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Wally Trimble

I have retired from Lehigh University after 35 years of service, including a decade as chairman of the Department of Journalism and Communication.

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 anthropology.


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