Educators conference spotlights Reynolds School of Journalism

2/21/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

International journalism educators and graduate students will meet for an annual presentation of mass media research at the Midwinter Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Feb. 23-24, in Reno.

"This event is a natural to lead into Journalism Week to raise the profile of the work that we're doing in the Reynolds School of Journalism," said Jennifer Greer, associate professor of journalism and conference organizer. "The conference program will appeal anyone in the community who's interested in news, media effects, social psychology, and political science.

John Pauly, dean of Marquette University's Diederich College of Communication, will deliver the keynote address, Feb. 23. Pauly will dedicate his speech to Cole Campbell, who died Jan. 5, from injuries sustained in a single vehicle traffic accident.

Pauly's presentation will address the history and sociology of mass media, the theory and practice of literary journalism, and cultural approaches to communication research. Pauly and Campbell were colleagues at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before Campbell accepted the position as dean at the Reynolds School of Journalism.

"Dr. Pauly will describe a potential future for journalism that is consistent with the Cole Campbell's vision and that remains a priority at the Reynolds School of Journalism," Greer said. "He'll challenge educators to rethink the way we teach journalism and he'll propose ways to engage students and media consumers to make journalism more meaningful." Pauly will also moderate the session "Critical Views on the News," Feb. 23.

Bob Felten, assistant journalism professor, will moderate "The Culture and Practice of Strategic Communication," Feb. 23. The panel for "Infusing Web 2.0 Journalism with a Purpose," will include RSJ faculty members Larry Dailey, Reynolds Chair of Media Technology, Ed Lenert, Fred W. Smith chair in Critical Thinking and Ethical Practices, Donica Mensing, director of journalism graduate studies, and David Ryfe, associate journalism professor.


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