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Gift from Journalist Robert Bailyn Establishes Faculty Research Grant in Journalism and Multimedia Studies

BOCA RATON (October 31, 2008) – The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently received a gift of $50,000 from former Palm Beach Post regional editor Robert Bailyn. The donation establishes the Robert J. Bailyn Endowed Research Grant in Journalism and Multimedia Studies.   Faculty members will be able to apply annually for funding to cover expenses in connection with their research.  

Bailyn made the gift in conjunction with his 80 th birthday, which will be February 17, 2009. “We are very fortunate to be part of the celebration of a lifetime dedicated to the field of journalism,” said Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. “His gift will allow our faculty to pursue research that would not be possible otherwise.”

Bailyn started his journalism career at the Transcript-Telegram in Holyoke, Massachusetts 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. He 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.

“I am a firm believer in higher education and in the future of FAU and its School of Communication,” Bailyn said. “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.”

Bailyn, a graduate of the University of Chicago, has his master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and Western Connecticut State University.

This gift follows a $50,000 gift that Bailyn gave the school last year to establish the Inez Persson Bailyn Scholarship and Internship Endowment. This earlier gift, which was made to benefit a multimedia studies or print journalism major at FAU, was made in honor of his wife, who was the first woman reporter at the Swedish newspaper Gavle Dagblad and later the first woman to take part in an international fellowship program for journalists at the University of Michigan. Robert and Inez Bailyn, who have been married for more than 56 years and have three grown children, have lived in suburban Lake Worth since 1998.

The combined donations will establish the Robert J. and Inez Persson Bailyn Endowment Fund which will be available for matching by the state of Florida.   For more information about FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, call 561-297-3850.

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