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OHIO’s LaPoe named 2018 Outstanding Woman in Journalism, Mass Communication Education

Aug 9, 2018

OHIO’s LaPoe named 2018 Outstanding Woman in Journalism, Mass Communication Education

 
By Erin Roberts
 
ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 9, 2018)—Victoria LaPoe, an assistant professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, has won the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2018 Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education award. This commission is a part of the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
 
The award, which includes a $100 honorarium, was presented at the CSW business meeting on Aug. 7, in Washington, D.C.
 
“I was honored and humbled to receive the award,” LaPoe says, noting that she will be donating the $100 award to the Native American Journalist Student Fellowship fund she has co-directed for three years. “This award isn't really about me, but is a testament to the support I have been lucky to have in my life: all the teachers and mentors who have come before me that have strengthened me as a person and strengthened my teaching style and my leadership skills.”
 
Dr. Candi S. Carter Olson, chair of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women, said competition for this year’s award was stiff, but that judges felt LaPoe showed particular care for developing “awesome initiatives” within the Native American communities and that she was a “trailblazer in many areas.” 
 
Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth says LaPoe has already made quite an impact on the college since joining the faculty in fall 2017.
 
“Dr. LaPoe has been a positive force for students in the journalism school and was also instrumental in the college’s decision to become an institutional member of the Native American Journalists Association, as she serves on its board,” he said. “This sustaining membership expands the college’s diversity initiatives by supporting an organization that seeks to empower Native journalists while also promoting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, social justice, and responsible reporting. Any opportunity for us to support this type of work enriches our faculty and students and the industry as a whole. Dr. LaPoe is very deserving of this award for this reason and for the many other ways she has impacted the college.”
 
LaPoe teaches digital media, media diversity, broadcast and marketing of media. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and her doctorate degree in Media and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University. She has experience in the news and marketing industries and has written six journal articles and four books, the most recent of which is available for preorder at https://www.amazon.com/Underserved-Communities-Digital-Discourse-Getting/dp/1498585167/ref=sr_1_2/137-0300230-4999826?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1534184072&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3AVictoria+LaPoe. LaPoe donated her proceeds from the third book to NAJA and plans to do the same with her proceeds from “Underserved Communities and Digital Discourse: Getting Voices Heard.”
 
LaPoe sees this honor as a chance to continue the cycle of mentoring her own students to make a difference in the way she has after receiving education and support from her own teachers and mentors.
 
“Hopefully, it will come full circle with the students I now work with and mentor going into communication fields and mentoring their own students, the current and next generation of storytellers.”
 
Learn more about the E.W. Scripps. School of Journalism at http://scrippsjschool.org.