Theories and principles of journalism; critical evaluation of journalists’ and news organizations’ role and value in societies they serve. Beginning Fall 2011, this course will be required of all students applying for journalism (print, broadcast, and online).
Email: cressman (at) byu.edu
Office: 360A BRMB
Office consultation hours: I am typically available Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m. & Thursdays 9:00-11:20 a.m. Please see the receptionist or call 422-2997 for an appointment.
Dr. Cressman has worked as a television news producer in South Bend, Indiana (WSBT); as an Executive Producer in Waco, Texas (KWTX) and Salt Lake City (KUTV); as a Managing Editor in Green Bay, Wisconsin (WBAY); and as a line-up editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was a chief liaison officer for the Host Broadcaster during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. In 1995, Dr. Cressman won an Emmy for writing and producing the public television documentary “Russia: Hidden Memory.” He has also worked as a newspaper reporter at the Star-Phoenix in Saskatchewan, Canada. Before first coming to BYU in 1993, he was an assistant professor and news director at Lyndon State College in Vermont. He was an assistant professor at Brigham Young University and news director of KBYU TV and FM between 1993 and 1996. He left BYU to work on a PhD, which he completed in 2003. Before returning to BYU in 2000, he taught at Utah State University for three years. Dr. Cressman currently serves as the Department of Communication’s Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. His research is on broadcast news history and he has published in the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journalism History, American Journalism. He has also published in the Journal of Children and Media and his research has been highlighted in the Columbia Journalism Review. He is working on a biography for the University of Missouri Press of Elmer W. Lower, best known as President of ABC News. He has served as a division chair for the Broadcast Education Association, is currently Historian of the American Journalism Historians Association, and serves as a contributing editor for three academic journals. He and his wife Rebecca (she’s also a broadcaster; you can hear her middays on FM100 in Salt Lake City) are raising three active boys in Spanish Fork.]