East Carolina University has turned to a longtime journalism educator known for training young journalists and building newsrooms to take over its student media program.
John L. Harvey, whose career includes 17 years as a newspaper editor and 15 years in student media, has been appointed director of student media at the university. He began his new duties on Feb. 4.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Harvey said. “I’ve been impressed with the students, staff and administration, their commitment and vision, and I feel confident East Carolina is ready to forge ahead in a renewed effort to build a professional and well-trained student media.”
The Office of Student Media oversees The East Carolinian student newspaper, Rebel literary magazine, Buccaneer yearbook, WZMB radio station and Expressions magazine.
Harvey, 59, most recently served as director of student media at Georgia Southern University. In his two years there, he restructured the university’s program, revamped the newspaper and its website, and established a successful recruitment and training program. The results include an overall 35 percent increase in ad revenues, 19 percent hike in newspaper readership and 310 percent growth in staff membership. This year, the newspaper, The George-Anne, earned 14 state awards, including one for best statewide website in the site’s first year of operation.
Prior to Georgia Southern, Harvey served as news adviser from 1998-2010 for The Daily Collegian, the student newspaper covering the Penn State community. During that time, his students earned more than 400 regional, state and national journalism awards.
Among the more than 1,000 young journalists Harvey has trained are professionals working in media across the country, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, CNN, Fox Sports, NPR, Glamour, Seventeen and Redbook. One former student earned a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, the youngest journalist to ever win that award.
Harvey also was included in a 2007 PBS documentary titled “The Paper” that documented one academic year in the life of the Penn State student newspaper. The TV film aired on Independent Lens and has since been used as a training tool by several university journalism departments and the State Department.
At ECU, Harvey is expected to institute the semester-long recruiting and training program for first-time journalists developed at Penn State and used with great success at Georgia Southern. Called the Candidate Program, it provides a multi-layered approach to journalism training that both builds staffs and trains young reporters and editors. On several occasions, he has given presentations on the program at national conferences.
Harvey offered words of praise for Frank Barrows, the longtime Charlotte Observer managing editor who until recently served as interim adviser at ECU.
“Frank did a terrific job in connecting with the students and identifying areas in which the student newspaper could improve,” Harvey said. “I hope he is willing to continue that ECU connection as we go forward. He is an invaluable resource, and Student Media owes him a great debt of gratitude.”
Prior to becoming a journalism educator, Harvey held a variety of positions with newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, including city editor, editorial page editor, managing editor and executive editor. He also wrote columns and editorials for 12 years, winning several Keystone Press Awards. He still writes an occasional freelance column, most recently for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Savannah Morning News.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Waynesburg (Pa.) College and a master’s degree in media studies from Penn State. His graduate thesis centered on student journalism education.
Symposium focuses on health disparities
Learn how community campus partnerships, new technologies and social media can be used to help reduce health disparities and increase access to care at the ninth annual Jean Mills Health Symposium on March 1.
The symposium, titled “Enhancing Minority Health in the New Millennium,” will include sessions on the use of social media, apps and electronic records to enhance and track health and health care, the effect of the physical environment on health, health care reform after the 2012 election, and examples of partnerships in health between communities and ECU.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, 115 Heart Drive.
The keynote speaker will be Janice C. Probst, director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. Probst is a professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She has extensive experience in health services research with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable populations.
The luncheon presenter will be Bambang Parmanto, professor of health information management, biomedical informatics and clinical translational science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is in the areas of telehealth, mobile health, persuasive technologies and data mining.
Registration is $40 for the public, ECU faculty and staff, and $25 for students and includes all program supplies, refreshment breaks and lunch. Continuing education units are available. Register online atwww.ecu.edu/dcs/mills.cfm or call the ECU Office of Continuing Studies at 328-9198.
The event is presented by the ECU College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation and the ECU Office of Continuing Studies.
The symposium’s namesake, Jean Elaine Mills, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in 2000.
Amos T. Mills III, Jean’s brother, created the symposium in an effort to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to her former graduate school instructor, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of the Community Health in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Allied and public health providers, community residents and leaders, nurses, dentists, physicians, other health care providers, faith-based organizations, and ECU faculty and students are encouraged to attend.
Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at 328-6799 (V) or 328-0899 (TTY).
- Thursday: “Beyond the Bricks” documentary screening and discussion, 7 p.m., Hendrix Theatre. The forum will feature a panel discussion on efforts to improve black male achievement in eastern North Carolina, led by film director Derek Koen and Dr. Ivory Toldson, founder of the “Beyond the Bricks Project.” Free and open to the public.
- Thursday: School of Art and Design’s Global Awareness lecture presented by Barbara Trent, filmmaker, activist and grassroots organizer, “Waging Peace in a Global World,” 7 p.m., Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Free.