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W&L Journalism Professors, Alumni Examine Community Newspapers

Washington and Lee journalism faculty joined their colleagues at the University of Missouri to collaborate on a one-day conference in Roanoke in April that focused on the future of community newspapers.

Underwritten in part by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which has provided funding for several programs in the department of journalism and communications at Washington and Lee, the event was named for Walter B. Potter Sr., a 1948 graduate of W&L who owned several community newspapers in Virginia. In addition to the Reynolds Foundation, funding was provided by Potter’s son, Walter Jr., a member of the Class of 1972.

Pamela Luecke, the Reynolds Professor of Journalism, was joined on the program by Claudette Artwick, associate professor of journalism, and W&L alumni Andy Waters, a 1991 graduate who is president and general manager of the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, and Bruce Potter, a 1985 graduate who is vice president for editorial business development at NewsiT.

Other participants with Lexington connections on the program were Hunt Riegel, son of former journalism department head O. Thomas Riegel, and Matt Paxton, president of the News Gazette Corp. in Lexington.

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