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Medill Dean Earns High Honors From Scripps Howard Foundation

John Lavine named journalism and mass communication administrator of the year

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March 16, 2012 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Scripps Howard Foundation announced today (March 16) that it has named Medill Dean John Lavine the Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year. Lavine has been dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications since January 2006.

“I’m honored to receive the award, but in truth it belongs to Medill faculty, staff and students,” said Lavine, who will donate the $10,000 prize that accompanies the Charles E. Scripps Award to Medill scholarship funds.

“When I became dean seven years ago, the media industries were rocked by unprecedented change,” Lavine added. “The Medill community faced and embraced those challenges, while at the same time strengthening the enduring values of our professions. Our graduates are not only equipped to be outstanding in their first jobs but have the frameworks to find the most important opportunities in the continuous change that will be the hallmark of their careers.”

Each year, the Scripps Howard Foundation honors the best work in the communications industry and journalism education through its National Journalism Awards competition. In addition to Administrator of the Year, the foundation recognizes outstanding contributors to print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Information about all award winners can be found at http://scripps.com/foundation/news/releases/12march16.html.

The Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.