Ethical, meaningful communication has always been my focus.
Whether it was my first few jobs in newspapers; my community college/university teaching experiences; my time advising various media; my professional affiliations administrating websites and social media; or now as a journalism instructor at Eastern Illinois University, I aspire to immerse myself and others in the craft. My hope is that we can do the best possible journalism, so people can make the best possible decisions — to the benefit of all.
My endeavors have shown me two unwavering truths:
- Good journalism and communication are more necessary than ever before as some media have abdicated their fundamental responsibility of truth-telling for the greater good.
- Both adults and young people who are part of the process of ethical and meaningful journalism are changed, uplifted, and propelled to be better versions of themselves and to create a better version of our world.
This is the gospel of journalism, and this is the goal to which I strive.
IPF Journalism Workshop for 2017