HU appoints global media executives to journalism school's advisory board

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Hampton University’s journalism school has a new advisory board that includes senior executives at Facebook, The New York Times, CBS and News Corp.

The 27-member board was assembled by Brett Pulley, the new dean of HU’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. He began in January and worked on creating a board immediately, he said.

Members include James Murdoch, deputy COO of News Corp., Robert Christie, senior vice president at the New York Times, David Rhodes, president of CBS News and Joe Lockhart, vice president of global communications at Facebook.

The board will help guide HU’s 400-student journalism school as traditional media shifts to a digital landscape, Pulley said. The school opened in 2002 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary in October.

“We have to teach the fundamentals of the profession here, but going forward we also have to have a much broader perspective of the entire world of digital content and distribution,” he said.

Having big names on the advisory board will put HU’s journalism school on the radar of some of the most important people in the industry, he added.

For example, board member Subhash Chandra is found and chairman of Essel Group, one of India’s biggest media companies.

The board will give students opportunities for internships, jobs and guidance as the media industry continues to change, Pulley said.

Here's a complete list of advisory board members:

Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL Corp.

Richard Boehne, president and CEO of E.W. Scripps Co.

Subhash Chandra, founder and chairman, Essel Group

Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications, New York Times

Barbara Ciara, anchor and managing editor, WTKRNewsChannel 3

Mark Cuban, chairman of HDNet, owner of Dallas Mavericks

Ed Dandridge, CEO, National Association of Investment Companies

Michael Days, managing editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pat Ford, global vice chairman, Burson-Marsteller

Simon Gillham, senior executive vice president of communications,Vivendi Corp.

Michelle Hord-White, vice president of talent development & pipeline programs, NBC Universal

Kim L. Hunter, president/CEO of Lagrant Communications

Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment TV and CEO of Salamander Hospitality

Rob King, senior vice president editor-in-chief; ESPN Digital Media

Joe Lockhart – vice president of global communications, Facebook

Phyllis McGrady, senior vice president of creative development, ABC News

Michelle Miller, correspondent, CBS News

Zenia Mucha, executive vice president, chief communications officer, Walt Disney Co.

James Murdoch, deputy COO, News Corp.

Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer, Bloomberg L.P

Mike PhilippsÖ, president and CEOScripps Howard Foundation

David Rhodes, president, CBS News

Desiree Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing Co.

Harry Smith, correspondent, NBC News

Paul Steiger, CEO and president, ProPublica

Jim Wiatt, strategic advisor to AOL

Michael Wolf, founder and managing director, Activate

 

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