Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Organization: University of Missouri

Title: Professor and Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Business Journalism; Co-Director, Center for the Digital Globe President, Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

Education: Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri

First paying job: Front Page Daily Columnist The Anderson (S.C.) Independent

Best part of your job: Inspiring a new generation of journalists and helping them to see the business opportunities in journalism

Worst part of your job: There are no bad parts about this job.

Mentor or role model: The late John C. Ginn, the publisher of The Anderson Independent and Knight editing chair at the University of Kansas

Favorite apps: My favorite app is the App Store on Apple. I am constantly browsing and keeping up with the latest technology.

If I weren't a professor I'd be: f I were not a professor, I would start my own media company. The possibilities are endless, and the costs are the lowest in years.

What I hope to get out of ASNE: I'm looking forward to sharing my ideas and hearing those of others. We can't repeat the '90s, where every newspaper created its own website in isolation. We've got to walk together into the future.

Goal for this year: Creating a new class on the impact of worldwide events on local economics

To unwind I: Exercise.

When I am stressed I eat: Cookies

Favorite book: Anything written by Harvard University professor John Kotter

What music I am listening to: Jazz. Favorites are bass player Stanley Clarke and pianist Hiromi.

Guilty pleasure: Opera. One of my entertainment highlights of 2011 was seeing Giacomo Puccini's “The Girl of the Golden West” (“La Fanciulla del West”).