Chat with a Pro Series

Starting in 2016, SPJ@Ashford will host online chat sessions with professional journalists.  These sessions are open to current SPJ members and JMC majors at Ashford University.

For audio: dial 866-410-1443 / passcode: 1930347392#



“How student journalists can use social media”

A chat with pro Kate Cunningham | Wednesday, June 22 at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST)

katemug-96x96Kate Cunningham teaches digital journalism at the University of New Mexico, where all of her classes include a focus on how journalists can use social media to improve their reporting.

Kate spent almost 15 years as a newspaper reporter before going in to teaching and has a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.


“Seeking newspaper work in rural communities”

A chat with pro Dave Stave | Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST)

untitledDave Stave joined Ashford University as an online instructor in April 2005 after nearly 30 years in newspaper work. His early teaching assignments were English literature and composition courses, but in the past few years he has taught journalism.
Dave’s first job as a journalist was for the daily La Grande Observer in Eastern Oregon, where he served as a reporter from 1975-77. He went on to become editor of The Redmond Spokesman, a weekly paper in Central Oregon near Bend. He returned to The Observer in 1981 and worked there for 22 years in various capacities including editor, executive editor and editorial page editor. He and his colleagues hired and trained many reporters over that period.
Dave grew up in the tulip-growing area of Skagit Valley, Wash., north of Seattle. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cascade College, Portland, Ore., in 1967. His education was briefly interrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army, including a year spent as a chaplain’s assistant in Vietnam. He returned to complete his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1974. Dave wrote approximately 800 weekly columns during his newspaper career.
He and his wife, Alberta, now reside near Gig Harbor Wash., not far from their three sons, spouses and families, including seven grandchildren.