Sam Donaldson returns to Alma Mater to announce new multimedia degree program

on Thursday,November 12,2009 21:11


Famed ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson visited his alma mater earlier this month to help announce the creation on a multimedia journalism degree program at the University of Texas in El Paso.

Introduced in front of a gathered crowd of more than 100 people, the program will combine curricula from previous degree programs in print and video journalism in addition to new courses in multimedia storytelling, audio and video production, and ethics.

Donaldson himself highlighted the importance of multimedia training in the professional journalism industry.

"You can''t do it the old ways," he tells the El Paso Times. "You can''t go and take video and television or print, and then say I''m educated in the business that I''d like to pursue. You have to have the whole range."

The 75-year-old newsman, an El Paso native, graduated from the school in 1955 when it was still referred to as Texas Western College. In 2002 UTEP established the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies.

The program will begin in the spring of 2010.

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