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Free Speech Continued to be "Operationalized" in 2013 America: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 26, 2013

"Americans know the First Amendment guarantees free expression through speech, press, religion and assembly. It is harder, however, to know how that noble... Read More

Stephanie Klein '94 Named @properties VP of Brokerage Services

December 21, 2013

Stephanie Klein, a 1994 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Chicago real estate firm @properties as vice president of brokerage services. Klein comes... Read More

Article Examining Duck Dynasty Controversy Quotes Media Studies Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 20, 2013

"A&E's Duck Dynasty is not just the most popular reality show on cable TV. It's a rallying point for middle America, proof that down-home folks from the... Read More

Shannon Forsell '88 Promises More "Unforgettable Nights" at Indy's Cabaret at the Columbia Club

December 15, 2013

"For the past four years, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club has offered 'unforgettable nights of music, satire, comedy and story-telling,' said Shannon... Read More

TV Networks Have Only Themselves to Blame for Declining News Ratings: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 14, 2013

"Network television news executives wanting to know why ratings continue to decline can find the answer in a growing string of professional blunders within... Read More

Prof. Gigi Jennewein in Cast of Phoenix Theatre's Tribes

December 13, 2013

Gigi Jennewein, part-time assistant professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, is among the cast members in the Indiana premiere of Nina... Read More

TechPoint CEO Michael Langellier '04 is Profiled

December 9, 2013

"Michael Langellier joined TechPoint a little over a year ago as president and chief executive officer," begins an Indianapolis Star profile of the 2004... Read More

Sex and Violence Really Don't Sell, Argues Prof. Jeff McCall '76

December 7, 2013

According to Jeffrey M. McCall and Tim Winter, "In the world of advertising there has been an accepted wisdom that has gone unquestioned for decades: 18... Read More

Students from DePauw and Local Middle & High Schools Present 'Fall Festival of Shakespeare'

December 2, 2013

[UPDATE 12/6 - The performances scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 have been postponed due to weather conditions; 12/9 - The show has been rescheduled for Friday... Read More

Kara Paris '99 and Her 'Cool Job' Featured in Newspaper

December 1, 2013

"I had a personal passion for fitness, and I love helping others," Kara Paris tells the Indianapolis Star. A trainer at Fitness by Design in Indianapolis... Read More

Katie Couric's Move to Yahoo! Analyzed by Prof. Mark Tatge

November 26, 2013

The announcement that Katie Couric is joining Yahoo! to anchor a news program for the Internet company is drawing reaction from Mark Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam... Read More

DePauw Theatre Presents The Women, Nov. 21-24

November 12, 2013

Clare Booth Luce’s The Women begins a four-show run on November 21 as the second installment in the DePauw Theatre 2013-14 season. Character Mary Haines... Read More

America's Declining Media Literacy Troubles Prof. Jeff McCall '76

November 11, 2013

"Audiences for both print and broadcast news have been decreasing for a number of years, and the trends suggest further shrinkage in the years ahead,"... Read More

Newspaper Profiles Broadcaster John Herrick '10

November 11, 2013

"(John) Herrick, an Indianapolis native and DePauw University graduate, is in his third season calling high school and junior college games on the Chisholm... Read More

FTD President & CEO Rob Apatoff '80 to Ring NASDAQ's Opening Bell Today  

November 4, 2013

Robert S. Apatoff, president & CEO of FTD Companies, Inc. and 1980 graduate of DePauw University, will ring the opening bell today at the NASDAQ stock... Read More

Multimedia Journalist Ben Solomon '10 Returns to DePauw for Crain Lecture Sunday

October 29, 2013

Ben Solomon, a 2010 DePauw University graduate and multimedia journalist who works with the New York Times, will return to his alma mater on Sunday, November... Read More

Actors From the London Stage Perform Othello, Oct. 29

October 24, 2013

One of the oldest established touring Shakespeare theatre companies in the world, Actors From The London Stage, will perform Othello at DePauw University... Read More

ArtsFest 2013: Art & the Quest

October 24, 2013

ArtsFest returns this November to Greencastle with a thought-provoking, new theme: Art & the Quest. A quest is a transformative journey. While it can be... Read More

Congress Shouldn't Try to Define Who's a Journalist, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

October 13, 2013

"There is tremendous power associated with the process of labeling things," writes Jeffrey M. McCall in the Indianapolis Star. "The U.S. Senate is in the... Read More

