BGSU chosen for API journalism workshop

BGSU is among six journalism schools selected as the recipients of an on-site workshop that will be presented by the American Press Institute (API) for its faculty and staff in 2009. The Bowling Green event, “The New Newsroom,” will be held Feb. 20.
The other recipients are California State University, Northridge; Loyola University, Chicago; Temple University, Philadelphia; Texas State University and San Marcos University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

More than 450 schools of journalism and mass communication were invited to apply for one of three workshops.

“The newspaper industry is undergoing seismic changes, so it’s critical that journalism schools provide new insights and skills that will prepare the next generation of newsroom leaders,” said Drew Davis, API president and executive director. “The on-site workshops address some of the most pressing issues facing newsrooms today, from building new audiences to creating a new newsroom model. These programs also allow us to reach many more journalism educators than we have ever before.” 

“Certainly the media industry and journalism are changing very quickly and very dramatically, and as a faculty we have already started making changes in how we work and how we teach,” said Dr. James Foust, chair of the journalism department. “The workshop will be a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at how the industry is changing and how we should respond to that.

“It’s an excellent opportunity that we were chosen for this, and we will make the most of it to be able to share what we learn with our students.”

The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, which has underwritten API seminars for journalism educators since 1983, is funding the program. Established in 1921, the trust makes grants for programs in journalism, arts and culture, community development, education, environment and historic preservation.

The one-day programs will also be open to local journalists for a modest tuition. Details about the workshops are available on the API Web site:

The API, based in Reston, Va., is an independent, not-for-profit education and research center, founded by and in service to the newspaper industry. It provides training and leadership development, conducts research, and offers seminars, workshops and on-site programs for newspaper professionals and organizations. Since 2006, API has led newspaper industry diversification and transformation efforts through its Newspaper Next initiative.

January 26, 2009