CV (abridged)

Assistant Professor of Journalism, Tenure-track
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
August 2011-Present
  • Teaching: Instruct undergraduate students in introductory and advanced digital newsgathering and multimedia storytelling techniques, online news ethics and copyright/fair use.
  • Research: Studying the intersection of journalism and interactive communications technology, online anonymity and free speech. Focus on online commenting on news websites, digital reputation, use of social media by journalists.
  • Service: Advise 30+ undergraduate journalism majors. Administer department Twitter account @uconnjournalism and UConn Journalism Facebook page  Advise student news organizations in best practices of digital news publishing/social media. Provide digital training to non-profit journalism organizations in Connecticut.
Regional Editor, Connecticut
AOL/Patch.com, New York, NY
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 a team of 12+ local editors and freelancers, building team dynamic among journalists working remotely, and maintain quality on each site.

Deputy Online Editor
The Hartford Courant/Tribune Interactive, Hartford, CT
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. Trained newsroom in best practices of digital journalism. Monitored web traffic/metrics. Built audiences with social media. Oversaw the work of four online producers and administered college internship program.

Senior Online Producer
The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
8/2004-1/2007

Shaped the evolution of www.ctnow.com into an award-winning entertainment website for residents and visitors to Connecticut. Recruited team of freelancers to generate original content. Established college internship program for the online news department.

Online Producer
The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
8/1999 –7/2004

Duties included daily production of the news organization’s 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.

Reporter
The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
6/1994-7/1999

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 women’s issues. 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 aimed at 20-somethings.

Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
Master of Science, Interactive Communications
Awarded May 2010

Master’s Thesis: “Harm To Reputation In The Form Of Online Speech: Lessons For Journalists In The Digital Age”

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and History
Awarded May 1994

Graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Journalism. Inducted into Delta-Omicron chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.
Honors Thesis: The Philippine News Media: Bribes, Intimidation Undermine Press Freedom

How news sites’ online comments helped build our hateful electorate
The Conversation, December 14, 2016
The ability to say offensive things online on a daily basis without consequences led to new, and more toxic, norms for civic behavior. Unabated toxic discourse and misinformation in online comment sections have distorted the populace’s understanding of information and facilitated its rejection of facts. News outlets that allowed falsities and hate speech to fester in their comment spaces have contributed to our deepening political dysfunction. This article was republished by Newsweek, SalonChristian Science Monitor and 21 other online publications.

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