National Fellows

National Fellows, Fall 1999

Charles J. Small

Charles J. "Chuck" Small has been a copy editor for The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C., since 1993, serving as slot person for local and wire news and copyeditor for the "Boss Hog" series, which won a 1996 Pulitzer Prize. Small earlier had worked as arts and entertainment editor at the South Bend Tribune in Indiana and as features copy editor at the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, also in Indiana. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University, Bloomington. At the News and Observer, he has worked with NandoNext, an online high school publication, and with Horizons, a monthly student-created page. His project examines the value of publications policies for high school journalists. 

     Final Project

Cielo Buenaventura

Cielo Buenaventura is a copy editor on the metropolitan copy desk of The New York Times, where she often slots stories for the paper's city and regional report. Buenaventura had previously worked at New York Newsday, The Advocate of Stamford, Conn., and Malaya of Manila, Philippines. She holds a master's degree in public-affairs reporting from Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in literature from St. Louis University in Baguio, Philippines. Her project compares team organization with the traditional structure of newspaper copy desks. No final project available.

Alison W.V. McCulloch

Alison McCulloch is news copy editor for The Denver Post, where she edits wire, local and business stories. She previously held copy-editing jobs for the Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Seattle Times. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She holds an master's degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and a bachelor's degree from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her project involves examining the thought processes used in headline writing. A paper based on her work has been accepted for publication in the Newspaper Research Journal. 

National Fellows, Spring 1999

Catherine Cowan

Catherine Cowan has been a copy editor for five years, the past three of which have been at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky, where she also serves as lead wire editor. She also has worked as a copy editor at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., The News in Boca Raton, Fla., and as a Dow Jones editing intern at the Herald-Leader in Lexington. She also has served as a reporter on newspapers in Bedford and Bloomington, Ind. She holds two master's degrees, one in European history and history of science from the University of Wisconsin, the other in journalism and mass communication from Indiana University. She earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. For her fellowship project, Ms. Cowan examined science and medical coverage by medium-size daily newspapers and eventually wrote a handbook on how such papers can provide better coverage of science and health issues. Her final report includes several recommendations and guidelines. 

     Final Project

Beth A. Hughes

Beth Hughes is a copy editor and slot person at The Sun in Baltimore, where she has worked for eight years. She has also served as news editor, assistant news editor and copy editor at The Prince George's Journal in Maryland, as a copy editor and statehouse reporter on the Columbia Missourian, as Washington correspondent in the University of Missouri reporting program, and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Missouri. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia, and attended the University of Florida for her fellowship project. Beth Hughes studied newspaper style and how style rules are determined and carried out, with particular attention to differences between local style and The Associated Press. 

     Final Project

Rebecca W. Lacy

Rebecca Lacy has been a copy editor for news and feature sections at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., since 1991. She also served as copy editor for Northwest Magazine, The Oregonian's Sunday magazine, for eight years. She also has served as a librarian at Boston Public Library and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Flight Transportation Laboratory and the Center for Transportation Studies. She earned a master's degree in library science and a second one in journalism at the University of Oregon. Her B.A. in English from the University of Oregon included a junior year abroad in Vienna, Austria. For her fellowship project, Ms. Lacy studied the phenomenon of scapegoating, the psychology behind it and the media's handling of several news stories in the light of the scapegoating phenomenon in the hope of raising the media's awareness of such behavior. 

     Final Project

National Fellows, Fall 1998

Kevin Brafford

Kevin Brafford has been a senior sports copy editor at the Daily Press  of southeastern Virginia since 1995.  He has received seven writing awards from 1990-93 and earned a Daily Press  Editor's Award in 1996.  Brafford earned a bachelor's of science degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983.  For his National Fellowship Project, which he titles "Has Sportsmanship Gone Out of Sports," Brafford is examining the rapid decline of sportsmanship in today's athletes.  He is studying this trend at each of the three levels of athletics: high school, college and pro.  In addition, Brafford is investigating how prominent a role television plays in the decline of sportsmanship, specifically cable sports television. He is working with Professor John Billing of the Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science. 

     Final Project

Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins has been a night copy editor at the Kennebec Journal  and Kennebec Journal Sunday in Augusta, Maine, since 1995.  She has also served as an editorial production coordinator and editor for Courier Publications of Rockland, Maine.  Collins earned a bachelor or arts degree in English from Vassar College in 1987.  For her National Fellowship Project, Collins is examining newspapers' obituary policies.  She is investigating how newspapers are responding to cultural changes in their obituary writing and she is exploring some innovations in  obituary-related editorial policy.  She is working with Don Shaw, Kenan Professor of Journalism. 

     Final Project

Charles Smith

Charles Smith has been a copy editor at the Omaha World Editor since 1994.  He is currently the midlands desk copy editor, but he previously worked as an assistant business editor.  Smith earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University in 1979.  For his National Fellowship project, Smith is investigating ways that copy editor's can increase readership among the young.  He is trying to identify ways to for the mainstream media to connect with younger readers, especially through youth newspapers and the Internet.  Smith is also studying the lessons that can be learned from the alternative press, which has had success in attracting younger readers.  He is working with Professor Kay Phillips, Director of High School Media Programs at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

     Final Project

National Fellows, Spring 1998

Michael S. Finn

Michael Finn has been a senior copy editor at The Dallas Morning News since 1981. He works on the business news desk and has worked on the universal desk and lifestyles desk. Finn is a seven-time winner of an in-house headline-writing contest. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. For his National fellowship project, Finn will study statistics and survey research and methodology and review research literature on how readers perceive numerical information and on the effectiveness of various presentations of data. He also wants to develop experimental materials using graphics and texts and test their effectiveness. He is working with Philip E. Meyer, Knight Professor of Journalism. 

