Director of Broadcast and Associate Professor, Medill Graduate School of Journalism, Northwestern University, U.S.A.
The challenge for media education today is how to reconcile the unreconcileable. The traditional forms of journalism are under attack - or at least appear that way - and the new forms seem to scoff at some of tradition. Any yet each need each other to chart a successful future.
From curricula to technology, from content to business, the ecology of today's media and media education are at the same time traumatic and daunting as well as exciting and filled with possibilities. So what are we do to?
Professor Amos Gelb, Director of Broadcast and Associate Professor, Medill Graduate School of Journalism, Northwestern University, U.S.A.
He comes to Medill after a decade in experiential learning, first as director of academics at the American University Washington Semester program and then as founding director of The George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Program, the only experiential journalism program to have won an Emmy Award for student production. He has also taught at Georgetown University. Before moving into teaching, Professor Gelb was an award-winning television producer for CNN, ABC News Nightline, National Geographic, Discovery, America’s Most Wanted, Fox and a number of other cable networks. His work has won over two dozen awards including two National Emmys, two Ace Awards and a duPont award. He has produced every kind of television from daily news to talk shows, undercover investigations, documentaries and even a reality television show. He focus in academia has been on developing curriculum that can keep pace with the changing media environment, ensuring the students have the skills, metabolism and abilities to compete and excel in today’s hyper-competitive, multimedia journalistic world. He holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from America University’s Kogod Business School. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.