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OF KENTUCKY Associate Professor of Journalism in the special-title series (emphasis on teaching and public service) in the School of Journalism and


ADMINISTRATION Director, Citizen Kentucky Project of the Scripps Howard First

Amendment Center, University of Kentucky, August 2001-present;

served as director of the First Amendment Center, 1994-2005.

Director, School of Journalism and Telecommunications,

August 1994-2002. Oversaw $1.2 million budget for school with 16 faculty positions, three full-time staff positions, more than 900 students (majors and pre-majors in selective admissions college) in Journalism, Integrated Strategic Communication and Telecommunications programs. Responsibilities included First Amendment Center, Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and annual Creason Lecture. School was reaccredited in 1997 with unanimous votes from the Accrediting Committee and the Accrediting Council (ACEJMC). Site team praised the school for innovation. A February 2003 site team found the school in compliance on all 12 standards in a review of the six years from 1997 to 2003. A March 2003 Accrediting Committee gave the school unanimous votes for reaccreditation, and the site team chair praised the school and its leadership for a unique commitment to civic life.

Founding Director, Media Center for the Future, August 1998-2002. Initiated Media Center project, beginning in 1994, that has attracted more than $1.8 million in support to enhance teaching, research and public service in the College of Communications and Information Studies. The College includes the School, the Department of Communication, the School of Library and Information Science and the graduate program.
TEACHING Top 50 Journalism Professor of the Year, 2012, honored by; Faculty Partner Award, 2012, from UK Division of Student Affairs; National Runner-up, Inspire Integrity Award, 2011; inducted to ODK National Leadership Honor Society, 2011; received 2003 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching for Tenured Faculty at UK and previously honored by Sigma Kappa as a “Great Educator” at UK. Taught or co-taught more than 1,900 students, averaging more than 100 students an academic year from Fall 1994 to Fall 2012, in 20 course sections involving eight undergraduate course titles: Mass Media and Diversity, Etymology, Introduction to Journalism (formally Introduction to Communication Media), Student Media Management, Media Management and Entrepreneurship, News Editing, Citizen Kentucky: Journalism and Democracy (Freshman Discovery Seminar) and Honors 301, Proseminar. Diversity course involved content audits presented by students to the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Louisville Courier-Journal.


OR RESEARCH Published three books, a Pug Publishing language skills guide (1995), a Blackwell Publishing/Iowa Stare Press editing textbook (2001), and a

Maestro Consulting writing and editing book (2008); produced four

Kentucky Educational Television programs on journalism, the First Amendment and civic life (1995, 1999, 2001, 2008), including one on the Kentucky-China connection; produced a 30-minute video for the Newspaper Satellite Network (1997) on the “Maestro Concept” as an update to an American Society of Newspaper Editors video and report (1993); co-wrote or edited three other ASNE reports on editing and newsroom organization (1995, 1996, 1997); numerous newspaper commentary pieces and magazine articles.

PUBLIC SERVICE Administers judging of Inland News Writing Awards (investigative reporting, explanatory reporting, personality profiles), 2003-2012; judge for SND’s World’s Best-Designed Newspaper contest, 2005; administered $160,000 for annual First Amendment Celebrations from the Scripps Howard Foundation from 1997 to 2005; member of ASNE Human Resources Committee, whose three-year effort led to the founding of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES); created and organized Inland Innovation Awards for the Inland Press Association, 1994-98; advised Kentucky Press Association on creation of the Kentucky High School Journalism Association and organized summer continuing-education workshops for teachers; director of Dow Jones Summer High School Journalism Workshop for Minorities at UK, 1999-2003; advisory board member for K.I.T.E. (Kids, Ideas, Talent in Education), a state-funded college prep program for minority high school students interested in communications; liaison from the journalism school to UK’s Central High School diversity initiative in Louisville (2002).

UNIVERSITY SERVICE College of Social Work Advisory Board; acting student media adviser for Kentucky Kernel newspaper and Kentuckian yearbook; member of search committee for Dean of Undergraduate Studies; task force member, President’s Initiative on Undergraduate Education; special assistant to the Chancellor for strategic planning.
NORTHWESTERN Associate Professor, Medill School of Journalism.

UNIVERSITY Promoted with tenure as a journalism faculty member in 1994. Full- or part-time teaching at Medill School of Journalism since 1981-82, the first two years as an undergraduate editing lab instructor, then as a lecturer in the summer of 1983. A full-time assistant professor in 1983-84, a lecturer the next two years, and a full- or part-time assistant professor from 1986 to 1993.
From 1981 to 1989, teaching coincided with full-time work at the Chicago Tribune, except for a year's leave of absence from the Tribune to teach full time in 1983-84.
TEACHING/ Medill responsibilities: Newspaper editing, visual communication and SERVICE management classes for undergraduate and graduate students. From

1983 to 1993, worked extensively with the Teaching Newspaper

program, which administers required internships. In 1984, taught the

undergraduate magazine writing course.

