By: Mark Fitzgerald

Ghiglione Is Former Editor, Publisher

Loren Ghiglione, who was named Thursday to replace Ken Bode as
dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern
University, said he wants aspiring reporters “to be critical of
the media and critical of themselves as well.”

Ghiglione is taking over leadership of Medill at a time when the
j-school has been deeply embarrassed by revelations that one of
its students, Eric R. Dudris, fabricated material while reporting
as an intern at the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,
Philadelphia Daily News, and San Francisco Examiner
– and as a reporter this fall at the school-run Medill News
Service. Citing federal student privacy laws,
Northwestern officials have not disclosed what discipline, if
any, they imposed on Dudris.

Without commenting on the case, Ghiglione said, “Journalism is a
moral enterprise, and one of the things I would like to do –
and I want to emphasize that I don’t have the answer – is to
listen to the faculty and students and talk about the
possibilities we have for re-emphasizing the ethics of the

Some of those possibilities are already in use at other
Northwestern schools, he said. One example is ethics simulations
for law students, Ghiglione said, speaking by telephone from the
Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern
California, where
he has been director of the School of Journalism since 1999.

Ghiglione said he is especially interested in building on
Medill’s programs for international journalism and for new media.
“I want to be sure students are caught up with convergence, if
that’s possible, and are able to practice journalism across
platforms,” he said.

Medill in recent years has introduced specialized reporting
programs in such areas as biomedical and religion reporting.
Ghiglione says he wants to continue that emphasis, and raised the
possibility of created programs that would combine journalism
with Northwestern’s Kellogg business school and Media Management

“Having people with journalism in their DNA is an asset in the
business side of journalism,” he said.

Ghiglione was previously the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of
Journalism and director of the journalism program at Emory
University from 1996 to 1999. For more than a quarter-century,
Ghiglione was editor and publisher of The Southbridge
(Mass.) Evening News and president of Worcester County
Newspapers. He served as president of the American Society of
Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and founded the Task Force on Minorities
in the Newspaper Business. He is the author of six books on
journalism, including “Evaluating the Press,” “The Buying and
Selling of America’s Newspapers,” and “The American Journalist:
Paradox of the Press,” written for a 1990 Library of Congress
exhibit he curated.

He replaces Ken Bode, who announced his retirement last June
after heading the Evanston, Ill.-based j-school for the past
three years.

Mark Fitzgerald ( is editor at large for E&P.

Copyright 2001, Editor & Publisher.

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