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Scripps Howard selects visiting professor from Murrow

Rebecca-Cooney (2)PULLMAN, Wash. – The Scripps Howard Foundation has selected Rebecca Cooney —strategic communications clinical assistant professor at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication — to serve as a visiting professor in social media. Cooney is among six professors selected nationwide and will spend part of her summer at the The Sacramento Bee. In return, professionals from the newspaper are invited to travel to Pullman to visit The Murrow College for three to five days during the 2015-16 academic year.

For Cooney, this trip will serve as a homecoming of sorts. Early in her career, she worked with advertising representatives and journalists from the Bee when she worked for Crocker & Crocker, a full-time advertising and PR agency. “I started my career in Sacramento and thought this would be a great way to reconnect with the community and people I worked with,” Cooney said.

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WSU Clinical Assistant Professor Rebecca Cooney

The grants, funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation and administered by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), fund two weeks of summer study for six AEJMC members at various media outlets in order for them to learn, first-hand, how news and information delivery is being transformed by digital media. The goal is for them to take that knowledge into their classrooms when they return to their campuses in fall.

This is the second year in a row that Cooney has been selected for a professional fellowship. Last summer, she spent time with Harley-Davison as part of the Plank Center Educator Fellowship experience.

See a video of her experience last year here.

Named for its most illustrious alumnus, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is ranked nationally for its programs in strategic communication, journalism and communications research.


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