Reductions in Local TV Newsgathering Efforts Trouble Prof. Jeff McCall '76

October 8, 2013

"Times are both rosy and challenging in the local television news industry," reports New York's Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. "On one hand, it, like... Read More

Nationally Syndicated Columnist Talks with Prof. Jeff McCall '76 About Cable TV & Sports

October 3, 2013

"An average of 40 percent of our basic cable bills goes to pay for sports programming," writes the Providence Journal's Froma Harrop, who wonders why the... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge Analyzes Allure of TV's Breaking Bad

October 1, 2013

More than 10 million Americans watched Sunday night's final episode of Breaking Bad, notes a Christian Science Monitor article. Gloria Goodale writes,... Read More

Prof. Mark Tatge Sees New Social Media Protection Law as Sign of Things to Come

September 24, 2013

"California on Monday became the first state to require websites to give minors a way to take down photos and other posts," begins a Christian Science... Read More

The Rocky Horror Show Opens DePauw Theatre Season, October 3-12

September 21, 2013

The Tony Award-winning musical, The Rocky Horror Show, makes a celebratory return to the DePauw University campus in October to open the 2013-14 DePauw... Read More

Cable TV's Billing Practices Not Fair to Non-Sports Fans, Argues Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 15, 2013

"The average cable television subscriber has access to more than 20 sports channels," notes Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University... Read More

Syria Tests Credibility of President, Congress: Prof. Kevin Howley

September 11, 2013

"Speaking in reference to the prospect of U.S. military intervention in Syria at a recent press conference in Stockholm, President Obama told reporters... Read More

Article on Blowback Over Planned Hillary Miniseries Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 6, 2013

Fallout over NBC's plans to make a miniseries based on the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton suggests that "politics and broadcast TV dramatizations don't... Read More

Column on "Binge TV" Includes Comments from Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 5, 2013

With options such as downloading programs via the Internet or watching season sets on DVD, "binge TV is a real thing -- this way to plow through running... Read More

Story on "Slew" of Movie Remakes Calls Upon Prof. Mark Tatge  

September 3, 2013

An Arizona Republic story examining the "slew of remakes" set to arrive soon at movie theaters calls upon Mark Tatge, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting... Read More

Prof. Geoff Klinger '88 Analyzes Dr. King's 'Dream' Speech & Its Staying Power

August 27, 2013

The "I have a dream" section of Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech at the March on Washington in 1963 "was just one of many high points in what Geoffrey... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Sees Uncertain Future for Radio's Rush Limbaugh

August 26, 2013

"An obscure radio announcer without a college degree was plucked from a Sacramento radio station in August 1988 and given a syndicated talk show on a 56-station... Read More

DePauw Takes the Stage at IndyFringe

August 20, 2013

IndyFringe attracts actors, writers and directors from all over the country, and this year a record number are from DePauw, including students, faculty... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Comments on Today's Launch of New TV Sports Channel

August 17, 2013

"Competition gets as heated on video providers as it does on the field today with the launch of Fox Sports 1, a new sports channel debuting along with... Read More

AP Story on Today's "Free Flow of Racy Content" Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 15, 2013

"The entertainment industry has a huge role in deciding what is culturally OK, and society will often take (its) lead," Jeff McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Sees "Crash" Coming to Cable TV Sports Industry

August 14, 2013

"Sports fees paid by cable, satellite and telco TV companies are on pace to increase 12% in 2013, to $17.2 billion, according to research firm SNL Kagan... Read More

Chase Hall '13, Recipient of Prestigious Fellowship, is Featured in Article on New Grads with Great Opportunities

August 13, 2013

"Whether you major in anthropology or chemical engineering, companies are looking for a skill set that may go beyond your school's core curriculum," reports... Read More

"A Different Tone" Draws Non-Traditional Fox News Viewers to The Five, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 12, 2013

"Palm Beach County is used to being at the center of politically-centered stories -- 2000 elections, anyone? -- but here’s a new, unexpected distinction... Read More

Fox News Anchor Bret Baier '92 Returns to DePauw for Event on October 12, Old Gold

August 9, 2013

Bret Baier, the 1992 DePauw University graduate who anchors Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier, the number one cable news program in its... Read More

Leanna Walther '87 Joins Board of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

August 9, 2013

Leanna J. Walther, a human resources executive and 1987 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed to the board of directors of Lake Forest Graduate... Read More

Two Media Studies Professors Offer Thoughts on CBS-Time Warner Dispute

August 8, 2013

A Christian Science Monitor article exploring the dispute between CBS and Time Warner over the fees the network receives from cable and satellite subscribers... Read More

