Olivet School of Media and Communication


OSMC Audio and Video Production Class Delves in the Art of Visual Storytelling

Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) kicks off the first quarter of 2024 with its featured course JOUR540 Audio and Video Production offered at the Washington, D.C. campus. The course focuses on delving into the intricate art of visual storytelling, equipping students with both technical skills and creative principles essential for effective communication.

In an era where news predominantly reaches audiences through mobile devices and social media platforms, journalists must promptly deliver audio and video content. The digital content landscape is saturated, making it challenging for audiences to sift through information. Consequently, the emphasis on the ability to communicate impactful messages and narratives has become paramount, overshadowing the significance of equipment or technical prowess.

This course, therefore, adopts a lean approach to media production. Students will leverage mobile devices to create audio and video news stories, with an emphasis on maintaining content quality despite the use of simpler equipment.

Students learn that the key to a compelling video lies in meticulously planning the shoot sequence and storyboard. Journalists are encouraged to be keen observers, capturing powerful images that contribute to the crafting of a compelling message or story.

The course also explores various mobile apps and online software for video editing, image processing, graphic design, and animation. These tools offer numerous templates and AI-enabled functions, empowering even entry-level media producers to generate professional results.

Scheduled for Saturday mornings over the next 10 weeks, the class comprises regular lectures and studio demo sessions. Students are enthusiastic about applying their newfound skills to produce video projects spanning diverse genres and topics.


Speech and Communication Course Fosters Effective Gospel Communicators

The COMM130 Speech and Communication course, offered by the Olivet School of Media and Communication as a General Education course in the Fall quarter, proved beneficial for undergraduate students across diverse majors. Throughout this course, students refined their communication skills, spanning public speaking, small group interaction, and interpersonal communication. The curriculum emphasized critical processes such as idea development, material organization, speaker-listener dynamics, group interaction, and mastery of verbal and nonverbal expression.

Dr. Marlene Jackson, a faculty member from the Olivet School of Media and Communication in Washington, D.C., delivered weekly live lectures via Zoom during the 10-week Fall quarter. Through meticulously designed in-class activities, discussions, and journaling, students actively participated in the learning process, engaging in idea organization, class discussions, and report writing.

The culmination of their efforts was evident in the final presentations, serving as a comprehensive showcase of the skills acquired in speech and communication. Assigned the topic “Christian Leadership,” students formed groups to present their research findings, with each student taking the stage to speak before the class. Utilizing visually appealing PowerPoint slides as aids, the presentations were both informative and engaging. Notably, one group introduced an interactive element by incorporating a Quiz Time, earning commendation from Dr. Jackson. The success of the final presentations not only reflected the students’ communication skills but also highlighted their understanding of biblical and theological concepts, affirming the positive impact of the course.

The overall feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive. Journalism student Yujin Yang expressed her thoughts on the course, “Communication is closely related to our lives, and it is necessary to learn the way of communication. Communication is not only speaking to myself or listening but speaking and listening with others. I am thankful that I could realize this through the course and would like to express my gratitude to the professor and classmates who helped me learn the way of effective communication.”

Seungjin Cho, an art and design major, found nonverbal communication particularly intriguing, remarking, “We live on a planet Earth where social media is exceedingly developed, so nonverbal communication is an essential factor to achieve successful interaction with others. While I sometimes struggled with communicating with people who speak a different language, I have gained much confidence through this course.”

Wenjing Chen, a music student taking the course, highlighted the importance of information retrieval in communication. “I have realized the significance of information retrieval. Communication is not just about self-expression; research skills are also crucial. Whether creating resumes, cover letters for job applications, or group presentations, we need to have a certain level of research skills.”

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News Reporting and Writing Course Inspires Media Interns in D.C.

As the Fall quarter concludes, the impact of Olivet School of Media and Communication’s News Writing and Reporting course on aspiring media interns in Washington, D.C. is evident. Students have undergone a rewarding journey, equipping themselves with the practical skills and insights required in the field of journalism.

Led by Professor of Journalism Dr. Milbert Brown, the course places a strong emphasis on developing the fundamentals for budding journalists. From mastering the art of conducting insightful interviews, and crafting compelling narratives to investigating trends/issues, students have received training that prepares them for the multifaceted demands of news reporting.

Most students who attended the course have just started their internship at the media outlet in the nation’s capital. Though they have limited journalism experience at the beginning of the course, they gradually learn to observe and participate in the creation of news stories that resonate on a national and global scale. The weekly exercise of delivering news briefs on politics, policy, and culture has not only sharpened their information processing abilities but has also instilled a sense of responsibility to report what truly matters to a broader audience.