UNIVERSITY Instructor, School of Journalism. Taught the introductory

OF MISSOURI- editing course for undergraduates in spring 1980. Graduate teaching

COLUMBIA assistant, 1979-1980. Helped Professor Brian Brooks to teach the introductory editing course for graduate students. Undergraduate TEACHING teaching assistant, 1978. Grader for the introductory reporting course for undergraduates in the fall and spring semesters.

UNIVERSITY Master of Arts degree, 1990, University of Missouri-Columbia.

OF MISSOURI- Began graduate program in 1979, then left to work at the Chicago COLUMBIA Tribune in 1980. Completed remaining credits while working at the

Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1978, School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia. Transferred from Duquesne

University in Pittsburgh after sophomore year.

UNIVERSITY Doctoral student, University of Kentucky, College of Education,

OF KENTUCKY Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, 1998-2002.


THE OREGONIAN Visiting Senior Editor, the Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Summer 1993. Worked as a consultant to the new executive editor on newsroom reorganization and staff training for 37 days over three months. Hands-

on work with centerpiece packages for section fronts.

THE CHICAGO Assistant Metropolitan Editor, the Chicago Tribune, 1984-1990. TRIBUNE Worked on night city desk or copy desk during the week and oversaw

the metro copy desk on Sundays. Moved from full-time to part-time

work in 1989 to pursue tenure at Northwestern's Medill School of

Journalism. One of five committee members who worked on the

reorganization of the Tribune’s newsroom in 1986. Editor James Squires

implemented the recommendations from our report.

Copy Editor and Makeup Editor, the Chicago Tribune, 1980-1983. Started as summer intern on the metro copy desk. Worked these years

for the national desk, the foreign desk, the business desk and the

composing room. Supervised and edited two special sections.
LONDON Free-lance London Correspondent, 1980. Worked under an CORRESPONDENT editorial writer for the Sunday Times of London as part of my England- based graduate program at the University of Missouri. Articles accepted THE MISSOURIAN by the Sunday Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Columbia Missourian, the city newspaper produced by journalism and advertising students under faculty supervision at Missouri. Worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Missourian as an undergraduate in 1976-78. Wrote investigative article exposing air fare discrepancies by travel agencies in Columbia as a features writer.
THE NIAGARA Weekend News Editor and Copy Editor, the Niagara Falls (N.Y.)

FALLS GAZETTE Gazette, 1979. Also did reporting, including a front-page lead story on rock slides at the falls.
THE BUFFALO Copy Editor and Assistant Telegraph Editor, the Buffalo (N.Y.) EVENING NEWS Evening News, 1978-1979. Also worked for the News in the summer of 1977 as a reporting intern covering city court and doing general assignment stories.
BUSINESS TOKYO Free-lance copy editor, Business Tokyo magazine, November 1989.
NEWSPAPER Editing, newsroom organization and management consultant to CONSULTANT newspapers in the United States, Spain, Portugal and Sweden. Joined

Innovation international consulting group, based in Detroit and Pamplona, Spain, in 1997, to bring the Maestro Concept to other countries.


CONCEPT The Maestro Concept, an innovative approach to newspaper story planning and newsroom organization, was formally introduced in April 1993 to the American Society of Newspaper Editors in a video and report, both entitled “The Maestro Concept: A New Approach to Writing and Editing for the Newspaper of the Future.” The concept has changed the practice, vocabulary and teaching of newspaper editing. Its influence can be traced to the use of the word maestro, as a noun and as a verb, in American newspaper newsrooms, in journalism institutes, in trade publications and textbooks, and in college and high school journalism classes and student newspaper newsrooms.


AND EDITING” More than 435 newspapers, news organizations, institutes or universities have been introduced to the Maestro Concept. The impact covers 48 states and Washington, D.C., in the United States and 14 other countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Korea, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Vietnam). The list contains the names of 324 newspapers in the United States involving 59 newspaper groups. The American Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation has sold more than 250 copies of a video and report on the first newspaper to adopt the Maestro Concept. Purchases run from the New York Times Co. to Utica High School in Michigan, and 50 universities are represented.


