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Slowing down in the classroom
Though most students find that
keeping up with all their classes
can make for a hectic schedule, for
Graham Griffith, Howard R. Marsh
visiting professor of journalism, the
academic grind has allowed him
somewhat of a break from his other
Coming from a career as a public
radio producer, Griffith said because
he's hardwired to think in a daily
news cycle, teaching has been "a
remarkable challenge and a great
Bringing his professional expe-
rience to the classroom, Griffith is
teaching a communication studies
seminar this semester that examines
how journalists operate effectively
in times of crisis and how to take
advantage of the inevitable shift of
news to a digital platform.
Griffith said he got his first taste
for academia when he took part in
the Knight Wallace Fellowship pro-
gram at the University during the
2005-2006 academic year. The pro-
gram brings professional journalists
to the University for a year to focus
on a topic of their choice.
"That was a big wake-up call for
me," he said.
After completing the fellowship,
Griffith began working on his lat-
est project, a National Public Radio
program and online site called The
Takeaway. But when he needed a
break, he decided to apply for a job at
Very much a New Englander,
Griffith was born in New Haven,
Conn. and grew up around Wooster,
Mass. He graduated from Wesleyan
University in Connecticut, where he
played DivisiontI football and over-
saw the student-run radio station.
Griffith went on to become the
Executive Producer of Radio Pro-
grams at NPR, working in Washing-
ton, New York and Kosovo.
Though Ann Arbor is a differ-
ent environment from where he
grew up, moving is nothing new to
"Life is more interesting if you're
able to explore new places," he said.
He said the hardest thing for him
to get used to is Ann Arbor's lack of
good barbecue. A certified barbecue
judge, Griffith says what he misses
most is "real'cue."
Still, Griffith says thatfor him, life
is about embracing different types of,
communities, adding that he most s?
enjoys working in the Midwest,
because it has experience dealing
with economic struggles.
Though he's enjoying his time in /
Ann Arbor, Griffith will be traveling
to Helsinki, Finland this summer to
learn about its media system with_
his wife, a public historian studying
there as part of the Fulbright Fel- AN5A SCHULTE/Daily
lowship. Professor Graham Griffith uses his routine trick of post-its
-ALEX LANE as a tool for visualizing the flow of his class schedule.
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A Filipino business man
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after it was discovered that
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and J.K. Rowling all in the same
speech made to students.
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