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About

Dr. Jeff Demas

Department of Communication

Associate Professor


Education
Ohio University, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 1999
Ohio University, Master's in Journalism, 1992
Ohio University, B.S. in Radio/TV, 1975

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Sensationalism in TV news
  • TV meteorology
  • Media law
Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Member Broadcast Education Association (17 years)
  • Member Assoc. for Education in Jour. and Mass Comm. (12 years)
  • Best Paper, News Division, BEA 2001
  • Addy Award, Best Radio Commercial, Ohio, 1989
Publications
  • Confessions of a Nice Guy, screenplay, semi-finalist, Filmmakers International, 2007
  • Myth of the Five-Day Forecast: A study of television weather accuracy, 2002
  • A Profile of the Television News Audience in Columbus, OH, and its Preferences for News Teases, 1999
Personal Note to Students
My former vocation and current avocation is stand-up comedy. My favorite quote is from the Greek philosopher Epictetus: "If you want to improve be content to be thought foolish and stupid."

Personal Bio

In addition to teaching several courses, Dr. Jeff Demas is also the director of cable station WOCC-TV, a government/educational channel run by Otterbein students. His research interests include TV meteorology, broadcasting and the first amendment, and sensationalism in TV news. Previous to teaching, Dr. Demas spent 20 years in the broadcasting industry in both radio and television.


/Contact

33 Collegeview, 106C

JDemas@otterbein.edu

614.823.1563