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Longtime MSU journalism professor Sue Carter is MSU’s new faculty representative to the Big Ten and NCAA.

“In governance situations, there are three principle groups who have a voice – the presidents and chancellors, the athletic directors, and the faculty athletic representatives,” says Carter. “Members of these groups are critical in helping set term and tone for what happens in college athletics.

“I represent MSU on various committees and councils dealing with things like budgets and student-athlete health. And I report back to and engage with the rest of the faculty.”

As for teaching tomorrow’s journalists:

“There are three aspects to journalism,” Carter says she tells parents and others who ask her whether journalism is dead. “One is to gather the information, and the second is to process or edit the information, and the third is to distribute it.

“The first two remain constant. We use different tools. We need to be more thoughtful about how we monetize it.”

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, Carter and MSU Secretary to the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman also talk a lot about sports on television and the programming philosophy of the Big Ten Network.

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