Journalism Department Receives $20,000 Grant

Aug. 6, 1996

by Colin M. Witt

The Baylor University Department of Journalism recently received a $20,000 grant from The Freedom Forum in Arlington, Va., to be used for classroom and office renovations for the coming school year.

Renovations have already begun on two classrooms on the second floor of the Castellaw Communications Center, which houses the journalism and communication studies departments. Funds also will be used to convert two storage spaces in the building into faculty offices.

"This additional classroom and office space will help accommodate our increasing enrollment and provide journalism students with modern facilities during their studies at Baylor," said Dr. Michael E. Bishop, professor and chair of journalism.

Bishop said the renovations also will help present the department in the best possible light when the Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) visits Baylor Oct. 13-16 to review the department for national accreditation.

The renovations are scheduled to be completed for the first day of classes for the fall semester, Aug. 26, Bishop said.

Charles L. Overby, president and chief executive officer of The Freedom Forum, presented the grant to the Department of Journalism. Overby, a member of the Baylor Board of Regents and the Baylor Journalism Advisory Council, oversees the programs and assets of one of the country's largest foundations. The $850 million foundation pursues its priorities of free press, free speech and journalism education by working with journalists, universities and the public throughout the world.

For more information, contact Bishop at 755-3261.

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