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Journalist Robert Bailyn Makes Donation to FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

BOCA RATON (January 19, 2010) – Former Palm Beach Post regional editor Robert Bailyn recently donated $50,000 to the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. The donation adds to the previously established Robert J. and Inez Persson Bailyn Endowment Fund. The fund covers the Inez Persson Bailyn Scholarship and Internship, which is awarded to an FAU communications major, and the Robert J. Bailyn Research Grant in Journalism and Multimedia Studies, which funds faculty research. In honor of this latest donation, the conference room in FAU’s new Culture and Society Building, which is now under construction, will be named the Robert J. and Inez Perrson Bailyn Room.

“We are very fortunate to have Bob’s support,” said Susan Reilly, director of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. “His gifts allow our students and faculty to pursue studies and research that would not be possible otherwise.”

The Inez Persson Bailyn Scholarship and Internship is named in honor of Robert Bailyn’s wife Inez, a pioneer in the profession of journalism that was once dominated by men.  It was in her native country of Sweden that she got her start as a reporter.  Drawn to the profession, Inez left her farm home, just 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, for the port city of Gavle in east central Sweden to apprentice for the newspaper Gavle Dagblad.  Her drive, talent for writing and ability to converse in six languages earned her the distinction of being the first woman reporter at the newspaper.

Bailyn started his journalism career at the Transcript-Telegram in Holyoke, Mass., and later worked at daily newspapers in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Alabama, retiring as business editor of the Birmingham News. He was South Palm Beach County editor of the Palm Beach Post from 1979 to 1981. Bailyn is currently an adjunct professor on FAU’s faculty and was instrumental in launching FAU’s multimedia journalism curriculum. He formerly taught journalism full-time at Penn State and the University of Alabama. Bailyn, a graduate of the University of Chicago, has master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Western Connecticut State University.

“I am a firm believer in higher education and in the future of FAU and its School of Communication,” said Bailyn. “I also believe firmly in the importance of the media as the Fourth Estate in a democratic society. As the commercial media cut back, universities and other non-profits will need to help fill the gap.”

Robert and Inez Bailyn, who have been married for more than 58 years and have three grown children, have lived in suburban Lake Worth since 1998. The couple’s combined donations total $150,000 and will be eligible for matching by the state of Florida and by the Clearwire Fund.

 For more information about FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, call 561-297-3850. For more information on naming opportunities within the new Culture and Society building at FAU, call Laurie Carney at 561-297-3606.

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