Thiel College professor named editor of prestigious Newspaper Research Journal
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has named Thiel College's James Pedas Professor of Communication Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., editor of its quarterly Newspaper Research Journal.
Claussen—who also is Chair of the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College (https://www.thiel.edu/)
The transition from Newspaper Research Journal's current co-editors, Sandra H. Utt and Eleanor Kelley Grusin, both of the University of Memphis, began in September. Professors Utt and Grusin have edited the journal since early 2001. Claussen will take over starting Jan. 1, 2018 and continue through Sept. 30, 2021.
Claussen previously was editor of the quarterly, refereed Journalism & Mass Communication Educator from 2006-2012, and served on its editorial board both before and since his editorship. It also is published by the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. In assuming the editorship of NRJ, he will become one of only a few scholars in the field's entire history to serve as editor of two major journals.
In addition to editing J&MCE, he has headed the AEJMC's Mass Communication & Society Division; History Division; Magazine Division; Media Management, Economics & Entrepreneurship Division, and LGBTQ Interest Group, among other roles. Claussen also has been an elected member of AEJMC's Teaching Committee; appointed member of its Publications Committee; and ex officio member of its Diversity Task Force.
Before joining Thiel, a leading liberal arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, in 2015, he was Visiting Professor of International Journalism at Shanghai International Studies University in China from 2013-2015. He also was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (2011-2013); Claussen was a Fulbright Specialist (2009-2014) and has done extensive consulting for universities and nonprofits in Bangladesh.
Claussen holds a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia, an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in mass communications from Kansas State University, and a B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. He was named the Pedas Endowed Chair in Communication in 2015.
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