Intercom Online......September 9, 1999

Penn State partners
with Times Leader

Four editors from The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will visit the College of Communications throughout the 1999-2000 academic year to lead classes and workshops as part of a national Newspaper-in-Residence Program.

The program is sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Penn State/Wilkes-Barre partnership proposal, submitted by Ford Risley, assistant professor of communications, and Allison Walzer, editor of The Times Leader, was one of 10 in the nation selected for the program.

The college will bring two editors to campus each semester for one-week visits.

In the fall, Christopher B. Ritchie, development editor, plans to present elements of newsroom decision-making. Bob Nocek, who specializes in feature, arts and leisure writing, will focus on the role of narrative in news and feature stories as well as the importance of using observation as a reporting tool.

In the spring, Tom Johanningmeier, public life team leader, will focus on political and local government coverage. Clark Van Orden, photography team leader, will discuss how to tell stories through photography.

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