Movers and Shakers: Mike Cowling, Dept. of Journalism Chair

This past summer, Journalism department professor and chair, Mike Cowling, worked as a copy editor at renowned publication “The New York Times.” Renting an apartment in New York and missing his family, Cowling spent 13 weeks working in the newsroom. However, Cowling’s wife and daughter did make the trip to the east coast to spend a few weeks with him.

“The downside of working for ‘The New York Times’ is being away from home, but I still really love working in a newsroom because I did that for several years before getting into teaching,” Cowling said. He said that by doing so, he gets the best of both worlds: learning and teaching.

This semester, Cowling is teaching law of mass media and will teach media ethics during winter interim. Because of his administrative responsibilities, Cowling teaches only two classes per semester. Cowling has been teaching for about 18 years and chair of the journalism department for 5. He was reelected last year for another 3-year term.

Besides working for “The New York Times,” teaching classes, and serving the department as chair, Cowling is the adviser for the Society of Professional Journalists as well as a member of the Gender Equity Council and the Alliance Committee.

“Issues of diversity are important to me,” Cowling said.

Cowling also established the Diversity in Journalism Scholarship for minority students who are going into the program. Through fundraising, he was able to raise enough money, and now recipients of the scholarship are awarded $500 per semester.

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Through Cowling’s efforts and that of others in the journalism department, the program was certified by the Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). In November, the journalism department will be visited by members of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications for program-wide accreditation.

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