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Journalism school honors Dr. Pamela Shoemaker with Stempel Award

Feb 5, 2014

Dr. Pamela Shoemaker, winner of the inaugural Guido H. Stempel­ III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research, speaks in the lobby of the Schoonover Center for Communication ­on Jan. 30. / Photos by Yi-Ke Peng

Journalism school honors Dr. Pamela Shoemaker with Stempel Award

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By Kerry Tuttle

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2014)—A crowd of students, faculty members and guests gathered in the lobby of the Schoonover Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to honor Ohio University alumna, Dr. Pamela Shoemaker, as she received the inaugural Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research.­

“I’m astounded to be receiving this award and honored beyond anything I could say,” Shoemaker said at the ceremony. Shoemaker received both her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in journalism in 1972 from Ohio University. She is currently the John Ben Snow Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Shoemaker is the first recipient of the Guido H. Stempel III Award.

“It’s going to be a national award for researchers in our field. We need a reward for researchers,” said Guido Stempel, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the school who presented the award to his former student. “I’m delighted that Pam will become the first recipient of this award. She is a very prolific scholar and writer—one of the most prolific and profound in our field.”

Stempel also received high praise from his colleagues during the presentation. He was applauded by Ralph Izard, former director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, for his commitment to teaching and research. Izard also pointed out that Stempel remains the only person in the history of the Scripps College of Communication to be named Distinguished Professor at Ohio University.­

“Guido is a mentor to hundreds of people, a true scholar himself, an activist, someone who has completed a lot of service, and, of course, a gentleman,” said Izard. “In the eyes of students and faculty colleagues across the country, he has achieved the title of national master and is recognized by higher education and professional media across the country and around the world.”

The ceremony concluded with Shoemaker presenting on her teaching methods and ways of performing creative research. She has made it her life’s mission to improve the field one student at a time through teaching proper academic writing, facilitating theory-building in the field, and combining theory and methodology.

“I would not be doing any of the work that I’m doing if not for Guido,” said Shoemaker. “He has changed my life and made me the person I am today.”­

The award, given by the faculty of the school, recognizes a body of research that has benefited the professions of journalism and related mass communication fields.