The next dean of Medill School of Journalism will be Loren Ghiglione, director of the School of Journalism in the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
Ghiglione, a longtime community newspaper publisher, will replace current Dean Ken Bode starting Summer Quarter.
“I am honored to serve as dean of Medill, one of the best journalism schools in the nation,” Ghiglione said. “I look forward to joining the school’s distinguished faculty, teaching its extraordinary students and building on Medill’s many strengths. I would like Medill, working with other schools at Northwestern, to be recognized worldwide as the leader not only in journalism, print and broadcast, and integrated marketing communications, but also new media.”
A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Ghiglione has spent the bulk of his career in community newspapers. From 1969-95, he served as editor and publisher of The Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News and president/owner of the parent company, Worcester County Newspapers. He also served as editor and publisher of The Bristol (Conn.) Press from 1985-87.
Ghiglione is not entirely new to Medill, having served from 1990-95 as a board member for the Newspaper Management Center, now called the Northwestern University Media Management Center, which is jointly affiliated with Medill and the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Ghiglione held the James M. Cox Chair in Journalism at Emory University from 1996-99 and has been a professor and director of USC’s journalism school since then. He is the author of “The American Journalist: Paradox of the Press” and editor of six journalism books, including “The Buying and Selling of America’s Newspapers.”