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Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 874-2116

URI professor awarded newsroom fellowship

Californians can catch him this summer on KNSD-TV

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 2, 2003 -- San Diego is home to 70 miles of pristine beaches, a world famous zoo, and nearly 1.3 million residents.

For four weeks this summer, it will also be the place where Antone "Tony" Silvia of Little Compton, a University of Rhode Island communication studies professor, throws his hat while he completes a four-week stint reporting for NBC affiliate KNSD-TV.

All of Silvia’s expenses will be paid. That’s because the URI professor is one of 16 broadcast educators across the country named a 2003 Educator in the Newsroom Fellow by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation. The program places educators who have been out of the newsroom environment for more than five years into radio and television newsrooms for four weeks during the summer to refresh their skills, master new technologies, and develop contacts and partnerships with news managers to improve classroom curricula. The Fellows are given actual news assignments and actively participate in daily newsroom operations.

"This fellowship will help round me out," said Silvia, a recipient of three Emmy Award nominations for excellence in television news, and an Associated Press Award for "Outstanding Documentary." His documentary work, as well as a 1995 series of programs on media criticism, has appeared on PBS.

This is the second prestigious fellowship Silvia has received. In 1996, he was named a CNN Faculty Fellow and earned a Broadcast Education Association Award for

his work as a correspondent. His fellowship led to a book (now in its second printing) entitled Global News: Perspectives on the Information Age for which Wolf Blitzer wrote the foreword and news luminaries such as Ted Koppel contributed essays.

The URI professor serves on the advisory board of the CNN-SB, the AOL-Time Warner’s student-run news bureau network. Silvia is also a freelance correspondent for CNN, and is called upon by the network’s Boston bureau as needed.

Silvia serves on the editorial boards of several national academic journals. In 1990, he was a founding member of the National Association of College Broadcasters Faculty Advisory Board, a position that led to his work in the study and practice of student television stations.

Earlier in his career, Silvia reported for Providence’s television stations WLNE and WPRI.

Silvia has taught at URI since 1988, primarily in the areas of broadcast journalism, media ethics, broadcasting history, and literary journalism. From 1998 to 2001, he served as chair of the Journalism Department. In the Department of Communications Studies, he teaches courses in "Race, Politics, and Media," "Electronic Media Programming," "Media Bias in America" and "Introduction to Broadcasting and Electronic Media." He also regularly teaches seminars in media studies to graduate students.

"It’s important to keep up to date on current practices," says Silvia. "Technology is changing rapidly. Philosophical, economical, and social forces are altering the way news is prepared and presented."

Silvia said he chose San Diego because it is in the top 30 television markets in the country as determined by Nielsen.

"The best thing is I will be able to translate the experience to all my students as they prepare for careers in television," the professor said of his upcoming broadcasting stint.

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