Ken Owen '82 to Emcee Ceremonies Celebrating 2013's 'Indy PR Legend'

August 7, 2013

When the Indianapolis Public Relations Society presents its 2013 "Indy PR Legend Award" to Gretchen Wolfram in two weeks, "Ken Owen, executive director... Read More

RNC Threat to Two Networks is Publicity-Driven, Says Prof. Mark Tatge

August 6, 2013

"The head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has threatened to ban CNN and NBC from 2016 GOP primary debate coverage if they do not drop two Hillary... Read More

Too Many Americans Misunderstand First Amendment's Role: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

August 5, 2013

"Free expression philosophers have long asserted that a society’s overall freedom hinges on the rights of citizens to speak and publish freely," begins... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Analyzes MSNBC's Ratings Dip

August 1, 2013

"MSNBC’s problems might be more than just a hiccup," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells Variety.  Dr. McCall is... Read More

Broadcast Executive Bud Walters '63 Remembers the Influence of Prof. Elizabeth Turnell  

July 30, 2013

A new radio station in Decatur, Illinois, GRIZ-FM, is named to honor the late Gerald “Griz” England, a broadcaster and community leader. A story in the... Read More

Bradley Manning Case Raises Concerns About Right to Speak Out: Prof. Mark Tatge

July 26, 2013

The court martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of aiding the enemy by providing sensitive government material to WikiLeaks, could... Read More

Mud Lotus

July 25, 2013

A Tibetan monk on a quest to find the reincarnation of his dead teacher is the basis of Mud Lotus, a short film shot recently in rural Greencastle, written... Read More

Michael Appelgate '13 is Assistant Sports Editor of Holland Sentinel

July 24, 2013

Michael Appelgate, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed assistant sports editor of Michigan's Holland Sentinel. "The 22-year-old from... Read More

Justice Dept. Report "Should Alarm First Amendment Advocates," Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 22, 2013

According to Jeffrey M. McCall, "The Department of Justice’s new report on searching news media records should alarm First Amendment advocates." The professor... Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley Pens 'Notes on the Occasion of Philip Roth’s Retirement'

July 20, 2013

"Last October, a few months shy of his 80th birthday, Philip Roth, America’s most celebrated living novelist, quietly announced his retirement," writes... Read More

Migration of TV Viewers to Non-Traditional Outlets Analyzed by Prof. Jeff McCall '76  

July 19, 2013

"The era of Internet television is officially here," reports Scott Collins in this morning's Los Angeles Times.  "Netflix's House of Cards garnered nine... Read More

Kaitlin Klose '13 Awarded Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Internship

July 19, 2013

Kaitlin F. Klose, a May 2013 graduate of DePauw University, has been awarded a competitive summer internship by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences... Read More

Story Examining Controversy Over Rolling Stone Cover Quotes Prof. Mark Tatge

July 18, 2013

"Rolling Stone’s decision to feature Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its Aug. 1 cover has kicked up a social media and real world... Read More

TV Industry is Being 'Revolutionized,' as Prof. Amanda Lotz '96 Predicted

July 14, 2013

"It was 2007 when Amanda Lotz of the University of Michigan wrote a book entitled The Television Will be Revolutionized," notes Michigan Radio. The NPR... Read More

Mazzio's CEO Greg Lippert is Profiled

July 7, 2013

Gregory R. Lippert, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, "serves as president and CEO of Mazzio's, the Tulsa-based pizza company that boasts 159 eateries... Read More

Cable TV's Pricing Model is Unfair to Consumers, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

July 6, 2013

"When you go to a restaurant for a burger and fries, you only pay for the items you order. You don’t pay for the entire menu," notes Jeff McCall. His ... Read More

"Dangerous Mindset" Leads to Surveillance of Reporters, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 16, 2013

"Constitutional framers established a free press to make sure there would be watchdogs around to keep an eye on the government," begins an Indianapolis... Read More

Google's Internet Balloon Project Could Create "Enormous Benefits," Says Prof. Kevin Howley

June 15, 2013

"Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire... Read More

"Mirage" of 'Reality' Shows Has "Largely Faded," Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 10, 2013

"They well know by now that these shows are not real and the stories are highly concocted and managed," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at... Read More

