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PhD student Nick Hirshon wins OU teaching award

by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism PhD student Nicholas Hirshon received a top university teaching honor Thursday, April 16, after being nominated by the experts with the best knowledge of his craft—his students.

Hirshon received a Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award during ceremonies in Alden Library. Three other winners from other university departments were chosen for the annual award, which dates to 1988.

Hirshon, who has an extensive background in reporting from his years in New York City journalism, teaches magazine feature writing and introduction to multiplatform reporting.

“He makes learning how to be a journalist so much fun,” said one of the anonymous nominations.

Some of the others:

“He makes a two-hour-long class fly by. He makes everything funny but we always leave class having learned from him. Best professor I’ve ever had.”

“He is such an incredibly nice person and an even better teacher. I heard how some other professors organized the class, and I would have missed so much had I not had Hirshon. He was simply excellent and so deserves this award.”

Hirshon said his favorite was, “He’s awesome. Super badass.”

Hirshon thanked his professors and students in brief remarks.

Previous winners from among E.W. Scripps School graduate student teachers are Tona Williams, 1991; Jim Foust, 1994; Debashis Aikat, 1995; William J. O’Connell, 1996; Melody Sands, 1998; Patricia Ferrier, 1999; and Daniel Reimold, 2007.

April 17, 2015

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