- About me
Assistant Professor and James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Director, Center for Journalism Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Founding Education Curator, MediaShift
I currently serve on the faculty of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I joined the university in 1999 to help launch an innovative converged curriculum to prepare students for a changing media landscape. When I was advised early on that I was “preparing students for jobs that may not even exist yet,” I scarcely had a clue how quickly and massively the ground would shift. I credit my diverse professional background, spanning from police reporter to magazine editor to marketing manager, in helping me develop courses to make students adaptable writers and critical thinkers. As a researcher, I specialize in ethics and emerging media, especially sensors, brand publishing and the public’s role in establishing ethics and norms. My broad variety of academic experience and training includes a doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in media law. Born to organize, I apply project management skills honed through work in print, audio, video and online in the classroom, as well as in my personal life.