I'm developed and taught the first Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) at UMass Amherst in 2013.
Building a Basic Website ran during the Summer of 2013 and covered basic design principles, HTML5, CSS, modifying templates, working with images, adding jQuery plugins and more. The custom syllabus and course design and production came from my experience developing and teaching Web Design for Journalists at UMass Amherst as well as my professional experience as a visual journalist and a web developer.
Philosophically, I loved creating a free, user-friendly depot for some basic skills that diverse groups of people want to know. As a journalist I talk big about open information and public education, and so I wanted to back it up with an open, high-quality course.
The illustration above is by Kim Rosen, and was commissioned for the MOOC. You can read more about the class in the Boston Globe's list of "most interesting" regional MOOCs and in the Hampshire Gazette's front page story.
I worked as a photojournalist in New York City, Montana, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.
I'm a journalist and I write about journalism.
As a journalist, my focus has been primarily visual, but I have written for many publications as part of a multimedia package. Those outlets include Quartz Magazine, where I published a piece in September 2013 making the practical case for better media design. I've also written and produced multimedia packages for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The New York Times and many other outlets.
Since 2007, I have written extensively about photojournalism. I've reported and written a piece for the NPPA on the Top Five Photojournalism Stories of 2012, and written pieces for News Photographer on subjects from 2008 election photojournalism to new approaches to photography online to the ethics and law of using visuals taken from social media.
Over the past few years I've written on other journalism subjects, too. They include Face Recognition Software, Visual Journalism and a Wary Public, An Ad Buyer's S.E.O. Advice for Online News Publishers, What the 'Ground Zero Mosque' Flap Says About the State of Journalism, and Can Bottled Water Save Journalism Online?
I teach at UMass Amherst and am the co-director of our Online Journalism Program.
My focus is visual storytelling, and I'm lucky to work with talented and enthusiastic students. Since joining the journalism faculty full-time in 2009, I've developed and taught courses in data journalism and visualization, web design and development, advanced photojournalism and video journalism. I've also taught sections of Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Multimedia Reporting and Introduction to Digital Photojournalism. I designed and maintain the Journalism Department's website. On the first day of every semester I wear a tie, which my colleagues think is pretty funny.
Other teaching forays include working as a faculty member of ieiMedia's Perpignan Project in 2011, where additionally I built the study abroad program's website. In late 2010 I helped the National Press Photographers Association restart their Student Quarterly Clip Contest, which I have chaired ever since.
During the summer of 2013, I produced and taught the first MOOC at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.