Professional in Residence
• Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Director, Journalism for Social Change
• Portolio includes providing administrative, programmatic and curricular support for The O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication – Marquette University
Johnston Hall, Room 429B
1131 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, Wis. 53211
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University
J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University
Nationally known journalist who reported on a gamut of assignments at several newspapers.
- Presenter, "Telling Your Story: Representing in the Age of Digital and Social Media," Diederich College of Communication, November 2014.
- Presenter, "Branding Me: Representing in the Age of Digital and Social Media," Rita Tallent Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, October 2014.
- Keynoter, 48th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Lake County Branch #3020, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Gurnee Holiday Inn, Gurnee, Illinois, October 2014.
- Moderator, “Getting Personal: One Patient’s Struggle,” a session in which an investigative reporter and a Milwaukee man seeking better health care despite many challenges discuss their interaction that resulted in an article published by two new organizations. The session was held as part of the second annual O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism Conference, Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University, October 2014.
- Speaker, "Sharing My 9/11 With #loweclass" – invited by a faculty colleague to speak to her digital journalism class focusing on interviewing victims of trauma, days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Diederich College of Communication, September 2014.
- Speaker, "Time to Amend NABJ for the Better," NABJ Board of Directors meeting and related events related to serving as Constitutional Commission co-chairman, 39th annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, July 2014.
- Presenter, "#loweclass Comes to NABJ," with co-presenter Mira Lowe, senior editor for features at CNN Digital, a four-hour bootcamp for aspiring and emerging journalists, focusing on cover letters, resumes, digital portfolios and social media – and with a Q&A with several NABJ Emerging Journalists of the Year, at the 39th annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, July 2014.
- Moderator, "An Interview With Arnold Mitchem" – recruited to ask the founding director of Marquette University's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) a series of questions enabling him to reflect on his and the program's legacy, for 30 minutes on stage before 150 friends and supporters – immediately after the premiere of the "Answering the Call" documentary focusing on EOP's 45th anniversary, Weasler Auditorium, July 2014.
- Presenter, "Teaching Students to Report History: Using Great Speeches as a Newswriting Assignment That Doubles as a Civics Lesson," a show-and-share presentation, Teachapalooza IV conference for journalism educators, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida, June 2014.
- #MaynardMentor, answering four questions posted at www.mije.org and later serving as featured tweeter during an hourlong Twitter chat, as part of the Maynard Institute's The Front Door Project, a series of online initiatives examining the state of diversity and the media, April 2014.
- Presenter, "Branding You: #NABJs14 Edition," a presentation to dozens of students from several universities and attending the Midwest Journalism Summit hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists-Illinois chapter, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), April 2014.
- Presenter, "Staying Current: A Digital Method to Engage Today's Journalism Students in Meaningful Current Event Discussions," via Skype, 39th annual Southeast Colloquium, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Florida, March 2014.
- Presenter, “Branding You: Student Edition,” a simulcast session offering brand-boosting, resume and cover letter tips to members of the Marquette University chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-MU) and Lambda Pi Eta – and via Skype to the NABJ chapter at the University of Florida, November 2013.
- Moderator, “Getting Personal: One Mother’s Struggle,” a session in which two women – an investigative reporter and a mother seeking care for her mentally ill son – discuss their unusual interaction that resulted in a four-part series published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The session was held as part of the inaugural O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism Conference, Marquette University, October 2013.
- Panelist, “Branding Y.O.U” workshop aimed at helping current and future journalists enhance their personal branding, 38th annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair, Orlando, August 2013.
- Moderator, NABJ Candidates Forum, a two-hour event produced by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ) and featuring the two candidates for NABJ president as well as other members bidding to serve on the organization's national board of directors, June 2013. Dozens of people witnessed the event held at WSB-TV and it was live streamed to members across the country.
- Presenter, two sessions – "Success in News, Nonprofit or PR: You Need Your Journalism DNA" and "Your Personal Life Can Get You Hired" – in which I spoke for 50 minutes each at the College Media Association's Spring National College Media Convention, New York, March 2013.
- Presenter, "Branding You: PRSSA Edition" session offering brand-boosting tips to the Marquette University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Diederich College of Communication, February 2013.
