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Guest Lecturer

Mar 2007Present

Guest Lecturer, New Century Journalism Speakers Series

Jun 2006Present

Member of Inaugural Class

Scripps Howard Leadership Academy
  • Selected to participate in week-long seminar designed to spur interest in journalism teaching, leadership and academic administration. Seminar was hosted by LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications.
Feb 2009Present

Multimedia Journalism Seminar Graduate

Poynter Institute
  • Completed 5-day "Multimedia Journalism for Educators" seminar. Emphasis on shooting, editing, and posting video and other multimedia. Learned "best practices" from teachers all over the country.
1993Present

Senior Newswriter, NBC Nightly News

NBC News (Staff and Freelance)

Broadcast Responsibilities

•    Member of senior editorial team that writes and produces award-winning network news broadcast.•    Oversee editorial continuity and participate in daily editorial decisions. •    Respond to breaking news.•    Edit correspondent scripts.•    Write anchor copy.•    Write and produce headlines, teases, and other promotional copy. •    Contribute to political coverage plan.•    Pitch, field produce, write and edit news and feature segments for anchors and correspondents as

      needed.•    Work with director and graphic artists to coordinate elements for live broadcast.Digital Responsibilities

•    Co-lead Nightly News web team and successful re-launch of Nightly.MSNBC.com in January 2008.•    Collaborate with Nightly News and MSNBC.com staff and managers to redesign and expand site’s       reach, visibility, and content (especially video).•    Provide key leadership role in the “cultural shift” of Nightly News from broadcast-only to multi-platform.

•    Provide editorial supervision and guidance for digital content to staff at all levels, and ensure its editorial 

      integrity and quality.

•    Supervise editorial production and preparation of digital content, including editing scripts for video

      packages.•    Edit and publish Nightly News blogs.•    Coordinate DV camera and other technical training seminars for staff.•    Collaborate with NBC News and MSNBC.com promotions staffs to maximize visibility for re-launch.•    Manage relationships with internal and external partners including Channel One.com.•    Write and ensure distribution of daily Nightly News e-newsletter and text alerts.•    Member, former NBC Digital Task Force.

Senior Producer, The News with Brian Williams(MSNBC cable)

•    On leadership team for 1996 launch for flagship hour-long primetime newscast on new MSNBC 24-hour 

      cable news channel.•    Responsible for editorial decisions, supervision of correspondents and producers.•    Wrote, edited and approved scripts.             Segment Producer, Dateline NBC

•    Produced long-form feature segments for network news magazine. •    Pitched ideas, set up shoots and interviews, field produced, wrote scripts and supervised video editing.Mentor/Trainer/Recruiter

•    Collaborated with  Vice President of Talent Recruitment and Director of News Partnerships on

      as-needed  basis to improve quality of news writing and production at NBC-affiliated stations.

•    Recruited, interviewed, and critiqued the work of prospective candidates for reporting and producing jobs.Member, NBC News Diversity Advisory Council    

•    Advised and consulted with news management on diversity-related issues in news coverage and staffing. •    Developed new staff recruitment program with emphasis on diversity.

Aug 2009Present

Adjunct Assoc. Professor/Interactive

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Teach introductory Interactive media class (syllabus). Topics covered include blogging, social media branding and sourcing for journalists, audio, video, photo and slideshows.

Aug 2008May 2009

Visiting Associate Professor/Broadcast Coach

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
  • Teach introductory(syllabus) and intermediate-level (syllabus) Broadcast News Writing and Production. Work one-on-one with students on their Master's degree capstone projects.
20062008

Journalism Ethics Fellow

Washington & Lee University
  • Invited participant in annual Journalism Ethics Institute.
  • Prepared and presented ethics case study.
Jan 2002Feb 2002

Fellow-in-Residence

  • Guest-lectured in journalism and mass communication classes.
  • Collaborated with faculty on study of network news coverage of 9/11 terror attacks.
  • Counseled students.
19871993

Broadcast Producer/Writer

WBBM-TV News (CBS2 Chicago)
  • Responsible for all editorial aspects of live local newscasts at CBS owned-and-operated television station in third largest U.S. market.
  • Produced and wrote news and feature segments for anchors.
19821983

Production Assistant/News Writer

WPIX-TV (Channel 11) News
  • Production Assistant and News Writer for daily live newscasts. Left to attend law school.

Education

19831986

J.D.

New York University School of Law
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Summer Law Clerk for U.S. District Judge Abraham D. Sofaer (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Summer Associate at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen (Philadelphia)
19771981

B.A.

Brown University
  • Degree awarded magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Reporter and Editor, Brown Daily Herald
  • Stringer, United Press International
  • Summer Reporter, (Martha's) Vineyard Gazette

Multimedia

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Associations & Memberships

Technical Proficiency

Basic proficiency with the following techniques: gathering and editing video, audio and photographs and uploading to the web; creating slideshows with captions and audio; creating blogs, wikis and RSS feeds; and using social networking tools (Twitter, etc.) in a journalistic context.

