Cox Media Group Ohio’s Market VP Julia Wallace is joining Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the Frank Russell Chair for the Business of Journalism. She begins teaching classes on the future of news, new business models, and innovative ways of thinking about journalism at the Cronkite School in January. Wallace announced her retirement at the end of June. She’s staying on until the end of the year.
“I’m so delighted to be joining the Cronkite School,” Wallace said. “The media business is changing fast, and the school is at the forefront of that change. I can’t think of a better place to work with this generation of students. They will be critical to determining the future of journalism.”
The Frank Russell Chair was created in 2000 through a $1 million gift from Central Newspapers Inc., which owned the Arizona Republic and the Indianapolis Star before selling the newspapers to Gannett. Then-Arizona Republic Publisher John Oppedahl led the effort to create the Russell Chair in honor of the former Republic publisher. Oppedahl hoped the Russell Chair would help give Cronkite School journalism students an understanding of the business side of the news industry.