Bob LaRouche Receives Advisor of theYear Award
Long-time School of Communications adjunct faculty member Bob LaRouche honored at 2013 Missouri College Media Association awards ceremony
Bob LaRouche has been teaching photography in Webster University's School of Communications department of Electronic and Photographic Media and involved with The Journal, the student newspaper, for nearly 25 years. On April 20 of this year, he was recognized as the 2013 Advisor of the Year by the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA). Brittany Ruess, editor of The Journal and photojournalist of the year for the second straight year, nominated him for his role as the photography advisor.
LaRouche described his role as photography advisor as a coach. When asked about his responsibilities in that role, he said “I make suggestions, I review images, I applaud successes, and every once in a while, when I see an egregious kind of problem…I make it known.”
LaRouche retired from the Post Dispatch in 2003 after 43 years. Over the course of his career, he has held positions as writer, reporter, feature writer, and photographer. His last position was night photo editor. It allowed him to teach at Webster University during the day.
He is a self-described lifelong "newspaper man", so why would he want to teach photography and advise students? LaRouche beamed when he explained, “I love what I do. It's an extension of my life as a journalist. I get great pleasure out of the successes of the students.”
When asked about a favorite moment or accomplishment, he described examples of student work, rather than his own. “I'm particularly proud of the way The Journal handled the shootings which occurred at the Kirkwood City Hall. That was a remarkable, tragic, memorable event. The people at The Journal acquitted themselves professionally and well.”
La Rouche continued, “Most recently with the Boston bombings, The Journal found a way to to respond with a local angle on those events. They produced perhaps one of the visually strongest papers in the last couple of semesters.”
Larry Baden, associate professor, department of Communications and Journalism in the School of Communications and editorial advisor for The Journal praised LaRouche saying, “I think Bob is a great example of what makes our program great. He could have stopped teaching a long time ago. He doesn't teach because he has to; he teaches because he loves it and wants to give back.”
Other 2013 MCMA awards recognizing The Journal and Webster University students included:
- 1st place – Best Overall Newspaper
- 1st place – Sweepstakes
- 1st place – In-Depth Reporting for coverage of Webster Groves City Council ordinance 8753
- 1st place – Haley Luke – Multimedia; 2nd place Feature Writing and Multimedia
- 1st place – Josh Sellmeyer – Sports Page; 2nd place – Sports Column
- 1st place – David Nash - Feature Photography and News Photography
- 1st place – Brittany Ruess – Sports Photography and News Photography; 2nd place – News Photography; 2nd place – Page One Design; Honorable Mention – Page One Design and Feature Photography; Missouri Photojournalist of the Year (for a second year in a row)
- 1st place – Victoria Courtney – Information Graphic and Story Illustration; 2nd place – Story Illustration
- 2nd place – Dan Bauman – Page One Design; 3rd place – Investigative Reporting
- 2nd place - Megan Favignano – Page One Design
- 2nd place – Josh Coppenbarger – Multimedia
- Honorable Mention – Dan Duncan – News Photography
- Honorable Mention – Tim Doty – Sports Reporting
- Honorable Mention – websterjournal.com – Website category
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