School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites Hall of Fame nominations

Contact: Chris Dickerson, President, School of Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board, 304-389-8693

Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SOJMC) is seeking nominations for its upcoming Hall of Fame class.

"I’m impressed each year as I review the School Journalism and Mass Communications’ Hall of Fame nominations with the accomplishments of our graduates," SOJMC Director Janet Dooley said. "I find I’m reading the titles of national newspapers and magazines, seeing major network news outlet call letters, recognizing names of national and local businesses, and viewing titles of ‘attorney’ and ‘owner.’ I admit, it’s a source of pride."

The Hall of Fame was established in the 1970s and currently has 63 people enshrined. Last year, Betsy Alderman, Andrea Billups, Frank Giardina, Todd Marcum and Jerry Tipton were inducted during a ceremony that drew more than 200 guests.

"The SOJMC has alumni doing great work in every form of mass communication, and we want to make sure some of those are properly recognized at their alma mater," said Chris Dickerson, president of the SOJMC Alumni Advisory Board. "Our graduates are proud of their alma mater, and we want them – and the rest of the world – to know we are proud of them and the work they do. The breadth of talent that has been generated by the school is incredibly impressive.

"Over the last three years, we have welcomed 15 new members to our school’s Hall of Fame. And now, we want to announce the acceptance of nominations for the 2019 inductions."

Potential inductees should meet at least one of two major criteria to be nominated:

  • Contribution(s) to Journalism and Mass Communications as a profession. The nominee has made a contribution to the profession of journalism or has made a positive impact upon the profession.
  • Contribution(s) to Marshall University and/or the SOJMC. The nominee, either through talent, treasure or activity, has made an outstanding impact upon Marshall University and/or the SOJMC.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 15. Submit letters highlighting nominees’ accomplishments and contributions to

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