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Student Learns About Crisis Journalism From Front-line Reporters

Ryan Piers ’11 heard first-hand stories about the horrors of a 20-year civil war from journalists during his spring break trip to Kampala, Uganda, as part of his research project funded by a Richter Independent Study Fellowship.

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

Alumnus in the news, named NCTV sports director

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Sports director Will Armistead ’07/M ’09 is part of the Naperville Community Television (NCTV) sports production team, which kicks off its fourth season of “Naperville Sports Weekly” Aug. 29.


North Central College alumnus Kevin Manno to host show on MTV

North Central College alumnus Kevin Manno is hosting a new show on MTV this fall.

North Central College alumnus Kevin Manno is hosting a new show on MTV this fall.

Manno, who honed his radio and television skills at North Central’s award-winning radio station while majoring in broadcast communication, is set to host MTV’s new daily program “Live at 5” beginning Sept. 20. Manno is set to depart for New York from Chicago, where he has been an on-air personality at WKQX-FM, “Q101,” one of the top-rated stations in the Chicago market.

John Madormo wins Best Family Screenplay Synopsis

John Madormo wins Best Family Screenplay Synopsis

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John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, won first place for Best Family Screenplay Synopsis at the 2010 Reno Film Festival Synopsis Contest. His winning script is titled “Dream Machine.” The story: A dream research specialist, in an effort to help his patients suffering from recurring nightmares, has created a remarkable device—a machine that can transport them, mind and body, back into their dreams—to relive those nocturnal delights, or into those nightmares, to confront their demons.


Marc Dahlquist

"My goal is to be a sports reporter for a major network in a major market," says Marc. "I chose North Central because people raved about its radio program and because I wanted to try out the broadcasting field as soon as possible."

Marc learned the tools of the trade first in radio, then TV. "I feel you need to know all aspects of broadcasting," he explains. At WONC, he started reading traffic reports before working his way up to serving as station manager with his own weekly on-air show.

In TV, Marc landed two sports internships. "I worked at ESPN behind the scenes on Division I college football," he explains. "It was a great way to learn how big college games are produced." His second internship—at Naperville Community Television (NCTV)—led to a paid position as a sports producer in charge of shooting and editing videos for weekly highlights shows. "I wrote and edited scripts and sometimes reported at events," he says. "North Central’s faculty have taught me all I know and were vital in helping me get the internships and job. Now I know this is what I want to do."

Majors Minors and Programs : Broadcast communication

Junior broadcaster receives Silver Dome nomination

Junior broadcaster receives Silver Dome nomination

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Ryan Pier ’11, sports director for WONC-FM 89.1, received a nomination for Best Sportscaster (in a small market) from the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) and is one of three vying for this Silver Dome Award. His competition includes sports reporters from two commercial stations: WKAN in Kankakee and WRMJ in Aledo. Piers produced a sports story that aired on WONC featuring the basketball prowess of the Raridon family. He will attend the IBA awards ceremony June 16 in Normal, Ill., where he’ll learn the winner.


North Central professor to take part in WFMT Haydn performance

A North Central College professor will take part in a performance of Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ."

A North Central College professor will take part in a performance of Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” that will be broadcast live March 31 on WFMT-FM 98.7, Chicago’s classical music radio station.

Perry T. Hamalis, assistant professor of religious studies and director of North Central College’s Office of Academic Opportunities, is among eight prominent speakers who will deliver short meditations about Christ’s final words.

Junior heads to Uganda during spring break to research crisis journalism

Ryan Piers chose to travel Uganda, Africa, to conduct research for a project related to his major in broadcast communication and minor in journalism.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

March 16, 2010--North Central College offers its students a variety of service, cultural and academic experiences during its spring break in March. Ryan Piers, a junior from Washington, Ill., chose to travel Uganda, Africa, to conduct research for a project related to his major in broadcast communication and minor in journalism.

Ryan Piers ’11 heads to Uganda to research crisis journalism

Ryan Piers ’11 heads to Uganda to research crisis journalism

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Broadcast communication major Ryan Piers ’11 will be traveling to Uganda March 13-27 to conduct research, funded by a Richter grant, for his project titled “Susan D. Moeller’s ‘Compassion Fatigue’ Preventing Journalism Methods and How They Were Applied When Reporting on the LRA.” Piers will be based in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and staying in a house run by the Catholic Diocese. His research will involve interviewing local and international journalists, asking questions that test whether or not they used the proposed methods of “good crisis journalism” talked about in Susan D.


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