Anderson focuses on disruptive journalism

Dr. Stephanie Anderson, assistant professor of journalism, was selected as a standout professor by the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism for her approaches to teaching to ensure that students succeed in the ever-evolving online news space.

Anderson was one of six professors in the United States chosen for the Disruptive Journalism Educators. Her project consisted of creating the curriculum for a trauma journalism course and unit that could be implemented at any post-secondary institution. Anderson presented her project at the Online News Associations three-day conference in Austin, Texas in September.

As part of the fellowship, Anderson is in the process of creating a documentary for educators to use as part of the trauma journalism unit or course. This includes interviews with journalists who have covered traumatic events all over the country from the Orlando Night Club shooting to the Las Vegas shooting to the Sept.11 attacks to the Sandy Hook Massacre and the Marshall County High School shooting.

In addition to her fellowship, she was awarded funds for a student assistant. That student, senior television production major, Ashley Traylor traveled to Connecticut and New York with Anderson in July to interview several of these journalists.

Anderson will be teaching a special topics course, trauma journalism in the spring 2019 semester in which students will learn about how to properly cover and cope with traumatic events, participate in active shooter training and CPR/First-Aid training.