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News Division

The News Division’s goals are to provide the scholar, the media practitioner and the citizen with a better understanding of the role and functions of the broadcast journalist in a free society. They seek to improve communication and understanding among working professionals, scholars and the public concerning broadcast journalism. These goals are achieved through sponsorship and encouragement of scholarly teaching and inquiry in the areas of radio and television journalism and through support of teaching and public service activities supporting free expression as stated by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


Division Bylaws | Division Website | News Division Facebook Page


Lydia Timmins | Chair
University of Delaware

Julian M. Rodriguez | Vice Chair, Panels
University of Texas-Arlington

Iveta Imre | Vice Chair, Papers
University of Mississippi

Donna Smith | Communications
Northern Vermont University – Lyndon


Festival Leadership

Tom Hallaq | Festival Vice Chair
Kansas State University

Gina Baleria | Student Festival (Radio Co-chair)
San Francisco State University

Ray Caputo | Student Festival (Radio Co-chair)
Bethune-Cookman University

Donna Smith | Student Festival (Hard News)
Northern Vermont University – Lyndon

Faith Sidlow | Student Festival (TV Anchor)
California State University-Fresno

Heather Dunn | Student Festival (TV Weather)
Arizona State University

Laura Smith | Student Festival (TV Newscast, 3 days or less)
University of South Carolina

Michelle McHugh | Student Festival (TV Newscast, 4 days or more)
Drexel University

TBD | Student Festival (News magazine)

Katherine Hughes | Faculty Festival (News)
Elizabethtown College