New England Journalism Educator of the Year

NENPA presented the New England Journalism Educator of the Year award to recognize a professor at a university or college in the six-state region who is doing outstanding work to prepare journalists to lead our newspaper organizations into the future. Each college in New England is entitled to submit one nomination for the Journalism Educator of the Year award.

2015-2016 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Marty Dobrow

Marty Dobrow
Springfield College, Springfield MA

Marty Dobrow joined the faculty of Springfield College in 1999 and, apart from his exceptional knowledge of the field and excellence as an actively publishing journalist, he is known across campus as an outstanding teacher.

He has served since 2002 as the faculty advisor to the school’s weekly student newspaper. In this role Marty has guided students through some particularly challenging stories that were vitally important to the campus community, and the newspaper’s website won a national award at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Conference.

As part of his teaching responsibilities, Marty serves as the internship coordinator for the Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism Major, a position that requires intensive outreach and strong, current relationships with a variety of journalism organizations (both regionally and nationally.) He coordinates and supervises as many as 35 student placements in journalism internships annually.

Marty Dobrow’s role as an outstanding journalism educator at Springfield College is anchored in his own identity as an actively writing and publishing journalist. He worked as a staff writer at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, was a frequent correspondent for The Boston Globe, has been regularly published on the website and is the author of two well received books. Marty’s gifts as a writer have been recognized with a number of national and regional awards, including two first-place awards for magazine-length features from the United States Basketball Writers Association.

His educational dedication extends beyond the classroom and his mentorship of the student newspaper to the programming of campus events. He has arranged for campus visits by many prominent journalists. These visits to campus by successful journalists are wonderful opportunities for the students to interact with professionals in the field today. The extra effort Marty dedicates to this type of programming is a testament to his excellence as an educator.

Marty was selected as the 2014-15 Distinguished Professor of Humanics, an award given annually to only one Springfield College Professor. This award honors teaching excellence along with clear commitment to the school’s mission. There is no higher teaching honor at the College than this particular award, and his selection was enthusiastically received by the full faculty.

Perhaps one of the clearest measures of Marty Dobrow’s excellence as a journalism educator is the success of his students, as many are now writing professionally for newspapers around the country. One of his students was honored as Vermont’s Sportswriter of the Year and the lone female awardee among more than 100 NSSA winners in 2013 and, in accepting, she paid tribute to her former teacher and the role he played in her own decision to pursue a journalism career.

Nominations for the New England Journalism Educator of the Year are submitted each year in spring. The award is presented at The NESNEs in April.

Previous Recipients

2014-2015 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Maureen Croteau

Maureen E. Croteau
University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

In nominating last year’s New England Journalism Educator of the Year, Stephen Burgard of Northeastern University said that there are three pillars of academic journalism: Being a great teacher, being a great researcher and writer, and providing valuable service to the university.

This year’s winner, professor Maureen Croteau, chair of the journalism department at the University of Connecticut, has excelled at all three.

Being a great teacher

She has taught almost every reporting and writing class UConn offers — from news writing to feature and magazine writing, copy editing, ethics and courses in production. She teaches the freshman journalism experience course as well as a final thesis course for honor students. Rarely is she in a position of asking faculty to do something she has not already done or could not do. She leads by example, setting high professional standards for everyone, while also directing the department, shaping its curriculum, managing its staff and providing opportunities for students at newspapers throughout New England.

Being a great Researcher and Writer

She has worked for three New England newspapers — the Hartford Times, the Hartford Courant and the Providence Journal-Bulletin — as a reporter, copy editor, features writer, magazine editor and section editor. She is the author, along with Wayne Worcester, of The Essential Researcher, a sourcebook for journalists, writers and students.

Providing Valuable Service to the University

She holds the distinction of being the first woman to head an academic department at UConn. Having led the Journalism Department for 30 years and still counting, she is the longest serving department head on campus. She’s an original thinker and genuine innovator, and her work has transformed the teaching of journalism at the university. She set up the first computerized teaching lab on the campus in 1985, and since then she has taken the department headfirst into the digital revolution, encouraging students to embrace both technology and journalism. Today, her program turns out graduates prepared to work in technologically advanced newsrooms of every stripe in the modern journalism landscape. She is committed to the idea that journalism majors need a strong liberal arts background to understand the world and report on it. Therefore, UConn journalism students are urged to complete an additional major or coursework that will provide context for their future writing and editing. UConn’s journalism department is nationally accredited.

For three decades, she has guided the department steadily forward through periods of financial challenges and technological transition, while remaining true to its core mission of teaching sound journalism. She has advocated for resources, cultivated opportunities for students through internships and job placement, while setting the highest standards for teaching and professional education.

