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Journalism instructor chosen to be president of regional journalism-educator group

Adjunct journalism instructor and advisor to the Current Brian Schraum.

It didn't take long for Brian Schraum to make his mark on the region's academic journalism world.

Schraum, adjunct journalism instructor and adviser to The Current, was chosen earlier this month to be president of a regional journalism-educator group during the group's annual conference held at Washington State University. The group is the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators, and it comprises the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Occasionally, educators from British Columbia and Alaska also participate.

Schraum, 25, teaches the newspaper lab class at Green River and is the adviser of The Current, Green River's online and print student publication. A former editor of The Current and a graduate of Green River, Schraum joined the faculty this quarter. He received his journalism master's degree in 2010 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and an emphasis on media law and policy. He got his undergraduate degree in communications from WSU in 2007.

Most recently, Schraum spent two years ending August 2012 as a fellow at the Student Press Law Center in Arlington, Virginia, supervising up to 16 college journalism interns as the managing editor of the organization's website and magazine. He has relevant professional experience in the print and online world, and several years of experience as a multimedia journalist and assisting other students with their multimedia projects.