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Feb. 28, 2014
Dr. Ralph S. Izard, a veteran journalist and professor emeritus at Ohio University and Louisiana State University, will be the featured speaker for Northwest Missouri State University’s next Ploghoft Diversity Lecture Wednesday, March 12.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts It is free and open to the public.
Izard is professor emeritus at both Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, where he has worked for 32 years, and Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, where he maintains the title of Sig Mickelson/CBS professor. Izard is co-author or editor of six books, in addition to articles about media and educational diversity, journalism ethics and professional development in journalism.
In 1998-1999, he served a two-year term with the Media Studies Center/First Amendment Center in New York City, where he was online editor of publications and coordinator of the International Initiative for Journalism Education. He also was president during 1992-1993 of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and vice president for campus chapter affairs of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) from 1976 to 1979. In 1985, he received the Wells Memorial Key, SPJ’s highest national award for service, and in 2007 the society’s national Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award.
His journalism background includes work for two newspapers and four bureaus of the Associated Press. He has conducted professional journalism workshops on six continents, serving as a consultant for the African University College of Communication in Accra, Ghana; the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Republic of Georgia; for the United States Information Service in several countries of the South Pacific; and at Mitchell College of Advanced Education in Bathurst, Australia.
For 12 years he was editor of Newspaper Research Journal. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University and a doctorate degree in communication from the University of Illinois.
“Dr. Izard represents a unique perspective, that of a journalist, to our world of education and how multicultural classrooms impact our present and future educational systems,” said Dr. Nissa Ingraham, assistant professor of professional education. “It is good to have someone share new perspectives to help us grow and become better educators, whether we are future or current teachers, or future or current parents, and we look forward to having Dr. Izard on campus.”
The Ploghoft Diversity Lecture series is funded through the generosity of Dr. Milton Ploghoft of Athens, Ohio, and his late wife Zella Ploghoft. Dr. Ploghoft, a 1949 Northwest alumnus, is professor emeritus at Ohio University. Mrs. Ploghoft, who passed away in June 2010, completed her elementary and secondary education at Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest. Dr. Ploghoft authored a number of textbooks in the social studies and lived abroad for many years, founding the College of Education in Kano, Nigeria, lecturing at Saigon University and leading the university’s international programs in such disparate places as Chile, Cameroun, Botswana, the Yucatan, Swaziland and in what was then South Vietnam. In 1992, he became the founding editor of the African Education Research Network.
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