IUP’s 1,838 journalism alumni are an eclectic bunch. Many
are working journalists and public relations professionals—something you’d
expect from those who pursued a degree from the Journalism Department. Others
have gone on to work in a variety of related careers. What they all have in
common is a strong ability to communicate well.
The list of department alumni who have received the Distinguished Alumni Award include a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and
others members of the working press, several who work in the corporate and
education sectors, and a dialect coach who assists actors in major films.
The Journalism Department soon will move to a new home in
the new building being constructed for several departments of the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences.
Today’s journalism department continues to offer all the timeless
instruction alumni remember—basic journalistic skills that remain applicable—but
students are challenged to put those skills to use in cutting-edge media and
real-world education settings. For example, the Journalism Department hosts an
award-winning blog to which student contribute investigative stories. In the
last year, at the invitation of university President Michael Driscoll, students
studying public relations had the opportunity to participate in IUP’s Strategic
Visioning Project, leading efforts to gather and analyze data as a first step
to creating the university’s next strategic plan. Also in recent years, news reporting
students have accompanied Army ROTC students on weekend maneuvers to simulate
the experience of journalists embedded with deployed military troops.
In the photo: Journalism students at IUP get the basics in class and then apply
them in real-world settings. For example, a group of students from
Dr. Michele Papakie's Public Relations and Presentation Making class
were commandeered to work with Papakie to interview hundreds of
faculty, staff, students, and alumni to help formulate the
university's Strategic Vision. In this photo, taken last spring,
student Hannah McCracken led a focus group session that
coincidentally included Professor Randy Jesick, on left.
John Beale '79, senior communications lecturer, Penn State
University (former chief photographer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette)Francie Brown '82, dialect coachJohn Esposito '78, president and CEO, Warner Music Nashville
David Gildea '78, assistant admissions director, Penn State
William Gonda '84, director of Marketing Communications, Penn State Behrend
Almar Latour '94, editor-in-chief, Asia, Wall
Street JournalMonica Rizzo '87 senior writer, People Magazine
Jeffrey Salzman '76, cofounder, Career Track Seminars; founder, New View
Publishing; author, Real World 101: What
College Never Taught You About SuccessSusan Snyder '85, education reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, Philadelphia Inquirer
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