I am an assistant professor of journalism at Indiana University Southeast. In addition to teaching and research, I serve as the adviser to the IU Southeast’s multiplatform student news organization, The Horizon.
My research focuses on youth journalism, media literacy, and the multidisciplinary study of communication law concepts. Currently, I am working on research that explicates and attempts to operationalize the concept of news media literacy.
My work has been published in the Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; the Journal of Media Literacy Education; Electronic News; and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
My teaching focuses on developing digital and multimedia storytelling skills that are built on a strong foundation of credible and ethical journalistic reporting skills. I’ve taught courses in digital journalism and multimedia storytelling, and I’m currently developing a course in social media strategies. Since coming to IU Southeast in 2012, I’ve worked to redesign our journalism curriculum to focus more on digital media skills.
I try to structure the classroom as an experiential learning lab, often telling my students that they are “not student journalists, but rather they are journalists who happen to be students.” My students’ work has been recognized, including in statewide and national awards. In a recent regional contest, my students won more awards than all the other schools in the region combined (including some much larger schools and journalism programs). My students regularly say they feel like they are getting real-world experience, and a number of local media organizations have commented that interns and employees from our program are more prepared than other applicants.
I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2012. There, I was involved with projects at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, including assisting with research about community news websites and how iPad owners use the devices for news. Even after leaving Mizzou, I’ve continued to consult on various projects, including co-directing a summer workshop on behalf of RJI to train high school journalism teachers. I’ve also worked extensively collecting and analyzing data for the American Society of News Editors’ annual Newsroom Employment Census.
Before Mizzou, I was an instructor and assistant director of workshops in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University, where I coordinated workshops for high school journalism teachers and students and helped out in marketing and recruitment for our department and college. Before Ball State, I briefly taught high school journalism and English.