Endowed Professorship

Fall 2013

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Ed Livermore, left, poses beside John Schmeltzer, the Engleman-Livermore Professor in Community Journalism, during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in September.

Ed Livermore, left, poses beside John Schmeltzer, the Engleman-Livermore Professor in Community Journalism, during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in September.

In the mid-1990s, Oklahoma newspapermen Charles E. Engleman and Ed Livermore established the Engleman-Livermore Professorship in Community Journalism at the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Both men, graduates of OU’s “J-school,” knew the importance of a newspaper to a small town.

“A community newspaper is better at taking the pulse of a community in a very personal way,” said Livermore.

Although Engleman, a former OU Regent and OU Foundation trustee, died in 2003, Livermore continues to support the endowment, most recently with a gift of $250,000, bringing the total to $505,000.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Schmeltzer is the current Engleman-Livermore Professor in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“Without Mr. Livermore’s and Mr. Engleman’s generosity, there would not be a faculty position in community journalism,” said Schmeltzer. “Mr. Livermore is convinced that in the decline of the newspaper industry, small town newspapers will help save print journalism.”

In his 35-year career at the Chicago Tribune, Schmeltzer held numerous positions from political writer to assistant business editor. He was instrumental in expanding the readership of the Tribune by developing a suburban version of the newspaper, for which he served as associate metropolitan editor.

In recent years, Schmeltzer has worked to expand readership through social media and online newspaper editions. In addition to winning the 2001 Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting, Schmeltzer also was a finalist for the UCLA Anderson School of Management Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism, took three awards from the Chicago Headliner Club and was awarded the Distinguished Service award from his alma mater, Northern Illinois University in 2002.