John Dillon


John Dillon

Norman Eberly Professor of Practice in Journalism

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  • Journalism Careers
  • Journalism Industry


  • Master's: University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor's: Creighton University



John Dillon brings a wealth of experience to the Department of Journalism. He worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia for  32 years as a reporter and editor.  For 12 years, he served as a deputy managing editor.  HIs duties included responsibility for the direction and performance of 65 reporters and editors covering local and state news. He also was a leader of the diversity and news training committees of the Virginia Press Association.

In 2002, Dillon was awarded a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship in a nationally competitive program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists and the World Affairs Councils of America.  He has made numerous presentations at many schools on journalism careers and internships and taught as an adjunct at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He also served as a junior officer in the U.S. Army, based in Stuttgart, Germany.

Dillon received his bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Creighton University in 1969 and his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Minnesota in 1974.  He teaches news writing and reporting, editing, and newsroom management, and is the director of the Dow Jones Center for Editing Excellence at Penn State.

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