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Jane Lisabeth Briggs-Bunting

June 19, 1950March 23, 2021

Jane L. Briggs-Bunting, age 70, Teacher, University Professor and Lecturer and Department of Journalism Head at two Universities, Author of several books, Lawyer and advocate of First Amendment Rights, former Detroit Free Press Staff Reporter, Life Magazine Cover Story Reporter, People and Time Warner Reporter, founder of multiple scholarships for Journalism Students at Oakland University, Michigan State University and setting up private foundation grants with her husband in northern Michigan where she retired. Jane was also an active participant in the Poynter Institute connecting the varied crafts of journalism to its higher mission and purpose.

Jane is survived by her husband of 46 years Robert, sister Sally, nieces Sarah, Eileen and Cat, nephews David and Giles, grandnieces Jocelyn, Megan, Kaitlyn, Alexa, Sienna, Amelia and Pipa, grandnephew Zachary and hundreds of grateful University students who went onto highly successful careers in journalism and communication as well as the Law of the Press Lawyers.

Memorial service will be planned after the pandemic abates.

Donations to your own favorite charities would be appreciated. Jane’s were Alcona Humane Society in Lincoln, Michigan where her sweetheart dog Amber was from, The Farm at Oatland North on St. Simons Island, Georgia where her rescue mini horse Jasmine is from, and Michigan Animal Rescue League in Pontiac, Michigan were her rescue dog Gidget is from.

No flowers please, just plant some flowers across this beautiful Country of ours. Daffodils were her favorite.


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Susan Learman

March 26, 2021

Our condolences to Bob and to all her friends and family. We will so miss Jane and will always think of her kayaking on a sunlit lake. Susan Learman and Mark Krysinski

Christopher Richert

March 25, 2021

The State News mourns the death of Jane Briggs-Bunting. Jane served on the Board of Directors from 2004-2009 and as President from 2007-2009.

While she may have been small in stature, she was giant in defending student journalists' rights, the independence of the student press, and specifically, The State News. Her sense of adventure, guidance, willingness, and vision to push the limits, led The State News into creating SNworks, a full-service media website design, hosting, and content management service developed by MSU and State News students. She would be pleased to know that it is now serving over 65 commercial and college media organizations throughout the country.

Jane will be missed but remembered, and her actions have and will continue to empower generations of student-journalists. For that, we are grateful.