LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication Inducts Six Communications Pioneers into Hall of Fame at 2018 Gala

March 20, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will honor the accomplishments of six celebrated communications professionals as they are inducted to the Manship School Hall of Fame at its annual gala in April. In its 44th year, the Manship School Hall of Fame gala honors alumni and supporters who have achieved stellar accomplishments in their careers. From Pulitzer Prize winners to political analysts to writers to producers, the Hall of Fame includes some of the most accomplished journalists and communication experts of our time.

Known widely as the “first family of Baton Rouge media,” Richard, David and Doug Manship and Dina Manship Planche, will join the Hall of Fame for their role in carrying on the Manship media legacy that their grandfather, Charles Manship Sr., began in 1909. Today, they own WBRZ-TV and WBTR-TV in Baton Rouge and KRGV-TV in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and are ardent supporters of the Manship School.

Richard “Dick” Alario, a 1976 graduate of the Manship School, also will join the Hall of Fame. He is a retired oil industry CEO, public company board director, and founder of Alario Performance Management. Dick and his wife, Sherri, both LSU alums, have been longtime supporters of the Manship School.

Manship School professor emeritus William “Bill” Dickinson will join the Hall of Fame. He was the inaugural editorial director of the Washington Post Writers Group and held the post for nearly two decades before teaching at the Manship School and retiring as a distinguished professor in 2003.

The Manship School will also present the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation T.C. Shields Award for an outstanding alumni volunteer.

  • What: 44th Annual Manship School Hall of Fame Gala
  • Where:Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810
  • When: Thursday, April 19, 2018
    6:00 p.m. Cocktails
    7:00 p.m. Seated dinner
  • Who: Inductees Richard, David, Doug Manship and Dina Manship Planche
    Inductee Richard “Dick” Alario
    Inductee William “Bill” Dickinson

Created in 1975, the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Hall of Fame honors alumni, faculty and friends whose distinguished careers have contributed to or reflect credit on the various academic programs in the School.

All Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated outstanding professional or public service leadership, a tangible connection to the Manship School of Mass Communication, either as an alum or a strong supporter of the school and its mission, and a personal reputation for outstanding character and citizenship. Find a full list of honorees here.

Sponsors of the event include Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, The Advocate, Franklin, Creative Communications, Inc., deGravelles & Associates, Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine, Lambert Media, Public Relations Society of America, Public Relations Association of Louisiana.

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LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication aims to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The Manship School ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country. It offers undergraduate degrees in journalism, political journalism, digital advertising, and public relations, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree. The Manship School boasts four distinctive centers and labs:

  • The Media Effects Lab, a research and teaching facility dedicated to the exploration of how media consumers emotionally and cognitively process media content and formats.
  • The Social Media Analysis and Creation Lab, a tool focused on social media to track, analyze and create content and academic research, featuring cutting-edge moveable t-walls, a touch screen control table, and screen walls.
  • The Public Policy Research Lab, a research center dedicated to high quality, state-of-the-art data collection and analytics, with a special emphasis on survey research.
  • The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, a tool used help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives.


LSU Manship School of Mass Communication

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
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