Todd Felts selected to participate in prestigious leadership academy

Todd Felts selected to participate in prestigious leadership academy

Todd Felts, assistant professor in the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media Studies, was selected to be one of 17 participants in the sixth Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University . The academy, held June 2 through 6, brings together academics and professionals within the mass communications and journalism fields to provide the opportunity to learn about the challenges and rewards of leading an academic program.

Felts said, “As I have been afforded great chances to learn from strong leaders, the opportunity to network with people who share a passion for journalism and leadership could be the key stepping stone to take on greater responsibilities in higher education.”

The participants represent a diverse combination of institutions of higher education and the professional mass communication sector. During their time in the academy, mid-career academics and professionals will meet with seasoned administrators to learn about management, discuss the future of media education and consider issues critical to those interested in or new to leadership roles.

In regards to attending the academy, Felts said, “Now, 20 years after beginning a career in journalism and strategic communications, I am thrilled with the idea of working and further developing skills to improve higher education and journalism.”

Other participants for the 2013 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy include:

Denise Bortree

Assistant Professor

College of Communications

The Pennsylvania State University

Carolyn Bronstein

Director, Mass Communication

Associate Professor of Communication

College of Communication

DePaul University

Mavis Carr

Assistant Professor

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

Hampton University

Joie Chen,


Way Forward Media (digital communications consultant)

Lucy Dalglish


Philip Merrill College of Journalism

University of Maryland

Jessica Gisclair

Department Chair

Associate Professor

Elon University

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Associate Professor

Medill School of Journalism

Northwestern University

Author & Journalist

Janice Hume

Incoming Journalism Department Head Professor

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Georgia

Mark Lodato

Assistant Dean, News Director and Professor Practice

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Arizona State University

Diana Martinelli

Associate Dean, Widmever Professor in Public Relations

P.I. Reed School of Journalism

West Virginia University

Diane McFarlin


College of Journalism and Communications

University of Florida

Julianne Newton

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Professor of Visual Communication

University of Oregon

Rick Rockwell

Director, International Media Program

Associate Professor

School of Communication

American University

Derigan Silver

Assistant Professor

Department of Media, Film and Journalism

University of Denver

Bruce Strong

Chair, Multimedia Photography and Design

Associate Professor

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Syracuse University

Susan Wiesinger

Chair, Department of Journalism & Public Relations

California State University-Chico

For more information on the 2013 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, visit

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