prof. Jeff McCall '76 on Lottery Coverage

December 18, 2012

"The sensationalized coverage of the record Powerball jackpot demonstrated again how superficial the broadcast news agenda has become," writes Jeffrey... Read More

Arts Council CEO Dave Lawrence '90 Offers Funding Idea for Indy Organizations

December 13, 2012

"Funding was top of mind Monday night when local arts luminaries gathered at UIndy to discuss the state of local arts at 'Why Arts? Why Indy?," notes today's... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge Analyzes "Classic Branding Screw-Up" for Christian Science Monitor

December 13, 2012

"The University of California -- one of the most prestigious public universities in the world -- redesigned its logo to stay abreast of the times and attract... Read More

Baby Boomers' Hold on Popular Culture is Analyzed by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 4, 2012

" 'I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it/But I probably will.' Bruce Springsteen wrote those lyrics to 'Glory Days', about looking... Read More

TIME Article on 'Annoying Orange' Phenomenon Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 3, 2012

A TIME magazine article on "Annoying Orange" videos, which started as an online sensation and spawned a series on the Cartoon Network, includes comments... Read More

Campaign 2012 Saw "Shallow and Formulaic Reporting" by Media Outlets: Prof. Jeff McCall '76  

December 2, 2012

"Analysts who wonder why Americans are so down on politics can begin the discussion by looking at media coverage," writes Jeffrey M. McCall, professor... Read More

Dana Hayes Jr. '86 Named Group VP at Acxiom

November 28, 2012

Dana C. Hayes Jr., a 1986 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed group vice president of partner development for Acxiom® (NASDAQ: ACXM). According... Read More

Kent McDill '78 Authors 100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

November 22, 2012

100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, authored by 1978 DePauw University graduate Kent B. McDill, has been published by Triumph Books... Read More

"Proven Entrepreneur" Mike Langellier '04 Takes Reins of TechPoint

November 15, 2012

TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative, today announced that Mike Langellier, a 2004 graduate of DePauw University, has been named its president... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses TV's Groundbreaking All in the Family

November 12, 2012

"The All In the Family writers worked within traditional plot lines, and this was important for the audience, because they could recognize the structure... Read More

TV News Anchor Nicole Pence '06 Profiled in Hometown Newspaper

November 11, 2012

"When the news broke this past Monday that Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s leukemia went into remission, WTHR’s Nicole Pence got an exclusive interview with... Read More

Broadway's David Cryer '58 Heads Cast of DePauw Theatre's The Crucible

November 3, 2012

Broadway star and DePauw University alumnus David Cryer leads the cast of a new production of Arthur Miller’s Tony-award winning play, The Crucible, which... Read More

"Free Media is Huge" for Presidential Candidates, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells LA Times

October 31, 2012

"With Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney locked in a close race, partisans on both sides are looking for hidden propaganda... Read More

2012 ArtsFest, Exploring 'Art & the Other,' Begins Sunday

October 26, 2012

ArtsFest 2012 Schedule You're invited to be entertained, enlightened and encouraged to explore as DePauw University presents its eleventh annual celebration... Read More

Ken Owen '82 to Moderate Final Indiana Gubernatorial Debate

October 22, 2012

The third and final debate between the three candidates for governor of Indiana, which will take place this Thursday, October 25, will be moderated by... Read More

Column on Format of Debates Quotes DePauw Student, Two Professors

October 11, 2012

"You’re a contestant in a debate, with 20 minutes to prepare for an hourlong argument on a surprise topic -- eliminating the World Bank," writes Mark Bennett... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge Joins SABEW Board of Governors

October 11, 2012

Mark Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, has been named to the Board of Governors of the Society... Read More

Questions About VP Debate Moderator a "Red Herring," Prof. Bob Steele '69 Tells AP

October 10, 2012

"The day before the vice presidential debate, the guest list for moderator Martha Raddatz's 1991 wedding has become an issue, of sorts," begins an Associated... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Analyzes First Obama-Romney Debate on TV Program

October 4, 2012

"Last night's debate was fascinating, and it may be different from some of the debates in the past," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw... Read More

