Media and Journalism Faculty Member Delivers Honors Lecture
John Bowen, assistant director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University in Ohio, was selected to deliver the 2020 Honors Lecture by the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The lecture was presented at the online-only 2020 AEJMC Conference, Friday, Aug. 7.
Bowen is the assistant director of Kent State’s Center for Scholastic Journalism, a national clearinghouse with information for and about student journalists and their advisers, a research center on issues affecting scholastic media, an educator of journalism teachers and an advocate for student press freedom and the First Amendment. It was founded in 2007 at Kent State University with the support of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Bowen teaches undergraduate journalism students at Kent State as well as in the online master's degree concentration in journalism education, a program he helped develop. Earlier in his career, John was a high school journalism and social studies teacher in Ohio for over 30 years. He has a bachelor's in education and a master's in journalism from Kent State.
Many know John best from his 38 years chairing the Journalism Education Association’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee. Bowen has been a member of the Student Press Law Center Board of Directors and a convener of the SPLC Advisory Council. Bowen has been recognized by many organizations involved with student journalism over the years including being named the Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year in 1983. He has received the National Scholastic Press Association's Pioneer Award; the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Key Award and Charles R. O'Malley for Excellence in Teaching award. Bowen was one of the authors of the most recent edition of the “Principal's Guide to Scholastic Journalism” and many other publications.
The Honors Lecture is a special recognition selected by the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division officers and presented each year at the organization’s annual conference. The Honors Lecture is a way for the Scholastic Journalism Division to celebrate a long-time division member and hear that person’s insights into the scholastic journalism field.