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AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Oral History Project - Trailblazers

The AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity’s 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 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 Gene Burd
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 Jannette Dates
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Kaggwa, Lawrence
Since receiving his Ph.D from Southern Illinois University in 1972, Lawrence Kaggwa has been deeply involved with teaching journalism and promoting the ideas of diversity in the minds of his students. He served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Journalism at Howard University twice. He also was the publisher and owner of District Chronicles, a weekly community newspaper circulated throughout the Washington DC metro area since 2001.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Kopenhaver, Lillian
Lillian Kopenhaver is an award winning Dean Emeritus and professor, nationally-known for research on the First Amendment and student press. She received the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award in 2009 (AEJMC), the Wells Key (SPJ), the Gold Key of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the Torch Award (FIU Alumni Association). She was also inducted into the National Hall of Fame of both College Media Advisers and the Community College Journalism Association. Kopenhaver is a past president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, College Media Advisers, and the Student Press Law Center and is author of more than 100 scholarly articles, monographs and books.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with O'Donnell, Laurence
Laurence G. O'Donnell has been a lifelong journalist holding such positions as reporter, bureau chief, assistant managing editor, and eventually managing editor of the Wall Street Journal in New York. In 1983 he was named associate editor of the Journal, responsible for recruitment. Eight years later he retired and became president of the Board for the Dow Jones News Fund.  Throughout his career, diversity was an important part of his work.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Phil Jeter
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Poindexter, Paula
Dr. Paula Poindexter, who has been a manager and executive at The Los Angeles Times and a reporter and producer for KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, served as president of AEJMC, the largest association of journalism educators, graduate students, and media and communication professionals in the world from 2014-15. Poindexter, who teaches journalism undergraduate and graduate courses, earned her Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Sharon Bramlett