OF THE FUTURE” Nationally, Ryan participated as “one of the best minds in the business” in a three-day forum in 1999 by Northwestern University’s Media Management Center on “The Next Great American Newspaper.” He has consulted with newspapers interested in adopting his concept; addressed state and national press associations; spoken at the American Press Institute, where his concept has been taught and discussed by newspaper professionals, as well as the Press Institute of Sweden; and addressed national and state high school journalism associations. Internationally, his Maestro Concept have been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish and Swedish, and he has spoken about the concept to newspaper groups or associations in Curitiba, Brazil; Madrid and Bilboa, Spain; Kobe, Japan; Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Warsaw, Poland; and Hanoi, Vietnam. Graduate students, including a Fulbright scholar, have researched and written about the impact of his concept.



LOGANSPORT, IND. The Logansport Project

The Pharos-Tribune was the first paper to fully adopt the Maestro Concept. The project, which began in summer 1991, is the subject of a video and a report released at the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1993. A 15,000-circulation paper owned at the time by Howard Publications.


American Medical News, a controlled-circulation weekly, was the

second paper to fully adopt the Maestro Concept, as of September 1992.

My consulting work, which began in 1989, expanded from seminars on writing and editing to advice on management issues, newsroom reorganization, new technology and redesign plans. A 360,000- circulation newspaper published by the American Medical Association.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. The Springfield Project

The News-Leader was the third paper to fully adopt the Maestro

Concept. My work with managers and staff covered the spring and summer of 1993. Funding for the project was provided by the News-Leader and Gannett Co., which owns the 60,000-circulation daily paper.

PORTLAND, ORE. The Oregon Project

The Oregonian was the fourth and largest paper to adopt the Maestro Concept. My work began in January 1993 under the paper's previous leadership with a three-day seminar. Training continued in the summer

of 1993 under the new executive editor. A 325,000-circulation paper

owned by Newhouse Newspapers.




KALMAR, SWEDEN Fojo, a journalism training institute based in Sweden, organized a two-day workshop in May, 2008, at the Fojo conference center in Kalmar, Sweden, with newspaper editors from Sweden and Finland, a computer magazine, and TV journalists for the debut of Media Maestro, an adaptation of the Maestro Concept to mobile phones, online and TV as well as newspaper and magazine.

HANOI, VIETNAM Fojo, a journalism training institute based in Sweden, organized a one-day workshop in December, 2006, at a Hanoi hotel conference center with more than 70 reporters and editors from Vietnamese newspapers and magazines, including an online publication.
WARSAW, POLAND. Orkla Regional Newspapers, two-day workshop in March 19-20, 2003, at conference center outside Warsaw with nearly 40 editors of newspapers in Poland and Lithuania, including maestro sessions leading up to the U.S. Iraq war. Also, a daylong seminar, Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 7, 1999. Taught the Maestro Concept to 35 editors from newspapers in Poland and the Ukraine. Three executives of a Ukrainian paper drove 23 hours to attend the workshop.


NYKOPING, SWEDEN. Press Institute of Sweden, a daylong Maestro Concept seminar on Oct. 2, 2002, Stockholm, Sweden, with more than 20 newspaper and magazine editors in Sweden. Also, a daylong newsroom workshop at Dagens Nyheter, one of Stockholm’s largest daily newspapers, on Oct. 3, 2002, and a daylong newsroom workshop at the Sodermanlands Nyheter, a daily newspaper in Nykoping, Sweden, on Oct. 4, 2002.
Also, daylong Press Institute seminar, Stockholm, Sweden, May 16, 2000. Taught the Maestro Concept to more than 30 senior editors, section editors and reporters from newspapers in Sweden.
RESTON, VA. American Press Institute, Reston, Va. Seminar on the Maestro Concept for 50 city and metro editors from newspaper across the United States, Jan. 8, 2001.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY. New York Press Association, annual convention, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., March 11, 2000. Seminar on the Maestro Concept to reporters and editors from weekly and college newspapers.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK. Society of News Design, annual convention, Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept. 10, 1999. Provided a retrospective on the Maestro Concept and a look toward future applications of the concept, particularly in advertising and online operations.

BRAZIL Brazilian Association of Newspapers in conjunction with the

Brazilian Federation of Professional Journalists, fourth-annual seminar

on "The Role of the Newspaper," Curitiba, Brazil, November 1997.

LEXINGTON, KY. Paxton Media Group, annual editors and publishers meeting, Lexington, Ky., October 1997. Flagship newspaper, the Paducah Sun, Paducah, Ky.
SPAIN El Grupo Correo, largest regional newspaper group in Spain. Two- week seminar in Bilboa and Madrid for company executives, editors and managing editors, July 1997.
LEXINGTON, KY. Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Graphics and Design seminar, University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 1997. "Teamwork in the Newsroom and the Maestro Concept."

