Hello, fellow travelers, and thanks for visiting. Things you should know about me: I'm a journalism professor at The University of Tampa, as well as a freelance writer for outlets such as CNN, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. I also write content for corporate clients. Addictions include the BBC World Service and The Wall Street Journal. I'm a sucker for guided tours, and I dislike using "impact" as a verb. Need a writer for an upcoming project? Let's talk.
I've been writing for The Atlantic since 2011 on topics such as student rights, the slow death of the signature, and the transition from print to digital media in Gutenberg's hometown. My Atlantic article "Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?" is required reading for a seminar course at Harvard.
A Gallup poll found that 66 percent of the public believes the media does a poor job of separating fact from opinion — up from 42 percent in 1984. And that abysmal statistic comes on the heels of another sobering finding: Americans’ trust in the mass media is at its lowest point in the 83-year history of the Gallup poll. Can today’s young journalists, as they enter the workforce, begin to reverse this crisis of confidence in the press? That’s the question I explore in this article for Columbia Journalism Review.
Why, in our increasingly busy lives, are we still taking customer surveys for free? In one of my articles for The Week, I look into the growing number of consumers who are starting to rebel against this practice. As part of my research, I went on a quixotic six-month journey demanding $20 any time a company asked me to take a survey. In another article, I explore the phenomenon of evangelical colleges welcoming heterosexual atheists while rejecting gay Christians.
How about travel writing? Yep, I do that too. For The Florentine, the English-language news-magazine of Florence, Italy, I had the pleasure of writing about Tuscany's best hostels — including a converted fourteenth-century monastery — as well as its finest beaches, including Vada, the white-sand paradise on the Tyrrenhian Sea.
Although I'm primarily a writer, I also teach a photojournalism course, shoot portraits and events, and take photos for professional news outlets, including the Tampa Bay Business Journal. This link takes you to my SmugMug photo portfolio.
My CNN article on Scotland's independence referendum led to a guest segment on Newsday, one of the BBC's most popular radio shows with a weekly audience of more than 5 million listeners. Click to listen.
My CNN article "Stop Worshipping Guys Like Elon Musk" led to a guest segment on BBC Business Matters. Roger Hearing, one of my favorite journalists, interviewed me about the advantages and disadvantages of having a CEO who is indistinguishable from his or her company. My five-minute segment starts at 27:45.
My Atlantic article "The LGBT Politics of Christian Colleges" led to an interview on Morning Shift, WBEZ Chicago's weekday morning show. Click to listen.
No personal site is complete without a link to a strikingly original Instagram account, right?