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I am an associate professor of journalism & media at Indiana University Southeast. In addition to teaching and research, I serve as the program coordinator of the Journalism & Media Program and the director of student media (including our multiplatform student news organization, The Horizon, and our campus Internet radio station, Horizon Radio.

My research focuses on news and 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. Since coming to IU Southeast in 2012, I’ve spearheaded redesigns of 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, including the Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press, considered to be the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. 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 their peers.

I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2012. 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.

In addition to earning my Ph.D. from Missouri, I’m an alumnus of Indiana University (B.S. in Education) and Ball State University (M.A. in Journalism).