SOJ Insider | Arthur

Arthur brings experience to broadcast students

By Mark Palangio

In January, Tori Arthur joined the SOJ faculty as a visiting assistant professor in the broadcast news program.

Arthur brings nearly 10 years of electronic media, news writing and communications experience to the School. Most recently, she worked as a television producer for CONUS Communications, a satellite news-gathering organization that provides coverage for more than 100 local stations, television networks and news organizations across the country.

Arthur completed her undergraduate work in 1999 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., receiving a bachelor’s degree in electronic media production. While there, she produced the campus newscast called “The Beat.”

After college, Arthur was an associate producer at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va. She spent three months working night shifts and almost nine months producing the morning news briefs, which ran throughout the morning.

In 2006, Arthur received her master’s degree in creative writing from American University in Washington, D.C. While Arthur was in graduate school, she worked as a teacher for the Institute of Reading Development, designed to help students, ages 4 through adult, improve their reading and writing skills.

“Probably the most memorable class I taught was at the World Bank for employees from around the world,” said Arthur. “None of them were native English speakers, and they were all trying to improve their English language reading skills. It was fascinating and challenging because I had students from Argentina sitting next to students from Sierra Leone sitting next to students from the Czech Republic.”

“Every professional experience I’ve ever had has prepared me for WVU,” said Arthur. “Because no two days in a broadcast newsroom are ever the same, you have to be flexible and adaptable. All of these are qualities I’m working to instill in my students.”

Arthur has nothing but positive things to say about the School and the students. “I’ve been impressed by WVU and the School of Journalism. The J-School gives its students so many opportunities to develop professionally and have real-world experience before graduation. I think that’s why it will be among the top journalism schools in the nation,” said Arthur.


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