Youngstown State University Department of Communication

Welcome to Youngstown State University's Department of Communication page! The Department of Communication also offers a graduate degree.

Our Department offers three programs: Communication Studies (Bachelor of Arts), Telecommunication Studies (Bachelor of Arts), and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Communication (MIC). The Communication Studies program deals with people talking in a setting that is usually face-to-face, but that is increasingly becoming mediated (such as computer-mediated). Interpersonal communication, group c

Operating as usual

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 03/20/2024

Thanks to Coach Donald D'Alesio, YSU alum in Professional Communication and Kansas City Chiefs safeties coach for linking up with Dr. Adam Earnheardt's Principles of Sports Information students today. We needed a lot more than a 50-minute class! Hope you can visit again. ♥️🐧

Photos from Williamson College of Business Administration's post 03/07/2024
Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 03/05/2024

Big shout out to journalism student Ryan Meadows on taking first place in the 3,000m and helping YSU pick up their record-breaking 9th straight men's Horizon League track and field championship.

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 03/05/2024

Congrats Mady Aulbach, grad student in our M.A. program in Professional Communication, on being selected for the Horizon League's Sportsmanship Award!

Google Forms: Sign-in 02/26/2024


Students! Pitch your business ideas! Win start-up funds!

Click here to apply by March 1.

5:30PM- 7:30PM


Applications for the 2024 Penguin Shark Tank Competition are currently OPEN. Click Here to Apply.

Students will compete for business investments from a pool of more than $10,000 with a top prize in each category. If chosen, competitors will be given 5 minutes (6-8 slide max) to pitch your idea to the sharks. Your presentation must include a budget and how much you are requesting the panel to invest in your business.


Applicants who want to participate in the Penguin Shark Tank Competition may apply to pitch one of two categories. The two categories are:

Imagining - (The idea generation phase where an applicant conceives the idea and links it to a market need. A vision is created with colleagues and partners. The end of this stage is a well-reasoned concept.)

Incubating - (Testing business assumptions and design features and a business plan is put into place. Variations of a products may be tested. The end result of this phase is a business plan.)

Demonstrating - (The business has a product, service, platform, business model, and is ready to be introduced to customers. If a standalone product, the first commercial quantities are produced. Limited testing may occur.)

Market Entry - (Product/service sales are occurring. Beginning to persuade people to purchase products/services. Broader promotion and testing are occurring.)

Growth & Sustainability - (Profitability/proven financial stability, continuing long-term income streams, or exit strategy development.)

Google Forms: Sign-in Access Google Forms with a personal Google account or Google Workspace account (for business use).


WHAT: Sports Communication Visit Night at Youngstown State University.
DATE: February 28, 2024
TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Youngstown State University
🍽️ Dinner and Information Session: Join us at 5:00 PM in Meshel Hall 103 for a quick dinner and an engaging information session. Learn about the exciting field of sports communication and discover how YSU prepares students for successful careers in this dynamic industry.
🎥 Production Facilities Tour: After the session, we’ll take you on a brief tour of our state-of-the-art production facilities. Get a behind-the-scenes look at where the magic happens—where broadcasts, interviews, and sports productions come to life!
🏀 Penguins vs. Detroit Mercy: The highlight of the evening awaits! Head over to the Beeghly Center and witness the Youngstown State Penguins in action as they take on the Titans. But that’s not all—see our talented current students in action as they work behind the scenes during the game. 🎙️🎥🎬
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the world of sports communication, connect with fellow students, and cheer on our Penguins! 🐧📢
RSVP by Monday, February 26 to secure your spot for an unforgettable night!

Note: This event is exclusively for students interested in sports communication. Come prepared to be learn a lot and wear red for the home team! 🎤📺🎉

YSU Baseball Continues Partnership with for 2024 Season - Youngstown State University 02/19/2024

Congrats to Youngstown State University Department of Communication Sports Broadcasting major Tim Corso on being named the primary play-by-play announcer for YSU Baseball this season. Games played at Eastwood Field and select away games will be streamed on

YSU Baseball Continues Partnership with for 2024 Season - Youngstown State University The Youngstown State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will continue its partnership with Youngstown-area sports website Your Sports Network ( to broadcast Youngstown State baseball games for the upcoming 2024 season.


