CSU Student Media felt a loss this past spring as Director Larry
Steward announced his retirement after leading the department for
nearly two decades.
The feeling of loss recently shifted to anticipation, however,
when Rocky Mountain Collegian Newsroom Adviser Jeff Browne was
named to replace Steward July 13.
Following Steward’s announcement, a search committee took
applications from more than 80 candidates from around the country
to fill the position. Browne was chosen for the position after the
candidates participated in open forums consisting of technical
journalism and university faculty, Student Media faculty, as well
as representatives from Campus Television, KCSU, the Collegian and
the Colorado High School Press Association, the four organizations
that make up Student Media.
Browne said working alongside Steward has given him a strong
appreciation for the job he will be undertaking.
“I’m a little bit humbled by knowing that Larry Steward spent 18
years and it’s now fallen to me to carry on that legacy,” he
Browne’s experience with the Collegian and CSU made him a
contender for the position.
“Jeff is very familiar with the way Student Media currently
works with the university, which was to his advantage,” said Kim
Blumhardt, Student Media advertising manager and member of search
committee. “But he has good experience all around (including) good
experience in journalism.”
Browne has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University
of Nebraska, as well as a master’s in English education from the
University of Florida. His journalism experience includes serving
as a reporter and editor for three Florida daily newspapers during
His background in education comes from nine years of teaching
journalism and English at Smokey Hill High School in Aurora. Browne
is in his sixth year with Student Media, serving as the Collegian
newsroom adviser and executive director of CHSPA.
Student Media employees reacted positively to Browne’s
“I’m very pleased. He’s a easy-going person to work with,” said
Gayle Adams, business manager for Student Media. “He’s very
Browne has already expressed plans to further the success of
each Student Media branch.
Browne hopes to expand CTV resources to create more on-site
training for students. Part of this would include bringing in
industry professionals to act as “hands-off” advisers to
Browne hopes to recruit CSU alumni in journalism to participate.
This will not only increase the end product, but also invigorate
alumni participation in the university, Browne said.
Browne has plans to make Student Media more interactive with its
audience as well. He hopes to incorporate CSU’s technological
resources to create more two-way communication, hoping Collegian
readers will contribute their opinions and ideas.
“The Collegian needs to think of itself as engaged in two-way
conversations with the readers,” Browne said. “(The Collegian)
needs to reach out to diverse audiences for contributions other
than just letters to the editor.”
Browne also hopes to expand the news programming on KCSU and
incorporate more original news-type stories into the
“Since he’s worked at the Collegian for so long and around all
of us (at Student Media), he’s really easy-going,” said Mike
Santos, program director for KCSU. “All the advisers are really
(easy-going), which is why Student Media is so successful here, the
advisers are so good. I think Jeff will do a great job.”