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Longtime journalist Gene Foreman to
close out Journalism Alumni Speakers Series
March 30, 2010
Gene Foreman, a 1956 graduate of Arkansas State University with a long
and distinguished newspaper journalist career, will wrap
up the 2009-10
ASU Journalism Alumni Speakers Series when he visits the campus April
In addition to speaking to journalism classes, Foreman is the featured
speaker at the 2010 College of Communications Banquet that evening at
6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall in the Reng Student Services Center/Student
Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro.
Foreman has a career of 41 years in the communications and newspaper
business. After managing newsroom operations for more than 25 years for
the Philadelphia Inquirer, he joined the Penn State faculty from 1998
until retiring in 2006. He was the Larry and Ellen Foster Professor and
taught courses in news editing, news media ethics and newspaper
management. In 2003, Foreman received two awards for excellence in
teaching in the College of Communications—the Deans’ Award and the
Alumni Society Award.
Currently he is a visiting professor at Penn State and directs the
Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers in which acclaimed
journalists are brought to campus to discuss their experiences and
techniques. This past fall his textbook, “The Ethical Journalist: Making
Responsible Decisions in the Pursuit of News,” was published.
He has been an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pine Bluff
Commercial, the Arkansas Democrat, the Arkansas Gazette, the New York
Times and Newsday. He was president of the Associated Press Managing
Editors in 1990 and a board member of the American Society of Newspaper
Editors from 1995 to 1998. He has been a presenter at the American Press
Institute and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and a Pulitzer
Prize juror three times.
In 1998 he received a career achievement award from the Philadelphia
chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
A native of Wabash, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by ASU in 1990.
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