- Panelist, two sessions – one on social media reporting, the other on multimedia storytelling – during "Auburn Journalism Day," a conference in which professionals shared their experiences and offered career advice to aspiring journalists at Auburn University, October 2012.
- Panelist, PR+Social Media Summit session on social media’s influence on the news and media, and the opportunities and challenges for journalists and news consumers, at Marquette, October 2012.
- Speaker, three media writing courses in the Diederich College's Department of Strategic Communications – focusing on the importance of using both Associated Press style and the inverted pyramid approach effectively in public relations contexts, September 2012.
- Panelist, “What Does It Take to Make the Transition Work?” – focusing on challenges and opportunities related to moving from the newsroom
to higher education, at Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication convention, Chicago, August 2012.
- Presenter, “Live Tweeting Campus Events.” Shared tips for teaching students to use social media to report on campus events – and taught
attendees to create Storifys – at Teachapalooza conference for journalism educators, Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla., June 2012.
- Presenter, “Branding You: The Student Edition” session offering brand-boosting tips for aspiring journalists, 37th Annual NABJ Convention
and Career Fair, New Orleans, June 2012.
- Presenter, “Handling It: Eight Steps to Dealing With Diversity In and Out of My Classroom,” at Marquette University event, “A Celebration
of Teaching and Learning: How an Engaged and Inclusive Classroom Prepares Students for the Contemporary Workforce,” May 2012.
- Speaker, Marquette University Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Graduation Ceremony. Represented faculty and offered advice
and inspiration for life after college, April 2012.
- Presenter, “Branding You!” session offering brand-boosting tips at the “Midwestern Journalism Summit,” a regional student journalists
conference at Northwestern University, April 2012.
- Presenter, Marquette Board of Trustees’ Committee on Student Experience. Asked by MU Office of Student Affairs to show how social
media is used in classrooms, February 2012.
- Presenter, “Digital Footprints: Social Media in the Classroom and in the Office.” Shared tips, successes and philosophies with Marquette
staff and administrators, February 2012.
- Speaker, Interviewing for Communication class focusing on interviewing in multiple contexts at Loyola University Chicago’s
School of Communication, October 2011.
- Speaker, two journalism classes – an introductory convergence course and a capstone multimedia course – at Towson University,
Towson, Md., October 2011.
- Speaker, shared my experiences as a Newsday reporter on 9/11, via Skype with a journalism class at Adrian College in Michigan,
days before the 10th anniversary, September 2011.
- Panelist, “Syllabus Exchange” workshop aimed at aiding journalists who are becoming college instructors, 36th Annual
NABJ Convention and Career Fair, Philadelphia, August 2011.
- Presenter, “Using Storify & Twitter for Good, Not Evil.” Demonstrated opportunities for student writing at Teachapalooza conference
for journalism educators, Poynter Institute, July 2011.
- Presenter, “Developing a Personal Leadership Vision.” Summer leadership institute coordinated for high school students by the
Marquette Office of Undergraduate Admissions, July 2011.
- Keynoter, second annual “Golden Roses: A Tribute to Women of Color” event sponsored by Marquette Office of Student
Development, March 2011.
- Speaker, focusing on importance of writing in an advertising and public relations course, "Writing for the Mass Media,"
in the Diederich College, March 2011.
- Master of ceremonies, including managing the Q-and-A segment, of a program featuring a lecture by former White House Press
Secretary Dee Dee Myers, Alumni Memorial Union, Marquette University, April 2010.
- Faculty adviser, National Association of Black Journalists at Marquette, January 2011 to present. Provide leadership training while helping to arrange for NABJ-MU members to attend the 2011, 2013 and 2014 conventions in Philadelphia, Orlando and Boston, respectively; and regional conferences at Northwestern University in 2011 and 2012, and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2014. NABJ-MU and the Diederich College co-hosted a regional conference in 2013. NABJ-MU's founding president, Marissa Evans, was named the 2013 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year.
- Advisory board member, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, the award-winning multimedia website housed in the Diederich College, January 2011 to present. Working to increase student and community engagement with the news service, of which I did a case study as my graduate thesis.
- Member, Marquette University senior speaker committee, serving as a faculty representative tasked with reading applications, selecting nominees and interviewing finalists aiming to serve as student speaker at winter (December) and spring (May) commencements, August 2013 to May 2014.
