University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Shafer named consultant for international human rights watchdog Freedom House

Journalism professor Richard Shafer has been selected as a 2013 consultant for Freedom House, headquartered in New York City, to advise on the state of press systems in newly independent post-Soviet nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Freedom House, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1941 by Wendell Willkie and Eleanor Roosevelt to produce annual reports rating the degree of political freedom and human rights of each country. The print and web-based reports are frequently accessed by political scientists, journalists and policy-makers. Shafer will advise on the state of press systems in newly independent post-Soviet nations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Shafer teaches graduate and undergraduate mass media and communication courses at UND. He is a veteran newspaper reporters and editor. In 1987, he completed his doctoral degree at the University of Missouri, focusing on the role of the press as an agent of social change an development. He has lectured and conducted journalism seminars and course in more than 20 counties under sponsorship of the Soros Open Society Foundations, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), The U.S. State Department, the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) and other agencies and foundations engaged in international press development of free press systems.

Shafer has had six Fulbright fellowships to teach abroad, as well as others from the ICFJ, IREX and the Soros Foundation.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University Relations, 777.5529, david.dodds@UND.edu.


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