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Featured Profile: John Fennell


John Fennell

University of Missouri journalist Dr. John Fennell is a leader in magazine writing and publishing.

Fennell’s journalism career spans more than 35 years. He worked as a reporter with Chicago’s City News Bureau and was assistant to the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike Royko at the Chicago Daily News. He also served for more than a decade as editor of the monthly publication Milwaukee Magazine which won more than 150 awards, including nominations for the National Magazine Awards and the Gerald Loeb Award for Business and Financial Journalism. Additionally, Fennell was editor of Step-By-Step Graphics, an international design journal.

Fennell is also an accomplished painter, a skill that gives him a unique perspective on writing and publishing. “I speak two languages: words and images,” he says. “In magazine journalism, these two languages work simultaneously to communicate ideas to readers. As a professor, I try to teach my students the differing powers of each language and how one informs the other.”

In addition to his teaching, Fennell coordinates the National City and Regional Magazine Awards, an editorial and design competition sponsored by the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). In 2014, the CRMA granted him its top honor, the RR Donnelley Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the magazine publishing industry.

John Fennell is Professor and Meredith Chair in Service Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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