During his time as a CMU student, Ken Stevens ’85 was a photo editor for the student newspaper Central Michigan Life, and he continued to give back to his alma mater throughout his nearly 30-year career. Ken was a beloved multimedia specialist for the Muskegon Chronicle and MLive from 1986 until his unexpected death in October 2014 at age 51.
In addition to his award-winning career, Ken served as a mentor for student photographers and coordinated the Chronicle‘s highly respected internship program. He also consistently contributed his time and talents to CMU. In 2003, Ken was named the Outstanding Alumnus by the university’s Department of Journalism.
Since Ken’s untimely passing, his positive attitude, perpetual smile and eagerness to help young photographers has been recounted by many friends, colleagues and award-winning photographers across the country.
When you give to the Ken Stevens Endowment, you’re contributing not only to Ken’s memory, but to the success of CMU photojournalism students. The endowment will fund a scholarship to provide financial assistance to students pursuing media-related internships.
What makes CMU’s journalism program unique?
The journalism program at CMU balances classroom theory with service learning and other structured hands-on experiences to prepare students for careers in journalism and mass communications. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:
- The only journalism program of its kind in Michigan with concentrations in advertising, news editorial, photojournalism, and public relations
- Faculty members recognized for their professional and academic experiences and associations with media around the world
- Professional development opportunities with CMU’s national award-winning student newspaper, Central Michigan Life
- Internship experiences with many local, state, national, an international media and agencies, including the China Daily
Why are internships so critical?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications and experience gained at school newspapers or broadcasting stations or through internships with news organizations.
- Employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations professionals is expected to increase 18 to 26 percent. Employment of writers and editors is expected to grow nine to 17 percent.
- Online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication, spurring the demand for writers and editors, especially those with Web experience.