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Dr. Jeff Demas

Department of Communication


B.S., Ohio University, 1975
M.S., Ohio University, 1991
Ph.D., Ohio University, 2000

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
  • 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 TV station WOCC-TV3, a government/education channel, and Otterbein TV, an internet TV station operated 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.


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