AU Journalism Program Receives $6,000 Gift


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University’s journalism program recently received a $6,000 contribution through the Madison County Community Foundation. The gift was provided January 9, through a donor-advised fund that had been set up by Jack and Ann Scott.

Ben Davis, president of the Community Foundation, said that Mrs. Scott—whose late husband, Jack, was editor of the Anderson Herald in the 1980s—wanted to use the proceeds from the fund to support journalism in Madison County.

“I’m so pleased to see this gift come together and to be a part of facilitating the connection,” said Davis. “I know from firsthand experience that AU’s journalism program provides quality instruction and valuable hands-on experiences for its students. This is the kind of impactful giving that donors like Mrs. Scott are seeking when they establish donor-advised funds at the Community Foundation.”

The journalism program at Anderson University has received national recognition in recent years for its video newscast and Raven Watch sports coverage.

David Baird, journalism adviser and chair of AU’s Department of Communication and Design Arts, expressed appreciation for the contribution, noting that it would be used for some needed equipment. “This was a timely gift,” he said, “and our students, faculty, and staff are very appreciative of Mrs. Scott’s thoughtfulness.”

Anderson University’s Department of Communication and Design Arts offers majors in public relations, visual communication design, journalism, and cinema and media arts. More information is available online.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.