New England Journalism Educator of the Year

2014 New England Newspaper of the Year

NENPA presented the New England Journalism Educator of the Year award to recognize a professor at a university or college in the six-state region who is doing outstanding work to prepare journalists to lead our newspaper organizations into the future. Each college in New England is entitled to submit one nomination for the Journalism Educator of the Year award.

Nominations for the New England Journalism Educator of the Year are submitted each year in the spring. The award is presented at the NENPA Fall Conference in October.

2014 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Maureen Croteau

Maureen E. Croteau
University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

In nominating last year's New England Journalism Educator of the Year, Stephen Burgard of Northeastern University said that there are three pillars of academic journalism: Being a great teacher, being great researcher and writer, and providing valuable service to the university.

This year's winner, professor Maureen Croteau, chair of the journalism department at the University of Connecticut, has excelled at all three.






Previous Recipients

2013 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Nicholas Daniloff

Nicholas Daniloff
Northeastern University, Boston MA

"Since he joined Northeastern University School of Journalism in 1989, Professor Nicholas Daniloff has inspired countless numbers of students as a journalism professor and an expert in international relations. As the school’s director between 1992 and 1999, Daniloff helped lead the school at a time when newspapers transitioned from ink and print to digital journalism with the introduction of a new course called Computer Assisted Reporting..." Read full article...



2012 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Michael Scully

Michael Scully
Roger Williams University, Bristol RI

"The change has been progressive, but present. Where once people would thumb through the morning paper, many are now scrolling their smartphones for the latest news. It’s possible that the shift in how people consume news is indicative of the decline of journalism, but Assistant Professor of Journalism Michael Scully is optimistic.

"'It’s not dying, we’re just finding new ways to tell stories,' Scully says.

"This positive perspective and dedication to preserving professional journalism earned him the title of 2012 New England Journalism Educator of the Year from New England Newspaper & Press Association..." Read full article...

2011 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Dr. David T.Z. Mindich
St. Michael's College, Colchester VT

David Mindich

Mindich joined the St. Michael's College Journalism Department in September 1996. He has won numerous honors for his teaching, including the 2002 Krieghbaum Under 40 Award from the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service, as well as the CASE/Carnegie Foundation's Vermont Professor of the Year in 2006.

Dr. Mindich has written two books: Just the Facts: How Objectivity Came to Define American Journalism (1998, NYU Press) and Turned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News (2004, Oxford), a book Walter Cronkite called "very important...a handbook for the desperately needed attempt to inspire in the young generation a curiosity that generates the news habit." Mindich is currently writing a comprehensive modern Mass Communications textbook for Oxford.

He has been a strong advocate at the college for the First Amendment, especially on behalf of its award-winning student newspaper. He also helped St. Michael's College become the fist small college in the nation selected to host a Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society.

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