ST. LOUIS, MO. Mid-America Press Association meeting in St. Louis, Mo., February 1996. Seminar on the Maestro Concept and newsroom organization.

KANSAS CITY, MO. Society of Newspaper Design, annual convention, Kansas City, Mo., October 1994. Speaker, "Maestroing in the Newspaper of the Future." Part of opening ceremonies to explain experiment in developing an on-line newspaper to cover the convention and moderator of closing event discussing the results of the experiment and interviewing readers on their preferences and needs.

DE KALB, ILL. Northern Illinois Newspaper Association annual convention, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Ill., October 1993.

MIAMI, FLA. Society of Professional Journalists annual convention, Miami, Fla., October 1993. Part of "Non-Traditional Beats and Newsroom Organizations" panel, which also included representatives from two newspapers and a television station.
DALLAS, TEXAS Society of Newspaper Design, annual convention, Dallas, Texas, October 1993. "Why Won't the Dinosaur Fly," a panel discussion on challenges facing newspapers, opened the convention. More than 600 people attended the session, which was simultaneously translated into Spanish. "Maestro Theory," a breakout session on how

the Maestro Concept is working at small, medium-sized and metro daily newspapers, attracted about 100 people.

Society of Newspaper Design, other Maestro Concept seminars:
SEATTLE, WASH. * The Color Camp in June 1993, held at the University of Washington, Seattle.
EVANSTON, ILL. * The Front Page Camp in July 1993, held at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
* The Color Camp in July 1991 and the Photo Camp in August 1992, both held at Medill. Major metros and other publications from the United States, Canada and the Netherlands attended the workshops at Medill.
CHICAGO, ILL. Howard Publications annual editors meeting, Chicago, Ill., September 1993. Presentation included former editor of Logansport,

Ind., paper, owned by Howard. Also, a seminar at a May 1991 editors meeting in Chicago on how best to organize newsrooms with pagination.

WRIGHTSVILLE The Associated Press News Council of North Carolina,

BEACH, N.C. Wrightsville Beach, N.C., September 1993. Speaker for keynote session and moderator for panel discussion that followed on newsroom changes

at North Carolina papers.
MIAMI, FLA. Knight-Ridder annual editors meeting, Miami, Fla., May 1993. Address on "Deming and the Maestro Concept," how to apply Total Quality Management principles to the newsroom. A session on the same topic at a regional meeting of metro and managing editors at Knight- Ridder's smaller newspapers, Atlanta, Ga., February 1993.
NASHVILLE, IND. APME Indiana annual meeting, Nashville, Ind., May 1993. Presentation to the Associated Press Managing Editors group included

the editor and the two "maestros" from the Logansport, Ind., paper.

CHICAGO, ILL. Inland Press Foundation, a May 1993 session on "The Deming Newsroom," how the Maestro Concept applies Total Quality

Management principles to the creative process. Also, a May 1992 seminar in Kansas City, Mo., on “Structuring the Electronic Newsroom.” Also, a March 1991 editing seminar in Chicago.

BALTIMORE, MD. American Society of Newspaper Editors annual convention, Baltimore, Md., March-April 1993. Part of "Fix Local News or Die!" panel. Debut of Maestro Concept video and report.
CAMPBELL HALL, N.Y. Ottaway Newspapers regional editors meeting, Chicago, March 1993. Also, a January 1992 address to senior editors from around the country meeting at Ottaway headquarters in Campbell Hall, N.Y.
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. The Hoosier State Press Association, a December 1992 session in Indianapolis with Dan Blom, then editor of the Logansport, Ind., paper.
SAN JOSE, CALIF. Graphics ’92, sponsored by the San Jose Mercury News, May 1992, in San Jose, Calif. The conference drew 247 participants, most of whom work at newspapers in the West. Topics: How to implement the Maestro Concept and how to make newspapers more readable.
CHICAGO, ILL. Suburban Newspapers of America, a November 1991 session at a conference in Chicago involving more than 20 papers. Topic: The newsroom of the future and the Maestro Concept.
CHARLESTON, S.C. American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, speaker at October 1991 conference in Charleston, S.C. Topic: “Goodbye Copy Desk, Hello Display Desk: Welcome to a more efficient and creative paper.”