TV is the Wrong Medium for Presidential Debates, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 29, 2012

In the opinion of Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, "The presidential debates would better serve the citizenry if they... Read More

Jim Adorney '85 Named VP/Creative Director at Phillips Design Group

September 28, 2012

Jim Adorney, a 1985 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed vice president, creative director at Phillips Design Group in Boston. Adorney's... Read More

"Crazy Hooks" are Driving Campaign Coverage: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 25, 2012

Speaking to the Arizona Republic about how media outlets have handled the 2012 presidential campaign, Jeffrey M. McCall states, "The coverage is characterized... Read More

Amy Holthouse '91 Named President & CEO of Chamber of Commerce

September 25, 2012

Amy Holthouse, a 1991 graduate of DePauw University, has been named president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Indiana's Richmond... Read More

Chris Burton '09 Featured in Indianapolis Production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 24, 2012

Chris Burton, a 2009 graduate of DePauw University, is among the cast members in the Garfield Shakespeare Company's fall production of A Midsummer Night's... Read More

CNBC Preview of Presidential Debates Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 23, 2012

"With the debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney just days away, there's another debate of sorts surrounding these prime-time political... Read More

PGA Tour VP Tim Benton '87 Announces New Event

September 20, 2012

Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will host of the Hotel Fitness Championship, one of the four Web.com Tour Finals events. Tim Benton, vice... Read More

2012-13 DePauw Theatre Season Opens with Into the Woods

September 18, 2012

In Into the Woods, DePauw Theatre’s first production of the 2012-13 season, audiences are met with familiar fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding... Read More

Prof. Bob Steele '69 Discusses Ethics of Government-Aided News Publication

September 17, 2012

"Once a month, a free print publication gets delivered to mailboxes, coffee shops and libraries across the mid-Atlantic with the latest news about how... Read More

The Bare Facts of TV Study Discourage Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 1, 2012

"Unless you attend Prince Harry parties in Vegas or belong to a nudist colony, odds are you seldom see naked bodies parading around as you go through your... Read More

Struggles of NBC's Tonight Show Draw Comment from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 27, 2012

"As the No. 1 late-night show for most of the past half-century, The Tonight Show has been vital to NBC's fortunes," writes Scott Collins in today's edition... Read More

Political Conventions More Show Than Substance, Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells LA Times

August 26, 2012

"There is so little news being made now at the conventions," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells the Los Angeles... Read More

Public Tasked with Determining if News Coverage is Fair, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 25, 2012

Twenty-five years ago this month, the Federal Communications Commission stopped enforcing the Fairness Doctrine, which required broadcasters to provide... Read More

Colin Doran '11 is Graduate Assistant Football Coach at Concord U

August 23, 2012

Colin Doran, a 2011 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Concord University's football program as a graduate assistant coach. He rejoins former Tiger... Read More

Dianna Boyce '88 Aligns with Finish Line

August 12, 2012

Dianna Boyce, a 1988 graduate of DePauw University, is the new senior director of corporate communications at Finish Line. Boyce served as director of... Read More

Rob Johnson '90 On Hand as Two Former DePauw Faculty Members are Recognized

August 10, 2012

Two of the founding members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) -- former DePauw University faculty members Nathaniel... Read More

Viewers Fed Up With "Dumbed-Down" TV Newscasts, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 4, 2012

"A recent Gallup survey reports Americans are increasingly frustrated with the quality of television news," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Resignation of CNN Chief Draws Reaction from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 28, 2012

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution article reporting the resignation of the worldwide president of CNN, Jim Walton, includes analysis from Jeff McCall, professor... Read More

Prof. Amy Hayes Lends Talents to Nebraska Repertory Theatre Production

July 28, 2012

"Amy Hayes had been on the Howell Theatre stage before, but not in 20 years," begins a story in Nebraska's Lincoln Journal Star. "Hayes, who earned a master... Read More

Mark Hiemenz '97 Named Women's Soccer Coach at Hastings College

July 25, 2012

Mark J. Hiemenz, a 1997 graduate of DePauw University, has been named the new women's soccer coach at Hastings College in Nebraska. He comes to post, which... Read More

