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Spellmann Center 3120
|SU I 15
||COM 30900 PIF11
||Applied Journalism, Internet
Tom Pettit, assistant professor of communications, teaches journalism courses in reporting and editing, and advises the weekly student newspaper, The Legacy. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and taught journalism at Kearney State University in Nebraska and Emporia State University in Kansas. He was a copy editor at four major metropolitan daily newspapers, including 23 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (also Omaha World-Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Albuquerque Journal). He taught at Lindenwood from 1981-83, then returned in 2006 after leaving the Post-Dispatch. He re-established a student newspaper at Lindenwood in 2007 with the biweekly Legacy, which became a weekly in 2013, reflecting growth of the journalism program and student participation in publications.
Educational and Professional Experience
Assistant Professor Tom Pettit began teaching journalism at Lindenwood University in 2006 after a 23-year career as a copy editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His journalism degrees are from the University of Kansas, and in addition to Lindenwood, he has taught and advised publications at Emporia State University in Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Besides the Post-Dispatch, he worked at the Omaha World-Herald, the Arizona Daily Star and the Albuquerque Journal.
1995 Outstanding Copy Editor, St. Louis Metro Press Association.
Areas of Focus
Assistant Professor Tom Pettit began teaching journalism at Lindenwood University in 2006 after a 23-year career as a copy editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In spring 2007, he was adviser to the launch of the first student newspaper at Lindenwood since 1989, The Legacy. Beginning in fall 2007, the newspaper published every two weeks each semester, maintaining 12 pages in each issue through the spring of 2013. In fall 2013, The Legacy began publication as a weekly, with student staff producing 15 issues per semester. He teaches basic reporting, editing, introduction to journalism, investigative reporting and the applied class in newspaper.
St. Louis Newspaper Guild (AFL-CIO), Society of Professional Journalists.