ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2014)—A crowd of students, faculty members and guests gathered in the lobby of the Schoonover Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, to honor Ohio University alumna, Dr. Pamela Shoemaker, as she received the inaugural Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication Research.
“I’m astounded to be receiving this award and honored beyond anything I could say,” Shoemaker said at the ceremony. Shoemaker received both her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in journalism in 1972 from Ohio University. She is currently the John Ben Snow Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Shoemaker is the first recipient of the Guido H. Stempel III Award.
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In buying The Independent, Alexander Lebedev has widened his influence.
Lebedev, a billionaire in the new Russia and a KGB agent in the old USSR, is the owner of 2 London newspapers — The Independent recently and The Evening Standard from last year.
He is quoted as valuing democracy and the transparency of government through investigative reporting.
The irony makes my hand shake with its intensity. As this ebbs, you should consider the influences on British — and by extension, all — journalism by this change in ownership of media companies and by potential social system influences, such as culture or ideology. Will the values of the new Russia (increasingly autocratic) seep into the UK? And what might those be?
The purchase of two UK newspapers in two years suggests that Lebedev’s media interests are not finished. As newspapers struggle worldwide, there are many opportunities for previously anti-journalistic members of the world’s über-wealthy to dabble in the creation and flow of information.