I teach introductory and graduate-level courses for the University of Alabama in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media. I hold the Master Journalism Educator distinction from the Journalism Education Association. In 2019 I was honored to receive the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor society Commitment to Teaching award, voted on by students.
One of my latest class projects worked with ProPublica on a data journalism project to catalog 20 years worth of Alabama election data to see if new Alabama laws impacted voting. My class also worked with Jimmy Wales, an Alabama alumnus and co-founder of Wikipedia and WikiTribune, on his beta version news product.
I have a passion for helping the general public understand how we do journalism. To that end, I lobbied UA to get the Introduction to Journalism and Social Media (JCM 200) class recognized as a humanities course for the UA general curriculum, I continue to evolve and grow that class. I was named a UA Innovation Scholar-in-Residence to take that class to a new level through my Follow My Lede project. I am working with Lightbulb Technology to create a virtual reality journalism experience. Currently I serve as an Innovation Mentor to other faculty who want to improve online technology.
I was proud to transform the Teaching of Journalism class (JCM 436/536) into a Service Learning class (after being accepted as a faculty fellow in Service Learning through the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility). Both graduate and undergraduate students in the class go into local schools to help teach student media.
Beyond those classes, I supervise six labs and teach the Editing and Multimedia Production class (JCM 323) for UA in the WVUA 23 newsroom, a professional commercial TV station. I also work with Alabama Public Radio with my classes as well.
I also teach the Journalistic Principles and Practices (JCM 180) course, which is a introductory class for News Media majors and minors.