Hello, fellow travelers, and thanks for visiting. I'm a journalism professor at The University of Tampa, as well as a freelance writer for outlets such as CNN, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Columbia Journalism Review.
Some things I’m proud of: One of my Atlantic articles is required reading for a class at Harvard (week five on the syllabus). Another one was used in an amicus brief before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
My writing on First Amendment issues has been widely cited in law review journals, including Law and Inequality, Widener Law Review, BYU Law Review, and Loyola Chicago Law Journal.
In 2018, I was honored to give the Hosokawa Distinguished Journalism Lecture at Whitman College in Washington State. Other Hosokawa lecturers have included author Sarah Kendzior, Pulitzer winner Hendrick Smith, and Los Angeles Times editor Terry Tang.
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.
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