Court Rulings Leave Room for "Content Free-for-All," According to Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 15, 2012

In recent rulings which received scant media coverage, the U.S. Supreme Court "ruled on procedural grounds to give broadcasters a pass for airing the f-word... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Remembers Andy Griffith in Christian Science Monitor

July 3, 2012

"Andy Griffith was successful on television because average viewers could connect with him," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Shift of Ann Curry Off NBC's Today Analyzed by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 29, 2012

"NBC hasn't had much to crow about in recent years, but Today has been a stable ratings-maker and moneymaker," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Broadway's David Cryer '58 Returning to DePauw in November to Star in The Crucible

June 27, 2012

Broadway star and 1958 DePauw University graduate David Cryer will portray the fiery Deputy-Governor in a production of The Crucible at his alma mater... Read More

"Wonkish, Formulaic, Tired and Yappy" CNN Needs a Makeover: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 23, 2012

"The rearranging of deck chairs is under way at CNN as the flailing and formerly prestigious news organization tries to reverse its ongoing ratings slide... Read More

Media Fellow Headed to London to Assist NBC with Olympics Coverage

June 21, 2012

"Carter McKay, 21, isn’t an Olympic athlete, but during the course of the 2012 summer games next month, she will be competing in her own decathlon of interview... Read More

Newspaper Welcomes Rising Senior as Pulliam Intern

June 15, 2012

Nana Aduba-Amoah, who will be a senior at DePauw University this fall, has "always had a passion for writing," notes the Journal Review of Crawfordsville... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Talks with LA Times About Online Cartoon's Transition to TV  

June 11, 2012

"The Web and TV are merging, but we aren't there yet," Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells the Los Angeles Times.  Dr.... Read More

Kira McManus '87 Aligns with FORTRUST

June 5, 2012

Kira McManus, a 1987 graduate of DePauw University, has rejoined FORTRUST as director of business development/channel sales. McManus "has over 23 years... Read More

Networks Have Hit "Desperation Time" as Media Universe Changes: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 27, 2012

"Desperation time has arrived for broadcast television networks as they struggle to maintain relevance in a crowded media marketplace," according to Jeff... Read More

TV Anchor/Reporter Nicole Pence '06 Moving to Indy NBC Affiliate

May 22, 2012

Nicole Pence, morning co-anchor for Lexington, Kentucky NBC affiliate WLEX and 2006 graduate of DePauw University, has accepted a job as an anchor/reporter... Read More

Comedy is King in Fall TV Lineups, Notes Article Quoting Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 18, 2012

Unveiling their fall lineups, television networks "have gone cuckoo for comedy in a way not seen in at least 15 years," writes Scott Collins in today's... Read More

Broadcast TV "Not That Essential" to Young People, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 11, 2012

A story in this morning's Los Angeles Times, headlined "TV networks desperately seeking young-adult viewers," includes comments from DePauw University... Read More

Local Schoolkids Perform Shakespeare at DePauw on May 12

May 4, 2012

Local school children will take to the DePauw University stage to perform classics that have entertained generations of audiences when DePauw presents... Read More

Prof. Jonathan Nichols-Pethick Authors TV Cops

May 1, 2012

Jonathan D. Nichols-Pethick, associate professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, is the author of TV Cops: The Contemporary American... Read More

Line Between Public TV and Commercial Stations is Blurring: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 30, 2012

"Public broadcasting already does look increasingly like commercial television," according to Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Ken Owen '82 Among Presenters at Next Week's O'Bannon Institute for Community Service

April 18, 2012

Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and 1982 graduate of the University, will moderate a panel discussion at the ninth annual O’Bannon... Read More

WGRE Student Broadcasters Win Six Awards, Including Three First Place Prizes

April 17, 2012

Projects by ten DePauw University student broadcasters were honored with six prizes at two awards ceremonies in Indianapolis Saturday.  The works, which... Read More

Jane Bankhurst '02 Among Atlantic City's 'Top 40 Under 40'

April 15, 2012

Jane Bankhurst, activities manager at Marriott Vacation Club and 2002 graduate of DePauw University, is among Atlantic City Weekly's "2012 Top 40 Under... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses "Aging" of TV's American Idol

