Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever will teach a pop culture course and advise the student newspaper staff as this fall’s 2012 T. Anthony Pollner Professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism. “I’ve always secretly hoped I would get a chance like this someday, to not only teach a class and share what I know but also learn from a group of committed students who care deeply about journalism and writing,” Stuever says in the university’s announcement.
So what happens to his job at the Post? Here’s what Stuever tells Romenesko readers in an email:
I’m still TV critic. My bosses and I still have some details to figure out. I leave in August and will be back after the semester ends in December. Between now and then I only have about a billion reviews to write. I’ll definitely be doing the fall TV preview section, which comes out in September, and perhaps a few other pieces while I’m away, so it’s not a total unplug. I’m not sure anyone in his right mind would completely abandon my job for a minute. (Insert lame end-of-newspapers/buyouts/layoffs joke here.)
The course I’ve proposed is focused on writing about popular culture. Not just reviews and the so-called fluff, but writing and reporting meaningful stories about how everyday people relate to and consume pop culture. And doing it in a way that makes sense on today’s platforms. The other great thing is that I get to help advise the student paper, the Kaimin. I have literally had dreams where I get to go back and hang out at the college newspaper again. Most journos will understand.