NJCU’s Theta Pavis Wins Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year Award

September 9, 2021
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU) Director of Student Media Theta Pavis was recently recognized with the Ron Miskoff Award for Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (NJSPJ).

Pavis, who joined the NJCU community during the 2013-14 academic year as an adjunct advisor and instructor in the English department before assuming her current role, oversees all student media, which encompasses The Gothic Times newspaper, HYPE NJCU Literary Magazine, and The Gothic Times Podcast.

Pavis, on what being recognized meant to her, noted: "I'm really honored to be recognized for teaching journalism in New Jersey and I consider it a privilege to work with our students. They are extremely curious and they persevere even when I sometimes suggest they rewrite their articles. I am grateful that NJCU continues to be a place where student voices can thrive."

According to the judges "Her continued work to guide and work with her students on the coverage and creation of journalistic content speaks volumes to her dedication and teaching ability."

The NJSPJ chapter has nearly 300 members and offers a range of workshops, advocacy and mentorship. The signature Ron Miskoff Award was presented on July 28, 2021 at an awards ceremony in New Brunswick, N.J. at a gala dinner attended by journalists from around the state and the Philadelphia area.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 28 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301

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