Two honorees to be inducted into Schieffer School Hall of Excellence

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    Two honorees will be inducted into the Schieffer School Hall of Excellence for their contributions to the Schieffer School of Journalism on Oct. 12, the chair of the selection committee said.

    Professor Tommy Thomason, founder of the Hall of Excellence and chair of the selections committee, said Doug Newsom and Steve Buttry earned their nominations for their outstanding contributions to their fields.

    Thomason started the Schieffer School Hall of Excellence to recognize people who have brought national and international acclaim to the Schieffer School.

    Newsom has served as the national president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and distinguished herself as an author, speaker and teacher, he said.

    “She has really been one of the most influential people in public relations education in the last half century,” Thomason said.

    Director of the Schieffer School of Journalism, John Lumpkin wrote in an e-mail, “Newsom helped pave the way for what has become the Schieffer School of Journalism, a robust and dynamic program with more than 600 majors in…journalism and strategic communication.”

    Thomason said Buttry was selected because of his innovations in the area of new media. His contributions to online journalism have earned him a distinguished reputation, he said.

    According to a press release, Lumpkin said the goal of the selection committee is to choose qualified professionals and educators associated with the university that exemplify their talents within journalism and strategic communication fields.

    The induction will take place Oct. 12 at 6:45 p.m. at the Colonial Country Club, he said.

    Thomason said a portion of the profits raised from event ticket sales will go to the Doug Newsom Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to students in the strategic communication field.

    Lumpkin said tickets cost $50 and can be purchased at the Schieffer School office.