Office: OM 236B
MC3374, Information Gathering and Analysis
MC3383, Editing for Clear Communication
Elizabeth Clark is a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University-San Marcos. Her journalism experience spans more than 35 years and includes service as a reporter, editor, freelance writer and college instructor.
Prior to coming to Texas State, she served as adviser to The News Argus, the campus newspaper of Winston-Salem State University (N.C.), where she was an assistant professor in the WSSU Department of Mass Communications. Before that she was adviser to The Lasso campus newspaper and visiting assistant professor in the now-defunct Program in Mass Communications at Texas Woman's University-Denton. She has also taught in the Department of Journalism at the University of North Texas and in the English composition program at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin. She began her career in 1973 as an editorial assistant in features/fashion at the Chicago Daily News, a now-defunct evening newspaper published by Marshall Field, who also owned its morning counterpart, the still-thriving Chicago Sun-Times.
In the 1970s and early 1980s she was a reporter and editor for the Southtown (Chicago) Economist, the Lewisville News-Advertiser and the Denton Record-Chronicle. After starting her family in the early ’80s she turned to freelance work, writing for The Dallas Times Herald, a now-defunct evening newspaper; and various magazines. As a horticultural journalist, she has written for green-industry trade publications and nursery catalogs. She served seven years as editor of Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine, a regional Texas gardening magazine in McKinney; and was associate editor of Carolina Gardener magazine in Greensboro, N.C.
In September 2010 she presented her academic research in horticultural journalism at the Garden Writers Association national symposium. She will be a presenter this spring at the American Copy Editors Society national conference in Phoenix. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (spj.org), the American Copy Editors Society (copydesk.org) and the national Garden Writers Association (gardenwriters.org). She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and composition from Knox College (Galesburg, Ill. - 1973) and a master of journalism degree from the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas (Denton - 2002). Post-graduate coursework was at Northwestern University-Chicago campus, Morton College (Cicero, Ill.) and the University of North Texas.