Veteran journalist named 2012-13 Reynolds Chair

Award-winning broadcaster Michael V. Marcotte seeks to push journalism to greater heights

9/10/2012 - By: Melanie Peck
Marcotte and Stavitsky Dean Al Stavitsky (right) welcomes Michael V. Marcotte as the 2012-2013 Donald W. Reynolds Chair for the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno has announced that Michael V. Marcotte, an award-winning journalist, manager and strong local news advocate, is the 2012-2013 Donald W. Reynolds Chair for the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism.

Marcotte's career spans 30 years and includes work in newspaper, radio, television and online media. He has managed top-rated NPR member station news departments in San Diego and Seattle-Tacoma and taught journalism at four universities.

Marcotte was selected for the Class of 2011 Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, a prestigious journalism program, where he focused on social entrepreneurism, nonprofit management, public media leadership, ethics and innovation, data visualization and social-network theory. Through the fellowship, Marcotte developed a proposal for "innovation labs" to spur change in public media stations.

"As a working newsman, I always acted on the need to push journalism higher," Marcotte said. "And as a longtime news manager, I always acted on the opportunity to help journalists serve the public better. Now, as a member of this great school and this great faculty, I can do both those things - not only at a vital time for journalism - but at a vital moment in the maturation of our future professionals."

Marcotte is former president of Public Radio News Directors, Inc., and also served as the organization's senior news trainer and authored their online news directors' guidebook.

"We're fortunate to have Mike come on board this year," said Al Stavitsky, dean of the Reynolds School. "He brings rich professional and teaching experience, as well as deep connections to the public media world that will help us strengthen our partnership with 88.7 KUNR."

Marcotte is the owner of MVM Consulting, targeting public media news needs. Clients have included NPR, KQED, OPB, KERA, Iowa Public Radio, Capital Public Radio and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He has published numerous articles on issues in public media. Marcotte is a second-generation broadcast journalist, with his father, Henry J. Marcotte Jr., working in radio and television for more than 45 years.


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