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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 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 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 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 Sass, Gerald M.
Gerald M. (Jerry) Sass has been cited by many as one of the most individually influential people in promoting quality journalism education and keeping efforts toward multicultural diversity within the newspaper industry relevant. In 1977 he joined the Gannett Foundation as the director of education programs and was responsible for awarding more than $4 million dollars in grants to organizations including the Institute for Journalism Education, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Asian American Journalists Association, and Native American Journalists Association among others. After the Gannet Foundation became the Freedom Forum, Sass became is executive vice president. Because of his efforts in journalism education the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication renamed the Distinguished Service Award, the Gerald M. Sass Distinguished Service Award in 1996. It is an award used to recognize outstanding journalistic service by organizations and individuals.
AEJMC Trailblazers of Diversity Interview with Shockley, Linda
Linda is managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund, Inc., Princeton, N.J. She joined what was then the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund as assistant to the director in 1988 becoming deputy director in 1992. Her primary responsibilities include planning programming in keeping with the Fund's mission to promote careers in journalism in the digital age. The Fund offers internships in digital media, business reporting and copy editing to college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Linda earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Bridgeport in 1976. She worked an education reporter, news editor, bureau chief, columnist and city editor for more than 12 years at what is now known as The Journal News, covering New York's Rockland and Westchester counties.