Fall 2012 was my last teaching
semester at Lehigh University after more than 34 years of service,
including a decade as chairman of the Department of Journalism
I joined the faculty in 1978
after having been a reporter for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
newspaper. Since 1979, I've also worked for The Morning Call,
an Allentown newspaper owned by Tribune, as a production editor.
Over the years, I have taught
courses such as Editing, Visual Communication, Reporting, Photojournalism,
and Feature Writing, and I have served as faculty adviser to
our student newspaper, The Brown and White, a semi-weekly publication
that was begun in 1894.
The newspaper has also had an
online edition since the mid-1990s, and during 2011-2012 it began
transitioning to a daily web operation. As many as 150 students
work on the newspaper each semester, and it is open to all undergraduates
at Lehigh, not just journalism majors.
Lehigh has awarded degrees in
journalism since 1927. The program is in the College of Arts
and Sciences, where students receive a broad liberal arts education,
while their journalism courses provide them with the research,
writing, social media and visual skills that are essential in
the ever-changing landscape of today's various communication
professions. The journalism program also includes classes that
promote critical thinking and an understanding of the role of
journalism and the media in today's global society.
I'm interested in the ways in
which technology is changing how we communicate, and the effect
this is having on the role of the journalist. My educational
background is in journalism, photography/photojournalism, and