Bob Dubill, the legendary editor who helped build USA Today into a national newspaper that revolutionized journalism, will speak to West Virginia University journalism students next week on new media and the challenges it faces today. All sessions are in Martin Hall and open to the public.
Dubill will address a media law class from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 20) in Room 205. At 6 p.m., in the same room, he will talk to a History of American Journalism class about how USA Today evolved and changed the way news, photos and graphics are used, developing a model for scores of other newspapers.
On Thursday (Feb. 21), he will speak to public affairs and media writing classes from 10-11:15 a.m.
Dubill has been a frequent lecturer at WVU and is a member of the School of Journalisms visiting committee. He served as executive editor of USA Today from 1995 until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure, circulation at the nations largest daily newspaper grew to more than 2.2 million copies per day.
Dubill began his journalism career with The Associated Press, working his way from statehouse correspondent to bureau chief of the APs New Jersey operation. He later joined the Gannett News Service in Washington as executive editor. Under his direction, the Gannett News Service won two dozen national awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Dubill was assigned to USA Today in 1982 as a loaner from the Gannett News Service. He worked his way up the ranks, from national editor to managing editor of news and finally executive editor.