Oregonian editor joins Cronkite School as visiting professor

March 6, 2014

Peter Bhatia, the award-winning editor of The Oregonian in Portland, is joining the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Journalism Ethics at Arizona State University.

Bhatia will start the yearlong appointment this summer, working with more than two dozen students from across the country in the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, an in-depth multimedia journalism experience based at Cronkite. In the fall semester, he will teach Journalism Ethics and Diversity. headshot of Peter Bhatia Download Full Image

“Peter Bhatia has been one of our era’s great editors. His extraordinary skills, values and experiences will be an enormous benefit to a new generation of journalists,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “We’re thrilled Peter will be helping to guide these aspiring young journalists through the complexities of creating strong, ethically sound journalism in the digital age.”

Bhatia has served as the top editor of Oregon’s largest news organization since 2010. Previously, he was the paper’s managing editor and executive editor, teaming with then-editor Sandra Mims Rowe. Rowe and Bhatia were named Editors of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2008. The Oregonian won five Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s most coveted prize, during their tenure.

Bhatia was the first journalist of South Asian descent to lead a major daily newspaper in the U.S. He was inducted into the South Asian Journalists Association Hall of Fame in 2007, and was honored with an Asian American Journalists Association Pioneer in Journalism Award in 2004.

"Peter has done a terrific job of leading our journalists through the difficult transition to a digitally focused news organization," said N. Christian Anderson III, president and publisher of The Oregonian, who came to Portland in 2009 after serving as the Gaylord Professor. "We will miss him. Still, we recognize that this new opportunity means he will be helping develop the newsrooms of the future. I can't think of a better person to lend his experience and values to students who want to be part of this exciting profession."

Rowe, who served as the Gaylord Professor in 2012, said, "Peter Bhatia brings deep talent, decades of excellence in journalism leadership and a love of teaching to ASU's distinguished Cronkite School of Journalism. The school and its students will benefit greatly."

Bhatia is a native of Pullman, Wash., and graduated from Stanford University in 1975 before starting his journalism career as a reporter at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. He has also been deputy managing editor of The San Francisco Examiner, managing editor of the Dallas Times Herald, editor of The York (Pa.) Dispatch and Sunday News, and managing editor of The Sacramento Bee.

Bhatia has been a Pulitzer Prize juror six times, served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2003-04 and is current president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to work with Dean Callahan, the accomplished faculty at the Cronkite School and its outstanding students,” Bhatia said. “The Cronkite School is a place of innovation and creativity that is focused on the future of journalism. After almost 40 years in newsrooms and countless amazing experiences, I’m excited to be part of the conversation there.”

Bhatia will join three other former editors of major metropolitan daily newspapers on the Cronkite School faculty, including former Washington Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr., former Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Tim McGuire and former Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez.

The Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professorship was created in 2006 through a generous gift from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Edith Kinney Gaylord started the Oklahoma City-based foundation in 1982 to foster high ethical standards in the industry. Ms. Gaylord, the daughter of Daily Oklahoman Publisher E.K. Gaylord, launched her journalism career at her father’s newspaper in 1937 after graduating from college. In 1942, she joined The Associated Press in New York. The following year, she went to the AP’s Washington bureau, where she covered the Roosevelt administration and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during World War II.

Bhatia will be the eighth Gaylord Professor at Cronkite. Past Gaylord Professors include Anderson, Rowe, former St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Ellen Soeteber, former Detroit Free Press Executive Editor Caesar Andrews, former Akron Beacon Journal Publisher Jim Crutchfield and former San Francisco Examiner Managing Editor Sharon Rosenhause.

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ASU director founds new journal on responsible innovation

March 7, 2014

Interdisciplinary scholars of responsible innovation have a new intellectual space to share, compare and debate their research and ideas with the release of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI). David Guston, director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU (CNS-ASU) and co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, is the journal’s founding editor-in-chief. He led an international team of scholars in proposing the academic journal to the British publishing house Taylor & Francis.

The journal covers a wide range of responsible innovation topics beyond traditional risk and environmental health and safety concerns, such as the broader and more subtle issues of the moral, cultural, political, religious, democratic and sustainability implications of innovation and research. David Guston and the Journal of Responsible Innovation Cover Download Full Image

While responsible innovation is not an entirely new concept, a coalesced group of researchers around the topic, as well as a centralized publication space, is.

“JRI gives this emerging community a chance to address its research and policy concerns in a systematic and coherent fashion,” says Guston.

The journal aims to create an arena for interdisciplinary discussion among a range of responsible innovation scholars, “from people who, on the one hand, do the philosophy and ethics of science and technology, to the people on the other who do the more hardnosed, practical technology assessments,” says Guston. That range includes not only scholars developing and studying responsible innovation, but also policymakers implementing it, scientists and engineers attempting to practice it and all of those trying to teach it.

The journal will publish traditional journal articles and research reports, as well as reviews, discussion papers and perspectives on current political, technical and cultural events that don’t often lend themselves to succinct black and white conclusions. Pedagogical articles will round out the journal.

To that end, the first issue’s offerings include, among others, an empirical case study of the de facto governance of financial innovation in the private sector; a debate over whether attempting to envision the future is an effective practice for responsible innovation; a perspective on the new responsible innovation framework implemented by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom; and a meditation on "Fixed," the award-winning documentary film about human enhancement technologies.

All of the journal’s associate editors are part of the new Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI), a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also housed at CNS-ASU. The institute, international in scope, aims to understand responsible innovation and integrate it in academic, government and corporate settings.

“The co-location of JRI and VIRI provides an extremely valuable opportunity to maximize synergies. A lot of what the VIRI network is actively developing might end up being presented and analyzed in the journal,” says Erik Fisher, associate director of CNS-ASU, assistant professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies and an associate editor of the new journal. Fisher leads the NSF-funded project “Socio-technical Integration Research," also known as STIR, which embeds social scientists and humanists in natural science laboratories.

Guston’s leadership with CNS-ASU adds to this synergy, as the center has led the development of a vision for anticipatory governance by building capacities to anticipate research challenges and outcomes, increase public engagement in the innovation process and integrate perspectives from social and natural scientists, engineers, humanists, ethicists and others around responsible innovation.

The launch of the journal comes on the heels of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) symposium “Responsible Innovation in a Global Context,” held at their annual conference in Chicago on Feb. 15. The symposium was led by Guston, and included Fisher as well as participants from Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom. A reception celebrating the launch of the new journal, co-sponsored by Taylor & Francis and the Bassetti Foundation, was also held at the AAAS conference.

While the first issue is international in scope, Fisher anticipates that future issues of JRI will also have multinational themes. “Various regional and national approaches to responsible innovation can be displayed, explored, distinguished and compared in the journal,” says Fisher.

The journal will publish three issues per year, and submissions are welcome year-round. For more information, please visit the Taylor & Francis website.

To find out more about CNS-ASU, VIRI or STIR, please visit the CNS website: http://cns.asu.edu

Jennifer Pillen Banks

Communications program coordinator, Center for Nanotechnology in Society