Wally Dean works with journalists throughout the world to better understand the principles and identify the practices that distinguish journalism from all else in the media and information universe.  He is co-author of the definitive analysis of U-S local television news and has served as Associate Director of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, senior associate at the Project for Excellence in Journalism, training director for the Committee of Concerned Journalists, and director the University of Missouri Journalism School’s summer Washington Program.

Working with “The Elements of Journalism” authors Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, he helped develop a mid-career journalism curriculum that he’s presented to more than ten-thousand journalists over the past 15 years.  Dean is co-author of “We Interrupt this Newscast” (2007, Cambridge University Press), considered the most extensive analysis of local TV news ever and shared the 2004 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism Research and the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for PEJ’s annual State of the Media reports.