The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication announced the Fall 2019 class of distinguished adjunct fellows who join the faculty to support inclusion, equity and diversity in our courses.

Among them are two members of the Twin Cities Association of Black Journalists (TCBJ), Maria Reeve and Marsha Pitts-Phillips.

Reeve, the immediate past president of TCBJ and assistant managing editor of the Star Tribune, manages the local news content of more than 60 reporters and editors covering Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding communities. She joined the newspaper as a features team leader in 2011 and worked her way through the metro leadership ranks to her current role. She had been at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 19 years where she began as a general assignment reporter and left as politics editor. Through each of her jobs, she has seen almost every kind of reporting situation – and dilemma. She will work with Jour 3771: Media Ethics, which examines the ethical and unethical ways that communicators respond to challenges.

Pitts-Phillips, president and founder, MRPP & Associates, has led PR at a large nonprofit, worked as a radio and television journalist, worked as an associate professor of communications, produced documentaries and worked in corporate television. She has collaborated on and spearheaded several large-scale PR projects including the NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl LVII Gospel Celebration broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET). PRSA appointed her as its first Diversity and Inclusion officer, is a member of NABJ-Media-Related Members Task Force and its local affiliate the Twin Cities Black Journalists. Pitts-Phillips will work with Jour 3279W: Professional Writing for Strategic Communication, which teaches writing skills for agency work as well as corporate and nonprofit strategic communications.

Other fellows are Nitin Dua, a strategist with Fallon, Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune photojournalist, Luis Garrido, senior vice president ofConnections Strategy with McCann Minneapolis, Mahmood Khan, senior vice president of Digital Media & Analytics, Risdall, Anjula Razdan, deputy digital editor, Experience Life Magazine and Laura Yuen, editor for new audiences, MPR News.

The fellows, all professionals working in the areas of journalism and strategic communication, will engage with students across a range of courses throughout the semester – offering expertise in areas such as ethics and radio production to beat reporting and advertising strategy.

“Last year, our first group of adjunct fellows were a huge addition to our teaching staff, all offering a welcome perspective to each class with which they spent time. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome another class of fellows for this fall,” said Director Elisia Cohen. “While we have always welcomed industry professionals as guest speakers and attendees of our events, we feel fortunate that these professionals are eager to engage with students several days throughout the semester, not only enhancing undergraduate learning opportunities in a particular course, but offering career guidance as well.”

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