She has also remained active in professional circles, serving on boards and committees of numerous organizations, including the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, and the Board of Directors of the Day Publishing Co. of New London. She is also a Trustee of The Day Trust.

In college basketball circles, UConn’s Gample Pavilion has been called “Jim Calhoun’s House” or “Geno Auriemma’s House.” In that vein, the highly respected UConn Journalism Department is, indeed, “Maureen Croteau’s House.”

2013-2014 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Nicholas Daniloff

Nicholas Daniloff
Northeastern University, Boston MA

Professor Nicholas Daniloff joined Northeastern University in 1989 and he directed the journalism program from 1992- 1999. He currently teaches ethics, and graduate and undergraduate print journalism courses.

A 30-year veteran in national media, Professor Daniloff served as a foreign correspondent for UPI and U.S. News & World Report in London, Paris, Moscow and Washington D.C. His experience gives him extraordinary expertise and source material for his teaching. These experiences included dilemmas over obtaining and publishing photographs of a grave site for Chernobyl, an awkward and difficult decision to be made when presented suddenly with highly sensitive documents, and his ordeal as the center of international attention in Moscow after the apprehension of a Soviet spy in the United States.

He has written several books, and numerous popular and academic articles. The books include, The Kremlin & the Cosmos (1972), Two Lives, One Russia (1988), and the recent Of Spies and Spokesmen: My Life as a Cold War Correspondent (2008).

In Of Spies and Spokesmen, Professor Daniloff used a sharp recollection of detail and an accessible writing style to shed light on an era known mostly for its intrigue, high drama and tension. In so doing, he contributed to the world's knowledge of an era that, by its secretive nature, often escaped our understanding as it unfolded. He at times had ring side seats on opposite ends of the global stage and brings the reader in with him to share in a recollection of a period long shrouded in mystery.

Professor Daniloff was instrumental in the development of the Northeastern School of Journalism's longstanding relationship with NENPA and its predecessor NEPA, and he formerly served as an ex-officio member of its Board of Directors.

2012-2013 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Michael Scully

Michael Scully
Roger Williams University, Bristol RI

For the past five years Michel Scully has been instrumental in shaping the journalism curriculum at Roger Williams University. He brings his considerable experience in print and broadcast journalism to the program, as well as his enthusiasm for finding ways to incorporate multimedia into the reporting landscape.

Scully, along with colleague Paola Prado, created the journalism major at RWU that was officially launched in 2012. They completely reengineered the curriculum to shape the program into a “digital journalism” major that will prepare students to work in the newsroom of the future.

When teaching courses Scully emphasizes the importance of traditional news gathering practices regardless of which format is ultimately used to deliver the story. When they finish the program, RWU journalism students know the “catechism” of news gathering, and they know how to professionally pitch, report, write and edit news stories for print and digital environments, including video.

Scully’s progressive outlook, enthusiasm and commitment serve as a model for journalism educators everywhere.

2011-2012 New England Journalism Educator of the Year

Dr. David T.Z. Mindich
St. Michael's College, Colchester VT

David Mindich

Mindich joined the St. Michael's College Journalism Department in September 1996. He has won numerous honors for his teaching, including the 2002 Krieghbaum Under 40 Award from the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service, as well as the CASE/Carnegie Foundation's Vermont Professor of the Year in 2006.

Dr. Mindich has written two books: Just the Facts: How Objectivity Came to Define American Journalism (1998, NYU Press) and Turned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News (2004, Oxford), a book Walter Cronkite called "very important...a handbook for the desperately needed attempt to inspire in the young generation a curiosity that generates the news habit." Mindich is currently writing a comprehensive modern Mass Communications textbook for Oxford.

He has been a strong advocate at the college for the First Amendment, especially on behalf of its award-winning student newspaper. He also helped St. Michael's College become the fist small college in the nation selected to host a Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society.

Nomination instructions for Educator of the Year

The award recognizes a professor at a university or college in our six-state region who is doing outstanding work in preparing the aspiring journalists that will lead our newspaper organizations into the future. Each college in New England is entitled to submit one nomination for the award.

To include a professor from your school in this year's competition, simply write a letter in support of someone on your staff who is doing extraordinary work with journalism students. Please explain why you think your nominee merits special recognition, and feel free to provide examples or supporting material if appropriate. Also, please provide contact information for your nominee, so that we can follow-up with questions and a notification if he/she is selected.

The nominations will be judged by the board of directors of our Journalism Education Foundation of New England. The award will be presented at The New England Society of News Editors annual spring event.

Please mail your nomination letter by to:

New England Newspaper & Press Association
370 Common Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Or, you can email your letter to Linda Conway

For further information or questions, please contact Linda Conway, Executive Director.

For more information, please contact:
Megan Sherman

Promoting Growth and Excellence in New England Newspapers since 1950