July 22, 2005

Waddle to head community journalism program

This is from Editor and Publisher via the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association bulletin:

Waddle Named Director of Anniston Master's Program
Chris Waddle has been named founding director and will lead a news master's degree in community journalism at the University of Alabama. The one-year program will be based at The Anniston (Ala.) Star starting in the fall of 2006. The program also will include a Web site, journal, annual national conference and subsidized graduate placement.

The program is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation and is offered in cooperation with Ayers Family Institute for Community Journalism, a foundation established by Brandt Ayers, publisher of the Star and other publications owned by Consolidated Publishing Co.

Waddle has served at six newspapers, including the Kansas City Times, which won two Pulitzers in 1982 while he was the managing editor. He worked at the Anniston Star from 1982 – where he served as managing editor, editorial page editor, executive editor and vice president/news – until his recent appointment. He also acts as president of the Ayers Family Institute for Community Journalism, an educational tax-exempt program of the Anniston Star. In addition to his position as founding director of the groundbreaking master's program, Waddle's appointment also made him a member of UA's journalism faculty.

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