Journalism professor named national fellow

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2010

TROY—Troy University Hall School of Journalism and Communication professor Dr. Bridgette Colaco has been named a Business Journalism Professor Seminar Fellow through the Reynolds Foundation.

She is one of just 15 journalism professors in the United States to earn a slot in the program through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Business Journalism Professors Seminar is Jan. 4-7 in Phoenix, Ariz.

“We are very proud of Dr. Colaco’s selection from a national pool for this very competitive seminar,” said Dr. Steve Padgett, director of the Hall School. “She will gain a unique insight that translates into a greater perspective for our students.”

Dr. Colaco completed her doctorate in mass communication and media arts at Southern Illinois University, where she advised undergraduates at the award-winning student newspaper, “Daily Egyptian.” She earned an international diploma in advanced journalism from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom and completed a master’s degree at the University of Calcutta (India). Her undergraduate degree came for Saint Xavier’s College, also in Calcutta.

As a working reporter, Dr. Colaco was the only female delegate invited by the Press Information Bureau to interview former Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.

Dr. Colaco brings an extensive level of professional and academic experience in journalism, international and cross-cultural communications to the Hall School. She also holds a diploma in French from the French Cultural Embassy in Calcutta.

She has lived and worked in or traveled to more than 30 different countries including: Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vatican City.