Katie Reid '05 Nominated for a Regional Emmy Award

June 5, 2013

Kathryn E. "Katie" Reid, creative services/promotions producer for KOCO/Hearst Television in Oklahoma City and 2005 graduate of DePauw University, is among... Read More

"More Assertive Approach" Needed from FCC in Regulating Broadcast Indecency: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 30, 2013

"I think the FCC, looking at the national broadcast airwaves as our collective living rooms, should maybe take a little more assertive approach to make... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 to Discuss FCC on TV Program Thursday Night

May 28, 2013

Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw and 1976 graduate of the University, will discuss the role of the Federal Communications Commission... Read More

Lauren Bohlander Kanaan '04 Celebrates Indy 500 Victory by Her Husband, Tony

May 27, 2013

"From her days as a standout athlete at Lincoln High School to watching husband Tony Kanaan speed to victory Sunday in the Indianapolis 500, Lauren Kanaan... Read More

TV News Delivers Distorted Message on Guns, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 25, 2013

"Television remains the primary news source for most Americans, but instead of seeing a mirror of reality, citizens often see circus mirrors that create... Read More

Evolving Landscape Will Force Cable TV Industry to Change: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 20, 2013

"Cable's financial model will undoubtedly have to change," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells CNBC.com. The professor... Read More

"Idol Fatigue" a Factor in Success of The Voice, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 12, 2013

"People kept waiting for American Idol to be dethroned as the biggest reality competition show," begins a story in Macleans, Canada's national weekly current... Read More

FCC "Shirking its Congressionally Mandated Duty": Prof. Jeff McCall '76

May 5, 2013

"Washington bureaucrats have long been known for buck passing, but Genachowski has set a standard few D.C. paper-pushers could match," Jeff McCall says... Read More

TV's Obsession with Serial Killer Plots "Likely a Fleeting Interest," Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 30, 2013

With television shows such as The Following, Bates Motel, Criminal Minds, Dexter and The Mentalist, featuring storylines dealing with serial killers, "It... Read More

Student Journalists Honored with Seven Regional 'Mark of Excellence' Awards

April 29, 2013

DePauw University student journalists are the recipients of seven 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards. Presented... Read More

White House Aide Bess Evans '07 to Discuss 'Six Years with President Obama' Monday

April 27, 2013

"A 2007 DePauw University graduate Monday afternoon will discuss her experiences working at the White House in an appearance titled 'Six Years with President... Read More

Local Students Take DePauw Stage in 'Spring Festival of Shakespeare', May 3 & 4

April 25, 2013

Local teenagers are empowered by the height and breadth of Shakespeare’s emotion and language and captivated by his characters and stories as DePauw Theatre... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 on Fading Ratings of TV's Revolution

April 17, 2013

"Last fall's top-rated new series, Revolution has been looking energy-deprived since late March, when it returned from a four-month hiatus," writes Scott... Read More

Meredith Siemens '05 is VP of Corporate Communications at South Carolina Federal Credit Union

April 17, 2013

Meredith H. Siemens, a 2005 graduate of DePauw University, is vice president, corporate communications, at South Carolina Federal Credit Union. "Siemens... Read More

The Elements

April 15, 2013

The Elements, a student-run dance production, opens Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Theatre in the Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing... Read More

TV News Industry Clearly "In Decline" and Requires "Reinvention," Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 14, 2013

In 2013, "television remains the primary source of news for most citizens -- but for how long?," asks Jeffrey M. McCall in an Indianapolis Star op-ed.... Read More

Mainstream Media Outlets Dodge "Challenging and Divisive Issue," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Tells TV Program

April 12, 2013

"I know this an interesting and challenging and divisive issue, but this topic does need discussion and it does need news coverage," says Jeffrey M. McCall... Read More

Kristen Magnes Kaiser '00 is Interim Exec. Director of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

April 7, 2013

Kristen Magnes Kaiser, a 2000 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed interim executive director of the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. Kaiser... Read More

LA Times Story on NBC Late Night Change Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 6, 2013

"Jimmy Fallon may have been crowned the new king of late-night TV this week, but he owes a lot to the man behind the throne: Lorne Michaels," begins a... Read More

DePauw Theatre Season Closes with The Herbal Bed, April 11-14

April 6, 2013

Travel back in time 400 years in DePauw Theatre’s final mainstage production of the 2012-13 season, The Herbal Bed. Set in Stratford-upon-Avon during the... Read More

Indiana Repertory Theatre Dramaturg Richard J Roberts '81 is Profiled

April 5, 2013

"Richard J Roberts is well aware that the specialty he’s practiced for Indiana Repertory Theatre for 15 years is obscure to the general public," begins... Read More

