ACES board member honored with SPJ journalism teaching award

September 5, 2014 By ACES Staff ACES News

Sue Burzynski Bullard, a member of the American Copy Editors Society Board of Directors, was honored Friday night by the Society of Professional Journalists with its Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award.

The award was presented during the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference Sept. 4-6 in Nashville, Tenn.

Bullard, an associated professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has taught editing, reporting and multimedia classes since joining the UNL faculty in 2008.

Bullard was nominated by students and staff from UNL.

“Sue Bullard is the whole package: a teacher who devotes a tremendous amount of her time, effort and heart to helping her students learn to edit, to be journalists and to be responsible, contributing citizens; a scholar who is always trying to learn more and do more; and a generous colleague who shares her knowledge and skills both in her own college and with other journalists and journalism educators nationally and internationally,” wrote Charlyne Berens, professor and associate dean at UNL.

Before becoming a journalism educator, Bullard had a long newspaper career including stints at The Detroit News, and in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Lansing and Port Huron, Mich.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1974 and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.

Bullard received a lifetime achievement award from the SPJ Detroit chapter in 2008, was named to the Michigan State News Hall of Fame in 2009 and earned the Promising Professor Award from the  Mass Communication and Society division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2010.

She is  the author of “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape.” She was first elected to the ACES board in 2010 and is the adviser for the student chapter of ACES at UNL and was the leader in developing ACES’ training collaboration with the Poynter Institute.

The plaque awarded by SPJ to Sue Bullard on Sept. 5 at the Excellence in Journalism conference.

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