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The Communicator


'An Infrastructure of Innovation'

Entrepreneurial spirit soars in the Bellisario College

Anne Hoag makes a point about two things
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Campus Student-driven contest entry earns national praise for Penn State PR program

Public relations program among nation’s top five as ‘finalist’ in PRWeek competition

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Student Seeking happiness in Happy Valley

Persistence and a promise helped journalism major Anna Meyer find success at Penn State

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Campus University launches news literacy initiative to serve students, the commonwealth

Faculty-hosted podcast, 'News Over Noise,' provides ongoing discussion

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Faculty and Staff Camaraderie and Community

It's no secret, people drive success in the Bellisario College

Hevidar Jankir while hiking
Student A well-timed trip to Happy Valley

German student finds 'heaven' in Bellisario College

Perspective: Leaders at Penn State - Marie Hardin


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A Day in the Life

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A Day in the Life with Jessica Paholsky

Video Marketing Coordinator, Milton Hershey School

Jessica Paholsky ('14 Journ) enjoys interacting with the variety of people people — and telling their stories — at the Milton Hershey School.

Ben Boskovich golfer
A Day in the Life with Ben Boskovich

Deputy Editor at Esquire

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A Day in the Life with Samantha Freed

Senior Manager of Event Operations, San Diego Padres

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The Interview

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Stephanie Madden

The Interview

Stephanie Madden

Stephanie Madden is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising/Public Relations. While her research falls “under the umbrella of public relations,” she says her work differs from some of her colleagues in the discipline.

Madden studies care. She defines “care” as how organizations help reduce harm. Through her research, Madden seeks to uncover abuses of power focusing on prevention. For example, her dissertation was related to sexual assault and sexual abuse, and how colleges and universities can use strategic communication to proactively combat campus sexual assault.

Madden led an interdisciplinary research project with colleagues Chris Skurka and Jessica Myrick from the Bellisario College and Kate Guastaferro from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. The study was published in the Howard Journal of Communications and titled “When home is not safe: Media coverage and issue salience of child maltreatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The scholars surveyed respondents to see which messages were most effective in communicating the dangers and warning signs of child maltreatment, as well as calls to action.

Link to information on Bellisario Media Center Equipment Fund


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Patricia Cole

'99 Journalism

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Curt Chandler

Award-winning, respected faculty member

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Richard Barton

Longtime Faculty Member

William Summers

'50 Journ

Longtime editor and writer at the Orlando Sentinel and World War II Navy veteran

William Eiler

'74 MA Journ

Longtime public relations executive and comedian/magician

Bob Quarteroni

'75 Journ

Reporter, editor, and columnist at the Centre Daily Times