Press Release - Michael Smith Appointed to Phillips Chair of Journalism at WJI

Feb 1, 2011

NEW YORK, N.Y., FEBRUARY 1, 2011 – A journalist-turned-journalism teacher is the 2011 John McCandlish Phillips Chair of Journalism for the World Journalism Institute at The King’s College in New York City.

The Manhattan-based World Journalism Institute announced today that veteran journalist Michael Ray Smith has been appointed to the 2011 John McCandlish Phillips Chair of Journalism, which honors the legendary New York Times writer and author.

Smith’s responsibilities for the institute will be to anchor its capstone convergence journalism course in New York City in May – June.

“Dr. Smith has taught for WJI for several years and has consistently been acknowledged as a favorite by young journalists from around the country,” said Robert Case, WJI director. “We are pleased that Michael would accept this prestigious responsibility for this year’s course.”

Smith earned a doctorate in communication from Regent University and taught at state and private universities, at graduate and undergraduate schools and now is a professor of communication studies at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.

An award-winning writer and photographer, he has been quoted in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, Editor & Publisher, Christianity Today and many other periodicals. In addition, he’s been interviewed on France24 TV concerning newspaper pay walls and, recently, Wikileaks and its fallout. He has written five books, 12 journal articles and hundreds of articles for the popular press.

Smith’s latest book, Free press, Free hand: The Citizen Journalism ofJohn McLean Harrington’sHandwritten Newspapers, is scheduled for publication in February 2011by Edenridge Press.

In 2008 Shippensburg University honored Smith as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, the highest award presented by the university.

About the World Journalism Institute

The World Journalism Institute’s mission is to recruit, equip, place and encourage Christian journalists in the newsrooms of America first and then the world. To that end, WJI offers courses, conferences, internship funding, and monographs on the intersection of Christianity and journalism. 


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