JMC School Professor Komenich on the Washington Post, Ed Kennedy, & Journalism

by Kim Komenich

I am quoted in a Friday Washington Post piece about Ed Kennedy, the AP reporter who broke an 18-hour embargo of the announcement about the WWII German surrender once he heard that the news was already being broadcast on the radio in Europe- in German. The article can be found here.

I became involved with the Ed Kennedy Project through my former Examiner colleague Eric Brazil. Eric’s friend Ray March (also mentioned in the Post piece) is leading the charge. The Chronicle and more than 50 journalists have signed on and the group hopes the thing will catch fire in the coming weeks.

There will be a panel discussion Dec. 7 in S.F. on the Ed Kennedy Project. Panelists are Brazil, March, Julia Kennedy Cochran, David Perlman of the S.F. Chronicle and Ward Bushee, S.F. Chronicle editor, moderator. It is being sponsored by the California Press Association with administrative support from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

March is also proposing an event to be held Pulitzer week (early April) at the Panetta Institute in Monterrey. If you are interested, I can see if I can get March to vector the event to SJSU and use the occasion to stream it to other J-schools.

Even if March does the thing in Monterrey, I think the Kennedy issue brings up a great symposium topic– the gray ethical area we sometimes get into when we’ve committed to one thing and it turns out to be another. Mike Wallace caught hell for his opinions about this in the PBS “Ethics in America” series in the 70’s. Video is near the bottom of this page:

We’ve been streaming all of our JMC Graduate Program – New Media Visionaries lectures this semester:

3rd Annual Health Services Administration Mixer and Professional Panel Resounding Success

by Van Ta Park

The third annual Health Services Administration Mixer and Professional Panel event at San José State University took place on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 4-6:00pm at the Engineering Building, Room 285. This event was led and organized by Dr. Van Ta Park, Assistant Professor and Health Services Administration Concentration Coordinator, as well as the Health Services Administration Student Committee from the Department of Health Science. The three student leaders of the committee were Mitchica Bose, Christopher Cardema and Jerick Caballero.

The Health Services Administration Professional Panel allowed Health Science students and alumni, particularly those in the department’s Health Services Administration

Health Services Mixer Panel engages in lively exchange of ideas.

concentration (Option 4), to gain important and helpful information on health services administration from professionals in the field.  The panel discussion provided insight into the panelists’ backgrounds, training and experience and touched on current trends in the panelists’ fields of expertise.  Panelists also provided descriptive information on the organizations they represented including internship opportunities (Option 4 students are required to complete 200 hours of an internship during their last semester). Students also had the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists that informed their study and career planning.

We had the following panelists at our event:

The room was packed with more than 110 persons in attendance including students, alumni, and faculty! Many students and alumni have commented on how valuable this experience has been for them!

Photos of the fabulous event can be viewed here:!221&authkey=!AMQ9xX1ou_8atnE

If you would like additional information about that event, please contact Dr. Ta Park at

Information about the Health Sciences MPH Program can be found here: