Dan Reimold, Ph.D., was more than just a journalism professor, author, reporter and student media adviser. For years he was the head cheerleader for all things student media, highlighting trends, spotlighting student leaders and promoting amazing student work. Dan died in 2015, but his legacy hasn’t. College Media Association was asked by the Reimold family to continue Dan’s passion. This blog is a collaboration of many advisers dedicated to honoring Dan by continuing his work.
He was an assistant professor of journalism at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he also advised The Hawk student newspaper. Along with founding and maintaining College Media Matters, the country’s leading student press blog, Reimold was the Campus Beat columnist for USA TODAY College. In more than 250 Campus Beat columns, he addressed a range of issues, individuals and events impacting higher education, student life and student media.
His textbook, Journalism of Ideas: Brainstorming, Developing, and Selling Stories in the Digital Age, was published in spring 2013 by Routledge. His first book on college media, Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution, was published in fall 2010 by Rutgers University Press.
He was officially affiliated with Poynter as a regular contributor, maintaining a monthly column about the student press. His freelance reporting and academic research was also published by a range of other outlets including Nieman Journalism Lab, PBS MediaShift, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times), Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism History and College Media Review. In addition, he was a featured contributor in a number of books including Media Ethics at Work and The Student Newspaper Survival Guide.
Reimold was a former Fulbright research fellow who taught journalism, mass communication and new media courses at five universities in two countries. Prior to his SJU appointment, he served as an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Tampa and a visiting assistant professor of journalism at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
He earned his doctorate in journalism/mass communication and a graduate certificate in contemporary history from Ohio University, where he also advised the online student news outlet Speakeasy Magazine. He received his master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and his B.A. in communication studies from Ursinus College, where he proudly served as editor-in-chief of The Grizzly student newspaper.
His favorite honor: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s first Ralph Vigoda Memorial Award for passion in journalism, given to him in 2004.
His six-word memoir: Dream Big. Create. Learn. Teach. Repeat.