To further enhance the learning experience, Dr. Brown designs in-class writing sessions to train students to produce quality content within tight deadlines. He also shares his wealth of experience and offers constructive feedback to help students refine their reporting and writing skills.

Caleb Qu, a testament to the course’s impact, reflects, “Dr. Brown’s class has motivated me to delve into the realm of news and acquire essential skills for crafting compelling stories. The combination of engaging and demanding writing exercises enabled us to comprehend the essence of journalism and the intricacies of news reporting. Perhaps most significantly, the course cultivated in us a tenacious, wolf-like mindset, honing our ability to capture and present news with a sharp perspective.”


Photojournalism Students Gain Perspective in Reporting through Field Practices

In the fast-evolving landscape of journalism, the role of visual storytelling has become increasingly crucial. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and nowhere is this truer than in the realm of photojournalism. At Olivet School of Media and Communication, students are not only equipped with theoretical knowledge but are also provided with hands-on experiences that allow them to gain a unique perspective on reporting through field practices.

Photojournalism, as a discipline, goes beyond capturing aesthetically pleasing images. It is about telling compelling stories through visuals that evoke emotions and provide a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Dr. Milbert Brown, who teaches a graduate photojournalism class in the Fall quarter, instills these skills in students by sending them to practice field reporting. The classroom setting is undoubtedly important, but it is on the field where students truly come to appreciate the challenges and nuances of the profession.

One of the strengths of OSMC’s D.C. journalism program is the proximity to the Capitol where many social and political events take place. In the past few weeks, students stepped out of the classroom and walked right into various actions around the city to capture moments. They were at Howard University’s homecoming event in October and visited the war memorials on Veteran’s Day. Even though students were not always successful in their operations, the immersive experience taught them to research and plan thoroughly to tackle the unpredictability of actual news reporting.

As a veteran photojournalist, Dr. Brown took a more philosophical than technical approach to the photojournalism class. Working in the field allows students to build relationships with the surrounding communities they are documenting. Whether it’s covering a community event, a political rally, or a human-interest story, the interactions with the neighbors foster a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives, enriching the storytelling process.

In addition, Dr. Brown emphasized thinking critically and making ethical decisions, such as respecting the privacy of individuals, ensuring accuracy in the photo captions, and representing diverse voices fairly. These ethical considerations are integral to responsible journalism.

The learning experience does not just end on the field. Students engage in debriefing and photo critique sessions with Dr. Brown after they have submitted their work on a deadline. These sessions provide a platform for students to reflect on their experiences, share insights, and receive constructive feedback.

Esther Li, one of the students, felt accomplished with the hands-on learning: “I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in this class. Throughout the course, I gained an understanding of the essence of journalism and acquired insights into diverse styles of photography. The captivating array of news photos and collections captured by accomplished journalism photographers was impressive. This experience has provided me with an entirely new perspective, allowing me to perceive the world through the discerning lens of news photographers. The unique challenge faced by news photographers, who must authentically capture real moments without relying on extensive editing, has heightened my admiration for their craft. The art of capturing compelling news photos is a journey that requires continuous effort and commitment.”


OSMC Extends a Warm Welcome to Dr. Milbert Brown, Jr. in Its Journalism Faculty

Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) is excited to announce the addition of a distinguished academic and veteran journalist, Dr. Milbert O. Brown, Jr., to its faculty team. Dr. Brown will assume the role of adjunct professor in the graduate journalism program, specializing in photojournalism and news reporting for the academic year 2023-2024.

Dr. Brown’s illustrious career boasts a rich tapestry of experience in education, media, and visual arts. With three decades of journalism experience under his belt, including prominent roles at esteemed newspapers like the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune, his contributions to the field are undeniable. During his tenure at the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Brown’s meticulous management of visual news content as Assistant Picture Editor for sports was instrumental in pivotal projects, including commemorating the Chicago Bulls’ historic first NBA Championship season. His dedication to journalism reached its zenith when he was awarded the prestigious “Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting” in 2001, an honor he shared with a distinguished Chicago Tribune team.

From 2014 to 2020, Dr. Brown’s leadership shone as he assumed the role of International Editor for The Oracle Magazine, the official publication of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He masterfully coordinated and edited articles and images from 750 chapters worldwide, spanning the United States, Africa, England, Germany, and Japan.

As an educator, some of Dr. Brown’s past academic appointments have included teaching media production, media history, multimedia reporting, and photojournalism courses. He has taught online and in-person at renowned institutions such as the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Howard University, Loyola University-Chicago, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Washington Adventist University, and Wilberforce University.

His dedication to education was further recognized when he was awarded the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Faculty Fellowship by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in 2015. During this fellowship, Dr. Brown had the privilege of delving into the inner workings of digital newsrooms at renowned media outlets like BuzzFeed, ProPublica, and WNYC Radio, leading to the creation of captivating multimedia projects in the vibrant metropolis of New York City.

