Professor Alessi Wins Virginia Press Foundation Award

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Ryan Alessi, a SMAD journalism professor, receives the Virginia Press Foundation’s 2020 Leadership and Innovation Award. 

Alessi was nominated in two subcategories: Civic Engagement and Student Mentoring. The professor was recognized for his collaboration with JMU’s Center for Civic Engagement and for his leadership in creating the “Covering the National Conventions” summer program. 

The awards are presented to those who work in the journalism field and have “exhibited leadership and innovation, in big and small ways, by making their organization, newsroom or classroom a better place,” according to the foundation’s news release. 

Alessi and other winners will be honored Friday April 3, 2020 at a reception in Roanoke, Virginia. 

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Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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