Ashland University Professor Awarded Fellowship for 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute

Ashland University Professor Awarded Fellowship for 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute

12/10/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Matt Tullis, associate professor of journalism and digital media at Ashland University and adviser to the AU student newspaper, “The Collegian,” was selected as a fellow for the 2016 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

Tullis is one of 12 fellows who were competitively selected from around the world. “This is such a great opportunity for me and for the Journalism and Digital Media department. I’ve wanted to incorporate some entrepreneurship ideas into our journalism and production majors for some time, and this fellowship will give me the resources needed to do so in a media context.”

The five-day Institute will immerse participants in the concepts and practices of entrepreneurship, and will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix on Jan. 3-7.

The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Cronkite School offer fellowships to journalism professors who are interested in teaching the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial journalism into their teaching of journalism.

The Institute will be led by Dan Gillmor, author of “Mediactive” and an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship. Gillmor will be joined by entrepreneurs, investors and Cronkite faculty.

Fellows had to submit an online application, a statement, their curriculum vitae or resume and a letter from their dean or department chair indicating their school’s plans to introduce a class in journalism entrepreneurship within the following academic year.  

Tullis said fellows are expected to return to their accredited institutions to establish or expand courses on media entrepreneurship.

The institute is made possible through a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company.

Institute participants are expected to:

• Learn what entrepreneurship is – and is not – from the point of view of working entrepreneurs.
• Participate in sessions on idea generation, developing scenarios of the future, conceiving and defining new products/services and giving a persuasive pitch.
• Design a sample semester-long course in entrepreneurial journalism.
• Learn how to access conventional and non-traditional resources in and out of the university and community.
• Learn how to integrate other disciplines into the entrepreneurial journalism teaching experience.
• Learn to teach techniques of opportunity recognition and to develop a product idea in response to a market opportunity.
• Learn techniques of business development – how to teach them and how to integrate them into the entrepreneurship process, transforming a market opportunity into a product, and a product into a company.
• Practice using content and other digital media platforms for rapid concept-to-product development.
• Learn how to establish contacts with public and private developers and/or investors as a next step for students.
• Learn how to use grants, contests and challenges as teaching opportunities.

A resident of the West Salem area, Tullis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/English from Ashland University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, with a focus on creative nonfiction, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has worked as a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and the Wooster Daily Record, and as a freelance writer for the Star News in Wilmington, N.C. He is also published regularly in Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business magazine. His story about Alan Francis, the world’s greatest horseshoe pitcher, was a notable selection in Best American Sports Writing 2008.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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