Professor Jim Foust had several significant accomplishments during his 2013-2014 Faculty Improvement Leave. He spent his time away from BGSU studying new technologies in journalism and working on historical research projects.
The highlight of his FIL was a three-week visit to KQED in San Francisco, one of the leading public broadcasting stations in the country. Foust spent at least 40 hours a week at the station, which–in addition to its award-winning television and radio broadcasting operations–has established a national reputation as a leader in online and mobile journalism.
In addition to observing and talking with KQED journalists, Foust gave a presentation on shooting and editing video for the station’s social media and marketing employees.
He also observed Matter, a news startup accelerator sponsored by KQED and the Knight Foundation.
His trip to the Bay Area was made possible through a competitive fellowship program from the National Association of Television Program Executives. The fellowship also allowed Foust to attend the program executive’s national convention in Miami.
He will begin sharing what he has learned with students in his Online Journalism and Multimedia Reporting classes beginning in Fall 2014.
Foust also made two trips to the Washington, D.C., area to continue his work on broadcast regulatory history. While there, he visited National Archives facilities in Washington, D.C., and College Park, Maryland, and the Broadcast Pioneers Library at the University of Maryland.
Part of that research led to his presentation of a paper at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s national conference in Montreal in August 2014.