Dr. Brown’s academic journey is a testament to his commitment to knowledge and expertise. He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Higher Education Leadership from Morgan State University, specializing in Advanced Studies Leadership and Policy. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Photography from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Journalism from Ball State University.

OMSC believes that Dr. Brown’s exceptional background in journalism and education will be an invaluable asset to its program. His presence promises to infuse academic rigor and real-world practical training, ensuring that OSMC students receive a quality education.


Dr. Marlene Jackson Joins OSMC as Faculty of Communication

Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) announces the latest addition to its faculty roster – Dr. Marlene Jackson. Dr. Jackson will assume the role of adjunct professor in the field of communication and media studies for the 2023-2024 academic year. Her extensive experience and dedication to education and communication make her a valuable asset to the institution.

Dr. Jackson brings with her a rich and multifaceted background encompassing education, publication design, and communication arts. Her career has been marked by significant contributions to the realm of education and a profound commitment to nurturing emerging talent.

With over two decades of teaching experience, Dr. Jackson has contributed to several renowned educational institutions. Currently serving as a Professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), she has played a pivotal role in shaping and delivering graduate and undergraduate programs in Strategic Communication, Arts, and Humanities. Her dedication to student success extends beyond the classroom, as she has also taken on the role of Student Organization Advisor for multiple UMGC student groups such as Entrepreneurship Club and Student Book Publishing Network.

Dr. Jackson has also shared her expertise at other esteemed institutions, including the University of North America (Virginia) and John Hopkins University. There, she has conducted courses on education technology, technical writing, business writing, and more, contributing significantly to the academic landscape.

But Dr. Jackson’s impact extends beyond the classroom; she is an active professional in the field of communication. Since 1984, she has held the position of Consumer/Visual Information Specialist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In this capacity, she has been responsible for developing and conducting consumer education publications, workshops, and special events for an array of stakeholders, including congressional representatives, federal, state, and local officials, industry analysts, media professionals, and community affiliates. Her proficiency in graphic design, particularly in the creation of consumer blogs and digital publications such as newsletters, brochures, press releases, fact sheets, and tip cards, has further expanded her influence in the field. Dr. Jackson’s insights and extensive network will undoubtedly provide OSMC students with invaluable opportunities for learning, growth, and networking.

Dr. Jackson’s academic journey includes a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Arts from Loyola University, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Jackson’s commitment to fostering effective communication skills aligns perfectly with the school’s mission. OSMC looks forward to a range of exciting developments in its academic programs with Dr. Jackson onboard.


Celebrating the Life of Rev. Dr. David James Randolph

A Celebration of Life Service for Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) Dean, beloved senior professor, and mentor Rev. Dr. David James Randolph, was held on Saturday, May 14 at Albany United Methodist Church, California.

Several Olivet University leaders including Dr. William Wagner, Board Chairman Dr. Nate Tran, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Walker Tzeng, and San Francisco Campus Director Dr. Joseph Lee attended the service. The congregation shared the loving memories of Dr. Randolph as a friend and pastor, remembering the teachings that he has given to those whom he mentored.

Dr. Walker Tzeng gave a short speech. He acknowledged Dr. Randolph’s precious guidance while serving as the president of Olivet University from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Randolph has demonstrated grace-filled leadership to the then very young faculty and staff team, contributing to the university’s initial accreditation by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in February 2009. Dr. Tzeng gives thanks to God for Dr. Randolph’s life and ministry.

Following his tenure as University President, Dr. Randolph was named the Dean of Olivet School of Media and Communication (formerly Olivet College of Journalism) in February 2011. He faithfully responded to God’s calling to bridge the church and society through his work, which continues to inspire OSMC students to become messengers of the truth in the mass media today. Dr. Randolph is honored with a namesake library by OSMC in October 2021.

OSMC prepared a video ‘In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. David James Randolph’ for his celebration of life service. The video featured precious photos of him serving at Olivet, clips from his sermons, and a short tribute from Olivet School of Art and Design Dean Dr. Joan Carter. 

In the video, Dr. Randolph was preaching to Olivet students at Commencement 2009 saying, “The greatest adventure is to join with others in community, unite deep faith, and transform the world for the biblical vision of love and justice and the kingdom of God. This is the greatest adventure and I call you to it today.” This message summarizes Dr. Randolph’s lifelong passion and pursuit of justice, peace, and truth, encouraging everyone to live likewise. 

