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Beth Clark

Beth Clark

Office: OM 204
Phone: 512-245-1841

MC3321 - News Writing and Reporting I MC3383 - Editing for Clear Communication/ Editing and Managing Content (online and face-to-face) MC3374 - Information Gathering and Analysis 

MC1313 - Writing for the Mass Media 

US1100 – University Seminar 


Elizabeth Cernota Clark, senior lecturer, began her journalism career at the Chicago Daily News in the early 1970s, when journalism jobs were opening to more women and minorities, and dramatic changes were taking place within the newspaper industry. Computers began replacing typewriters in the newsroom, and technology was changing the printing process. 

Since then, she has worked as a staff reporter, editor, freelance writer/editor and college instructor. She has taught in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication since 2008. 

Clark holds a master of journalism degree from the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (2002). She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and composition from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois (1973). 

In 2019, she co-directed Watchdog Workshop, a data journalism training event hosted by SJMC and presented by Investigative Reporters and Editors with support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Also in 2019 she was named Bess Whitehead Scott Scribes Scholar in support of her faculty research project about Lidice, Czech Republic. A portion of her research appears in Ten Spurs 2018, the journal of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. In Spring 2015, Clark received an Excellence in Online Teaching award from the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. As a member of the American Copy Editors Society, she has presented her editing research at two national conferences and has also presented at Garden Communicators International symposia. Clark served as director of SJMC’s Mass Comm Week 2013, ‘14 and ’15 and for several years was campus test monitor for the annual Dow Jones News Fund college internships tests. 

Clark previously served as adviser to The News Argus, student-run campus newspaper of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she taught in the Department of Mass Communications. She has also taught in the English composition program at Texas Lutheran University, Seguin; the Program in Mass Communications at Texas Woman’s University-Denton, where she advised The Lasso campus newspaper; and the Department of Journalism, University of North Texas-Denton. 

She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, American Copy Editors Society, Investigative Reporters & Editors, and Garden Communicators International. 

Her articles and photos have won national and regional awards from the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference (“Ten Spurs” award), Texas Nursing Home Association, The Associated Press, United Press International and Garden Communicators International. 

Her work has appeared online and in print: 

· Online:, (The Toro Co.), Hearst and Belo media properties, e-newsletter. 

· Newspapers: Christian Science Monitor, San Antonio Express-News, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Denton Record-Chronicle (Lifestyle editor), Lewisville (Texas) News-Advertiser (news reporter), Southtown Economist-Chicago (education reporter and Homes section editor) and Chicago Daily News (editorial assistant). 

· Magazines: Horticulture, Carolina Gardener (associate editor), Neil Sperry's Gardens (editor), Texas Gardener, Dallas-Fort Worth Home. 

· Journals: Ten Spurs (2018 edition), journal of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, UNT. Personal essay: “Lidice, Remembered.” 

· Book chapters: 

o “San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City,” Witte Museum entry (San Antonio Express-News/Trinity University, 2015). 

o Encyclopedia of Gardens: History and Design, for the gardens at Milotice, Czech Republic (Chicago Botanic Garden, 2001). 

o “Growing Fruits and Vegetables Organically:” three chapters (Rodale Press, 1994). 

· Green industry trade publications: Hines Nurseries, Lowes Home Improvement, Target Stores, Conard-Pyle (Servistar Roses), Horticultural Printers Ltd.