About me

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I am an associate professor of journalism in the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago, where I teach everything from Introduction to Journalism and Essentials of Interviewing to Interpretive Reporting and the College Magazine Workshop (a capstone class that produces the award-winning Echo magazine and its companion website). My research focuses on how magazine media are changing in the digital age, and specifically on fact-checking practices. You can read about it in Journalism Practice and the Columbia Journalism Review.

My articles have been published in Journalism Practice, the Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, In These Times, Belt magazine, Huffington Post, the Common Review, Ocean Paddler, Adventure Kayak, Sea Kayaker and other publications. I also work as a freelance editor.  

What I'm working on now 

I recently completed a fact-checking course for Mediabistro, which you can check out here. And after coordinating the programming for the Magazine Media Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in August 2017, I am now the division head. I'm excited to be on the organizing committee for Mapping the Magazine 5, an international conference that will be held in Chicago in July 2018. I just finished co-writing a chapter for the upcoming Magazine Handbook on the history of Ebony magazine. And I am newly the Politi-Cultural Editor of Another Chicago Magazine.