NBC's Switch to Jimmy Fallon is Analyzed by Prof. Jeff McCall '76

April 4, 2013

"Now that speculation has become confirmed fact -- Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno on The Tonight Show next spring -- the question many are asking is:... Read More

Once 'Major' TV Networks Now Irrelevant to Most Americans, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 31, 2013

"Network broadcast television has been in a downward spiral for years, but the recent disastrous ratings from the sweeps period had to shock even the most... Read More

LA Times Story on Future of Tonight Show Cites Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 21, 2013

"NBC's Tonight Show may soon be switching hosts -- and coasts," reports the Los Angeles Times this morning. "The long-struggling network is finalizing... Read More

Prof. Kevin Howley is Editor of Media Interventions

March 20, 2013

Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication and theatre at DePauw University, is editor of Media Interventions. Published by Peter Lang, "This collection... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Makes 11th Appearance on TV's O'Reilly Factor

March 15, 2013

"I think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed because they wanted an independent press to be a watchdog of the powers that be," Jeff McCall, professor... Read More

Effects of Media Violence are Quite Real, Writes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 11, 2013

In an op-ed column on the effects of violent television programs and video games, Jeff McCall writes that "while parents should pay more attention to their... Read More

NY Times Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 10, 2013

"The transition out of children’s entertainment is perhaps Hollywood’s trickiest professional maneuver," writes Brooks Barnes in the New York Times. "Changing... Read More

"Robust, Rough and Tumble Societal Dialogue" is Healthy, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

March 7, 2013

A mock movie trailer aired on NBC's Saturday Night Live is drawing criticism from conservative Christians, who have successfully lobbied Sears to pull... Read More

Former Prof. Ann Burlin Passes Away

March 4, 2013

Ann E. Burlin, who taught communication at DePauw University in the spring of 1981, died February 23 in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was 59 years old. Born... Read More

Three Student-Written Plays to be Presented March 7-10

February 27, 2013

A trio of original plays written by three DePauw University students will be presented by DePauw Theatre, March 7 through 10. "Battle, Baby, Bird:  New... Read More

Article on 'The Argo Effect' Quotes Prof. Mark Tatge

February 26, 2013

"Filming in remote locations has never been a cakewalk, but thanks to Oscar’s top choice, Argo, it just got a teensy bit harder, say some intelligence... Read More

"Linguistic Bomb" on Super Bowl Telecast Worthy of FCC Attention: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 19, 2013

"Another CBS Super Bowl and another broadcast indecency mess," begins an Indianapolis Star column by Jeffrey M. McCall.  The professor of communication... Read More

Laura Kelley '08 & Chris Burton '09 in Indy Production of The Matchmaker

February 11, 2013

Two graduates of DePauw University -- Laura Kelley '08 and Chris Burton '09 -- have key roles in the upcoming Garfield Shakespeare Company production of... Read More

Grammy Telecast is More About "Spectacle" Than Awards, Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 10, 2013

"While the ceremonial aspect of the annual Grammy Awards suggests it is an event designed for industry recognition, the actual Grammy telecast Sunday is... Read More

"Chastising the Media" Not a Wise Tactic for Presidents: Prof. Jeff McCall '76

February 9, 2013

"All presidents, of both parties, eventually tire of hearing critical news reports about their administrations," writes Jeff McCall, professor of communication... Read More

Lawren Mills '01 One of Indy's 'Forty Under 40'

February 6, 2013

"For the past few years, the Statehouse has been almost a second home for Lawren Mills," reports the Indianapolis Business Journal, which lists the 2001... Read More

Yong Choe '99 Appointed VP at Rite Aid Corporation

January 31, 2013

Yong Choe, a 1999 graduate of DePauw University, has joined Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) as vice president of federal affairs and public policy. Rite... Read More

Hollywood Reporter Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

January 28, 2013

"After years of sustaining the TV business, ratings for on-air talent competitions are going in the wrong direction," write the Hollywood Reporter's Scott... Read More

Don Smith '78 Joins Board of Attorneys Association; Michele Bryant '86 Elected Treasurer

January 27, 2013

Michele S. Bryant, a 1986 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected treasurer of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, and Donald S. Smith, a 1978... Read More

Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Visits TV's O'Reilly Factor

January 25, 2013

"CNN has a serious ratings problem, and they also have some credibility problems," said Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, on... Read More