Ceppos hopes to improve journalism

Former Merc editor and Knight Ridder vice president Jerry Ceppos (pictured) has started his new $175,000-a-year job as University of Nevada, Reno journalism dean. He tells the Reno Gazette-Journal: “I would love to perhaps be able to improve the journalism profession from the inside rather than trying to do it from the outside … It seems to me to be a better chance to influence future journalists by working with students rather than directing and editing the copy of reporters.”

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Ceppos named dean of Nevada J-school

The University of Nevada, Reno, has named former Merc editor and Knight Ridder vp Jerry Ceppos as its new journalism dean, heading a school with 500 students and 15 full-time staff. In addition Ceppos will be a full professor with tenure and the holder of endowed chair. He starts in January. Ceppos, a resident of Saratoga, is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University and a consultant for Leading Edge Associates. Ceppos was the only remaining finalists after two

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Ceppos sole candidate for Nevada deanship

Former Mercury News executive editor and Knight Ridder vp Jerry Ceppos is the only remaining candidate for dean of the University of Nevada, Reno journalism school after the other finalist withdrew, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The president of the university, Milton Glick, could not be reached by the Gazette-Journal for comment on whether the university would choose Ceppos or reopen the national search. The head of the search committee is quoted by the Reno paper as saying that one reason

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Chron won’t use ‘Rambo’ images of Cho

Chron Editor Phil Bronstein says he decided against printing the most startling, “Rambo” images of Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui in today’s edition. “To me, that is so manufactured,” Bronstein is quoted by reporter Matt Stannard on Sfgate as saying. “It’s real in the sense that he used the guns in a horrible way, but those particular images of him with the gun are such manipulation,” he said. “They reflected the image that he wanted to have live on, so

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Ex-KR executives start consulting firm

Three former Knight Ridder executives have launched a consulting firm to help companies with management assessment and training, strategic planning, succession management, and workplace diversity, according to Editor & Publisher Online. Larry Olmstead (left), who was in charge of recruiting, training, and leadership development at Knight Ridder until last June, is president and executive consultant of Leading Edge Associates of San Jose. He is joined by former Merc executive editor and KR news VP Jerry Ceppos (right) and Marty Claus

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Lack of J-school leaders feared

Former Merc editor and Knight Ridder news VP Jerry Ceppos (pictured) says he is worried about the huge number of openings for journalism deans and chairs that will develop in the next few years. In an e-mail Q&A with the Poynter Institute’s Gregory E. Ravre, Ceppos wonders how many people will want to fill those jobs. “Our schools are sunk if they don’t have strong leaders,” Ceppos says. He also discusses a variety of other topics about journalism education in

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