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Dorothy Bland is second in Journalism Alumni Speakers
March 9, 2009 --
Dorothy Bland, a prominent journalism educator, will visit
Arkansas State University Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, as part of
this year's Journalism Alumni Speakers Series.
Bland, a 1980 graduate of Arkansas State, turned a professional career
of more than 25 years in print and online into a promising future as a
journalism administrator. She
currently directs the Division of Journalism at Florida A&M University
where she also is a professor.
A native of Little Rock and a graduate of Parkview High School, she
attended ASU where she was editor of The Herald. Following graduation,
Bland worked for the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star as a reporter before
joining USA Today in its first four years of publication. There she
served as states editor, journal editor, newsmakers editor and special
In 1988, Bland earned a master’s of business administration degree from
George Washington University, and in 1992 became publisher of the
Gannett-owned Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette, a daily newspaper she directed
for two years. She then moved to Fort Collins, Colo., to become
president and publisher of the Coloradoan for 11 years. While there, she
was named a Gannett president’s ring winner — one of the top 10 Gannett
publishers — three times based on outstanding performances in 1995, 1998
After forming her own consulting firm for a year, in 2007 she joined
Florida A&M where she heads a division of 500 students and more than 20
faculty and staff members. FAMU is the top producer of baccalaureate
degrees for African-Americans in the nation, according to Diverse Issues
in Higher Education. FAMU students took first place in the Tallahassee
Film Festival’s 24-hour amateur film contest in May 2008.
Bland has served as a Pulitzer Prize nominating juror for feature
writing. In 1993, Presstime designated her as one of “20 under 40”
leaders to watch in the newspaper industry.
During her visit to ASU, Bland will speak to several journalism classes
including news reporting, news writing and history of the mass media,
news design and communications research, mass communications in modern
society, crisis communications, public affairs reporting and public
relations tools and techniques and photojournalism.