Welcome to the blog I created for Principles and Practices of Digital Media, my penultimate course at Kent State University, where I’m pursuing a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications. For the last five years I’ve been challenged and reinvigorated by my coursework, and much of what I’ve learned has helped me push the staff of the paper I advise to the next level.
I teach English and Journalism at Algonquin Regional High School (Northborough, Mass.) and I advise the student newspaper, The Harbinger. Although Algonquin offers only a one-semester introductory journalism course and an occasional one-semester production course, coaching the student editors and staff is my professional passion.
Since taking over as adviser 10 years ago, I’ve worked with editors to transform the publication. In that time, the print issues have tripled in length with stronger design and more breadth and depth of coverage. We’ve developed a website which is updated almost daily and we have a growing social media presence. Within the last few years we have been proud recipients of CSPA Gold and Silver Crown Awards and have been named NSPA Pacemaker Finalists and Winners.
I’m especially proud of my student editors because they take incredible pride in their work as journalists and reach high standards for no course credit. They are driven by a desire to make an impact in our community while promoting dialogue and understanding.
Like them, I’m excited, enthusiastic and often exhausted. My courses at Kent State have given me so many new ideas and made me fall even more in love with the joys and challenges of advising scholastic media.
When I’m not working with scholastic journalists, I’m playing with my sweet and sassy 2-year-old daughter, chilling with my two cats, grading English papers, getting lost in a novel or dreaming of my next exotic vacation.