Mary Jane Pardue

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Mary Jane Pardue is professor of journalism and department head in the Department of Media, Journalism & Film at Missouri State University. She has been a SABEW member for 15 years. As co-chair of the Training Committee for three years, she has helped organize many teletraining sessions for SABEW members. She has written a number of columns for The Business Journalist since 2005. In 2002 Pardue was asked to head the SABEW Task Force on Membership/Recruiting and Mentoring. She has served on the Education Committee Task Force on Diversity, coordinated judges for the Best in Business awards and served as a BiB awards judge several times. She has moderated sessions at SABEW conferences and served on panels.

Pardue is committed to improving the skills of business journalists both through SABEW and the business reporting class she teaches at Missouri State University. She has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and now teaches several reporting and writing classes as well as media ethics. In all of them she stresses the need for developing strong skills to cover business and the economy. Before moving into academia, she was business editor at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Pardue also worked at the Nashville Banner and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has published academic research on the training student journalist need to cover business. She has also researched newspaper ownership and management and is the author of Who Owns the Press? Investigating Public vs. Private Ownership of America’s Newspapers. Pardue holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English. Contact her at

SABEW - Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Arizona State University

555 North Central Ave, Suite 406 E, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1248


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