Lee Warnick

Lee Warnick

Professor of Communication at Brigham Young University

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Journalism Professor and Chairman - Post Register

Assistant Editor - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sports Editor - Deseret News


Ph. D. - Educational Administration , University of Nebraska

bachelor’s degree - Print Journalism , Brigham Young University

master’s degree - Media Management , Utah State University

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Lee Warnick, the adviser over this traditional campus newspaper, is a professor at Brigham Young University - Idaho (BYU-I) and comes from a traditional print news background.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Brigham Young University (BYU), a master’s degree in Media Management from Utah State University (USU), and Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska in Educational Administration, emphasizing in distance and online education. Before joining Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in 1988, his professional career included working as a sports editor for the Deseret News and as the Assistant Editor for LDS Church News. By 2005, Scroll and most other university newspapers still were not under the pressure that the average professional newspaper was â€" readership was solid, and they were making good money. However, in June of that year, Lee attended The Newspaper Association of America Conference on Marketing and the Future of Newspapers, in Chicago. Lee had attended similar conferences many times, but he said that this was the first time that presenters and leaders sounded fearful, even panicked about the future of the industry. In previous years they had talked as though the newspaper industry was largely immune to the technological and social changes taking place. Now they seemed to suddenly recognize that the print news industry was in serious trouble unless they adapted quickly. At one point in the conference Lee realized that he was one of only three educators attending. He realized that the journalists of tomorrow would be sent into the industry with the training of yesterday unless he did something about it. But was the training of yesterday â€" his training â€" a bad thing? No, it was not. At least not any more than a square peg, and square pegs are great when you have square hole. But if the news industry of tomorrow is a round hole, the peg had better be reshaped. Lee determined to prepare his Communication students to work and excel in the digital world. Lee proceeded to lead two years of work, proposals, meetings, and late nights. iComm Student Media was finally born in September of 2007.

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Federation News, July 2007 - Newspaper Association of America: Advancing Newspaper Media for the 21st Century

Lee Warnick, Journalism Coordinator, Brigham Young University - Idaho, Rexburg, ID

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Idahonews.com - Yesterday's publisher, today's candidate

Lee Warnick Brigham Young University-Idaho journalism professor and chairman of the communication department professor Lee Warnick is monitoring this newspaper's coverage of the 2002 gubernatorial campaign.Contact him at 542-6755 or at lwarnick@idahonews.com or in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1800, Idaho Falls, ID 83403.For the Post Register, covering the former publisher's bid for governor is a bit like being a coach when your son plays on the basketball team, writes Lee Warnick.When the newspaper becomes the story Your son has just announced he is going to try out for the basketball team you coach.You are excited but also worried by the news: If you show favoritism, everyone will know it.But if you are harder on him than the other players, that would be just as unfair - and you will have to answer to the boy's mother.If smart, you will call upon every just gene in your being, check yourself often (maybe asking a few good friends how you're doing), then coach away and rely on your professional pride and reputation to carry you through. The Post Register faces such a dilemma with Jerry Brady's Democratic candidacy for governor, with a few thorny enhancements: If polled today, I'm guessing two-thirds of the paper's readers would not want Brady's team to win, and some will attach guilt by association.Also, more than second-guessing is the outcome here; the very livelihoods of people at this largely employee-owned newspaper are at risk if they goof. Warnick is a professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho and a former editor who has been hired to serve as the Post Register's reader advocate during the campaign.You can write to him at this newspaper, P.O. Box 1800, Idaho Falls, ID 83403. © Post Register

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