The MTSU School of Journalism’s new director was the guest on a recent edition of “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Gregory Pitts first aired Aug. 17 on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org ). You can listen to their conversation below.
Pitts, former chair of the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, began his new job Aug. 1.
While at UNA, he guided the department to accreditation through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and paved the way for creation of a student-run radio station.
“In real estate, they say ‘location, location, location,’” said Pitts. “Well, in journalism, it’s ‘get the facts right, get the facts right, get the facts right.’ And, ethically, you’ve got to make sure that you’re not outrunning your headlights in trying to get the story distributed before you know that you’ve got it right.”
Pitts earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University in 1982 and 1983, respectively, and his doctorate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1992.
His research and teaching fields include advertising sales, international media, media management and radio-television programming.
Pitts replaces Dr. Dwight Brooks, who is now the new vice dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication in Hempstead, New York. Brooks served as professor and director of MTSU’s School of Journalism from July 2009 until July 2015.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.