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Robert Hays: Journalism Professor

With extensive experience with writing in a variety of roles, Rob Hays is dedicated to student success in journalism

He's been a daily newspaper reporter, an editor, and an award-winning columnist. Associate Professor Rob Hays knows writing from the inside-out, and he shows students the pathways to professional writing careers, whether that's in news media, corporate communications, non-profits or community relations.

Delivering to students a skills-based grounding in professional communications is Hays' specialty. The essentials include news reporting, "supplying the information people need to govern themselves in a democratic society;" and business writing, which "is essential to employers who need to effectively communicate with their public."

"Nothing can top the satisfaction of seeing our students succeed academically and professionally, and to know that NCC made a difference in their lives," Professor Hays says.

On a personal note, Professor Hays enjoys small pleasures like hearing that a student is sorry for an absence "because he hates missing my class."

A champion of journalistic integrity, Hays encourages students to work on NCC's student newspaper, The Commuter. "Our students like making a difference by accurately reporting on things that matter to the NCC community. Sometimes, the new touches a nerve or discusses a disturbing subject, but that's our job. Our goal is not to be liked, but to be a respected must-read source for anyone at the College."