For the first time, Kansas University and Kansas State University Schools of Journalism will co-sponsor the annual Editors Day program Oct. 27 at KU. The program has previously been sponsored by the KU School of Journalism only.
As part of the program, Mervin Aubespin will speak on "Diversity and the News" in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union. Aubespin is associate editor for development at the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.
Aubespin received the 1990 Ida B. Wells Award. The award is given annually to a news executive whose accomplishments in hiring and working toward parity for minorities in the news industry is outstanding, according to Samuel Adams, associate professor of journalism at KU and the Wells Award curator.
Aubespin has spent his entire career at the Courier-Journal, a Gannet Co. newspaper. He has developed a variety of programs to bring minorities into the newspaper business and has been active in the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the National Association of Black Journalists.
During Editors Day, Richard Musser, KU associate professor of journalism, will be recognized as the new Clyde M. Reed teaching professor. The award was established to recognize an outstanding full-time faculty member in journalism whose teaching assignment includes undergraduate courses.
Musser also has taught at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and Indiana University, Bloomington. His professional experience includes service as senior vice president of American City Business Journals in Kansas City, Mo., and as a reporter for the Kansas City Star, the Wichita Eagle-Beacon and the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune.
Mike Kautsch, KU dean of journalism, said, "Professor Musser's energy and creativity in the classroom and in advising students make him an exemplary faculty member, one who has contributed greatly to the school's tradition of excellence in teaching."
The Kansas editor to be inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame also will be named during the Editors Day program.
Next year, the KU and Kansas State Schools of Journalism plan to co-sponsor a similar event, called Journalism Day, at Kansas State.