New dean at UC-Berkeley J-school

Wasserman UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism has named Ed Wasserman as its new dean. He has been the Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Tom Goldstein, who has served as interim dean of the J-school since Neil Henry resigned last August, will remain in that position until Jan. 1 when Wasserman takes over. Wasserman was one of four finalists for the position. BayCitizen.org says the others were Ron Elving, NPR’s senior Washington editor;

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Berkeley J-School dean stepping down

HENRY Neil Henry is stepping down as dean of the UC-Berkeley journalism school 10 months after he was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness and then disappeared from campus. A press release from UC-Berkeley says he will return to teaching journalism and will serve as special assistant to the Athletic Study Center, helping student-athletes to maximize their academic experience during their time at Berkeley. Journalist, author and Berkeley professor Tom Goldstein, who served as dean of the J-School from 1988 to

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J-school unveils pledge, student press passes

The UC-Berkeley j-school, under the direction of Dean Neil Henry, is offering press passes to students and asking them to take the following “student honor pledge”: The purpose of journalism is to seek truth and report it to the public. As a student at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, I acknowledge that my work may appear publicly in a wide variety of media formats and outlets, including the school’s local news sites. I will strive to practice the craft at its

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KQED drops out of Bay Area News Project

David Weir of BNET says the deal to create a non-profit local news organization in San Francisco based at KQED has collapsed. Weir reports that KQED has pulled out of the deal, a fact that has been confirmed by Berkeley J-School dean Neil Henry in an e-mail to Poynter’s Romenesko. However, Henry says, “We have secured an outstanding CEO and an extraordinary editor in chief whose names will be announced later this month.” That matches what the Press Club was

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Berkeley j-school dean ‘adjusts mission’

“We’ve had to adjust our mission,” says Neil Henry, who’s led Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism on an interim basis since mid-2007 and enters the fall semester as its first permanent dean since the departure of Orville Schell.” It used to be you could just educate students for a career track,” then send them off to work at one of the nation’s roughly 1,500 daily newspapers. Now not only are those papers retrenching, but the future of the industry itself

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