Contact: Kim Brockway, Columbia University For release Dec. 7, 1998
Martha Goldstein, Times Mirror
Times Mirror Establishes Chair
At Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Gift of $1 Million Honors Former Executive David Laventhol
Times Mirror has announced a $1 million gift to support a visiting professorship at Columbia University‚s Graduate School of Journalism. The gift will fund the Times Mirror David Laventhol Chair, which will bring journalists and educators to Colum bia to explore new ideas and diverse approaches to media issues, news coverage and workplace opportunities.
„This is a unique way both to recognize David‚s enormous contributions to the company and to the newspaper business, and to underscore Times Mirror‚s commitment to quality journalism,š said Mark H. Willes, chairman, president and chief executive of ficer, Times Mirror Co., and publisher, Los Angeles Times. „We are particularly pleased that the selection process will emphasize diversity. It is essential for our growth that we reflect in our newspaper content and in our staff the diverse society we live in.š
A committee headed by Journalism School Dean Tom Goldstein will review applicants for the chair on a periodic basis. The first recipient is expected to be at Columbia in January 1999.
„This professorship is a fitting tribute to an accomplished professional who rose from reporting for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida to heading one of the nation‚s largest news companies,š said Dean Goldstein. „We expect that this posi tion will enhance the Journalism School‚s curriculum by bringing to campus visiting professors with a diversity of ideas, cultural backgrounds, and professional experience.š
Mr. Laventhol recently retired after nearly 30 years at Times Mirror and now is consulting editor for the company. At different times he was editor and publisher of Newsday, publisher of the Los Angeles Times and president of Times M irror. He served on the Pulitzer Prize board for nine years and was chairman in 1993, and was chairman of the International Press Institute from 1993 to 1995. He is currently editor-in-residence at the Journalism School and has been a member of its Boar d of Visitors for the past four years.
„I am deeply honored by this recognition,š Mr. Laventhol said. „The chair should result in a fount of ideas for improving the quality of journalism.š
Columbia‚s Graduate School of Journalism was founded by Joseph Pulitzer in 1912 as the first school of its kind. The School‚s influence is felt far beyond the campus: the Columbia Journalism Review constantly and constructively challenges t he media to improve their performance, and prizes administered by the School, including the Pulitzer Prizes and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in television and radio journalism, honor outstanding accomplishments in their respective field s.
Times Mirror, a Los Angeles-based news and information company, publishes the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, The (Stamford) Advocate and Greenwich Time; a wide array of profess ional information for the aviation skills training and health improvement markets, and consumer magazines. Times Mirror newspapers have won a total of 58 Pulitzer Prizes, among the most of any news and information company in the country.