MSU professor wins David Adams Educator of the Year honor

MSU professor wins David Adams Educator of the Year honor

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - A Midwestern State University professor has been honored as the 2020 winner of the David Adams Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. Bradley Wilson, Associate Professor of Mass Communication at MSU Texas, won the award for his outstanding performance in the college/university classroom and scholastic journalism workshops and conferences.

The Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honors one division member annually. The award was presented Friday at the online-only AEJMC Conference.

The press release can be found below:


Bradley Wilson, Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Midwestern State University, has been honored as the 2020 winner of the David Adams Educator of the Year Award.

The Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication honors one division member annually for his/her outstanding performance in the college/university classroom and scholastic journalism workshops and conferences. The award, usually presented at the group’s annual conference, was presented at the online-only AEJMC Conference, Friday, Aug. 7.

As his supporting letter for the nomination, Journalism Education Association Executive Director Kelly Glasscock notes that Wilson is an important part of two major JEA programs. He has been the creative, energetic, forward-thinking editor of the organization’s quarterly magazine “for decades.” He also “serves as the photography contest coordinator for our National Student Media Contests. Thousands of students participate in the contests each year, with photography representing a plurality of entries. Wilson coordinates asynchronous digital judging prior to our national conventions and then runs the final stage of in-person judging as well as a large critique session so students may learn from their experience in entering our contests.”

Two groups Wilson has always supported fully, scholastic journalism and higher education, are represented in this award. That made it more special for him. “Both groups have so much to offer each other, and it’s nice to know that I’ve been successful at some level in bridging the two.”

Linda Shockley of the Dow Jones News Fund wrote in her letter, “Each summer he guides a dozen aspiring interns through line editing, headline writing and page designing for the Southwest Journalist, the residency publication. He crafts a meticulous schedule of exercises, guest instructors, and newsroom simulations to push out interns who consistently perform well in summer internships.”

She also noted, “This year is no exception. As the pandemic scotched traditional plans for pre-internship training, Bradley made quick adjustments to deliver high-quality instruction remotely. He is an integral part of the News Fund’s instructional team who makes a lasting impression on our interns.

“Wilson is an educator, no doubt about it. Whether he’s teaching his own students at Midwestern State University or high school students at the national JEA/NSPA convention or even judging photo contests for state and national organizations, he’s busy teaching. He wants to be sure everyone knows how to improve and better appreciate the craft they’re practicing.”

Wilson is appreciative of the organization and its mission. “This recognition is really special to me because it’s from my peers,” Wilson said. “When I look at the list of past recipients, I see people who are people I’ve gone to for years for ideas and thoughts. They truly are leaders in both scholastic journalism education and higher education. I’m honored to be included in that group.

Past recipients of the David Adams Scholastic Journalism Division Educator of the Year Award

2020 Bradley Wilson, Midwestern State University

2019 Peter Bobkowski, University of Kansas

2018 Sally Renaud, Illinois Journalism Education Association

2017 Mark Goodman, Kent State University

2016 Nicole Kraft, The Ohio State University

2015 Mary Arnold, South Dakota State University

2014 John Bowen, Kent State University

2013 Monica Hill, The University of North Carolina

2012 Bruce Konkle, University of South Carolina

2011 Judy Robinson, University of Florida

2010 Barbara Hines, Howard University

2009 Lyle Olson, South Dakota State University

2008 James Tidwell, Eastern Illinois University

2007 John Hudnall, University of Kansas

2006 Cheryl M. Pell, Michigan State University

2005 Candace Perkins Bowen, Kent State University

2004 David Adams, Indiana University

2003 Thomas Eveslage, Temple University

2002 Richard Johns, University of Iowa

2001 Jack Dvorak, Indiana University

2000 Marilyn Weaver, Ball State University

1999 Linda Puntney, Kansas State University

1998 Julie E. Dodd, University of Florida


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