Dr. Randolph had lived an abundant life for the kingdom of God. As a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, he has done all that he was called to do and finished the race all the way through. Dr. Randolph now rests in peace with our Lord in heaven, but he will be missed by all the friends and families of Olivet. His teachings about the Christians’ mission in media, arts, and technology will continue to inspire many generations of Olivet students.


David James Randolph Library Renovation in Progress

Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) reports the progress of David James Randolph Library renovation.

Since the namesake library for OSMC Dean Dr. David James Randolph was announced, OSMC designated a 2,000-square-feet space to set up the library. The vision for the David James Randolph Library is to provide access to resources that will be useful for nurturing those who are called to serve in the media and the arts. A collection of books, journals, multimedia, technical manuals, and other relevant materials related to the media profession is being meticulously curated. The library’s purpose is to allow students the opportunity to learn from those who came before them in hopes that the nations and multitudes will come to know of Jesus’ name.

An architect team was tasked to come up with the design-build that tailored to the function of the library. Computer-rendered 3D images showcased the library’s interior and floor plan. Minimalist aesthetic aims to create a spacious and clutter-free environment. The space will be furnished with wooden floorings, bookshelves, and furniture for study areas.

The construction project that turned the empty space into usable space was able to start with beautiful wood floors being laid down and walls newly painted. Furniture and equipment will be gradually added. The opening and dedication ceremony will be held when the construction is completed in the first quarter of 2022.


School of Media and Communications New Library Honors Dr. David J. Randolph

Olivet School of Media and Communications (OSMC) Dean, Senior Professor, and Olivet University Former President Dr. David James Randolph is honored with the namesake library by the school.

Dr. Randolph is currently serving as Dean and Senior Professor at Olivet School of Media and Communication. He is one of Olivet University’s longest-serving senior professors, who in 2006 was named the University’s second president following the first presidency of Olivet’s founder, Dr. David Jang. Olivet students have fond memories of Dr. Randolph for his enthusiastic and encouraging messages at the pulpit back at the first OU campus in downtown San Francisco.

Dr. Randolph is especially recognized for having served as the University President when Olivet University was awarded initial accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in February 2009. Following his tenure as University President, Dr. Randolph was named the Dean of Olivet School of Media and Communication (formerly Olivet College of Journalism) in February 2011.

Dr. Randolph faithfully responded to God’s calling to bridge the church and society through his work, which continues to inspire OSMC students to become messengers of the truth in the mass media today.

Aside from administration and teaching, Dr. Randolph founded one of the first festivals of new media “New Way Media and Art Festival” as a professor at Olivet University and the Graduate Theological Union in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been featured on the NBC “Today Show,” CBS “In Our Time,” the National Radio Pulpit on NBC, The New York Times, and numerous other media.

Dr. Randolph wrote the book “The Renewal of Preaching in the 21st Century” (Cascade Press), which explores how new media challenge and strengthen communications in and beyond the church. He was a pastor of leading United Methodist Churches in New York City, Long Island and elsewhere.

On October 21, Dr. Randolph released a written statement of his blessings for the OSMC David James Randolph Library:

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Olivet Community,

Thank you for the gift of the David James Randolph Library of Media and Communications. May this Library, as of all of Olivet University, be a sacred place, where Olivet students and faculty gather, read, study, write and be strengthened to become as souls on fire to spread the Word of Jesus Christ throughout a world of heartbroken people seeking God’s love and His salvation.

Glory be to God! Carry on forward; keep going on! May God bless and guide Olivet truly and always! I celebrate with you in the infinite and eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ amid the songs of angels.

Dr. David James Randolph

Currently, the David James Randolph Library is under construction. A dedication service and opening ceremony will be held when the construction is completed next year.


OSMC Conducts Annual Curriculum Review for the Journalism Program

In the Summer quarter, Olivet School of Media and Communication (OSMC) conducts an annual curriculum review for its journalism program. The review committee has proposed some major changes to both undergraduate and graduate programs, which will reflect the latest industry standards.

The new programs will adopt a more specialized, skill-orientated, and result-driven educational model. While the principles of journalism and basic reporting will remain as the fundamental part of the education, students will be trained to tell stories in multimedia format – with texts, photos, videos, and graphics. More in-depth courses that focus on a specific skill will be added so that students can learn to master a certain medium.

The new curriculum will be facilitated by new equipment and production facilities. Students will be trained on professional gears, following the benchmark set by the industry. For example, the Associated Press has announced to equip all visual journalists globally with Sony imaging products from Summer 2020. Mirrorless cameras will be used as a standard for student work, instead of the traditional DSLRs.

A new study track or certificate program specialized in the application of information technology in media will be introduced. Students will be able to choose to study some trending topics such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) production, live-streaming and other mediums.

The review committee will complete the draft of the new curricula next month after conducting more meetings with faculty and consultants of specific subjects.