I’m a journalism professor at California State University – Northridge. I’ve also worked as a staff writer at the Daily Press in Virginia and The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. I’ve written for Real Change, Seattle’s homeless newspaper, and supervised a student collective producing content for Pacifica outlet KPFK’s “Indymedia On Air.”
My edited volume, “Citizen Journalism: Valuable, Useless or Dangerous,” was published in September 2012.
Among the places my photographs of protests and civil disobedience have been published are the books Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance and From Act Up to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization, along with the Washington Post Magazine. My photo of the Shrine of Sayyide Ruqqaya in Damascus appears in a media station as part of the permanent exhibition “The World of Islam” at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany. My photo of a Damascus newsstand will be the cover for an Arabic textbook published by Georgetown University in June 2013.
I’ve taught journalism in Lebanon and in Ethiopia. I’ve studied township newspapers in Zimbabwe, produced a radio documentary about the media reform movement in Taiwan and done some reporting and research in Lebanon, where I was a Fulbright scholar in 2012. I was selected for a Berglund Fellowship for internet studies and a Poynter fellowship at Indiana University for journalism professors.
My research focuses on international news/participatory media such as YouTube, Flickr, blogs and social change. My latest project started in Fall 2012 is the @PopUpNewsroom, a temporary, virtual newsroom for citizen and student journalists.
I have an MA and PhD from the University of Washington and my BA is from the University of Virginia founded by a guy named Thomas Jefferson who said, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” (Um, he also said, “The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them.”) Go figure.
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