A recent post in Trib Nation looks back on the relationship between Indiana University Journalism School alums and The Chicago Tribune newsroom:
The Chicago Tribune played host this past week to dozens of Indiana University alums who joined us at the Tribune for a reception observing the 100th anniversary of the university’s journalism school.
Tribune Editor Gerry Kern, an Indiana J-school grad, welcomed the visitors — 180 people attended the reception Thursday evening. (We have the text of his remarks at the end of this post.) He observed that Indiana’s influence on Tribune journalism has been strong throughout the school’s history.
While journalism has gone through upheaval in recent years, the essential mission of journalism — seeking truth and community, telling relevant stories, and standing up for citizens — has remained, Kern said.
Brad Hamm, the IU School of Journalism dean, followed and outlined how active the j-school alumni are in the Chicago area. It is second only to Indianapolis in the number of grads in a metropolitan area, he said.
Tribune newsroom colleagues who are IU alumni and attended the event included George Papajohn, associate managing editor for investigations; Tim Bannon, sports editor; Stuart Courtney, editor of Chicago Breaking Sports, our online site; and Nancy Watkins, an editor on our presentations staff.
We had some former Chicago Tribune colleagues there as well: Tim Franklin and Alan Sutton. Tim has returned to his IU roots; he now is director of the IU National Sports Journalism Center and the Louis A. Weil Jr. Endowed Chair at the IU School of Journalism.
Some of us who are not IU grads participated: Managing Editor Jane Hirt, a Nebraska grad; and Digital Media VP Bill Adee, Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold, and Administration Editor Randy Weissman, all Northwestern University graduates. (I’m a Missouri J-School grad.)
We cross school ranks, obviously, in supporting college journalism study, since many of our colleagues have ties to programs. Our newsroom has a predictable large representation from Midwestern schools, ranging from Illinois campuses to our heartland states of Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
Weissman summed it up nicely: “I was glad to join in the festivities. It is always invigorating to mingle and talk with the students and recent grads who are so filled with enthusiasm and ideas.”
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