May 18, 2010
From staff reports
The Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media is made possible by a gift of $495,000 to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism from R. Smith “Smitty” Schuneman and his wife, Patricia.
“We are both graduates of Ohio University and wanted to make a gift that we could see realized,” says Smitty Schuneman, a former professor of photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. “We wanted to bring in globally significant communication leaders to help these students understand and perform for this future they will help shape.”
The Schuneman’s gift commitment will fund the next 13 years of the symposium. “Because the media industry is changing so fast, we felt this was something we needed to do now,” says Patricia Schuneman, BSED ’59.
The Schunemans founded Media Loft Inc., a full-service production company that creates award-winning meeting, events, film and video for corporate clients. The couple now resides in Okoboji, Iowa, and has two sons.