As a member of the Journalism Department at Western Washington University for more than 25 years, Dale has developed curriculum, chaired the Journalism Department, and led WWU re-accreditation efforts. Professionally, she works as a writer, editor and leader of workshops for both public agencies and private corporations.
Teaching: I regularly teach classes in editing, newswriting, feature writing, and writing structure with an ESL approach. Please see current course materials to the left. I have also served as adviser for campus publications and taught writing and media courses in Avignon, France. I began teaching as an adjunct in the Journalism Department in 1977, moved to full time in 1984, and was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor in 1988.
News media: Experience includes copy editing news and features for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer daily newspaper through an American Society of Newspaper Editors fellowship, summer 2000; writing a monthly column for the Bellingham Herald editorial page, 1986-88 and 1989-90, and working there as a news reporter and Sunday editor, 1976-78. For the Tacoma News Tribune daily newspaper, I worked as a copy editor part-time, 1983-84, editing local, national and international news for accuracy, balance and completeness, and writing headlines, designing pages and supervising page makeup.
Administrative: As chair of the Western Washington University’s successful 10-year re-accreditation effort in 1998, I directed the campus communications and edited the two-volume study. I also researched and edited the five-year report in 2003. Other administrative experience includes serving as chair of the Journalism Department, 1990-94; chair of the Student Publications Council, 1990-94; chair of the Provost's task force on Faculty Research at the university, 1993; and Sunday Editor of the Bellingham Herald, 1978, where I supervised indepth reporting projects.
Education and degrees: University of Washington, Seattle: Master of Communications, 1976 and B.A. Communications 1972; attended Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1968-70.
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Western Washington University Extended Education, 2004.
Professional development: Fellow, American Society of Newspaper Editors Excellence in Journalism Program; American Press Institute, summer 2000. Visual Journalism Educators Workshop, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 1995. Gannett Foundation Journalism Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. 1979.
Textbook: Co-author, with Tim Pilgrim, of “Fearless Editing: Crafting Words and Images for Print, Web and Public Relations," Allyn & Bacon Longman, 2005. Chapters cover working with words, writing headlines and titles, selecting images, creating informational graphics, and developing skills with typography, color, and page design for a variety of media.
Articles and projects: Published articles include numerous newspaper news and feature stories, opinion columns, magazine pieces and academic papers for conferences. I also edit a regular newsletter.
Consulting: I conduct workshops on media writing, editing and production; clients have included corporate and public agencies in the United States and abroad.