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Eric K. Meyer (born August 23, 1953) is an American associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a former associate dean for academic and administrative affairs with the university's College of Media.
Meyer was born in Marion, Kansas. His first newspaper was the Meyer Messenger, which he created as a child. He photocopied the homemade newspaper and distributed it to residents of his neighborhood. Meyer earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1975 and earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Marquette University in 1998.
From 1975 to 1977 Meyer worked as a Sunday edition editor, assistant news editor and reporter for Illinois' Bloomington Pantagraph, and later as a news photo and graphics editor, assistant news editor, systems editor, copy desk chief and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, now the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, from 1977 to 1994.
Meyer, a former adjunct lecturer at Marquette University, is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1996. His primary duties include teaching information graphics, page layout and design, and online journalism. He also is associate dean for academic affairs and administration in U of I's College of Media.
He is former owner of NewsLink, an online resource to national and international news publication Web sites, including resources to newspapers, magazines, radio, television and blogs. Meyer is president and majority owner of Hoch Publishing Co., publisher of Marion County Record, Hillsboro Star-Journal and the Peabody Gazette-Bulletin. He is the third of three family generations in the newspaper business.
Meyer was nominated for the Pulitzer prize in 1983, and is winner of 12 major regional or national awards for reporting, editing, photojournalism and design. Meyer and associate professor of journalism Nancy Benson earned first place in the Professor Newspaper Publishing Awards competition for their 2004 I-Elect publication, a student journalism convergence project that incorporated newsprint and online publication, and radio and television broadcasts, in an effort to examine and solve university student voter apathy.
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