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Alan Blanchard

Associate Professor of Journalism, Executive Director of the Pulliam Journalism Center

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advanced media writing feature writing magazine production media economics media ethics media management media & society media writing politics & opinion writing


  • PhD, Media & Information Studies, Michigan State University 
  • BA, Journalism, Eastern New Mexico University

Career Highlights

  • 20 years teaching journalism at university level 
  • Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy alumnus—I was one of 14 professors selected from across nation to participate in this weeklong conference at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Journalism in June 2017.
  • Pulliam Journalism Fellowship—I consult for this annual summer fellowship that places up to 25 university juniors, seniors and grad students from the nation’s top journalism schools. Each fellow works in one of 8 different paid journalist roles (social media, photography, graphic design, copy editing, sports writing, news writing, business writing and feature writing) at either the Indianapolis Star or Arizona Republic for 10 weeks during the summer—
  • Michigan Licensed Professional Investigator (2012 to present)
  • Indiana Licensed Professional Investigator (2019 to present)

Featured Scholarship

"The impact of public ownership, profits, and competition on number of newsroom employees and starting salaries in mid-sized daily newspapers" Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Volume 80 Issue 4, December 2003


I am passionate about helping students gain knowledge and hands-on expertise in the classroom, on campus media and from off campus media internships, as they prepare to enter the world as salt and light truth-tellers with a capital “T”.


I enjoy reading fiction by authors such as John Grisham, Frank Peretti, and Jerry Jenkins. I am also a fan of historical biographies, such as recently published ones on President Ulysses S. Grant and Jack London. I also enjoy time with family, following politics, playing chess, and traveling. When I was 16, I did a solo flight in a Piper Colt 2-seater canvas-covered airplane.