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New J-School role focuses on media entrepreneurship

Mignon Fogarty, Reynolds Chair for Media Entrepreneurship

As the fall semester gets underway at the University of Nevada, Reno, the Reynolds School of Journalism has a new asset: Mignon Fogarty. Widely known as Grammar Girl and the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips podcasts, she's now the new Reynolds Chair for Media Entrepreneurship.

Fogarty's success in building her own personal brand in this new media world makes her the perfect fit and a living example for students today. In this new role, she'll connect students with community partners and help them navigate the new world where journalists often must build businesses and brands to be successful.

"You not only have to create an interesting product," Fogarty says, "but it must be something that people are willing to pay for."
Fogarty is enthusiastic about helping elevate the students' success. "I’ve met a number of the graduate students in the program," she says. "They’re already interested they're already doing it. A lot of them have done internships or startups. I’m excited to help them do amazing things that are already on their radar."

And the school is excited about the addition of Fogarty as well. "She’s a natural educator," notes Reynolds School of Journalism Dean Al Stavitsky. "She’s built a very successful business and brand around education. It's the very model of a media entrepreneur we want to hold up for students, to see the opportunity that is out there."

Fogarty and Stavitsky visited with David Stipech on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines. (Airdate: 8-22-14).

Beyond the Headlines airs at 2 p.m. Fridays on 88.7 KUNR.

More information at journalism.unr.edu.

More information about the University of Nevada, Reno.

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David Stipech is a former general manager at KUNR Public Radio.
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