We usually run our “New Faces” articles at the beginning of the semester, introducing new Arts and Humanities faculty members to the community. But the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism has two new mid-year additions that cannot be ignored.

Two longtime veterans of The Fresno Bee join the department, where they will teach aspiring young journalists in the print option. Former Executive Editor Jim Boren will teach two sections of the upper division writing course MCJ 102W – Reporting. And Donald Munro, who has provided a local voice for the Fresno arts scene since 2001, will teach MCJ 104 – Editing of Publications.

“We are excited to have both Jim Boren and Donald Munro join our teaching faculty,” said Dr. Kathy Adams, chair of the MCJ Department. “Both of these journalists offer our students years of award-winning experience and an opportunity of a lifetime to learn from two of the very best in the business.”

Jim Boren

Jim BorenBoren retired from The Fresno Bee on Jan. 19, where he had been the executive editor and senior vice president since 2012. Before that, he was the editorial page editor for 17 years.

An extensive farewell article ran on his last day on the job.

A Fresno State alumni, Boren had a rare distinction of working at the same newspaper for 48 years. He was hired in 1969 when he was just 19 years old.

Over the course of his career, Boren won many awards both individually for his work and for leading The Bee forward.

Q: What are you most looking forward to here at Fresno State?

A: Working with the students and using my background to help them to improve their reporting and writing skills.

Q: How will your background help elevate the MCJ Department offerings here?

A: MCJ has a fantastic faculty with incredible vision, and I hope to learn from them, and bring my perspective to their great work.

Q: What are you reading?

A: “Hamilton: The Revolution” and Walter Cronkite’s “A Reporter’s Life.”

Q: What’s a book you think everyone should read?

A: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Q: What’s a fun fact that people might not know about you?

A: I compete in the shot put and discus in senior track meets.

Q: When (and where) are your office hours?

A: I don’t have formal office hours, but I can meet students at their convenience anywhere on campus. They have my number and can text me any time.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: I’m looking forward to this semester and the adventure ahead.

Donald Munro

Donald MunroMunro left The Bee in May 2017, after 26 years there. That same month he established The Munro Review, his own online platform to continue the conversation about all things art related.

Before he became the go-to arts reporter for The Bee, Munro did movie reviews.

Q: What are you most looking forward to here at Fresno State?

A: I’m excited to work with students. Journalism in this country is undergoing vast and rapid changes, and I feel a little as if I’m on this crazy adventure along with my students.

Q: How will your background help elevate the MCJ Department offerings here?

A: I love reporting and writing, and I hope to help my students understand that no matter the platform — from the printed page to the most cutting-edge website — the written word can be a powerful thing. I bring to the department a strong background in arts criticism and writing, and I’m going to be using that expertise in my teaching as a way to help students develop important skills for this digital age. After working at the Fresno Bee for more than 25 years, I’ve fully embraced that age with my own site, MunroReview.com. You can call me old school and new school, I guess.

Q: What are you reading?

A: “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith, her latest novel. She’s one of the few authors whose works I make a point of reading each book in order. She’s great.

Q: What’s a book you think everyone should read?

A: “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. He argues that while American society in the second half of the 20th Century worried itself into a frenzy about fulfilling George Orwell’s dystopian vision in “1984,” the co-opting of our civic institutions by popular culture has meant we actually ended up looking a lot more like Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” instead.

Q: What’s a fun fact that people might not know about you?

A: Many years ago, I shocked a number of readers in Alaska one morning when they picked up a copy of the Anchorage Times and read my story about an upcoming snow-sculpture competition and a group that planned to build a giant snow condom. Public outcry forced them to drop out of the event, alas.

Q: When (and where) are your office hours?

A: I’m in McKee Fisk 234. Office hours are by appointment.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: Just that I’m very happy to be on a university campus again.

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