I teach editing, reporting, ethics and multimedia classes in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I joined the UNL faculty in August 2008, after a year as a visiting editor-in-residence at Michigan State University. I was awarded tenure a year ahead of schedule in 2013.
Before heading to the classroom, I held a variety of editing positions during 21 years at The Detroit News, including three years as managing editor. In that role, I was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the newsroom. I supervised nearly 300 journalists and helped to integrate print and online newsrooms. Before The News, I worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Lansing and Port Huron, Mich.
I understand both the newsroom and the classroom. And I’ve worked hard to stay current in a rapidly changing journalism world by cultivating ongoing relationships with professionals. My research, both on editing and on social media, has focused on practical and applied knowledge aimed at helping both professionals and students.
I helped develop a digital editing boot camp for the American Copy Editors Society (ACES) and have presented workshops on curation and engagement for professional communicators across the country. In April of 2016, I worked with professionals to organize and bring APME’s NewsTrain workshop for journalists, journalism educators and students to Lincoln.
In 2014, I was part of a seven-member Poynter Institute team that conducted a series of workshops for professional journalists and educators in India. I’ve been on the ACES executive committee since 2010, which has helped me keep my students connected to professionals. I also spearheaded an alliance between ACES and the Poynter Institute and helped develop an editing certificate program. I’m currently working on an advanced editing course for the Poynter Institute and ACES.
I’ve won numerous awards for teaching and for journalism including awards from various divisions of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Most recently, I won a second place award for a lesson on ethics in curation. In 2016, I also was named a finalist for the second year in a row in the Great Ideas for Teaching competition.
In 2014, I was named the Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists.
In the summer of 2013, I presented my research on social media and best practices for journalists at the AEJMC conference in Washington D.C. I also won a top paper award for my research into teaching, “I’ll Take Commas for $200: Instructional Intervention Using Games to Help Students Master Grammar Skills,” which was co-authored by Nancy Anderson. And I won two teaching awards in the Newspaper and Online News Division’s Teaching News Terrifically competition that year.
In the summer of 2012, I spent two weeks at the Chicago Tribune and WGN Radio studying how journalists today use social media and work across multiple platforms. I was one of six educators chosen by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Scripps Howard Foundation for externships in newsrooms across the country. The Tribune published my analysis of the visit on its TribNation page.
At the AEJMC conference in Chicago in 2012, I won a third place award in the Teaching News Terrifically competition, sponsored by the News and Online News Division. My colleague Michelle Hassler and I also won a third place award for our Twitter teaching assignment in the Best Practices for Writing Across Media competition. And I was a finalist in the Great Ideas for Teaching Competition for my AP Style Game Day exercise.
In 2011, Michelle and I won third place in the Teaching News Teriffically competition, sponsored by the AEJMC, Newspaper and Online News division. In 2010, AEJMC’s Mass Communication and Society division honored me with its Most Promising Professor award. In 2009, I was inducted into the Michigan State News Hall of Fame. I was given a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit chapter in 2008. And in 2007, the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences named me an outstanding alumna.
I wrote “Everybody’s an Editor: Navigating Journalism’s Changing Landscape,” an e-textbook, which was published in 2011 by Great River Technologies. A second version was published in 2014. I update the book regularly to incorporate current trends and events. It is being used in several Beginning Editing classes at UNL and elsewhere. I also have written about digital media for such sites as Nieman Reports Professor’s Corner, the PBS Education Shift website and the American Copy Editors Society.
More of my published work can be found on Digital Commons at UNL. Besides serving on the national ACES executive committee, I advise one of only a few active student chapters of ACES. I also serve as a co-director of the Dow Jones News Fund editing bootcamp for sports copy editing interns. I also have served as president of the Michigan AP Editorial Association and have been on the board of the Mid-America Press Institute.
In 1974, I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and added a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.
I’m available to conduct workshops or speak on a variety of journalism topics. If you’re interested in more information, contact me via this link.
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