Be concerned

Deborah Gump, who taught editing at Ohio University for several years, has taken a new job at the Committee of Concerned Journalists. She is the director of print/online. Gump’s superb EditTeach site will live on, and she plans to keep her connections to academia.

Gump’s move to CCJ reminds me what an important organization this is. In late 2001, I attended one of its Traveling Curriculum workshops, representing the wire desk at The News & Observer. The workshop gave us a chance to get out of the newsroom for a couple of days and talk about the issues we faced in our jobs and what our profession faced as a whole.

CCJ membership is free, and I encourage my colleagues in the newsroom and the classroom to consider joining.