SYRACUSE PRESS CLUB
WALL OF DISTINCTION

Linda Loomis
The Liverpool Review

Linda Loomis decided to become a journalist because she believed newspapers are one of the best ways of “telling the story” of a community, its people and their activities. She pursued her avocation for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor for Brown Newspapers’ (now Eagle Newspapers’) Liverpool Review.

As editor of The Review, she specialized in “community journalism” – writing features about the people, as well as their government, schools, police and courts.

Linda also began teaching journalism and English courses as an adjunct professor at Onondaga Community College (1990-1993), and later at the State University at Oswego (1993-2000), where she received her bachelor’s degree in English Writing Arts in 1990 and master’s degree in English in 1997. Since 2000, she has been an assistant professor of journalism and director of the journalism program at SUNY Oswego. One of her goals is to “pass on …the legacy of the profession of journalism,” she says.

“I always have thought it was a great privilege to tell people stories about what goes on in their community. I take that responsibility seriously,” Linda says.

She has received many awards and citations during the last decade, including being named “Writer of the Year” by the New York Press Association. She also received awards for her columns and features from the Syracuse Press Club and National Newspaper Association.

After leaving the paper in 1996, she became director of communications for the Oswego Alumni Association for four years.

For her participation in the Liverpool community, the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce named Linda Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1989. She was previously Citizen of the Year of the Liverpool Rotary Club and received the DeWitt Clinton Award for Community Service from the Masonic Lodge.

Over the 30 years she has been working in, and teaching, journalism, Linda has attended scores of conferences on various aspects of journalism and education and has served as an officer or chair in national, state and local journalism organizations.

Among other honors received by Linda are a National Award of Merit for Student Advisement in 2005; the 2003 (SUNY) President’s Award for Excellence in Student Advisement; and five citations for excellence, writing and design of the Oswego alumni magazine while she was its editor. --Joseph A. Porcello