Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working since then to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed several courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages — using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He also works with students on amherstwire.com, a Web site focused on long-form multimedia journalism that is staffed completely by students.
Steve has been involved with Web journalism for more than 15 years. He joined The Washington Post’s Web site in 1996, just months after the site went live on the Web. He edited one of the first news blogs on the Web and was involved in planning and editing multiple multimedia projects at The Post.
Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at washingtonpost.com. He also edits part-time for espn.com with the NFL and college football blog network.
He began teaching part-time at the University of Maryland in 1998 and has spoken at a number of conferences on issues including Web journalism, blogging, ethics and political coverage.
Steve has consulted for several start-up Web sites and also collaborated with Mark Briggs and Jan Shaffer in producing Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive — A Digital Literacy Guide for the The Information Age.