I'm developing and will teach the first Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) at UMass Amherst.
Building a Basic Website will run this summer from May 20 to June 28 and cover basic design principles, HTML5, CSS, modifying template, adding plugins and more. This custom syllabus and course design come from my experience developing and teaching Web Design for Journalists at UMass Amherst.
Philosophically, I love the idea of creating a free, user friendly, all-in-one depot for some basic skills that diverse groups of people want to know. As a teacher, I think there are certain types of basic knowledge that can work on this type of platform. That, in turn, frees up teachers and students to work together on more advanced, creative, and interactive projects. As a journalist I talk big about open information and public education, and so I'd like to back it up with a free, high-quality course.
The illustration above is by Kim Rosen, and was commissioned for the MOOC.
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 Boston Magazine, where I have produced video and shot stills for pieces, and The New York Times, where I have also photographed assignments. I've published written pieces in New West, Budget Travel and many others.
Since 2007, I have written extensively about photojournalism, most recently reporting and writing a piece for the NPPA on the Top Five Photojournalism Stories of 2012. I've 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 pieces for the Online Journalism Review, 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 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 Program'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.