Welcome to Beginning of the Beginning @OhioState in Spring 2015

ending_beginningIt’s a new semester that means new beginnings and some endings.

We welcome new students to classes that are taught new almost every semester.

We say goodbye and good luck to our graduates.

Every January we expect such changes.

But this year, they are just the beginning.

The dawn of 2015 brought an unexpected goodbye, when my colleague and friend, Dan Caterinicchia, unexpectedly took a job with the State of Ohio Budget Office. Dan was a terrific teacher who brilliantly guided The Lantern and Lantern TV as adviser for five years, and he will be truly missed.

But my new beginning comes in his absence, as I will not only fill that adviser role, but will also teach The Lantern practicum class and the independent study students. It has been an honor to teach those who go on to serve The Lantern, and I am thrilled for this new challenge and opportunity to get an even closer view of the award-winning paper.

Also on the horizon is a new version of our Media Law and Ethics class, Comm 3404, with one of the two Spring 2015 sections guided through the topic by films focusing on libel, confidential sources, media manipulation, fabrication, privacy and news gathering.

The idea came from two brilliant men I am fortunate to know, from vastly different backgrounds: Steve Wilson from Apple, who first launched the idea, and Joe Saltzman of USC, the guru of the journalist in film, who guided me through the preparation. It will be an adventure indeed.

The first great adventure, of course, will come Jan. 12, not just with the first day of Spring 2015 classes, but with our beloved Buckeyes, who will seek to show the world what we all know–that they are the Best Damn Team in the Land.

So welcome to all my students, those I know so well and those I am yet to meet. The ending of your break is near. But it is the beginning of great things to come.

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