April 14, 2012

"As American Idol winds down its 11th season, it's time to ask: Is Fox's smash singing contest losing the kids?," asks Scott Collins in today's Los Angeles... Read More

Popular Online Video Caine's Arcade Doesn't Wow Prof. Mark Tatge

April 13, 2012

A Christian Science Monitor article on the popularity of an 11-minute online film, Caine's Arcade, includes comments from Mark Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam... Read More

DePauw Theatre Presents The Heidi Chronicles, April 12 - 15

April 9, 2012

The Heidi Chronicles is "not just a funny play, but a wise one," noted the New York Daily News. This Thursday-through-Sunday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning... Read More

Amy Youngblood Schuermann '90 is Featured Designer at Upcoming Ohio Event

April 8, 2012

Amy Schuermann, a 1990 graduate of DePauw University, "will be the featured designer of an 'urban oasis' set for Art Design Consultant’s ongoing Design... Read More

Making a Case for DePauw

April 5, 2012

Just as March Madness was heating up, DePauw’s Bioethics Bowl team was making a deep run in a national tournament of its own. At the National Undergraduate... Read More

Breakdown of "Old Media Silos" Creates "Confusion in Marketplace," According to Prof. Mark Tatge  

April 5, 2012

"There's a lot of confusion in the media marketplace," Mark W. Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University... Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Contributes to Popularizing Research

April 4, 2012

Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, authored a chapter which is published in Popularizing Research: Engaging... Read More

Network Morning Shows Take "Sharp Turn in a Shrill Direction," Says Prof. Mark Tatge

April 3, 2012

"If you thought morning news shows were just about weather and cooking, think again," reports the Christian Science Monitor. "As Katie Couric’s high-profile... Read More

NBC's 'Co-Host' Role for Sarah Palin Not Appropriate: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 2, 2012

NBC's announcement that former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will serve as "co-host" of the Today Show tomorrow... Read More

Occupy Wall Street is "Morphing," Says Prof. Mark Tatge

April 1, 2012

A Christian Science Monitor piece by Gloria Goodale on Occupy Wall Street notes that the movement "is in transition, says Mark Tatge, journalism professor... Read More

Now is Not the Time to Lift Supreme Court Blackout, Argues Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 25, 2012

"In today's visual culture, people wonder why the justices refuse to allow camera coverage," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Prof. Steve Timm Has Ties to Hunger Games Author

March 24, 2012

Suzanne Collins, the author of the Hunger Games books, has a connection to a DePauw University professor, notes a report by Indianapolis Fox affiliate... Read More

"Everybody Has a Megaphone" in Today's Media Environment: Prof. Mark Tatge

March 21, 2012

"News organizations haven't been immune to bending the truth," notes a story on CNN's website. "Until the early 20th century, newspapers were often partisan... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Discusses Struggles of Oprah's OWN

March 21, 2012

"OWN is struggling for a number of reasons, said Jeffrey McCall, professor of media studies at DePauw University," reports MSNBC.com in a story on the... Read More

DePauw Debate Team Wins National Championship

March 20, 2012

Two members of the DePauw University debate team -- sophomore Ronnie Kennedy and junior Jimmy Kirkpatrick -- won the national championship at the Pi Kappa... Read More

Jennifer Monty Rieker '00 Named Partner at Weltman, Weinberg & Reis

March 19, 2012

Jennifer Monty Rieker, a 2000 graduate of DePauw University, has been named a partner of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA. Monty Rieker practices in the... Read More

Bill Caskey '78 and Steve Langerud Quoted in Article on Social Media and Older Professionals

March 17, 2012

"Many older professionals are hesitant about taking on social media," begins a Technorati.com article. "We talked with a few workforce veterans who have... Read More

Tusha Mittal '06 Honored for Her Reporting

March 9, 2012

Tusha Mittal, a reporter in the Kolkata (Calcutta) news bureau of Tehelka, a weekly news magazine in India, is the 2012 recipient of the Chameli Devi Jain... Read More

Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare

March 8, 2012

The second annual Spring Spectacle of Shakespeare at DePauw University is scheduled on Saturday, May 12 in Moore Theatre of the Judson and Joyce Green... Read More

