Martin Dobrow, front center, surrounded by Springfield College Student Newspaper staff members from left, Greg Allen, Shawn McFarland, Vin Gallo, Alison Izzi, Pat Kenney, Logan Mullen, Greg Fitzpatrick, and Marshall Hastings.
Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism Professor Martin Dobrow was named the New England Journalism Educator of the Year at the recent New England Society of News Editors 2016 Journalism Awards.
This annual award recognizes a professor at a university or college in the six-state region who is doing outstanding work to prepare journalists to lead newspaper organizations into the future. Each college in New England is entitled to submit one nomination for this honor.
"I am certainly honored, but this recognition is principally a statement about how great our students are at Springfield College,” said Dobrow. “They consistently buy into the hard work that excellent journalism requires. You see that all the time in our campus media through television, radio, and the newspaper. We have undergraduate students right now publishing in local and national media outlets from the Daily Hampshire Gazette to The Boston Globe to USA Today. We have alums who have won state and national awards in both broadcast and print journalism.”
Dobrow arrived at Springfield College in the fall of 1999. He and professor Dennis Gildea have been instrumental in designing a Communications/Sports Journalism program at Springfield College that allows students to prosper as journalists.
“Dennis and I both revel in the growth and the accomplishments of our students and alumni,” said Dobrow. “When we added two superb journalists and educators, Jody Santos and Kyle Belanger, to our faculty six years ago, we hit a whole new level. I think the best is yet to come."
Dobrow is the author of two books, "Going Bigtime: The Spectacular Rise of UMass Basketball," and "Knocking on Heaven's Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream.” He also has produced freelance work for The Boston Globe, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, and theatlantic.com.
At left, Martin Dobrow with Springfield College School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies Dean Anne Herzog.