Journalism organization honors CMU instructor

Photo special to the Sentinel—Eric Sandstrom, right, of Colorado Mesa University, receives a journalism teaching award from Dennis Huspeni of the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.



A veteran reporter and educator at Colorado Mesa University was honored recently by the Colorado Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Eric Sandstrom, CMU assistant professor of mass communication, was honored April 25 by the state chapter as journalism educator of the year.  Sandstrom was instrumental in establishing a chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists at CMU two years ago and continues as faculty adviser for the student newspaper, The Criterion.

“Eric is a terrific teacher,” said Ed Otte, SPJ chapter president-elect. “He brings enthusiasm for journalism to the class and engages his students in great discussions.”

Sandstrom was also praised by CMU President Tim Foster.

“He has guided his students in ethics and enabled them to grow as journalists,” Foster said. “He is very deserving of the award and we’re proud to have him on CMU’s faculty.”

Sandstrom was among four honored at the SPJ’s annual Region 9 Top of the Rockies awards ceremony at the Denver Press Club.

He’s worked for newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Nebraska as a reporter, editor, photographer, columnist and sportswriter. Instructing at CMU since 2007, Sandstrom previously taught journalism ethics at Kent State University and public relations at Cleveland State University.

Sandstrom was managing editor of publications for University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He has bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


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