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College journalism class studies Enterprise, suggests changes

Les Zaitz and Scotta Callister of the Malheur Enterprise with students and professors at Arizona State University in Phoenix.

The call and resulting invitation from Susan Lisovicz in December surprised me.

Lisovicz is a professor at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She’s also a national caliber broadcast journalist with deep experience at CNN and other venues.

She wanted to know if I’d be willing to let the Malheur Enterprise serve as a class project for her students. Helped by John Dille, she teaches a course called “Business and Future of Journalism.” Her students would study the Enterprise, consider where we wanted to go as a business, and then propose solutions.

That one of the nation’s top journalism colleges would come knocking on our door was . . .