Leonard B. Horton III


Media, Journalism and Film

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Media, Journalism and Film
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • MS, Broadcast Journalism, 2003, Florida A&M University
  • BA, English, 2001, Tuskegee University


  • GEP 101 First-Year Foundations
  • JRN 270 Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 376 Business Reporting
  • JRN 381 Broadcast News Writing
  • JRN 384 Broadcast Performance
  • JRN 388 Electronic News Gathering
  • JRN 481 Multi-platform News Producing (Ozarks News Brief)
  • JRN 492 Independent Study in Journalism
  • MED 120 Mass Media and Society
  • MED 300 Promoting Yourself Digital Age
  • MED 383 Television Production
  • MED 581 Issues in Media Ethics
  • MED 681 Issues in Media Ethics

Professional experience


  • Willing Workers: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Florida (WFSU-TV), Producer, 2009
  • Fort Gadsden: The History of Fort Gadsden (WFSU-TV), Producer, 2008
  • Rising From the Ruins, A look at how residents of Bay St. Louis, MS recovered following Hurricane Katrina one year later. (3-part television series) (WCTV, CBS-Tallahassee), Producer/Editor, 2007
  • Dawson Days: The Story of William Levi Dawson and The Tuskegee Institute Choir, from 1931-1955. (Florida A&M University) (Black Filmmaker Hall of Fame Award, 2nd place winner), Producer/Editor, 2003

Presentations and Screenings

  • The Balancing Act: Breaking the story without sacrificing accuracy. Tallahassee, Fla., Co-Facilitator, 2013
  • Lecture: Understanding reporter motivation and revisiting accountability
  • NABJ Multimedia Short Course (Co-Facilitator), Tallahassee, Fla. — Lectures: Dealing with difficult personalities & Fundamentals of photojournalism, Co-Facilitator, 2012
  • Dow Jones News Fund/NBC Universal H.S. Multimedia Workshop, Tallahassee, Fla., Co-Director, 2012
  • NABJ Multimedia Short Course, Tallahassee, Fla., — Lecture: Fundamentals of photojournalism, Co-Facilitator, 2011
  • Independent Film Distribution, Tallahassee Film Festival, Tallahassee, Fla., Moderator, 2010

 Industry Experience

  • Reporter/fill-in anchor, Documentary Producer, WFSU-TV/The Florida Channel, Tallahassee, Fla., 2007-2009
  • Reporter/fill-in anchor, WCTV Eyewitness News, Tallahassee, Fla., 2002-2007

Research and professional interests

  • Broadcast news management
  • Broadcast news ownership
  • Media ethics

Awards and honors

  • Business Journalism Fellowship, Reynolds Center, Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2013
  • Teaching Fellowship, Poynter Institute, 2011
  • Co-Creator of Horton Angel Scholarship for deserving students, Tallahassee, Fla., 2011
  • Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University, 2010

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