Student Press Freedom Day is a national day of action when we recognize student journalists’ crucial work and the hardships they face while reporting those stories. On Feb. 23, we will gather at YSU to show our support for student journalists. Join us at 1 p.m. in the Schwebel Lounge in Kilcawley Center.

It's free and open to the public. The first 50 attendees will get one of these Ban Student Media Censorship buttons!

Timeline photos 02/14/2024

Penguin Love! ♥️🐧

Emily Kochman 2017 Communications with a minor in Marketing Cole Kochman 2017 Communications with a minor in Public Relations

"Emily and Cole met at Youngstown State University. As freshmen in college, Cole was an outside linebacker on the YSU football team and Emily worked full-time in the football office. They would often see one another in passing at the office. Emily really took a liking to Cole because of his tan skin and long hair.

The soon-to-be couple were both communication majors and their classes were in most if not all of the same buildings. One day at Maag Library, Emily was waiting for her friend, Brandon and she noticed Cole yet again.

Cole was walking directly in-front of Brandon and if you know Brandon he's super short. It's safe to say, Emily couldn't see Brandon as she was trying to wave him down for class. Cole's initial thought was that Emily was waving at him but quickly realized...she wasn't! Cole blushed and swiftly put his hand down.

It wasn't long after that, that they started to smile and wave to one another on campus all the time. Once Cole gained up the courage, he messaged Emily on social media and they have talked every day since!

After dating all 4 years of college, it was time for Cole to move back home to Pittsburgh, PA. After doing long distance for about a year, Cole decided he wanted to further his commitment to Emily. He bought a house in Tampa, FL and ask her to come along. Emily agreed so they packed up their things and moved South. (With the help of their parents, of course...Thanks Mom & Dad!) Although sadden about what they were leaving behind, they were excited to begin their journey to forever.

After 7 long years of dating, Cole decided to pop the question. Of course, he wanted the day to be special so he asked a few of his closest friends to help, Michael and Colton. He planned the day around an outdoor dinner at Ulele in downtown Tampa. The night began with drinks at a rooftop bar called M. Bird and dinner was within walking distance as most things in Florida are.

While headed to dinner, there was a red bridge Cole recommended everyone go to. As Emily was looking over the bridge, Michael said, ""Hey Em, I bet you can't find any fish."" Once Emily began looking for fish, Michael and Colton blocked off the bridge and Cole got down on one knee behind Emily. Once Emily turned around she froze in excitement and said ""YES!"""

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 02/10/2024

Congrats to Youngstown State University Department of Communication graduate Brandi Brown on her induction into the YSU Sports Hall of Fame! ♥️🐧


Why support and celebrate student journalists? Journalism education teaches students how to ask hard questions, discern truth and to value facts. These are qualities that shape informed citizens.

Student journalists, like professional journalists, provide an essential, constitutionally-protected public service to their communities. They should be recognized and fully supported for the crucially important service they provide.

Join us at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Youngstown State University as we support and celebrate student journalism for Student Press Freedom Day.

Sponsored by the Anderson Program in Journalism at YSU, The Business Journal - Youngstown Publishing Co., The Jambar, Jambar TV, The Society of Collegiate Journalists-YSU chapter, WKBN 27 Youngstown OH and the Youngstown Press Club.

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 01/29/2024

Congrats to our M.A. in Professional Communication graduate Donald D'Alesio on his second trip to the Super Bowl with Kansas City. Don is the safeties coach for the Chiefs. ♥️🐧💪 Williamson College of Business Administration Youngstown State University

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 01/28/2024

Youngstown State Department of Communication students find opportunities to apply their skills all over campus. Today our students worked the ESPN+ stream for the Men's game vs. Northern Kentucky. (BTW we won 82-52). ♥️🐧


New Name, Same Great Program: TCOM to MCOM

The B.A. in Telecommunication Studies is now named Multimedia Communication. The courses are listed in the schedule using the prefix MCOM instead of TCOM.

While the courses and name have been updated, the program will still include all the great opportunities and classes you were promised when choosing YSU.

In addition, students who have progressed in their coursework to the point where they are close to graduation will be permitted to choose between entering the new program or completing their requirements under the old program. The staff in the Williamson Advising Center are trained to help and will assist students in making the best decision. You can call them at 330.941.2376 or schedule an appointment using handshake.

Students starting in Fall 2023 will automatically be enrolled under the name Multimedia Communication. Again, the name has changed, but the program and educational experience remains the same.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out directly by email ([email protected]) or phone (330.941.2342). I am happy to help.


