Ohio University opens campus to prospective journalism students


Kirsten Thomas

TREACHEROUS CLIMB. Current Ohio University students claim this hill is not fun to walk up and is avoided at all costs during the winter when snow and ice are present. Families invited to Experience Scripps Day were asked to park in a specific lot near the bottom of this hill, but were shuttled to the Schoonover Center. Going down the hill is definitely easier than walking up, especially with the help of the stairs.

  On Sat., Mar. 24, high school students and their parents across the country were invited to attend Experience Scripps Day at Ohio University (OU) in Athens.

  “The Scripps College of Communication serves as the foundation for individuals seeking to blend creativity, knowledge, and practice so that graduates have the freedom to direct their skills and move the world forward,” according to the college’s website.

  Experience Scripps Day takes place once a year, with mostly juniors attending, though some underclassman and seniors do as well.

  Students interested received an invitation via email, signed up, and were given further details about the event.

  Check in began at 8:00 a.m. in the Schoonover Center, and the welcome session began at 9:00 a.m.

  Throughout the event, families were given a “choose your own adventure” setup. Different blocks, referred to as the “Morning Exploration Sessions,” were set up throughout the day, and in those blocks, families attended information sessions that interested them.

  Such sessions included programs OU has to offer its journalism students, ranging from study away programs, internships to technology, and extracurriculars.

  The day is spent “highlighting the opportunities for prospective students interested in communication studies, media arts and studies, information and telecommunication systems, journalism, and visual communication,” according to the event information.

  The day ended with an academic information session and campus tours.

  One way OU explains the Scripps College of Communication is through a chart layout. With “Scripps College of Communication” at the top, each school branches off from it.

  The different branches include the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, School of Communication Studies, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, School of Media Arts and Studies, School of Visual Communication, and WOUB Center for Public Media.

  For those interested in the Scripps College of Communication, click here.

  This summer, OU will be hosting a journalism workshop/camp regarding news and information, advertising and public relations, and publication design.

  The camp will include, “[o]pportunities to experience the latest journalism techniques… [a]n opportunity to spend time on Ohio University’s historic Athens campus, and the chance to earn college credit,” according to the college’s website.

  The camp will take place July 11-14, with registration now open.

  If you are interested in the camp, click here.