Instructors Marla Krause
and Mike Reilley are the 2014 recipients of the College of Communication Excellence in Teaching Award for Term Faculty. Both have made enormous contributions to student journalism in the College of Communication and at DePaul; members of College’s Excellence in Teaching Committee were struck by their immense knowledge about and passion for journalism and their dedication and care for their students, both inside and outside the classroom.
Under Marla's dedicated guidance, DePaulia Online has become one of the most read publications in the online student media universe. It has made The DePaulia an important bridge in communication with our student community and our alumni. We do not have the display cases to contain all the awards the DePaulia staff have won for first rate reporting under Marla's careful stewardship. Nor do these awards completely capture the excellence of the paper's writing and the care in its editing, both hallmarks of Marla's oversight. It has made the DePaulia an important ladder of success for students planning careers of usefulness in journalism.
In turn, Mike's work in Online Journalism and Reporting for Converged Newsrooms has gone a long way to giving DePaul journalism students a competitive advantage when seeking employment in the digital marketplace.
Through The Red Line Project, a digital news source that explores Chicago neighborhoods, Mike's students tell the city's stories through innovative multimedia reporting. Since its launch in 2011, The Red Line Project has won over 40 national, regional and local awards for its excellence in online journalism.
Mike integrates his courses with local news operations enabling students to partner with these professional sites in doing news of real value to the community. The team's current work on the condition of Chicago sidewalks —gracefully called The Chicago Stumbler
— is just the latest example of this important work. Mike's current enthusiasm for mobile and wearable technologies is the latest example of Mike giving DePaul journalism an important head start on where the profession is going.
Mike is also adviser for the College of Communication's SPJ/ONA DePaul
, twice named national campus chapter of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Congratulations to Marla and Mike on being named Term Faculty of the Year, and many thanks to both of them for helping to enrich our students' understanding of journalism in this exciting time for the practice.