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UCO Appoints Yvette Walker New Ethics Chair For Mass Communication Department

Jan. 10, 2011

Media Contact: Sarah Hill, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma recently appointed Yvette Walker as the new Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics for the Department of Mass Communication.

"Central's Department of Mass Communication has long had a strong awareness and appreciation for the importance of ethics when covering and presenting news and information. I will continue that legacy and build on it," said Walker.

"I also hope to bring even more recognition to Central's program among its peers, by bringing in academic and industry experts to speak to our students and to the community."

Walker brings a long, diverse list of experience in the industry to Central. Most recently, she served as the director of Presentation and Custom Publishing for The Oklahoman.

Additionally, Walker has worked for several respected publications including the Kansas City Star, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journal, the Austin American-Statesman, the Detroit News, the Dallas Times Herald and the Post-Tribune in Gary, Ind.

Walker believes her experience will enhance the dialogue she looks forward to having with students in her Media Ethics class, just one of her many duties in this new position.

"I am enthusiastic about hearing their ideas, their points of view and insights on the subject," said Walker.

"I'm also eager to use my considerable years in the media industry to help students understand the realities of covering news and information in an ever-changing ethics and technology landscape."

Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her Master of Arts degree in Journalism/Media Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of the NABJ, the Oklahoma Association of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and is an advisory board member of the School of Media and Strategic Communication at Oklahoma State University.

Walker is the recipient of the Best Special Section Award for "Outlook 2009" from the Great Plains Journalism Awards, the Award of Excellence from the Society of News Design, the Special Projects Award from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, the Knight Award from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association, honored with Best Magazine from the Oklahoma Association of Black Journalists and Best Column from the Kansas City-area Society of Professional Journalists.

"As a Change Leadership Fellow at the prestigious Poynter Institute, Yvette is an expert on convergence issues facing the media industry," said Rozilyn Miller, Ph.D., chair of Central's Department of Mass Communication.

"Yvette's professional expertise in social media and current media industry expectations will surely enhance the education of our students by encouraging innovative skills and attitudes to best meet the needs of a continually changing media industry."

The Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics was established in 2002 through a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma recently appointed Yvette Walker as the new Edith Kinney Gaylord Journalism Ethics Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics for its Department of Mass Communication.