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Marie Shanahan

Hi, I'm Marie K. Shanahan. I teach digital journalism at the University of Connecticut.

Marie K. Shanahan is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. She teaches digital newsgathering, multimedia storytelling and online media ethics to undergraduate students at UConn. Marie Shanahan's research explores the intersection of journalism and interactive communications technology, including anonymous online speech, online comments, digital civility and digital defamation.  She has 17 years of professional experience as a news reporter, online producer and online editor.

Marie Shanahan's Background

Marie Shanahan's Experience

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/

July 2010 - June 2011

Responsible for the hiring, launch, development and management of 10 local news websites in north central Connecticut for 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, 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 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.

Assistant Professor of Journalism at University of Connecticut

August 2011

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.

Marie Shanahan's Education

Quinnipiac University

2006 – 2010


Concentration: Interactive Communications

The University of Connecticut

1990 – 1994


Concentration: Journalism, History

Marie Shanahan's Interests & Activities

Journalism, social media, interactive communications, digital photography, yoga, paddleboarding, travel.

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