Ohio University announces long-term investment in student media organizations



Generous donation from Richard Salomon Family Foundation strengthens University’s commitment to independent student journalism with funds supporting The Post

Today, Ohio University announced two major developments that will ensure the long-term success of independent student media on campus.

First, the Richard Salomon Family Foundation has created The Laura Landro Salomon Fund through a donation of $ 100,000 to support the independent student newspaper, The Post, which has has been instrumental in launching the careers of countless journalists, including many prominent writers and editors working in national media and several Pulitzer Prize winners.

This listing includes Laura Landro Solomon, who graduated from Ohio University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her years there, she worked at the Post as a writer, reporter, and editor and writer for the arts and reporting section. As a student in the late Dean John Wilhelm’s correspondence course abroad for seniors, she was chosen for one of the internships which sent graduates to foreign press offices, joining McGraw Hill World News in London.

This led to full-time positions with the McGraw Hill Newsletter Group and Business Week magazine, and eventually to the Wall Street Journal where she spent 35 years as a reporter and editor. She still contributes freelance to article on topics related to health and medicine.

“My years in the School of Journalism and College of Communication gave me an excellent education in the principles and role of journalism in society, and working at The Post gave me the basic skills, instincts and the experience to get started as a professional journalist. The fact that so many Post alumni work in journalism and communications shows that this is a perfect training ground, “said Landro Salomon.” But just as important, in an era when the media is under pressure from many sides and where reliable sources of information have never been more important, The Post is a vital resource for the entire university community of the Ohio I am grateful to my fellow Trustees of the Richard Salomon Family Foundation for being able to contribute to The Post’s continuing mission.

This giveaway will directly benefit students working for The Post, including, but not limited to, expenses such as student compensation, technology and equipment needs, and professional development, among other uses.

The creation of this fund further ensures the long-term health of The Post, a dedicated institution that enhances the exceptional and integrated student experience at OHIO.

“The Post and other similar organizations provide invaluable real-world experience for students. across a multitude of disciplines at Ohio University, ”said President Hugh Sherman. “We are grateful to The Richard Salomon Family Foundation for recognizing the importance of independent student journalism, and we are committed to expanding opportunities for student media organizations at OHIO.

As reported in June 2021, President Sherman is committed to protecting the continued success of The Post – and other independent student media organizations on campus – by partnering with student leaders and mentors from Scripps College of Communication to create a sustainable funding model to support the type of experiential education these groups offer to students across the University.

Today, Scripps College of Communication Dean of Communication Scott Titsworth shared the College’s latest plan that would upgrade the current position of Director of Student Media Internships to Director of Student Media (DSM). The DSM will be responsible for developing and maintaining a high quality extracurricular learning experience for all students participating in student media activities at Ohio University.

University partners including WOUB Public Media, Scripps College of Communication, Division of Advancement, and University management have agreed to support funding for the position for at least five years, at which time Scripps College will assume responsibility. full responsibility for the full-time position. .

“Scripps College is grateful to our university partners for this demonstration of their commitment to independent, high quality student media,” said Titsworth. “OHIO’s reputation as a premier communications program attracts the best students in the state and is very competitive in attracting the best students nationally. Such quality is reflected in the award-winning student organizations dedicated to student media. In addition, these organizations provide an essential voice for students in the current and historical file of the University. “


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