Robert A. Papper
Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
Degrees: MS, 1970, Columbia Univ; AB, 1969, Columbia Univ
Field of Study: Journalism/Media
Research Interests: Quantitative: I catalog the state of local radio and TV news. I also conduct studies on the future of news. Quantitative & Qualitative: time spent with media and life
Previous Teaching Specialization: Professor: Ball State University, Associate Professor: Ohio Wesleyan Universit, Assistant Professor: American University
Bob Papper is professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University. A graduate of Columbia College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he's worked as a producer, writer and manager at television stations in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Columbus, Ohio.
He's the author of Broadcast News & Writing Stylebook, which is going into its fourth edition, and has won more than a hundred state, regional and national awards, including four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and a DuPont-Columbia for "Outstanding Contributions to Television."
He's a past president of the Maine Association of Broadcasters and a long-time member of the national education committee of the Radio Television News Directors Association.
Bob was the originator and lead researcher for the Middletown Media Studies; he's founder and co-editor of Electronic News, the official journal of the Radio TV News Division of the AEJMC; and is currently in his 18th year of overseeing what is now called the RTNDA/Hofstra University Annual Survey on the state of radio and television news in the U.S.