Mary Beth Earnheardt, PhD
Communication Department Chair

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 06/21/2023

Join us in bidding a fond farewell to Dr. Amy Crawford who will be leaving YSU after 2 decades of teaching in our telecommunication studies program, 3 years as our Department Chairperson. You will be missed, Dr. Crawford! ♥️🐧


Congratulations to our 2023 Anderson Program in Journalism award winners:

Chuck Houstea Memorial Scholarship - Gunnhildur Baldursdottir & SarahRobles

Lawrence R. & Garnet P. Anderson Memorial Scholarship in Journalism - Molly Burke, Madeline Hippeard & Emily Wilaj

Peter H. Milliken Journalism Scholarship - Ryan Meadows

SCJ President - Elizabeth Coss

Incoming Jambar Editor-In-Chief -
Shianna Gibbons

Outgoing Jambar Editor-In-Chief -
Elizabeth Coss

Incoming JTV Executive Producer - Dylan Lux

Outgoing JTV Executive Producer - Shianna Gibbons

Scholarship Achievement in Journalism - Mia Albaugh

Service to the Journalism Program - Trey Turner

Leadership in the Journalism Program - Elizabeth Coss



Congrats to Mary Beth Earnheardt, Paul Ditchey, and Adam Earnheardt on picking up Distinguished Professorship awards this evening in service, teaching, and scholarship, respectively. ♥️🐧🥂

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 04/14/2023

Thanks to everyone who came out for tonight's 13th Annual Department of Communication Awards Banquet. We will miss you, Dr. Amy Crawford! ♥️🐧🙏

Here are photos of our award recipients and speakers.


Hey look! It's YSU media instructor Nate Schick running the floor cam for tonight's ESPN2 national telecast. ♥️🐧

Photos from Youngstown State University Department of Communication's post 12/17/2022

Congratulations to Dr. Adam Earnheardt's journalism and telecommunication studies capstone students on 15 amazing capstone project presentations. Well done! ♥️🐧


Amazing turn out for our first Department of Communication awards banquet in a looooong time. ♥️🐧

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Youngstown?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)

Thanks to YSU Department of Communication alum and Kansas City Chiefs safeties coach for visiting our Sports Info studen...




1 Tressel Way, 2000 Bliss Hall
Youngstown, OH

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Other Colleges & Universities in Youngstown (show all)
The Ward Beecher Planetarium The Ward Beecher Planetarium
100 Lincoln Avenue
Youngstown, 44555

Admission is always free, no reservations required! Show info at:

YSU Student Counseling Services YSU Student Counseling Services
Youngstown, 44502

Student Counseling Services provides free, short-term counseling for currently enrolled YSU students

Youngstown State Women's Basketball Youngstown State Women's Basketball
Youngstown, 44555

Welcome to the Official page of the Youngstown State University Women's Basketball Program.

Student Stealz Student Stealz

We post weekly student discounts to help our fellow students in need!

YSU Department of Teacher Education and Leadership Studies YSU Department of Teacher Education and Leadership Studies
One University Plaza
Youngstown, 44555

Official Facebook of the BCLASSE - Department of Teacher Education and Leadership Studies at Youngst

Beta Gamma Sigma at YSU Beta Gamma Sigma at YSU
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, 44555

Business Honor Society at Youngstown State University

Youngstown State Master of Respiratory Care Youngstown State Master of Respiratory Care
Youngstown State University One University Plaza
Youngstown, 44555

The MRC program has been designed specifically for respiratory therapists who desire to enhance thei

International Student Organization at YSU International Student Organization at YSU
1 University Plz
Youngstown, 44555

International Students Organization (ISO) was established to bring students from different countries

Youngstown State Softball Youngstown State Softball
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, 44555

Connecting alumni, fans, current and future Penguins while having access to the inside scoop of the YSU Softball Program.

YSU Campus Recreation YSU Campus Recreation
1 University Plz
Youngstown, 44555

Recreation Center

Youngstown State University Youngstown State University
1 Tressel Way
Youngstown, 44555

Beyond the buildings of a city on the rise, the first step of your career is waiting for you. 🐧❤️

Interfraternity Council - YSU Interfraternity Council - YSU

Providing community, service, leadership, and brotherhood for all.