Basic proficiency with the following tools: Sony PD-170 and Panasonic GS300/GS500 video cameras; Marantz 620 and 660 audio recorders; Fuji E900 and Canon Rebel still cameras; Final Cut Pro; ProTools; Audacity; Photoshop; WordPress and similar blogging/content management systems; RSS readers; Flickr; Soundslides; Skype; CoverItLive; Mogulus; FTP servers; Twitter, Blellow, Facebook, LinkedIn and MeetUp.

Public Speaking

Extensive experience as a speaker, panelist and moderator in corporate and non-profit venues.

Honors & Awards

I have shared numerous honors for overall excellence with my colleagues at Nightly News, including Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, George Foster Peabody and Headliner Awards.

I have also received awards from NLGJA and the New York City LGBT Community Center for my volunteer contributions.

Where to find me

Some of my media favorites

Ink-on-paper: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker

RSS feeds: Al's Morning Meeting, Bitten, BlogTalkRadio, BuzzMachine, Chris Brogan, CollegeJourn, Columbia J-School New Media, Common Craft, CyberJournalist, Daily Beast, Daily Yonder, Eric Umansky, HuffPo, Internet Food Association., Mashable, MediaBistro, NewsTechZilla, NYT Multimedia, PastaQueen, Planet Money, PressThink, ReadWriteWeb, RosenblumTV, Salon, Save the Media, Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard, Slate, StevenBerlinJohnson, TV Decoder, Well

On the radio: Morning Edition, The Brian Lehrer Show, On The Media

On television.: C-Span's America and the Courts, Q&A, Book TV, Booknotes, Washington Journal, and American Perspectives; NY1's Inside City Hall; CNN's Larry King Live and the first half of AC 360; The Daily Show; Seinfeld; The Suze Orman Show, and a couple of really cheesy reality shows that shall remain nameless.

Commitment to Diversity

I believe that news coverage, newsrooms and schools of journalism should reflect the ethnic, racial, economic and gender diversity of the broader culture, and that the best way to achieve that goal is to ensure a variety of voices and perspectives at all levels of the profession.

I have tried to be a consistent voice for diversity at NBC News, serving as a member of news management's first Diversity Advisory Council and, since my term ended, by consistently drawing attention to diversity in coverage and hiring.

Since its inception, I have been a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and have held past leadership posts including founder of the Chicago chapter, New York City chapter vice-president, national board member and chair of the NLGJA Journalism Education Program. I was coordinator/writer for the first-ever national survey of gays and lesbians in broadcasting in 1995, and a member of the Advisory Board for a follow-up study in 2000. I have represented NLGJA at national gatherings including Unity Journalists of Color  (1994 and 1999) and several AEJMC conventions, and co-authored an article for the ASJMC journal Insights, "Out of the Closet and Into the Classroom: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Journalism Education" (Fall 2006) [PDF].

Objective

My professional goal is to continue working in the news industry, and simultaneously preparing the next generation of journalists for a wide variety of careers in the field, including (but not limited to) those that utilize video, audio, text, blogs, live blogs, social networking tools, and things not-yet-invented for storytelling and reporting, and to be an active participant in the public discussion of how and where journalism can survive and thrive. 

I bring to the task significant experience in traditional television news and other media, as well as a demonstrated effort to embrace and incorporate new techniques and tools.

I seek a dynamic learning environment in which rigor, change and institutional self-assessment are welcome norms.

I believe this time of high anxiety for journalism can also be a time of great opportunity.

Freelance

I currently freelance as a correspondent for Sirius OutQ News. I write and voice short news reports on LGBT legal issues. I also do occasional in-depth, longer reports (see audio clip in sidebar).

I blog.

I have been a freelance contributor since 1981 to print and online outlets including The New York Times, Slate, Salon, MSNBC.com, The Advocate, Chicago Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, FreedomForum.org, Women's e-News and Student Lawyer (see clips in sidebar).

In the winter of 1998, I was a consulting producer for the Sundance Channel at the Sundance Film Festival. I did dozens of interviews with directors of documentaries and provided production expertise for a live broadcast of the awards ceremony.

From 1996 to 1998, I was a producer and writer for In The Life, a gay/lesbian television news magazine airing on 100+ public television stations nationwide.

Summary

I am a writer, producer, reporter, teacher, editor, project manager, storyteller and non-practicing lawyer. For 25+ years, I have made my primary living as a writer, producer and content editor in broadcast newsrooms in Chicago and New York City, while consistently freelancing "on the side" for print, online, and radio outlets.

In addition, I have extensive experience as a classroom teacher, public speaker and writing/producing coach.

In the last few years, I have become a voracious user of social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

I am also an unabashed perpetual student, currently focused on learning and teaching new tools for reporting, storytelling and engaging/collaborating with the public.