Edith Batson: Folksy, Not Fancy


Telling stories. Reporting. Explaining ideas. That is what Edith Batson, 87, of Burgaw, North Carolina, does for readers of the Pender-Topsail Post & Voice in her weekly column, “Newsings & Musings.” Born in 1928, Batson has accumulated some 40 years … Continued

Ferrel Guillory: Research for Democracy


Professor Ferrel Guillory chose his career in journalism by browsing through the catalog at Loyola University in New Orleans. “I remember going and doing what an entering university student would do: going through the catalog and looking through courses . … Continued

Carol Reuss: From Papers to PR


Carol Reuss joined the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s faculty in 1976 when the school had no public relations courses. Her experience and knowledge guided the development of the public relations sequence, which today is widely recognized for … Continued

Jim Mullen: The World of Advertising


James Mullen is a man of great feats. In addition to traveling the world in 123 days with his wife Dorothy (while in their sixties), this small-town professor singlehandedly started the advertising sequence in the School of Journalism and Mass … Continued

Hugh Stevens: Sustaining Free Speech


Technology rules journalism today, but when he was an undergraduate Hugh Stevens used a manual typewriter to create stories for the Daily Tar Heel, the University of North Carolina campus newspaper. More recently, he requested paper records from state departments … Continued

Penelope Muse Abernathy: Leading the Field


Penelope Muse Abernathy got her start working at newspapers: the New York Times, the Dallas Times Herald, Charlotte Observer, Wichita Eagle-Beacon and the Fayetteville Times, to name a few. Now she’s working to help news organizations like these stay in … Continued

John Sweeney: Creative Mix


John Sweeney was a sports fan at an early age, but as an “an athlete with no athletic ability,” he found other outlets for that passion. As just one example, Sweeney founded the Sports Communications Program at the UNC School … Continued

Donald Shaw: Fifty Years in Journalism Education


“It’s not what you know. It’s how you use what you know.” With more than four decades of experience in journalism education and research, Donald Shaw has taught countless numbers of students the fundamentals of news writing. Most students learn … Continued

James Goodmon: Engineering News Success


“When you lose the game, you go home, you wash your uniform and hang it up. You shine your shoes, and you clean your spikes, and you play the next day.” – James Goodmon    Forward-focused and driven are two … Continued