Broadcasting veteran to teach in 2011-2012

Dow Smith will join the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications this fall and winter to teach broadcast journalism while Prof. Indira Somani is on sabbatical.

Smith is a veteran broadcast journalist and university professor who will bring deep professional and academic experience to the program. In the fall term, he will teach “Beat Reporting” (Jour263) and “Producing for Broadcast and Online” (Jour 362).

Smith worked in broadcast news for 25 years, rising from a producer in Sacramento to a vice president and general manager at the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. He has also worked in leadership positions at stations in Washington, D.C., Detroit, Miami and Los Angeles.

Smith was an associate professor at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from 1995 to 2008 and has spent the last three years helping to create a program in electronic journalism at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

He is author of “Power Producer, a Practical Guide to TV News Producing,” published by the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), and since 2002 has led a week-long summer academy in Florida for newscast producers from stations owned by Hearst and Belo television stations.
Smith has a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of the Pacific and a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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