Comm Media Alumni to Receive Award for Accomplishments in National Media

Posted on 3/27/2017 12:54:44 PM

Two Communications Media alumni will receive IUP’s Distinguished Alumni Award for their success in national media careers.  

James Rose and Colin Helms, recipients of award

James Rose (1990, left) and Colin Helms (1993, right) will be honored at a gala event on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Rose is the president and general manager for KING 5 Media Group, a TEGNA Media company in Seattle, Washington, and Helms is the head of Media for TED Conferences in New York.

James (Jim) Rose has worked nationally for a number of different media corporations, starting out as a promotions coordinator for WPLJ-FM in New York. Rose later worked as manager of Sales Research for Blair Television and continued his media sales career in Salt Lake City, Utah, before being hired at KING 5 in Seattle, where he was recently promoted to president and general manager. KING 5 Media Group is the largest media operation in the Pacific Northwest and consists of multiple broadcast and digital properties. As president and general manager, Rose’s responsibilities include developing and leading a plan for growth through collaboration across news, content, technology, and revenue teams.

As an IUP Communications Media student, Rose was heavily involved in departmental organizations, including WIUP-FM, IUP-TV, and the National Broadcasting Society. In addition to his work outside the classroom, Rose was an exceptional student. He was a member of the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, and graduated summa cum laude. 

Graduating in 1993, Colin Helms was also an active student in Communications Media organizations. During his college career, he was a member of WIUP-FM, where he worked as music director and developed a relationship with staff at the CMJ New Music Report, a publication that helps promote music played on college radio stations. This connection would later help him begin his career at CMJ, where he eventually became editor-in-chief. After spending a few years at CMJ, Helms later became the founding managing editor for Complex Magazine. As managing editor, Helms worked directly with the editor-in-chief and oversaw all aspects of publication at Complex. 

Continuing his assent in national media, Helms was hired at MTV (a Viacom company) in 2005, beginning as the editorial director. He was promoted twice, first to vice president and, later, senior vice president, Connected Content. In that role, he and his team established the largest and most engaged social footprint of any media brand and pioneered innovative, award-winning original video franchises. After working as senior vice president for five years, Helms recently left MTV to take on his newest challenge as head of Media for TED Conferences, where he will oversee strategy and operations of TED’s core media business, including video production, new format development, distribution, social media, mobile, and design.

Rose and Helms will both speak to students on Friday, April 7, at 10:10 and again at 11:15 a.m. The presentations are open to all students and the IUP community in Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall. 

Helms and Rose will be presented with the 2017 IUP Distinguished Alumni Award on Saturday, April 8, at a gala event hosted by IUP’s Office of Alumni Relations. Rose and Helms were both nominated for the award by their former professor and current Communications Media Department chair, B. Gail Wilson. This award recognizes IUP graduates who have achieved distinction through sustained performance in their fields.