Benjamin Davis, an award-winning broadcast journalist and digital journalism professor, has been hired as the CBS Harold Dow Visiting Professor at Florida A&M University (FAMU).
two-time Columbia-Alfred du Pont award winner, has 30 years of
experience working for major broadcast companies such as ABC, CBS, Fox,
MSNBC.COM and National Public Radio. He also was an adjunct professor at
Rutgers University School of Journalism in New Jersey, where he gained
nine years of experience teaching courses in broadcast and digital
journalism. Davis is an entrepreneur who developed the Digital Media
Pyramid writing style and founded Mediafriendly.com, a company that
helps major media companies locate diversity experts. He also worked
with students at Rutgers to create www.itsonbad.com, a website geared to
16- to 25-year-olds.
“I hope to live up to the expectations that Harold Dow would have wanted, which are pretty high,” said Davis.
was a long-time CBS News correspondent who came to FAMU and spoke to
students as part of the Division of Journalism’s 35th anniversary in
2009. Dow died unexpectedly in August 2010. CBS officials announced
last year they would donate funds to support hiring a visiting professor
as part of its diversity initiative and as a tribute to Dow.
Johns, CBS news director of development and diversity, said, “We are
very happy to support a program that will be such a wonderful
recognition of all that Harold Dow embodied.”
be teaching broadcast news writing and broadcast announcing classes. He
also plans to “teach students about the digital media pyramid, which is a
model I created to replace the more than century-old inverted
A luncheon reception to honor Davis is
scheduled for Oct. 14 with the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic
Communication Board of Visitors (BOV) and faculty.
CBS Harold Dow Visiting Professor position will be funded for three
years by CBS, according to SJGC Dean James Hawkins, Ph.D.
professorship will strengthen the quality of our broadcast journalism
program, to another level,” Hawkins said. “Our students will be even
more competitive when they are ready to enter the world of work.”
also thanked Kim Godwin - who is a senior producer for the CBS Evening
News, an SJGC alumna and BOV member for lobbying CBS for this
The School of Journalism and Graphic
Communication was founded in 1982. Its Division of Journalism was the
first journalism program at a historically black university to be
nationally accredited by the ACEJMC. It offers four journalism
sequences: newspaper, magazine production, broadcast (radio and
television) and public relations.