Student media adviser Rodenbush receives national award

Jim Rodenbush, adviser for the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation at CSU, has received the Honor Roll Newspaper Adviser Award for four-year colleges and universities from the College Media Association.

jimrodenbushThe CMA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to serving collegiate media advisers, will present Rodenbush with the award Oct. 27 at the CMA National College Media Convention in Atlanta.

The Honor Roll award recognizes the achievements and distinguished service of professionals who have advised for five or fewer years. Nominees must demonstrate that they subscribe to and operate under the CMA Code of Ethics.

“In my job, I’m only as smart as the students who walk through the door,” said Rodenbush, who is also an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication. “This says everything about the people I’ve had the privilege to work with.”

Rodenbush, who joined the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation as student media adviser in September 2015, spent three and a half years as news adviser for The Daily Collegian at Penn State University. During his time at Penn State, his students received three Pacemaker Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, in large part because of their coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and death of longtime football coach Joe Paterno.

Jim has been an adviser, instructor, editor, reporter, copy editor and page designer during his 17 years in the journalism business. He is a former journalism instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and Webster University. He spent six and a half years as a staff member at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and was a contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Associated Press.

The St. Louis-area native holds a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Webster University.

The Department of Journalism and Media Communication is in CSU’s College of Liberal Arts.