In memory of journalist Richard Holden

By · Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

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Richard Holden / Courtesy of

With sadness, we learned of the passing of Richard Holden on April 15 in Morristown, New Jersey, at the age of 70. We knew Rich when he was executive director of the Dow Jones News Fund, only one role in an illustrious journalism career.

His obituary describes a life dedicated to journalism, diversity and much, much more. This line encapsulates what we remember most about him: “It was a love for the editing craft and mentoring students to each’s individual success that motivated him.”

The American Copy Editors Society (ACES) has published a tribute by Merrill Perlman. In it, Perlman shares that the Richard S. Holden Fellowship will be “formally launched soon, (and) will be dedicated to advancing early- and mid-career professionals in their work as editors and aspiring industry leaders, and to promoting diversity and inclusion in our ranks.”

Rich’s passing touches us: One of us interned with the Dow Jones News Fund, and the other — like Rich — is a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan. That is pretty special.

(These two profs are no longer teaching at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, but we are still thinking.)

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