Columbia Journalism Prof. James W. Carey Dies at 71

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Some moving tributes to James W. Carey by students and faculty over at Columbia University after news of his death from complications from emphysema reached campus this week. Carey was the CBS Professor of International Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He also served on the advisory board at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

In a letter to faculty and students, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Nick Lemann wrote:

There is so much to say about Jim that I can’t do anything but scratch the surface now. Suffice it to say that he was a figure of world renown in the field of communications scholarship, the founder of our Ph.D. program, longtime teacher of Critical Issues, and a man with a rare gift for touching practically everybody he met. He was a magical teacher. As is not universal in the upper-academic realm where Jim dwelt professionally, he loved journalists, and believed that universities have something important to teach us.