Faculty at Cornerstone University

Alan Blanchard

Director of Journalism Department, Associate Professor of Journalism, Herald newspaper Adviser, Executive Director of Cornerstone Journalism Institute


Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., Eastern New Mexico University


Professional Experience

  • Editorial Writer – Freelancer, Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, MI, Aug. 2013-present
  • Professional Investigator, Sentinel Investigations, LLC, Greenville, MI, June 2012-present.
  • Treasurer, Michigan Press Assn. Board of Directors, Lansing, MI, Jan 2011-Jan 2012
  • Editor/Publisher/Owner, The Clare Sentinel, Clare, MI, 2005-2012
  • Director – Journalism Department – 2007 to present

Awards – Professional

  • Michigan Press Association, Lansing, Mich. 2010 – 1st Place Editorial Writing (weekly newspapers – The Clare Sentinel)
  • Michigan Press Association, Lansing, Mich. 1998 – Newspaper of Year (daily under 15,001 circulation/Greenville Daily News) 
  • Michigan AP Editorial Association, Detroit, Mich. 1996 – Sweepstakes Award (staff-produced section on spouse/child/elder abuse)
  • Hoosier State Press Association, Indianapolis, Ind. 1991 – 1st Place News photography (taken at Kuwait City after Persian Gulf War)


  • Elected Treasurer of Michigan Press Association Board, Lansing, MI – 2012-13
  • Elected Vice President of Michigan Press Association Board, Lansing, MI – 2011-12
  • Elected as board member of Michigan Press Association, Lansing, MI – 2008-2011
  • Member of College Media Advisers – 2008
  • Association of Christian Collegiate Media – 2007-present

Herald Newspaper Awards