Assistant Professor of Journalism at University of Connecticut
Teaching the next generation of digital journalists how to gather, filter, present and build community around news using interactive communication tools and technology. My academic research encompasses anonymous online speech, online civility, digital defamation, the First Amendment and the disruptive effects of new technology on the news media.
Adjunct Journalism Professor at Quinnipiac University
May 2009 - July 2011
Developed and taught graduate-level Reporting For The Web course for Quinnipiac's Master of Science in Journalism program. Engaged students in active learning using a combination of in-class production workshops, collaborative research sessions, guest speakers and practical application of digital news-gathering and storytelling techniques.
Regional Editor at AOL/Patch.com
July 2010 - June 2011
Responsible for the hiring, launch, development and management of 10 local news websites in north central Connecticut for Patch.com. Leadership role involved recruiting talent, training and managing 12+ local editors and freelancers, forming a team dynamic among journalists working remotely, and maintaining the quality of each site while building readership within the community.
Deputy Online Editor at The Hartford Courant
February 2008 - June 2010
Leadership role in improving and expanding the presentation of all facets of news content on www.courant.com, including stories, photo galleries, blogs, databases, video, graphics, RSS feeds, mobile and user-generated content. Administered a full website redesign. Trained newsroom in best practices of digital journalism. Monitored web traffic/metrics. Built audiences with social media. Supervised the work of four online producers and oversaw college internship program.
Adjunct Journalism Professor at University of Connecticut
August 2008 - December 2008
Developed and taught an "Introduction to Online Journalism" course, at 8 a.m. where students received a primer in basic HTML, photo editing, online research, blogging, SEO, data visualization, online journalism ethics and various forms of digital storytelling.
Online Producer / Senior Online Producer at The Hartford Courant
August 1999 - January 2008
Duties included daily production of The Hartford Courant home page and other major sections, designing and generating original digital content for special news and features sections; photo editing and photo production, copyediting, and working with newsroom editors and reporters on breaking news coverage. Shaped the evolution of www.ctnow.com into a must-visit, entertainment website for residents and visitors to Connecticut.
Reporter at The Hartford Courant
June 1994 - August 1999
Covered breaking news, crime, government, education and feature stories in the city of Hartford and town of Windsor. Worked on special projects about Connecticut's Asian-American population, technology trends, technology in public education, health and "About Women." Co-developed an all-editions column called 'Excerpts,' published from 1996-2000, which gave young journalists at The Hartford Courant an opportunity to write about timely lifestyle issues.