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Medill dean named top administrator

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The dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, John Lavine, was named the recipient of the Scripps Howard Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Administrator of the Year, according to an announcement Friday by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Each year, the foundation honors the best work in the communication industry and journalism education through its National Journalism Awards competition.

Lavine’s award brings with it a $10,000 stipend, which Lavine says he will donate to Medill scholarship funds.

“When I became dean seven years ago,” Lavine said, “the media industries were rocked by unprecedented change. The Medill community embraced those challenges, while at the same time strengthening the enduring values of our professions.”

In truth, he added, the award “belongs to Medill faculty, staff, and students.”

Medill was founded in 1921 and focused for many years on training journalists for newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting. In recent years, it has shifted its emphasis to journalistic techniques essential in today’s digital world. The school is named after Joseph Medill, one of the founders of the Chicago Tribune and a former mayor of Chicago.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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