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Ted Gup accepts position at Emerson College

Lauren Hennen

Issue date: 10/10/08 Section: News
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Well-known Case Western Reserve University journalism professor Ted Gup has announced that he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the academic year. Next fall, Gup will take over as the chair of the journalism department at Emerson College, leaving Case after 10 years of teaching.
Gup began his journalism career reporting for The Akron-Beacon Journal. From there, he moved on to reporting positions at Time Magazine and The Washington Post, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In addition to freelance work with publications like The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic, Gup has published two books dealing with matters of secrecy in the government.
As a journalism professor at Case, Gup has taught courses focusing on press and society, secrecy, nonfiction writing, introductory journalism, and advanced reporting. Gup said that he has been impressed by both Case students and faculty in his time at the university, making the decision to leave a difficult one. However, he is excited about the opportunity to serve as head of a journalism department.
"It felt like it was the right time to take on a different kind of challenge," Gup said.
And different it will be. Located in Boston, Emerson's student body population is comparable to Case's. But while Case has made its name, in large part, due to its science and engineering programs, Emerson is best known for performing arts, theater, and communications. The journalism department is home to 500 majors as well as radio and television stations. Along with its journalism major, Emerson offers students the opportunity to specialize in either print or broadcast journalism. Case does not offer a journalism major.
While Gup's career has given him a strong background in print journalism, he has had less experience in the realm of broadcast journalism. In an article published by The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson's student newspaper, the co-president of Emerson's Society of Professional Journalists expressed concern over Gup's lack of expertise in broadcast journalism.
Gup said that in voicing his concerns, the Emerson student raised "a legitimate question."
"I can't, and won't, deny that my background is in print journalism," Gup said, "but I fully recognize that the future of journalism is multi-platformed." As the chair of the journalism department at Emerson, Gup hopes to prepare students for a career in a continually evolving field.
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