Bob Papper is the Lawrence Stessin Distinguished Professor of Journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations at Hofstra University.
For 19 years, Papper has overseen the RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey on the state of local radio and television news. He also conducts Future of News studies for the RTDNF; he originated the Middletown Media Studies (which morphed into the Video Consumer Mapping Study funded by The Nielsen Company), and is co-editor of Electronic News, the official journal of the Electronic News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Papper's Broadcast News & Writing Stylebook just came out in its 5th edition (Pearson), and he's won more than a hundred state, regional and national awards, including four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and a DuPont-Columbia for "Excellence in Broadcast Journalism."
He's worked at television stations in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Columbus, OH. He's a past president of the Maine Association of Broadcasters and a long-time member of the national education committee of the Radio Television Digital News Association. In 2006, Papper was honored as the Ball State University Researcher of the Year, and in 2007, the Associated Press Broadcasters inducted him into the Indiana Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in Broadcast Journalism. In 2011, Papper received the Hofstra Teacher of the Year Award for the School of Communication. In 2012, he received the Ed Bliss Award from the Electronic News Division of the AEJMC. The annual award recognizes "Outstanding teaching, scholarship and service."
Teaching specialties include convergence news, broadcast news writing, reporting and producing, the business of news and the future of news.