A renowned news industry leader is visiting ACU to speak on servant journalism on Thursday.
Mizell Stewart III’s resume stretches across 13 different markets, including coverage of the controversial 2000 presidential election. He was also on a Pulitzer Prize winning staff for reporting on Hurricane Katrina.
Stewart is now the vice president of content for the newspaper group E.W. Scripps Company, the company that owns and operates the Abilene Reporter-News.
“Mizell is great to work with because he understands how to get the work done,” Reporter-News editor Doug Williamson said. “He has worked with a lot of markets larger than the Reporter-News, so his contacts in the industry are great.”
Stewart will speak to classes in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication before speaking in an open conversation at 11 a.m. in the JMC Network News Lab about servant journalism. All students in attendance will receive chapel credit.
“Mizell definitely brings a believer’s perspective to the industry,” Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of the JMC department, said. “I think it is really good for students to see people who are doing excellent work and important work well, and at the same time personify the same type of ethical standards and values that we would want our students to live out in there professional lives.”
Students from all across campus are welcome to attend the conversation, during which Stewart will discuss how being a journalist and a servant go hand in hand.
“He is supportive and a good, honest person,” Williamson said. “I think the students will like him.”