Baskett Mosse Award rewards diversity efforts

By Curtis Lawrence

I was honored to serve on the committee that selected the winner of the Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development.

This year’s award went to Dr. Homero Gil
de Zuniga of the University of Texas at Austin to assist in his efforts to help Hispanic youth develop the tools they need to succeed as bilingual journalists.  The project will result in the production
of high-quality video journalism while teaching students the basic tenets of solid journalism.  It’s efforts like these that allow us to grow and maintain
a diverse workforce in our field.

In his letter of support, Glenn Frankel, director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, described Gil de Zuniga as “an outstanding young scholar and a formidable researcher who has already compiled an impressive body of work in one of the most compelling contemporary subject areas – the relationship between citizen participation, digital media and democracy.”

The Baskett Mosse Award for Faculty Development recognizes an outstanding young or midcareer faculty member in journalism or mass communication. Its recipient is awarded a stipend to be used toward work on a development or enrichment activity in any appropriate aspect of teaching, research or public service. Young or mid-career faculty members teaching in ACEJMC-accredited journalism programs are eligible to apply.

Baskett P. Mosse was a Northwestern University journalism professor who was previously a news editor in Chicago for NBC and also had worked for the Tulsa (Okla.) World.  He was a key figure in the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for more than 25 years. He died in 1983.

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