- Member, Marquette University Non-Traditional Student Enrollment Task Force, which reviewed current and trend data and then recommended to the Office of the Provost several measures aimed at best providing more undergraduate opportunities for students older than age 25, fall 2013.
- Interim Student Publications Adviser, serving as conduit between leaders of the award-winning campus newspaper (The Marquette Tribune), magazine (Marquette Journal) and online entity (Student Media Interactive) and the university's Board of Student Media, spring 2013. Helped the board and student leaders implement a new model for integrated and digital-first campus media – and cultivated an effort in which the board approved plans conceived by select students for an innovative website that integrates content from the print, broadcast and online entities.
- Contributor, along with faculty colleagues in the Diederich College's Department of Journalism and Media Students, of teaching-related content aimed at enhancing what’s taught in the three core digital journalism courses, all resulting in instructor guidebooks, August 2013 to May 2014.
- Coordinator, the department of journalism and media studies’ partnership with the Poynter Institute’s News University, August 2011 to May 2013. For five semesters, this pilot initiative enabled my students to earn assorted NewsU certificates after completing a prescribed set of modules as part of a pilot initiative. Three other instructors had their classes participate in spring 2012.
- Member, search committee for a professional in residence (for film and video production) for the college's department of digital media and performing arts, December 2012 to February 2013.
- Instructor, Diederich College's Urban Journalism Workshop, an annual two-week session focusing on providing high school students with multimedia and campus living experience, June 2012. Introduced blogging and social media to the program.
- Member, search committee for assistant professor for Diederich College’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations, August–November 2011.
- Co-coordinator, Diederich College’s yearlong centennial celebration of journalism education at Marquette University, May 2010 to July 2011.
- Earned 2012 Diederich College Dean’s Recognition Award: Outstanding Faculty Adviser
- Cited by The Marquette Journal as among the “Top 5 Marquette Tweeters,” March 2012
- Earned 2011 Diederich College Dean’s Recognition Award: Outstanding Service
- Earned “Best Edit” Prize, Platypus Workshop (The Digital Journalist), Marquette, 2011
- Named the 2009 Diederich College Communicator of the Year by the Marquette University Alumni Association
- Cited among Ebony’s “100+ Most Influential Black Americans,” May 2004 & May 2005
- Featured in Ebony’s “Five Questions” section, a full-page question-and-answer profile focused on advocacy for greater diversity in the journalism industry, October 2004
- Keynoted 35th anniversary dinner, Marquette Educational Opportunity Program, 2004
- Major contributor to newspaper series – “The Wronged Men” – that profiled the wrongfully convicted and earned New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) Griot Award in 2003
- “Teachapalooza IV” conference for journalism educators, Poynter Institute, June 2014
- ASNE's “Hacking News Leadership” conference, University of Texas-Austin, May 2014
- “A New Curriculum for a New Journalism” conference, The Poynter Institute, January 2014
- “Teachapalooza II” conference for journalism educators, Poynter Institute, June 2012
- “Teachapalooza” conference for journalism educators, Poynter Institute, July 2011
- “Teaching the Craft of Writing (in the Age of Twitter),” Poynter Institute, May 2011
- Teaching Fellows Workshop [new journalism professors], Indiana University, June 2010
- E-Teaching Course, Marquette Center for Teaching and Learning, spring 2010
- Hybrid Learning Course, Marquette Center for Teaching and Learning, spring 2010
- Business Journalism Professors Seminar, Arizona State University, January 2010
- Council for Advancement & Support of Education Fellow, Huston-Tillotson Univ., 1999
- Past president (2003-2005), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Also co-chairman, 15-member NABJ constitutional commission, charged with overhauling the association’s primary governing documents, on the eve of its 40th anniversary and amid widespread changes within the industry. After a yearlong effort, the membership voted 193 to 46 to adopt the commission’s recommendations in August 2014.
- Member, American Society of News Editors, since 2014.
- Member, Online News Association, since 2013.
- Member, Society of Professional Journalists, since 2013.
- Member, College Media Association, 2012 to 2013.
- Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, since 2010.
- Member, Board of Directors, Unity: Journalists of Color, 2004 to 2005.
- Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., since 1984.