We are constantly hearing from students that one of the J-School’s biggest strengths is the dedicated, talented, fearless, experienced, fun, doors-are-always-open faculty.
The Social Media and Engagement class set out to tell that story via Instagram. Over the coming weeks, we will highlight these stories, which illustrate the personalities, philosophies and experience of our top-notch faculty. This week, we give you the second in the series, Associate Professor Denise Dowling.
Denise, a graduate of our very own J-School, teaches intermediate audio, advanced audio, intermediate video reporting, advanced video reporting and ethics and trends in news media. Denise wanted to be a journalist because she, “wants to know everything about everybody!”
Denise came to the school after 20 years in the TV news, first at KPAX-TV while an undergrad at UM. She moved on to stations in Montana, Colorado and Washington, working as a director, technical director, producer, executive producer and managing editor.
She spent 17 years working in Spokane, working at both the ABC and NBC affiliates. She won a number of Emmy Awards and Edward R. Murrow awards as part of teams that covered a firestorm, flooding, an ice storm and the arrest of a serial killer.
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“My parents always told me that dressing up makes things special, so we got all dressed up.” Here’s Denise Dowling in 1999 attending the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in Seattle. Dowling accepted the “Best Newscast Award” on behalf of her Spokane-based newsroom. The experience taught Dowling that “high quality work can be done by anyone, in any market; even students can do Emmy quality work.” She implores her students to focus on telling a compelling story in their work; a skill coveted by the @newsemmys. Along with teaching, she currently serves on the Emmy Board, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter. #TBT #meettheprofs
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