Former UT journalism director Kathleen McElroy to direct Texas A&M’s new journalism program

Journalism professor Kathleen McElroy is leaving UT to develop into the director of Texas A&M College’s new journalism program, in keeping with a June 13 press launch from Texas A&M. 

In line with the press launch, McElroy graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 with a bachelor’s diploma in broadcast journalism and wrote for The Battalion. McElroy stated she desires so as to add journalism to A&M’s established status for high quality STEM training by partnering with STEM packages.

“President (M. Katherine) Banks made a daring choice to raise journalism at A&M at a time when information organizations face historic challenges,” stated Hart Blanton, head of A&M’s Division of Communication & Journalism, within the press launch. “Dr. McElroy brings the imaginative and prescient and experiences wanted to rise to her name.”

McElroy has almost 30 years of expertise in skilled journalism, working for newspapers similar to The New York Instances and the Austin American-Statesman, earlier than coming to UT to work on her doctorate. McElroy stated her time at The New York Instances net desk impressed her to show the following technology {of professional} journalists.

“I used to be working with superb younger producers,” McElroy stated. “I felt as if I used to be studying as a lot from them as they could be studying from me. I used to be able to do one thing totally different, and I didn’t wish to retire, … so going into training appeared like a pure match for me.”

McElroy stated she additionally taught at Oklahoma State College earlier than instructing at UT, finally serving because the director of the College’s journalism faculty from 2018 to 2022. McElroy taught courses similar to Narrative Journalism and Elementary Points in Journalism. 

Eniola Longe, McElroy’s former instructing assistant, stated McElroy’s real-world expertise taught her college students to develop vital considering abilities mandatory for reporting.

“What I’ve with (McElroy), personally, is extra than simply journalism,” Longe stated. “It was very encouraging to see what she had completed in her profession and that she was at UT. She was a really huge champion for me, making me conscious of alternatives I ought to apply for.”

McElroy stated A&M’s revamped program may “put the evidence-based, moral work of journalism” inside the well-known Aggie Spirit. She stated she desires to instill a way of service inside A&M’s new program, towards the college and the neighborhood.

“It’s a very totally different college than the varsity I went to greater than 40 years in the past,” McElroy stated. “I wouldn’t have left for some other place. This was a singular alternative to assist construct one thing at one other place, however I’ll at all times have UT college students in my coronary heart.”