Scripps Howard Foundation Teams with RIT’s Printing Industry Center

Industry partner joins eleven others supporting center’s operation

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The Printing Industry Center at Rochester Institute of Technology announces the addition of the Scripps Howard Foundation as an industry partner. The Scripps Howard Foundation joins eleven other companies and associations pledging support to the center’s operation.

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Printing Industry Center at RIT is dedicated to the growth and profitability of the printing field. The center addresses industry concerns through research initiatives and educational outreach programs.

“When we first developed the concept for the Printing Industry Center, one of our goals was to see representation from as many stakeholders in the industry as possible to ensure all of the important viewpoints were available to researchers,” says Frank Cost, associate dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Printing Industry Center. “One segment we have been missing from the start is newspaper publishing.”

With the addition of the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Printing Industry Center is no longer missing this representation.

The Scripps Howard Foundation was created through the endowments of The E.W. Scripps Company in 1962. Edward W. Scripps started the company in 1878 when he founded The Penny Press in Cleveland, Ohio, as a newspaper for the urban workers in the area. Today, The E. W. Scripps Company is a diverse media corporation with interests in national lifestyle cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media and licensing and syndication. Scripps operates daily and community newspapers in 18 markets, 10 broadcast TV stations, five cable and satellite television programming networks and online search and comparison shopping services. The company’s main branches include Scripps Networks, Scripps Television Station Group, Scripps Newspapers, Interactive Media and United Media.

Scripps Newspapers include daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service. Scripps newspapers include the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel and the Ventura County (Calif.) Star.

“The Scripps Howard Foundation is pleased to partner with the Printing Industry Center and to extend its long-term, productive relationship with RIT in this meaningful way,” says Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Industry partners pledge money to help fund the center’s operations and advise RIT’s researchers on topics critical to the printing industry. The center’s other industry partners are Adobe Systems Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard Co., New Page Corp., NPES, Standard Register, Vertis, VIGC, U.S. Government Printing Office and Xerox Corp.

The Printing Industry Center at RIT is a joint program of RIT’s School of Print Media and RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business. For more information on the Printing Industry Center, visit