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Muskingum University's Dr. Tom German Awarded Grant To Study First-Hand How Technology Is Transforming News Delivery

Dr. Tom German, associate professor of digital media design, has been selected by a panel of judges to receive a grant to observe first-hand how technology is transforming news and information delivery, Muskingum University announced today. The grant, part of the Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media Program, will fund travel and expenses necessary for participation in the program over the summer.

Tom GermanOne of six participants chosen from a group of national applicants, Dr. German will spend two weeks with the Scripps Washington Bureau’s podcasting, investigative and digital video teams, observing news operations and how social media is being utilized before returning to Muskingum to share his observations with students in the fall. In addition, a Scripps representative will visit Muskingum’s campus during the school year.

The program is funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the corporate philanthropy arm of The E.W. Scripps Company. This is the seventh year the foundation has funded grants for journalism and communication faculty to observe media operations and inform their classroom instruction.

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) administers the program for the foundation, selecting a panel of judges to evaluate applications based on the value and need of the program for the applicant, impact of the visit on the applicant’s home campus, strength of ideas for the professional’s visit and the overall quality of the application. The call for applications was issued in February, and the selection process was completed in May.

Prior to earning his Ph.D. in Communication from the Ohio State University, Dr. German worked in television production, including stints as an associate director at CNN Headline News and as a producer at WOSU-TV in Columbus. At Muskingum, German teaches a variety of courses in communication, media, journalism and design.