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AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Oral History Project - Trailblazers

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Trailblazers of Diversity oral history project is a series of recorded interviews with key individuals who have made a difference in the efforts furthering diversity in journalism, its education and research.

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AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Atwater, Tony
Tony Atwater has had an enriched career in broadcast journalism and administration. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in mass media arts from Hampton University in 1973, and his Ph.D. in communication research from Michigan State University in 1983. He has performed research in news selection behavior in the mass media, and has published 30 refereed journal articles on the subject. Atwater held administrative positions at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Toledo, and Youngstown State University in Ohio. He served as the President of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2005, and Norfolk State University in 2011. In addition, he served as the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Bland, Dorothy
Dorothy Bland brings more than 25 years of media experience, from a reporter to a marketing consultant. Her career started at daily newspapers in Arkansas and Tennessee before joining Gannett in 1980. At Gannett, she served a variety of roles at USA Today and earned three Gannett president's rings for excellence as a publisher. She is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). She currently serves as the Dean of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Prior to UNT, she served five years as the journalism director at Florida A&M University. 
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Bramlett, Sharon
Sharon Bramlett is an associate professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Her background includes working in newspaper, public relations and radio. She has taught many courses but has a focus on race and gender mass communication courses. Her research is centered around media influence of race and social class. She has written and presented over 100 research papers in this topic, and has contributed chapters to books. As an active member of AEJMC, she has served on many committees throughout her professional career. She is a recipient of the Barry Bingham Fellowship, and Professor of the Year Award from the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Burd, Gene
Gene Burd has practiced journalism for over 50 years. He has written for numerous publications including, Kansas City Star, Albuquerque Journal, Houston Chronicle, Three Rivers, and Michigan Commercial. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin for over 40 years, and previously at the University of Minnesota and Marquette University. He was also chair of three different divisions in AEJMC over a 24-year period. 
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Chavez, Ray
Ray Chávez has promoted diversity throughout his lengthy newspaper career, from posts as general assignment reporter to city editor. He is a founder of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists, and has served as chairman of the Colorado Press Association's Diversity Committee. Chávez is a two-time winner of the National Teaching Award for Excellence from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. As director of the SJMC Office of Student Diversity, Chávez speaks to students from all over the country, sparking their enthusiasm and motivation to pursue journalism as a career.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Dates, Jannette
Jannette Dates is an educator and commentator on the images of African Americans in the media. She obtained her B.S. from Coppin State University, an M.Ed. from John Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is known for addressing issues of the media treatment of African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups. She has contributed chapters for thirteen books, and has written three scholarly articles and been published several times. She has served as the dean of the School of Communication at Howard University and on the board for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Ghiglione, Loren
Loren Ghiglione, a veteran of 45 years in journalism and journalism education, teaches enterprise reporting, global journalism and media history.  In 2015 he received the teaching excellence award presented annually by Medill undergraduate students.  He also introduced an oral history course titled “Native Americans Tell Their Stories” and began a year-long term as chair of the university steering committee for the 2015-16 One Book One Northwestern program, which selected Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America.  In 2014 he served on the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force at Northwestern.  Ghiglione’s teaching philosophy is based on his hope that he can help students learn to think and learn how to learn, and not just about writing and storytelling artfully and ethically for multiple media. The best journalists are eager to learn about the world, always attempting to diminish their ignorance about cities and cultures, history and humanity.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Gutierrez, Felix
Dr. Félix Gutiérrez is a Professor of Journalism & Communication and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.He is the 2011 recipient of the Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2004 recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Research About Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the 1996 Gustavus Myers Award as Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America.  Gutiérrez is a former Senior Vice President of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum as well as the first Executive Director of the California Chicano News Media Association from 1978 through 1980. 
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Hines, Barbara
Since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Dr. Barbara Hines has spent her career training and educating journalists from all over the world as to the importance of journalism and how to do it well. She has taught students in high school and college as well as professionals from over four states and ten countries. Hines has served as assistant dean at the University of Maryland College of Journalism, president of AEJMC, was named the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Public Relations Society of America’s Outstanding Educator, and was founding executive director of the Maryland Scholastic Press Advisers Association.  
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Jeter, Phil
Dr. Phil Jeter has worn many hats in many different places. He received a bachelor's from Johnson C. Smith University, a master's from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His journalism career started as a news writer for the United Press International Inc. Some time after, he became involved with administration in higher education. He was a professor at Middle Tennessee University and spent 22 years at Florida A&M University. He now sits as a Professor and Chair at Winston-Salem State University. He is also a lifelong member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.