Rick Stewart, a 1971 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) with a bachelor’s degree in history, earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1975. He is assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts. He worked as a sports writer for The Wilson Daily Times before joining The Greensboro Record as a general assignment reporter in 1973. After working for the Greensboro newspaper for eight years, Stewart purchased Kenly News, a weekly community newspaper in 1981. Since then he has started three other newspapers, Pine Level News, Wilson’s Mills News, and The Selma News, for which he continues as publisher. His publications have consistently been among the top award-winning community newspapers in the state through the North Carolina Press Association. He has served on the board of directors of the Press Association and has served as president and is currently secretary/treasurer of the Eastern North Carolina Press Association. He is Barton’s adviser to the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the department’s honor society. He also serves as vice president of the national SCJ organization, where he oversees the national journalism, broadcast and yearbook awards contest. He was named National Honor Adviser of the Year by the College Media Advisers in 2004 and SCJ Adviser of the Year in 2008.