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Associate Professor Mary Rogus awarded RTNDF educator fellowship

ATHENS, Ohio (June 29, 2005) -- Mary T. Rogus, an E.W. Scripps School of Journalism associate professor, has been awarded a 2005 Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation.

The fellowship places university-level broadcast educators who have been out of the newsroom for more than three years in radio or television newsrooms around the country. The goal of the program is to educate the fellows regarding the latest technologies and practices in broadcast news. Rogus will work at WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., from Aug. 1-31.

"I want to be sure that what I am teaching will be relevant for my students," Rogus said. "Skills can become obsolete very quickly."

Rogus worked with the program's placement coordinator to find a station that would fit her needs. "I wanted a station that shows how different media converge and share resources," she said.

Rogus has been a member of the Radio and Television News Directors Association for many years and advises the local chapter at Ohio University. She said she has been waiting to apply for this fellowship since she became a professor six years ago.

The fellowship pays all traveling and living expenses and Rogus will receive a $2,500 stipend. The Educator in the Newsroom project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Prior to joining the Ohio University faculty in 1999, Rogus was an executive producer for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, where she won the 1998 National Headliner Best Newscast Award. She has also worked at TV stations in Minneapolis, Minn.; Dayton, Ohio; Green Bay, Wis.; and Lexington, Ky.

Rogus has an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor's degree in communications from Ithaca College. She teaches courses in broadcast journalism, news management, broadcast production and investigative reporting.

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