          Final Project

Barbara Hass

Barbara Hass has been a real estate columnist and copy editor with composing room responsibilities at The San Francisco Chronicle since 1992. She was food editor and writer, page designer and feature writer at The Modesto Bee and the Columbia Missourian. Hass earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Missouri in 1989 and a bachelor of arts degree in history at California-Riverside, graduating summa cum laude in 1972. For her National Fellowship project, Hass is identifying major family issues, studying newspaper coverage of them and developing suggestions for newspapers' expanded coverage of family and parenting issues. She is working with Glen Elder, Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and fellow, Carolina Population Center. 

          Final Project

Eugene L. Zipperlen

Eugene Zipperlen has been senior copy chief at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1992. He also served as national/foreign desk editor for three years, assistant news editor/national news for two years and copy editor for three years. Zipperlen graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of science in journalism. He is a charter member of ACES, the American Copy Editors Society, and serves as the organizationês first newsletter editor. For his project, which he titles, "Managing Copy Editors; How to Take This Job and Love It" Zipperlen is examining the effectiveness of traditional management techniques and is attempting to identify better methods that are tailored to the specific needs of copy editors, news editors and copy chiefs, resulting in a report or perhaps a manual for supervisors. He is working with Benson Rosen, professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs with the Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

           Final Project

National Fellows, Fall 1997

Sylvia Colwell

Sylvia Colwell started at The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1995 as a sports copy editor and moved in 1996 to the city copy desk, where she has worked the late slot shift. She worked previously at The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, where she was chief of the Catawba County bureau, supervising a six-person staff. She also had served as an assistant national editor at The Observer. She worked before that as national editor for the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C., and as a wire editor and reporter for the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1982. 

Susan Luce

Susan Luce is special projects editor at The Seattle Times, where she has worked since 1987. She chooses and edits the daily analysis story to run as a Close-up on Page A-3 of the paper. She also searches national and international features to offer for upcoming papers and helps plan coverage for national and international events. She has also worked at The Times' national wire editor and as an assistant scene editor in the newsfeatures department. Luce has also worked at The Ann Arbor (Mich.) News, The News & Record of Greensboro, N.C., and the Durham (N.C.) Morning Herald (now Herald-Sun) . She received her B.A. degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master's of communication and genetics degree from the University of Washington. 

            Final Project

Deborah Gump

Deborah Gump is news editor of the Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal, supervising the editing and production of all sections of the paper. She designed wire coverage of Desert Storm in 1991, emphasizing reader education without sacrificing breaking news. She coordinated coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Before that she worked with the Knight -Ridder Tribune News Wire in Washington, D.C., The San Jose Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., and the Times-Union in Rochester, N.Y. Gump serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marin. She has taught editing at San Francisco State University. She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Kansas. 

National Fellows, Spring 1997

Beryl Adcock

Beryl has been on the staff of The Charlotte Observer 12 years. She is a copy editor on the day copy desk, responsible for features copy, including arts and entertainment, living, family and food. She has also served as book editor and regional desk chief. Before coming to the Observer, she served on The Florida Times-Union as copy editor, television magazine editor, television columnist and staff writer. Adcock, a 1981 magna cum laude graduate of the University of North Florida, said that she wanted to use her Knight Foundation fellowship to familarize herself with the ins and outs of electronic newspapering. She created a manual for cyber-shy copy editors that might be used at her newspaper and others. 

          Final Project

Gregory Enns

Gregory was state wire copy editor at the St. Petersburg Times, has been at the Times since 1995. He has also served as design copy editor, designing fronts, editing and overseeing production of regional news sections. He came to the Times from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he designed fronts of feature sections, edited copy, wrote headlines and oversaw production of pages. He earlier served as city editor of the Herald-Tribune's Manatee County edition. Enns was a reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Fort Pierce, Fla., Tribune and the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun. Enns, a 1981 graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, with a masterês degree in journalism and pubic affairs from American University, wanted to use his Knight Foundation fellowship to study the qualities that made Duke Ellington one of the greatest American composers and band leaders of the 20th century. He wrote a 100-page, illustrated guide to Duke Ellington. 

Bruce Oakley

Bruce has served as assistant news editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock since 1993 . He came to the Democrat-Gazette from the Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Va., where he was wire editor and designed Page 1 and wire pages. Previously, he was copy editor at the Buffalo News and news editor at the El Dorado, Ark., News-Times. A 1990 honors graduate from Notre Dame, Oakley wanted to use his Knight Foundation fellowship to examine whether newspapersê systems of archiving will lead to inaccurate reporting and ulitmately, inaccurate history. He proposed to study how corrected newspaper articles are archived and whether original versions can be retrieved without warning of the inaccuracies. Oakley produced a written report of his findings, which has also been made available on the Internet. 

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