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Richard Hornik

Internationally recognized journalist Richard Hornik is serving as the Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Communications. In this capacity, he is sharing the legacy of Senator Inouye’s story, and is teaching two courses as a lecturer this semester on media, diplomacy and democracy.

Funded by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, Hornik’s position illustrates the institute’s and the college’s support of civic education and engagement for UH Mānoa students. Hornik’s courses are designed to teach students the importance of freedom information and the role of media in democracy, while building critical thinking skills in evaluating news and opinion.

His first course, Media and Society, focuses on news literacy and the role of the news media in a democracy. His second course, Press and Diplomacy in a Global Society, examines the role of media during times of war and national emergency, with particular attention on the tensions and contradictions faced by journalists when the public’s right to know is seen to conflict with national security.

“As the first lecturer and Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar in the School of Communications, Richard Hornik brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the campus,” said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan. ”We are fortunate to have a person of his caliber at our school. His insights, particularly those derived from a 24-year career at TIME magazine, are invaluable. They provide our students with the opportunity to learn about the challenges faced by journalists and the delicate balance they maintain between the public’s right to know, diplomacy, democracy and national security.”

Added School of Communications Chair and Professor Ann Auman, “We are honored to have Professor Hornik in the School of Communications. His knowledge of the inner workings of one of the nation’s most respected publications, TIME, and his experience as a steward for truth and the public good, are evidence of the important role played by media in our daily lives.”

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Hornik is the director of Overseas Partnership Programs for the Center for News Literacy at the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, where he is also a lecturer.

An editorial consultant specializing in business and economics, he has successfully reorganized the editorial operations of the Reuters America Service and Harvard Business Review, where he served as interim editor in 2011 and is currently a contributing editor.

In 2011, Hornik capped a 24-year career at TIME Inc. as executive editor of ASIAWEEK, the company’s regional news magazine, where he helped lead the redesign and relaunch of the publication in May 2001. Before that he served as business editor of TIME’s European edition, assembling a team of staff and freelance journalists that produced award-winning coverage of the dramatic changes in the European Union at the end of the 20th century.

For more, read the School of Communications news release.

—By Lisa Shirota

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