William Claude Porter

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William Claude Porter, known to friends and colleagues at ‘Bill,’ is best known for his contributions to Brigham Young University’s Communications Department.

After earning a doctorate degree at Oklahoma State University, Porter taught journalism classes at Weber State College and then Brigham Young University. At BYU, he worked as both the journalism emphasis leader and the Communications Department chair.

Porter’s chief contribution was directing the creation and development of BYU’s newsroom. NewsNet, which is internationally recognized, was the first converged newsroom in that nation, incorporating print and broadcast journalism, internet news and radio. The experiment only lasted until 2004.

Porter retired from BYU in 2000. He passed away on March, 5, 2007, at the age of 72, at his home in Orem.

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