Senior J.C. Pankratz is National Finalist in Playwriting Contest

March 5, 2012

DePauw University senior J.C. Pankratz is one of four national finalists for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. The Cauble Award recognizes... Read More

Article Offering 'Money Etiquette' Advice Calls Upon Prof. Bob Steele '69

February 29, 2012

"If my child doesn't go to college, must I give her the money I saved for it?," asks a Real Simple article examining "money etiquette" issues. It notes... Read More

Prof. Bob Steele '69 Among Presenters at Syracuse U Symposium on Media & Sports Scandals

February 23, 2012

Bob Steele, Distinguished Professor of Journalism Ethics at DePauw University and Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of DePauw's Janet Prindle Institute for... Read More

Derek Empie '95 & Sarah Moore '01 Among Indy's 'Forty Under 40'

February 14, 2012

Two DePauw University graduates -- Derek Empie '95 and Sarah S. Moore '01 -- are among the Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 2012. The... Read More

Senior Playwright Pens Award Winner

February 8, 2012

Since this feature was written, J.C. Pankratz ’12 has won a prestigious Michael Kanin Playwriting Award, and will attend the Kennedy Center American College... Read More

Dave Lawrence '90 Leads Public Art Initiative for Super Bowl XLVI

February 2, 2012

"Public art and football may make strange bedfellows, but the Arts Council’s president and chief executive, Dave Lawrence, said that the city used the... Read More

Facebook Has Challenges as it Goes Public: Prof. Mark Tatge

February 2, 2012

An article on the planned initial public offering (IPO) by Facebook is the subject of a Christian Science Monitor story. Gloria Goodale reports that "social-media... Read More

Super Bowl Party Fills Supper Bowls

January 31, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI has no shortage of drama. Will New England’s Tom Brady win a Super Bowl on archrival Peyton Manning’s home turf, or will Manning’s younger... Read More

Bud Walters '63 on Cover of Radio Ink

January 31, 2012

"Cromwell Group President Bud Walters is perhaps the definitive successful small-market operator," begins an article in the January 23 issue of Radio Ink... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Questions Relevance of Super Bowl's Halftime Show

January 29, 2012

"It seems ridiculous to think a music concert would fill its intermission break with a few downs of live football on the stage," begins a column by Jeff... Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Writes of 'Teaching 9/11 Culture' in Journal

January 24, 2012

Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, contributes an essay to the latest edition (volume 24) of the Journal... Read More

Indianapolis Star Talks with Dramaturg Richard Roberts '81

January 22, 2012

As resident dramaturg for Indiana Repertory Theatre, Richard J Roberts asks when considering a production, "Why here? Why now? Why for this audience? What... Read More

American Idol and its Rivals Meet "Need for Optimism" in Tough Times: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 18, 2012

American Idol has spawned a series of television programs based on talent competitions, including The X Factor, America's Got Talent and The Voice, writes... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge on Ramifications of SOPA, Wikipedia Blackout

January 17, 2012

"As the fracas over the proposed federal anti-privacy legislation known as SOPA heats up this week, the open-source encyclopedia website, Wikipedia, says... Read More

WGRE Outreach Benefits Local HS Students

January 17, 2012

"The Greencastle High School Future Broadcaster's Initiative (FBI) is 'taking over' DePauw University's radio station, 91.5 WGRE," reports Greencastle's... Read More

DePauw Theatre Presents Mysteries ... and Smaller Pieces Feb. 2 - 5

January 17, 2012

Students in Professor Tim Good’s Winter Term class are spending the month preparing to perform Mysteries … and Smaller Pieces, a revival of a collective... Read More

Enjoy Mysteries … and Smaller Pieces Friday Night

January 16, 2012

DePauw Theatre will present a preview performance of The Living Theatre's Mysteries … and Smaller Pieces, this Friday, January 20. The performance, which... Read More

Two Seniors Win Accolades at Kennedy Center American College Theater Regional Festival

January 16, 2012

J.C. Pankratz (pictured), a senior at DePauw University, is a national semifinalist in the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's one-act... Read More