"At Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, students are taught by outstanding working journalists, and we were very excited when Mr. Ragusea joined our faculty," said Dr. Lake Lambert, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "This award recognizes his excellence as a journalist, and our students have learned that he is also an amazing instructor."
In addition to his teaching duties at Mercer, Ragusea hosts and produces a weekly podcast, "The Pub," for public broadcasting trade publication Current. The show explores issues affecting public and non-profit media.
He also contributes reports to several national public radio programs, GPB and The Telegraph newspaper in Macon.
Prior to joining the CCJ last fall, Ragusea mentored Mercer students in his role as Macon bureau chief for Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) radio, where he hosted NPR's "Morning Edition" on GPB Macon for two years.
Last October, he received GPB's first-ever national Edward R. Murrow Award. The award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association in New York City, was for writing in the large-market radio category.
The Georgia APME is composed of newspapers and broadcast stations that are members of the Associated Press news agency, the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization. The annual broadcast contest includes awards in three divisions: radio, large-market television, and medium- and small-market television. The group also holds an annual newspaper contest.
About the Center for Collaborative Journalism
The Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) is a unique partnership between Mercer University, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Peyton Anderson Foundation. The Center's groundbreaking collaboration has students, faculty and veteran journalists working together in a joint newsroom. Learning in a "teaching hospital" model, students engage the community using the latest digital tools and leave with a strong portfolio of published work.