WARSAW, POLAND. Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s largest daily newspaper, daylong seminar, Warsaw, Poland, May 22, 2000. Taught the Maestro Concept to 25 senior editors, section editors and reporters from the newspaper. The editor who hosted me during my visit later said by e-mail that he was trying the Maestro Concept with his reporting staff.
BIALYSTOK, POLAND. Kurier Poranny, a discussion with the staff of the newspaper in this northeast Poland city at the invitation of the newspaper’s editor, Wojciech Potocki, who drove me from the Orklas workshop in Warsaw to his town, Sept. 9, 1999.
ROCHESTER, NY. Democrat and Chronicle, a two-day workshop at the newspaper, Sept. 27-28, 2000. My host, new assistant managing editor Jim Herman, was chairman of the Small Newspapers Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors that help to finance my 1993 report and video on the Maestro Concept.
BARDSTOWN, KY. Kentucky Standard, a daylong workshop for the staff of the Bardstown, Ky., newspaper under Editor David Greer, April 28, 2000.

The paper's newsroom reorganization team interviewed me by conference call in January 1997 on the effect of new technology on newsroom operations. The team studied the Maestro Concept as part of its deliberations. The Gannett Co. paper’s circulation of 2 million is among the largest in the nation.

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO The Post Register

A former student who became assistant city editor at this 26,000- circulation paper, owned by The Post Company, was put in charge of implementing the Maestro Concept in 1995.

PORTLAND, MAINE The Press Herald and Evening Express The executive editor and managing editor expressed interest in applying aspects of the Logansport, Ind., project to their 65,000- circulation newspaper in 1995. The paper is owned by the Guy Gannett Communications group.
NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, N.C. Consultant on newsroom reengineering project. Two-day seminar on the Maestro Concept and newsroom organization, February 1995. Follow-up training for three days in November 1995.
COLORADO The Gazette Telegraph, Colorado Springs, Colo. A July 1993 seminar with top editors and staff. This 105,000-circulation newspaper is owned by Freedom Newspapers.
MICHIGAN The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. A May 1993 session with the publisher, editor and managing editor related to redesign plans. This 30,000-circulation paper is owned by Ottaway.
NEW MEXICO The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, N.M. A November 1992 session on the Maestro Concept for a newsroom group preparing for pagination.
CALIFORNIA The Sun, San Bernardino, Calif. A seminar in October 1992 for the news editor and top management. This 90,000-circulation paper is

owned by Gannett Co.

The Times-Advocate, Escondido, Calif. An October 1992 seminar for top editors. This 40,000-circulation paper was owned by Tribune Co.
OREGON The Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. A November 1991 session on the newsroom of the future involving top editors and staff. This 60,000-circulation paper is owned by Gannett Co.
MISSOURI The Kansas City Star. An August 1991 seminar with top editors. This 290,000-circulation newspaper was owned by Capital Cities/ABC.
IOWA The Des Moines Register. A May 1991 seminar for the staff and smaller meetings with top editors as part of a three-day retreat. This 200,000-circulation newspaper is owned by Gannett Co.
COLLEGE College Fraternity Editors Association annual convention, Hyatt Hotel, Lexington, Ky. July 1996. Speaker, "The Maestro Concept."
Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association annual meeting, University of Kentucky, March 1996. Speaker, "The Maestro Concept and College Newspapers."
Kentucky Kernel Board and newsroom staff, University of Kentucky, March and May 1996. "How the Maestro Concept Works."
Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky., annual journalism convocation, "The Maestro Concept," a presentation and panel discussion involving the editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the managing editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer and the publisher of the Owensboro Messenger- Inquirer. March 1997.
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, annual convention, Kansas City, Mo., August 1993. "Teaching Writing: We Have Met the Enemy and It is Us," a panel discussion involving two segments on the Maestro Concept, one by me and the second by the former editor of the Logansport, Ind., paper.

Freedom Forum workshops at Indiana University for professional journalists now teaching college journalism, June 1992 and1993. My sessions focused on how to integrate writing, editing and visual communication classes.

HIGH SCHOOL Las Vegas, Nevada, High School Journalism Workshop on the Maestro Concept organized by CLASS! Publications for more than 100 high school students and teachers in the county, on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Oct. 17, 2002.
Kentucky High School Journalism Association conference for teachers at the University of Kentucky in August 1997. Forty-five teachers from around Kentucky attended the two-day workshop, which included my design and Maestro Concept seminar. Also spoke at 1998-2001 workshops.
Journalism Education Association convention in Chicago, November 1996. Speaker, "Maestroing by the Maestro," a session for 120 high school students from around the country.

NEWSPAPER Press associations, media organizations, individual newspapers,

OF FUTURE universities and other organizations have asked me to speak on the

future of newspapers. Topics range from new technologies to the public/ civic journalism movement.

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