Originally appeared in our 2019 MPrint issue. Read more here.
Whether reporting from the field or anchoring at the desk, Meadows journalism alums are on top of today’s fast-moving news
News has been part of SMU’s DNA since its founding. Ever since the first issue of the student-produced S.M.U. Times newspaper in 1916, SMU students have gathered and delivered stories about events, sports, fashion, opinions, politics and more.
The journalism field has changed considerably since 1916, with the speed of news accelerating faster than ever before. Today’s journalist must be ready to work in a multiplicity of platforms, including broadcast, print and the rapidly expanding digital realm. SMU Meadows’ journalism program stays abreast of industry changes and demands, and prepares its students to be versatile, sought-after professionals ready to work in medium- to large-size markets.
“Our graduates have had a remarkable impact in all news media but especially broadcast,” says Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism Tony Pederson. “The ability to learn and practice in state-of-the-art facilities as well as receive excellent instruction has produced a strong lineup of young broadcast journalists who will have an impact on the industry for years to come.”
While some alumni work in radio, digital and print doing editing, producing, managing and more, MPRINT takes a look at one slice of the industry: alumni working on-air as television news reporters and anchors.
Here are just a few examples of the many SMU Meadows journalism alumni working in the industry.