SOU’s Palmer named a “disruptive” journalism fellow

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Southern Oregon University’s Erik Palmer, an associate professor and chair of the SOU Communication Program, has been named one of 17 “disruptive” journalism fellows from around the country by the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
The recipients will be awarded fellowships to attend the Online News Association 2017 Conference, Oct. 5-7, in Washington, D.C. Each will be asked to champion a specific aspect of journalism education at the conference, and to engage other educators “in any way that proves effective,” including through the Disruptive Educators Facebook group. The closed Facebook group describes itself as a learning organization “for journalism educators disrupting media, through entrepreneurship and innovation.”
Palmer was recognized in the fellowship announcement for his research on how social photography impacts professional media photography, and for his interest in the emerging connection between strategy and journalism.
The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism was founded in 2010 through grants from The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with support from the City University of New York. It is intended to train journalists in media entrepreneurship, explore new business models for news and provide events for both professional journalists and students.
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