Communications offerings among book's 'Outstanding Programs'

Roker at OswegoFour of SUNY Oswego’s academic programs receive a close-up look in “Television, Film and Digital Media Programs: 556 Outstanding Programs at Top Colleges and Universities Across the Nation,” published by the Princeton Review.

The first edition, produced by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, selects programs of distinction at 215 colleges and universities from across North America based on surveys and other data.

The book lists SUNY Oswego’s programs in broadcasting and mass communications, public relations, journalism and graphic design. The listing also notes Oswego is starting a program in new media.

“College applicants considering a future in the industry have hundreds of alternatives in programs and institutions and a breadth of future careers to investigate,” Chris Albrecht, the chairman and CEO of HBO noted in the book’s forward. “A guide to help students make informed decisions is a necessity.”

Oswego is one of four SUNY institutions included in the book—along with Binghamton, Fredonia and Oneonta. The publication also cites institutions as diverse as Harvard and Yale, New York University and University of California at Los Angeles, the Berklee School of Music and the Savannah College of Arts and Design.

The academy, perhaps best known for producing the annual Emmy Awards, has a mission to promote “creativity, diversity, innovation and excellence through recognition, education and leadership in the advancement of telecommunications arts and sciences,” according to the organization’s Web site.

The recognition provides a stamp of approval that could guide students interested in the field to SUNY Oswego, said Fritz Messere, professor and chair of communication studies at the college.

“They were interested in putting together a list of schools that had related programs that could accommodate people looking to break into the television field,” Messere said. “Obviously, we couldn’t be happier.”

A roster of the college’s noteworthy alumni—including NBC’s Al Roker, ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Steve Levy, HGTV’s Kendis Gibson, NEP Broadcasting CEO Louis A. Borrelli Jr. and author and media critic Ken Auletta—reinforces an Oswego alumni record in the field that is tops in the SUNY system, Messere said.

The book also mentions the college’s equipment and facilities, variety of internships at a national level and the “Hollywood P.O.V.” summer program in the world’s entertainment capital.

“We think this is just another way to attract high-quality students to Oswego,” Messere said. The program has now broadened beyond mainly attracting Central New York students to top talent statewide and even from other states, he noted.

For more information about communication studies at Oswego, visit the department’s home page.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Oswego on air—SUNY Oswego alumnus Al Roker, host and weathercaster for NBC’s “Today” show, shared the air with current student broadcasters at WTOP-TV10 when he did live national weather segments from the Campus Center on Oct. 18. Successful alumni and broadcasting facilities were among the reasons four of Oswego’s programs were included in “Television, Film and Digital Media Programs: 556 Outstanding Programs at Top Colleges and Universities Across the Nation,” published recently by the Princeton Review.

(Posted: Oct 31, 2007)