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Pettit, Tom

Assistant Professor
Spellmann Center 3120
(636) 949-4364
TPettit@lindenwood.edu

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

FA SEM 14 COM 24200 11  Basic Reporting
FA SEM 14 COM 24200 12  Basic Reporting
FA SEM 14 COM 28200 21  Editing
FA SEM 14 COM 30800 PIF11  Applied Journalism, Newspaper
FA SEM 14 COM 58100 21  Editing
JAN TRM 15 COM 30800 JAN1  Applied Journalism, Newspaper
SP SEM 15 COM 24200 11  Basic Reporting
SP SEM 15 COM 24200 13  Basic Reporting
SP SEM 15 COM 30800 PIF11  Applied Journalism, Newspaper
SP SEM 15 COM 40600 11  Investigative Reporting
SP SEM 15 COM 50600 11  Investigative Reporting




Biography

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. 




Awards

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.




Memberships

St. Louis Newspaper Guild (AFL-CIO), Society of Professional Journalists.






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