Three weeks after graduating from Bonaventure in 1976, I started my career as a daily newspaper journalist -- a profession I love to this day.
A large part of my decision to pursue a newspaper career was inspired by Dr. Jandoli. His stories about his stint as a reporter left an impression on me, especially when he talked about the need for accuracy, fairness, balance and clear, concise writing whenever you pursued a story.
Not a day has gone by over the past 42 years when I haven’t used skills that I learned from that professor with the unforgettable twinkle in his eyes and the warm smile on his face.
As I moved up the editing ladder, I often found myself thinking: “What would Dr. Jandoli do? How would he deal with this situation? How would he handle this reporter or that screaming reader?” Remembering his patience, his strong ethics and the way he provided constructive criticism to all of us helped me navigate more than one challenging situation. Using a few of those red pens he loved helped a bit, too, from time to time.
Today I find myself wondering what would Dr. J think about the state of journalism today with a media gravely impacted by cutbacks and journalists repeatedly attacked as “enemies of the people.” What would this professor with the strong work ethic, moral compass and dedication to the truth tell the journalism students of today?
I believe he would stress the principles he taught all of us: Accuracy, fairness, balance and good writing.
That is the true legacy of Dr. J The principles he championed throughout his career are just as important today as they were when he founded Bonaventure’s journalism department more than seven decades ago.
Happy 100th birthday, Dr. Jandoli!
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