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Lule receives University of Georgia’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Jack Lule

Jack Lule, Joseph B. McFadden Distinguished Professor of Journalism and director of the Globalization and Social Change Initiative at Lehigh, has been named a recipient of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award.

The Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award honors a University of Georgia graduate demonstrating excellent and sustained contributions to scholarship in journalism and mass communication education.

Lule, who earned his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1987, joined other award recipients in a “Pride of Grady” ceremony in mid-May at UGA’s Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

“These exceptional individuals demonstrate how Grady alumni carry the banner of achievement in journalism and mass communication forward into their professions,” said E. Culpepper Clark, dean of the Grady College. “They and the alumni they represent are extremely valuable resources to the college. Their character, careers and service to the field teach and inspire.”

While at Georgia, Lule met with faculty and administrators interested in Lehigh’s initiative in globalization and social change. He also addressed faculty and students on global communication.

Lule is the author of Daily News, Eternal Stories: The Mythological Role of Journalism, published in 2001 by Guilford Press. Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, called his book “a landmark book in the sociology of news.” The book argues that ancient myths can be found daily in the pages of the news. The book won the 2002 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Lule is also the author of more than 40 scholarly articles and book chapters. His work has appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, American Journalism, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Mass Media Ethics and other publications.

A former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a contributor to numerous newspapers and periodicals, Lule has published work in the Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Morning Call and other publications. He also has offered commentary about the news on National Public Radio and other media outlets.

--Linda Harbrecht

Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007

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