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Jeff Demas , Ph.D.

Jeff Demas

Professor , Director of Television
Department of

p/ 614.823.1563
e/ JDemas@otterbein.edu
Office: 33 Collegeview, C106


  • Ohio University, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, 2000
  • Ohio University, Master's in Journalism, 1992
  • Ohio University, B.S. in Radio/TV, 1975

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Sensationalism in TV news
  • TV meteorology
  • Media law


  • 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

Affiliations & 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

Personal Biography

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.

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."

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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