Over an intensive three-week period you will be writing, reporting and producing for a variety of media platforms – print, online, radio and television. In “Boot Camp” and in the M.A. program, we will stress the importance of convergence training along with the fundamentals of critical thinking, news judgment, interviewing, ethics and fact checking – all against a backdrop of a changing media, whether you are working for a traditional brand or a newcomer to the industry. Yes, many traditional distribution methods have changed. But don’t worry. It is still journalism after all.
Your boot camp will be lead by these four professors:
Prof. Terry Bryant is a professorial lecturer in the AU School of Communication. He spent 14 years teaching broadcasting and media writing classes at the University of Kansas. At KU, he was the general manager of KUJH-TV, the student TV station. He trained KU School of Journalism students and faculty in video and audio editing. He produced award-winning promotion videos for the KU J-School. He taught one semester internationally with the CIMBA program in Paderno del Grappa, Italy. He worked as a reporter, videographer, meteorologist and sports anchor at TV stations in Kansas, Mississippi and California from 1985 to 1997. He also has experience working live sporting events with CBS Sports, ESPN and Fox Sports.
Dr. Margot Susca is a professorial lecturer at American University’s School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She teaches courses in digital journalism, writing, and media ethics. She earned her doctorate in Mass Communication from The Florida State University in 2012.
Her academic work focuses primarily on the political economy of media, violent video games and culture, and media law and policy. She has been published in First Amendment Studies and Global Media Journal. Margot also has presented work in these areas at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is a 2002 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she studied the fundamentals of urban reporting, feature writing and breaking news in the months after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Margot has worked as a reporter in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida, where the Society of Professional Journalists recognized her work on high school graduation rates and the GED.
In 2000, she graduated cum laude with a double major in journalism and political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Prof. Rob Roberts is the Director of Digital Strategy for the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to joining Energy, Rob worked in a number of digital roles throughout government, academia and journalism, including positions in the White House Office of Digital Strategy, USA Today, and the Raleigh News & Observer. During his journalism career, he received a number of awards for his work, including a Best of Photojournalism award for Feature Video. Rob received a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and undergraduate degrees from the University of Utah. He has taught classes in digital video storytelling at American since 2009.
Prof. Joshua Hatch, an adjunct lecturer at American University, is the Senior Editor for Data and Interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education. As a board member of the Online News Association, he is actively involved in exploring the potential of online journalism to cover the news and inform the public in new and innovative ways. In his career he’s produced numerous packages that take advantage of the online platform, from election-based games to data-driven interactives, to narrative storytelling.
Since 2005, he has been providing multimedia training to journalism students and professionals around the world, including ONA mini camps, teaching courses at D.C.-area universities, and leading international training sessions in Thailand, Indonesia, The Czech Republic and Russia.
He’s worked at the Sunlight Foundation, at USA Today as Interactives Director, was the senior producer for a news animation service with Knight Ridder/Tribune, an editor at Space News, and a general assignment reporter for the Fairfax Journal.
He earned his Master’s degree in News Media Studies from American University and his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Richmond.